Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - DIgital Dubstar remix) - (4:16) 129 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - 2 Step mix) - (3:36) 134 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Shay & Sinister remix) - (4:46) 130 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Dumplin remix) - (7:11) 125 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Notion remix) - (3:55)
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Subz bass mix) - (4:25) 129 BPM
Influential garage imprint Ice Cream remain on-point with their current slew of tropical flavours, this being no exception. With a simple xylophone riff and a cute bashy beat, it's instantly infectious and works perfectly for MC Shantie's playful narrative. With lyrics like "I ain't coming to fight, I'm coming to jig" and "we even skank when the coach drives in", the positive vibes are in abundance and done with a spirit and authenticity that sits on the right side of cheese. The remixes are in fine form, too, covering every shade of the party from acid house tinged 4/4 garage (Dumplin remix) to cosmic deep dub (Subz remix) via a very cheeky two-step version.
Garage legends who've been playing out since the '90s, Andy Jay and S Tee continue to keep their rep strong with their latest - the tropical UKF of "Tutti Frutti". Featuring Big Bob dropping some party-friendly vocals, the duo cook up a minimal and instinctively funky mix of Roska-esque snares and brass stabs. Longtime pal DJ Q works up a classically upfront 2-step rerub while Brackles adds a tech-charge to his glossy remake.
Andy Jay and S-Tee are keeping up the good work with another new production that keeps them a fresh prospect despite having been around for ages. For this key tune they've left no stone unturned, supplying no less than six versions, all covering a different dance genre. Of the six our picks are the dark and bassy 2-step mix, the party-startin' dub house mix and best of all, the sultry edge of the tech mix.
Northern garage-turned-UK-funky 90s veterans Andy Jay & Stee team with reggae MC Rubi Dan to deliver this new anthem, which has been signed by alcohol giants Malibu. The title track is a body-movin', tropical beat-led, banger. DJ Q's "Back To 99" mix does what it says on the tin evoking the spirit of old skool UK garage for maximum joy. Fonti & Buskin bring out some serious bass and trumpets on their re-rub, it's all xylophone on Roll Out's mix and things get deep and jackin' on Dumplin's re-work.
Veteran duo Andy Jay and S-Tee have come a long way from their garage roots, now choosing sizzling future-tropical vibes instead. "Gotta See You Move" is a joyous hands-in-the-air party bomb with bonkers percussion, a rousing vocal from Sophia Ellahee and a cheeky Reel 2 Reel-style synth riff. Akira sticks with the 90s for a Nightcrawlers-esque remix, Ednasky delivers a killer deep and jazzy 4/4 garage workout. Elsewhere Prospectors Stateside go all tech-housey, LK1 goes bouncey-house and there's also a cool wobbly dub house mix.
Taking It Back (feat Tonia - original mix) - (4:48) 128 BPM
Taking It Back (feat Tonia - static noises remix) - (5:59) 125 BPM
Taking It Back (feat Tonia - odiggity remix) - (4:52) 128 BPM
Taking It Back (feat Tonia - Matt IQ retro edit) - (3:35) 128 BPM
Taking It Back (feat Tonia - Ednaski remix) - (4:04) 126 BPM
Taking It Back (instrumential) - (4:48) 128 BPM
More timeless UKG vibes from the Ice Cream crew as Andy Jay, S-Tee, Dumplin and Tonia take us back to one of the UK's most exciting periods in electronic music. With an unashamedly large vocal, strutting beats and a bulbous bassline, it's a bright and bold production with huge crossover potential. Remix-wise Static Noises emphasises the bassline with a few sneaky amen additions, Odiggity go for the Brum-style 4/4 bassline approach, Matt IQ takes us even further back with an '80s electro funk boogie jam, while Ednaski soothes our soul with a deeper, soft focus tropical vibe. Perfect.