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BASS RECOMMENDATIONS OCTOBER 2012

Juno Recommends Bass

Juno Recommends Bass

BASS RECOMMENDATIONS OCTOBER 2012
28 Sep 2012
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Cat: STYRAX REC. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Tomorrow's Child
  2. Pretenders To A Crown Long
  3. Saboteur
Review: Though best known for their tech-house offerings, Berlin label Styrax have already dipped their toes in the murky world of bass with a release from Synkro last year, and now they turn to Ghostlight, a collaboration between Ghostek and Roof Light for more. "Tomorrow's Child" showcases a mastery of swung garage mechanics, dub textures and melancholy atmospherics. "Pretenders To A Crown Long" is characterised by its deep subs recalling classic dubstep, while "Saboteur" is a more rolling affair, pulsing with deep low-end and spectral ambience.
out of stock $6.21
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Cat: CHURCH 000. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Love Like This
Review: Rising Brighton producer Lorca sneaked out this white label bootleg / remix 12" for some fun and games with Faith Evans' classic funk-laden R&B jam "Love Like This Before". Jacking the vocal up to a pacey kick and clap combo, the chap made some subtle tweaks to the original, laying some tender Rhodes down on the chorus and keeping a healthy amount of sub bass low down in the mix, but it's been proven that the track will go off when the quick-off-the-mark spinners whip it out in the club.
out of stock $7.56
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Cat: SWAMP 022. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Decca
  2. Experiment 727
  3. Thang
  4. Rugged
Review: The Mancunian tones of Swamp81's resident MC Chunky are well known to those who tune in to the label's Rinse FM show on a regular basis. However, this debut EP, forwent any kind of vocal showcase for the kind of hefty, refined fusion of garage and techno we've come to expect from Loefah's empire. Arriving as a 12" doublepack featuring four tracks, The Chunky EP shows Chunky to have the production chops to match his skills on the microphone, showcasing a wide range of influences channeled through a uniquely dark mood; "Decca" is a straight up piece of rolling deep house with a shadowy basement vibe, while "Experiment 727? recalls the syncopated techno of Bambounou or Boddika's leaden beats, while on the second 12?, "Thang" is a masterclass in stripped back garage mechanics, and "Rugged" provides a lo-fi beat that ploughs the darkest recesses of instrumental grime for inspiration.
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 in stock $17.02
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Cat: 50WEAPONS 022. Rel: 17 Sep 12
Footwork/Juke
  1. I Go Boom
  2. Button Moon
  3. Oversize Clip
  4. Melody Maker
Review: More body slamming material here from Addison Groove. Direct dancefloor business, the title track "I Go Boom" shakes and sasses with a tight dancehall stomp that's balanced beautifully with soft minor keys in a way that DJ Gregory might have done back in the day (only a lot heavier). "Button Moon" takes the heaviness level up several notches with more steppy beats and a fine acid house flavour. "Oversize Clip", meanwhile, nods to the dubstep heads with a deep and minimal 808 riddim. "Melody Maker" finishes the show on a deeper note. Timeless, jacking and sweetened with a sexy groove, Addison Groove can do no wrong right now.
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out of stock $13.78
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Cat: NSCC 03. Rel: 17 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Bring In The Katz (feat Pork Chop)
  2. Bring In The Katz (L-Vis 1990 dub)
Review: When Night Slugs launched their Club Constructions series, the ethos behind it was an outlet for "raw and tracky material aimed straight for the dancefloor" and this third volume nails that to a tee. KW Griff's "Bring In The Katz" isn't widely known outside of the Baltimore House scene from which it sprouted recently, but is really worthy of the wider appreciation it will undoubtedly now receive. While anyone who witnessed the short lived explosion of Bmore in London clubs will attest a whole night of it does tend to drag, the precision with which Griff executes the staple elements of 808 drums and the Think break catch your attention while Pork Chop hypes proceedings perfectly. An L-Vis 1990 Dub on the flip - showcased to devastating effect on the Night Slugs Boiler Room - transforms the track from its Baltimore origins into a continuous onslaught of hyper rhythmic stabs and vocal samples. Does what it says on the tin and then some,
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out of stock $7.56
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Cat: HEK 017. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Bass
  1. MB
  2. Studio Power On
Review: Though the enigmatic Joe may not be the most prolific of producers, having released only a handful of singles for Hessle and Apple Pips since 2009, productions like "Claptrap", "Grimelight" and "Level Crossing" remain some of the most singularly unique club tracks to come out of the UK (or anywhere) in the past few years, utilising a threadbare rhythmic precision that manages to come across as organic rather than sterile. This EP for Hemlock sees him combine this approach with that of the slower, jazz tinged approach of the 116 & Rising compilation highlight "Twice". "MB" is a mere 110BPM and a loopy trip into a collage of old funk samples, while "Studio Power On" is an uptempo "Level Crossing" style oddity with samples including what sounds like someone sawing through wood, and described by the label themselves as "the sounds of 94 Jungle smashed to bits, thrown around a studio and taped back together for 2012?. Joe is one of our favourite producers here at Juno HQ, and we can safely say this is one of his best records yet.
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out of stock $7.03
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Cat: HES 022. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Clutch
  2. Underdog
  3. Piston
