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!
Pete Graham, Ill Phill & Chris Lorenzo - "I Love You So" - (5:51) 127 BPM
Smokey Bubblib B - "Oi Oi" (mixed & compiled By Smokey Bubblin B) - (58:49) 133 BPM
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: 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'.
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: UKG is back and better than ever. As a wave of new age garage producers emerge around the UK, artists such as MOAD have been championing the pack, pushing incredibly vibrant original 2 step beats. His latest single comes to us courtesy of Red Balloon Dubs and is an absolute corker. From start to finish this one is jam packed with funky energy and vocal panashe, all tied together with fabulously quirky drum patterns and syncopated aquatic samples. This one is definitely one for the dances!
Review: Mind Of A Dragon quietly slips in another fine album here, this time through the Red Balloon Dubs imprint, and we finally have to say that this producer is underrated among the world of riding garage talents. Moreover, Keep Cracking On is a pure LP, with all its tunes working for each other rather than next to each other; subtle garage infusions grow and shrink with total balance, starting off with docile drum swings that slowly develop into jazzier, more melodic frameworks, and finally into veritable club steppers with a vintage frame of mind that still sounds fresh and unchallenged. Don't sleep!
Review: Back in June (2016), we were raving about Mind Of A Dragon's sensibility to the early 2000's garage era and, while that might have seemed as if we were exaggerating, it is clear that the mysterious producer truly understands that formula. He's back on Soul Revolution with "U N Me", a tune that could easily sound as if it was made by someone like Persian back in the day, but that in reality has been conceived late in 2016. With a rebellious streak, Mind Of A Dragon takes no consideration for contemporary trends, and instead delivers a highly riveting garage infusion for the heads. The remix by Mike Millrain and Mick James scraps the garage drums and chucks in a few house swings, but it still sounds deliciously vintage
Review: Futuristic UKG vibes are the order of the day as New Movement affiliate Mind Of A Dragon belches out more smoky, spiky soul. Tipping wry nods to the Todd Edwards style of garage with vocal snippets being used as instrumental elements, but done in a much darker 2016 style, "Illusion" wriggles with angular funk while "One More" takes us on a more heads-down early 2000 tip. Both kill it.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
Review: Ever since their last release, we've been preoccupied with what really does do go on deep within the mind of a dragon. It turns out that beneath all the scales and firey breath they tend to think a lot about holidaying in Ayia Napa circa 2001. Wonder if Saint George knew this. Anyway, "Too Much" is a delicious mix of catchy distant vocals snippets and perky 130bpm beats and warm, undulating bass waves. Remix-wise Mike Millrain brings the '90s house fire - all slammin' New York garage vibes and closer than close synthy goodness. Summer is officially here!
Review: Inspired by the lack of pigeonholing in today's bassline scene, the much respected Low Pitched have rustled up their first album, Low Pitched Presents: Resonate, which aims to capture this aforementioned musical diversity. They haven't held back either, packing a whopping 23 new jams on this album, truly laying claim to having all bases covered. Highlights include the juddering low-end juggernaut "Patterns" by Clexx, the crisp, floating in space 2-stepper "Rowdy" and the truly next level, otherworldly rhythms of "Swedger" by Sketchman. A snapshot of a scene in full bloom.
Review: Who knows what goes on inside the mind of a dragon? It must be a volatile cauldron of emotion. Here London label Low Pitched attempt to find out, releasing these two tracks from shady outfit M.O.A.D. Although the BPMs are fairly high, the title track is all about a slow and spacey bounce, with a dubby bassline rolling under trippily descending sonics. Digital B-side, "Kick Da Dog", on the other hand is fresher affair - essentially a prank call set to skippy garage workout. So the mind of a dragon, then, confused, but fun all the same!
Review: With a reputation like that of Slime's, when they present their idea of garage future, it tends to be pretty definitive. Here they've done it again with a second installment of Future Sound Of Garage 2. There are 28 new joints here, all bursting with futuristic fizz. Highlights include the robo 2-step opener "Dreams" by Cup & String, the nasty bass and speedy beats of Conducta's "Be Strong" and the warm, washing synth waves of melodic bliss-popper "Goin In" by David Eliza. The future's safe in the hands of Slime!