Review: With garage slowly but surely becoming the UK's most popular dance music export, we are seeing numerous labels step up to the plate to really establish themselves as genre leaders. Wang Records have been on an absolute spree across the past few months, with this latest heavyweight compilation being the cherry on the cake. Featuring a vast array of heavyweight names including Movement, Higgo, Hamdi, King Monday, Kobe JT, Logan and more, it most certainly packs a punch. For us, the highlights have to include Zero's surprisingly mellow 'Ross From The Mall' creation, alongside Drinks On Me's vibrant 'On Your Mind' original and the nostalgic chord expansions of MPH's 'Loop33'. Awesome work.
Review: Now the team at ONEPUF are gaining quite the reputation for extracting the weird and wonderful out of the producers they work with. This latest third edition of their self-named compilation series is a perfect example of that as they welcome 8 producers who all bring something very different to the table. Epoch provides us with an amphibious roller with 'Understand', followed by Exit 99's very unusual moogy creation 'Lemon Acid'. Next, some techy breaks action on 'Flugel Dance' from Coldpast before Kobe JT & Tuff Tax hit us with some original UKG flavour. Joedan keeps us on the garage tip with 'Black Everything', followed by the jersey club style sounds of 'Swisha Drop' from Killjoy and high speed acid vibes of Zeed's 'Fish & Chips'. Finally, DJ BMW lets loose some original techno flavour with the unpredictable moog stabs of 'Reactor Core VIP', with Headchef's 'Alarming Regularity' providing us with the perfect outro for this momentous compilation.
Review: So, as garage rages forward and claims back a lot of its forgotten fanbase, we are seeing labels such as Rare Supply set some serious pace, with a rapid release schedule and quality oozing out the sides of every drop. Their latest project sees ON1 get busy across two heated collaborations, the first one being the title track 'Dub', alongside the toast-ready vocal prowess of Shantie. On the flip side, we see him tag in another one of the UKG newschool in Kobe JT, who touches down with some nostalgic flavours in 'New Gen'. This release also comes complete with the instrumental mix of 'Dub'.
Review: Strictly Flava are at it again here as they unleash another bag of highly anticipated remixes, this time bringing back a bag of classics from the likes of Kobe JT, Minista, Scott Diaz and Witchdoctor, some of the labels most popular roster members. Firstly we hear GE's fantastic rework of 'Ur Love', a colourful rebuild packed with bouncy drumwork, followed by a super skippy remix of Scott Diaz's 'On High' from Fizzikx. Witchdoctor is next for the chop as Earthnut steps up for first for a lethal rethink of 'From The Inside', followed by KXVU's funky twissup of 'Piranha'. Excellent work as per from the Strictly Flava team.
Review: It appears that Skillzy's now infamous PAR label is at it again, gathering and arranging an absolutely monstrous compilation here, featuring heavyweight riddims from some of the coldest names currently working across the grime and bass sphere. We see exciting returns for label favourites such as Juzlo, Dubzta, Daze Prism, Killjoy and more, who have all previously featured heavily on PAR. This compilation offers something for everyone, from the sharpened, evil grime chops of Garna's 'Peroni', to the UKG prowess and skippy rhythmic bliss of 'Kobe JT's most recent PAR appearance with 'Selecta'.
Review: What a time it is for UKG, with multiple revival movements taking place left right and centre. Due to this awesome influx of new energy, labels such as Strictly Flava have been able to emerge and shine with a string of high quality releases, including this latest edition from Kobe JT and Minista. This one kicks off with the heavenly tones of 'Ur Love', which is packed full of emotive energy, driven by deliciously smooth sub expanses and a plethora of melodic elements. This one also comes with a high profile remix from Brighton's own Movement, who switches the track up into a classic 2-step format, ushering forth grimey LFO movements and sharp drum designs.
Review: As one of the grime and bass scene's standout label projects over the last 5 years, Project Allout have conquered much, constantly alternating between grime, dubstep, bass and garage, all with a real touch of finesse. This latest compilation sees the gang assemble in force as the likes of Sammy Virji, Killjoy, Palize, Deadbeat UK, Daze Prism and more heavyweight names bring their heat to the table. For us the standout tracks have to be Dunman's grimey roller in 'Chip On The Block' and of course Moony's amazonian funky ride out on 'M', a subby mover, designed to take the dance real low.