A new feature for Kmag, we're now going to be bringing you here the top ten official videos released each month within the bass music scene. Here's the list for April!
10. Logos – Atlanta 96
This track is forthcoming on Keysound Recordings, a London based label, owned by experimental dubstep pioneers Dusk & Blackdown, which has been releasing quality music for seven years now. This latest effort from new-boy Logos is an eski / grime track, abstract sounds which fit the video description of the night-time traffic landscape.
9. Rudimental - Feel The Love (feat. John Newman)
To be released on May 28th by Asylum / Black Butter Records, this well-produced video features triumphant scenes of race style horse-riding in the snow against an inner city backdrop. The tune is expected to be a big summer success having already been previewed on 1Xtra.
8. Lung - Why Does Anyone Ever Do Anything? (feat. Rachel K Collier)
Just released on Med School, this one's a melodic roller from Lung, accompanied by the pretty vocals of Rachel K Collier. Fresh from a young producer who's tried his hand across a number of tempos and genres; the accompanying video charts the journey of an aspiring boxer and his training sessions. Very much showing the struggle and escapism of the amateur boxing lifestyle, the short narrative progresses to a climactic final fight scene.
7. Optiv & BTK – Jacknife
Coming from a techstep pairing of artists who have been killing it over the last few years, this is soon to be out on Demand Records. The video showcases extremely sped up footage of a journey around the London's streets and its mazey transport system. The intensity of the footage fits the dancefloor shaking menace of this dark collaboration; including footage of a spinning, sinister looking kitchen life at one point bearing the artists names written in blood!
6. Jubei - Say Nothing (feat. Flowdan)
Forthcoming on Metalheadz, this is a collaboration between two very respected artists. Grime badman and Roll Deep founder Flowdan provides menacing lyrics in his trademark style over heavyweight bassline provided by Jubei. A great first-time effort from the duo working together and the video provides depictions of urban ghetto life, from school to the streets with hooded youths on the prowl.
5. SpectraSoul - Light In The Dark (feat. Terri Walker)
One of the tunes of the year so far, recently released on Shogun Audio. Blending menace and soul perfectly, this piece was created by two producers at the top of their game; being also the first single from the hugely anticipated Spectrasoul debut album. Expect deep melodies, strings and a growling bassline juxtaposed with beautiful female vocals. The sombre video, black and white, fits the music well, written and directed by SpectraSoul themselves, and features vocalist Terri Walker prowling the streets at night.
4. Zardonic, Counterstrike, Gein & Robyn Chaos - Revolution
A meeting of veteran names from the dark, hard end of the drum & bass spectrum here. If anything, the tune (which is the opener on Zardonic's Vulgar Display Of Bass LP out now on Big Riddim Recordings) is more accessible than much of these artists' previous work. The stylised video has a political slant from the offset, with a quote from Martin Luther King, before we're treated to elements of the macabre which will no doubt be recognisable to fans of the Therapy Sessions roster. Expect demonic clowns, skulls, gas-masks and shots of what looks like Soviet Europe in one intense video!
3. Sub Focus - Out The Blue (feat. Alice Gold)
Sub Focus needs no introduction, having gone from strength to strength over the last few years and very much reaching the mainstream these days through his continued partnership with Ram Records. This forthcoming single promises to be a hit, featuring trademark catchy synths and euphoric drops, and is accompanied by this very well produced video. Scenes of bodies swirling underwater silhouetted by different shades of light and slow motion bubbles topped of with a truckload of colourful effects make it a pleasure to look at.
2. Logistics – Fear Not
Only just released on Hospital Records from the Cambridge-based stalwart of the label, Fear Not is the title track from Logistics' ambitious fourth album. The accompanying video is an animation highly focused on Red Indian culture; totems, headwear, animals et al. Directed and animated by Sundeep Toor, it is a very sleek, cool and stylish animation; one certainly wouldn't be forgiven for being attracted to this array of vibrant visual stimulation.
1. Goldie - Freedom (feat. Natalie Duncan)
Forthcoming on Metalheadz, 'Freedom' is to be the 100th release on the legendary label. The video is co-created by Goldie; a very well executed piece of media starring the head honcho himself in a number of intense positions and situations. The track is characterised by hard hitting Amen drums which are expertly choreographed with footage of Goldie often isolated on a beach or falling into an abyss. This is classic Metalheadz, reminding of the 1994 classic 'Timeless' through the vocal melodies of the beautiful Natalie Duncan. The quality of this month's top video certainly matches that of the music throughout the years on one of D&B's most consistent imprints.
Words: Patrick Muncaster
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