Review: Crystalline sonic euphoria Koven continue to fly the flag for emotional electronic music with this stunning string-drenched roller. Folly Rae's vocals are delivered with emphatic authenticity while the organic beats sway with a soft militancy. Instant end-of-night hug sessions abound. For a sense of peaktime activity head for The Prototypes' remix: turbo-charged D&B that retains every ounce of the original's heartfelt beauty. Or flip for Habstrakt's remix: rugged drumstep-influenced dubstep where the emotion is galvanised by cutlass-like mid-range bass stabs. Powerful stuff. If you're going to listen to one new track this week, make it "Make It There".
Review: Got a lighter? Then get ready to raise it. Haven't got a lighter? Start smoking... Koven most certainly are with this brand new EP. Stadium bass enriched in emotion, Max and Katie showcase their broadest abilities across four tracks here: the smouldering halfstep yearns of "From The Start", the bright, breezy Kove-like D&B tones of "One's Own", the Olympic-level lover's theme "Get This Right" and the slower, swinging ebbs and flows and orchestral dynamics of "Lasting"... Each cut comprising their widest screen portrait to date. Essential for those special tingly moments every good set necessitates.
Review: Futurebound's Viper continue their adventures into the wider world of bass by signing the exciting new act Koven. Having broken through on UKF's mighty streaming machine, this is the band's first full release. Opening with a cascade of lush guitars and soul-prodding vocals, we're then pushed headfirst into a rocket-fuelled bass drop. Need a massive D&B reboot? Then jump up and down on DC Breaks' remix.
Review: Viper Recordings - D&B legend Futurebound's very own label - drops another piledriver from the inimitable Koven. "Your Word" is the perfect mid-point between underground and commercial, where poppy, R&B vocals meet head-to-head with heavy dubstep kick-snares. "Let Go" uses a similar format albeit with some brighter shades at its core, and "Final Call" tops the EP off nicely with melancholic strings and melodies meeting wobbling basslines and heavy half-kicks. Solid.
Review: 48 tracks, six exclusives, two mixes: Viper have already developed a strong-armed reputation for compilations over the years but this is taking things to a whole new ridiculous level. Investigating bass music's widest corners, the heady concoction of tracks ranges from premier league bangers (Wilko's remix of The Prodigy, Noisia & The Upbeats "Dead Limit", Andy C's "New Era VIP") to fresh-baked underground rollers (Dossa, Locuzzed and NC-17's drone-jump buzz-cut "Ninja", Dub Elements' deep space neuro-edged shredder "Metaverse") to lower tempo tear-ups from the likes of Pex L, Au5, Flux Pavilion and Doctor P and Specimen A. With heaps more in between, this accurately reflects just how exciting and closely linked all bass-laced genres are right now. Venomously immense.
Joe Ford & Memtrix - "Out Of Place" - (4:53) 172 BPM
Joe Ford & Document One - "Care For Me" - (4:54) 175 BPM
Said - (7:05) 150 BPM
Cosine - (3:44) 172 BPM
Master This - (4:20) 172 BPM
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants - (7:22) 165 BPM
Joe Ford & Koven - "Made Of Glass" - (3:56) 180 BPM
Adrenaline (feat Hacktivist) - (5:05) 172 BPM
Guess What - (4:18) 172 BPM
Tomb Raver - (4:41) 172 BPM
Take The Lead - (5:18) 172 BPM
Enemy - (4:08) 150 BPM
Review: Shogun wunderkind Joe Ford finally delivers his debut album in the form of Colours In Sound and it's a daring document by any stretch of the imagination. Slamming himself into the centre of a much wider D&B map than some assume he's known for, the opus stretches from springy bass riff elastic on the opener "Where Is The Sun" right through the grunting glitch finale "Enemy". In between we're treated to thundering vocal drama on "Out Of Place", sci-fi soul on "Said", dreamy Huntemann-style techno on "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" and savage headbanger wizardry on "Adrenaline" with Hacktivist... With plenty more loaded and coded in between, this is a remarkable piece of work from the highly respected next-gen artist.