Featuring the best of their past 50 or so releases, Basswave 2is the culmination of an outstanding year for Slime Recordings. The vibe is deep and eclectic with tribal, melancholic, soulful and heavyweight bases covered in the pick of the year’s releases.
Slime have had a swarm of impressive debuts this year, notably from the likes of Akin and Vausz to name just two – as well as a number of important releases from established artists such as Partyson and Totte. The bar is high, and that is reflected by the quality of the tracks on this compilation.
If you are new to this imprint then you could do much worse than start with this release – before you inevitably go sifting through their back catalog for their other quality releases.
Soundproof and Dubfreq collaborate on this jagged and sinister dubstep release. Both tracks inhabit the same aural spectrum with guttural basses growling over ear-smashing drops, with some fantasitically intricate distortion going on. Bear Brawler is the louder piece, with Aurora 7 bringing a minimal deep space vibe. Highly recommended.
Celebrating their 50th release, Slime Recordingskeep it fresh as ever with this innovative and accomplished debut album from Vausz.
The tone is ultra futuristic whilst conjuring up a palpable sense of nostalgia. Vausz depicts a future kindred to the gritty and dark Sci-Fi flicks of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Modulated lo-fi sampling and an array of classic synths and dub effects are put to extremely good use, the familiar palette subject to a whole heap of inspiration and innovation. We are teleported to a myriad of musical worlds; Club chords are spliced with Hip Hop breaks on the laid back ‘Nomurai’, whereas reggae dub vibes are subject to a sudden inexplicable metamorphosis in the schizophrenic ‘Thoughtforms’.
With influences ranging from dub, dubstep, acid, hip hop, reggae, deep house and techno, tracks also vary greatly in length – the briefest clocking one and a half minutes and the longest stretching out over ten. Just another example of how Vausz likes to do things differently. ‘Bosozoku’ is packed with musicality and innovation with many of the tracks have more than one song to sing.
This is an extremely well composed and balanced release that tells its story in vivid colour and detail. Well deserving the props, we are giving this one our solid RBP seal of approval. We think you should too. Available from 3rd December.
Can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to this release. My Nu Leng shutting them all down like totalitarian dictators of the dance floor, both tracks on this release are utter stompers. Released on the hot 877 Records imprint the vinyls are fast becoming collector’s items already – thankfully it’s also less finitely available for download as mp3 or wav. Essential listening.
From long time RBP favourite Geiom comes “Black Screen”, an inspirational new album out on the renowned Future Garage label Frisjfo Beats. Having heard little from him in recent times and knowing the skill of the man on the buttons we were pretty excited to pick this up and get it loaded into the player.
Starting with “Hem – 1 button”, stuttered percussion skips back and forth over the pitched synths nicely displaying the rough, staggered feel which prevails throughout the album. “Pucker Lips” stands out with an infinitesimally sliced flute breaking out over a crisp 2-step riddim.
Later on, 4×4/Bassline vibes push unhinged melodies on “Besk”, and “Adhafera” delves through classic bass synths which bound over a frenetic Drum & Bass beat. Eclectic in it’s scope and twisting each genre to fit, the album shifts direction ceaselessly with each listen bringing new reward – a worthwhile purchase for any bass music enthusiast.
Much like his productions, Breakage‘s output is sparse, yet to the point. Available for free by signing up to his mailing list, we are treated to three tracks in total.
‘Express’ starts in a deep and minimal house mode, progressively building to an innovative syncopated drum and bass flavoured crescendo. ‘Ass Up’ brings the deep tech house sound back into play before we are treated to the EP’s showpiece – a club house banger with all the right ingredients. A fitting climax in which ‘The Promise’ is truly delivered.
Look out for the highly anticipated third album from the digital soundboy which is scheduled to drop in 2013.