For a label that only launched this spring, Nu Wave has taken no prisoners whatsoever. Repping the funkier side of garage and the darker side of deep house, Deckstar and Steve Brooke have established a distinctive sonic signature in a very short space of time. Here we find them tethering their past work with a number of exclusives to form this highly accomplished debut compilation. Ranging from the dark bubble/jazz-chord balance of Deckstar's "Wondering" to Lee Martin's organ-slapping "Wanna Be" via Duo and Chantelle Rowe's blistering vocal stunner "Enough Of Your Love", Nu Wave paint an on-point picture with clarity and originality. Get to know.
Undiluted chop-slapping 4/4 speed garage vibes from genre-melting UK filth peddler Mr Dubz, "Back For More" ignites with a salvo of old school detuned synth stabs before switching the unpredictability vibe with a bassline so sick it needs medical health insurance. Remix-wise Flava D focusses purely on the darkness with a fine-tuned bass warp, Spooky adds a sinewy grimey flavour, Deadbeat gets twisted with a repurposed dubstep bassline, Moony injects a jazzier sensation with chopped vocals and neat organ additions while Dr Cryptic closes the show on a heavy edge with a bassline that dynamically flickers from far away to right in your face. All angles covered, whichever remix fits your set the best, we guarantee you'll be coming back for more.
Borrow has spent years developing his drum & bass-orientated sound. Now teaming up with Tik, they are aiming to forge a sound that mixes the D&B with dubstep and garage and they're not doing badly at it either. Here we get four forward thinking tunes including the linear 4 x 4 slammer "Hold Up", the sci-fi 2-step of "Down Up" and the breaky UKF-meets-wobble of closer "To Move".
Having been quiet for months, Reading's bass meister Sunday Roast is back with the meaty full-length long player, Undiluted Underground Vol 2. He's still on fire too with the heat not letting up for even one of the 12 jams included here. Highlights include the delirious and spacey tropical banger, "No Trace", the sinister and raw growler "Shadows" and the machine gun snares and stabby synth showdown of "Ladders". Good to hear the heat's still on!
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