This week, the label branch of The 3000 Network have announced their plans to launch an exciting new various artists compilation series they are calling ‘Digitalization’ and we are treated to a sneak preview of the very first volume.
Within the UK bass scene, we sit an a pivotal point between saturation and expansion, as we start to see some of our biggest homegrown starts hit mega stats on the world scale. Perfect examples of this are acts such as Skepsis and Holy Goof heading around America on tour with Jauz, Bushbaby and Taiki Nulight heading up their own tours around Australia and a tonne of other UK artists making major headway around the European festival circuit.
It’s no secret at this point that we are massive fans of what the Strictly Flava is up to. Over the last year or so we have seen them put together a string of fantastic, original and forward thinking UKG releases, perfect for adding a dash of life to a party of any kind. Who doesn’t like a bit of wavy UKG at the end of the day? Since their inception we have seen fantastic drops with artists such as Kobe JT, Witchdoctor, Minista, On1 and host of other names who are all representing the new school garage movement.
At 3000 Bass, we make a major effort to stay current with the music we release and artists we support. Bass music has been heading through a transitional period in the UK, slowly but surely moving away from super loud, whammy leads, to a more subtle, techy approach.
This weeks #WomxnInBass is Sydney based DJ, Mincy, who slinks between bassline, speed garage, ukg and grime. You might catch her bossing it at Sydney’s favourite bassline and ukg event Extra Spicy, shelling down your fav radio stations or gracing stages all over the world. We managed to catch up with her below, despite the time difference!
In Leeds we are recently witnessing a bit of a revolution in bass music, as we see the city come together and support the local talent more so than ever before. As a city, it’s safe to say that Leeds has always looked after its own, especially among the grime and rap scenes, however to see the bass scene join forces in this city-wide union is fantastic to see.
Since their inception, the team at Maraki have done an absolutely fantastic job of keeping the scene updated with regular UK the country. With an updated version of the original ‘Spaces’ artwork making an appearance, we wonder what plans may be on the horizon!-bass belters. Their release roster boasts some absolutely fantastic names, including the likes of founders FineArt & My Nu Leng, young bass prodigy Bushbaby, futuristic high flyer Barely Royal and many more.
For many, Radar Radio was an epicentre of engagement and a catalyst for creativity. The state-of-the-art station, located in the heart of East London’s hipster district, provided a platform for those who may otherwise be plying their trade from the comfort of their bedroom. Radar had resources en masse: studios equipped with the latest tech, free DJ workshops, and the chance to network with big name brands such as Smirnoff (who were working in collaboration with the station).
You should by now be familiar with Deep Cover, an Oxford based record label, club night and sick clothing brand. (eyyyy hook a guy up…?)If you’re not, let me get you up to speed. The label has an impressive and always improving catalogue, with releases from artists such as ROMO and Casement, who’s track Pangea quickly became a personal favourite, after hearing resident Shryke spin it in a dark corner of Exeter.
At threethousand.co.uk, our job is to keep the world informed about the latest and greatest bass music to emerge from the UK and beyond and we were so super super impressed with the most recent release from Fat Vibez that we decided to take another look at the label, seeing that they had an absolute fantastic catalogue of releases on the way. As a label they have been putting a lot of work into defining their sound and presence, a task that most struggle with from the get go.
Manchester seems to be going through somewhat of a bass revolution at the moment, with a number of names heading towards the forefront of the UK wide scene. However, it’s the the projects on the ground that are seriously reaffirming the cities incredible musical background, projects such as the forward thinking bass imprint: Night Shift Sound, a Project we have seen put together of incredible projects over the years, hitting out most recently with this, the fourth edition of their ‘Northern Power House’ compilation series.
As one of the latest additions to the music scene, London-based DJ Freshta is already being labelled one to watch. 2018 saw her spin her dark and bass-centric selections that embrace 140 grime, dubstep and bass on a range of U.K and international stations. From NTS, Reprezent and newly formed Foundation FM to the warmer settings of New Delhi, Shanghai and Barcelona. She did all this whilst holding down her monthly show on Mode FM and repping
For the Lengoland movement, it is a very exciting time to be in the thick of it, as they continue to expand their events around the country whilst simultaneously expanding the online community that can be found within their incredibly popular Facebook group. Over the years, we have seen a tonne of online communities come and go, especially in regards to bass music, but Lengoland seems most certainly to be the one that has stuck the most.
We are absolutely thrilled to be keeping our high quality release schedule with this as we see the carnage unfold between Rawz and Protrak, who’s styles combine with powerful results on this brand new collaboration entitled ‘Giving Up’.
It’s safe to say that we live in a time in which Bass music is one of the most exciting genres across all of the world music, now picking up a serious amount of steam around the the US as well as the UK and Europe. When we say bass music, we don’t mean EDM, we mean direct offshoots of the UK bass movement wherever they may be. This new release shows us just how exciting the LA scene is finding bass music and how much they are contributing to it also.
It’s an exciting time for KXVU to say the least. In the last 4 months, he has stepped into the role of breakfast show host on Trickstar Radio, along with becoming the JunoDownload podcast host, putting out three solid releases across both Southpoint and YosH and more. One particular additional attribute is his appearance in the well renowned grime producer clash tournament Beatboss, which held it’s eighth official event last Friday at Five Miles London.
It’s been a very exciting start to label life for the Brighton based Dissident Sound imprint, a project founded by Agora and Tribalist, the duo which make up Heritage. They have been quick to gain popularity since their inception, pulling together a constantly evolving catalogue of futuristic percussive persuasions and breaks inspired incantations.
Consistency, consistency, consistency, that is one thing we really preach here at threethousand,co.uk, and for that reason we are always excited to see extended projects hit their full potential. As a label, we are always impressed with what 1Forty bring to the table, representing multiple genres and different sounds across the board.
Despite us being primarily located in the circles of bassline and garage music, we are always keen to explore the genres in surrounding areas, such as grime, funky, breaks and whatever else we feel floats the boat as it were. We are very excited therefore to bring you guys the premiere for this brand new heater from ‘Zerg’, who has been causing quite a stir in the dubstep scene as of late, gathering support from the likes of Rapture 4D, Bukez Finezt, Sukh Knight and a host of other dubstep heavyweights.
A huge opening weekend on 5th & 6th April curated by forward-thinking promoters, Our Next Event, sees superstars from the Drum ‘n’ Bass, House and Tech worlds all playing including, Andy C, CamelPhat, Andrea Oliva, Dimension and many more. A crowd of 3,000 people and next level production combined make this a spectacular new addition to the UK’s dance music landscape.
We are very excited to be welcoming Holly B into the extensive 3000 network by bringing her in on mix duty. At 3000 we love to represent the full spectrum of bass music in the UK and beyond, with Holly B taking us through the darker, more hardcore sound here.
This weeks #WomxnInBass is Dutchie, Bristol based DJ, producer and singer-songwriter. She’s the resident DJ for Hold Tight Records and Co-Director of Revinyl C.I.C which offers vinyl DJ courses and free entry open deck vinyl events in Bristol – super dope! We love the work she’s doing and Bristol locals will have seen her name popping up on posters all over the city. This summer is looking tasty for Dutchie, so be sure to show love when she comes to a festival near you!
It’s been a very exciting start to the year for DJ Zinc’s Bingo imprint, having brought in singles from the likes Rico Tubbs, Wittyboy, Shapes and the main man Zinc himself over the course of the last six weeks. The levels are clearly being maintained to the highest degree.
Within the vast, expansive and ever developing realms of bass music in the UK, we are always looking for the next big sound. The last few years has seen bassline take the lead roll, with artists now touring the world off the back of vicious 4×4 creations. However, over the last year, it would be safe to say that UK funky’s notoriety has been significantly enhanced, becoming established as one of the most exciting corners of modern bass music.
