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Essential Listening: SaSaSaS

Essential Listening: SaSaSaS

Within just a few years a collaboration of MCs and two of the most respected DJs in drum n bass have rightfully claimed their place as a true supergroup of the drum n bass scene.

The crazy thing about their rise is how unintentional it was. At the outset it just appeared to be a one-off spectacular between DJs Phantasy and Macky Gee as well as MCs Stormin, Skibadee, Harry Shotta and Shabba D. That showdown in 2014 proved to be such a roaring success that the group soon decided to take their unique brand of jump up to clubs and festivals all over from Europe to Australia. Well aware that the sub-genre wouldn’t be popular at every event they soon adapted their style, encompassing a wide range of sounds during sets whilst still inciting the maximum amount of carnage on the dancefloor. With a first EP set for release and a whole lot of individual records for Phantasy and Macky Gee in the pipeline, 2018 will only see SaSaSaS’ stature grow even more.

Their catalogue may still be in its infancy but that doesn’t mean we can’t divulge in the sounds to have come out of the studios of Phantasy and Macky Gee as well. With that in mind we gave it our best shot of picking out five definitive records.

Anthem
Their first release proved to be one which was designed to send any room into a state of sonic meltdown. If the jaw-dropping basslines conjured up by Phantasy and Macky Gee weren’t enough to make you want to flail your limbs around then listen to the incredibly slick rhyming talents of the various MCs. During the song they talk about the group being a “killer combo” and this debut release acted as an equally immense introduction to the scene for SaSaSaS.



Rampage Anthem
Keen to show their appreciation for just how much love they had been receiving in Belgium the group created a record specifically for the country’s biggest dnb festival. Jump up has quite a big following here and so it felt like a marriage made in heaven when this soul shaker surfaced from the SaSaSaS studio. The frenetic arrangement with which the verses intertwine alongside some more thunderous basslines offers a useful indication into the crazy atmosphere of Rampage festival.



Macky Gee - Tour
This might be a tune which was crafted as part of Macky Gee’s solo project but you can guarantee it is a certified staple whenever SaSaSaS take to the stage. At the outset the soothing vocal offers a momentary respite before one of the murkiest basslines is unleashed. If ever you are wondering which dnb track might be good to start a riot press play on this number.



Macky Gee - Black Widow
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora might not strike you as usual vocalists for a tear up dnb record but Macky Gee thought they would be ideal, sampling their 2014 hit “Black Widow”. The original record received huge acclaim but the way it has been incorporated alongside another earth-shattering bassline actually makes for a surprisingly good combination. When he is capable of crafting such a chaotic record using the vocal talents of two the most unlikely collaborators it is clear to see why SaSaSaS hold him in such regard.



Zara Larsson - Ain't My Fault (Macky Gee X Phantasy Bootleg VIP)
Phantasy has also set out to champion his solo career alongside his SaSaSaS duties, starting out with this impressive flip on Zara Larsson’s “Ain’t My Fault”. Going down a similar path to Macky Gee by providing his own slant on a major pop hit, the addition of another brash bassline is perfect to get any crowd jumping around senselessly. Creating a track which is great to sing along to but also good to send any room into rapture surely offers the best of both worlds.




SaSaSaS play at MiNT Warehouse in Leeds on Saturday 9th December, helping DISTORTION celebrate their first birthday. The end of the year then sees them perform in Bournemouth and Birmingham on New Year’s Eve, before joining My Nu Leng at Metropolis & Together in Manchester on Friday 26th January.

Photo courtesy of SaSaSaS

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