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28 Feb 11
Played by: Bunny On Acid
Review: Another excellent debut EP sourced by the future-garage heads at L2S, this time showcasing UK producer Sorrow who delivers four highly unique and absorbing tunes on the Existence EP. Dreamy textures and deep atmospheres collide with smartly-sequenced beats on both "Dante's Journey" and "Existence", while "Aesthetics" works up a slinky minimal half-step that's anchored to some brilliantly gliding bass notes. "Jacob's Ladder" rounds things off well with the deepest and most soul-touching tune in the set - a tune that's confident enough to leave long, beatless sections that really hypnotise you after the briefest of listens.
01 Mar 05
Played by: Epi [from Nomad Records]
25 Dec 06
08 Nov 04
04 Jul 11
Review: A prolific home for upcoming garage-tech producers, the L2S label have once again come up trumps with latest signing Pledge. The London producer delivers sheer gold on title tune "Unknown" - a dream-like fusion of chiming arpeggios, sine bleeps and crisp beats. MileZ also gets the chance to remix "Unknown", and builds on it by making the beats a little more upfront and slowly releasing the incredible torrent of synths, making it a real builder. Pledge's "Close To U" is also included on the release and takes a darker and more subtle approach, using droning synths and a huge filter drop to create a mean and moody future garage gem.
01 Aug 11
Review: With a huge range of fans including Jawkob, Whistla, Mistajam, Untold and Skream, Milan's Aquadrop is bound to gain even more followers with this excellent collection of frenzied, futuristic garage-inspired beats on L2S. "Soul" uses a kaleidoscopic range of short vocal samples and wraps them around deep string pads, punchy bass hits and high-pitched drum hits. "Evolution" follows the same formula, but this time the effect is less garage and more warped Italo/boogie, all arranged with a down-low swagger to the beats. It's an absolute gem, and combined with the darker thrills of "King Of The Jungle", all adds up to a hugely impressive EP.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Pledge pitches up on UKG/UK funky imprint LS2 for a two track foray into subterranean bass pressure. Lead cut "Coming Home" initially impresses with its smoky, clandestine atmosphere, but on repeat listens it's the skittering two-step percussion, delicious vocal cuts and organ stabs that really hit home. The same could be said of "Long Time Ago", which sounds like a late night tribute to classic British two-step; all simmering strings, booming basslines, female scat vocals and flexible beats. The whole thing sounds like it could have been made around 1999, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Both cuts are certainly impeccably produced.
17 Sep 12
Review: Brussels may not be the first place that springs to mind when one thinks of dubstep. Bunzero is all about putting that right though, and after 15 years in the game, he assuredly lays claim to being one of the biggest dubstep DJs outside of the UK. All that said, his new EP isn't strictly dubstep, it's a broader sound that often bridges the gap between Metalheadz-era jungle and future bass. First up, "Wet" has broken beats aplenty along with buzzy bass and trippy pads, while "Wool" is slower and features half-step beats and wavering synth melodies. Janner remixes the latter, and frankly it's a belter - keeping the synth pads top-line, he adds the deepest, throbbing bass notes and melancholic melodies, really sealing the deal on this quality EP.
09 Jul 12
10 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
13 Jan 12
Review: One of the cheekiest cuts from their rip-roaring Monkeytown LP, Modeselektor draft in their old buddy Otto Von Schirach for some nasty electroid bass action. Appearing here in dub form, the edits of "Evil Twin" come thick and crafty, while the rave-ready sensibilities remain intact, pirouetting around an insistent yet ever mutating bassline. "German Clap" however sees the boys tackling a more UK Funky led approach, offset by monolithic crescendos of synths. With a mid-section break reminiscent of Altered Natives' "Rass Out", you can't really go wrong can you? Once again Modeselektor prove that you can straddle depth and chaos in dance music and make it work.
