Review: UTTU have a cast-iron reputation for releasing cutting edge work by a wide variety of acts as disparate as Legowelt, Sinden and Capracara. Here we get a selection of their more bass/urban-oriented talent. Classified delivers vintage cut-up UKG on "Say To You". The latter is given a wobble heavy remix by DJ Q, who also provides the warm, Ayia Napa sounds of "All You Have To" and "You're Not Around". Zibba contributes the squelchy, string laden "Say To You (2006)" and Mooney goes all loopy funk on "Hey Hey".
Review: Having recently secured this future-garage clash of the titans, a two track exclusive collaboration between space-bass man Conducta and Brighton's lunar garage hero, Moony, Artifice are (probably) doing Michael Jackson-style moonwalks with joy. Both tracks presented here possess a fury and velocity not normally encountered in the world of garage but these guys are clearly intent on hammering out their message hard and fast. "Bounce" sees warm, soulful keys waver over undulating bass and accelerated 2-steppy rhythms. "Remember" is speedier again with hard snares leading the charge over shots of wobble and retro Robin S-style organ melodies. Sweet!
Review: The second instalment in the Tale of Tales series brings with it four more reasons to be cheerful. Dirt Crew regular Felix Leifur steps up first with "Eitt", a lovably loose, dusty and occasionally wonky trip into blazed jazz-house territory. The jazzy mood continues on Toy Tronics duo COEO's rolling deep houser "Clouds", before Moony Me peppers a bustling, organic-sounding groove with sparkling synth refrains and drowsy chords on the thrillingly hazy "Soul Mirage". Sune opts for a far more bustling, chunkier beat pattern on skewed disco-house caper "I'll Be Right Back", which features some superbly cut-up and rearranged vibraphone solos alongside punchy horn samples and a brilliant post-breakdown drop.
Review: Uncanny Valley's split, multi-artist EPs are usually amongst their strongest releases, and Give N Take is no exception. Put together by Cuthead, it features tracks from three of his favourite producers, plus two of his own. Max Graef kicks things off with the sleepy deep house jazz of "Tittenkuschler", while Parisian S3A impresses with the rising disco samples, sturdy grooves and minor key flourishes of "Theuz Hamtaak". Moony Me's contribution, the flashing Chicago bass, woozy chords and choppy disco samples of "Magergarten", is also rather good. As for Cuthead's contributions, they're predictably strong, with the samba-goes-boompty shuffle of "Braziliance" just edging out the deep-off-kilter downtempo MPC jam "Oef Oef" in the "best track" stakes.
Review: The team over at Strictly House & Garage have been keeping our stomachs lined with incredible new UKG since their label inception last year, with this latest drop from the legendary Moony being another tasty snack for us to feast upon. Kicking off the four track listing we have 'Ice Cream', a techy combination of metallic synthesizer plucks and stripped back drum slaps, followed by the big room 4x4 designs of 'Obsession', which packs one hell of a punch. From here we glide into the catchy vocal manipulations of the title track 'Burning Fire', which in typical Moony fashion combines niche and notalgia in ultimate majesty. Finally, the pace increases dramatically in 'It Is', speedy sizzler, providing us with the perfect round off.
Review: It's been a short while since we last heard from the Brightonian UKG heavyweight, but what a joy it is to see Moony return to Project Allout for yet another scorcher of an EP. We kick off this one with a more unusual creation from Moony as the title track 'Stress' combines soulful vocal slices, glittering arpeggios and potent subs simmering below over a half time drum structure. This is accompanied by two fantastic remixes as Killjoy firstly gives the original a 4x4 makeover, followed by Creep N00M's choppy grime-style refix. We are also blessed the incredibly colourful soundscaping of 'Broke Comp' which rounds everything up in serious style.
Review: After some real hits by the likes of Natsirk, Filthy Gears and Toka, London's Ghost House present Brighton bad boy Moony. The promising upstart drops his second EP for the label but this time on a bass and garage flex. Starting off with the deep and sexy shuffle of the title track, he's then into some proper UK flavour on the funky party starter "Far From You" which is absolutely hot. Plus of course, there's the massive tune 'Without You' as featured on the hit compilation Pure Bassline.
