Just a year into its tenure, the Firepower imprint has quickly asserted itself as a key player in the world of bass music. With Datsik at the helm of the label’s rapidly growing roster, a series of heavy-hitting releases and massive shows have fast proved that this crew is a force to be reckoned with. To celebrate their first anniversary, the label has dropped its first compilation, the aptly titled Shell Shock LP Vol. 1 featuring a track from each of the label’s 13 artists, the album compiles a selection of the highlights from their first year into one explosive bundle.
Shell Shock LP Vol. 1 brings together the full range of sounds and styles that its artists have brought under the Firepower banner, all unified by the pervasive obsession with bass, from dubstep to drum and bass, hip-hop to trap. All tried-and-tested speaker-blowing productions, there is enough ammunition here to showcase exactly what the label is all about.
From the eerie opening keys of The Frim’s “Bassline Skanka,” the album doesn’t waste any time in getting down to business, navigating the label’s narrative through a cross-section of music that spans from ground zero to the present day. Reaching back to the bubbling 8-bit energy of Hizzle Guy’s “Buck Em Down” from the label’s debut release, it covers a selection of landmark tracks from its blossoming catalogue. Moving fluidly from the playful bounce of Datsik’s “Juicebox” from his Cold Blooded EP to the funk-fuelled synths and guttural bass of the title track from Getter’s debut album “I Want More” via the Southern swagger and bumping 808s of Antiserum and Mayhem’s trap anthem “Trippy,” each track offers a new and unique sound that feeds into Firepower as a whole.
In the 13 tracks on offer here, the label succinctly showcases just how far they have come in a year, while hinting at the promise of what is to come. Looking back at everything they have done in their first year in existence, it’s clear that Firepower is just getting started.
1. The Frim – Bassline Skanka
2. DKS – Cant Get Enough
3. Twofold – Ordnance
4. Datsik – Juicebox
5. Terravita – Well Oiled Machine|
6. Antiserum & Mayhem – Trippy
7. Rekoil – 4-matic
8. Getter – I Want More
9. AFK – On The Floor (feat. Messinian)
10. Hizzleguy – Buck Em Down
11. Protohype & ETC!ETC! – Bad Boy Flow
12. Sub Antix – 80 Weight VIP
13. Barron – Full Throttle