Bass titan takes a look at the latest releases...
Zed Bias

Zed Bias has been there and done that.

A pioneer of both broken beat and UK garage, the producer has remained at the forefront of bass culture at home and abroad for almost two decades now.

Still packing in the crowds each and every week, his approach - up front but subtle, bass-heavy but room for manoeuvre - has been much copied, but never bettered.

With the Christmas party season fast drawing in, Clash invited Zed Bias to review the latest releases.

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The 1975 - 'Ugh!'

Quite like this one. I like the music more than the lyrics and vocal if I'm honest. The bassline's killer. I love the effect on the guitar, it's somewhere between D'Angelo and Daft Punk.

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99 Souls ft. Destiny's Child and Brandy – 'The Girl Is Mine'

This one's a bit handbag for my sets. I've got nothing against Destinys Child, and quite like the choice of vocal, but the music is a bit happy for me personally.

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Chris Brown ft. Tayla Parx – 'Anyway'

No comment. This really isn't for me at all. Wow.

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MDNGHT – 'I Will Lead You On'

This isn't really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the production that's gone into it. The vocal is sounding nice and well recorded. The overall vibe sounds analog and 80's.

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Major Lazer ft. Machel Montano & Sean Paul – 'One Wine'

This one is more my kind of thing. Still a bit commercial for my sets, but I love the vocals and the ragga vibes. Would love a dub mix of this.

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Mr Oizo ft. Charli XCX – 'Hand In The Fire'

I can't get my head around the production on this at all. The vocal's quite nice but all those weird stabs don't sound good to me.

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Raleigh Ritchie – 'You're A Man Now, Boy'

I really like this. The lyrics are pretty good. Reminds me of a young Morrissey. The strings are epic. Loving the production on it. I would turn this up in the motor if it came on the radio.

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Catch Zed Bias at Ministry Of Sound tomorrow (December 19th).

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