Delving into the ever changing landscape of bass music can be an imposing task if you don’t know where to start. Hundreds of labels seemingly release thousands of tracks a day, which can honestly get fairly overwhelming. For the uninitiated, Night Slugs or Hessle Audio are both excellent places to start, both maintaining diverse rosters and deep catalogues. You really can’t go wrong with either. Another great place to start is deep in the bowels of London’s Boiler Room. The now legendary event has helped launch the careers of SBTRKT, Om Unit and Lunice, and featured superstars of contemporary electronic music, James Murphy, Jamie XX and Rustie. There just isn’t another weekly event with as much clout and influence out there and it has recently expanded to Berlin and Los Angeles. It is no small feat then that Face+heel, the boy/girl duo out of Cardiff laid down one of the best sets at the East London affair in quite some time.
With a style reminiscent of Mount Kimbie’s darker, more emotive tunes, the Welsh youngsters possess a gripping elegance that is difficult to mark down. The recent Warm Records signees debuted as Face+heel in Summer 2011 and have been unstoppable ever since. The duo’s bass oriented take on deep house and classic garage is not what caught my eye, that’s been done before. Instead, it is the deep, heartfelt sadness evoked by the distant vocals on “No Stars.” It’s the crisp percussion in the second half of the haunting “One Hundred Years Deep.” Both tracks are off of the upcoming No Stars EP on Warm and are just the most recent examples of the duo’s impressive production acumen. Look out for No Stars on May 7 and stream “No Stars” and “One Hundred Years Deep” below. Check out their near flawless live set at the Boiler Room here.