Review: Project Allout mainstay Moony get busy once again. Following his UKG-primed "Smoker" EP comes his signature rewind bomb "No Good". If you've seen him play this year, you'll know how much damage this doe as it skips and stutters from moody halftime to rapid two-steps and back again. For added murkery jump straight on the VIP. All good!
Review: Brighton's Moony is back on top form, delivering yet more of his trademark slick productions on the Smoker EP. The title track is sprightly and light choppy future-step, whilst "On It beautifully fuses bassy garage with smooth 90s RnB. Elsewhere "Anti Chamber" is skippy speed-garage at its finest and "Chambers" is some pretty out-there hip-hopera. However the highlight if this release is definitely "Swimming" which is a mesmerizing blend of euphoric electro-house and rolling bassline swagger.
Review: Brighton's Moony is all about fine UK dance music, and whether it's shuffling garage mayhem or two-step bass delight, the end product is always all about quality. This time he comes through with a whole remix EP of his "Ballin" track, and he's brought along a rather special bunch dance misfits. The original mix is a dubby broken beat number, and our choice picks from the remixes are P Jam's killer garage version and Notion's bass-driven driller-thriller - one to stir a few heads along the way. Strong look from Moony.
Review: You've got to love people who tell it like is, and here Brighton's Moony has done just that. "Messy" is indeed the soundtrack to a particularly messy party that, with its funky garage bassline and frantic tribal beats, sounds like a bloomin' riot! If the lead track is the Saturday night, then "To Me From Me" is definitely the Sunday morning: slow and dreamy with gentle guitar loops and blissed out synth lines. That's the weekend sorted then.
Review: Secret Crunch is Vienna based label run by moody house master Roman Rauch of Philpot and Quintessentials fame, with Moony Me of Toy Tonics and Uncanny Valley. Both musically rooted in hip-hop, soul, funk and disco, but expressing themselves mainly through the gospel of house music. Secret Crunch follows up with a second release entitled One Split Wonder. Rauch serves up the classic vocal house of "Don't You Try" and the emotive and sultry deepness of "Boogie Trip" channelling that Windy City vibe of the mid '90s. Moony Me's contributions are "Screwdriver" where one razor sharp and bouncy bassline leads the way over tough DJ Sneak style beats (just wait 'til those Derrick May style organs come rushing in!) and "Love Deserter"
which goes for that dusty, MPC style deep hop which will appeal to fans of Glenn Astro.
Review: Following on from an extremely solid run of releases as the head of Project Allout, Skillzy unleashes a fantastic new selection under his new imprint 'Strictly House and Garage'. The line up is star-studded to say the least, welcoming UKG veterans such as Moony and Joedan leading the way, alongside heavyweight newcomers such as the extremely vibrant sounds of Weagle. There are a couple of serious stand outs on this one, with 'Don't Let Me Down' from Daze Prism providing a smooth 2-steppy box of delights, alongside YesEd's super high energy 'Steppin'. Lovely stuff
Review: Over the years, there are genuinely very few labels that have been able to amass as impressive a catalogue as Project Allout, a label that continue to unleash bass and grime music at the highest level as me move into 2020. This latest compilation release takes the title 'Keep It PAR, Volume 2', and is a terrific showcase of the different styles on offer within the imprint, including music from PAR allstars such as Dubzta, Moony, Dutty Tingz, Daze Prism, JT, Killjoy, Palize and more. For us, there are two clear highlights, with the super groovy twists of 'Baby Boy' from Venz being the first, followed by the smooth garage flavours of 'I Dont Know' from Lushen.
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: Project Allout are well known within both the grime and bass scenes for their outstanding compilation work, including their highly respected 'Krampus' series, which here enters its third season. We see a line up absolutely bristling with power as PAR regulars such as Deadbeat UK, Juzlo, Mr Dubz, JG, Dubzta and more all return with some seriously weighty contributions, along with newer faces such as Smodi, Rollsie and more. For us, the highlights include LJ & G1's super skippy 'Bullseye' original, alongside Sir Pixalot's corking melodic composition named 'Transparency'.