Review: As champions of the UK bassline sound, the CruCast roster continues to impress on all angles as they unleash the third edition of their 'We Are Crucast' series, showcasing some of the most heavyweight releases they have landed over the course of 2020. The roster is pretty sensational to say the least, with the likes of AC Slater, Darkzy, P Money, Zero, Skepsis, TS7, Zero, Cajama and more all making notable appearances throughout. The project as a whole is a top quality representation of where the sound of UK bassline is currently at, with our personal favourites including the techy blips and vibrant subs of MPH's '116', alongside the stripped back bass warbles of Corrupt (UK)'s 'Strange Things' alongside the sultry vocal lines of Raas. Top stuff all around!
Review: The first compilation on Albert's Favourites is almost exclusively a family affair, featuring contributions from all of the label's key artists. Hector Plimmer's "Eastern System" kick starts the release with a sprawling broken beat workout, while Jonny Drop's "Flash Light" is also led by clipped beats, but features complex guitar fret work and soulful vocals. Moving into a much smoother direction are the Expansions, who include "Cannonball", one of the fine jazz cuts from their debut album Murmuration. Meanwhile, Modified Man takes the compilation in an electronic direction with the electro funk of "Kingswood Drive" and Jonny Drop completes the diverse approach with the soulful hip-hop of "This Is The One".