Underground music specialists FUNKYSTEPZ join the Four40 Records family with a knockout 4-track EP, infusing UKG, UK funky, house, and of course bass. The Kings Cross EP draws on a range of underground music influences, condensed into the realm of house music that’s equally melodic and heavy. You can preview below but you can save the trouble and get the 320s from Juno right now. Seriously, this entire EP is a 10/10.
The title track combines a choir chorus and bubbling basslines with subtley funky shuffle.
“Bump X” conjures some 90s nostalgia with its key stabs and 4/4 kicks. This is a track that’ll get the ladies’ hips moving while simultaneously cause a ruckus with the lads.
“Boyz In Da Hood” is an all out jackin’ number, styled with a little g-house flair and the perfect amount of grime for those times when the dancefloor craves something a little dirty.
“Twister” is all about surprises. The tune starts with a garage shuffle but immediately drops into something more sinister. Just as fast, the track changes back. These switches are executed perfectly – even though they’re abrupt, the track flows like vodka at a hen party.
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What a better way to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, than with one of Canada’s top drum and bass exports. Now residing in LA, Bass Therapy is excited to welcome FREAKY FLOW, one of the pioneers of the Canadian electronic scene dropping an all vinyl set!
Monday, June 30
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Local support by: CHRIS KOMUS // LOTEK // NATHAN ZAHN
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We just posted the video for THE FREESTYLERS‘ upcoming single, Electro Shock, but it appears as though the breaks founders have more up their sleeves. The Love My Bass mix reaches nearly every corner of the bass bin. There’s obviously some breaks, but also booty tech, and garage. It’s all here, rammed in a 41 minute package.
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Having already inspired widespread acclaim, JASON BURNS‘ carefully concocted fusion of garage, house and bass music, shrouded in soulful R&B melodies, has won him support from a host of names and an appearance on XLR8R’s Best of 2013 list.
For his latest release he works more of his bassy house magic for Love & Other on the sensational “Do Without,” where he wraps a garage shuffle in ethereal sweeps and a resonating low end.
Following the lead track, “Hold On” reminds us of Jason’s instinct to produce bass fuelled dancefloor dubs. Here’s a cut for those who like deep, rich, bassy house music, served with a pinch of melancholy.
The EP also includes two remixes of “Do Without” – a sinister rework by BECKWITH who very well darkens the midnight hours to a deeper shade of black.
THE DEALER heads in the opposite direction with a disco-tinged take. Here’s a party jam to get anyone lounging onto their feet, any time of day.
Watch for the package to drop on Beatport on June 30.
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Here’s some rather lovely bubbling house music on the garage tip from STE E, released by the indomitable, Domino Effect Records. The Leeds-based producer tapped the sultry vocal talents of ERIKA BURTONWOOD for the a-side, which hits all the marks: rich bassline, key stabs, and of course some sexy vocals.
The single gets some proper remix treatment too. Label founders S. JAY & OSTERTAG (Sam Jay and Nick Ostertag) rub out the polish of the original, pitching the vocals down while simultaneously pounding the kicks subtly deeper.
ANIMIST rolls out the garage vibes with a grinding bassline in his remix…
…While Kane KANE TOWNY buffs the sheen for what could be the club anthem of the summer.
The aptly titled the Invade EP gets rounded out with another pair of originals from Ste E. “Feed You” is another garage stomper and the re-release of “Flirtin'” goes deep in all the right places, paired nicely with more key stabs and a minimal vocal sample.
The EP is available on Beatport.
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Last month we posted a glorious DISCLOSURE bootleg from BLANILLA. In the post we hinted at his upcoming single on Sound of Habib. (It’s now available at Beatport, and Juno by the way.) If you like your breaks chunky, well, here’s a cut you’ll want to get your mitts on.
From his studio in Cluj, Romania, Blanilla’s new single Apply the Bass is a bumpy number with San Fransisco’s Kidd Linus sharing the mic with Sara Taigher from Rome. The package is completed by a remix courtesey of Germany’s D-fact.
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There is seemingly an endless stream of new labels as of late. Here’s one with a fresh look at the world of bass music brought to you by Jay Cunning / Sub Slayers. Sub Nation launches via newcomer DEAD BELLY with their eclectic yet dance floor focused Digression EP.
Burnt Out carries some heavy weight, tapping a UKG / garage shuffle, guaranteeing its place as a dance floor filler.
The EP’s namesake carves out a primal rhythm in the infectious bass line – those hips are about to shake.
“Get To Work” also gets a bit tribal for another club shaker. The tune is rounded out nicely with chopped up vocals, bouncing bass, and rolling beats.
Finishing off the EP is a free download. “Friction,” rolls out some retro garage feels on this cut too, but it’s powered by some more of the heavy heavy to get the dance floor sweaty sweaty.
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