Break These Walls Down (feat Kelly Pepper & Gracious K) - (3:25) 129 BPM
Break These Walls Down (feat Kelly Pepper) - (3:25) 129 BPM
Break These Walls Down (feat Kelly Pepper & Gracious K - CellCius vocal mix) - (3:53) 134 BPM
Break These Walls Down (feat Kelly Pepper & Gracious K - CellCius dub mix) - (3:09) 134 BPM
Review: UK garage legends 10 Below (best known for their work on Kele Le Roc's "My Love") step up this week with a pair of upcoming talents at their side - young London singer Kelly Pepper and Gracious K (cousin of Dizzee Rascal no less). The results are bubbly and typically tasteful, with Rhodes, pitched-up snares and thick bass stabs ruling the roost. The mix of Pepper's silky vocals and Gracious K's spoken flow works well too, making for an essential UKG release.
Review: Motor City Drum Ensemble man Danilo Plessow believes that this split 12", first released on Manchester's Rainy City Music 20 years ago, is one of the finest deep house records ever to emerge from the UK (he's not alone, either - Theo Parrish and Jeremy Underground are also fans). For this official reissue, all three tracks have been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes. City People's ten-minute "It's All In The Groove", where delay-laden percussion hits and sparkling, Si Brad style synth flashes ride a deliciously deep, disco-house groove, kicks things off in fine style. The other two tracks are solo efforts from City People man Irfan Hussain; both "A Lil Tribute To The Moody Black Keys" and "Jus' Nite Groovin" sound like classic Chez Damier productions.
Review: It's been 19 years since R.I.P Productions launched Ice Cream Records, an imprint that did much to help popularize UKG during the speed garage days. Here, the veteran duo celebrates the label's enduring legacy with an unmixed collection of classics, exclusives and fresh new cuts. As you might expect, there's a clutch of more recent remixes of Ice Cream classics - see Scott Garcia's 2012 rework of "It's a London Thing" and a fresh edit of "Ripgroove" from Double 99 member DJ Omar - plus new R.I.P versions of 10 Below & Kele Le Roc's "My Love" and new school garage hero DJD's "Oh Baby". Throw in a sprinkling of forthcoming singles, and you've got a weighty trip into speed garage revivalism.