Review: We are taking things old school with this one as Main Phase lands on the wonderful Time Is Now imprint for a selection of three expertly dispatched UKG rollers. We begin our journey with the excellent arrangements of the title track 'Never Let Go', which combines reverberated soundscapes with introspective melodic design and choppy drums to deliver something scrumptious. Next, 'Restless' lets loose more catchy percussive influences alongside a lethal sublime below, before we round the EP off on 'This 1', a throwback big room banger, pushed forward by it's vibrant rhythmic arrangements and tasty bass lines below.
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.