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.