By Jordan Moussavi on 10 June, 2021
There are few artists more dedicated to pushing classic, 4×4 sounds than J69. Packing a proud array of club-ready anthems, the Sheffield native’s unabashed promotion of the region’s key underground export has only gathered momentum as bassline’s popularity skyrocketed. Eschewing more popular EDM influences, “Bap Bap” is a headfirst descent into the sonically askew, opening with a cartoonish xylophone motif before colliding into skittering bass, saucy, almost drawled vocals and offbeat synth stabs. The arrangement is rustic, but very much fit for purpose. and the vocals are smoothly laid down courtesy of veteran MC, Breeza. The result is an explosive one forty collab dripping with vintage charisma and is one that will most certainly get significant playtesting in many of the region’s raves to come.
The sum total of a now well-refined formula, Bap Bap is a testament to the never-say-die attitude of Sheffield’s old-school bassline scene. For fans of UK bass music, the rest of the compilation is highly recommended, with standouts Palize, Killa P, Burt Cope, and Badger all offering their talents.
Label: 1forty Project
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