They say good things comes to those who wait, and with September we were spoilt with some of the best bass music of 2019 so far. Televangel, formerly of Blue Sky Black Death fame released a killer solo EP Emergency Heart and Octo Octa released the sublime Resonant Body LP. We had a taste of Photonz upcoming new album Nuit with "Shakti," as well as a dope new cuts from favorites Howie Lee and Project Pablo.
1. TELEVANGEL - FRAMED IN A DOORWAY (FEAT LOTTE KESTNER) [FAKEFOUR]
There is no denying that during their decade of beat making, Blue Sky Black Death gathered something of a cult following. The production duo powerhouse was officially dissolved in 2016, but former member Young God released a solo album under the new moniker Televangel in 2018. The new EP Emergency Heart is in part a continuation of the BSBD legacy but also a fresh opportunity to experiment and expand on the well-loved sound.
2. PROJECT PABLO - SCROLL UP [VERDICCHIO MUSIC PUBLISHING]
Canadian DJ Project Pablo demonstrates his acute understanding of the language of the dancefloor with "Scroll Up" from his fourth EP on VMP, Software. In it he takes that classic dreamy house sound and pushes it above the clouds with digital organs and passionate vocals.
3. PHOTONZ - SHAKTI [DARK ENTRIES]
Photonz aka Marco Rodrigues has been putting work in Lisbon's underground music scene for a hot second now. Known for his euphoric DJ sets, deep crates and parties free from "patriarchal expectations" his second release on Dark Entries, Nuit promises to be an exceptional record. In the new album, Photonz channels early techno, Drexciyan rhythms, balearic & atmospheric house.
4. OCTO OCTA - CAN YOU SEE ME? [T4T LUV NRG]
According to the label "Maya recorded the songs at her cabin in New Hampshire in order to channel the resonance of the forest, the beauty of the river, and the energy from the rituals she conducts within it." In "Can You See Me?" Octo pumps out fruitful break beats and loved up RnB samples that get the blood pumping. Read our review of the album here.
5. HOWIE LEE - BLACK CLOUDS UNFOLD [DO HITS]
The producer at the forefront of China's club scene comes through with the heat again with "Black Clouds Unfold." Starting off like a traditional Chinese peasant song before slowly mutating into a bleepy club banger for a few seconds, almost teasing what the possibilities of the song could be. As always, hiss ability to merge the past with the future, tradition with modernity is fresh, exciting and brave.
6. DOON KANDA - POLYCEPHALY [HYPERDUB]
Known for his Gothic surrealist art, Jesse Kanda has started to translate his distinct aesthetic into music and the results, just like his visual work, are stark, interesting and laden with mystery. "Polycephaly" is the first single off his upcoming album, Labyrinth out on November 29th. The song and accompanying video would fit comfortably in an audio visual art installation.
7. MARTYN - FROZEN BREAD SNAPS 
Martyn's 3024 label brings a bunch of artists together for another "Various Artists" EP featuring the likes of sin, Gremlinz, Jesta, Noire and Parris. Veteran UK beat-smith Martyn kicks off the EP with the twisted UKG bass roller "Frozen Bread Snaps."
8. REY SAPIENZ - MUSHORO [HAKUNA KULALA]
Exiled Congo native Rey Sapienz' new 6 track EP continues his experimentation with the traditional Congolese music of Soukous and Kalindula. In the EP he deconstructs Congolese pop music into its constituent elements and blends it with progressive electronic music, creating a truly unique hybrid sound you will not find anywhere else right now.
9. CHICANE VS BARBERELLA - HOW DOES YOUR HOUSE WORK? (MOOF MIX) [CHICANE MUSIC]
Since its release in 2017 this tune has become a certified classic, in fact its Ibiza-scented spirit make it feel much older then it is. This remix by Moof spices things up a bit while still letting everything that made the original song so popular shine. Chicane has still got his finger on the pulse of mainstream club culture that is for sure.
10. WALTON - DEPTH CHARGE [ILIAN TAPE]
The heads-down 2-step UK garage sound is enjoying a renaissance as of late, and Walton is certainly one of the artists at the forefront of the movement since the release of his Depth Charge EP in September. Make no mistake about it the title track of the EP is a main room weapon, replete with electrical energy coursing through its veins and pump action drums to keep the heart racing.
11. DJ SPINN - U AINT REALLY BOUT THAT LIFE [HYPERDUB]
Chicago footwork legend and TekLife member DJ Spinn continues to expand on the classic Chicago footwork sound with his new Da Life EP out on October 18th. According to the label "Da Life EP is a perfect snapshot of what we have been missing, morphing frantic juke, hip hop slow jams, and icy G-Funk into colorful inventive 160bpm footwork that can be as abstract as it can musical."
12. WOODY - WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING [ SELF RELEASED]
Relatively under the radar mad scientist producer Woody, combines footwork, drum & bass, noise and breakcore and assaults the senses in a avalanche of sound that will either leave you with your fingers in your ears or scratching your chin. Either way its different, and definitely leaves an impression.
13. ARIEL ZETINA - CLEANHOUSE [HEAD CHARGE]
The music of Chicago based Ariel Zetina takes inspiration from Chicago house, Belizean genres punta and brukdown and international queer club culture. In "Cleanhouse" off her Shell EP, she plays with a down tempo easy-going ethos, the Portuguese dialogue halfway through it I find particularly satisfying.
14. STANISLAV TOLKACHEV - WHEN I WAS A BOY [ SEMANTICA RECORDS]
Known for his cerebral thinking mans electronic music, Ukrainian prodigy Stanislav Tolkachev comes through with hazy, dreamy, loopy vibes with "When I Was A Boy" off the Right Angle. SEMANTICA 65 EP.
15. LEE GAMBLE - GLUE [HYPERDUB]
This track is off Gambles upcoming EP Exhaust which is the part of the Flush Real Pharynx series, due for release in November. The series sees Gamble wrestle with the the late Mark Fishers 'Semioblitz' theory. According to the label the theory involves "the aggressive onslaught of visual and sonic stimuli of contemporary cities and virtual spaces."
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