Review: Following on from the massive release of Darkzy & Example's long awaited bass collaboration, we see the CruCast team do what they do best as they bring together three very powerful remix projects from some of the most exciting names in their respective fields. We kick everything off with Kanine's potent jump up refix, reworking the vocal amidst skippy junglist drums and a super catchy lead synth. Bassline legend Wittyboy steps up to the plate next with his gnarly rethink, focussing on aggy bass designs, which is chased up in style by Mind Of A Dragon's typically inspiring UKG twissup. Excellent work as per!
Review: Over the past few years, Shapes have become one of the most infamous duos across the entire spectrum of UK bass music. After the fantastic reception received following the original release of 'Pogo Stick' earlier this year, it was only a matter of time until the MC remix came around, and what a line up it is! We see Milli Major, Majestic, Grim Sickers and Example join forces with high energy rave inspired lyricism over the original instrumental design. This one is brimming with energy and guaranteed to dance the dance to a zoo!
Review: Given the bizarre and sometimes dubious choices of remixers for Pet Shop Boys releases, it's good to see Tensnake stepping up to rework their latest attempt at reconnecting with their dance music roots. Whereas the original (not included here) is a cheery celebration of weekend-long hedonism featuring raps from Example (clearly a better mic man than occasional rapper Chris Lowe), Tensnake's version is dark and hypnotic, all warped basslines, delay-laden vocals and bleary-eyed afterparty chic. If the original is all about excitement for weekends to come, Tensnake's remix is all about still being up on Monday morning, dancing in some dingy Berlin basement. That's no bad thing.
Review: Amsterdam Dance Event holds a special place in the electronic music community's calendar, and it just wouldn't be the same without the Toolroom family putting on a very special showcase for the industry and punters alike. The Dutch capital's clubbing culture is one of the best in Europe and there's only one place to be this October. They join the fun once again this year and this are kicking off the week at Chicago Social Club for an opening to ADE like no other. In celebration, Mark Knight & Co. anticipate the event with this solid collection of sonic arsenal with highlights not limited to: label staple Weiss serving up classic vocal funky house on "Let Me Love You" (extended Club mix), legends Dirty Vegas getting remixed by CamelPhat on the extended remix of "Days Go By" (which reaches near acid moments), the ever impressive Alan Fitzpatrick providing austere peak time tackle on banger "The Approach" and rising stars like Jacky (with Example) on the wonky tech house of "Another 24" and label newcomer Maxinne dropping the riveting main room thriller "The Message" amongst many more. Comes with two continuous mixes: the first by Romanian upstarts Sllash & Doppe and the second by Swiss scene hero Mendo (Clarisse).
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.