Review: When we saw the names "Royal Flush" and Downplay in the same sentence, we knew we were in for a treat as the two fabulous garage outfits combine for a saucy three track selection. We begin with the old school vocal snippets and pleasing organ chord structures of 'Need You' which supplies us with some seriously nostalgic sunshine flavours. Next, 'Somebody New' continues the good vibe with a much techier design, stripping back the melodies in favour of more potent drum textures and crunchy sub tones. On remix duty, the ever-dependable Kobe JT steps up for a fabulous recreation of 'Need You' adding an additional dash of spice to a fabulous body of work!
Review: With the influx of new garage sweeping its way through the scene in recent times, we are really happy to see Strictly Flava emerging as one of the leading powers, who return here with another fantastic offering courtesy of Royal Flush. We kick off this one with some classic UKG flavours as the illustrious vocal rolls and skippy 2-step drum work of the title track 'By My Side' works their magic. This is then followed up nicely with a look at 'What's That Sour', another sharp groovy ball of magic, packed to the brim with hip shaking twists and turns, providing the perfect secondary addition.
Review: If we were to give an award for label of the year based entirely on consistency, it would be hard to see Four40 not running away with it as they finally round off what has been an untouchable year with one last killer compilation. Royal Flush takes the role of compiler on this one, pulling in some scorchers from the likes of Soulecta, ZeroFG, Jack Junior, Tuff Culture, Earthnut and of course Royal Flush himself. There are a couple of tracks here we feel really hold their own amongst a stacked line up, with Pavv's classic sounding '3210' being one of them, alongside 'Guilty Twitches' from Ozwald and the choppy vibes of 'Love Is Coming' from the legendary EL-B.
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: 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: 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'.