Without the labels, the underground is stripped of an important aspect of the connection between the fans and the music. Labels are vessels, allowing producers to show off their artistry and if the aesthetics between the producers and the labels match, the end product can be something inspiring for fans of the music to take in and beyond.
We are absolutely loving the quality of submissions that we are lucky enough to be receiving in the 3000 Bass inbox at the moment, with this brand new gritty roller from Chuck Shadow being a testament to that!
At 3000, our aim is to keep you all supplied with the freshest bass flavours and ‘Ayo’ is a track that fits right into that category.
Being a blog at the very forefront of UK Bass music, we thought it’s only right that we bring you a monthly roundup of what we have in heavy rotation over here at 3000 HQ and the tracks we feel are worthy of an extra mention. Presenting ‘The 3000 Selection’ our guide to the hottest tracks we think you should be paying attention to, all brought to you on a monthly basis courtesy of our very own bass connoisseur Pundit.
Following on from a very exciting IVA edit project that dropped last week, we are very excited to see that the Fast Vibez imprint are continuing their run of good form with this hard hitting three track creation from Famburglar. As a label, Fat Vibez really pride themselves on their variety and genre diversification within their release structure, which is plain to see here, both in the original creation and across both forward thinking remix additions.
KG – North London’s UK Funky Queen is known for her Afrobeat inspired, Funky bangers!From dominating the UK club circuit during the early-mid noughties to staying more than active on London’s thriving radio scene today. You probably caught her on NTS, Reprezent Radio, Worldwide FM, Rinse FM or her newly acquired, specialist monthly slot on Foundation FM. KG’s broadcasting and DJ talents are soaring to new heights, which is apparent when on the receiving end of highly regarded co-signs, from the likes of BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova and Tash LC.
In a bass music realm where consistency has become so so key to success, Broken have proven time and time again that they are here to stay, constantly supplying the scene with forward thinking and hard hitting releases from a range of different artists across the globe.
If you are looking for a futuristic groovy bass initiative, we bid you look no further than this tasty little number as we welcome into the 3000 roster with his catchy new techy switch up which goes by the name of ‘Forgive You’.
Within UK bass music, Southpoint have most certainly solidified their reputation as one of the most consistent labels both in the quality of music they release and how regularly they do it. We saw them take their first month away from releasing full EP’s in their 4 year history in January, but were still blessed with a run of very high quality Introducing releases which were available for free download and Spotify stream.
Wang Records have dropped their first release, taking form as an exquisite ode to New School UKG (AKA NUKG). The compilation offers everything and anything under the UKG spectrum, with dark basslines, lush pads and ethereal vocals.
Bass music in the UK is arguably at it’s highest point ever, with festival bookings for bass artists currently hitting record heights and line ups around the country becoming more and more bass ready. This is due to a level of consistency that the higher ranked platforms and outlets are being able to hit more than anything, with the levels of creativity and quality rising at every turn.
Every now and then, our submissions folder is blessed with the appearance of an absolute gem.
Such a time is upon us again as we proudly unveil this little stick of dynamite from Maraki, which goes by the name of ‘Let It Show’.
With more than 10 years in the game, Amsterdam’s Rachel Green is known for her unusual selections and onpoint mixing. Rachel grew up on Hip Hop, Dubstep and Funk, and her constantly evolving inspiration can be heard when she’s playing at radio stations, stages and clubs around the world. If you love all sorts of leftfield electronic music, this #WomxnInBass is for you!
We are back with another 4×4 bass fest here as we unveil this cracking new creation, courtesy of the collaborative strengths of Bruks and Harris. As a pair of individual producers they are both picking up quite a bit of traction, so when combined, we are in for a real treat.
It’s an exciting time for the 3000 camp at the moment, with an array of new artists bubbling away behind the scenes, working extremely hard to bring you guys the most forward thinking bass music out there. This brand new creation from KusKa is a perfect example of what we are talking about.
It’s safe to say that we have been super impressed with both the regularity and consistency of the Strictly Flava release catalogue in recent months, as they continue to pump out bangers after banger almost weekly at this rate. Since the start of the year we have seen them team up with the likes of Earthnut, Fork & Knife and Royal Flush, with even more exciting projects from the likes of Minista, Kobe JT and more all coming in just before the Christmas break.
It’s been a very impressive start to the year for the super experiences team behind YosH as FooR continue to explore the realms of releasing new bass music. After employing the energetic and super resoruceful Chris Merison (1/2 Tengu), they have taken in a surge of brand new releases, showcasing just how versatile bass music can be, including releases from KXVU, Kirbs and more.
When you represent some of the world’s hottest artists it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle when having to choose the biggest tracks to feature on a compilation; luckily, it’s something Toolroom appear to do with ease.
It’s now time for us to leap into another guest mix drop, as we hit edition 123. For this most recent selection with bring forward Teal, who gets busy right out the gate to supply us a meaty track-listing, stuffed to the brim with bassy goodness.
It’s been a super exciting time for the CruCast team, with last week’s release of ‘VIP’ hitting the stores and causing pandemonioum across the UK bass music community. With such a high quality roster however, was anyone expecting anything else? It’s been a continious theme with the CruCast imprint to push out high quality music from the best of the best in our scene, which is seemingly why their next drop sits so perfectly amongst the rest of their catalogue.
On something of a resurgence, A dot R has put out some tantalising new releases over the last few months; from his cold comeback effort in ‘Dragon Styli’ to the release of the ‘Bassline Legacy’ compilation, the Birmingham legend is gathering momentum by the day and in doing so is treading exciting new ground.
There is no denying that there is currently an exciting movement taking place in the sleepy southern bass outpost of Brighton, which has been producing some of the scenes most exciting names in recent times, including the likes of Bushbaby, Freddie Martin, Zero, Hamdi, Hadean, Taiki Nulight and more just to name a few. One DJ who has been consistently smashing it among the local events and has started to make a real name for herself outside of the BN zone is Chary Nicks
We live in a time where the music industry is in constant fluctuation. Trends come and go as quick as the producers that ride their waves, making it almost impossible to predict the route that dance music in the UK and worldwide is going to take. We also live in an extremely DIY era, with producers, start up labels and musical individuals of all kinds always looking for the next way to improve their product.
Higgo has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years. With releases on a host of labels including Project Allout Records, Four40, HAUSMADE, aswell as a wealth of self releases (including his masterpiece, Dynamite), Higgo is clearly making an impression in UKG. He was recently featured in the premiere edition of Conducta’s ‘Kiwi Manifesto’, and announced his own mix series, with the first ‘Garage & Bass 01’ dropping earlier this year. Watch out for Higgo, he’s not stopping anytime soon.
A trusted and highly regarded source of Electronic music and beyond, Juno Download has become a linchpin in the UK’s underground music industry. The multi-faceted platform deals with the purchasing of music, organising charts, as well as generally bringing awareness to artists who may not have substantial backing.
If you have been following the rapid expansion of UK bass music over the past few years, you will have done well to miss the goliath project that CruCast has worked itself into. Since their inception, they have continuously worked with some of the scene’s brightest sparks, with an original roster including Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, Notion and more.
One thing we reallyy value at 3000 is a label steadfastness, and their ability to move with the times without wondering too far from their original ethos. One label we feel who is managing to gracefully step between the two extremes with perfect precision is 1Forty, a project set up by LOCKT to showcase the best in grime, bass, funky and beyond.
