Review: Well, when we see releases like this one move into view, it's difficult to describe UKG as anything other than thriving as we are gifted sixteen brand new belters, all stuffed full of nostalgic 2-steppy themes and fantastic vocal leads, showcasing just how strong the scene is looking right about now. We are introduced to a fantastic roster as major UKG players FooR, Soulecta, Blakk Habit, Rico Tubbs, Wittyboy and more are spread throughout the tracklisting, with our personal favourites including the super original, drum heavy grimey twists of 'Where I Wanna Be' from Vital Techniques and CB's super colourful 'Room 931'. Truly excellent work on this one!
Review: As summer rapidly approaches, the eyes and ears of the UK start to gesture towards a more laid back, UKG set of vibes. For this one Eddie Craig and FooR team up for a garage-breakbeat fusion by the name of 'Premonition'. It has all the makings of an instant classic, from the the emotive chord patterns and crunchy drum arrangements to the encapsulating lead vocal performance. This one comes complete with a selection of remixes with SBS & Proper Tingz taking it down a darker route, Selekio reworking it for the big room environment and Eddie Craig himself bringing forward a complete garage overhaul.
Review: What a year it has been for FooR, who are set to blow the world of British bass music into the stratosphere here as they unveil their monumental 'FooR Years' project, jam packed with goodies from start to finish. We kick off this one with the euphoric piano melodies and and violent bass throws of 'Take It Higher', before wading into the dark, mystic basslines and nostalgic vocal layers of 'In My Soul'. Next, we explore 'Over & Over', an incredibly vibey roller alongside Gid Sedgwick, before rounding up with the electroshocker synth leads and drum punch combos of 'I Will Wait'. There really appears to be no slowing the FooR rampage any time soon.
FooR, Killa P, Irah & Long Range - "Black Bandana" - (4:28) 134 BPM
Don't Judge Me (feat Dekar Da Don) - (4:52) 138 BPM
FooR, Evil B vs B Live - "Hooligans" - (3:29) 135 BPM
Cafe Del Paar - (4:12) 132 BPM
Everybody's Free - (5:38) 132 BPM
The First (continuous DJ mix 2) - (46:56) 132 BPM
Review: FooR celebrate four years in the business. They are are a UK collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. The four-piece have also become UK garage's fastest rising stars on the live circuit, and are being championed by some of the scene's biggest names 'Friends Of FooR' was their first commercially available mixtape, following 2017's Pure Garage mix album. Hailing from Southampton and fronted by Gavin Foord, Aki, MC Jukie and Tyrone - they have all been friends for 15 years - literally since they were kids. Once they hit their teens they started making music together and then throwing parties, first locally, and then across the south coast.
Review: After the explosive response to their 'Yosh Pit' last week, the almighty powerhouse that is FooR return, steamrolling through releases with this latest monster alongside Killa P and Irah. The vocal company get absolutely crazy on this one as they lay down fearsome patois verses, including a classic chorus from the pair. These vocals sit perfectly on top of sharp 4x4 production by the guys at FooR, complete with electrifying leads and punchy drum designs.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Review: YosH founders Foor are back on their own imprint with a one-track bombshell that's come through just in time for the final part of the festival season, and believe us when we say that this little banger is the finest solution for providing you with some proper vintage club vibes! "3 Words" is led by Effie's seductive vocal charm, which is surely the perfect way to direct what is one of the most addictive garage grooves that you'll hear all summer. Remember that period between 1998 and 2001? This is it, right here...
Review: Almost exclusively found on YoSH, here Southampton act FooR switch to Four40 for Luv U Right. They've marked the release with a James Corden Carpool Karaoke-style video too. The title track is first and delivers some moody and sparse UKG married to a seriously raw bassline, "Never Meant To Be" is a dark garage/half-step hybrid powered by the warped vocals of Chanai Zinyuku and "Something, Something" is the most powerfully viscous slice of tech-garage-wobble-whatever! that we've heard in a long time. Lastly "Switch" wraps things up nicely with tasty 4 x 4 banger.
Review: Foor are sick. There's three words. Foor know soul. There's another three words. In fact there are so many possible three word combinations you could create about Foor that scientists reckon you would be here until 2039 if you wrote them. We haven't got that type of time though so we'll just say these three words: this record bangs. The original is a sweet and sassy UKG flavour while the remixes cover all bass bases from alien bass technoid 4/4 shizzle (Endor), skipped space two-step magic (Mind Of A Dragon) and skin-melting breakbeats ("Shapes")
Review: As a label, YosH has quite the reputation for delivering a stacked line up, and that couldn't be truer of this brand new remix compilation from label founders: FooR. They have assembled an incredible roster of remixers, including real heavyweights such as Notion, Original Sin and Jay Faded. The whole is an undeniable success, with Barely Royal's well thought out, bassy re-think of 'Fired Up' from FooR & MOAD being an initial stand out. Other major highlights include Soulecta's colourful UKG flip of 'Shine' and the wibbly wonders of Burt Cope's 'Right Through You' overhaul. Tasty stuff!
Review: Well well well, we have to say we heard tell of a mega compilation that was set to be emerging out of the bass scene in the near future, but nobody could have predicted it to be this powerful as Holy Goof unveils his Globes compilation, championing all aspects of 4x4 bass music to the maximum. We see A-list appearances from top to bottom with Notion, Chris Lorenzo, Fine Art, Skepsis, FooR, Bushbaby and more all gracing the listing with top draw originals. For us the immediate standouts on this one have to include the emotional expanse of Freddie Martin's 'Stubborn', which comes complete with cracking original vocals, along with the rapid fire LFO shells of Livsey's 'Supersonic' and the big room synths of Skue-K's 'Flows'.
FooR - "Don't Judge Me" (feat Dekar Da Don) - (4:52) 138 BPM
Pete Graham X Chris Lorenzo X Jamie George - "Let Me Down" (Nu Era remix) - (5:07) 128 BPM
Review: When it comes to compilations, it's important to keep them as jam packed with entertaining material as possible and it's safe to say that the Four40 camp have knocked this one out of the ballpark. As a project 'This Is UK Culture' is an incredible selection of bass, garage and grime creations, spanning the full breadth of the electronic dance music sphere. Comprising of 16 high profile inclusions, it's difficult to select highlights, but our stand outs would have to include Jamie George's soulful UKG remix of Ahadadream's 'Pray For You', the intense patois flavours of Tomb Crew's 'The Sermon' and of course the dance destroying arrangements of 'Lust' from UK Bass giants Hybrid Theory.
Review: Hot to trot vibes machine FooR goes balls-deep on this epic 50+ track compendium. Bulging at the seams with slinky two-steps, stinking basslines and every essential element in between, it's an incredible collection of on-point bass music cuts spun around the UKG / bass house axis. Those with a soulful interest should instantly fall for cuts like Thorn's "In 2 Deep", anthem-addicts need to know about Foor's own heavenly synth/guttural bass jam "Lift Me Up", bass-devoted breakers will go giddy for "Don't Hold Back", gully munchers will chow down heartily on Tyrone's "Ravin Face" while DJs in need of more of a classical deep roll-out should be smitten by Tengu's "Evil Ting". And that's not even scratching the surface - this is a true trove of future talent and shadowy sonic skill. Golly gosh YosH.