Review: Now is one the strongest periods in the history of UKG, at least over the last decade or so. The Time Is Now crew seem keen to get involved as they welcome Interplanetary Criminal inside for three wavy originals, kicking off with the nostalgic chord expressions and choppy breakbeat influxes of the wonderful 'Supreme Level'. Following this, we steer down a much more grunge route as 'Darkside' provides us with some sub-busting LFO warbles and classic 2-step rhythms, before the subtle yet potent subwork and minimal drum designs of 'The Way' rounds the EP off with a real dash of finesse for good measure.
Review: As ever, we were super excited to dive into this latest helping from the Sneaker Social Club, who have championed the breaks sound to the maximum across this latest offering from Interplanetary Criminal. We kick off with the subtle drum slices and potent sub explosions of 'Tension', followed by the super original 4x4 breaks hybrid sound that is featured within the title track 'Sleepwalker'. Next, the pace slows dramatically as we enter the fluctuations and grizzly bass tones of 'Unfair', before the EP is finished up with a listen to the super clean 'Give', packed with weighty underlying sub flavours and incredibly well processed drum samples.
Review: Garage is back and bigger than ever before it would seem, which is why we were so thrilled to see this fabulous new compilation from the Time Is Now crew land, showcasing the perfect balance of new and old school creations. Interplanetary Criminal steps up first with the incredibly catchy vocal and riff work of 'Crazy', followed by the groovy chord plucks and sweeping subs of 'Someone' from Soul Mass Transit System. It all gets a bit rhythmically twisted next as Holloway delivers a fabulous 2-step masterclass with 'Wisemen', chased up by catchy vocal sampling and stripped back composition of 'Mercy' from Mainphase. Finally, Ollie Rant delivers an uplifting harmonic groove with 'Uptown' before we round off on 'Good Day', a slower creation from Wilfy D's catalogue, providing the perfect finale.
Review: This 14-track VA comp will delight anyone who loves UK garage but has really had enough of partying like it's 1999, as London-based Dansu Discs showcase new directions in post-UKG bass music. Opener 'December' does for Al Green what High Contrast's 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' did for Julie London, and sets the scene for an album that's full of surprises, from the prog-isms of DJ Life's 'Blue' to Pinder's broken beater 'Hot Feet' to Warwick's ominously rumbling 'Only Way'. Elsewhere, Suki's 'Mind Control' could cross over onto deep house floors, while 'Original Style' from Main Phase will please the ragga-garage diehards.
Review: We are here gifted one hell of a selection as we are welcomed in to view the second edition of 'Of Paradise', a VA compilation showcasing some of the best new breakbeat and techy sounds out there right about now. Overall, the compilation is a solid mix and blend of genre types, from the smooth melodic chord bounces of Will Lister's 'Sky Stepping' all the way around to the more moogish, 80's synth-inspired switches of Low Tape's 'Blue Noise'. Other heaters include the super percussive 'Ingenue' from Eluize, along with the well rounded kick pulses of Dwell's 'Warped'. Vibrant stuff!