The bass music releases are flowing in August and we cut through the noise to bring you the finest 15 tracks spanning Bass House, Dubstep, Grime, Drum & Bass, Experimental Bass and Half-Time Beats.
1) FLAVA D – ‘ACTING STANK [NIGHT BASS]
London producer/DJ Flava D crafts a signature sound that meets at the cross section of garage, grime, and bass music. Flava D delivers her debut release for the Night Bass imprint with the Spicy Noodles EP. "Acting Stank" is a sassy bass house driven single whose synth melodies and infectious vocal sample is a perfect end to the Summer. Bounce to this.
2) LIQUID STRANGER – ‘GUNSLINGER’ FEAT. PISTOL [WAKAAN]
After showcasing his freeform bass peers throughout the year, Wakaan head honcho, Liquid Stranger, takes back the spotlight on his new single “Gunslinger,” and he doesn’t disappoint. Featuring Pistol on vocals, Liquid Stranger crafts a murky and dancefloor friendly bass number that bubbles, twists and turns in all the right places.
3) EPROM & ZEKE BEATS – ‘HUMANOID 2.0’ [DIVISION]
The musical pairing of Eprom and Zeke Beats are a match made in bass heaven. “Humanoid 2.0” out on Noisia’s Division Recordings builds over robotic speech and mechanical sounds before the rug gets pulled out from under you. Then you start to freefall into a deep abyss of bass with no way of turning back. You’ve been warned.
4) HEKLER & MASTADON – ‘BUGGAS’ [BASSRUSH]
Heavy tune alert! Hekler teams up with Mastadon in the studio for a hyped up, unchained all out bass weapon. The result is “Buggas” and it cinematically builds up through twisted vocals before smashing the bass hammer down. Prepare for dancefloors to be shattered when this drops.
5) GODLANDS – 'WILD' [GODLANDS]
It’s been a quick minute since we last heard from Australian producer Godlands. Her last single “Pleasures” still holds strong in DJ’s digital crates worldwide. She’s back with a new release called “Wild” that showcases a gutsy energy with slapping drums and growling bass.
6) TIM PARKER – ‘RULES’ [20/20 LDN]
London radio host, producer, and tastemaker Tim Parker debuts his first solo EP on Ivy Lab’s 20/20 LDN imprint with his 4-track set called Slanted. “Rules” kicks off the tracklisting showcasing how Parker has developed a distinct solo sound, tipping his cap to the dancefloor whilst encapsulating the instrumentation of golden-era hip-hop, jazz-infusions, combined with deep low end bass.
7) BALKAN BUMP – ‘GIVE ME SOMETHING TO FUNK’ FEAT. KELLY FINNIGAN [LOWTEMP]
Bay Area producer/trumpet player Balkan Bump is back with a tasty new tune "Give Me Something To Funk" featuring the soulful vocal stylings of Kelly Finnigan. Balkan Bump’s future bass funk has kept him busy since his debut EP on Lowtemp, that has him touring with the likes of Beats Antique, Clozee, Russ Liquid and more. There is no slowing down for this fast rising producer.
8) PETTICOAT – ‘FERROFLUID’ [PETTICOAT]
LA based producer Petticoat comes correct on “Ferrofluid,” fusing bubbly textures, sugary-sweet melodies, and syrupy vocals. The bass thumping energy of the track oozes with both rough and smooth elements that will definitely pack dancefloors and equally satisfy headphone consumption.
9) DRAX – ‘MEKA’ [SOUTHPOINT]
Grime producer Drax returns to the Southpoint label with his full length entitled AFK. The lead off track “Meka” is an eski-beat grime instrumental, which draws together vibrant and expansive squarewave melodics and crunchy percussive patterns. Drax is definitely an artist to watch in the 140bpm beat music world.
10) CHRIZPY CHRIZ – ‘SCATTERED’ [VALE]
Bass music producer CHRIZPY CHRIZ releases a new EP titled A.D.D for the VALE imprint. Composed of five tracks spanning the bass music genre, notably halftime and dubstep, the EP is unified by a haunting dark theme with twisted vibes. The electronic bell tones of “Scattered” serve as a prelude to the solitary bassline that punches its way to the forefront of the track.
11) SAM BINGA & RIDER SHAFIQUE – ‘PROUD’ FT. TIFFNIE MALVO (ENEI REMIX) [CRITICAL MUSIC]
After the original Champion EP hit the shelves late last year the Sam Binga and Rider Shafique selection was immediately picked up by Sir David Rodigan and Toddla T. The ever-eclectic Binga found himself in fine form showcasing his love of proper dancehall. Now in 2018 the Champion EP Reloaded brings it back with an array of ready remixes that pick up where the first left off including a huge drum & bass refix from Enei.
12) KUSP – ‘SHOOK’ [DETAIL RECORDINGS]
Young London beatsmith Kusp has been producing within the wide spectrum of dnb. His latest single “Shook” taken from his debut album is a hard as nails fusion between instrumental grime, footwork, and drum & bass. The track embodies classic grime percussion going toe to toe with a simple bassline that carries the momentum.
13) ALLIED – ‘MINDSTREAM’ [METHLAB]
Brighton based producer Allied unveils the lead single from his forthcoming Kailash LP on MethLab Recordings. “Mindstream” knocks hard as a half-time bass stepper with techno touches that pulsate between warm basslines and jagged textures.
14) TELEKINESIS – ‘LOOK OUT’ FEAT. NUKLEAR [EATBRAIN]
Hungarian drum & bass label Eatbrain delivers another solid set of neurofunk tunes, this time from the Slovenian duo TELEKINESIS. “Look Out” rolls over tech-stepping beats and tough edged sonics with Nuklear supplying the MC duties. This track is primed to be played at peak hours.
15) URBANDAWN – ‘ROUNDABOUT’ [HOSPITAL RECORDS]
São Paulo drum & bass producer, Urbandawn, delivers a 4-track EP filled with grit and funk for Hospital Records. “Roundabout” is a crispy tech roller that’s tough, funky, and raw. It’s the perfect lead off track before getting into the rest of the Sleeping Awake EP, that showcases the producers complex production and diversity.