Inside The Ride: 23rd Dec

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

London – The Nest Christmas Part [Crazy Cousinz, Slimzee]

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Brighton – Echoes Christmas Party [Roska, Murder He Wrote, Pavv]

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Ilfracombe – M’Ocean [Skepsis, Darkzy, Shaun Dean, Bru-C]

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 10th – 16th Dec

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Exactly what it says on the tin; we share with you (in no particular order) our 5 favourite musical findings over the past 7 days.

1. Cup & String – Still Deep In Love (2 Step Mix) [Slime Recordings]

Kicking this off week’s T5TotW is Cup & String’s latest free offering. Switching out the 4×4 drums of the original with some tasty 2 step shuffles but keeping the bassline near enough the same has proven to be a simple but effective way to give Still Deep In Love a sick new spin. For those unfamiliar with the original, expect in your face, stuttering basslines and a sultry vocal. The clicky-ness of the bass as it filters back in for the second drop is such a satisfying sound and we love how thick the snare is.

2. Roll Deep – When I’m ‘Ere (Endor Flip)

Endor definitely isn’t the first person to bootleg this tune, and he won’t be the last, but none of the bootlegs that we know of are on this sort of vibe. Aptly tagged on Soundcloud as ‘Lengman Riddim’, this is gully. If chopping in the riff from the original isn’t enough to get you a reaction from the crowd, the guttural bassline is instant pull up material. The 2 step drums are hard hitting, with a chunky kick and a big clap. The triplets on the hi hats are a nice, subtle touch to add momentum and variety. There’s not much more to it other than the vocal, which is obviously sick, but nothing else really needs to be added to this banger anyway.

3. Vacant x Aesthetic Kid – Knøw

If ever a grime instrumental could be called ‘gorgeous’ this is the one. Everything about ‘Knøw’ is top rate. Clear, vibrant arpeggios, with an ever changing source, tangle themselves around tough basslines, hi hat triplets and abrupt claps. The vocal brings emotion to the track and when paired with the earthy reese bass is reminiscent of Burial in his prime. There’s so much attention to detail on ‘Knøw’, and it’s produced to such a high standard, though we already knew Vacant was a badboy producer. Keep an eye on Aesthetic Kid though, big things to come we reckon.

4. Massappeals & Snowy – Do / Donts (Skepsis Edit)

Jeeeeesus. Firstly big up Massappeals & Snowy on the original because it’s mad. If there is one thing ‘Do / Donts’ was crying out for though, it was a version with some kind of drop after building all that tension, and Skepsis fully delivers. Using the original basses and Snowy’s slick delivery, a monster has been created by adding aggy 4×4 drums and some wicked fills. This has unlimited rewind potential, and seeing as it’s not getting a release, this track is worth going to catch a Skepsis set on it’s own.

5. A.Motion – Ascend [BRØKEN]

We’re very excited about the fact A.Motion is back making music, and if he carries on putting tunes out like ‘Ascend’ people will forget he ever had time away. With tension building from the very beginning using atmospheric pads, jungle breaks and cut up vocals, we got an early impression this was gonna be sick. As soon as the tune dropped, we realised that was an understatement. The main bass sound is absolutely monstrous but also very cleverly kept on a short leash;  anymore than the single note bursts it’s allowed to growl out would be overbearing. The breaks are crisp, and the grime-esque clap is a clever idea to keep momentum up. Welcome back A.Motion, more of this please!

