Bass Music . Grime . Jungle . Future Beats

WEEK STARTING 20 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of In The Grow by RAFRAM.
Orphic Apparition is a new label born out of a transatlantic meeting of minds. Facilitated by a long, hedonistic party in one of present-day London’s ‘meanwhile use’ venues Grow Tottenham, Canadian producer Raf Reza and British acid house luminary Paul Chivers spent a precious day in the studio to record a 3 hour straight to DAT session before Reza's return to Canada. The result of this spontaneous yet intuitive collaboration blurs the lines between Chiver’s long-standing Ramjac Corporation alias and Reza’s genre-spanning approach to dub, breaks and house styles. Part of the early 90s rave scene and an important member of the blueprint-setting Irdial label, Ramjac locks heads with the self-professed ‘lazy music guy from Toronto’ to adapt their studio session into five separate mixdowns.

‘In The Grow’ begins with a bouncy, cut-up sounding Errorsmith-esque rhythm, the recurring fright night melody that distinguishes the record coming in all quick and powerful. The A2 ‘Rotten Mix’ offers a more traditional house approach in its composition, with dub FX and a nice DJ friendly outro. On the final uptempo choice the pair opt for a head-scrambling electro take. Choose your fighter! The ‘Swampy Dub’ on the flip really dismantles everything we’ve heard prior, slo-mo drums allowing a much different DJ experience and altering the freaky synthetic propulsion into an almost modern classical sound. A little like Paul Dresher’s eternal ‘Channels Passing’ (tip). Combined with the other edits this version almost becomes a totally different track. The final ‘Rootless Dub’ gives its clues in the title, removing all the tough drum sounds and allowing for an ambient decompression.

Orphic Apparition will return soon.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Leave the sludge in the warehouse long enough and it mutates into new lifeforms off of all the sweat and ecstasy still circulating around the vicinity. The results are mutations of acid, bass, rave and dubstep into one end-level bossman warehouse killer. You'll need a pocket full of power pills to fend off this beast!

TRACK LISTING

A1. In The Grow (Rotting Mix)
A2. In The Grow (Rotten Mix)
B1. In The Grow (Rahtted Mix)
B2. In The Grow (Swampy Dub)
B3. In The Grow (Rootless Dub)

Basic Rhythm

Cool Down The Dance

    Basic Rhythm returns to his Jungle roots for his final release with Planet Mu. Harking back to the golden era of the mid 90s, but with a contemporary slant, Basic Rhythm hands in three dance floor killers, with a remix from the grim reaper himself, Loxy. The titular track, Cool Down The Dance, opens with a jittery fragmented drum pattern and wooshing stereo effects, lending a slightly disorienting feel to the intro before the well known vocal refrain leads into a monster amen drop. Deep subs, amen breaks and steely stabs roll out this dance floor banger.

    This is followed up with an absolute behemoth of a track. Horse Mout’ utilises an infamous vocal sample in a fresh way, building upon the intro with waves of dubwise effects before launching into a devastating onslaught. With support from scene stalwarts DJ Storm and Flight this one has been smashing up dance floors! The third track is a remix of Cool Down The Dance by Loxy, bringing his inimitable cool production style to the fore, stripping away the amen layers to reveal something for the darker corners of the dance. One for the head noders and the eyes down crew. The final track, Satta, is a nod to the dub of Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, and On U Sound. A slow boiling minimal intro that drops into the extreme minimalism of just a kick drum and sub bass line belies the swagger of the eventual drop. Swinging drums in an almost military pattern tumble and stagger around the core line of kick drum and sub bass, lending this an almost drunken air.

    TRACK LISTING

    A:

    1/Cool Down The Dance
    2/Horse Mout'

    B:

    1/Cool Down The Dance (Loxy Remix)
    2/Satta 

    NCA frontman Brassfoot releases his first, eagerly anticipated full length project. ‘SWEAT’. NCA 005 delivers 9 volatile club tracks, perfectly curated for peak-time DJ sets, or sweat inducing gym sessions alike. Brilliantly singular & highly rhythmic, landing somewhere between the industrial slow-gabba /  orc music perveyed by the Belgium based PRRR! PRRR!, Detroit sludge and tape fried experiments of fellow NTS visionaries Tom Boogizm & FUMU. It growling distortion the ever-continuring trademark throughout the LP. Showcasing his signature sound, Brassfoot opens another chapter of this ever-growing NCA story. 

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Ceremonial Glass
    A2. Tiers Not Tears (Dub Splash)
    B1. Our Business
    B2. Coveted Codes (CSS)
    C1. Deep Water Carriers
    C2. Soylent Bread & Water
    C3. Off Dat FFFFF
    D1. Radiac Meter
    D2. Hellnet Uprise (E-Day)

    Seriously good UK business here from the fledging Creep Woland on brand new label Headset. Hybrids of UKG, bass music, breaks and house music, coalesced into summat fresh, grooving and incendiary for the cluurrb.

    Opening up with the fiery garage of "Blantyre 86 Style", complete with punchy breaks, M1 stabs and subtle echoes of soundsystem culture we move into the more abstract and spacious halftime of "Healing ABle 713". Featuring Usurp the track straddles the grey areas between dub, jungle and halftime beautifully; all with an expansive, big room vibe - perfecto!

    Onto side B and "Luca Benzito" opens with warm piano chords and a big raggamuffin drop; bridging into sublime, bass heavy UKG with those delicious chords and sharp synth licks unveiling a sexy and sophisticated core. Finally, "Eraser Funk" drops the perfect B2 - a downtempo smokers cut that's perfect for the morning after the night before as your roll the last spliff of the session before bed time. It's been a big night, time to get some rest dear raver.

