Review: UTTU have a cast-iron reputation for releasing cutting edge work by a wide variety of acts as disparate as Legowelt, Sinden and Capracara. Here we get a selection of their more bass/urban-oriented talent. Classified delivers vintage cut-up UKG on "Say To You". The latter is given a wobble heavy remix by DJ Q, who also provides the warm, Ayia Napa sounds of "All You Have To" and "You're Not Around". Zibba contributes the squelchy, string laden "Say To You (2006)" and Mooney goes all loopy funk on "Hey Hey".
Review: Legendary bassline producer DJ Q comes through with the first in a series of self-released bombshells on his own Q Recordings outlet. "Ordinary People" is a classic Q floor-filler packed with an artillery of swinging hi-hats and claps - and some lovely female vocals, of course - but you also get a 2-step mix of the same track for some extra groove flex in the groove.
Review: Ahead of the imminent release of his much-anticipated debut album, UK funky megalith DJ Q drops a tantalising taste of things to come. With Robbie Rue on the mic, "Soundboy Connection" sounds like a UK Funky-era update of Groove Armada's "Superstylin" - all electro house pulses, UK funky bass and midtempo 4/4 shuffle. "Heaven" is a classic chunk of wide-eyed UK funky goodness (check those classic US garage organs and vocal cut-ups), while "Wreck It" is a ballsy romp through swinging bass-house territory. AC Slater lends a hand on "Oh Yeah", a rave-ready chunk of bassline-propelled peaktime goodness. A handy acapella of Rue's vocals from "Soundboy Connection" completes an impressive package.
Review: Not to be confused with the Strength Music boss, or Glasgow's infamous house producer, this DJ Q is known as Shollen Quarshie to his friends, and has been heavily associated to the UK garage sound since the early 2000's. He's finally back to grace us with some of his magic, and it's London's Local Action that picks him back up from the depths of the underground. Thankfully, he's still very much in the mood to make garage these days, except that "Rocky" contains a thick layer of UK grime wobble, something which was subtler in his past tunes. "Poison" is on the same kind of tip, but its drop contains broken vocal samples that add to that killer drop feeling in the club. Bangahs!
Review: Bassline king DJ Q lays down a cheeky 1Up: a homage to everyone's favourite spiky ring-pinching blue hedgehog, "Sonic" is a bouncy two-step/breakbeat hybrid littered with vibrant 8-bit samples from the original game. With a bassline the strength of five end-bosses, it's clear Q's having a lot of fun right here.
Review: 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...
Review: Where do we start with DJQ? Since the rearrising of the UK's bassline scene nationwide, Q has been at its forefront, both as a solo DJ/ producer and as ? of the infamous TQD outfit. He has played a massive part in shaping the audio texture of bassline itself, and his brand new album 'All Night' is a homage to that input, There are a lot of tracks on this project that are direct throwbacks to the more old school 'Niche' style of bassline, including the emotive sounds of 'My Bae' and the super skippy 'Arkham'. We also here more modernized creations from Q across the project, especially tracks such as 'Dirty Deeds' and 'Our Sound' which take more reese-like bass sounds and more rounded rhythmic patterns. This is a fantastic project in its entirety, showcasing why Q really is at the top of the game!
Review: The Q-miester is done powerdressing: now he's back in his trackies and jumping around to the springiest two-step you've heard since the last MJ Cole fanclub meeting. A premium balance of sweet soul from the vocals, big belly bass grit and concrete-smashing drum work, this on-point bassline/UKG hybrid marks the start of a whole slew of Q burners due to roll out in the coming months. We can wait.
Review: Dangerous times called for dangerous basslines and there's no one better at rattling your eyeballs with twisted-funk low-end lessons than Professor Q. Continuing to pepper the dance with his weekly tune dispatches, "Danger" is another sure-fire floor-bouncer with a Q&A riff that tickles the highs and lows harmonically while stuttering vocal textures add just the right amount of agginess in the background. Once again Q is bang on the money right here...
Review: No one knows what the Q stands for. Some say it's because he loves quizzes. Others reckon it's because he loves Quentin Tarantino while others will tell you it's because he loves a good tin of Quality Street. We reckon it's because he's quality in every sense of the word. Especially now as he continues to lay down wounder after one-track wounder and has been for over a month. Each cut direct for the dance and loaded with his Q signature, the beats jack with insistency while the bassline fluctuates wildly around the mid to top end. Chaos guaranteed. Q is quite the badman.
Review: Q's rolling out the heavies right now, track by track, week by week. Following the murked-up two-step party slapper "My Heart" comes this brutal 4x4 chugger "I See". Opening with lush jazzy chords and a sweet sultry vocal we're barged face-first into a crisp high-pitched bassline that fluctuates and into a nagging riff that harmonises as it develops. Straight up worries in the dance; drop this and watch the fireworks erupt.