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Inside The Ride: 16th – 18th Dec

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

London – Sir Spyro Presents [Sir Spyro, Royal T, Kahn & Neek]

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London – Friday @ Number 90 Bar & Kitchen [Rude Jude]

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Brighton – DJ Q @ Patterns [DJ Q, KXVU]

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Birmingham – Fzks Winter Special [Champion, Circular Jaw, Hayden Perry]

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Nottingham – events.aux [Clean Shirt]

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Inside The Ride: Dec 9th – 11th

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

London – Jungle Splash Winter Free Party [Marcus Nasty, Smokey Bubblin B, Spin E B]

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Brighton – Garage VS Bassline VS Jungle @ The Arch [Champion, Mr V, Majora]

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Birmingham – Articulate Sessions [Darkzy, Womba, Clean Shirt, Alistair McKendrick, Wun Lung, TZ]

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Nottingham – Krudd Xmas Party [Thorpey, Krudd Residents]

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Manchester – Freerange [Spooky, Deadbeat, Killjoy]

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Sheffield – NOX x Get Off Xmas Clash [Kahn & Neek, Dr Cryptic, Wolfe, Little Mesters]

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Saturday:

Bristol – SOBAD Presents: Bromley Birthday Battles [Kry Wolf, Bromley, Sly One, Archive, Distro, Majora, Barely Royal, Bunnie]

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Leeds – Distortion [Mr V, DJ EJ, Notion, Ussy, Bassboy, Skepsis, Shaun Dean, J69, Livesy]

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Sheffield – Creation [DJ Q, Royal T, Jamie Duggan]

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 26th Nov – 2nd Dec

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Exactly what it says on the tin; we share with you (in no particular order) our 5 favourite musical findings over the past 7 days.

1. moadan – fedora

After teaming up with Wolves duo TC4 on ‘Corona’, Mind of a Dragon has now released a collaborative EP with the UK underground’s King of groove, Joedan. The title track from the fedora EP is a combination of lush, dreamy chords, vibrant stabs, Joedans signature bumpy drums and some very recognisabe MOAD bass sounds. The sample that the track owes it’s name to is actually funny, whilst the music itself is seriously big. You’ll find yourself moving to this one without even realising it.

2. KXVU – Jaqqum

We uploaded KXVU’s minimix of the Jaqqum EP to our YouTube channel this week, and there’s a reason why. Every single version of the tune is mad, but the original is our favourite. Delicate string motifs weave themselves around crunchy, dominating square wave basses, with a sprinkling of ‘eski’ sound effects, gunshots, rewinds and breaking glass. Danny Jaqq’s vocals provide the track with it’s title, and sparse drums complete the mix with snare and hi hat rolls aplenty.

3. Daze Prism – React [BRØKEN]

If you haven’t noticed by now, finding bass producers capable of conveying emotion in their work seems to be somewhat a specialty of BRØKEN. This latest piece from Daze Prism fits that mould perfectly. Starting off with 2 step beats,  and a gorgeous piano filtering in, tension slowly builds. A string line that wouldn’t be out of place on a grime instrumental creeps to the fore, before the tune drops. Single, sustained notes from the  huge distorted bass allow the drums to evolve from a simple kick-clap pattern to more elaborate, shuffling hats. There’s glimpses of that beautiful piano again, before another emotional breakdown, and then a much more energetic second drop. Wicked stuff from Daze Prism.

4. Spoils & Monkey Wrench – Enemies In The Dance [Hamdi Refix]

Slowly, more producers are learning the art of the tasteful refix/bootleg. Hamdi has taken a wicked house tune from a couple of years ago and turned it into a grime monster. Some choice sampling of the intro, the key bass noises and a sick drum roll, all chopped up and thrown in with breakneck drums (the snare is mad) and he’s come out with a track that would have the biggest grime nights in the country begging for the reload. The second drop is some of the angriest music we’ve heard this year.

5. ADuki – Blood Sugar (Remake)

This track isn’t gonna be to everyone’s taste, and there’s a couple of things that could do with tweaking mix wise but we just cannot deny it’s a banger. Starting by putting an amusing spin on Pendulum’s ‘Blood Sugar’ Microsoft Sam intro and a loosely similar riff, things suddenly stop being funny on the drop. The basslines are mental. Absolutely fucking mental. The drum work is solid too, with the shuffling 2 step keeping things moving nicely, however they could do with being higher in the mix. Drop this in the rave and no one will be analysing the levels though. Love the Microsoft Sam ‘Gunfingers’ sample too.

