One week after label head Mat Zo debuted “Blessed Be Thy Name” to tease the sound of This is MAD TOO, MAD ZOO doubles down on one of dance music’s hottest topics with the release of its second compilation.
The label’s follow-up to This is MAD ZOO emerged as a Beatport exclusive on Jan. 20 with a full release on Jan. 24. While Anti.Negative is the only artist besides Zo to return from the first album, Kraysh and GLADEZ have both recently released music on MAD ZOO.
Beginning with Carpainter’s “Wut U Tryin,” the album provides a wide range of different styles of drum ‘n’ bass as elements of bounce, glitch, and trap can be heard throughout production by VÄRI, Tsuruda, and many others.
The bass-heavy tracks are the focus of works by newcomers such as ME DI UM, whose online presence is bare besides MAD ZOO debut “Things I Did.” Indian producer Seven & Seven’s “Turf” shifts away from the breakbeat-centric sound as it closes the compilation.
Mat Zo just teased the upcoming Mad Zoo compilation project with the release of premiere single, “Blessed Be Thy Name,” on behalf of the head honcho himself. The drum ‘n’ bass trendsetter characteristically curates clever sound spaces within the rapid-tempo genre, and this track is no different. Through a mist of swift high-hat percussion, the production virtuoso slows the atmosphere with scintillating guitar echoes and dynamic synthscapes for an Arabian nights feels.
Mad Zoo’s second compilation album will center mostly around whiplash drum breaks with other styles mixed in for good measure, featuring a grip of talented sound smiths such as Acrillics, Tsuruda, and more. The album will drop on Beatport on January 20 and everywhere else January 24.
Zeds Dead release their highly-anticipated 14-track collaboration album, We Are Deadbeats, with newly released tracks alongside Deathpact, Holly, DNMO, Loge21, Omar LinX, Champagne Drip, and Slushii. Previous releases from the Canadian dubstep luminaries from the project came on behalf of alignments with Ganja White Night, Subtronics, Urbandawn, DROELOE, Jauz, Delta Heavy, and Dion Timmer. With seven new songs from the kings of sustained, lush bass drops around a outside-the-box sound design, fans are treated to a grip of new cuts from the infamous bass tandem of the decade.
DC and Hooks are known for their inimitable sound in the bass space, playing A&R to some of the most highly touted up-and-coming acts in the genre, as well as bumping elbows with tried-and-true bass purveyors. The Deadbeats torchbearers also recently announced their seventh go-around of their now hallowed annual Dead Rocks display at the prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheater.
For many, 2020 has just started, but Tchami is already making moves. Despite relative silence from his solo camp—his last release single being “Rainforest” in August 2019— the house maven has fully capitalized on label efforts through CONFESSION while curating a synergetic presence within the roster, presentation, and sound. Now, CONFESSION follows on its nearly five-year success with a New Year’s Day release of its sixth compilation, Alchemy VI. The Alchemy compilation joins Loge21‘s Unprocessed LP as CONFESSION’s second compilation drop of the year.
Featuring ten tracks from artists like OMNOM, Get Bad, Jesse Marco, Cave Studio, Marco Marz, and more, the latest Alchemy edition finds a return to sinister tastes and an appreciation for the underground. A nuanced showcase, Alchemy VI entices with some selections that dip in the on-trend tech-house lane, others that play with soulful vocal samples, and some that sport bass house groove—all pervaded by an underlying theme of dark and heavy four-on-the-floor energy.
Parisian duo Loge21 have released a grip of production gold from their new Unprocessed LP, touting forward-thinking bass and G-house.
With eight tracks, the heavy-hitting project introduces the set with “Revenge,” a fist-pumping bass house thrasher with sustained synths that lift the production’s dark tonality. The second track, “UZI,” carries a more familiar G-house sound while “Cratedigger” proceeds with a more glitched-out bass house skeleton with familiarities akin to Skrillex and JOYRYDE‘s “AGEN WIDA.” “Breaklaw” also follows this formula, for a complex tonal percussion masked through heavy sampling. The entire compilation showcases a variety of styles within the bass house arena.
Sitting comfortably at the top of the bass music scene lies Los Angeles-based label Disciple, alongside 12th Planet-headed sub-label Disciple Round Table. Responsible for releasing some of the largest dubstep tracks in the past years and housing a stacked roster of powerhouse producers, anything fortunate enough to secure the Disciple seal of approval is sure to be a hit, and their new compilation album, Knights of the Round Table Vol. 3 is no exception.