10 Oct 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Whistla's garage-championing L2S label plays host to this excellent debut from UK producer Viers, who simply smashes it on single "Night". With a radical rearrangement of the oft-sampled "Think" break providing a deeply funky and snappy flex to the beats, Viers lends it a spooked echo vocal loop and long-attack Juno chords, not to mention a subtle dose of rounded sub bass to form this future-looking 2-stepper. Fellow Brit Duncan Powell drops the remix on this one - keeping the same misty vibes but instead rocking an incredibly tight UKF-tech beat for the win.
11 Oct 11
Review: Simply one of the coolest, freshest and down right fastest MC's on the grime scene right now, Scrufizzer gets a well-deserved bump with this new hook up with UK bass all-star MJ Cole. With a styled yet simple 130bpm beat consisting of dry snares and a long fat sub kick underneath him, Fizzy lets his flow dominate - dropping complex and wordy verses that never stop being anything but thrilling. As a radical counterpoint, Cole reworks the beat into a tropical bass thrasher with some serious distortion added onto a dynamic kick. Highly recommended stuff.
05 Dec 11
Review: With a title like Psychedelic Crew, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was some kind of twisted fusion of modern UKG and Terrence McKenna-ish LSD love. The four tracks that make up the EP offer killer dancefloor thrills, utilising LS2's usual sonic staples - booming low-end grooves, stabby strings, darting melodies and snappy rhythms. "U" also features synth melodies that sound like they were stolen from the soundtrack to an old Amiga game (no bad thing), while the deeper "Coffee and Painkillers" is curiously melancholic in its own way.
05 Aug 11
Review: Three pivotal figures in the evolution of Chicago juke music and the developing footwerk scene come together on this new EP for Juke Trax - led by DJ Rashad, who drops a pair of new, lightening fast clap 'n' bounce workers. "Nite Love" is cold and bare, with a diced up sample of Robin S' "Show Me Love" at its core, while "GT Music" uses a nice chunk of "Percolator" and throws in some scuzzed-up kicks and short vocal samples into a perfectly-structured and thrilling juke smasher. Elsewhere, Boylan samples Etta James on "Hands" and Lil Wayne on the brilliantly chaotic "Pistol", while all three producers join forces on the subby half-step of "Drinkin'".
27 Sep 10
24 May 10
Played by: Mike O'mara(Development Music), Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Wafa
Review: Cooking up a forward-looking garage sound in the mould of Sticky, Joy Orbison or Sbtrkt among others, producers Randomer and Fife combine their talents on "Too Many Times" to produce a bass-heavy funky jam with plenty of effervescent percussion and vocal shots that sparkle over the mix. Out on Fat! Records, it comes with the equally awesome "Slum City" which retains the funk but adds some dynamic and huge pads that take the tune into another, trippier dimension. Here's hoping these two collaborate loads more in the future.
21 Nov 11
13 Oct 11
Played by: Redux Records, Diskjokke, Monkey Beats, Discomendments, Kid Who, The Warm Signal, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, The Tortoise, Al Macario, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Aliooft (Foto Rec.)
Review: What seems an age after it appeared as part of Mark E's last spot on Beats In Space, "Call Me" finally arrives for general consumption, yet it's in danger of getting overshadowed by the company it keeps, with both Dixon and Tensnake holding things down with an edit and a distinctive remix respectively. The original is classy enough though, very much in sync with the producer's recent album, formed of a typically pressurised house groove upon which gloopy key lines draw you in, and go on for seemingly ever. The onset of a massive chord wash and snaking organs is the prelude to a delightful spoken word turn from Miss Diana Ross. This touch adds that dash of class that separates Evetts from the dross. Up next, Tensnake indulges his inner penchant for mid 90s West London broken beat 2 step swingers which will no doubt confound latecomers to the Mirau bosses charms and is all the better for it. Dixon's edit adds a housier slant and sounds as good here as it does as part of the Innervisions boss's excellent Live At Robert Johnson mix.
18 Jun 12
Review: Mysterious new bass tunes - with more than a hint of tropical bounce - from Suckfake. Big funky grooves come courtesy of "Big Skank", while the huge "Bumba" adds a techno kick that's not to be messed with lightly. The icy grime-funk of "Bla" keeps things on a cunning yet minimal vibe and might just be our favourite so far.
