The behemoth that is now UKF Music has been filtering the best of bass-centric music coming out of Great Britain for a few years, with some astounding recent success. Having tied agreements with the top talent and labels around the country, UKF has assured that their name is, and will continue to be, a seal of quality. Which is why I’ve gone and listened to UKF’s Bass Culture compilation, a two-and-a-half hour parade through what it means to love bass music.
Roughly divided into two parts–dubstep and drum’n’bass–the mix takes you through the last two years or so of the (co)evolution of these two genres. Personally, I think the second half really kicks ass–the first dubstep part is great, but I had already heard many of the songs, like Datsik’s Firepower and Flux’s Bass Cannon. The second half kicks off with Cutline’s remix of The Prototypes’ Cascade–a beautifully remixed headbanger that treads the line between drum and step like a boss, and warns you of the destruction to come.
Continuing on with some of my favorites from the compilation, If you caught Mesh’s post on 16bit, you know what’s up with these guys. This London duo has got the dirtiest, grittiest sounds on a lockdown, and aren’t afraid to harness them to make tracks like FRZR9000. Last but certainly not least is Hot Pink Delorean’s dub/drumstep side project Terravita’s And The Beat Goes On. I don’t know what it is nowadays about alteregos, but with support from the likes of Rusko, Dieselboy and Evol Intent, it’s clear that Terravita means serious business.