Review: The Dreamers Recordings have been busy it work it seems, as they here assemble a goliath roster to bring us some of the coldest half time and neuro-inspired arrangements we have heard so far this year. We hear some incredible production work from the likes of 'Am:x' on the sub-heavy rolls of 'Rectine' and the percussive brilliance of 'Belly Dance' from Neve & Frame. Our highlights for this one have to be the high energy drum skips and sub pushes of 'Fine As Fuck' from CGRECO and Malou Morkeberg, along with the pleasing junglist flavours of 'Pump Up The Volume' from Samurai Breaks.
Sentierum - "Breathe Me" (feat Naima) - (5:17) 172 BPM
Crimson & Ncamargo - "Flow" - (7:22) 172 BPM
Legal - "Pour Amour" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Neve & Crimson - "Let Me Groove You" - (5:36) 174 BPM
Phog - "Memories" - (4:35) 170 BPM
Lao Wai - "Who's Fooling" - (5:13) 172 BPM
Soul Beat Runna - "Get Loose" - (4:12) 170 BPM
CGRECO - "Massive" - (4:36) 160 BPM
Enjoy - "Deactivate N" - (6:03) 57 BPM
Lizard - "Easy Nuff" - (5:38) 165 BPM
Johnatan Thomas - "Ease" - (5:21) 170 BPM
Lyndon Jarr - "Lightweight" - (4:57) 160 BPM
Review: So, this is one well packed present to say the least as The Dreamers Recordings gather up their full strength for another exceptional compilation, featuring the likes of Sentierum, Krispy, Frame, HLZ, Lizard and more, who all combine for a stripped back jungle shelldown. The full project is packed with quality from start to finish, with immediate standouts being Lyndon Jarr's emotional roller in 'Lightweight' and the sharpened drum processing of 'Who's Falling' from Lao Wai. A special shout out also has to go to Yoofee on 'Glume', which is stuffed with cool harmonies and spicy electronic pads.
Review: Think two-step garage is a UK thing? Start thinking bigger: As proved last year with Elastica's inaugural We Play Garage volume, two-step garage is very much global right now. Currently enjoying its 54th renaissance since the late 90s, it seems Italy is a proper hotbed for it. And they're fusing it with the solid sonic steez their homeland is known for; big filters, lavish chords and warm grooves. From Bodwan's jacking Chicago homage "Ivory" to the lean sub/step and detuned keys of Mother Inc & Kiu D's "Drop The Bass" by way of Captcha Bless's minimal wriggler "Loyalty" and Bist's MAW-style chugger "Crumble", this whole collection showcases Italy's penchant for the sexier side of garage - both the London two-step vibe and the original Paradise sounds. Play it.