Thursday, January 03, 2019

baze.djunkiii Charts 01/2019

01. Lemzly Dale - Catty EP [Sector 7 Sounds 008]
Grime, Grime, Grime. And a little bit of Skweee- / Downbeat-influences as well. Four untitled tracks on this sweet little 12" with especially the B1 tune sticking out due to its raw, unpolished and vocal driven street attitude that made the genre one of our favorites in its early stages.

02. Various Artists - Gradients Volume 2 [Astrophonica]
What a massive compilation this. I first discovered the 3xLP fourteen track vinyl pack when Alley Cat of Kokeshi- and former Skunkrock-fame dropped Sully's "Qualla" as one of the outstanding tunes in one of her podcasts prior to the release, drawing me into a world that exceeds the regular  boundaries of Drum'n'Bass and Jungle by far with a quality selection of tracks by Fracture & Neptune, Luke Vibert, BSN Posse, Proc Fiskal, Dream Continuum and many more. Essential bass. Get.

03. DJ Madd - Dub Champion / Ghetto Sound [Dub-Stuy Records 010]
It's a great time for bass music these days and DJ Madd proves this with two uptempo bangers well exceeding Dubstep tempo realms and gravitating towards halftime Drum'n'Bass whilst employing Reggae-infused vocals and offbeat licks for a vibe and dark'ish, slightly threatening background sounds for a haunting, gangster athmosphere. Big.

04. Ansome / Umwelt [Rave Or Die 011]
And there is darkness. A beautifully marbled petrol blue 10" release from the Rave Or Die-camp brings us muscular, mechanical underground Techno for industrial basement sessions as well as a killer variation on brutalist Electro for the headstrong. A must have, this.

05. P.T.B.S. & Sascha Müller - Split E.P. [Psychocandies]
See review for details...

06. Smith & Mighty - Ashley Road Sessions 88 - 94 [Tectonic Recordings / Punch Drunk Records]
We're all up for a proper flashback, aren't we? Dub, Jungle and Breakbeat legends that are Smith & Mighty are taking us back to their early years as a celebration of the groups 30th anniversary, bringing on all the goodness we've loved about them ever since. Sparse production, deep ass organic bass waves, DubHouse-greatness and sweet takes on Breakbeat- / Jungle-based arrangements which still are timeless classics despite screaming 90s for all those who've been there from early. This is essential Bristol and defo stuff youngsters should be schooled with and by in terms of where all of today's bass music variety originates from. 

07. Kiljoy - Bad Man / Air Raid [Function Records 046]
It's the time of classic labels again. Established back in 1999 we see Kiljoy harking back to heavy, rave-induced Drum'n'Bass spirit that ruled dancefloors from around 2001 to 2004, bringing on stabs inspired by Belgian Techno of the early 90s as well as UK Hardcore alongside a distinct no bullshit-attitude that turns this into a menacing weapon in every DJ's hands.

08. Vectorvision - The Star Dwellers EP [Lone Romantic 008]
Electro has always been our jam and this is good stuff indeed. Three tracks covering the whole spectrum of electroid goodness with a range from dreamy, slightly 80s-infused lo-fi vibes to spaced out futurism and fast-paced primetime workouts for highly advanced dancefloors. Check.

09. David Goldberg - Emo Serialism [Molten Moods 005]
Is this the future of bass music? David Goldberg is meandering in between booming Breakbeat, Broken Beat, Future Garage, echoes of stripped down BigBeat and dreamlike, beauteous Detroit-influenced string arrangements on this highly recommended release. An underrated gem which be referred to as Future Classic in a few months time, not only for the touching, emotional vocal performance on the title track.

10. Freddy Fresh - Moving Forward [Spaziotempo 001]
Freddy Fresh doesn't need any introduction. The Minneapolis-based producer, DJ, remixer and American allstar of electronic music comes back with four more tracks on the new Italian label Spaziotempo, covering a musical spectrum from stripped down, well hypnotic Techno to sparse ElectroPhonk for moody, spaced out late night sessions on this 12".


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