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Hot off AC Slater’s label Party Like Us, we’re excited to premiere Glasgow-based Nativ‘s new single “U Got Me”. His Bruk Out EP has already seen generous play on Radio1 and RinseFM, and DJ support from the likes of Motez, My Nu Leng, B. Traits, 12th Planet, GotSome, Kry Wolf & more.

“With a burgeoning pedigree like that, Nativ promises and the Brukout EP delivers: thunderous low-end riddims across the EP, drums and basslines that blur the line between UK garage, UK funky, house and grime.”

The EP drops November 18th, but you can get a first (full track) listen to the single “U Got Me” below!

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No doubt names like Huxley and AUS Music have been tastemakers and champions of the UK house/garage scene since their origins, and in 2014 the two venture into new territory in the full-length album Blurred, an LP release that is a first for both the producer and label. While Aus carries the likes of house kids Dusky, Midland, and Bicep in their roster along with more garage oriented names like Appleblim and Joy Orbison – likewise Huxley trips the line between house and garage with a label family that includes Hypercolour, Tsuba, and 2020 Vision. Although Huxley is known to have recently put a stronger focus into his house orients – a strong prominence of low-end basslines in his tunes still lends itself strongly to garage, dubstep, and breakbeat influences. Blurred, for its namesake, traverses across all of these, extending even further to tiptoe into drum & bass and even pop.

The album starts with “I Want You” which reminds me strongly of a record I can’t remember the name of (though my mind keeps telling me Bonobo… but my body, my bodyyyyy.. nevermind). This is perhaps an influence towards me enjoying the track as much as I do, but the muted and melancholic track glows with undulating charm. “Barne Dance” goes full garage, shuffled drums and pitched vocals dancing carefully with a skipping, pulsating bassline. The album then goes into it’s first female vocal feature, a track called “Give 2 U”, featuring FEMME.

It’s here where Huxley’s affinity towards radio-friendly house shows up, and for me a bit underdressed. This continues to be an issue for me in the other vocal tracks, “Road Runner” and “Say My Name,” both of which fall flat on straddling the line between deep house and catchy pop – a line that has seen itself at the top of UK charts several times this year. The tracks are good, well-made, and the vocalists noticeably not without talent. But amongst the throngs of bassline-house vocal-hook tracks that dominate UK radio and charts, I find it difficult to walk away humming any of the hooks. Highly commendable, however, are Huxley’s efforts in tracks perhaps less radio-formatted, like the D&B stunner “MXR”, the grower-not-a-shower “Reassign” and his clubby collaboration with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) on “Callin”. It’s actually the tracks with unfeatured vocals that steal the show for me, “I Want You” and “Never Easy” which respectively start and finish the album with glistening plaintiveness. Tracks like “Reassign”, “Cakewalk” and “Wayfarer” click and build into a throbbing wash, exactly what songs like these should do in their moments.

Blurred is a pleasant listen (I actually am on my fourth go-around as I write this), with tracks that are able to cross from a massive club system to your shit laptop speakers without an overwhelming loss of listenability. I applaud Huxley’s efforts in, yes, blurring lines between the club and radio, between genres like breakbeat and house, and for the most part he pulls it off. But where I can remember and give props to someone like Katy Perry for a hook like “You’re gonna hear me roar,” the hook of “I ain’t your road runner, babe” sits uneasily on top of a solid track and falls short of an infectious sing along. A solid first album effort from the English producer, a clear showcasing of his variable talents from a soundscape perspective and bonafide conciseness in skillful music production. Looking forward to seeing him stateside this week and for whatever’s next from the workhorse producer as well as the always enjoyable AUS music label.

 

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Summer is winding down, and we’re finally feeling the temperatures beginning to drop. To roll you along with the changing seasons, I present to you the 7th installment of BONES THE DEEP END series – featuring the best in house, garage, tech, deep, bassline, booty, ghetto and everything else that ventures into uncharted waters. This time I have an eclectic combination of the tracks I’ve been rinsing in my sets as of late, along with some forthcoming exclusives and a few classics for good measure. I also have finally unveiled the track listing, so listen below and start digging for all the gems you’ve been hearing.