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Inside The Ride: 2nd – 4th Dec

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

London – Acrylic [DJ Q, Amy Becker, Grandmixxer, Sami Baha]

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Bristol – In:Motion / The Blast Presents [DJ EZ, Matt Jam Lamont, Conducta]

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Birmingham – Get Together [Sir Spyro, Cellardore]

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Leicester – Sous Sol Projet [Killjoy, Kachina]

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Saturday:

London – For The Love of Garage [Bassboy, Moony, Tuff Culture]

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Brighton – Supercharged [My Nu Leng, Holy Goof, PVC, Bushbaby, KXVU]

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Bristol – Free Range [Kahn & Neek, Sir Spyro, Killjoy, Deadbeat]

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Manchester – Warehouse Project [DJ EZ, TQD, Barely Legal, Sian Anderson]

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Hypho – Gong Tau [Review]

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London based collecive eatmybeat finally launch as a label; their first ever release, ‘Gong Tau’, is Hypho’s debut appearance on wax.

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Hypho kicks off his debut vinyl release with a literal bang. Tension builds very quickly, with reverse sound effects and immense reverbs creating a sense of foreboding and the rapid hats and other percussion almost trying to scurry away from the impending drop. It becomes apparent very quickly that there’s an intense amount of detail in every element, and this is true for each track on the release. The breaks scattered throughout ‘Gong Tau’ are so crisp they cut through everything else in the mix. The constant percussion pans subtly left and right, giving the track it’s momentum whilst other sounds in the background wallow in reverb. The kick is absolutely massive, also acting as the main source of bass, though it’s straddled by less prominent womps, wobs and wobbles. The tension is hardly relieved by the vocal sample, which sounds as if it was lifted straight from a horror movie, as well as an even more sinister, pitch-dropping vocal that closely resembles a laugh. As a whole, ‘Gong Tau’ gives off a Tribal meets Techno meets UK bass vibe with a smattering of breaks, all brought together with production of the highest quality.

Shen

The second track off the EP, Shen, opens softly compared to the title track. A single, cold chord repeats as echoes from sound effects collide into each other, again creating a sense of uneasiness. The drums, are bold and dominate the mix. This works perfectly, as the 808-like kick once more doubles as the bassline. Though, in terms of traditional drums, there is only a kick, clap and a few hi hats working together, Shen cleverly maintains momentum using the exquisite echoes of background percussion and the simple genius of a panning-whilst-pitching-down hat. There’s also more breaks scattered about, though more subtle in the mix than on Gong Tau. Another clever touch is the way the cadence of the main riff changes, meaning even though the notes don’t differ, the way they’re delivered makes sure the tune doesn’t get repetitive. On first listen we thought that, if sped up, Shen would be a perfectly viable Trap tune. The huge subby kick, quickly flicking between octaves, the build up of the claps before drops and the main riff all definitely give off that of vibe.

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5AM Workout

To wrap things up is probably the most dancefloor-centric track of the release. If you were to judge off the first 30 seconds, you’d be forgiven for thinking things were going to go the same way as the 2 tracks before, but in comparison it seems more upbeat and breaks away from the anxiety and tension dragged up by Gong Tau and Shen. Though quite clearly not acid house, the 303 is definitely the main focus of the track, backed up by a final massive sub shaking kick drum and tribal percussion. It seems the rest of the drums are sat back in the mix to let the kick do it’s thing, though that’s not to say they don’t sound brilliant yet again. 5AM Workout works as a solid closing track for the EP, rounding everything off superbly as the final echoes fade away.

Selecta’s Favourite Track: Shen

Overall Rating: 9/10

Absolutely top class debut release for eatmybeat, and for Hypho’s first time on wax too. A masterclass in immaculate percussion and top rate mixdowns and the spaces created by reverbs and echoes are genius too.  Hypho has expertly combined a load of varied influences and turned them into his own brand of speaker shaking bass music with an insanely keen ear for detail. Budding producers take note because these production standards are through the roof.

Make sure you order your limited edition vinyl copy of Hypho – Gong Tau here.

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