As we head into the winter months, don't let the cold, shadow the bass heat coming from all directions. November highlights include tracks from both established labels like Mad Decent, Insomniac, and Deadbeats to newer imprints including Maraki and Obsolete Medium.
1) MY NU LENG - "JUNCTION" [MARAKI]
Maraki Records, the imprint founded by Fine Art and My Nu Leng, drop a new EP from the label heads. The title track ‘Junction’ kickstarts proceedings with a low end that ricochets off the walls. There can be no confusion here, this one’s a stomper from front to back with vocals from Inja and Eksman harking back to the early days of raving.
2) JAY ROBINSON “THE INGLESIDE ROLLER” [BINGO BASS]
Jay Robinson returns to Bingo Bass with a gleaming solo effort following up on his epic collaboration with the label boss (DJ Zinc) on “Get Me Some.” “Ingleside Roller” is a delicious tune serving up bouncing bass, banging beats, and funky energy.
3) SINDEN & LO'99 – “NATURAL HIGH” [NIGHT BASS]
Sydney’s LO’99 and Los Angeles based Sinden are back as a musical pairing on their new release “Natural High” on the Night Bass imprint. The energetic bass house tune is playful and vibey with its breezy bassline and Capo Lee’s driving vocal work. The release includes extended and dub versions as well as two remixes from BIJOU and Proxy.
4) GENTLEMeNS CLUB – “KEEP IT SIMPLE” [DEADBEATS]
In less than three years, Zed’s Deads’ Deadbeats label has become one of the most reliable bass music imprints around. Their latest compilation We Are Deadbeats Vol. 3 introduces a new crop of rising talent in the bass music world including Blunts & Blondes, Sippy, SoDown, Klutch, Mersiv, Rome In Silver, and Gentlemens Club. The opening tune “Keep It Simple” is from the latter and delivers a dubstep track that bounces, distorts, and destroys throughout the four minute journey.
5) RAWTEK – “FINEAPPLE” FEAT. HERVE PAGEZ [INSOMNIAC]
Los Angeles’ Rawtek drops a double dose of baile funk inspired bass house that gets you moving on “Fineapple” b/w “Lips.” “Fineapple” is a blend of aggressive stylings mixed with Baile Funk vocals and classic Brazilian percussion and sounds. The drop evolves from a straight punch to the gut into a nice bouncy rhythm.
6) RUSS LIQUID – “NISABA” [WAKAAN]
New Orleans based trio Russ Liquid drop their debut EP on the Wakaan label named ECLECTRIC. The trio really know how to put an intricate bass tune together, with their ability to play brass impeccably, while incorporating modern jazz and funk from their NOLA background, melding it with modern electronic sound design. “Nisaba” is a strong example of their unique take on bass music.
7) FINE ART & SKEPSIS – “WITH U” [MARAKI]
Fine Art & Skepsis, two UK bass heavyweights combine, dropping a pile-driver riddim to dust off the autumn leaves. Bursting with both their individual trademark energy and attention to low-end precision, “With U” shudders throughout, sure to create havoc on the dancefloors.
8) KRAFTY KUTS – “IMPACT” FEAT DYNAMITE MC [WESTWOOD]
UK breakbeat producer Krafty Kuts recently released his eight-track electro bass EP titled Fresh Ingredients. “Impact” features drum & bass MC Dynamite spitting vocals over a rolling slap bass, hard hitting beats, and funky synth leads making this a winner on the dancefloor.
9) FRQ NCY & MINDSET – “HEATWAVE” [SATURATE]
Stateside producers FRQ NCY and Mindset team up to bring a three track EP to the Saturate label called Perplexity. The lead off track “Heatwave” is a booming bass heavy tune with filtered dub toasting samples over crisp drums and wonky textures.
10) GRAMATIK – “I KNOW IT” [LOWTEMP]
Slovenian born producer and DJ Gramatik is finishing off the end of the year by dropping the album Street Bangerz Vol.5. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Street Bangerz, Gramatik has returned with the fifth installment filled with a diverse array of soul drenched tracks spanning hip-hop, glitch, trip-hop, electro, and dubstep. “I Know It” keeps the low end heavy with soul claps, chopped up drums and pitched up vocal samples. Essential.
11) TISOKI – “PUSH IT” [NEVER SAY DIE]
UK dubstep producer Tisoki steps up to the plate to deliver his latest EP for Never Say Die. “Push It” opens up the Everybody Dies EP with a dancefloor banger fueled with laser sharp basslines and growling effects.
12) DENHAM AUDIO – “LIFT OFF” [BEAT MACHINE RECORDS]
Beat Machine Records returns with an EP featuring two artists Denham Audio and Cocoy Bryce. The Sheffield trio Denham Audio explores the limits between UK Rave, Hardcore continuum, Bass Music and Jungle on their three tracks. “Lift Off” is a throwback tune that throttles along over old school breaks, rave stabs, and jungle energy.
13) WAS A BE – “TELL ME” [SHOGUN AUDIO]
Italian based producer Was A Be steps up to the plate for his third EP on Shogun Audio with Overstep. The four track release takes classic rave era sonics and updates them with style. “Tell Me” roots one foot firmly to the floor with a ludicrous steppy swagger. Refreshingly warm and pulsing with a range of influences, it maps the journey through tempos showcased in this EP.
14) ROCKWELL & LAKEWAY – “BUSS IT” [OBSOLETE MEDIUM]
Drum and bass producer Rockwell just launched his new label Obsolete Medium with his Content EP. “Buss It” is a collaboration track with dnb experimentalist Lakeway that runs on halftime beats, gruff MC vocals, and a shifty bassline. The other three tracks remain at high standards, making Obsolete Medium definitely a label to watch in 2019.
15) NGHTMRE & BIG GIGANTIC - "LIKE THAT" [MAD DECENT]
LA bass producer NGHTMRE teams up with the bass funksters Big Gigantic for a fresh new single on Mad Decent. "Like That" fuses Big Gigantic's live instrumentalism (sax, drums), NGHTMRE's signature bass/trap sounds, and a vintage vocal line that's infectious. This might be their first collab, but hopefully not their last.