Premiere: Spectrum – Resonate [Forthcoming Articulate Records]

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Articulate Records release their first official single as FHD & Hutchison combine as Spectrum

No strangers to the Bass scene, FHD & Hutchison have been collaborating with each other for a while but are finally joining up officially as Spectrum. Their latest release, ‘Resonate’ is due out this Friday and we’ve been lucky enough to be given the Premiere.

Articulate Records have good pedigree with releases from Daze Prism and Doc Zee gaining heavy support, and as they now look to put out singles between their EP releases we expect them to gain even more attention.

‘Spectrum’ is dark and absurdly heavy, with a backbone made of giant kicks, massive low pitched snares and rasping neuro basses. There’s plenty of space for the remaining percussion to be doused in reverb and the contrasting pad works brilliantly, sumptuously floating above the havoc below it. A 4×4 switch on the second drop raises the energy levels at no expense of production standard, with ‘Resonate’ constantly putting us in mind of Noisia.

If both Spectrum and Articulate each have more releases like this lined up, we cant wait to hear them. Listen to our premiere of Spectrum – ‘Resonate’ below. It’s out on 26/1/18.

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Premiere: Tigs – Best Not Miss [Forthcoming Raw Tactics]

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UK born, Melbourne based producer Tigs is going in hard on his first release of the year

Tigs is back and is bringing his versatile, eclectic brand of UK Bass music with him on his next EP, ‘Don’t Get Rude’. The 3 track release is coming out on his own label, Raw Tactics, on Jan 26th and it’s not one to be overlooked.

Raw Tactics have given us the massive ‘Best Not Miss’ to us to premiere – it’s a skippy tune with drums that border on UK Funky, punctuated by sinister, staccato strings and riding a chunky, rolling bassline. We fully back the g-funk inspired synth too!

The rest of the EP is just as large – title track ‘Don’t Get Rude’ is a dark yet bouncy 2 step garage affair with grimey, call-and-response style basslines and ‘Voodoo’ is a tribal infused Grime/UKG hybrid; sparse but weighty drums and a metallic bass drive the track which is haunted by eerie bells and drawn out vocals in the background.

Tigs – ‘Don’t Get Rude’ is out on Raw Tactics on January 26th. Listen to our premiere of ‘Best Not Miss’ below:

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Break The Religion and mAngo team up for 1Forty’s first single of 2018

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The Leeds based imprint are signalling their intentions for this year from the very beginning

After an incredibly successful 2017, 1Forty seem keen to keep up their momentum by launching straight into their 2018 release schedule with their next single; a collaboration from Bristol producers Break The Religion and mAngo.

‘Fear’ is a 4×4 track anchored by a pounding kick drum backed by expansive percussion – the use of space and reverb from the young producers is particularly intelligent. There’s hints of UK Funky, Breaks and we can’t help but get an almost nostalgic, 90s rave vibe from the hypnotic lead sounds; there’s plenty of modern influence too, particularly on the second drop where a metallic bass cuts across the mix.

Though it’s not your typical out and out Bass track, ‘Fear’ is definitely one for the dance and it’s sick to see a label such as 1Forty allow 2 up and coming, talented producers explore further than the generic, cookie cutter sounds we so commonly hear – tracks with genuine groove and thought beyond an impactful 1st drop are very much needed as far as we’re concerned

 Break The Religion & mAngo – ‘Fear’ is out on January 16th and you can preview the track in full below:

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2017: End of year release roundup

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It goes without saying – the end of the year is a busy period for pretty much everyone which can make it hard to keep on top of releases, especially as labels and platforms usually join in the festive cheer with compilations and free downloads so in case you somehow managed to miss them, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest end of year releases.

Southpoint Presents: Vol 5

One year on from Vol 4 and the Southpoint gang’s consistently sick, free to download, family get together is back. It’s a huge release, with 20 tracks from newer STPT artists as well as the trusted old guard; Tengu, KXVU, Moony, Freddie Martin, Bushbaby, Hamdi, Movement, 9Trane and SaidWho all feature as well as a new family addition, TC4. Covering the whole spectrum of bass music with the high quality that is synonymous with the Brighton bunch, ‘Southpoint Presents: Vol 5’ is not to be missed.

In:Flux Audio: Selection Box 2017

2017 has arguably been the biggest year to date for In:Flux, and we’d have been hugely surprised if they didn’t go out with a bang. We weren’t disappointed, as ‘Selection Box ’17’ features 11 massive tracks from the likes of Dr. Oscillator, AliMcK, Zemon, Fiyahman, Palizé, Clean Shirt and more. With Garage, Breaks and a heap of Bassline, In:Flux didn’t take wrapping up the end of the year lightly.

