Top 5 Tracks of the Week 24th – 30th Sept


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. Drax – Frostie [Southpoint]

Frostie is an apt title for this track because that synth is about as cold as it gets. Punchy kicks, reverb laden claps, trap-esque hi hats and the occasional gun cock sound effect provide a solid foundation and there’s a steady but effective bassline. The lead line provides the primary interest though, and does so brilliantly. Proper vibes.

2. Fiyahman – Wubbz Dem [Gassed Bristol]

Another track where the title fits perfecly as there’s plenty of Wubbz provided by Fiyahman here. The piano brings a sort of horror movie vibe, and the dub influences are a nice touch to match up with the vocal sample. The drums are solid and we particularly like the reverb-laden bass fill. We can see this getting wheeled a LOT.

3. Fish & Sherry S – Square Waved [Tumble Audio]

After recent release ‘Such a Square‘, Fish continues his square wave assault on raves up and down the country, this time joined by frequent collaborator Sherry S. This tune is about as large as it gets. The bassline is the chunkiest we have heard in a very long time, and the diva vocal adds some welcome melodic content. The drum rolls and fills are reminiscent of Redlight’s Source 16, and that’s no bad thing. ‘Square Waved’ will be shuting down raves everywhere.

4.  TC4 – Bambo

Is there a tune TC4 can’t turn into an absolute banger? This is a  refix of Gipsy King’s ‘Bamboleo’, and it’s mad.  Glitched out guitar loops, an epic sounding horn, the snappiest clap you will have heard for an age and a serious sub work out make up this monster. Also the ‘bumboclaat’ sample is absolutely inspired.

5. Cadenza ft Jorja Smith & Dre Island – People (Conducta Remix) [Columbia]

Conducta continues his remix hot streak with this classy version of Cadenza’s track. In typical Conducta fashion, this is a coming together of old and new school garage. There’s soulful piano work, clevel vocal cutting (the original vocal is sublime by the way), the sickest organ sound and drums that couldn’t be any crisper if MJ Cole himself had mixed them. The only fault we have is that it wasn’t released in time for Summer.

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Inside The Ride: 30 Sept – 2nd Oct


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.


London – Distinkt Sounds Vol. 2 [Pelikann, Wamjam, Distinkt Residents]


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Manchester – Sankeys Presents [Mike Skinner, Deadboy&Murlo, Eyez x Mez]


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Leeds – Reminisce [DJ EJ, J69, Livsey]


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Bath – Function 16 [Wen, Jurango, NoFile, A-Bee]


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Brighton – For The Love of Garage [Scott Garcia, DJ Cartier, Tuff Culture, Moony]


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Top 5 Tracks of the Week 17th – 23rd Sept


This is the first entry in our weekly series, Top 5 Tracks of the Week. It’s exactly what it is says it; we share with you (in no particular order) our 5 favourite musical findings over the past 7 days.



1. Cabasa – Collapse (Nuvaman Remix) [Artifice Music]

Nuvaman is easily one of, if not THE, most consistent producers in the breaks scene at the moment. This remix of Cabasa’s ‘Collapse’ shows that less really is more. The drum programming is crisp with plenty of reverbs, delays and reverse snare rolls to add interest. The near constant arpeggio adds not only melodic content but also emotion to the track, which when coupled with the haunting vocal snippet creates tension. The bassline is simple, and rightly so; anything complicated would clutter the rest of the tune. We can’t believe this is being given away for free.

2. PVC – Seen You Before [Audiophile XXL]

It’s been a fair while since we’ve heard Brighton based, bass music all rounder, PVC on a straight up garage tip (not since ‘Put Em High’) and frankly we think he should do it more often. ‘Seen You Before’ is quite obviously a PVC track though; catchy melodies and vocal cuts coupled with some of the most interesting, bass face inducing, bass sounds we’ve heard, without losing any of that 2 step swing.

3. Tuff Culture – Take Me [Punks Music]

If theres anyone out there that can make contradictory bass music better than Tuff Culture, we’d like to know where we can hear it. All beautiful chord progressions (that piano is a peach) and lead lines, with emotional vocals. Right up until the drop that is. Outright, screw your face up and skank out material for a minute and half or so, until we’re brought back to the melodies and a euphoric, hands in the air, build up. Then the second drop which seems to be even harder than the first. Proper emotional roller coaster stuff.

4. Smokey Bubblin B – Licence (MOAD Remix) [NM Recordings]

The only track on this week’s list that isn’t released yet, but it’s a must buy.The original is a dark garage affair with some serious talent on the remix package, but it’s this one that’s our favourite. Sticking with the moody theme, Mind of a Dragon creates tension on the intro with chord stabs, until dropping his brand of bass heavy garage. With what sounds like water drops in the drum pattern and the reverb tails on a selection of the bass sounds, we can’t help but be reminded of a dungeon. Brilliant production as per with MOAD, this seriously sinister piece of work, and the rest of the release, is out on 03/10/16.

5. Cup & String – You Had It (feat Sarah Pellicano) [Slime Recordings]

The last track on the list this week, and its another garage banger. Dreamy pads and an amazing vocal from Sarah Pellicano start this one off, and to be honest we’d have been happy enough if the track carried on in the same fashion. What makes it SO good though, is the drop. It’s futuristic, unique, and honestly just sick. We’ve not heard a garage track like this before. The fills are brilliant too, and vary the track up nicely. Another classy, yet hard hitting release from Cup & String and Slime Records who are both smashing it right now.

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Re-re wind. Enter, Selecta


UK Garage and Bass music. That’s what Selecta is about. We’ve watched the rapid emergence of bass house. We’ve curiously spectated, as the many sounds of the UK underground scene blur borders and defy pigeon-holing, borrowing characteristics from each other. We’ve seen how dedicated people are to building a UK garage scene that doesn’t live off of music from 15 years ago (hats off most notably to New Movement). And now, after a good few years of immense saturation from new producers and DJs, desperate for a piece of the bass heavy action, we’ve realised it’s really hard to wade through all the not-so-good material.

So we’re here to make finding the good stuff easy, as well as provide a commentary on the scene.


We’re going to be doing a lot of reviewing and recommending. Honest reviews of releases from the big labels, the not so big labels, and free downloads along with nights that we go to across the country. We’ll also be interviewing the heads of said labels, major players, and promoters to get their viewpoint on whats going on with UK Garage and Bass music.

We’ve got some other pretty cool ideas too, but for now they’ll stay under wraps. We can’t give everything away in the first post…

What do you mean by ‘honest reviews’?

At Selecta, good music, good vibes and good ideas will be applauded. Lesser quality stuff, not so much. We’re not in the business of being harsh for the sake of it, we’re all a part of this scene for the love of the music, however if we think something is bad, we’ll say so, and we’ll say why, too.

Communication is key

The underground Garage and Bass music scene in the UK is going off right now. We want to make sure you know which releases you absolutely need, the events you cannot miss and the producers you should be looking out for and, if you absolutely must play a Rhythm and Gash remix at your next gig, which one it should be.

We’d love to hear other peoples opinions and we think that conversations about the scene contribute to keeping it healthy and interesting. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or email us at