Review: Established during UKG/deep house's latest halcyon era in 2011, Four40 have navigated the bass, house and garage landscape with understated charm, forward-thinking fusions and occasions splashes of gully for five years, amassing well over 70 releases in the process. To celebrate they're put together this immense 54 track collection that represents the label's many sounds and successes. From Regality's deep Chicago inspired chugger "Celebrate" to Morcee's subtle speed garage swag "It's You", Hybrid Theory's atonal bass grunts and happy slap snares on "Mind Games" and Tom Shorterz subverted soul on "Wot U Do", Four40 cover all bass bases and provide an opportunity to fill any holes in your collection. Here's to another five years.
Review: All-bases LA glitch business from Adapted mainstay Orphic and actor-turned-rapper Evan Shafran... "Cosmos Like Kramer" bubbles with a really wet sounding bass that splatters and soaks everything in the spectrum including the well-buried horns and cool breezy, bluesy guitar line. "Martian Waters" is all about the switches as we flick from jazzy pianos to jaunty triplets while Everyman's flow maintains cohesion. "Bagga Funk" is a much darker jam with a sitar-stripping riff and serious danger feels on the halftime swagger. Finally "Gotta Hook" closes the show on an Ugly Duckling-flavoured party flex.
Review: Rising Leicester bass duo Everyman have already received support from the likes of Benga and Skream. This latest EP should raise their profile even higher with it's exceptionally well-produced sheen. Title track "Take The Block" is high-octane bass music pure and simple; "No Doubt" meanwhile is very retro house and certainly riffs off 90s classic "To Be Real" by Ladycop. "Player" recalls vintage R&B, but distorted out of all recognition by helium voices and stop start beats. Finally "Let It Up" is a dubby, percussion-heavy instrumental.