To celebrate our fifth year in existence, BTR has assembled two compilations – Volume One covering hip-hop and beats, Volume Two plowing further towards the bass-led electronic end of the spectrum – which are being offered to fans on a ‘pay what you want’ basis. Both compilations are packed mostly with brand new and exclusive material with a few choice past releases to boot, each volume paying tribute to the fine core of talent that’s helped shape Bad Taste over the past half decade.
Walter Ego kicks off Volume Two with 3K, a blustering throwback of breaks and house that boasts all the characteristics that have made the producer such a firm friend of the label since day one. Itoa’s take on Tweet’s classic tale of late-night loving, Oops, provides ample dancehall-drenched tinder to ignite any room, while Bad Taste Records co-founder Darkstorm stirs a half-time DnB storm on the gleefully chunky and obnoxious Wu Han.
Widely tipped Sheffield native Squarehead’s gloriously vibrant remix of Doubt by Trouble & Bass affiliate Tony Quattro has been rattling through views on Majestic Casual’s YouTube channel for some time now, and here at long last appears in free download form. Darkstorm’s club-ready alter ego Lean Low has teamed up with Darker Than Wax producer Koetry for I Get Down, a punchy, guttural assault on the murkier corners of the dancefloor. Fresh from providing an official remix for Clean Bandit’s ubiquitous number one single Rather Be, Affelaye slows things down to a sultry lilt on You’re Everywhere, while Louville provide an equally hypnotic slab of electronica with Dawn ‘46. Budding San Francisco producer B Flat cloaks dusky vocal murmurings in sullen percussive rattles on Kinda Girl, before the compilation closes with fast-rising label favourite Timbah’s grime re-fix of Fumio Hayasaka’s classic score to Seven Samurai.
Originally hailing from Sheffield, Bad Taste Records was set up in 2009 by Darkstorm and Trellion with the ambition to build a roster as eclectic as their own taste in electronic music and hip-hop.
To mark the anniversary, young Steel City artist and designer Nazusk has re-interpreted the original BTR logo with his signature style of intricate, hand-drawn illustration; his design will serve as the compilation’s front cover, as well as featuring on the fifth anniversary tees.