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29 Nov 10
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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.
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01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Of himself, Bryan Vance Hollinger aka Mr Beeb, says this: "I put weird pads on things and cut up vox". We're assuming he's talking about making music here, and speaking of which, "Sip" is a classy slice of unadulterated UKF - all urgent 2-step beats and a laconic drawl. For those of you who like their tunes with a more exclusive sheen, then step beyond the velvet rope for Beeb's own VIP mix that's as smooth and tropical as the tumbler of rum on this single's cover!
05 Jan 12
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'".
16 May 11
Review: Having previously teamed up on releases for Southern Fried, tropical house twosome Malente and Jay Robinson join forces once again with much-missed MCs Yo Majesty on the mic for this big, big tune. With a marching band rhythm and urgent soca stabs locked into a bouncy groove, the YM ladies tear it up and add an inimitable swagger to this future classic. With a host of brilliant remixes also included, highlights include Botnek's insanely warped yet infectious treatment and Raffertie's tight eski-garage reworking.
05 Jun 12
Review: With Morcee's last drop for Four40 still ringing in our ears, the London producer returns with "It's You", a searing dancefloor killer that combines some warped bass oscillations, a punchy steppers rhythm and warm melodic flourishes. On the remix front, Lakosa morphs it into a house number reminiscent of Mosca's more 4/4 moments, while Majora rounds off the package with a stop-start reworking which veers from dark instrumental grime to fast moving UKF in the blink of an eye.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Diplo, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, The Golden Toyz
Review: With Slick Don riding roughshod, this is an unashamed party joint jacked with all the London swagger you could possibly ask for. Slick comes across like Newham Generals on just a weeny dose of helium. Spitting with a smidgeon of sing, IKK's 4/4 garage riff is the perfect bed for Don's bravado (so perfect it comes with an instrumental). Elsewhere we find tech-minded tropical ("Crossover") and stripped back bleep bashment ("HS1").
17 Sep 12
16 Jan 12
Played by: Odiggity, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Vorres - Juno, Bunny On Acid, 123mrk, Nunchaku
Review: Although he's got remixes for Nguzunguzu and Crystal Fighters in the bag, this debut full release from the London producer has been eagerly anticipated for a while, especially with Well Rounded records having already introduced the talents of Deadboy to the world. Thankfully it doesn't disappoint; "I Could Be There" consists of a deep garage bassline, shackling percussion and a synth melody that drifts through a fog of auburn mist. It's undeniably the vocal hook that makes it though. "Cactus Banger" meanwhile clatters along with all the aplomb of a Gerry Read production, with sinister atmospherics sitting alongside a confident sense of melody which marks Gongon out to be more than just another also-ran in the bass music stakes.
12 Oct 10
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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".
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.
20 Dec 11
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.
14 Jan 13
Review: If you're going to release an extended EP of remixes, at least make them varied. That's the approach Moveltraxx have wisely taken with this collection of reworks of tracks from Ezekiel's 2012 digi-only EP "Life Begins At Night". There's certainly plenty of curveballs, from the booming, cut-up dubstep exploits of Eloq's mix of "Drop Ur Ass" and Branko's pad-laden slow jam revision of "Short Shorts", to the synth-boogie-goes-B'more tweak of "Irreversible" from Pacheko. Then there's XS's odd fusion of acid and ket-addled drugginess on his quirky take on "Drop Ur Ass", and a borderline camp disco/UK funky tweak of the same track by Big Dope P. Something for everyone, then.
22 Feb 13
Review: Jazzy Sport is a great name for a label, no? Is it a euphemism for something a bit rude or, if not, what exactly is a jazzy sport? Anyway, here we have Brisa who delivers the philosophical "Move On" the re-fix of which does sound like a warped record. The original though, is a positive slice of infectious breaky hip-house. The digital flipside is a stylistic flipside too: "The Soul" being a raw, vintage sounding rare groove er, groover. Who knew?
29 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Four To The Floor have been blazing a trail of future-garage destruction over the last few years, building up a solid regular roster in the process. Here's a killer round up of what their acts are currently up to. In the case of 8th-Ski, quite a bit: 60s kitsch lounge finely cut with some feisty breaks on "Jazzy Style", melancholic UKF on "Makes Me Wonder" and euphoric retro house on "On Me". Solution is currently all about slammin' speed garage, while Aleks Zen ends things with the celebratory sax-house vibes of "Let You Know".
15 Apr 13
Review: Shollen Quarshie is making no bones about his intentions on this latest release for Local Action, with his formidable production sights fixed on the charts with a helping croon from Louise Williams. This is unabashed pop music for the modern era, even if it is driven by an early 90s breakbeat. The straight-up keys and synths should sit perfectly on drive time radio, while the light touches of trancey stabs are crying out for a stadium-filling remix from one of the Dutch titans. As if baiting such an occasion, the single comes packaged with an instrumental and an acapella for good measure.
04 Mar 13
Review: Founded back in 2007, London imprint 2nd Drop has deftly steered its way through the post dubstep fracture across some twenty releases. Arriving at their fifth & a half anniversary, the label offers up a thrilling snapshot of their enduring diversity on their maiden compilation Future Foundations. Familiar label names like Djrum and South London Ordnance offer their atmospherically swung take on dub techno, while label newcomers like Last Magpie and Alex Coulton provide some bouncy, UKG inspired techno. However, it's the frenetic jungle-inspired take on footwaork from Manni Dee and Deft that offers the biggest surprise in what is an already essential compilation.
