Review: Right here we are tuned into some fresh, exciting new dancehall flavours as we see the Numa Crew team up with a number of different vocalists, who all supply some weighty flavours over the super colourful 'Ghetto Youth Riddim', courtesy of Numa Recordings. We first hear the legendary combination of Big Chain, Killa P and Irah provide some high energy bashment vocal lines, before XL touches for a more conventional auto-tune heavy version, perfect for the dance. Following this we hear Mannaro Man run riot over 'Glimmity Glammity', rounding everything off nicely.
Review: Deekline, of the guys behind the prolific Jungle Cakes, is back on his own imprint with Brian Brainstorm, Specimen A, Sweetie Irie and KIlla P, an all-star lineup that have produced a ferocious blend of crashing jungle and menacing vocals. The structure they've concocted makes this tune so sick, with stepping halftime sections that utilize Sweetie Irie and Killa P's wicked vocal talent to build suspense, creating rhythmic diversity that then falls away on the drop into punishing breaks and warped out basslines. Proper club friendly weapon from the Jungle Cakes crew.
FooR, Killa P, Irah & Long Range - "Black Bandana" - (4:28) 134 BPM
Don't Judge Me (feat Dekar Da Don) - (4:52) 138 BPM
FooR, Evil B vs B Live - "Hooligans" - (3:29) 135 BPM
Cafe Del Paar - (4:12) 132 BPM
Everybody's Free - (5:38) 132 BPM
The First (continuous DJ mix 2) - (46:56) 132 BPM
Review: FooR celebrate four years in the business. They are are a UK collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. The four-piece have also become UK garage's fastest rising stars on the live circuit, and are being championed by some of the scene's biggest names 'Friends Of FooR' was their first commercially available mixtape, following 2017's Pure Garage mix album. Hailing from Southampton and fronted by Gavin Foord, Aki, MC Jukie and Tyrone - they have all been friends for 15 years - literally since they were kids. Once they hit their teens they started making music together and then throwing parties, first locally, and then across the south coast.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to now see the 1Forty imprint dropping their releases through Juno, with this latest compilation project being the latest, showcasing just how strong they have become as a musical imprint and brand. They here return to their grimey, 140BPM roots with four absolute heaters, kicking off with a high energy, war-ready combination between the legendary Killa P and rapidly rising Fork And Knife. Next up, NothingNice arrives on production duty with more heavyweight flavours, over which Dizzle Kid & Killa P provide the vocal artillery before 9TRANE teams up with Fork And Knife for a monstrous 4x4 roller, dripping in OG grime energy. Finally, Hayz takes old school to an entirely new level as he employs super nostalgic synths and melodies over minimal, authentic drum patterns on 'High Top', to put the finishing touches on an awesome selection!
Review: We were very excited to see this one land the in store as we see the legendary LX ONE kick start his brand new label project 'Vantage Recordings' with an absolute womper alongside Killa P. The pair combine perfectly on 'Link Up', with LX ONE's dark, gritty instrumental structures allowing Killa P to run riot with his highly impactful patois flows. On remix duty, Icicle emerges from the shadows with a powerful techy reimagining of the original recording, layering his uniquely crispy neurotic sounds in the mix with serious power.
Review: Despite their incredibly consistent catalogue, it feels like Roska Kicks & Snares as an imprint has become even more special over the past year or so, with every new release levelling up the labels output. For their next selection, we see them welcome MOTU for a vibrant 8 track selection simply entitle 'Motu Collection', showcasing his quite frankly outstanding skillset, jam-packed with rhythmic gems left right and centre. From the wavy bass manoeuvres of 'Screwball' to the more carnival style drum work of 'Yeah Riddim' and stripped percussive magnificence of 'KCU', MOTU well and truly has UK funky covered. We also wanted to send a nod to the vocal collaborations on this one, as Nico Lindsay returns in fine from on 'Have To Know' alongside Killa P's electric performance on 'Tek Weh' and the mega collaborative flavours of 'Move', featuring PRM Project, DJ Polo, Roska & Blase Vanguard.
Review: As a label, YosH has quite the reputation for delivering a stacked line up, and that couldn't be truer of this brand new remix compilation from label founders: FooR. They have assembled an incredible roster of remixers, including real heavyweights such as Notion, Original Sin and Jay Faded. The whole is an undeniable success, with Barely Royal's well thought out, bassy re-think of 'Fired Up' from FooR & MOAD being an initial stand out. Other major highlights include Soulecta's colourful UKG flip of 'Shine' and the wibbly wonders of Burt Cope's 'Right Through You' overhaul. Tasty stuff!
Review: Sentry have been a serious killer streak of late and this latest collaboration if most certainly a product of that. We see the legendary Youngsta link up with the rapid fire flows of Killa P and Long Range for a certified smash, taking the title 'Progress'. The link up is a match made in heaven, as Killa P and Long Range let loose a destructive display of rapid fire flows and rhythmic switch ups over the lethal reesey textures of Youngsta's flawless production. This one also comes complete with Youngsta's fantastic instrumental version, which despite the brilliance of the lead vocal, most certainly stands up as an instrumental project.