The flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing and so are my ears after listening to last months wobblers. We got a sick joint from Grime pioneer Jon E Cash, an old school house music homage from Fracture and a new tropical number from Lone. Read on for the best bass tracks of April.
1. KONX-OM-PAX - "LA MELODY" [PLANET MU]
Konx om Pax: Essays in Light was originally a publication by infamous British occultist Aleister Crowley. The producer of the same name signed to Planet Mu is no ceremonial magician but he is definitely making a certain kind of magic in his new album, Ways of Seeing. "LA Melody" is the records opener and sets a epic buzz that the whole album continues to build on.
2. JON E CASH - "KNEW ME WELL (SOFT MIX)" [JON E CASH MUZIK]
Not as well known as his East London contemporaries but nonetheless influential in the development of the grime scene, West London's Jon E Cash has come through with some old-school pirate grime flavor with his Knew me Well EP, containing of few different versions of the same gritty bassy track.
3. STEVIE WHISPER - "THE CRYING WOLF" [YES BELGRADE]
Serbia might be a country of sub-zero temperatures but Stevie Whisper is bringing some serious heat with his new album Stevie Whispers Donkey Milk. "The Crying Wolf" is a record of minimalist nofield spoken-word shoegaze straight out of Belgrade that is a true taste of avant-garde electronica.
4. FRACTURE - "BIG UP THE LADIES" [ASTROPHONICA]
A veteran of the drum and bass scene, Fracture keeps an open mind when making music, incorporating elements of genres like footwork and ghetto house into a lot of his productions. The title track of his 4 track EP Big Up The Ladies evokes elements of dance music nostalgia and bursts with pure club energy.
5. PERA STA ORI - "ΚΑΤΩ ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΔΕΝΤΡΟ" [ YELLOW MACHINES]
George Kontogiannidis is a Greek guy making music like none of his kinsmen right now. This sampler is ripe with the diversity, energy and shape-shifting beauty of his Iskios EP. Definitely one to watch out for!
6. JESSIE WARE - "ADORE YOU (HAAI REMIX)" [UNIVERSAL]
I can't lie the original track by Jessie Ware had me emotional on more then one occasion. HAAi's remix tones down the passion and power of Jessie's voice and makes it a more casual beat-driven listen. Because lord knows I cant listen to the original without my heart hurting.
7. TZUSING & HODGE - "ELECTROLYTES" [ SVBKVLT]
Tzusing and Hodge join forces to create this heavy bassy weapon for the new Cache 01 compilation being released on Shanghai based label SVBKVLT. The vocals sound like hiccups from a night of some serious drinking.
8. ENZO SIRAGUSA - "VOODOO" [FUSE LONDON]
Enzo Siragusa's debut album A Decade of Rave is a journey through the past ten years of club music. You an hear traces of jungle, garage, techno and dub throughout, "Voodoo" being a prime example of that musical fusion.
9. LONE - "MELTED (OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)" [ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS]
Lone's first single from his upcoming album is ripe with tropical and fluorescent toned piano work and dreamy samples typical of the producer yet geared more for the dance-floor this time round.
10. NO MOON - "AOE_ADVANCING" [ CRAGIE KNOWES]
This chilled-out dreamy banger is relaxing and exciting at the same time. Its got a almost cinematic progression with its synth high-notes, monkey call samples and bursts of drum and bass playfulness.
11. DOLENZ - "HELIUM II" [EXIT RECORDS UK]
A mini science lesson and banger all in one. This sci-fi themed track from Dolenz's Ligua Franca LP has a villainous pulse that drives the song. Like the record, "Helium II" exists in its own twilight zone.
12. SYNKRO -"REALIZE" [APOLLO RECORDS]
Synkro's name may sound like a dubstep producer but his music and intellectual approach to it couldn't be further from that tacky scene. His new album, Images was made using vintage synths and inspired by new age trance. Realize is a floaty journey through the clouds interposed with mellow house flavor.
13. TASHI WADA WITH YOSHI WADA AND FRIENDS - "NIAGARA LAUREL HALO LILITH MIX" [RVNG INTL]
Laurel Halo reshapes this father and son drone piece in her typically eccentric artistic vision and the results are different to anything out there at the moment.
14. MANA - "TALKING/CHOKING FT YENDRY" [HYPERDUB]
Taken from his impressive debut, Seven Steps Behind, "Talking/Choking" featuring Yendry is one of the weirder tracks from an already weird album. Laced with Mana's singularly unique drumless aesthetic and postmodern approach its definitely something you will remember.
15. DOTORADO PRO - "MACUMBA" [ENCHUFADA]
Lisbon prodigy Dotorado Pro is a kid but his sound belies his small stature in "Macumba" off the EP of the same name. Packed with afro-house drum loops, dripping with Portuguese soul and an infectious melody its no surprise he is making splashes in the global club music scene.