Going back through time to the days of the White Label, its fascinating to see how trends and demand can actively shift full circle in a matter of years, and right now all ears are firmly rooted back on this ‘UK Bass’ renaissance thats now in full effect already in 2012.
Although cringy as it may sound, what the term does connote is a recognised means whereby we can acknowledge the accepted eclecticism in club music at present, which is something BBC Radio 1xtra supremo DJ Q is definitively expressing his approval of:
“I’m able to play different stuff all in one set and people love it,” he says, “I can play a bassline track next to a house track and then mix in a grime track and that’s how it should be. I remember being at Sidewinder in Milton Keynes like nine or 10 years ago and that’s how it was. DJs would play a grimy 4×4 track into a half beat grime track then into a bubbly vocal track.”
As the BBC’s UKG Godfather (representing for the movement now since 2004) there’s not many who could be more suited to pass judgement on what makes a bass-related hit of a record, and by laying down some vintage R&B sampling from the ever-popular Brandy his latest release is a chopped and screwed rework of the 1995 single ‘Best Friend’, now titled as ‘Brandy & Coke’.
Released through up & coming UK Label Local Action Records who describe it as “real garage, no future shit”, the vibe on this is nothing short of infectious, a clubworthy release that moulds classic Garage with a 2012 2-step twist. Already recieving support from AboutToBlow favourite Benji B amongst others theres an air of real nostalgia and genuine buzz around this one right now, its available as a Vinyl-only, White Label purchase ths month. So show support and go cop if you’re feelin’ it.
Look out also for the B-side ‘JD & Coke’, a more classically tuned bassline cut that operates in a similar vein which is full of energy and just as ravy.