With the release of DJ Q & Jamie Duggan’s Pure Bassline mixed CD, it seems only right that we shed some spotlight on the burgeoning bassline scene. Once seen dead and buried, bassline has somewhat seen a resurgence, particularly in the North and Midlands.
Now, the bassline we hear today is more of an extension from UK Bass rather than UKG. There are a number of producers and DJs repping for bassline – here’s our Top 5 bassline names you NEED to know:
Hailing from Bradford, Shaun Dean has been one of bassline’s biggest bastions the past few years. His workrate is unmatched, with a plethora of mixes, original productions and remixes flooding his personal soundcloud on a weekly basis.
One of the newest talents emerging from bassline, Darkzy had successfully carved out a fanbase who adore his style: blending vocals with hard hitting ‘basslines’ solely for the rave. With both an eye for production and controlling the rave, Darkzy is certainly one of basslines best all-rounders right now.
Ussy’s rise has been exceptional to see. Always involved in the scene, Ussy has taken it to the next level by becoming the master of the remix. Supported by KISS FM, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Rinse FM, Ussy’s remixes has taken the bassline sound to bigger, far reaching audiences.
We see Mr Virgo as one of the best producers not just in bassline but UK Bass, garage and grime too. His versatility is apparent in his productions, often of superb high quality.
No matter what Mr Virgo puts his hands on, you just know the skill level will be top notch. In a day and age where quantity is sometimes upheld more than quality, Mr Virgo is somewhat the exception to this, absorbing quantity with quality!
Looking towards the future, a name we will be hearing about more and more is Jack Junior. Relatively new to the scene, his productions clearly indicate that he has studied and absorbed the work of previous bassline legends such as DJ Q and Jamie Duggan. His mixes and productions take you back to the glory days of 2006-2010 yet still remains fresh and current.
The future is certainly bright for bassline and Jack Junior.
To hear more from Shaun Dean, Darkzy, Ussy, Mr Virgo & Jack Junior, visit their Soundcloud pages below:
You can also purchase the latest Pure Bassline series via Juno
Written by David Akosim … you can follow me via @d_akosim