Tailor Jae is a DJ full of surprises, you can expect bass heavy sets, quick transitions and great technicality. Having graced venues such as The Nest, Lab 11, Redbull Music Academy, Village Underground and beating 2000 plus DJ’s to be crowned Mixmag and Coorslight DJ Quest Winner 2017, Tailor continues to make waves with her non-conformist sets.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch from a distance as the sounds of Saucy Music have developed over the last couple of years. Moving from a more wobbly bassline sound, the imprint has really paved the way forward in recent times, developing the specific sound of its concise roster into a much more mature, forward thinking bass collective.
We venture to São Paulo in search of our next enthralling instalment of The 3000 Deep Exclusive Mix series and this time we’ve struck gold with 60 minutes of wholesome Techy goodness courtesy of Mikhail Garcez.
In a time where UK Funky is really starting to receive both it’s deserved influential credit and hype, it’s always pleasing to see the veterans of the scene keep everything lively and vibrant. Since the genre has moved back into the public eye, the majority of releases have come to us in the now universally accepted formats of digital downloads, streams or free releases.
A staple of any self-respecting UK festival line-up for the last decade, Jaguar Skills is the absolute king of mashup sets. Over the last year we’ve seen him delve into production, with a recent bassline collab with Spookz then onto a heated offering with Wheeto and Scrufizzer, both out on Four40 records.
Approaching a year on from their conception, Dissident Sound have already established themselves as an imprint which is ready to push the musical boundaries of bass music in the UK. After full releases from Heritage (a joint project consisting of label owners Tribalist and Agora); Sir Rah and 9TRANE, in addition to a free EP by Movement (aka Agora) and two various artists compilations, Dissident Sound kick things off in 2019 with possibly their most experimental release to date.
Since the beginning of 2019, it’s safe to say that Bingo Bass have been on a bit of a steam roll, putting together some absolutely scorching singles to kick off the year, including the release of Zinc’s ‘Ammergency’, coupled with it’s VIP drop the following month.
It’s no secret that over the cause of the last year or so at least, the landscape of garage music in the UK has drastically changed. This is due to a combination of factors, including a shift in the mentality of DJ’s, preferring to veer towards the content of more modern producers over older, more established originals. I for one think this is a really good thing, as it is finally giving the genre the serious update it needs.
L U C Y is Bristol based producer & DJ living in London and is one of the undergrounds most exciting young talents. Her sets consists of intricate and effortless 140, her look is mysterious and it has certainly left us wanting more.
At threethousand, we are here to explore all realms of UK underground dance music, covering as much ground as possible wherever we can. As the boundaries of genres seem to continue to blur, we are finding more and more producers to be breaking the mould and causing quite the stir across a range of styles.
There is no doubting that both garage and UK funky are both very much back in the thick of the UK dance music conversation, with both genres managing to reemerge onto the scene throughout the explosive twelve months of music that was 2018. Because of their similarly timed reappearance on a more public scale, we often see the two genres layered together, which sees us pick up some interesting crossovers.
As far as labels in the bass scene go, it’s safe to say that there are few projects that have been able to keep pace with Punks over the last couple of years. Through a combination of incredible A&R skills and forward thinking release arrangement, they have striven to provide the scene with incredibly original bass music with a particular influence on breaksy themes.
I spoke to Nico from Beastwang about their forthcoming debut release, Avirex Airwaves, which is out next month. With tracks from names across the UKG board, including Mind of a Drago, Smokey Bubblin’ B & Royal Flush, among others, its set to make an impact in the scene. Whilst known primarily for doing lively events across the country, Beastwang has recently expanded into the world of labels, with their new label, Wang Records.
We continue our international themes with this one as we get busy alongside Ben Fox for an absolute corker of a drop. 2018 really was a standout year for the Canadian bass maestro, having achieved a well supported Beatport #1 and a spot at Shambhala’s Pagoda stage.
Proletariat Base is the Kaizen Karnak’s (R1 Ryders) brand new alias, christened with a stonking debut release (Adrenal / Dikcotek) that hit the stores last Friday. Adrenal begins with a strong funky drumbeat and a thick warbling bassline, reminiscent of Pharaoh K and Chris Lorenzo. Diskotek sees fast paced, crisp percussion, expertly matched with a punching bassline that hits like a freight train.
Birmingham Bassline badman JGE presents to us the mighty ‘Nobody Else’ and this track a perfect example of his signature style. Throughout a powerful intro we are introducing to sweeping synthetic structures, combining and fusing pushing the composition forward.
Pioneering brand new tastemaker radio platform SISTER, Carly Wilford has become a trusted voice for the underground. A ground-breaking Presenter & DJ, she takes the artists she believes in and broadcasts their music to the world. Strongly connecting both the US and UK music scenes, her roots within the UK scene have helped to bring through so many of the artists on today’s airwaves.
We are absolutely loving the range of submissions that we are receiving at the minute, with such a range of styles making the channel as we unveil this brand new barrel of grooves from The Schmidt and Pavones.
After ending 2018 as a Kingpin, Hatter is relentless in maintaining his status as one of Brighton’s hottest emerging talents. A multi-genre producer as well as accomplished rapper, the South Coast talisman has been keeping very busy through these Winter months – a work-rate you should be familiar with after witnessing last year’s Hatterday series: five pieces of original content released on five consecutive Saturdays.
One thing we are most certainly starting to notice about the UK bass scene is a leaning towards social media presence and online capabilities, something which a lot of people are opposed to by principal. For us, we now live in an age where online presence and social media techniques have become essential as parts of a promotional campaign, and we feel that it’s something everyone is perfectly capable of being able to get involved in, without being bogged down in stats and figures.
It’s now time to expand our exploration into worldwide bass music, as we find ourselves landing amidst the Russian expanse with this brand new single from Gofra Maslow. After a very exciting 2018, we are thrilled to be welcoming Gofra to the 3000 Deep network.
As ever in the bassline world, Bru-C is on job, putting in the tireless work which has seen him rise to be one of the premiere MC’s in UK dance music. Through continuous tours, high profile release campaigns, exciting music videos and a tonne of live giveaways, Bru-C has social media in the palm of his hand, keeping his finger steadily on the pulse of the UK bass scene.
It’s a very exciting time for the Leeds based bass dyanmos known as Vital Techniques right about now, who seem to be hitting a serious patch of form, both in their live performances and releases. As an entity, the boys have been smashing it with the tracks they have been putting together, catapulting themselves to the top end of the spectrum within the bass scene.
Within the now extensive circles of underground dance music in the UK, there are few that can really hold a candle to the efforts of the legendary DJ Zinc over the years. Across his vast empire of a catalogue, we have been treated to such a broad range of styles it’s often actually quite difficult to comprehend.
As a label, Night Bass really have been setting the pace in the bass scene for quite some time now, headed up by the insatiable appetite of AC Slater, who continues to supply the US, UK and beyond with a stream of excellent, forward thinking bass music. Amongst their roster we see regular apperances from the likes of Chris Lorenzo, Taiki Nulight, Jay Robinson, AC Slater himself and many more high profile names, all forging a unique sound for the LA based imprint.
In the UK, the male to female ratio of music producers is 49:1. Nevertheless, female DJ’s and producers stay rising; breathing fresh air into the underground, in what can be intimidating, patronising and sometimes unsafe environments. In a conscious effort to bring these powerhouse talents to the forefront of your mind, I will be sharing the stories of some of my favourite producer babes in our weekly #WomxnInBass series.
As we meander into the second month on the year, we have been very excited with the wealth of new bass music we have been receiving for potential release. This latest helping from French professor of sound known as Soxx is an example of that.
It’s been a great start to their reign for FooR’s brand new YosH imprint, who have hit the ground running with a selection of very refreshing releases from a range of diverse artists, encompassing a wide range of bass music styles and designs.