07 Jan 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Mat Cant, Sharkslayer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Lucent, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Stepping up to the raucous surroundings of Unknown To The Unknown, Palace comes bringing the right kind of bass-laden swagger you expect from this ever-strengthening imprint. "Trust" is a monster, led by a coarse garage drum jive and a b-line cheeky enough to get every wallflower within fifty metres shucking. There's no doubting the instantaneous results this banger will bring, and the remixes are no shirkers either. Matrixxman cools the heat slightly with a mildly stripped variation on the original's driving theme, while the Mista Men opt instead to bring a seriously funky house shuffle to bear on the bin-bothering party antics.
01 Jan 97
Played by: Sccucci Manucci
30 Apr 12
Review: Continuing to bait overly serious dance music with unashamed rave fodder, Unknown To The Unknown enlist a couple of rough and ready remixers in to take DJ Haus' "Needin U" into further realms of large. R1 Ryders step up first with more breaks than a Channel 5 film, wasting no time in launching into a dark slice of rolling old-skool goodness drenched in mammoth synths. Photonz's remix may seem restrained in comparison, kicking off on a haunting refrain and submerged beats, all the while edging towards a proper drop that calls to mind the finest space age machinations of Yorkshire bleep.
16 Jan 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Sharkslayer, Z-Kat, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Charles Tox (Galletas Calientes), Jack Stat, Mista Men, Bizt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Champion, Diamond Bass, DJ Q, Nunchaku
Review: As one half of the garage-loving Hot City, it makes sense for DJ Haus to be releasing Radio 1 Xtra and veteran garage and bassline producer DJ Q's All Junglist on his label Unknown To The Unknown - in fact it's almost surprising something like this hasn't been released before. Initially characterized by drum programming that is, well, "junglist", the track is interjected with a beat that is less broken, and more split in half, ripped apart with a tidal wave of woozy bassline action; combined with the tropical synth melody and hardcore referencing piano you've got a track that is classicist and very much in keeping with the label's technicolour focus. It's joined by "Will I Ever Be Free", marked out by a slightly housier touch given by its deep string melody, adding a rich contrast to the swooping low end and crunchy snares. It's a curious mix of bassline garage and Detroit moods, and one that works surprisingly well. Highly recommended!
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.
12 May 10
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13 May 13
Review: UK producer Latcha tells it like it is: he simply produces 'anything club music based: house, tech, garage, bass ...plus anything in between'. We couldn't have put it better ourselves, and this EP, his first for Slime, contains a smidgeon of all these flavours. "Viable" is a remarkable voodoo percussion odyssey complimented by what sounds like reversed panpipes. "Call It That" on the other hand, is deep house with a garage drum kit and Orbital-style echoey synth pad melodies. Inventive stuff!
04 Mar 13
Review: Rather like the blob in the eponymous 1950s b-movie, the Slime keeps oozing! With each new release seeping into further into every corner of dance music's cities and towns (ok, ok, they're simply getting more popular, right?) Physik's latest is a doomy two-track belter: "Younger Days" certainly doesn't evokes memories of a happier youth with its haunting atmospherics and 2 step beats. "Torn Apart" is similar although trippier, with slo-mo junglist rhythms and mournful piano and sax motifs.
06 Aug 12
Played by: Dusk + Blackdown, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mr. Mitch, Vorres - Juno, Diphasic, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Keysound bring together a gaggle of relatively fresh names to throw it down in a rowdy fashion. Walton rips into action under a hail of gunshots, deploying some deadly grime strings over a pulsing UK Funky rhythm. Gremino meanwhile has his own brand of virulent bass music to share, moving scattily through all manner of brutal synth notes before pulling off a shockingly long drop out, only to come back barking the same lurching mantra. Visionist is more dextrous with "Come In", scattering a manic array of vocal samples over a moody backbone. Vibezin rounds things off with possibly the most essential cut, catching a strange soundtrack vibe in the midst of a snapping found-sound beat that sounds as future as it gets right now.
12 Sep 11
12 Jan 12
Review: With 2011 being Keysound's most prolific year to date, the label enters 2012 with a fantastic EP from two of the label's old hands, Dusk and Kowton. Utilising a clipped UK Funky beat and restless sub with symphonic ambience, Dusk's "Fraction" expertly channels its rhythmic intensity, while Kowton's rework highlights the production's darker corners, utilising sinister melodies and collage-like movie samples to nightmarish effect. Kowton's "Looking At You" is up next; taking a brittle Destiny's Child sample as its main hook, it manages to sidestep the problems usually associated with contemporary R&B sampling by keeping its melodic elements to a minimum, concentrating on shackled garage rhythms and a growling undercurrent of bass. It's more overtly contemporary than his recent material for [Naked Lunch] and Idle Hands, but still has all the unmistakable hallmarks of his unique sound.
31 Jan 11
Review: Ten Thousand Yen do it right again with the future flex of rising producer XXXY. "You Always Started" will bear obvious comparisons to early Joy Orbsion - before he went all house - but that's no bad thing as it's drenched in a soulful emotion that builds quite delightfully towards the hair raising crescendo. The guile with which XXXY teases out the vocal sample deserves a golf clap. Equally impressive is the psychedelic house thrust of "Ordinary Things", chopping up the vocal over a skipping deep bump, with a swathe of burning tripped out melodies the backdrop to purple synth flourishes and cheeky whoo samples. There's a simplicity to the production but it's overwhelmed by the thickness of sonic emotion XXXY achieves.