Review: German techno titan Frederique is back as steely confident as always. He's all about the quality, not the quantity is our Fred, so we get just two tracks. They're not just any old tracks of course: both feature sleek, tough muscular production and are tailor made for making dancefloors move. "The Wormhole" takes a nasty hoover bass riff and whisks it up with some skippy, almost techy, UKG beats. "Mainstream" meanwhile, goes deep for sultry after hours moods with a subtle garage bounce.
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.