For those that don’t know, The Hive is a monthly round up here on Honey And Bass of all the releases over the last four weeks or so. We take you through each single, EP and album that we’ve covered or may have missed. So if you’re looking for brand new music to listen to, The Hive is the place to be!
Sepia got the ball rolling this month with an EP release on Transient Audio (TRANS003). ‘Ancient Tribes’ is probably Bristol producer’s best work to date. You can read more about the EP and find out where to download it here.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/293471144″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Tetrad brightened up the month with a good helping of dub wise music in the form of ‘Eazy Street’ on Material Sounds, the labels first release (MATS001). Bukkha added a few more December dub wise vibes with ‘Ruling Sound’ featuring Junior Dread and Skelli Skell. A TMSV remix features on the flip, out on Moonshine Recordings (MS028).
Out on Innamind Recordings (IMRV018), we saw Karma finally release the long awaited track and my pick of the month, ‘Terrorist’ along with two other lovely additions, ‘Cha’ and ‘Vacant Mind’. Read more about the release here.
Rygby managed to put out more music this month, this time on Encrypted Audio (ENC021). A three track EP that’s worth checking out, like all of Rygby‘s latest beats. You can download the EP from the Encrypted Audio Bandcamp now.
Any more EPs worth checking out? Well we had Truths’ label Deep Dark And Dangerous release some of the craziest beats you’ll hear all year from upcoming Denver based producer DMVU. It may be an acquired taste to some but for me, it sounded fresh and definitely stood out. ‘Bloccd EP’ is available now.
We had the legend Coki return to production duties with an EP on Hatcha‘s digital label Hatched. Again, an acquired taste for me and a big step away from the older Coki we know. But you can’t knock anybody for mixing it up especially a veteran like himself.
My favourite EP from December has to be Argo‘s ‘Nooo’ EP. Out on Artikal Music (ARTKL024), we were treated to three superb grimy, trappy, dubby beats from the young Parisian producer. Feel free to have a read of the Honey And Bass review.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/295579231″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Dub Police boss man Caspa finally unleashed ‘Umbongo’ to the masses on Sub Soliders (SUBSOL019). It’s a track that’s been rinsed by the likes of Youngsta and Compa for the best part of a year and I’m glad it’s finally been put out there. A must have for 2016.
Taiko had a busy month with two releases. First, a split with TMSV out on Rua Sounds (RUA003) and a really nice EP on White Peach Records (WPR016) entitled ‘Jelly Bots’. The final track ‘There Dem’ is a wicked little grimy tune worth checking out! Cop the release from White Peach Records.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/295140582″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Okay, so this is where we get to our special mentions; releases that you may have missed out on this month and probably shouldn’t have.
Of course, Burial returned to Hyper Dub with another couple of forward thinking pieces. If you don’t know already, then where have you been? I can also say the same thing for Kahn & Neeks’ latest release on their Bandulu label (BANDULU007). It sold out in a blink of an eye and I believe the repress has come and gone too! Kromestar put out his latest material on his own label Nebula Music Group (NMG003).
Just the one LP to note this month, coming from Ukrainan producer Dubkiller. His ‘Monsters’ LP is a dark one, out on his label Another World (ANOTHER113).
A few labels completed their year with a various artists/compilation release, such as the likes of Dubtribu (DTR018), Well Rounded Dubs (#3) and Solidarity Dubs (SOLIDUBS001). But it was Version Collective who brought some serious tunes to the table with their epic ‘Certified Organic 2’ two parter compilation. Find out more about that here.