As bass music grows and the spectrum expands ever further into the unknown spheres of creativity, it’s always pleasing to see the more established labels embracing this expansion with real finesse. Today we are here to take a look at the latest offering from the Brighton based 877 Records, who boast a super impressive catalogue to say the least. With releases from the likes of My Nu Leng, Majora, Distro and Kry Wolf just for starters, it’s safe to say that label head honcho Dom certainly has his finger on the pulse of British bass culture.
In our opinion, the long standing labels that have constantly provided the scene with top draw music deserve praise above all others, as consistency within a constantly altering musical landscape is one of the most difficult thing to maintain. At 3000 we really try to keep an eye on those who have been putting the work in, which is what makes this article so enjoyable for us.
2018 proved an exciting year for relative youngster MPH; with his upcoming release ‘Business Mode’ sounding masterfully tight and boasting some huge collabs, we at 3000 are sure the trend will continue long into future. This hard-hitting release pulls no punches and is announced by eponymous artillery shell ‘Business Mode’ featuring textbook vocal cuts from none other than Dread MC. Compact drum patterns and a prominent clave motif underscore Dread’s apocalyptic introduction, which soon makes way for the track’s bouncy, dissonant main theme. The opening track does what a good introduction ought to and foreshadows much of what is to come and nicely makes way for a VIP of the previously released ‘Mud’.
War season is upon us. Not only have the Grime scene’s MC’s been going at it, but now has come the time for producer’s to get busy too. BeatBoss, the genre’s #1 clash tournament for producers, returns for its 8th instalment.
It’s no secret that as both a producer and as a live performer, Holy Goof has been spearheading the bassline movement across the UK and beyond for the last couple of years, consistetnly delivering fantastic DJ sets and highly reveered recordings. Through collaborations with My Nu Leng and his remix of Drake’s ‘God Plan’, he boasted some of the most celebrated releases to hit shelves throughout the course of 2018.
Beastwang have proven themselves to be one the greatest independent promoters of the last few years. Throwing parties all over their hometown Leicester, and plans to go further afield, Beastwang have shown that with hard work and artistic sense, up-and-coming promoters can run successful nights without sacrificing their integrity. We spoke to Nico Singh, the founder of Beastwang, and the newly formed Wang Records, about the history of the project, and where its headed in the future…
Bristol based producers ‘My Nu Leng’ are basically synonymous with the UK bass scene at this point. From funky releases back in the day with the likes of Majora (Hips n’ Thighs still bangs), to their latest EP on Maraki, featuring artists such as Holy Goof and Iyamah, they’ve definitely been around the block.
What a whirlwind of a year 2018 was for Southpoint, who as a label put together 19 full releases, along with 50 free drops via their secondary ‘Southpoint: Introducing’ SoundCloud channel. There are few labels that seem to be able to handle such a bulk of releases and yet still maintain their maticulous quality control across all of the artists they bring into the fold.
We are thrilled to be carrying on our explosive mix series here at with a fresh dab of spice from Bristol’s very own HODA. Through a continued run of highly well received self releases and bootleg drops, the 18 year old bass prodigy is a perfect fit for the 3000 Bass movement.
We have heard tell of this for a while, but we are very pleased to see that the team at CruCast have decided to expand the camp. It’s always extremely important in our eyes for independant labels to look the future, looking to bring new, upcoming faces into the fold as often as possible, without disrupting their primary release schedule. It appears that CruCast have been plotting away with this one as they finally unveil the first recruit to their ‘New Blood’ roster.
Creativity is everything within bass music in our humble opinion. We are often subject to endless repetition as producer after producer joins the slowly expanding echo chamber that exists within the heart of any genre, Therefore, when we strike a goldmine of originality, we can’t help but get involved as we continue our quest to bring you guys the low down on the freshest bass music out there.
Now to begin with, the term UK bass music is a pretty broad one. In our eyes, this can cover an extremely wide range of genres and styles, anything from dubstep to bassline to garage to funky to grime to breaks and everything inbetween in fact.
This year at 3000 we are putting a lot more time and resources into building releases into larger scale projects, giving artists the opportunity to showcase a wider range of their musical
prowess. One of these EP’s specifically we present to you now as we introduce poolhaus, bringing his flavoursome sound to the table with two cracking compositions.
It’s been a brief minute since we last touched down to take a peek at the goings on of Inkline, who it has to be said ended up with a fantastic 2018 catalogue. Throughout the year he worked closely with a range of labels to showcase his work, which arguably boasts some of the most original sound design in the world of bass music today.
For us, the current front runner across the now vast UK Garage scene is without a doubt Conducta. Over the course of 2018, the Bristolian bred prince of UKG was at the forefront of the genre, constantly putting together new projects, releases, remixes, live show and streams to showcase just how expansive it has become. UKG is without a doubt one of the most important genres to ever emerge out of the UK’s underground music peninsula, often being used as a certified shortcut to liven up a dance.
We are very keen to keep the new music and good vibes rolling here at 3000 Deep, and that’s exactly what we have to offer you guys with brand new heat from DJ Inko & DJ Cron. The pair team up on ‘When You’re Gone’, which is an absolute gem if we do say so ourselves.
It’s no secret at all that we are absolutely massive fans of the Articulate Sound movement, a label founded in 2015 with an incentive to deliver creative, original bass music, often bridging the blurred gap between bassline and UK funky, two cousin genres that were estranged for quite some time.
As one of the main contributors to the threethousand brand, it’s very pleasing for us to see Brighton based all around music man: KXVU kick off his year with a pair of hearty heaters. Following on from his inclusion on the epic sixth edition of ‘Southpoint Presents’, we seem him now team up directly with FooR and Tengu, on their latest label venture: YosH Pit.
Guildford based Xeonz has recently hit the spotlight, with tunes being picked up by bassline tastemakers Skepsis and Darkzy to name a few. It’s not just the DJs either, Xeonz has a healthy portfolio of bookings, and releases on labels such as Crucast, 3000 Bass, Listed, and now Saucy Records. Also hailing from Surrey, Contaktz is even fresher faced on the scene.
It’s been a pretty cool start to the year for us here at 3000 Deep, as we have hit the ground running with a very enjoyable couple of single releases. We now however move into a more fortified project as we present you with this punchy two track offering from Actntrl, who has been making a major name for himself in and around the Toronto
Well, what a fantastic year 2018 was for the Brighton born now Bristol based bass wizard known as Bushbaby. Since first arriving on the scene in early 2016, the young mastermind has gone from strength to strength relentlessly, building an incredible level of momentum whilst simultaneously crafting his own truly unique sound yet delivering exactly what bass fans in the UK were asking for every single time.
We have really enjoyed getting back into the swing of releasing high quality bass music over the last couple of weeks with a couple of tasty single drops, however we are now very excited to dish out a serious dosage of carnage here as we welcome back LALZIN for the second edition of his ‘In The Streets’ EP series.
Whilst we have a variety of different genre’s to thank for the initial emergence of Grime, it is perhaps Dancehall which has retained the most recognisable contributions to today’s scene (from a live performance aspect, at least). The very notion of a pull-up (or a ‘restart’ if you’re asking a journalist from the Evening Standard) is derived directly from Dancehall’s sound clash culture, and has grown to be an integral part of any live Grime set.
Brighton’s premiere dance music station, Trickstar Radio, has been gracing the airwaves since 2014, and has built up a fantastic reputation not only in the seaside town, but across the South-East and UK. Founded by dance fanatic Si Twiddy. Trickstar has gone from strength to strength under his guidance. Something that surprises a lot of new DJ’s is the quality of professionalism at Trickstar – from the equipment to the staff. When Si moved to Brighton in 2013, he noticed something. “Whilst I was walking my dog along the seafront, I realised that Brighton had a huge scene dedicated to dance music, with massive DJ’s and headliners filling clubs every week – yet there was no radio station to compliment this popularity.” So he set up Trickstar as a way to give this city’s bustling music scene a voice – and 7 years later, the station is stronger and more popular than ever.
