With the sunshine, the positive mindset continues. Waking up earlier with more energy, slowly getting back to exercising and making healthy eating choices (on occasion). The good mood is reflecting across society and certainly in music releases. Here are some pieces about to drop in the first half of July that will continue to keep the spirits up.
LACK – MAKE IT CIRCULAR
An EP that is comprised of a mixture of flows, all upkeeping the theme of expertly exploring across boundaries dub, bass, breaks and techno. Last year the Manchester based producer released the Inside EP with Livity Sound to great success. This time keen to create a feel of space and calm in the venture. Listen / Buy
404 – I.A
Fast becoming known for experimental electronic production, 404 stuns with this single where he builds with orchestral excellence before sliding into a hip-hop styled break. The track captures the attention and the imagination, creating a satisfying listen. The Paris based producer has a style of creating tracks where the listener becomes encapsulated and is left feeling complete. Out on Voyoucratie Listen / Buy
STEFAN DUBS – SPRING TONES
This 4 piece EP is steeped in dub, produced at the highest level, weighty and scene bending with selectively echoed samples along with electronic influence. A further example of Stefan Dubs showing how adept his creative hand is. Part of the Folklore crew from Toulouse and known from Maquis Son Sistem records, this is a great collaboration with Trule records. Listen / Buy
DILLARD – UNFOLDING
Delicately created, smooth, story telling music which reminds us about strength in unity all while steadily grooving with instrumental runs and gorgeous sound scaping. Colorado based producer, Dillard, has created his own lane of rolling basslines laced with glitch edged melodies over the years. Out on Smallprint Recordings Listen / Buy
KODAMA – 2D / HONEYED
A delightful 2 sided release from Kodama soon coming, bringing melody along with the story to this pensive release. A fantastic listen for anyone who enjoys dubstep built with compassion. Out on Rarefied Listen / Buy
Blemish spent 2020 reviewing Bass music releases by picking a highlight each week. His video reviews carried much needed uplifting messages which was a precursor to him playing a Bass heavy guest mix during the Heartless Crew’s show on BBC 1Xtra as a feel good set during the first lockdown. In addition, Blemish hosted some well watched interviews with future thinking producers such as DJ Eggs Legs, Kamran and turntablist Kypski. Blemish is excited about joining the UKBM team and endeavours to highlight new Bass releases to watch out for in a new feature, The Bass Drop.