Review: Well, when we saw this title land in the store we were as surprised as anyone to see that Four40 Records, one of the most active and exciting UK bass labels across the full breadth of 2020 has just turned 10 years old. This is a pretty outstanding achievement, for a label that is still at the forefront of it's sound to this very day. The compilation of course features some of the biggest releases from across the breadth of Four40's incredible catalogue of content, from the likes of Hybrid Theory, I Killed Kenny, Pavv, Limita and more, condensing ten years of musical progression into one extended tape. We also get to hear a bag of exciting new exclusives from the newer breed of the Four40 roster, including music from The Phat Controlla, Blakk Habit, Lucas Maverick, Gemi, Badger, Patrick Kane, Yozhi, George IV and more. What an incredible way to round off the year!
Review: The consistency at which we have seen the Downplay contingent of the Slime Recordings camp operate over the last two years has been nothing short of remarkable, with this brand new three track slap from Deadly Habitz proving to fit right into their incredible recent catalogue. We begin this one with 'On Your Mind', a moody electronic skipper, drizzled in unusual synthetic layers and interesting rhythmic pockets, before the writhing 4x4 drum licks of 'Joy' gives us a bit of a nostalgic slap. Finally, 'Feelings' lets fly some impeccable vocal sampling, alongside a warmed warbling low end, putting this finishing touches on a very tidy collection.
Review: It's been a very exciting start to the new decade for the Four40 crew, who were a truly unstoppable force last year, cheffing up over 25 incredible releases. Next up from them, they join forces with the wonderful Deadly Habitz, who supplies us with five potent UKG heaters. First up, 'Are You Dumb', sampling a classic Jammz vocal with smooth percussive slices, alongside the sweeping bass LFO's of 'Falling 4 U' and nostalgic chord expressions of 'So High'. Following that, 'Stay True' deploys some incredible vocal stutters and hard hitting horn stabs, before we round up on the sweeping subs and electronic vocal lines of 'Your Love'. Awesome work.
Review: If we were to give an award for label of the year based entirely on consistency, it would be hard to see Four40 not running away with it as they finally round off what has been an untouchable year with one last killer compilation. Royal Flush takes the role of compiler on this one, pulling in some scorchers from the likes of Soulecta, ZeroFG, Jack Junior, Tuff Culture, Earthnut and of course Royal Flush himself. There are a couple of tracks here we feel really hold their own amongst a stacked line up, with Pavv's classic sounding '3210' being one of them, alongside 'Guilty Twitches' from Ozwald and the choppy vibes of 'Love Is Coming' from the legendary EL-B.
Review: As Four40 enter into their second explosive run of the year, they here welcome in the ever-ready sounds of Deadly Habitz, who lands with four original UKG scorchers as part of the 'Past North' EP. We kick off with the mellow chord progressions and distant vocal expansions of 'Calling', before sidling into the more nostalgic drum shakes and pulsating bass rolls of the well named '90's Vibe'. This is then chased up by the housey organ sounds and catchy vocal lashings of 'Love It', before rounding the project off with a look at 'The Night', a hard hitting garage skanker from start to finish.
Review: It's quite astounding to witness the run of quality that Four40 are on at the moment, as they bring forth what seems like their 100th release of the year, courtesy of the smooth production stylings of Deadly Habitz. He kicks off with colourful three track outing with 'Garage Girls', a melodic roller packed with subby energy and uplifting harmonic structure. This is followed by the charming vocal layers and choppy, nostalgic composition of 'Set Me Free', which leads us into the final track 'Thinkin Of You', a sharper piece of drum design and smooth subby textures, wrapping a delightful body of work.
Review: It's always a thrill for us to see the Four40 imprint make a return to releasing as they here unveil three tracks of UKG inspired fire from the Scunthorpe based sounds of Deadly Habitz. We begin this one with some fragrant flare as 'Circles' kicks off the EP with a soulful punch, working smooth vocals in amongst skippy garage drums and fluttering subs. 'Rumours' follows with a more stripped back structure, still packing some serious weight with its subtle bass pressure however. Finally we take a dive into 'Chemical Love' which rounds up the 'Black & Blue' EP in style, using spacey atmospheric and wooden sounding percussive stabs to bring a real sense of space to the table.
Review: Even though it would appear the summertime has well and truly passed, Deadly Habitz is here to supply us with some heated spice as he unveils his new three track EP with Downplay. We kick off with the spacy haunted arrangements of the lead track 'Do It All Again', which is driven by warm sub pressure and expertly arranged vocal manoeuvres, before dipping into the darkened synth designs and old school drum skips of 'You Got Me'. We then round up the project in real style as Royal Flesh appear in time for a stripped back super skippy rerun of 'Do It All Again', which brings forward unpredictable chops and flavoursome slices.
Review: Inspired by the lack of pigeonholing in today's bassline scene, the much respected Low Pitched have rustled up their first album, Low Pitched Presents: Resonate, which aims to capture this aforementioned musical diversity. They haven't held back either, packing a whopping 23 new jams on this album, truly laying claim to having all bases covered. Highlights include the juddering low-end juggernaut "Patterns" by Clexx, the crisp, floating in space 2-stepper "Rowdy" and the truly next level, otherworldly rhythms of "Swedger" by Sketchman. A snapshot of a scene in full bloom.