Denham Audio – NPFO (Artifice)
FBG – Prime Cause (Terminal Dream)
01. TMSV – Aku EP ‘Tumble Audio’
Tumble Audio hurtle towards the end of year with a belter from “TMSV” titled the “AKU EP”, accompanied by supporting remixes from “Murder He Wrote”, “Hypho” & “Archive”. With a back catalogue including music from Killjoy, Doctor Jeep, Boofy and Deadbeat UK, Tumble Audio are establishing themselves as a go to label for quality Bass, Grime and Garage lead music.
TMSV from Utrecht, The Netherlands originally established a name for himself in the dubstep scene releasing on labels such as Tube 10, Black Box and Box Clever on which he collaborated with the imperious DJ Madd.
After taking some time out from releasing music to reflect on his sound, TMSV has returned unafraid of the constraints of genres and tempos. Working on music ranging from 100bpm to 170 bpm and putting out releases on heavyweight labels such as “J:Kenzo’s” Artikal, “Om Unit’s” Cosmic Bridge and also Rua sound.
“TMSV’s” “Aku EP” floats between Grime, Jungle and UK Funky, twisting out club & party vibes for the masses. The EP is full of rave oriented sample stabs from the 90’s, which captures the up tempo energy throughout. TMSV manages to arrange colourful flute synths, hard bottom basslines & scatty drums in a unique way, establishing a signature sound within the bass community.
02. Squane – Totemic EP ‘Artifice’
Artifice, punch through yet again with an impressive EP from “Squane” along with 2 remixes from the scenes leaders “Hypho” & “Troy Gunner”.
No messing about “Totemic”, delivers an EP of heavy bass, tear out synth designed and enough flavour to keep the ravers in the dance.
Squane, found on Jelly Bean Farm, Bunk Audio, 877 Records and Lifted Contingency and Residing in the states hasn’t held back from finding a path through to the UK bass scene. Totemic clearly show “Squane” and his advancement though the genre, delivering a raw and ripped back creative interpretation of 2016 underground.
Along for the ride Artifice invite Hypho & Troy Gunner to lay up the remix side of the package. Troy Gunner known for his involvements with rinse.fm, Fabric, Losing Suki, White Asega, Black Butter & Infinite Machine to name a few, has taken on the track “Affliction” and smashed it a new one with his bottom end growls and stereo fed percussion elements.
Hypho known for dropping on 877, Boss Mode, Hot Cakes, Punks and Second to None takes on “Romper” and gives it a dub feel with a bottom end guaranteed to shake the system. With cleverly placed sound design popping off in and around the stereo field, the detail on the mix is impressive.
03. No Light – Treason EP ‘Lissajous’
Treason EP comes as a breath of new and dense wind for No Light’s sound, 3 Violent and aggressive tracks that give away his tendency for a rougher aesthetic, but never forgetting the jungle and bass roots that he builds upon.
No Light delivers a hard punch of industrial techno infused with jungle breaks chopped to pieces with sharp edge cutting club material. Considered one of the most action packed live acts of México city with a take no prisoners approach, No Light doesn’t hold anything back.
04. TSVI – Sacred Drums EP ‘Nervous Horizon’
//Review// TSVI “Sacred Drums” Nervous Horizon “Badness alert!”
Badness alert! New TSVI material on the hotly tipped Nervous Horizons imprint, coming your way like a gunshot to the head! This really is the ills bass material going around these days, and that’s because this head honcho knows how to play his cards right when it comes to the dubstep-techno alliance. Each tune is drenched in the sort of hybrid approach that makes GOOD UK bass music appealing all around the world; bangers like the opening “The Healer”, with its semi-beatless heat, the grime-techno experiment that is “Darabukka”, or even the tribal, clap-riddim of “Assam’s Children” just sound so fresh to the ear. Moreover, there’s no gimmicks here, just straight-up dance floor heat with the man’s own twist. “Egyptian Sensation” is another one of those tunes that’ll make most keen corner dwellers come out of their shell and approach the DJ with the universal question of: “mate, what’s this!?” – Juno Download.
05. La Vie C’est Facile – Dunk 86 ‘Tessier-Ashpool’
Swiss cousins and cycling enthusiasts Nicolas Incerti & Joachim Konrad, PKA La Vie C’est Facile or LVCF, began as party promoters and local DJ’s – their ears finely attuned to emerging new UK sounds, their time devoted to evangelizing and spreading said sounds across the clubs, apartments, basements and gardens of their native Biel/Bienne via their trademark DIY parties. 2015 saw them releasing their aptly-titled “Fun Zone” EP – a grime– and cuica-laden, ebullient and highly musical workout. 2016 sees them deepening the scope of their nimble dissection of dance music with their Tessier-Ashpool Recordings debut single, “Dunk 86”.