DJ Q - not to be confused with Strength Music's bossman - is also known as Shollen Quarshie and is someone who makes just about the best garage music on the planet. Having appeared on countless labels since the late 90s, his own Q Recordings has been dedicated to showcasing the man's own talent and beat-making skills. For this latest EP, we have "Big" - a grooving, filtered house reincarnation of a Notorious B.I.G. single, except Q has added in a slithering, mutating bassline. "Come With Me" is even more gnarly and Q goes that extra mile with the low-end - a powerful, booty-shaking bundle of sound. DJ Q is here for your dancing pleasure...
As one of the figureheads of the bassline garage scene, DJ Q has produced a massive amount of material since 2003, and this massive compilation collects 25 of his tracks from across nearly 10 years, including the bassline staple "Tea Bag". Of course there are plenty of other gems on the compilation, including the furious squelch of "Watching You" and the irresistible chipmunked vocals of "Old Flex". If you've even a passing interest in proper UK garage this collection is quite simply essential.
DJ Q says it like he means it and there's no confusion about his mission here - it's all about good times! "Party Time" is a perky slice of retro 2-step fun that evokes memories of Sol Solid and sees MC Bonez and Robbie Rue deliver a rap referencing the likes of Shabba, Notorious B.I.G. KFC and champagne parties. Classified delivers a hyperactive garagey mix, while slows the tune down into a winding, grinding dubby rerub.
1xtra's DJ Q has added 'label boss' to his ever-expanding CV, with this debut release on his new imprint, Q Recordings. It's a healthy start with Brighton's PurpleVelvetCurtains delivering two slices of bouncy UKG-fuelled shenanigans. "She Can Get It" is all sparse retro garage beats and wobble-heavy bass, whilst "You Know My Man" is speedier with a hint of tropicality.
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