Revered house music producers Tchami and AC Slater have gathered the best artists from their respective record labels in a bass house showcase, Confessions X Night Bass: The Album. The compilation features the brightest stars in both the Night Bass and Confession constellations.
The joint venture is careful in its approach not to outdo the other, instead mixing both collectives in an obscure way. Zooming in on the similarities between the two house music imprints, the album is cohesive and ultimately delivers a powerful collection of records ready for the dance floor.
Speaking of the dance floor, the introductory track is a piercing bullet of a record, targeting the disco. Featuring vocals by Kate Wild, “Only One” is the brainchild of Tchami and AC Slater, who haven’t collaborated on a song since “Dealer” in 2017. Of course, their joint debut in 2015’s “Missing You” was a staple in both of their live performances, but “Only One” deserves more than a coveted spot in future sets.
From there, the album picks up steam, featuring Marten Hørger and BRANDON’s “Let’s Try It” followed by “Need You,” a lively tune from seductive, pink-haired Night Bass debutant Blossom.
Switching from the sultry vocals in “Need You,” the call to BIJOU’s G-House can be heard loud and clear in “Bless Up” (featuring Rick Hyde) with the captivating line, “…a Tesla.” The song is a highlight on the album, if only for the fact that the rapping breaks the mold of the house-driven vocal samples found on the 10 tracks.
As the back half of the album begins to take shape, Nostalgix’ “Snitches” acts as a great transition from the cuts that spotlight vocalists, to the production-heavy bangers that book the compilation. Tracks like Shift K3Y’s “Energy”, Capozzi’s “Satisfy Me” and MASTERIA’s “Long Time” showcase the ingenuity within the two imprints and advance the bass house genre.
The biggest bang of all, however, comes in the form of Taiki Nulight’s “Machine Gun Dub”. A mastermind of all things dub, the British producer combines raw sound design with grubby beats in what is sure to become a monster on the festival circuit.
Shutting down the record and reviving a mainstay of Confession is Habstrakt’s reworking of Tchami’s “After Life” with Stacey Barthe. The respected 2015 track retains parts of its memorable lines before being turned upside down and spiraling out of control. It’s a valiant effort that finally pays off for Habstrakt, and a satisfying conclusion to a blitz of talent from two esteemed dance labels.
The album’s release coincides with the launch of a joint North American tour between Night Bass and Confession. The 11-city romp begins in Denver, stopping in San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami, among others, before culminating in Washington, DC. For tickets and tour dates, go here.
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