    Limited copies, hot shit - highly recommended! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Nice n bubbly warm up tackle for your bass-centric and garage leaning dancefloors here. Comes with a bonus, stoned, head nodder for the come down too. Both side A tracks are fire for the club.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Blantyre 86 Style
    A2. Healing Able 713 Ft. Usurp
    B1. Luca Benzito
    B2. Eraser Funk

    Dwarde / Tim Reaper

    Not Afraid / Shiftpitchers

    Dream team collaboration from two of the finest drum & bass artists in the scene. Drawde and Tim Reaper drops a track each for Beyond Electronix.

    Dwarde's "Not Afraid" opens with lavish atmospheres and skitty breaks, teasing us sligghtly before the amens and the subs drop later in the track. Nice old school flavour to this one, bit Moving Shadow in parts.

    Tim Reaper drops some hardcore ruffage over a well known rave vox, peppering it with sampled vocal stabs and gliding subs whilst mangling the shit outta a what I think is the Scorpio break. Nice bits of rave-indebted bliss-outs and breakdowns whilst the energy levels are kept ramped up in the red through the expert drum programming and the hyped up vocal samples.

    Maximum pressure, limited copies, move quick one this one! recommended! 


    TRACK LISTING

    A. Dwarde - Not Afraid
    B. Tim Reaper - Shiftpitchers

    Redstone Press return with a new ep from Par Avions Henry Greenleaf. Henry spent a lot of time in the Lake District prior to and during the beginning of the pandemic and this release is the fruit beared from that period! Full of tense space and creative freedom, "Kirkstone EP" is Henry’s finest work to date (in our biased and arrogant opinion) and highlights his ever-upwards trajectory.

    The EP’s namesake boots down the door with his instantly recognisable drum work and intricate synth lines. The A2 “Headache District” is a more spacious affair, awash with ambient sweeps that, when paired with his intricate booming kicks, creates a subtle groove that belies the driving force behind the track.

    On the flip “Put By” swaps sweeping synths for metallic abrasion and a building tension that dissolves into unsteady piercing stabs and crumbling basslines. Henry expertly stiches together elements that on paper shouldn’t work, into a masterfully deep and ominous 5 minutes. Closing out the EP is “Group Translate”, a symphony of cascading sounds that ramp up the pace and force you into taking notice! This hammer of a track sounds like something you’d hear as you pass through a blackhole in space, on eccies.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Kirkstone Pass
    A2. Headache District
    B1. Put By
    B2. Group Translate

    Following the success of the first Planet Love compilation, Safe Trip has delved even deeper into the roots and formative years of trance music. The result is a vivid snapshot of heady, trance-inducing music released between 1990 and ’95.

    Like its predecessor, Planet Love 2 does not deliver a straightforward chronological run-down of influential ‘proto-trance’ cuts and key early anthems. Instead, it casts its’ net far wider for inspiration, joining the dots between trance-inducing tracks in a disparate mixture of interconnected styles.

    Before trance became rigidly defined in the late 1990s, the term was more loosely used as a descriptor, with the tag variously being attached to tracks that combined elements of techno, ambient, breakbeat, deep house, electronica, progressive house, acid, tribal and new beat. What unified these disparate musical strands was an emphasis on groove, melody, atmosphere and – more often than not – psychedelic intent.

    You’ll find all this and more amongst the 12 colourful and emotive tracks from around the world that make up Planet Love 2. The hard-to-pigeonhole, early ‘90s New York rave scene is represented by the immersive ambient of Lazer Worshippers’ ‘Free Flight’, Revelation’s trippy gem ‘First Power (Domination Dub)’ and the delay-laden drums, held-note new wave chords and psychedelic electronics of ‘Time Warp’ by Moodswings.

    The UK’s rarely discussed role in the development of early trance – often via tracks that touched on ambient techno and progressive house – is represented by the Obsession Project’s prototype melodic trance obscurity ‘Untitled Part 3’, the Arc’s fast-then-slow rework of The Moody Boyz ‘The Pygmy Song (Nocturnal Version)’ and ‘X O Surf’ from The Deep, a breakbeat-driven workout that defies easy categorization.

    Naturally, the popularity of early trance in Europe is reflected in the track listing, too. Check the formative progressive trance of French producer Innertales’ ‘Odysee’, two tracks from Italy (T.E.W’s ‘Doubt Int’ and Alien Signal’s melodic ‘Deep Sky Delights’), and a trio of often overlooked cuts by German artists (early Svan Vath number ‘L’Esperanza’, the Jam El Mar co-produced ‘We Come in Piece (Desert Mix)’ by Dance 2 Trance, and ‘A Source’, the opening track from Tobias Beldermann’s first EP as Redeye.

    Offering a deeper and more diverse definition of early trance than volume one and packed to the rafters with sought-after and overlooked gems, Planet Love 2 is a fitting follow-up to Safe Trip’s first collection of formative trance treats.

    TRACK LISTING

    Lazer Worshippers - Free Flight
    Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (Single Edit)
    Dance 2 Trance - We Came In Peace (Desert Mix)
    Innertales - Odyssee
    Alien Signal - Deep Sky Delights
    Revelation - First Power (Domination Dub)
    The Deep - X O Surf
    The Moody Boyz - Pygmy Song (Nocturnal Version)
    The Obsession Project - Untitled Part 3
    Redeye - A Source
    Moodswings - Time Warp
    T.E.W. - Double Int


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