12 Oct 10
26 Sep 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Graziano [from Nomad Records], Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Adam Faz, Diamond Bass
Review: The ambient intro is always a dicey manoeuvre for a club track, placing a lot of pressure on the drop to match up to the anticipation. For "Decay", the restrained dubstep roll that kicks in still packs enough weight to lock your head in without a moments doubt. It's a minimal stomper of a track with a resounding bassline that fills in the space perfectly, proclaiming its intention to slot into more considered sets. "Gone Soon" opts for a more haunting space with its drumfunk beat and layers of spooky tones, but the pick of the bunch for our money is the title track.
08 Apr 11
Review: Fast and fresh hi-energy electro-samba from this pair of Brazilian producers, who fuse unlikely styles into a truly distinctive sound on the Oliveto EP. Opener "Samborigeno" runs at a juke-like tempo yet is subtly delivered thanks to a range of organic instruments - there's even a didgeridoo providing the bass frequencies, which obviously makes this a real head-turner. It's Bert On Beats' mix that UKF/tropical house fans will want to hook up with though, while modern afrobeat fans will love Maga Bo's treatment of "Samborigeno".
23 Mar 09
19 Mar 12
Played by: Ursa Major, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Thrills, Reilly Steel, Paradisiaca Recordings, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Pooling the best of San Francisco's 2-step, future garage and bass scene, Hot N Heavy's third volume in this series is a top source of some seriously impressive, upcoming talent. Kasio's opening "Back To The Garage" is straight-up stunning, with incredibly deep oceanic pads filtered down magnificently to a drop of crunchy and twitchy drums. Similarly, Red Army, Reilly Steel, Commodore 69 and Ground Control all prove more than a match for British kindred spirits like Joy O, Pearson Sound and the Night Slugs crew.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Thrills, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: A bass-loving UK duo who are able to bust out quality bangers across a wide-range of genres, Mak & Pasteman turn in two stand-outs on this new Hot N Heavy release. "Playboy" is a pepped-up half-stepper with a glitched out bassline, a sea of astral arpeggios and a Machinedrum-esque use of R&B acapellas that fire over the track in a head-spinning array of pitches. "Jungle Juice" on the other hand rocks a UKF beat with nasty grime bass and an excellent, DJ Mujava-esque lead sound thrown in.
20 Dec 11
20 Aug 12
Review: Lunova Labs is an electronic producer hailing from the unusual base of Nashville, Kentucky. Describing his sound as future garage and inspired equally by Debussy, Aphex Twin and Philip Glass, he finally releases this two-track follow up to recent EP Pneuma. "Burden" is a simple affair with a tropical xylophone motif gently lilting over sparse beats. Three further mixes of the track feature here: Kyson Market Stall take the song in a trippy slow motion soul direction, while Commodore 69 and Azedia both concentrate on toughening up the tropical beats and bass. Second track "Holding On" again has a minimal arrangement, but is augmented by soaring soundscapes and a fragile piano melody. Fedbymachines deliver a killer Burial-style doom mix, Admin delivers a laid-back house interpretation, but it's EPLP's standout garage-tinged mix that will fill the dancefloors.
16 Jul 12
Played by: Hybu, Lifecycle, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Reilly Steel, D3adl1ne, Allmostt, Ground Control
Review: Combining broken garage beats, powerful basslines and some heavy textures, UK producer D3adl1ne's "Wait For You" boasts three dubby killers - the deeply-atmospheric title tune, the meditative half-stepper "Still Believing" and the more house-shaped chilled tech of "Baby Got Beef".
