Review: The latest release on cult US label Symbols Recordings is a one-off treat by the label boss himself, Kastle. Literally bursting with musical ideas, "Red Light" often appears as a mash-up of different tunes, but nope, the gender-bending pitched RnB vocals, glam stomp beat, garage breaks, retro-house organs and trancey synth pads all belong to the one, gleamingly epic beast.
Review: After the super success of the original recording being so apparent, It was only right that the team at the infamous Four40 imprint brought this original from Kastle back for a bag of high profile remixes. We begin our delvings into this 'R U 4 Real' remix EP with the super groovy twists and turns of ZeroFG's skippy overhaul and LedaStray's powerful UK funky rethink, before stepping into Inkline's inspired techy recreation. Man of the moment: Limita then steps up to follow with a very original bass-driven refurbishment to finish up the project, signing it off with a serious seal of approval from us!
Review: As real pacesetters in the UK bass scene, it's always exciting for labels such as Four40 to delve into more experimental grounds. That is exactly what they have done by bringing onboard Kastle for a mighty UKG project by the name of 'R U 4 Real'. We kick off with explosive stutters and jittery bass manoeuvres of '4 Real' before diving into the more sub driven skippy textures of 'In My Mind'. The EP then rounds off with some real finesse as the nostalgic vocal slices and lethal bass oscillations of 'Darkside' get to work. Excellent stuff!
Review: The long-awaited solo LP from US-based soulful bass music producer Kastle has been the talk of music blogs around the world for months. Now its finally made it to a full release , there's something of a feeling of satisfaction that can be heard in each track. Whether that's projected by the listener or not might be hard to prove, but there's a definite positive energy that flows through everything Kastle produces. From the garage beats of "Been A While" and "Red Light" to the irresistibly hip house groove of "Insatiable" and trap-hop crush of "Death From Above", it's clear that versatility is what this album is all about. Clean, crisp production matched to soulful, blissed-out dance music that's unashamedly fashionable yet different enough to be taken seriously. An album of 2013 no doubt.
Review: The Symbol Recordings head honcho, Kastle, continues his string of one-off treats with this newie featuring JMSN (aka Christian Berishaj). It's a catchy, low-slung leftfield RnB track boasting smooth Timberlake-esque vocals from the rising singer/producer/fashion designer that's almost guaranteed to increase your chances in getting jiggy with da ladieez (almost).
Review: We thought it was going to be the case that Four40 kicked up another storm before the year was out, and we have been proven right as we jump into this top notch compilation project, primarily assembled by the UKG legend that is Smokey Bubblin B. We can see this one's quality just by perusing the tracklist, as we see top names such as Mistakay, Kastle, Mind Of A Dragon, Royal Flush and more all make their way onto the project. It in fact covers such a wide range of garage music it is difficult to define simply, from the minimal, skippy designs of Perception's 'You Make', to the more futuristic bass instrumentation and design of Tuff Culture's 'Carbon', with Doctor Nick's inspired remix of 'Mind Slip' by SMOAD being a particular stand out.
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.
Review: Over the last six months we have seen the Four40 team excel to a different degree with their releases, showcasing one of the best yearly catalogues in bass music with a heavy focus on the rebirth of UKG. This compilation, which goes by the name of 'What You Call It Garage?', appears to me a compilation pulled together to celebrate those awesome releases, featuring a bag of heaters from some of the scenes finest, including the likes of Pavv, Royal Flush, ZeroFG, Limita, Moony, MKII, Deadly Habbitz and more! For us, Four40 have been the highlight UKG label of 2019, so this compilation is the perfect showcase!
Review: Well, it seems to be every week that we welcome a brand new drop from the Four40 team this year, however this latest drop is something truly special as the veteran imprint celebrates nine years of activity with a scintillating selection, showcasing some of their most important roster members over the years. The tracklisting is vast, featuring a colossal 51 tracks from the likes of Vital Techniques, Mistakay, PVC, Enigma Dubz, Tuff Culture, Earthnut and more. With such a stacked release, picking highlights is pretty tough, but for us the two stand outs boil down to super spooky drum twists and moody textures of 'You Or Me' from ZeroFG, alongside the classic Skepsis remix of 'VIP', originally featuring Hybrid Theory and Trilla.
Review: As always, it's a real pleasure to see the likes of Four40 hit back with yet another awesome compilation project. Over the years we have been treated to some absolute gems from these guys, a trend which continues as Kastle unveils his specially selected 'Get Right inside' compilation, complete with a full studio mix of the tracks involved. We look through the tracklisting on this one to find awesome pieces from the likes of Exit99, Opus, Duncan Powell and many more high profile names. For us the standouts of this project have to include the high energy collaboration between Jammz & Roska entitled 'Energy & Stamina', along with Witchdoctor's groovy spectacular in 'From The inside'.