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TRACK LIST:
Treasure Fingers & BOSCO – Names
Barrientos, Illyus – Ballin (Original Mix)
Billon – Special (CamelPhat Remix)
Shadow Child, Eli & Fur – Seeing Is Believing (Original Mix)
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Gorgon City Remix)
Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Fabio Giannelli – Maintain (Original Mix)
Trent Cantrelle – What I Need (Original Mix)
Destructo ft. YG – Party Up (Thee Cool Cats Remix)
Kove – Love For You
Kry Wolf – Citrus
Benson ft. Lex Famous – Hot Mess (Dom Dolla Remix)
Motez – Own Up (POOLCLVB Remix)
Three Bar – Movin
Foamo – Rep Your Manor
Option4 – Love Like No Other (Original Mix)
Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked (Joris Voorn Remix)
Kiwi – The Mara (Duke Dumont Remix)
Poupon – So Long
Foals vs. Booka Shade – My Number/Charlotte (RÜFÜS cover)

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Another incredible vibe at Night Bass in August. Big thanks to GotSome for coming all the way from the UK, OWSLA young gun Wuki from Denver, and Salva and Kastle for joining AC Slater to close out the night… Listen to all the sets below and relive the night!

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We’re seeing double vision on this Monday… last week we featured the NIGHT BASS native Petey Clicks‘ latest release on Party Like Us called “BAE”, and this week we kick things off with the exclusive premiere of his B-side to the EP “DO U”. Like his high energy sets, this tracks dances along a bassline and sends you into a spiral of jackin garage. The EP is already doing wonders with familiar faces, gaining heavy support and praise from the likes of Anna Lunoe, 12th Planet, Motez, The Bloody Beetroots, Herve, Sinden and many more. Listen below, and grab it tomorrow on Party Like Us!

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The homies at Boomrat are rounding up the homies over here for their neat, new DJ Bag playlist series, starting things off with BONES himself.  Tune in above, or head to their platform for the finest selections in bass heavy house and garage, from my main man, the booty rumbling Lord of Lowend himself.  Gonna toss this playlist on and go lay under a fan and think about cool parties I’ve been to.  Hump DAAAAYUH.

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We were extremely excited to have DJ EZ  at #NIGHTBASS to play his first USA gig ever, and he delivered beyond anything we could have imagined. The club was packed and the vibes were through the roof! He was joined by AC SLATER, Trouble & Bass queen STAR EYES, and a special B2B set from BONES & PETEY CLICKS.

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The heat of summer is upon us and a plethora of new music has surfaced after the holiday weekend! Coming off a huge NIGHT BASS last Thursday night, we can’t help but hunger for bass heavy garage craze that’s sweeping DJ sets across the board. Thanks to the likes of Hannah Wants, AC Slater, and the dirtybird crew carrying the torch, we’ve discovered a gem of producers – such as Three Bar.

This EP has been rinsed around the globe as of late and its jacking energy can’t help but get things escalated quickly. I first heard ‘Movin’ when Shift K3Y opened with it @ NIGHT BASS, and the place went nuts. Listen to the full EP below, and be on the lookout for its release next week (July 14) on Huxley‘s label Saints & Sonnets.

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Happy Friday! To get your weekend started we finally have the next tape pack of live recordings from NIGHT BASS on June 12. This one featured a special b2b from AC Slater and Bart B More, as well as huge sets from RinseFM’s Royal-T, Fool’s Gold Canadian Meech, and our very own BONES. Listen to the 4-pack below and get your Friday thumping!

Don’t miss the next NIGHT BASS – this Thursday, July 3rd featuring DJ EZ, Star Eyes, AC Slater, Petey Clicks and BONES!
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One of our favorite underground labels, Get Twisted Records, recently hit its one year mark.  The Tough Love imprint is celebrating in style with the release of “Reminiscence 2014″.  The album features 13 of Get Twisted’s biggest tracks released in the past 12 months including heavy hitters from Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo, Denney as well as fast rising stars such as Origins Sound & Bordertown (plus many more), compiled & mixed by Tough Love.

The Tough Love imprint Get Twisted is a young, underground House label from across the pond that has separated itself from other labels by finding the perfect combination of professionalism & fun.  We had a chance to talk to the Tough Love crew about the rise of Get Twisted and its future along with the anniversary album & mix.  Here’s what they had to say….
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