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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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!
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Once again, we have the pleasure of hosting a premiere from one of our favourite UK Bass labels, Four40 and this time they present some classic summery UKG vibes courtesy of Wes Thomas.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.