VARIOUS ARTISTS — Clash of the Damned Vol I
2012 was big for Brooklyn indie label Trouble & Bass. The crew celebrated their 6-year anniversary, toasted Drop the Limeʼs new album, and released 20 records that shot up the electronic and dance charts. As a final coda to this crazy apocalyptic year, T&B releases CLASH OF THE DAMNED VOL.1, a compilation full of topnotch international collaborations.
Further putting a stamp on the “heavy bass” genre the label pioneered, CLASH OF THE DAMNED is a riveting selection of 12 tracks spanning the gamut between house, dubstep, club music and rap — often all within the same tune. Artists from London, Portugal, Estonia, Finland and across the United States prove that dance music doesnʼt have to be predictable… all with the dark and cinematic flair that is T&Bʼs signature.
Big-room rave meets Jersey club on “RRR U”, a massive track from the super-team of Bert on Beats and DJ Sliink of Mad Decent and Body High fame. UK garage pioneer Zed Bias gets together with foundational dubstep producer MRK1 for a surprising pair of gangsterish electro-house bits, offset by tropical videogame madness from Lisbon duo Zombies for Money and their Hungarian pals Slap in the Bass. Some serious head-nodders here as well: a dubby 808 track from Ursa Major vs. Elementz, an Atari Teenage Riot-inspired cult rap from Deathface with Lil Internet, and serious trap for your trunk from Ninja Tuneʼs Starkey with Parisʼ Mikix the Cat. Queen of heavy bass Star Eyes teams up with old friend UFO! on a Metalheadz-inspired dubstep stormer and a hyphy house hit, Dirtybird-style, while pounding cuts from Sharkslayer vs. Blaze Tripp and Willy Joy vs. Rob Threezy round out this huge sound clash.