Review: This was Pearson Sound's long-awaited return to Hessle Audio this year, and his first material for the label since his contribution to last year's 116 & Rising compilation. Although his recent self released missive "Untitled" proved a welcome distraction it's clear that this release marks the next stage in whichever the producer may be heading. Eschewing the housier tones of the past few years of productions, Kennedy takes things back to basics, exploring the stripped back sounds of early instrumental grime. "Clutch" is as mechanical as its name suggests, combining thumping kicks and sharp-focus percussion with a sensibility not a million miles away from A Made Up Sound's right-angled techno. On the flip, "Underdog" is a cavernous stop-start DJ tool filled with glassy textures and high-voltage bass, while "Piston" is a schizophrenic battery of stuttering snares and contrasting melodic textures that have been frankly difficult to wrap your head around!
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out of stock $7.30
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Cat: KCMT 002. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Rome
  2. Make This
  3. Rome (South London Ordnance rework)
  4. Make This (Lakosa remix)
Review: Coming correct with a very modern kind of house music, relative newcomer Kashii throws it down for Kerri Chandler's Madtech imprint with the peak-time vibes of "Rome". It's crisp and tightly honed house with no frills necessary, from techy chord stabs to melodic vocal snippets and a well balanced dynamic range. "Make This" is a less self-consciously functional track with its ravey stabs, although both tracks are quite clearly aimed at a particular kind of party. On the remix tip, South London Ordnance spaces the elements of "Rome" out with greater techno intent, using dub as a springboard for breathing room and effects while keeping the mood primed for darker floors. Lakosa reworks "Make This" into a different kind of dub, keeping the big room drums in place and letting the melodies bleed out into a dreamy blur.
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out of stock $11.88
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Cat: ACLBL 005. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Big Boss Theme
  2. Booty Call
  3. Harrier
out of stock $8.38
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Cat: HEK 018. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Bass
  1. We Laugh We Scream
  2. Nar
  3. Freak Dub
Review: Not content with one release on Untold's Hemlock imprint this year, Randomer returns with another three tracks of what the label describes as "deranged acid breakbeat music". "We Laugh, We Scream" sees an overdriven 303 stretched to its limits and concrete drums go up against a Dance Mania inspired vocal, while "Nar" adopts a more linear approach, combining a weighty industrial feel with chopped up strings and creaking bass. Finally, "Freak Dub" is described by the label as sounding like Dillinja making house music - something that sounds quite accurate in light of the track's stomach churning bass and metallic clatter.
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out of stock $7.83
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Cat: RAMP 052. Rel: 17 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Kancourde
  2. K2
out of stock $8.63
12
Cat: PETS 023. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Breakaway
  2. Open Mind
  3. Copper
out of stock $10.27
13
Cat: AY 001. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Bass
  1. Keep Up
  2. Try Again
out of stock $7.56
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  1. Don Froth - "Liftin Weights"
  2. Milyoo - "Pancake"
  3. West Norwood Cassette Librar - "What It Is" (MAH VIP)
  4. Knowing Looks - "Cytal Fink"
Review: Having come to the end of its run of ten 10" releases, West Norwood Cassette Library's self-titled imprint starts a new chapter, with the first 12" EP, featuring tracks from some of the label's principal artists. Don Froth's particularly rowdy "Lifting Weights" combines crafty breakbeats, UKF percussion and filtered synths, while Milyoo's "Pancake" provides a washed out combination of tinpot percussion, deep bass and breathy vocal samples. WNCL himself also represents with his "What It Is (MAH VIP), a relatively minimal piece of breakbeat house, and Knowing Looks rounds things off with "Cytal Fink", a stripped back percussive workout recalling the work of Hessle Audio's Joe. As an EP it sums up perfectly why the output of WNCL Recordings is peerless, and as such comes highly recommended.
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out of stock $9.18
15
Cat: SUKI 010. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Flex
  2. Bubbles
  3. Everytime I Say
out of stock $8.63
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Cat: KCMT 003. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Deep House
  1. Home Early (original mix)
  2. Home Early (Pedro 123 remix)
  3. Home Early (West Norwood Cassette Library remix)
out of stock $11.88
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Cat: LEGS 001. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Coded
  2. Oni
  3. Oni (Om Unit Wrongspeed)
Review: Bristol's Crazylegs night inaugurate their freshly minted label with the debut release from the hotly tipped Ziro, who delivers two tracks of hard-hitting swung techno with a pinch of UK bass style. "Coded" and "Oni" deliver the same kind of stripped back, darkly functional rhythms as fellow Brisolian Artifact, full of swagger and impeccably off the grid beats. Remixes come from Om Unit, whose incredible "Wrongspeed" remix of "Oni" sounds like breakbeat footwork with pieces missing, and Thefft, whose remix of "Coded" adds all sorts of rattling fills into Ziro's spacious original.
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 in stock $5.68
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Cat: CIV 039. Rel: 17 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Been Lookin'
  2. Freeze The Star
  3. Paperball
  4. Vibrate
out of stock $7.03
19
Cat: TL 61. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Bass
  1. Love Riot (Distal remix)
  2. Love Riot (Cycad remix)
  3. Love Riot (Cycad remix remix)
out of stock $7.56
20
Cat: HS 003. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Bass
  1. III Defined
  2. III Defined (Dam Mantle Lovers edit)
out of stock $8.63
21
Cat: STSEP 009. Rel: 24 Sep 12
Bass
  1. Nobody (feat Lonely C)
  2. He Doesn't Say It To Me
  3. Nobody (feat Lonely C - Miguel Campbell club mix)
  4. Nobody (feat Lonely C - Lucky Paul remix)
out of stock $7.30
22
Cat: SNKR 003. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Bass
  1. Church
  2. Hollow
  3. October
out of stock $7.83
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