Nottingham based imprint Tumble Audio have been consistent exponents of dance music's grimier side since their inception late last year. A strong debut EP offering from Killjoy set the pace last October and was followed in quick succession by hotly-tipped producer Majora, whose 'Boss Key' EP peaked at number 1 on the Juno Download bass charts.
Their third outing looks in-house for inspiration, with label heads Sergic & Lyka combining on the 3-track 'Bulletproof' EP, a genre-blurring exercise in dance floor rumbling. Title-track Bulletproof is certainly the grimiest of the 3; underpinned by snarling blasts of sub-bass, it works sporadic eski samples, heavy duty bass stabs and punchy drums to a frenzy - a little cluttered in parts but certainly good enough to get a floor jumping. 'Shame' on the other hand takes things firmly into bassline territory with serious swagger - in all honesty, it's a joy to hear that niche sound pushed with such enthusiasm after years of well-documented neglect. Final track 'Glod' is just as weighty too, if a touch less refined, but still more than earns 'club banger' status - big bass hits at house tempo exemplify the freedom in which the duo clearly revel in.
As a label, Tumble refuse to be bound by specificity in sound or style and Sergic & Lyka's effort is a testament to their refreshingly no frills, club-friendly outlook. Ones to watch for sure.
'Bulletproof' is out now and available from all good online outlets. Preview 'Shame' below: