Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
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.
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: Already a tried and tested tear-up on vinyl, Chestplate finally code up Leon's "Deadlock" EP for the digital heads. Complete with a stark political message, "Deadlock" swaggers with an anchor-like kick swing, pad textures that breathe like an asthmatic robot and midrange bass snorts that scuff up and down the arrangement. "Persepolisia" takes us on a darker trip where a series of basses rev up alongside each other in pole position, all vying for your murkiest attention. Finally the Kryptic Minds cohort climaxes with "Lelyss". Operating around the 90BPM half tempo axis, there's a crisp, snake-like mentality to the synth bass that bounces like a tightly coiled spring amid a spellbinding brew of airy pads. Heady.