Review: Somewhat remarkably, it's now 20 years since Paul Flynn first donned the DJ Q alias. Since then, he's delivered a string of loopy, tracky, disco-tinged house bumpers for labels including Filter, Glasgow Underground, Go! Beat and NRK Sound Division. Surprisingly, this two-tracker marks his first appearance on the similarly vintage Robsoul Recordings. There are few surprises, but then few make this kind of muscular, energy-packed deep house quite so well. Choose between the hard-worked vocal loops, thumping beats and heavy bass of disco-jacker "Feelin' Moody", and the low-slung, basement-bothering deep house funk of "Inner Groove", where Flynn gleefully makes merry with darting, rave-era stabs and cut-up hip-hop vocals.
Review: 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.
Review: Over the years, DJQ has certified his position as a true legend within the bassline scene, both as a solo act and DJ and as a part of the mega trio of TQD. Here we see him arrange and bring forward the second edition of his 'All Night' album series, featuring 10 incredible bass originals, showcasing everything he is about. From the rawcus bass revs of 'Attitude' and 'What Iam Like' to the more garage driven switches of 'Time To Shine', this album holds a tonne of a weight from start to finish. We are also gifted some top draw collaborations, including appearances from the likes of Dread MC, Zibba, Jack Junior and Champion.
Review: The instantly palatable grime and garage of DJ Q has been satisfying bassline lovers for many a year, not least with his appearances on Local Talk. Now Shollen Quarshie follows up on the mixtape showcase he did for Unknown To The Unknown with a full length album proper, and its packed full of the plush production and catchy hooks you would expect. There's a whiff of techno about the dreamy synths that open the album, not least with the spiralling notes that hover over the trap-rave stylings of "Two Faced", but elsewhere there's a wholesome dose of sugar-coated jungle with the pop vocal stylings of Kassandra and Louise Williams. It's a diverse album with a broad appeal to those who like their beats immediate and colourful, and might just be one of the unlikeliest pop albums of the year.
Review: Shollen Quarshie is making no bones about his intentions on this latest release for Local Action, with his formidable production sights fixed on the charts with a helping croon from Louise Williams. This is unabashed pop music for the modern era, even if it is driven by an early 90s breakbeat. The straight-up keys and synths should sit perfectly on drive time radio, while the light touches of trancey stabs are crying out for a stadium-filling remix from one of the Dutch titans. As if baiting such an occasion, the single comes packaged with an instrumental and an acapella for good measure.
Review: It's fair to there's currently nobody in the business making proper garage with the same flair that DJ Q currently does, and his new single, entitled "Trust Again", featuring the vocal talents of Brit School alumnus Louise Williams, is possibly his most classicist piece of 90s-leaning garage to date. Those who heard the producer's excellent vinyl-only track "Brandy & Coke" last year will know what to expect - strong vocals, clipped 2-step rhythms and razor-sharp production. Serious remixes are included too, withthe first remix in some time from from Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown, member of the old school garage outfit Tuff Jam, a bassline remix from DJ Q collaborator TS7, and a 4×4 mix from DJ Q himself.
Review: Following their collaborative work on "Trust Again" and "Through The Night", Q and Louise Williams deliver yet another insatiable garage groove. Q's groove jacks and struts with presence. The organs pump with warmth and weight while Louise delivers her trademark emphatic vocals with panache. The result is that feeling that you've known this tune all your life even on the first listen. This is the third single from his forthcoming album, and we can't wait to hear it.
Review: 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.
Review: It's chart baiting garage time once again as DJ Q and Flava D link up on Local Action to turn out the kind of crossover hit that matches brains and brawn in equal measure. "PS" comes on bright and chirpy in its lead-in, all sugary synth splashes and catchy diva vocal hooks, while the drops rip into a deliciously freaky workout with alien melodic wobbles and plenty of weight bottom end. Balancing edgy underground qualities with unabashed accessibility has always been Q's game as much as Local Action's, and here the team more than deliver with a perfect slice of contemporary UKG.
Review: After high profile mix releases, bassline legend DJQ makes his return to the release front with a weighty three track project alongside Jack Junior. The title track 'Rock With U' is Q in blazing form, bringing classic northern bassline sounds into the mix along with energetic drums. Next up 'Red Alert' follows in similar fashion, harnessing a bag of unique grooves. Finally the EP is finished off in good fashion with Jack Junior's synth-heavy rework of 'The Reasons'.
Review: After an incredible showing at Boomtown with their already renowned takeover performance, the Crucast collective return here with an explosive collab between bassline veterans DJ Q & Jamie Duggan. This one is packed with energy as a collection of bass sounds run riot, bouncing off each other and creating some real rave dynamite. The unnerving vocal additions add something really special to this one as Q & Duggan continue on their 2018 killing spree.
Review: In three years the Get Twisted operation has put out as many compilations, and on this one DJ Q delivers some thumping pop-step in "Dreams". Furthermore there's the deep and dark bassline house of "Cut It Push It" by Riddim Commission and Taiki Nulight, while H Two O's "Need You More" is a sublime slice of haunted electro-house. And for some tropical acid and warped R&B vocals check out "Gossip" by Nick Tee.