Following on from our first installment of ‘the Bass Coast’ I decided to venture deeper into the chasms of bass music on the North American West Coast. Throughout my various conversations and attended events ‘Jesse Disociate’ seemed to be a name that regularly featured in and around line-ups across the family of venues in Vancouver. I was fortunate enough to drag the man along to interview (at a café called ‘Yolks’ no less, Irish heads rejoice) which you can read in full below:
If there is one genre that has made a serious impact on UK underground music through it’s revival in 2018 it has to be UK Funky, which through a combination of inclusions from top selectors and an internal need for more rhythmic influences within the scene has become a major influence across multiple underground genres.
Within a crowded underground scene, there is massive competition large areas of different genres to stand out and be as original as possible, without losing track of the genres you are supposedly attached to. However in an age where collaborations and cross genre experiments are appearing on every corner, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell who is associated with what anymore.
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned refix eh? We certainly do, which is why we were so excited to get this absolute monster of a refurbishment from Dytez out there, as he gets to work with very creative version of Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s ‘I Like It’.
After what can only be described as a successful year for the team at Titanium Audio, we are very excited to see them make an early return to releasing in 2019, but in an unexpected move we see the primarily grime based label move into a heavy piece of UK Bassline in the hands of none other than high flying bass wizz kid Sammy Virji.
Within the now worldwide spectrum of bass music, we are always looking for new artists and new producers to be pushing the boundaries of sound, trying to carve out their own niche signatures and thus advancing the scene.
After a very hectic end to 2018, we are very excited to be back amongst the dubs after a well needed Christmas break. To celebrate our return to the release schedule, we are buzzing to be bringing you this explosive little gem from Sync Button & NOLEPHANT, which takes the name ‘Losing Myself’.
As a genre, Bassline is an area that breeds expansion and forward thinking producers left right and centre. Some would actually describe this expanse of variation as a more vast umbrella genre called UK Bass music.
Well as a proud Brightonian it’s always an exciting moment for me to see fellow artists from the area push themselves out onto the world stage. In recent times we have seen a large range of Brighton acts set off on tour, including the likes of Taiki Nulight, Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn and more. The most recent name to be added to this is none other than the well deserving Hadean, who smashed 2018 out of the park through a combination of weighty live appearances and well received releases.
There is always a bit of a buzz towards the beginning of the year within our ever expanding bass culture, with the Christmas break working as both a pallet recharger and musical inspirer, kicking the year off with a flurry of vibrant creations following the expansive range of end of year giveaways.
Bassline as a genre is nowhere near as young as a lot of the newer additions to the fanbase would believe. There were many years or northern dominance within the vibrant expanse of the bassline scene before it ever ventured anywhere near the south. This was the era of compilations and mixpacks such as ‘Birmingham Bassline’, a major contributor to my younger musical influences, to the point where I would be pushing these tapes upon my friends at every available opportunity.
Over the Christmas period, it’s safe to say that the internet is a wash with compilations, both celebrating the holidays and providing a yearly round up of different label’s progress over the last twelve months. One label that continues to push the best out of their artists for their Christmas eve giveaway is Southpoint, who have yet again put together a colossal collection of heaters as they bring out the sixth edition of their ‘Southpoint Presents’ series.
With Christmas just around the corner and an exciting new year lined up for the landscape of bass music as a whole, we couldn’t be more excited to be squeezing in an early Christmas present for you all as we bring you this weighty two tracker courtesy of Boulder resident Teal.
In recent times we have been keeping a key eye on a number of emerging artists. In a time of such mass expansion for the bass scene, we feel it is important for us to stay tuned in to both the forefront and the team of up and comers keeping everyone on their toes.
We are very excited to be welcoming back one of our 3000 favourites; Millazzo, as we steam towards the Christmas break. This new track entitled ‘Rumour’ is sure to inject a touch of summery heat into your bones.
As the skies darken and the temperature gets ever more icy, we are back at 3000 Deep to bring you a slice of fire to warm the dance right back up again as we bring you this techy bonfire of 4×4 energy from Enrique Gongora.
As far as upcoming producers go, there aren’t many who have been putting in work as consistently as Southampton’s own SILK, who has spent time this year refining and formatting his potent bassline sound, rendering him one of the strongest new faces on the scene. He has been making regular event apperances as well as stacking up some seriously impressive support, which is why it made perfect sense to us when we saw that he had teamed up with the infamous Lengoland, for their label’s third official release.
For us it’s always incredibly pleasing to see labels burst onto the scene alongside fresh, exciting new artists, brimming with ideas and futuristic sounds. For this reason, we are very excited to get stuck into this weighty four track arrangement from the likes of MPH, a Canterbury located bass wizard, who gets very busy indeed across this one.
For those readers out-of-the-loop Strictly Flava has enjoyed a steady and consistent output this year with a number of notably catchy releases from the likes of Witchdoctor, Jay Barret, and Echelon amongst others. In a fitting testament to the productive year that the London-based label has overseen, Strictly Flava has nodded to two forthcoming releases, one produced by On1 and the other, a joint endeavour from Kobe JT & Minista.
It’s that time again and we are absolutely over the moon to be bringing you this exciting new project from Bordeaux based producer and DJ Boldi, who has been busy making a name for himself across the internet music community.
hen it comes to bass, grime, garage, funky and even dubstep to an extent, there is still a stigma around a lot of labels that they are going to be the bad guys. This for the most part is a pretty wide misconception, given that the majority of people running the independent labels often share the same passion for the music as the artists they have involved. This often leads to certain figures not getting a lot of the credit they deserve.
Bristol-based A-Bee has been going from strength to strength this year. Following several appearances on Rinse and 10-Twenty Radio, and shows alongside the likes of Jossy Mitsu, A-Bee is now the head honcho of Mangoes + Melons, one of the most exciting new UKG labels that have arisen in 2018. We spoke to her about 5 racks she’s feeling at the moment, and the list does not disappoint…
The relatively niche realm of 160bpm is one that, until recent years, has had difficulty breaking into the forefront of the underground scene. The very nature of footwork, juke, and all offshoots of this diverse tempo is that of spontaneity, often comprising of heavily syncopated drum patterns, erratic vocal snippets and unruly structures. These fast, complex rhythms were synonymous with the dancing associated with footwork,a street dance that coincided with the Chicago-born genre in the 1990s. It is therefore not surprising to see why the genre has been floating around the edges of electronic music for so many years. This is arguably what makes it so special however, placing itself within a unique corner of the underground scene, yet consistently making a global impact.
In recent years the underground scene in the UK has been blessed with a wide range of talent from outside of the nation’s Capital. Of course there has always been skilled producers, singers, and MC’s in all pockets of the country however the social media revolution seems to have leveled the playing field, allowing someone from a small town in the midlands to have more or less the same opportunities and access as those in the big cities. It’s a transition which has been of huge benefit to the musical world with the only real drawback coming in the form of over saturation.
Well it certainly appears to be an exciting time for the In:Flux Audio camp, who are currently coming off the back of a tremendous anniversary release, celebrating some of the best releases across the label’s history. As a label project they clearly pride themselves on their consistency, as it’s hard to pinpoint a a drop in quality along their long run of EP and LP releases.
As we delve further and further into the winter season, it’s only right that we get busy providing you with some excessive heat. On that note we are very excited to be unveiling this sparky new single from Alárte by the name of Ware.
