Bass, bass, and more bass is what October releases have in store for you. We filter through the noise to bring you the best in bass house, dubstep, trap, future bass, footwork jungle and everything in between.
1) TAIKI NULIGHT & AC SLATER – “NIGHT BASS THING" [NIGHT BASS]
UK DJ and producer Taiki Nulight is about to drop his new full length album Murky Manor in November and teases us with “Night Bass Thing” alongside AC Slater. "Night Bass Thing" featuring Dell Harris is a certified club banger with a foundation set in a dense bassline that gives way to a bouncy synth and ushers in a crunchy breakdown with a head nodding melody. This is a tasty teaser until the full release drops.
2) G JONES - "ARBITER'S THEME" [ILLUSORY RECORDS]
After dripping a few choice singles earlier this year, G Jones finally unleashes his debut album filled with 11 tracks fueled by mind benders and club smashers. "Arbiter's Theme" starts off with an ethereal vocal hook before it builds up into a synth heavy drum workout that changes up throughout, keeping it fresh and funky.
3) HABSTRAKT – “ABOUT YOU” [NEVER SAY DIE RECORDS]
French bass producer Habstrakt delivers the goods on “About You” with the Never Say Die Records imprint. Fusing haunting tones with his bouncy bass house flavors, while keeping it anchored in a boisterous bassline. Part dubstep, part trap, part bass house, but 100% banger. This one tears apart.
4) 1788-L & TYNAN – “ABYSS” [DEADBEATS]
1788-L & TYNAN team up to deliver “Abyss” on the Deadbeats label. The midtempo track brings wild energy to the mix with distortion and heavy hitting bass. Look out for the second drop that kicks into drum & bass territory. “Abyss” is three minutes of controlled chaos.
5) DUBLOADZ – “NITRO” [BASSRUSH]
Dave Nardolilli, better known as Dubloadz presents “Nitro,” his new single for the Bassrush label. Mixing a distinct style of high-energy vocals and deep bass rhythms, “Nitro” covers a spectrum of influences from house and bass music to funk and hip hop. Wonky, wobbly, and wonderful.
6) SPACE JESUS & CONRACK “MEATBALL PARM” [CIRCUS]
When two bass heavyweights like Space Jesus and Conrank come together to produce a tune, you know it won’t disappoint. They join forces on the track “Meatball Parm” for Circus Recordings, that builds until a kitschy sample about “beef” sets the track into morphing basslines and slapping drums. Sprinkle in some weird vocal snippets, and you have a feel-good, cheeky dubstep tune.
7) WAVEDASH – “DEATHWISH” [GUD VIBRATIONS]
Bass music collaborators NGHTMRE and SLANDER launch their Gud Vibrations imprint with the first single "Deathwish" by Austin trio WAVEDASH. The angelic vocals of fknsyd help build the track until the bass heavy drop buzzes and assaults a bed of intense percussion and screeching samples.
8) G-REX – “RIFT” [WAKAAN]
Bass badman G-Rex, returns to Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN imprint with his solo RIFT EP. The four track set showcases G-REX’s meticulous sound design, quirky breakdowns and blood curdling riffs that span across the realms of experimental, bass and trap. The title track “Rift” is a fine example of his low end acrobatics and fine-tuned details come together.
9) GENTLEMAN’S CLUB – “GOES LIKE” [BASSRUSH]
UK trio Gentelman’s Club smash the bass to pieces in their latest single “Goes Like” for Bassrush. Gentleman’s Club tells the Bassrush blog, “We felt it was right to make something that was original but that pushed the boundaries of the sound.” The results pulse and twist over trap elements and a hyphy bassline for maximum dancefloor heat.
10) EKALI – “STAY HOLLOW” FEAT. MOSSY [OWSLA]
Canadian producer Ekali has released his debut EP, Crystal Eyes, via OWSLA, and it’s a nice cross section of diverse styles from bright and motive pop melodies with boisterous drums to his experimental sound design. The lead off track “Stay Hollow” with mossy is a standout melodic instrumental track filled with pulsing bass kicks and knocking drums.
11) DETROIT’S FILTHIEST – “FUNKY SPERM” [DEFROSTATICA]
Baghdad-born Ghettotech producer Detroit’s Filthiest drops a three track EP, Among Thieves on the Defrostatica imprint filled with no frills 160 BPM tracks. “Funky Sperm” is a bouncy footwork jungle tune rattling with low end bass, ghettotech vibes, and DJ scratch samples.
12) FRACTURE & NEPTUNE – “CHAL DUB” [ASTROPHONICA]
The reliable and cosmic record label Astrophonica will be unleashing their next compilation Gradients Volume 2 in November. Label head Fracture teams up with his long-time production partner Neptune on “Chal Dub” and give us the first taste of their experimental 160 BPM Fast Techno Bass.
13) QUARTZ – “HALL OF MIRRORS” [METALHEADZ]
Welsh dnb producer Quartz makes his debut on the Metalheadz label with the Hall of Mirrors EP. The title track ebbs and flows over razor sharp beats, rough textures, and a growling bassline. The track showcases just one of the styles on the EP, from the celestial nature of “End Title” to the onslaught of bleeps and bass that is “Oblong Druid.”
14) DJ ZINC & CHRIS LORENZO "GAMMY ELBOW" (CHRIS LORENZO DNB MIX) [BINGO BASS]
"Gammy Elbow" has become one of the biggest bass house tunes of last year and earning scene support from DJs crossing genres from garage to EDM and dnb. Lorenzo himself steps up to do a dnb edit of the track which keeps the irresistible hooks of the original but maxes out the energy and ramps up the tempo.
15) CRYPTICZ – “TEACHINGS” [COSMIC BRIDGE]
UK bass producer Crypticz combines experimental jungle, slow skanking dub-techno & meditative bass weight to stretch the sonic boundaries of drum & bass music. “Teachings” is a stripped down dub tune with rough percussion riding a wave of bass into an echoing abyss.
BONUS TRACK: YOOKIE “BRAIN WARP” [SELF-RELEASED]
Bass destroying duo YOOKiE just released their 5-track BASSiC EP and don’t hold back. “Brain Warp” builds with sparse drums and cinematic synth stabs before unleashing twisted sound effects over a steady dubstep foundation. The results hit you with the highs and lows.
About the Author:
Ryan Romana is part of KOOP’s electronic music show DPX Hi-Test, which airs every Friday night at 7pm CT on http://koop.org. He is based in Austin, TX where you can find him mountain biking or checking out new music.