Insights

Explicit reviews & insights to some of our favourite releases.

Looking back at VALE's fall singlesLooking back at VALE's fall singles
07/01/2020
Pierre Collie

VALE is the home for expressive and innovative bass music, growing as a trademark for quality Electronica, from House to Garage, Drum & Bass to Halftime. The label released 5 singles back in fall, furthering the diverse palette we all love VALE for.

Dusty Ohms' Waves From Within EPDusty Ohms' Waves From Within EP
06/01/2020
Harry Taylor

This new offering, ‘Waves from Within’ is a fantastic piece of work showcasing his ability to mix raw Hip Hop elements with the sludgy, murky side of Halftime/Beats music which we absolutely love.

Let’s talk about Result’s Manticore EP on VALELet’s talk about Result’s Manticore EP on VALE
03/01/2020
Andrew Murphy

The guys at VALE never cease to amaze me. Never sticking to one genre and always working to push the next wave of artists into the spotlight is something they continue to do release after release. Returning this time they bring us the ‘Manticore’ EP by the mighty Result.

Frequent’s mindbending new single ‘Grass Rat’Frequent’s mindbending new single ‘Grass Rat’
14/12/2019
Kieran May

Upscale’s Frequent has been putting out some serious weight this year with tracks such as ‘Tension Coil, ‘The Goop’ and more recently ‘Forest Fires’ which was covered last month by one of our own.

Aagentah gets dark & deep on his MethLab debutAagentah gets dark & deep on his MethLab debut
11/12/2019
Andrew Murphy

MethLab Recordings are known for releasing some of the most intricately designed and forward thinking bass music in the scene, and their latest instalment in the INTEGRAL AESTHETICS series sticks to that.

Subsequence and His Sophmore Release, Freak(uency)Subsequence and His Sophmore Release, Freak(uency)
10/12/2019
Geoffrey Carter

Subseqence is the name Brian Rothstein gives to his fast growing project of what he calls an “immersive, sub driven, synthetic energy exchange.” Utilising his skills as a multi-instrumentalist to incorporate an organic feel, he seamlessly blends this concept into the realm of electronic music.

Let's look at Bolten M's 'El Heredero EP' on RenrakuLet's look at Bolten M's 'El Heredero EP' on Renraku
15/11/2019
Harry Taylor

Renraku has been synonymous with intelligent-design beat music since the very start, and their latest 11 track offering from Bolten M really affirms that.

Catch up with yunisCatch up with yunis
13/11/2019
Dan Jones

With features on SATURATE, collaborations with Mad Zach, starting an audio company, and lest we forget his incredible 'Depth EP' on MethLab, the work rate that yunis displays is unquestionable.

Let's discuss Abstract Elements' Tenderness EP on MethLabLet's discuss Abstract Elements' Tenderness EP on MethLab
12/11/2019
Pierre Collie

Russian Drum and Bass duo, Abstract Elements (Bop and Diagram) contribute their first EP to MethLab. They bring forth 4 tracks that all fall under a fresh Drum and Bass mantle, neatly fit in what they would like to call Buckweath Funk (ГРЕЧАФАНК): a dark left field relative of Neurofunk.

Frequent & Hudson Lee engulf listeners with 'Forest Fires'Frequent & Hudson Lee engulf listeners with 'Forest Fires'

Frequent and Hudson Lee are among two of the most technical producers heading out the scene currently. The duo released their innovative track entitled ‘Windows’ earlier this year which left many begging for more.

Hypho on Manuka, the 'Encoded EP', and plans for the future Hypho on Manuka, the 'Encoded EP', and plans for the future
07/11/2019
Dan Jones

A man who has been pushing a unique sound in Manchester for some years. When discussing forward-thinking bass music, Hypho is certainly a name to mention. We had a catch up about the year he's had, and delve into his backstory and plans for the future.

Malakai’s ‘Odd Views’ EP on The Rust MusicMalakai’s ‘Odd Views’ EP on The Rust Music
06/11/2019
Kieran May

More than two years after first releasing with The Rust Music, Malakai is back on the label to show off his ‘Odd Views’ EP, which features two collaborations from Denver based producers pheel, Thought Process, and with cuts from Bogtrotter.