It’s about time we had Tony Wonka back on the site after his fantastic premiere with us a few months back. His stock has since soared, with a lot of the scene’s top names taking a major interest in his bassy endevours.
Well well well, do we have a treat for you or here or what, as we unveil this elegant, techy number from Rawz by the title of ‘Raving’. As you can probably guess, the central feature of the 4×4 overhaul comes by way of a classic Donaeo acapella, fuelling the energetic composition into reaching a whole new level.
Over the course of 2018 there has been a major influx of new producers starting to make headway within a very crowded scene, some of them bringing a bag of original flavours to the table and therefore making a majorly positive impact on the scene. We were very pleased to see that Lijah is one such artist, consistently supplying the bass scene with potent bangers.
The EP starts slowly, with ‘Perctrak’s gentle build leading into a sub heavy breakdown, dominated by an ethereal vocal sample. We’re then launched straight into a drop clearly inspired by 9TRANE’s previous grime and dubstep productions, with eski clicks and 808 bass abound.
As a label, Punks have been one of the most consistent outlets for bass and breaks music throughout the entirety of 2018, constantly providing the scene with original creativity within their releases, always moving forward into exciting new ground. The label has gained a lot of steam in recent months, seeing them propelled rapidly to the forefront of their genres, which is no less than they deserve in our humble opinion!
While certain blogs are concerning themselves with the idea of Grime being dead, those of us with our finger on the pulse are celebrating the rise of the next generation.A scene that remained stagnant for so long is now in the midst of what feels like a Golden Era. The hard labour conducted by Grime’s forefathers is beginning to bear fruit. The internet has provided asylum for the genre, progressing from the days of Grime Forum to bring everyone together through social media. No matter what the root cause is, the result is undeniable: Grime’s alive and kicking.
As a label project, there really are few who have contributed as much to the UK’s thriving bass music scene than the legendary Four40, who continue to surge forward moving towards 2019, pushing out solid release after release. 2019 has seen them move into some new territories, but this brand new remix from Barely Royal drops us right into the centre of a UK bass blast off.
We are very excited to be presenting you with this brand new piece of magic from YCHTCLB. The Portland based 4×4 enthusiast has been on somewhat of a roll as of late, cooking up some really interesting and exciting flavours across the span of his release schedule
Infamous for his well-crafted, hard-hitting music Taiki Nulight is by now something of a household name in the scene. Showcasing his sonic diversity and talent for production over the years whilst proving instrumental in bass music’s continued popularity it is no wonder that fans and critics alike have been eagerly awaiting his latest drop. One of the many perks of being a music writer is being able to listen to releases ahead of schedule and listening to Taiki Nulight’s ‘Murky Manor’ proved to be much more than consuming another derivative bass music release; it was an unexpected journey across a broad range of House and Bass influences.
As a producer and DJ, Manchester’s own: Hypho has gained some critical acclaim and serious support over the last few years, solidifying himself as one of the most creative names in the post dubstep / tech arena. We were thrilled to hear therefore that he is now involved alongside Xakra in setting up Manuka Records.
My Nu Leng’s latest EP Junction is an announcement: no matter how much popularity the Bristol duo may gain within one scene or another, their music will never be easily tied to one category. The four-track release represents the latest in a six-year slew of genre-fluid projects from the pair, whose penchant for reanimating established sounds drawn from across the UK’s electronic underground has positioned them as bass music’s foremost fusionists.
The last 22 months for NLMT have been nothing short of exciting for himself and listeners alike. From posting teasers on Lengoland to seeing heavy rotation from DJ’s across the scene, NLMT sat down with us to chat everything from his Dad buying his first DAW to his adolescent Dubstep duo with Darkzy. You can find the interview in full below:
Within Brighton’s tight knit musical community, there is a real mix of local veterans and rapidly rising stars, across bass, dubstep, grime, funky and even garage, really adding fuel to the extensive revival movement currently underway. As far as veterans go, there are few who are as unsung as Moony, who has been a staple within bass music in the South for the last six or seven years.
Over the last two years it has been an absolute pleasure to watch the reemergence of UK Funky. As a genre, it’s simplicity and rhythmic drive was something that was notably missing from a large portion of underground music.
Now unless you’ve been living under a very hefty rock for the last couple of years, you will undoubtedly have heard of Bushbaby. One of Lengoland and the bass scene revivals best success stories, the Brighton/Bristol based producer has been releasing banger after banger, steadily pushing his crisp neuro-bass sound to the tops of charts and line-ups.
We are thrilled to be making our return to the release schedule as we unveil this terrific two tracker from our very own: Ralston. As a producer and DJ, Ralston has gone from strength to strength in recent times, releasing on some of the topper top projects within the bass scene, including Night Shift Sound and Submersive.
October was a mad 31 days for urban music as a whole, but for the grime scene, we saw more up and coming artists coming through, more collaborating and even more releasing debut projects along the way.
Bass as an overseeing genre is an expansive one by it’s very nature, incoorporating hundereds of different sub-genres into it’s folds, giving us something truly beautiful in the long wrong. There are some producers who are able to use this to their advantage by crossing the boundaries of different segements seamlessly, ending up with truly innovative material at every turn.
After a really well received premiere from N.Y.T.A earlier in the month, we are thrilled to be bringing him back to the forefront of the channel again as we bring this official premiere for Zinc’s exceptional Bingo Bass imprint.This time however, we are joined by one of the most talked about MC’s in grime at the moment: Jammz, who’s flawless top draw work ethic and flawless vocal precision has recently gained him a new Rinse.FM residency alongside Jackdat.
Just between the pulsating culture of London and the cutting edge atmosphere of the South Coast, Surrey appears at first to be just another sleepy home county. Over the last few years, however, it has become a hotbed for new talent, kicked off by the likes of two – house making brothers by the name of Disclosure.
Halloween is a time to celebrate the dark, supernatural and ungodly, which is exactly why you should be listening to the next instalment of our exclusive mix series, this time brought to you courtesy of Reading’s MajorKaos.
It might be unfair to portray Mr C as an unsung hero, particularly if you’re going off his local support. A producer/DJ who has dropped some of the most creative and titanic bangers in the scene to this day, (‘You’re Telling Me’ still makes me screwface nearly 4 years down the line!) Mr C has a sizeable, dedicated following that fly the flag for West Yorkshire Bassline.
At 3000, what we care for most is real energetic dance music, we aim to bring you the freshest flavours across the spectrum and this uber rework fits perfectly under the 3000 Deep banner. Dytez’s uniquely epic style of bass music production is definitely not one to sleep on.
If you’re familiar with the funkier side of the UK Bass scene, you’ll certainly know about Pharaoh K. With previous releases on Champion’s Formula Records, and In:Flux Audio, his absolute funky weapon ‘Chagga’ is being released on Roska’s Label ‘Roska’s Kicks and Snares’ (RKS).
We are excited to be bringing to you yet another finely polished audio masterpiece, this time we venture stateside to San Fransisco, home of Dive Deep and their beautifully composed offering entitled ‘Static’ and we are confident you are going to like it just as much as we do.
It’s safe to say that the team at Saucy Records have had a pretty monumental year. As a label they have really solidified their position as an extremely forward thinking collective, pushing the boundaries of bass music into zones previously unexplored, all with a great degree of finesse along the way.As well as this, the label extended their reach to a now thriving management arm, looking after the best interests of some of the most influential artists in the scene, including the likes of PVC, Pelikann, Barely Royal and Affiliate. Along with this, the label have hosted multiple takeovers and events, all with nothing but positive feedback.
