Review: A hero of garage, 2-step, French touch and about 40 other genres, New Jersey pioneer Todd Edwards' very-worthwhile revival continues with these three version of "Love Inside". With his trademark vocal-chops gloriously in place, the original works his ever-trusted formula of deep organ bass and tweaked stabs of vocals, while the "Sunshine" mix drastically rearranges the vocal chops and adds a greater jack to the hats and snares.
Review: A totemic figure in UK Garage, Todd Edwards' production styles and skills are once again bearing their influence among producers everywhere, which makes "I Might Be" and its remixes even more timely. Chopping the vocals in his own unique way, "I Might Be" is stuffed full of brain-burrowing hooks and is up there with anything from the man's discography. Joy Orbison is a natural choice to work up a remix and he gives it his own trademark psychedelic 2-step treatment, complete with vinyl crackle and a full vocal. MJ Cole also turns up the trippyness with a stunning collage of ethereal sounds woven together over a tight beat. Ed Banger's Feadz tones things down and does a jacking Chicago meets French house rerub which adds its own vocoder touches to Edwards' vocals - simple yet highly effective.
Review: Night Bass are back with a vengeance in 2020. Following up last year's killer OC to LA EP for the label, rising Welshman Jay Robinson (Bingo Bass/Cr2/Mau5trap) returns with another bouncy bunch of jams here, including "LSD" which like its name suggests is indeed a mind altering affair - that's perfectly suited to getting weird at the afterhours. This deep, down and dirty bass-driven affair really nails that west coast sound once again. On the second offering "The Provider" he teams up with legendary New Jersey garage icon Todd Edwards for one seriously wonky and swing-fuelled party anthem with infectious vocals.
Review: We have been singing the praises of the 2TUF4U imprint for a fair few weeks now, but this latest release takes that to an entirely new level as they unveil a phenomenal 30 track selection featuring heavyweights such as Mad Tuff Project, Leanne Louise, Don Oliver, Kele Le Roc, Gary Esson, DIY and a tonne more. It's a pretty monumental project, showcasing the best of the combination between old and new UK garage in it's richest formats. Despite the tracklisting being super stacked, our highlights would have to include the dreamy landscapes of Undertone's Instant Mood Vocal mix of 'Let It Be' from Xavier, alongside Solution's Doctor dub mix of 'You', put together originally by the exceptional combo of Fully Loaded Project, Karl Brown & Todd Edwards. What a legendary compilation this really is.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: What a line-up. Featuring the likes of Bok Bok, Teki Latex, Helix & Hrdvsion and Surkin & Todd Edwards, this compilation is an essential purchase. From claustrophobic, dead-of-night meanderings to Miami-highway cheesefests and back again, there's no style to pin down here, just a ton of excellent tunes vying for your attention. All the way from dark, insular beats to New Order/Depeche Mode-esque arms-in-the-air whirlwinds (Crystal & Ikonika - thank you), there isn't a time you'll be bored, and that's a guarantee. Get this now.
Review: It's hard to believe that's it's been four years since Sound Pellegrino was born, kicking and screaming, from the ashes of Institubes. In that time Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic have consistently delivered a totally amazing, but eclectic, range of music from all sorts of names big and small. In short, they provide a very French take on all forms of bass music, and this comp is a great snapshot of their approach. Highlights include the French touch-referencing "Rick", the raw warehouse, er, house of "RMS (To Steve)", the Detroit-ish electro-flecked "Heat" and the demented tropicala of ""Jeffrey". Boom!