Review: There's a strong chance you might not know what jorts are. We certainly didn't. Turns out their shorts made of jeans. Fashion lesson over, let's have a listen at this shall we? What's interesting about this collaboration is the backgrounds of each artist; hip-hop, trance and Baltimore club. As you can expect, the end result is truly unique. We mean properly unique - there's nothing else like this EP going around. Kuduro style tempos, hard dance flavour stabs, dubstep drops, downtempo vibes. Each of the four cuts on offer here are truly melting pot material. Dangerously Marmite but listening is essential...
Review: New on Tittsworth and Ayres' T&A label, Southern duo Clicks and Whistles drop a hazy, low slung bass gem in the form of "Neva Get Caught". With a crunky, purple vibe to the slow pitch-shifting pads and a 808 kit straight out of Girl Unit's folder, "Neva Get Caught" is a big winner, as is the accompanying "Raw Passion" which sits nicely against recent releases from Joy O and Pearson Sound. Mixes from the label bosses, as well as are dark banger from Starks & Nacey, make this a hugely essential bass release.
Review: Des McMahon is a bass producer from Philadelphia who is currently setting things ablaze in the US right now. This new autobiographical EP from the self-proclaimed "ginger beat wizard" boasts five original productions that are sure to boost his current ascent even further. "Gringo Juice" is big-room stuff - a chunky moombahton riddim with hysteria-inducing melodies, an absolutely bonkers breakdown and even some cheeky, "Good Life" stabs. Other highlights include the trancier "Albino Ass Slap", the spaced-out dubstep of "Hallucinations" and Rex Riot's unique take on the blissed out "The Come Down".
Review: Party rockers Dj Ayres and Jesse Tittsworth have built up a huge following over last 5 years off the back of hundreds of cheeky Baltimore Club remixes, covering everything from The Ramones to Daft Punk and everything in between. They pretty much rule the east coast - hosting the infamous It's The Rub parties in NYC and through to Washington where Tittsworth's just opened his own venue.
On top of all this, their label T&A is in rude health and now drops this fourth compilation of various goodies guaranteed to kick a party off in a matter of seconds. The extended T&A family are all here - Dave Nada, Rob Threezy, Starks and Nacey and Fool Gold boss Nick Catchdubs - and the result is a winning combination of styles. Keeping things on a Bmore tip, Tittsworth's mix of Threezy's Round House rearranges the big electro stabs into a pumping and expansive peak-time banger while Dave Nada's Drummer's Rock is a stone-cold classic with chopped-up brass riffing on the seminal Bmore anthem Samir's Theme. Rob Threezy's The Chase was a huge tune last summer, getting plays from Diplo and A-Trak amongst others, and Ayres weighs in with a funky minimal version of his own on Bustin' Loose.
Dubstep gets a look in on Udachi's mix of Got Me Gone, while 12th Planet and Flinch do some serious damage on their mix of Apocalypse Theme, which contains enough wobble to choke a horse. Ayres's hip-hop cuts with rapper GLC are yet another successful shift in styles, with Got Me Gone both excelling in it's smooth and polished original form, and also in spaced-out mixes from Cabin Bwoy and Southern Fried's Proper Villains. Add to that the chunky crossover electro of Steve Starks and the 70's disco swagger of Smalltown Romeo's mix of Lydia and you've got a heavy collection of brilliant dance floor workers all wrapped up and ready to go!