April brought a lot of great bass music tunes from both new and established artists. Hold tight as we dive into 15 of our choice selections.
1) LIQUID STRANGER & SPACE JESUS - 'DRAGONHAWKS' [WAKAAN]
Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN label just unleashed CONVOY, a 23-track compilation highlighting the best in “freeform bass.” Featuring tracks from the leftfield/weird bass community including Space Jesus, LUZCID, Truth, Digital Ethos, TLZMN, Champagne Drip, Yheti, Shlump, Freddy Todd, Esseks and Liquid Stranger himself. “Dragonhawks” by Liquid Stranger and Space Jesus is filled with medieval samples before a slapping bassline drops you into a dark abyss of sounds. Clocking in at over six minutes, the track takes you on a cinematic journey of bass.
2) IVY LAB - 'CHIC' [20/20 LDN]
As North London’s Ivy Lab gears up for their debut album, Death Don't Always Taste Good on May 11th, they keep teasing us with diverse bass music tracks that walk the fine line between experimental and accessible. “Chic” is a great example that glitches in and out of warm bass stabs and boom bap beats, perfect for the headnodders and after hour ravers.
3) NGHTMRE & DILLON FRANCIS - 'ANOTHER DIMENSION' (YOOKIE RMX)
NGHTMRE & Dillon Francis anthemic track “Another Dimension” on Mad Decent gets a filthy rework from YOOKIE. The duo dive deep into the grittiest, most bass-heavy end of the electronic music spectrum, taking the original track into a sludge of low frequencies that will have your speakers shaking.
4) CULPRATE & DEXCELL - 'POISON' [OPEN OUTLETS]
Bristol’s Culprate dropped his fourth and final part of his Unity Project EP series this month. The Unity Project is a celebration of Culprate’s Twitch channel and the community that has grown with it. Each track featured on the project has been the collaborative effort of Culprate and other producers from the Twitch community. Culprate’s collab with Dexcell on “Poison” is a bass music outlier that encompasses IDM more than EDM with both intensity and beauty.
5) KOTEK - 'RED SHIFT' [LOWTEMP]
Vancouver based Kotek hits us with a short and punchy two minute track on “Red Shift” (Lowtemp) that continues to formulate itself around a steady beat and trap sensibilities. Kotek manages to showcase a breadth of interesting and creative ideas that takes more than one listen to digest.
6) ESSEKS - 'BULLY' [WAKAAN]
Brooklyn-based Esseks dropped his EP A Hole In The Fourth Wall this month on the Wakaan label with 7 new tracks that glide through elements of glitch-hop, and freeform bass. “Bully” is a highlight for those who like their bass music deep, mysterious and distinctly off-centre.
7) DIRT MONKEY - 'PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME' [BASSRUSH]
Boulder based Dirt Monkey brings the wonky bass antics on his cheeky new single “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” on Bassrush Records. Dirt Monkey comments about the name, “I wrote this while on the Bear Grillz tour last fall. Every night after each show, we would all go straight to the bus and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I figured I should make a song about it, cuz PB&J is the best food on earth.”
8) WEIYU SHEN - 'ALIEN LANGUAGE' [GRAVITAS]
Weiyu Shen has been on a roll with his recent releases that span the bass music spectrum from trap to dubstep to future bass. His latest, “Alien Language” on Gravitas Recordings, builds on haunting synths before unleashing a squelching wall of bass.
9) SLANDER & WAVEDASH - 'MOVE BACK' [INSOMNIAC]
Bass heavyweight artists - Slander and Austin-based younglings WAVEDASH unite on “Move Back” for Insomniac Records. The single crushes the dancefloor with a bone-shaking drop, serrating mechanical synths, slapping drums, and a dirty driving bassline.
10) DAMAGE REPORT - 'PROTECTION' [GRID RECORDINGS]
Hampshire, UK based dnb producer Damage Report delivers a punishing 4-track EP on Grid Recordings. The title track “Protection” rolls over a reverberating bassline and crisp drum breaks that will have the dancefloor shaking and lighters up in the air.
11) DANNY BYRD - 'SALUTE' FEAT. MC GQ [HOSPITAL RECORDS]
Two drum & bass legends – Danny Byrd and MC GQ team up for “Salute,” a throwback to the pioneering jungle sound, brought straight into 2018. A funky guitar intro leads into a fanfare of live recorded horns, keeping things rooted with sub-heavy bass and nostalgic broken-beats that rises as the lyrical wordplay from GQ begins - the perfect match for Danny’s amen-laden drumwork. A future anthem is born.
12) VOICIANS - 'REMEMBER' [LIQUICITY]
Dutch drum and bass label Liquicity is back with its third installment of their flagship album Galaxy of Dreams. This compilation series serves as the main showcase for the labels uplifting liquid sound, with new and original tracks from both well known Liquicity acts and brand new talent. One of the standout tracks is Voicians’ “Remember” that propels smooth basslines over bouncy synths and crisp drum patterns.
13) DJ ZINC & HOLY GOOF - 'PUSH IT' (VIP) [BINGO BASS]
DJ Zinc and Holy Goof’s “Push It” was one of the biggest bassline tracks of 2017. Aimed squarely at the club, the VIP version adds a vicious synth lead and a broken beat section keeping the bass pressure rising. The b-side "Definitely" keeps it bouncing.
14) DJ Q - 'TIME TO SHINE' [DJ Q MUSIC]
UKG/Bassline producer DJ Q, drops “Time To Shine,” a bubbling bassline banger with buttery vocals and infectious energy throughout. The man himself breaks down how he made the track on Abelton on the recent Point Blank video.
15) PEDRO - 'NA QUEBRADA' FEAT. RINCON SAPIENCIA [ENCHUFADA]
Enchufada’s latest global bass release is from Lisbon producer PEDRO (fka Kking Kong) and Brazil’s rising rapper Rincon Sapiência on ‘Na Quebrada.’ While PEDRO pieces together Lisbon’s rich rhythmic tradition of bringing African influences to electronic music dance floors, Rincon Sapiência enriches this tradition with his hybrid style that has created bridges between the rap and baile funk worlds.