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: 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: 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: Over the last six months we have seen the Four40 team excel to a different degree with their releases, showcasing one of the best yearly catalogues in bass music with a heavy focus on the rebirth of UKG. This compilation, which goes by the name of 'What You Call It Garage?', appears to me a compilation pulled together to celebrate those awesome releases, featuring a bag of heaters from some of the scenes finest, including the likes of Pavv, Royal Flush, ZeroFG, Limita, Moony, MKII, Deadly Habbitz and more! For us, Four40 have been the highlight UKG label of 2019, so this compilation is the perfect showcase!
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.