It’s been one hell of a month in realms of dance and bass music, as we start to trickle towards the end of year rush. Traditionally, the music industry shuts down for the best part of December, so labels and multiple other platforms are currently attempting to get their years finished up and start work on 2020 ASAP.
Despite that, we have had a bumper month of releases, with AC Slater dropping an album on Night Bass, Conducta returning to Kiwi Records and a serious influx of dubstep heat. I have listed what I would call my seven favourite of the bunch below:
Burland – Tell Me Why You Worry (feat. Zongo Abongo)
For me, this was always going to sit at the top of the list this month. It may seem a tad biased, being a fellow Brightonian, but this original for me encapsulates everything the term ‘World music’ should do, from the incredible percussive influences through to the top draw vocal edition from Zongo Abongo, this one is a must have for any UK DJ.
J. Sparrow – Single Time
It’s wicked to see J.Sparrow back amongst the bangers, as he here launches a barrage of square wave goodness as part of his brand new EP with Coyote. For me, ‘Single Time’ is a perfect example of square wave grime done right, packing a real punch and bag of emotive energy to match.
On1 – Signal
I’ve been keeping an eye on On1 for a hot minute now, ever since I first him through a Strictly Flava release earlier this year. He has gone from strength to strength in that time, polishing off the year with this latest epic two track monster, with my pick of the pair being the gloomy, broken beats of ‘Signal’, a Horsepower inspired 2steppy roller!
Snowy – Reddit (Ali McK & IYZ Remix)
UK Funky is in a pretty vibrant place right now, with new sub-genres popping up weekly and a general shift towards more rhythmic drum loop designs being pretty evident across the full breadth of bass music. The influence is clearly there, and vocal remixes such as this from Ali McK and IYZ are one of the reasons why. This one is a party starter, simple as that, as the pair revamp the high energy vocal into an all around dance floor destroyer!
Glume & Phossa – Feral
Where do we start with these two eh? The deadly duo of Glume and Phossa has been causing havoc both on wax and in the dance for the last year or so, with the pair producing banger after banger. Their latest EP on Crucial Recordings shows they have no intention of slowing the pace, with our EP highlight being the swampy, barbaric bass shunts of ‘Feral’, a 140 roller dripping with original dubstep delight.
Mez – Frm Yung (prod. by Scratcha DVA)
What’s not to love from the track credits alone? Mez is without a doubt one of the strongest MC’s in the UK right now, with few people matching his incredible energy. That’s exactly what’s on display here as he lets loose with SMG flows over a groovy, colourful funky creation from Scratcha DVA. For some reason this one seems to have a gone a little under the radar, and we have no idea why, it’s a sheller!
9.5 / 10
Conducta & Sammy Virji – Whippet
This one was always going to be a scorching link up, as two of the biggest names of 2019’s garage explosion join forces on the ever-ready Kiwi Recordings. This one combines super choppy, high energy drum slaps with some clever sampling work to provide us with yet another UKG smash, Kiwi have done it again!