Having stumbled out from the shadows in mid 2010 with new boy Hackman's crafted future funker, 'Always/Multicultural', London/North Devon label Shifting Peaks has gone on to inch it's way slowly but surely into the UK Bass landscape with another three Twelves of everything from Cubaton inflected Funky ( Roly and the Rio Rhythm Band ) to crunchy, futuristic beats from Polish hotshot Sekta.
With only the Hackman release appearing on digital so far, it's time to get the rest of the small and imperfectly formed catalogue out there for general consumption, and so 'Nasty Rips and Shifting Peaks vol 1 ' is an 18 track combination of exclusive / unreleased and hard to find gems.
South West soundtrack producer Tessela's 'You Can ' EP hasn't made it to vinyl yet, alone digital, and so makes it's exclusive debut here. 'Yes You Can's' spatial, sweeping pulser leads the way, robustly supported by the low slung, squelchy bass-funk of 'You Give Me Something' , and the floor friendly 2 step dynamics of 'Acid Test'.
Young South Londoner Alfie Macgibbon, aka Graphics keeps the depth and quality high with two future-steppers,' Blue Top' and 'Brian Said to Me'. Culledfrom the same EP , Birminghams' Emvee's unleashes a tropical banger in the shape of the percussive floor shaker 'Windrush' and a driving, Funky-tech bumper 'Strength'.
Emvee pops up again when he adds Glitch Dub style rave-bass, rolling percussion and marimbas to Cubaton star Mr Huevo's 'Rejalate' , whilst Hackman uses RRB's salsa piano riffs and Roll- X's Rap over his trademark Funky rhythms to get seriously tropical on 'Carnival Da Casa.'
In the first of Sekta 5 appearances, 'Liquid Tek' combines deep pads, pulsing subs, metallic riffs and broken beats into a floor friendly, but contemplative post dubstepper. Similar elements are combined in " I Need' , with a sliver of vocal adding an extra layer to the musical equation.
'Hakka Riddim' takes things a bit heavier, coiling beefy synth stabs around it's insistent rhythms , and 'Deep in the Woods' takes the trace of D n B textures that run through his debut EP and lets loose with full on, chopped up Amen breaks accompanying futuristic pads, robo-synths and flourishes of cinematic strings.
To round off his contribution, Sekta takes on the eery, glistening atmospherics of Hideousmens' 'Tangled' to create the kind of hybrid monster you imagine spewing out of the RRS feed of your nightmare's - the result is 1000 % better than a post -dubstep/drag house cross polination has any right to be.
Alongside originals of Hackman's Multicultural and Always, + the Brackles dub, Falty Dl's remix of 'Always ' gets it 's first airing here, taking things into new and welcome terrain with it's abstract groove and disembodied vocal effects.