Knights of the Round Table Vol. 3 features some impressive numbers from household names in Bass Music, such as Virtual Riot’s “Lost it (VIP)” and Barely Alive‘s “Spicy Future.” The compilation also highlights the talents of rising stars in noteworthy releases “Mad Stacks” by Bandlez and Control Freak, and “Bite” by Cyclops. The 23-track album is bursting with creativity and talent.
The past few years have been quite a roller coaster for iconic London club Fabric, which faced a near-permanent closure in 2019 after losing its license. Luckily, its attendees and artist guests pulled through en masse, petitioning successfully to keep the venue’s doors open. After a triumphant return, Fabric is now celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of special edition live events—as well as a double-sided compilation that embodies the distinctive sounds present on party nights.
Fabric covers the four-to-the-floor, house and techno side of the club’s repertoire and is also meant to represent the London-specific culture around these genre. Notable contributors to this disc include Marcel Dettman, Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles, IMOGEN, and Daniel Avery. Likewise, FABRICLIVE is meant for the same purpose—but this time for the more “live” genres like underground dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, and jungle. The double-disc combination is set for a December 6 release on the club’s equally eponymous record label. They’ve offered a taste of fabric in the meantime with a lengthy, yet intriguing piece from UNKLE: “Catch Me If You Can.”
For those who have witnessed one of Bosnian-born/Swedish Salvatore Ganacci‘s off-the-wall live sets, it turns out the DJ-producer brings the same energy to the studio as he does booty poppin’ behind the decks.
His latest single, the ferociously tempo-ed “Cake,” with Anjunadeep veteran, Megatone, arrives on the back of a larger animal and source of fervent anticipation: the mysterious compilation Big Beat uploaded to its SoundCloud page earlier this week. The song’s thunderous beat, squelching bass, and pitched-up vocal cuts are redolent of the omnipresent excitement sweeping across the electronic scene for Miami Music Week.
Now, to coincide with “Cake”‘s arrival, Big Beat is unraveling the track list behind the formerly anonymous compilation, surfacing some of the most sought-after names in the game from Ekali to Valentino Khan, Dillon Nathaniel to Deathpact. The compilation as a whole succeeds in mirroring the new single’s energy and pummeling electro fervor. Fans can find Ganacci ringing in the release on Ultra’s main stage this Saturday, March 30.
Big Beat Ignition is available for presale here, and for full download April 12.
Big Beat Ignition: Los Angeles track list:
Deathpact – Koolaid
Fabian Mazur – Ready For The Show
Ekali & YOOKiE – Jundo
Gentlemens Club – Let U Go
Bro Safari & Tank Parade – Blitz
Salvatore Ganacci & Megatone – Cake
Snavs – Ghetto
GTA & Valentino Khan – Break Your Neck (Pt. 2 VIP)
Kontra – Guilt Trip
Nonsens – Come On
BLVK JVCK – Show ID
WATEVA – Haters
Dillon Nathaniel – Consciousness
Vampa – The Cave
Frost & ill-Esha – What I Feel
Big Beat Records has something interesting under the hood, though what exactly the label is rolling out, as of now, remains a mystery. The imprint, which hosts artists like Skrillex, Ekali, Whethan, Knife Party, and more, posted 15 short, enigmatic snippets to SoundCloud on March 25, captioned simply with a release date of April 11. Without much more to go on, a quick dive into the audio teasers reveals that the impending release is likely a compilation from a group of artists—a fact that Big Beat confirmed in a statement to Dancing Astronaut.
The tracklist spans a wide variety of genres, all with a heavy bass theme, from pumping bass house to echoing big room trap. The mysterious, yet-to-be-revealed compilation sounds like it could include contributions from OWSLA labelmates—in fact, the third track teased already appears in Ekali’s Awakening Mix Vol. 6. Though largely unsubstantiated and merely speculation as of now, the EP’s first official release is due on March 29, and a full tracklist is expected to land soon as well. The nameless compilation definitely packs some heavy handed punches, and it’ll likely be well worth the wait come April 11. In the meantime, listen below, guess for yourself, and let us know what you come up with.
One of the oldest traditions in DJ culture, mixtapes have given listeners a consistent window into the musical thought process of countless of the planet’s top electronic artists. Super8 & Tab are continuing this tradition with their new compilation album, “Past, Present & Future”. As you might pick up from the title, the album reflects