As a genre, bassline is made up of all different types of people, with new school high flyers and seasoned imprint’s constantly working in unison, providing a crowded genre with bags and bags of fresh inspiration. One label that has been established since before the epic re-rise of the genre, is Sheffield’s own: Project Allout Records. As a label, there are few who have contributed as much to the scene by way of releases, events and giving artists old and new a platform to showcase their individual prowess.
Across the recent garage revival movement that has been taking place for the last couple of years, there are few who have made such an immediate impact as London’s own: Limita. Known for his hard hitting garage designs and explosive rhythmic energies, has been making a major name for himself of recent, finding his way onto a bag of high profile releases and exciting remixes.
fter the announcement of his two pieces of good news, I had to shine a light on the blindingly obvious: the pieces in the puzzle of prosperity are starting to come together for Big Zuu. He took care of his debut show on BBC Radio 1Xtra with ease, inviting JME, Merky Ace and D7 along for the ride, and then proceeded with the roll out of his second project of 2018, named Content With Content.
Few people in Bass Music today are as prolific as Mikey B. As a serially underrated producer/DJ who’s right in the middle of hectic Autumn/Winter we were lucky here at 3000 to grab him for the 5th instalment of our #Charted series. 2018 has seen Mikey go on a thunderous tear, boasting some bestial collabs with Sammy Virji & Cajama and appearances across the UK/Europe at festivals like Boomtown and Outlook.
When you think about Vancouver a few things might come to mind: its immense natural beauty, the towering skyscrapers or its international community. What undergoes less consideration is the sprawling underground music culture that finds its home in the heart of the city, hosted in a variety of public to semi-hidden venues.
As a platform, we are always excited to see labels going out of their way to be as innovative and creative as they possibly can in releases they support and put together. This is such an essential step in pushing our scene forward and keeping it from getting stagnant and in our eyes is a trait that labels are praised on not nearly enough.
What’s better than a banger? Yes, you are correct, a banger that is also a free download. We were thrilled to see that last night, Brighton’s Freddie Martin announced a brand new freebie dropping on his page today, much to the excitement of the bass community. It had been a little while since Freddie last released music, with his epic ‘Feel’ EP dropping on Southpoint earlier this year, along with a few top draw singles and remixes. Since the release of that EP, Freddie has made himself a staple on the UK bass circuit, performing around the country to packed out venues, bringing a potent energy to every set he touches down upon.
Continuing with our esteemed mix series, we travel to Colchester to see what Nekst has in store for us with this highly addictive offering comprised of many of his own productions. If you’ve never heard of Nekst, this is a great place to start!
Well, you want what is says on the tin right? We are very excited to be bringing you this absolute peach of a collaboration between messers Agah and Lenski as the pair bring their combined energetic and techy flavours to ‘Bassline’.
So, it’s time to take a peek at an artist we feel has gone without his due praise for just about long enough. As a DJ, producer and general bass music figure, Clean Shirt has established himself in both the dances and in the online communities, through providing technical and vibrant live sets and stepping up as a crucial moderator for the infamous Lengoland forum. It’s pretty undeniable that the young London based entity has played a pretty pivotal role in bass music’s assent to nightclub dominance across the country, being one of the go-to faces for quite some time.
Anyone who’s been in or around Grime for the past few years will know about Big Zuu. From the earlier days at Mode FM through the more recent sets at the now defunct Radar Radio, he’s always been a charismatic figure who warranted attention.
The past 2 years have seen a huge UK Funky resurgence, with key artists such as Roska, Champion, Marcus Nasty and Murder He Wrote bringing a huge variety of Funky sounds back to the forefront of the UK Underground. With a whole host of new talent pushing the genre, UK Funky is sounding fresh and exciting and over in Ireland a producer by the name of Ozwald is doing bits.
As one of our major representatives among a crowded bass scene, we are thrilled to be bringing man like Hot Goods into the ruckus for an exclusive #Charted listing. For us, he is without a doubt one of the brightest sparks to emerge out of the South in recent years, honing is style into a futuristic jackin tech fusion, perfect for sending dancefloors into a daze. We were in fact lucky enough to put together and official two track project with him earlier in the year by the name of ‘Loanshark’. As a release, the project received some fantastic feedback and helped propel Hot Goods into the forefront of the bass scene.
Fork and Knife is back with yet another standout single, released by a standout label in 1Forty. Right in time for Halloween ‘Real Monsters’ decorates its nerve-wracking soundscape with skippy drums, swelling basslines and nightmarish synths which make for an all-round screamer (excuse the pun).
As we draw towards the close of 2018, we can look back and say that this year was quite possibly bass music’s strongest episode so far, with festival stages around the country being stacked with representatives, radio stations taking a 4×4 hammering and the raves being dominated by bass DJs. One of the most notable names to be involved in this continued growth of the scene is none other than Sheffield’s own: Deadbeat UK.
So, the time has finally come. It’s safe to say that unless you have been living under a rock for the last three years, if you follow bass music in the UK, you are likely to have come across the formidable Lengoland storm.
So, it’s been a hot minute since we were able to bring in somebody for a full two track EP project, so we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing in the extensive talents of both Elvice and M.O.B as they unveil their long awaited ‘Villains’ project.
Brighton and Hove has long been the creative hub of the South Coast – arguably the country – harbouring a wealth of talent throughout its history. Whether it’s Charles Dickens in the 1800s, Fatboy Slim in the 1990s, or Ocean Wisdom in 2018, the City has invariably acted as a haven for innovation, freely allowing artists to express themselves.
We’ve been following the enigmatic releases of Resonate for quite a while now, with Reprezent & BBC’s Kade being the lead voice behind the movement. Over the last few years they have been putting together some vibrant projects, showcasing the best of bass, garage and funky in and around the UK scene.
J Fella is back at it again with another belter entitled ‘Gassin Ya’. Sonically this seems to be his muckiest release yet and whilst it treads familiar territory with shimmering, bell-heavy leads and vocal samples, the range of sounds utilize in this single makes for head-scratches and screwfaces.
Throughout the UK bass scene’s rise to it’s current prominence and dancehall domination, there have been a definitely few labels that can be classed as leading lights, who have consistently provided high grade fire for the rest of the scene to take inspiration from and grow. There is no doubt in our minds that the Yorkshire based giants at In:Flux audio are one of these projects.
In a discussion of artists that truly mastered the art of vocal bassline tunes, A dot R would surely have to be carefully considered. Having been around for 10+ years in the scene, it was only recently that A dot R re-emerged in the scene and started putting out teasers of his new work. We at 3000 Blog got the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with the man himself to ask where he’s been, his views on the scene and where he’s going next.
Within the UK Bass scene, there are few that have managed to make themselves as applicable across the board as N.Y.T.A. Known for his super futuristic style, blending tech inspired bass moogs and rolling percussive drum progressions, the Bristol based producer has become renowned for the defying the ordinary and yet remaining as relevant as ever, a skill few have ever mastered within UK dance music in general.
Brighton based imprint: Southpoint look set to continue their explosive run across the entirety of 2018 as they unveil the latest in a long run of EP’s, this time coming from Brighton based garage and breaks producer: Movement. As a resident writer on the site, we were very pleased to see Movement make his full EP debut with his Brightonian neighbors, having made his debut on the project in mid 2017 along with a plethora of well received appearances.
Few Sheffield producers are creating a buzz like local lad Palizé. With a musical portfolio as diverse as it is bass-heavy, the last 3 years have taken Palizé to a variety of stages, from the lovably dingy Harley in Sheffield to the prestigious Eskimo Dance.
