Often dubbed 'The Mighty Clueless' (or so he says), this producer was there on the frontline of the future garage wars a few years back. He takes his time mind, you wouldn't want to be expecting more than a couple of releases a year from him, but when he does drop a new tune, everyone sits up and listens. Last year speakers were banging out his sultry VIP mix of "Secret Love". Now L2S have commissioned a string of new mixes including some scattered, icy beats from Whistla, dubby 2-step from Lojt and some warm fuzziness from Pledge. Safe.
Hackney's Compound One label must be jumping for joy having secured the rights to "Get Dangerous", the debut album from hotly tipped knob twiddler, Qualifide. A much anticipated release, this long player plays to Qualifide's strengths, delivering an eclectic mix of different styles, all fused seamlessly together in this producer's inimitable way. Highlights include the smooth urban sounds of "Dangerous", the soulful and jazzy speed garage of "Opportunity", the raw slammin' house of "Think About It" and the growling menace of "grow Stronger". A class act!
Sometimes a song or production technique becomes so iconic that it kind of creates its own genre. "Only You" belongs firmly in the Show Me Love genre, and that's no bad thing - those iconic early '90s organ riffs are a dead cert in getting dancefloors smiling and moving, while we also get updated garage drum patterns and male vocals to create something new. The party vibe continues on "Gimmie Sax" with diva vocals, more retro organs, hypnotic loops, skippy beats and of course the eponymous sax riff. They might want to brush up on their title puns though.
Dom and Mark Stanton fire up their rhythm machine and deliver one of their funkiest jams to date. Slippery, shaking, ultimately speaker quaking, the tight breakbeat groove is adorned by the slick spits of Eboi and given charming rubs from Dustin Hulton (industrial strength, drum-heavy vibes) and the currently unstoppable Mafia Kiss (a stripped back fusion of trap, garage and classic breakbeats). Each version is 100 per cent killer: the Stanton flame continues to burn bright.