Review: Groove Skool are back with the second edition of their 'Nu Grooves' EP series and we can confirm that is truly jam packed with incredible rhythms and summer slammers. As far as large scale garage projects go, it's been a long time since we heard a project this size boast such consistency start to finish, with tracks such as 'Sylvester's Groove' slapping you with nostalgic bliss and 'Crown Joule' providing a more subtle field of play. There's something for everyone for certain, with other highlights including the impeccable 'So We Sing' featuring Ilya, the super bouncy 'Something' in collaboration with Duncan Powell and of course 'My Hurt Goes On' with the awesome Keith Boon, working them into a classic UKG melody. Fantastic stuff!
Review: It's billed as an EP, but with 12 tracks and at over an hour in length, you could just as well call this an album. It's the third collection of works put together by pupils at Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown's music school, so it's no surprise that UK/speed garage influences are to the fore: cuts like 'Bass Scat' and 'On My Mind' could have beamed straight in from the late 90s, and skippy beats, chopped-up vox and organ snips abound throughout, with tracks ranging from the Todd Edwards-isms of 'Frisky' to the dark, ominous 'The Step', which harks back to the birth of dubstep and grime.
Review: Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown's 2TUF4U bring us their fourth value-packed various artists EP in a little over year. Once again, the 16 tracks are all the work of aspiring producers who've attended Brown's Groove Skool production college, so it's no surprise that vintage UKG vibes are the order of the day. We're largely headed back to that time circa 1995-1996 when the UK style was starting to emerge (and before speed garage came along), with organs, skippy beats and Todd Edwards-style vocal cut-ups much in evidence, though there are exceptions - see the dubstep/grime-style bassline on 'Deep Enuff', or the sparse, UK funky-esque 'One Last Chance'.
Review: We have a very tasty selection here to sink our teeth into as 2TUF4U continue a highly successful run of original UKG drops. This latest offering comes to us from garage heavyweights Groove Skool, a production outfit known for their incredibly vibrant arrangements and colourful melodic structures, always delivering a scrumptious final product. This collection sees them lay down twelve bumping originals, with guest features including DJ Shockwavz, Craig James, Carpenter Man, Gravy Groovers and more, all adding their own unique elements to the blend with some fantastic vocal sprinklings. For us, the highlights have to include the laid-back yet super catchy twists of 'Say Yeah', featuring the wonderful Ten Levels, along with the old school shuffling chops of 'Burning Up' alongside 2Fuddha and of course the dancefloor ready chord movements of 'Inner Groove', featuring additional work from DJPS. It's a wicked selection to say the least, as 2TUF4U deliver yet again!
Review: Exciting UKG flavour approaches ok this one as Groove Skool get into the blend with Lee Hewitt for a very smooth new summer single. In classic garage fashion, 'Waiting' treats us to dizzying grooves coupled with unpredictable percussive patterns, dusted off with bouncy bass design and perfectly placed vocal slices. It's got the rhythm, it's got the melodies, it's got everything you would want from an original 2 stepper, complete with both a dub mix and a full instrumental mix for all your party needs!