Dom & Roland: The Big Bang LP

7 09 2011

Clips from every track of Dom’s forthcoming Big Bang LP are now available through his Soundcloud page [and now here too]. Combining engaging, cinematic atmospheres (and quite simply the best intros in D&B) with astute samples, razor sharp breaks and punishing basslines, Dom’s full and unrelenting style marks him out in a D&B scene in which the more interesting music has often tended towards stripped back minimalism since the advent of Autonomic a couple of years back.

The album is released on the 26th of September and it’ll be two years since he last induced widespread shirt ripping and face tearing (and other such bass related platitudes) with his mammoth No Strings Attached LP, which featured such belters as Tajitsu, Mind Feeders and Jungle Beast. If these clips are anything to go by, the Big Bang may yet be even bigger.



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Hospitality Brixton 30th September Lineup Announced

1 09 2011

Brixton-SEPT2011-A5-Back500Hospitality is back at the O2 Academy Brixton at the end of this month and the lineup has been released today. With all the big names you would expect from one of the most well known record labels in the business (and notably a special Jungle set from DJ Zinc), it is a night not to be missed. Zinc has become more known for his house sets these days and so seeing some of the old classics dropping will be a treat.

Tickets are £20 in advance and can be purchased from TicketWeb. Doors are open from 09:30pm and I’d recommend turning up unfashionably earlier on in the evening, from past experience there are some great sets played during the graveyard shift.

Head to the Hospitality website for more info.

BBC Essential Mix: Jamie XX

28 08 2011
This weekends Essential Mix is provided courtesy of man of the moment Jamie XX. Shifting styles and eras masterfully, this is undoubtedly one of the classiest EMs of the year and is yet another milestone in the young Londoners meteoric rise as a solo DJ and producer. Cop a listen here; full tracklisting available here.

Yogi ft. Ayah Marar – Follow U (AI Remix)

26 08 2011

So I’m back. The boys and girl of Blog and Bass have all been off doing various exciting things this summer and we are now back to bring you the best bass music we can find. My word there has been some amazing releases over the last few months.

mzi.lrejxrbe.170x170-75Opening out my first post back is a track that has had a lasting effect since I heard it for the first time yesterday. It’s available to pre order on iTunes and is coming out in just under a month on September 25th.

Brought to you by the big boys at the Ministry of Sound, Follow U has one of the most memorable break downs I think I have heard all year. Synth sustains with extra reverb in the intro and again during the breakdown before the last drop, coupled with Ayah Marar’s gorgeous vocals left me expecting a liquid summer vibed track. How wrong could I have been. After the breakdown I was met with an absolutely filthy bass line that was mastered brilliantly in keeping with the rest of the track.

Probably my top pick of the summer so far and I have a feeling this one could be big…

Fudge Fingas

25 08 2011

A new discovery for me, Gavin Sutherland seems to have a fully crafted sound – a sweet mix of sickly ambiance with bass-y house that both contrasts and mixes beautifully, juxtaposing energy with soothing chillout.

His album apparently came earlier this year in the form of Now About How – I have to admit to having not had chance to take it in but I have been absolutely loving this track just released on Firecracker Records. A deeply involving warm cut of swirling spacey beats:

What Works is out now on Firecracker Recordings.

Clams Casino – Rainforest

12 08 2011

Stunning piece of Hip-Hop / Noise drenched electro. When I saw the label who’re putting this out I was sceptical. Tri Angle have a nasty habit of feeding hyped up ‘witch house’ affairs which first please, then tire before becoming dull. This is definitely not in that category – a good sign is the simultaneous Type records release of the material from a recent free mixtape which is insane.

For a little outer-limits listening check this guy out.

From Rainforest – Waterfall

DJ Diamond – Flight Musik

11 08 2011

Flight Musik is not quite Music for Airports; but DJ Diamond has produced the best album of recent months. These twisted footwork outings are kaleidoscopic yet jagged throwing around snippets that build quickly and dissipate much quicker. Never-drawn-out anthems are there one minute and gone the next; the whole album is an immaculate showcase of mostly everything the genre has to offer.

These cuts won’t please everyone; the whole album is a whirlwind of the footwork sound and on first listen you either love or hate that. I’ve been digging Machinedrum among others lately and this is just pure bliss.

Rep Yo Clique (Remix):

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