Anthony Baldino’s 'Twelve Twenty Two' LPAnthony Baldino’s 'Twelve Twenty Two' LP
28/10/2019
Andrew Murphy

Tasteful and incredibly detailed, 'Twelve Twenty Two' bridges the gap between sound-design laden beats, cinematic motifs, and other experimental genres of dance music.

Discussing the PREVALE V.A. fundraiser compilationDiscussing the PREVALE V.A. fundraiser compilation
20/10/2019
Pierre Collie

Aside from providing refreshing left-field music, this release was also set up as a fundraiser for Austrian producer Voljum, to help him get a new laptop, continue pursuing his career and share his talent with the world.

A look at yunis' Depth EP on MethLabA look at yunis' Depth EP on MethLab
16/10/2019
Pierre Collie

German beatsmith yunis lands a new EP on Methlab Recordings, perfectly fitting the thought-provoking and gloomy sonics of the label.

Let's discuss MISSIN’s Optechnika EPLet's discuss MISSIN’s Optechnika EP
11/10/2019
Andrew Murphy

The mighty Methlab Recordings unleash the tenth chapter in their BNKR series and this one is no joke. This time around, Serbian heavyweight MISSIN is here to take us on a journey with Optechnika.

Diving into Keenan Mathias’ newest EP on SATURATE! RECORDSDiving into Keenan Mathias’ newest EP on SATURATE! RECORDS
10/09/2019
Andrew Murphy

The boys over at SATURATE! RECORDS are known for pushing experimental, heavy and bass driven halftime tunes. This time around they bring us the latest body of work from LA based producer, Keenan Mathias in the form of 'A Tremendous Interstellar Anomaly'.

A look at Hybris' latest singleA look at Hybris' latest single
05/09/2019
Pierre Collie

Hybris delivers us a new single on his left-field outlet, Pseudoscience Recordings. The sixth installation packs two drum and bass tracks, both flavored by the Czech-based sonic experimenter.

Lynch Kingsley - Astral Pulse / Capricorn (Foxy 5)Lynch Kingsley - Astral Pulse / Capricorn (Foxy 5)
23/08/2019
Arun Chakal

Foxy Jangle brings back the junglist fever with Foxy 5, delivered by none other than Lynch Kingsley. Our Arun Chakal shares his thoughts.

A dive into Abelation’s newest release, the Catharsis EPA dive into Abelation’s newest release, the Catharsis EP
21/05/2019
Geoffrey Carter

Released under the new and rising label, Outer Realms, owned by EDM’s mastermind, Minnesota, Abelation continues to amaze audiences with his latest work, Catharsis. It is clear that Abelation went above and beyond to perfect this EP to be something truly different in the bass music world.

Shades - Black Heart Communion EPShades - Black Heart Communion EP
16/04/2019
Vincent Taimiot

It would be hard to be unbiased on this chronicle because Shades represent one of my biggest influence in bass music, and I am very excited every time when they is new stuffs from this duo composed with Alix Perez and Eprom.

A look at Kabuki's latest release on Halogen MusicA look at Kabuki's latest release on Halogen Music
04/04/2019
Sam Langley

Halogen Music is a Belgian based record label, famous for experimenting on the edges between jungle, DnB, Halftime and Footwork. In the past they’ve released such artists as Corrupted, Digid, Danny Scrilla, Mystic State, J.Nomad, TMSV and a host of other producers from around the world.

Let's talk about VALE's AXON Vol. ILet's talk about VALE's AXON Vol. I
02/04/2019
Hajo Krijger

VALE has made it difficult for us this time. Axon Vol.1 is a collection of tunes that share as many distinctions to each other as they do similarities. All tracks share a sense of engaging storytelling where the kind of story being told, the ‘mood’ if you will, differs greatly.

Selects: Mar '19Selects: Mar '19
26/02/2019
Joe Pressa

Pressa is back with his monthly 'Selects' for March.