Review: Ultra Bass continue their impressive run in 2018 with this smooth selection from Blackboxx encompassing a more emotive style of release. We kick off with the garage inspired melodics of the title track "New Ghost". This one is as satisfying as they come as marine-like percussive rolls run wild amidst beautiful vocal slices and emotional harmonics. Next up we move into 'Midnight Swims' which carries on where the previous track left off. Lashings of relaxing atmospherics and soft drum arrangements make this one a pleasure to take in. Finally we round off with the halftime design of "Closer" which is almost Phaeleh like in it's stripped back majesty. Fantastic work on this one!
Review: For his latest outing, Scotland's Blackboxx (you didn't seriously think it was the Ride On Time one, did you?) returns to Slime, the label that helped launch him. Featuring four sizzling tracks that riff off classic 90s RnB (well the vocals at least), the EP begins with the stoned, Flowers-style 2-step of "Loveless", before launching into the stop/start vintage Ayia Napa vibes of "Estre". "Quaalude" is a crazy, space-cakey fusion of chopped up samples, slammin' house beats and Flat Beat-style bass, and lastly "Cheekbones" is dreamy UKG with extra skips.
Review: Since making his first appearance on Slime two years ago, Niall MacDonald AKA Blackboxx has gone on to release must-check EPs on Finest Ego and, more notably, Dutch D&B stable Fokuz Recordings. "Seablushed", the Edinburgh-based producer's return to Slime, could well be his most mature, well-rounded and musically expansive EP to date. Drawing on decidedly Balearic guitar textures, head-nodding beats, seductive melodies, drowsy vocals and a yearning, sunset-ready vibe, the five showcased cuts prioritise genuine aural bliss over the toe-tapping, shoulder-swinging bass music beats he was first known for. There are two tracks with gentle dancefloor grooves - the rather wonderful "Midnight Dance" and Afro-influenced shuffle of "Stranded Under Sunsets"- but even these prioritise drifting melodies and sofa-friendly aural textures. In a word: luscious!
Review: Dust off your Reebok Classics and prepare to get them dirtier than ever before: Bass enthusiasts Slime have recruited 10 of their favourite garage-minded artists to create a future-focused document that details the genre's roots, relevance, consistent presence and continuous evolution. From the bubble-bass hook of Sleezy's "Wait" to the spliced, diced vocal chops and clattering two-steps of Bad Habit's "Trying Times" via the much darker, almost acid house vibe of Jonah's 4/4 bass juggernaut "Hazmat", this collection neatly joins the dots between post dubstep bass music, dark house and garage with a vision that will still sound sharp in years to come. Welcome to the future.
Review: With a reputation like that of Slime's, when they present their idea of garage future, it tends to be pretty definitive. Here they've done it again with a second installment of Future Sound Of Garage 2. There are 28 new joints here, all bursting with futuristic fizz. Highlights include the robo 2-step opener "Dreams" by Cup & String, the nasty bass and speedy beats of Conducta's "Be Strong" and the warm, washing synth waves of melodic bliss-popper "Goin In" by David Eliza. The future's safe in the hands of Slime!
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
Review: As a consistent label project, it's hard to ignore how much work LW Recordings have been putting in over the past few months, bringing forward high quality compilation after high quality compilation. Here we see them unveil the 12th edition of their 'Sublime Breaks & Beats' series, boasting twenty five original scorchers. For us the immediate highlights have to include the super groovy chord movements and catchy bass melodies of 'Simmer Skank' from Zemon, alongside Blackboxx's smooth roller 'Closer' and Eater's punchy trap sheller 'Pop It'.