Project Allout Records: Vol 3

When it comes to label compilations, no one goes harder than the PAR gang. Ending the year on a high, they’ve put together a release of 47 tracks from a mixture of established artists and newcomers including Deadbeat UK, Daze Prism, Mr C, Killjoy, Moony and Wilkinsound and covers Grime, UKG and Bassline. You can get all 47 tracks for under a tenner on JunoDownload too – bargain!

Albzzy Selects EP [UWotBlud? Records]

This one has been doing absolute bits, from taking up top chart positions to seeing support from Craig David. Albzzy has rounded up a gang of exciting, talented producers and put together this giant 5 track EP. Each tune takes influence from a different pocket of underground UK Music – UK Funky, Bassline, UKG and UK Bass are all represented and in fine form too.

Flava D: More Love 2

We’ve already posted about this wonderful release but it was easily missed after being released on New Years day and, honestly, if you haven’t heard it by now you need to. Full to the brim with dreamy chords, gorgeous melodies and soulful vocals, ‘More Love 2’ is a work of art and the perfect follow up to the original ‘More Love’.

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Slime Recordings start up brand new sister label looking to the future of UK Garage

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After a number of high quality, Garage focused releases, Slime are re-focusing with a new sister label

When we think of labels who have championed modern, well produced Garage over the last few years, Slime Recordings are definitely at the top of the list. Recently however, label heads have decided it’s time for Slime to focus on music away from Garage, leading to the creation of a fresh new outlet; Downplay Recordings.

The idea behind Downplay is simple – to build on the foundations already created by Slime’s celebrated ‘Future Sound of Garage’ series by putting the spotlight on the brightest new talent in UKG and helping them create quality releases with longevity.



We’re almost certain there will be some artists with Slime history popping up on Downplay too, though we can safely say the first 3 releases lined up are looking to the future; Birmingham duo Royal Flush are the brains behind DWN001, with Kazumi Anzai and Witchdoctor also scheduled in for releases and yet more new talent on remix duties.

You can hear a teaser from the forthcoming Royal Flush EP, ‘Skin’ (out on January 26th), below. Keep up to date with all things Downplay by liking their Facebook page here.

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Flava D kicks off 2018 by dropping More Love 2

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After a busy year as part of superproducer trio TQD, Flava D starts 2018 off by showing her soulful side once again on the second instalment of ‘More Love’

Way back in April 2015, Flava D released a 12 track project during a a period of time which she has since said was ‘really heavy emotionally’, and you could definitely tell. Full to the brim with soulful, emotionally charged, yet danceable music, ‘More Love’ quickly became one of our favourite UKG releases of all time.

Fast forward to the 1st day of 2018, ‘More Love 2’ is here and if you were thinking that after a year of of touring with TQD, playing huge, bass heavy tunes to sell out crowds Flava may have lost touch with her sensitive skew on Garage, you’d be wrong.

Gorgeous, lush chords, delicate keys and passionate vocals flow right through the project over immaculate drums, with even the heavier, dance floor-focused tracks allowed breathing time.  Our personal highlights include all 3 remixes on the release; a Reese driven take on Bushbaby’s ‘Give Me Something’, a Rhode’s drenched version of Murlo’s ‘I Need’ ft Gemma Dunleavy and an incredibly smooth RnB re working of Kindom’s ‘Nothing’ ft Syd. Also standing out is the vibey ‘Forgiven’, which features cleverly sampled guitars and, in the last 2 minutes, some of the finest key work we’ve heard in a long time.

With Flava promising ‘more music than ever’ from her across ‘all styles’ and her role in TQD’s forthcoming Radio 1 Show, we’re excited to follow her progress in 2018.

You can download ‘More Love 2’ here, and stream a mix of the release below.

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Livsey, Palizé, J69 and KDot all feature on ‘1 Year of ATI’

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The artists of ATI Management team up on a bumper compilation as the company turns a year old

It’s been a fast and furious 2017 for the artists on ATI Management as they’ve played at events and festivals up and down the country, released a proverbial ton of music and ultimately developed as artists under the caring guidance of ATI founder, Jakob.

To see out the year with one last achievement, KDot, Palizé, J69, Livsey, Claybrook and Ma?k have a track each on ‘1 Year of ATI’ – a compilation to mark the first 365 days of the company.

KDot gets deep with his bars over a rich, soulful instrumental on ‘Lost in the Sauce’ whilst Palizé picks things up with screechy stomper ‘Hold Up’. J69 returns to his classic bassline roots once more on ‘Oh’; think throbbing bassline, skippy hi hats and pitched vocal samples. ‘Switched Down’ sees Livsey draw on influences from Neuro, with rasping basslines and thumping drums. ‘Rush’ is another nod of the head towards the sound design of oldschool bassline, with Claybrook employing a rolling, squelching bassline over 2 step drums. Ma?k’s ‘Gunshot Medley’ is a hybrid of the current sound of bassline and the slightly techier side of Bass House.

‘1 Year of ATI’ is out now to purchase or download iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Juno Download and you can check it out here.

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