Einstein is said to have described creativity as “intelligence having fun”. This is a quote that really carries some weight once you’re acclimated with artists such as Hertfordshire’s Esskay. The UK’s underground scene, and Grime in particular, has always been a beacon of creativity – shining through in various different forms – Esskay’s latest project Essence is a true testament to that fact.
or the majority of the UK scene, it’s pretty obvious that DJQ has established himself as bassline royalty, both as a celebrated solo producer/ DJ and as ⅓ of the titanic trio of TQD, who’s album last year was hit with nothing but positive responses.
Since bursting onto the bassline scene during the genre’s recent resurgence, Pelikann undoubtedly proven himself to be one of the most forward thinking producers working across the scene today. Through his use of super innovative bass design and lethal drum processing, Peli has managed to nail his futuristic neuro sound down to a t, making his live sets and releases a real highlight across the UK’s bass community.
The Saucy Records imprint has been on fire as of late, putting together a bag of really experimental high profile releases from some of the most creative minds across the bass scene. We were thrilled therefore that they are clearly keen on keeping this run going as they invite back long standing associate: Barely Royal to bring that fresh heat to the table.
A seductive offering comes to us via Netherlands courtesy of Paul Stenn and Yorgen in a track entitled ‘Blesser’ which we absolutely love here at 3000 HQ and hope you do too. This one is now available for free download only via the 3000 network.
After inviting us down to their weekly radio show for a 3000 Bass Takeover on Pyro Radio a few weeks ago, we couldn’t be happier to be returning the favour by welcoming SISTER over to 3000 to christen our brand new multi genre mix series; ‘3000 Sessions’ in which you will see us exploring a wide range of electronic music all across the bass spectrum.
We are happy to welcome Dytez back to 3000 Deep with another high calibre free download for your ears. This time the Czech duo rework Blonde & Kojo Funds Ft. RAYE’s ‘Check’ and we think you’re going like the results!
As the 3000 Bass Takeover at fabric fast approaches, we prepare for an onslaught of bass and feel honoured to be one of three brands flying the flag for a bass driven sound in their respected genre of music, alongside Nero Presents and Eatbrain and we couldn’t be more humbled by the experience.
You would struggle to find an artist – in any genre – with longevity comparable to Dizzee Rascal. It’s been exactly 15 years since the inception of his first album, and nowadays the Boy In Da Corner can roam freely round the room.
In the ever-expanding realms of UK Bass music, it’s often hard to keep track of those who have been setting pace for the longest. As far as labels go, there aren’t many that have held as big an influence as Cheap Thrills, headed up by long term bass expert Hervé.
Upon first listen you’d be mistaken for thinking that J Fella had been around since the scene began. With stomping kick drums, emotional vocal leads and bubbling basslines J Fella manages to touch upon that sweet spot left by old school artists that at present remains underexploited.
Tony Wonka, most known for his leading actions within D&B trio Teddy Killerz, recently joined up with the infamous imprint for a stonking release, one which is gaining a lot of traction among the high rollers of the scene. We were lucky enough to grab an interview and guest mix with Tony prior to his release appearing on the shelves.
In my relatively short time on earth I’ve heard a veritable range of descriptors: ‘Harrowing’, ‘custardy’ and ‘stinky’ are amongst my favourites but I wouldn’t be alone in reporting I’ve even heard tracks referred to as ‘evil’ before. Mattik’s latest EP release on In:flux ‘Can’t Step’ is a cut that demands a creative description, so I will do my best below.
For those who grew up listening to grime and bassline, there are few who affected both genres with as much clout as Dexplicit. Known for it’s truly unique expressive melodies over and rhythmic perfection, it’s hard not to call ‘Bullacake’ an original banger.
As ever at 3000 Deep, we are always looking to bring you guys the most creative, forward thinking bass music possible. Here we feel we have pushed the boat out even further as we introduce Mike Snow with his
fantastic halftime future bass adventure in ‘Easy’.
We are thrilled at threethousand.co.uk to be introducing you all to our brand new artist led article series, bringing you off the the top tens direct from your favourite artists in underground bass music.
We were lucky enough to grab a slice of such insight from none other than Southpoint co-founder Josh Gunston, who has recently gone on to form his own management company whilst looking after some of the bass and grime scene’s hottest prospects.
“DJ Semtex is raised on the principle of furthering the art form and giving back to make the scene better than how he found it. That’s gold. He remains humble and being of utmost service to the culture.” – Chuck D.
Now, when it comes to UKG, it’s safe to say that within the current sphere of directly dedicated labels, Stictly Flava is one of the standout projects, consistently putting forward exciting, vibrant, modern garage music.
Following a string of super high profile releases and and a tonne of sell out shows, including notable appearances at Parklife and SW4, Notion really is looking like the man of the minute within the bass scene. We were thrilled to see another new drop from him appear on our timelines via the legendary UKF YouTube platform.
Overrated. Untalented. Uncharismatic. These are just three adjectives you will never hear when it comes to describing Ghetts. A true pioneer – there are very few artists birthed from Grime’s early days who can cause as much havoc today as they did back then.
Sister Radio recently celebrated their 50th show on Pyro Radio and we had the pleasure of taking over their airwaves with 2 great bass driven mixes courtesy of Faded and Ralston. We also stayed around for chat with their two hosts Shan Mcginley and Carly Wilford about the wonderful world of 3000.
To celebrate our fabric takeover on the 28th September, we were thrilled to get Hot Goods involved with an official Fabriclive promotional mix. Filled to the brim with weighty bass exclusives and pounding original selections.
Hot Goods gets to work blending some of the tastiest tunes out there right now, giving us an exciting preview into what we have to look forward to at the end of the month.
Presenting a brand new mix series to 3000 Bass in which we see established producers assemble exciting new mixes comprised solely of their own productions, giving them a unique opportunity to showcase brand new work as well as combining some of their old classics for good measure.
3000 Blog proudly welcomes British DJ/producer Kissy Sell Out (KSO) to our new website as a special columnist, bringing you a regular series of interviews with influential players in the global bass music scene.
Starting as a club night aimed at bringing more diversity to the scene in Leeds, 1Forty are back with their third release this year, after a slew of three massive free EPs in 2017. With a pretty impressive social media presence, 1Forty is pretty hard to miss.
As the ever progressing realm of UK Garage continues to flourish under it’s current revival phase, we felt it was only write to get our resident UKG scholar: Movement on the case. He has assembled a must read ‘Top 5’ Garage artists to keep an eye on over the coming months, and we couldn’t agree more!
This collaboration sees Krudd founder and all around mic man extraordinaire: Bru-C team up with man of the moment Tsuki for a bass fueled thrill ride, injecting some serious bass flavour into the dance.
What a year it’s been for the team at Maraki as My Nu Leng and FineArt’s explosive new home label continue to roll out the belters, rolling on from Bushbaby’s extremely well received ‘Force’ EP earlier in the year.
As the UK Garage undergoes a serious revival movement, it’s becoming more and more apparent that certain new school producers are spearheading the genre forward, none more so than the don dadda Conducta.
Ohhh lord, this ones more wobbly than kids in the Boomtown Psy Forest. Melbourne’s Exit 99 have seriously morphed this Dubstep classic into a straight dance floor smasher, set to be a weapon of choice we have no doubt. Rumour has it, even Van Damme himself has been shaking a leg to this one and its out for free and it’s exclusive to 3000 Bass.
Beautiful, chilled vibes coming your way today courtesy of Bromsgrove’s
Anto. We can’t get enough of his work over here at 3000 HQ and we hope you like this track as much as we do. Anto is definitely one to keep an eye on this year.
It’s with great pleasure that we present to you our 100th exclusive mix and what better way to mark this momentous occasion than with an explosive mix crammed full of dubs, VIP’s and exclusives from none other than the mighty Shapes.