31 Oct 12
Review: Mako is the latest name to arrive on the Hot N Heavy imprint, bringing his own brand of intricate bass music. The sparse title track focuses in on weighty 2-step kicks, wrapping all manner of subtle melodic riffs and vocals around its complex percussion. "Hurt Me" is more explicitly UFK, rolling forward on a rhythmic flex of funky snares, reverb heavy vocals and filtered synths, while "Good FiRday" shows the producer to have a knack for crafting boogie infused hip-hop beats, combining neon saturated 8-bit melodies with weighty organic beatwork. A hefty remix package is also offered; Almostt turns Tropicality" into a moodier, snappier cut, "Shouts" swathes the track in rippling dub effects while, Huffaker Park transforms "Hurt Me" into a precise piece of swung 4/4 house.
28 Nov 12
Played by: The Captain
12 Dec 12
Played by: Hybu, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.
12 Apr 13
Review: After sturdy appearances on Numbers and Local Action, Slackk returns to one of his earlier outposts in the form of Unknown To The Unknown, throwing down a curious mixture of oriental folk music with grime-inspired beats and the occasional flurry of vintage computer game MIDI business. The beats are slippery and jerky on "Inland" where the synth comes in all side-chained and disjointed, with only gun shots for ballast on the buoyant groove. "Wolf Creek" brings on the aforementioned Monkey Island vibes, using curious keys and harmonies to create a decidedly eerie atmosphere, while "Blue Forest" is arguably the spiciest tune on the EP with its urgent percussion and more involved arrangements of lute action worked into a stomping 140 bpm rhythm.
05 Feb 13
Review: It's fair to there's currently nobody in the business making proper garage with the same flair that DJ Q currently does, and his new single, entitled "Trust Again", featuring the vocal talents of Brit School alumnus Louise Williams, is possibly his most classicist piece of 90s-leaning garage to date. Those who heard the producer's excellent vinyl-only track "Brandy & Coke" last year will know what to expect - strong vocals, clipped 2-step rhythms and razor-sharp production. Serious remixes are included too, withthe first remix in some time from from Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown, member of the old school garage outfit Tuff Jam, a bassline remix from DJ Q collaborator TS7, and a 4×4 mix from DJ Q himself.
29 Apr 13
Review: Lisbon producer Lake Haze pops his UTTU cherry here with two classy forays into the world of his beloved UK garage. The boy's done good with these new additions to the label's revered catalogue - "Late Night Trip" is a stomping 4 x 4 wobble belter wrapped in typically trippy, bleepy melodies. However, with its laser blasts, epic synthlines and heavy tropical rhythms, "Need For Speed" ain't just Tom Cruise's favourite, it's ours too!
08 Nov 11
Review: With a number of big releases under his belt, including an EP for Palms Out Sounds and Untold's SSSSS label no less, Dubbel Dutch finds himself on Unknown to the Unknown's own imprint for his new release. The original version of "B Leave" takes drum & bass inspired percussion and fuses it with a modern bass template, taking its R&B sample and combining it with icy synth stabs which create a sound much like a Detroit take on bass. Transatlantic Night Slugs associates NGUZUNGUZU meanwhile offer a significantly more stripped back version, adding pan pipe samples to its chopped and screwed future R&B aesthetics. Highly recommended.
14 May 12
Review: Former L2S player and MJ Cole remixer Duncan Powell rejigs his 2009 banger "Brake" on this new release from Unknown To The Unknown. The original - previously known and loved from Hot City's Fact mix of the same year - is included here thankfully and still shines thanks to its ultra-funky minimal garage motifs and catchy-as-hell chiming melody. The 2012 mix however throws some real fire at the tune - adding thicker kicks and some deeper sub bass whilst still keeping the rude funk locked in.
18 Feb 13
Review: Just the mere fact that somewhere in the world a record label called 'Slime' actually exists, make us happy bunnies (maybe we're easy to please). The fact that they're also very good is even better, and with this newie they're keeping up the good work. "Waiting" is a hysterical UKG tune that's been taken aside, had a few honest words in its ear and then sent to spend some serious time in a floatation tank. In other words, relaxed! "Back To The Future" is a totally cool slice of moody tech garage and Pikcha steps in to put his arm around the title track and take it to a New York house club.