Tempa Allstars Vol. 6
This is the sixth volume in the Tempa Allstars series, providing a trusted filter to bass music enthusiasts in a time where music is so readily available that it's becoming increasingly more challenging to discover its real highlights, especially in the underground. Skream opens Allstars 6 with "Rollin' Kicks," and it does exactly what it says. The payoff here comes with giving yourself over to the progressive nature of the track -- long-time followers of Skream's productions will recognize this as one of the many styles in the pioneer's arsenal while relative newcomers may be surprised by this progressive and nuanced technique. For those who've not kept one eye on the brilliant and diverse output DnB producers such as dBridge and indeed Shogun Audio have been putting out there, this may be your first introduction to Icicle. With "Anything," wicked production value gives weight to his bass notes and shine to the shuffling metallic percussion. Icicle is joined by fellow samurai from the Shogun camp, Alix Perez, who sends an elastic bass line searching through a corridor of muffled voices, distorted synth lines and seemingly echoing chasms, bringing Allstars 6 to a close with "Untitled." Also included are three of the most exciting beatsmiths our generation has sprouted so far. Falty DL comes with a short and sweet offering in the form of "Sunday" -- a lush riddim perfect for the British BBQ, and at under 3 minutes, the sun may still be shining before it's time to replace the plates with Benga's "I Come From London," swung with the indomitable swagger that oozes from the S. Londoner. Cricket-like whistles add high energy frenzy to the rolling bass and percussion jamboree. Remixer du jour, SBTRKT's music has found its way into the boxes of electronic music's most discerning DJs and he doesn't falter on "Sleep In Tokyo," an early-hours backdrop for cities that never sleep.