Time for a round up of some fresh bass music including new house, garage and footwork, first up is the 3rd release from Ultra Bass who are on fire right now!!! 2 sumptuous and soulful slices of 2014 Garage that belong in your collection from J Jean & Lace, absolutely HUGE!!!
The Bombstrikes label are celebrating their 10th year in the game this year and are continuing the party over at Juno Download. For a very limited time you can grab all kinds of goodies for free and hugely discounted.
Bombstrikes have worked very hard for it but can easily be described as THE best label for funky, mid tempo bass music around. Starting things off way back in 2004 with Beat Vandals classic mashup ep Volume 1, things really kicked off for the label with Mooqee’s Volume 2 and the DJ Shadow sampling “Funk Machine Man”
This track was picked up by every turntablist, DJ, music nut on the planet and was hammered by the likes of Mixmaster Mike, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz and many, many more.
After that the labels place was pretty much cemented with more and more fans getting involved with every release. After several tracks and ep’s from the label owners they started to draft in the very best artists around to release banger after banger. Tracks from A Skillz, Nick Thayer, Featurecast, Qdup Foundation and Ali B spread that funky goodness afar and then looking to the future they signed up more talent with Pimpsoul, Bryx, Herbgrinder, Neon Steve and more joining the camp to fully nail their place as the best.
This week you can grab a special VIP of Mooqee & Herbgrinder’s “Sound Around Town” from Juno for free and whilst doing so be entered into a special competition to win the entire Bombstrikes back catalogue. That’s a lot of dancefloor ammunition right there. Click on the player below.
Also whilst you’re there you can pick up two specially reduced bundles from the label. First off “Party Classics”
And secondly “Future Bombs”
Just in case some of the awesome sounds had slipped your mind then check out the killer, 10 years in 10 minutes mix Mooqee and Beat Vandals put together earlier in the year.
Another round up is in order methinks!! Kicking off with a new EP by ScattyOne on Reformed Recordings, 2 excellent tracks, the rolling junglism of ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Systems Are Go’ with it’s combo of mellow housey pads and heavy heavy Heavy BASS!!!
We finish with Fabrizio Sotti’s stunning Jungle/DnB rework of the Bob Marley classic ‘Waiting In Vain’ featuring vocals from chart topper, Shaggy & Res remixed by Bonnot, listen up and soak up the vibes
Another firing, dubwise refix out of the Jinx In Dub camp has surfaced today. He turns his hands to the anti-facist anthem from Chumbawamba, “Enough Is Enough”. Featuring the on point lyrics of UK rapper Credit To The Nation the original track was featured on their 1993 album Anarchy.
JID rolls out a quality, d&b refix of the track, rocking the dubbed out festival vibes he does so well. Don’t sleep on this one people!
High Contrast celebrates completing an epic stateside tour with this wicked free download. Taking on the legendary 2pac and Dre track “California Love” he whips up a slamming D&B workout which has been causing serious dancefloor chaos in his sets.
2 big anthems from Chopstick Dubplate’s massive 2013 LP get the remix treatment from Dreadsquad & Mungo’s Hi FI who bring the deep dubby vibes to ‘Worldwide Traveller’ plus a amen VIP by Chopstick Dubplate while my favourite track off the album ‘Rumble Jumble Life’ gets quality remixes from Fleck & Stivs & Kelvin 373, must have!!!
So many great tunes, EPs and compilations out right now, such as Aquasky’s remeastered and re released collection of gems from the Reinforced Recs back cat out now on Passenger along with a tasty free promo mix!!!
The hybrid DnB/bass/electronica sounds of Coleco’s ‘Induction EP’ deserve a place in your collection, speaker shuddering goodness, ‘ Tryptamine ‘ is a must for old skool tech step lovers, check it out!!!
Renegade Hardware are back with a new EP from Subtension featuring the dark marauding militant stepper ‘AK47′, the experimental sounds of ‘Leaving’ and the unique combo of Ragga style beats and eerie Neuro that is digital bonus track ‘Offset’
Lifestyle Recs have a new 4 tracker from KeLa, the ‘Karma EP’ featuring the twisty futuristic funk of ‘Raprezent’, the pummeling title track, the blistering bass attack of ‘Brothers’ and the late night smokers vibes of ‘Mojave’
And we round things up with a new Kode 5 release, some NuSkool Jungle from Galvatron ‘Murder Sound Selectah’ get your skanking shoes on for some rolling and rinsing amens and old skool warp bass a la Dead Dred, now my selectah!!!
I always eagerly await new releases from Paranoid Recordings, it is one of my favourite labels and rightly so with a back cat of gem after gem stretching over 10 volumes plus other releases, Vol 10 is hot off the press and the best way I can review this essential compilation is to divide into the sub genres featured within, starting on the Jungle side of things, check out Abyss’ debut track for the label ‘Total Brainwash’, atmospheric amens that remind me of DJ Crystl circa 94
Still on the Jungle tip and equally as atmospheric in a mid 90s Bukem esque way is Mellow Dee’s ‘Stella Wind’
R Core a.k.a Sonars Ghost features on Vol 10 with the amazing Basement Records style Jungle Tekno roller ‘Timeslip’
DJ Pursuit takes it back to 93 with the dark minimal ‘Overpulse’
Skumk Association’s ‘True To The Game’ visits the late 92 sound where rave music rapidly became faster, darker and more experimental, elements of Jazz & Hip Hop can be heard, even hints of Hardcore Techno
One of my favourite tracks on this LP is the previously unreleased remix of Exit Point’s ‘Badman Style’ by Leonized, seriously funky Hardcore Breaks!!!
Boca’s ‘Downstairs’ shows the deeper musical side of early Rave music, you might recall the compilation ‘Fantasia: The First Taste’ listening to this track that combines lush strings with hardcore beats and sub bass
DJ Nee takes on a euphoric ride with his remix of Elusive’s ‘Blame Me’, if this doesn’t put a smile on your face, somethings wrong with you!!!
Staying with the uplifting vibes is Nefti’s ‘Why Did You Disapear’ melodic rushy Hardcore/Rave Breaks also featuring some amazing piano!!!
Swedish producer, 1st Science is a true original to the rave revival that began in the early 90s, still going strong he features on this compilation with ‘Onward Forward’ a track that is pure unadulterated 92 hardcore!!!
Although there isn’t a video as yet, also featured on the LP is 2 versions of Renegade Genius’ lover’s rock sampling 92 Jungle Tekno style ‘Breaks My Heart’ a track that seemingly pays tribute to the sound of Ibiza Records/Labelo Blanco circa 92/93, sounding very like artists such as Noise Factory
This LP is free to download and a must have, you can download it right here