Date published: 12th Oct 2006
Originally hailed as the home of ‘bassline breaks’ the last twelve months has seen Aquasky’s excellent 'Passenger’ Imprint go through a number of changes. Not content with being pigeon-holed the Bournemouth based trio who’s production career spans an impressive ten years plus have been not-so-quietly pushing things forward by stepping outside of their comfort zone and experimenting with different styles from house to electro to funky breaks… with the odd tear-out bassline thrown in for good measure.
To follow 2005’s debut ‘Breakbeat Bass’, a mix album specifically put together to showcase the label’s excellent output and sold in the shops at the super knockdown retail price of £3.99 Aquasky eagerly return with the second instalment in the series to not only showcase what busy boys they’ve been but also the new direction for the label.
Kicking off with King Roc’s excellent remix of ‘The Pressure’ by Breakfastaz you immediately know this mix is going to be more than your average breaks album. Featuring a previously unreleased track by Backdraft titled ‘Popcorn’ there’s also some cheeky unreleased VIP mixes featured including Chris Carters remix of ‘Addiction VIP’ by Aquasky, ‘Space Races VIP’ by hot new producer Jim Shimmer and the killer sound of Aquasky’s VIP mix of their collaboration with Fingerlickin’ stars The Drumattic Twins on ‘Bring It On Down’
Also included on the album are killer tracks from Aquasky’s 10th anniversary artist album ‘Teamplayers’ including ‘Moving The Hype Track’ by Aquasky & Crash Berlin featuring Kool Keith (remixed by Australian star Nick Thayer) and the awesome single ‘Girls & Boys’ (Dylan Rhymes Mix) by Aquasky & Elhornet (of Pendulum fame) alongside recent label releases from breaks don Tayo who’s dub-skanker ‘Wildlife Dub’ sounds better than ever whilst drum and bass trio experimenting with breakbeat Noisia drop the super funky tech-house anthem ‘Gutterpump’ which slips comfortably into the mix alongside Tom Real & The Rogue Elements killer remix of Rob Le Pitch ‘Twisted’
In fact, take one look at the track listing and it soon becomes apparent that both Aquasky and their Passenger imprint are leading the pack by miles with their ever consistent and innovative output. http://www.aquasky.co.uk/