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: 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: 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: Well, when we saw this title land in the store we were as surprised as anyone to see that Four40 Records, one of the most active and exciting UK bass labels across the full breadth of 2020 has just turned 10 years old. This is a pretty outstanding achievement, for a label that is still at the forefront of it's sound to this very day. The compilation of course features some of the biggest releases from across the breadth of Four40's incredible catalogue of content, from the likes of Hybrid Theory, I Killed Kenny, Pavv, Limita and more, condensing ten years of musical progression into one extended tape. We also get to hear a bag of exciting new exclusives from the newer breed of the Four40 roster, including music from The Phat Controlla, Blakk Habit, Lucas Maverick, Gemi, Badger, Patrick Kane, Yozhi, George IV and more. What an incredible way to round off the year!
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.