Review: It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to now see the 1Forty imprint dropping their releases through Juno, with this latest compilation project being the latest, showcasing just how strong they have become as a musical imprint and brand. They here return to their grimey, 140BPM roots with four absolute heaters, kicking off with a high energy, war-ready combination between the legendary Killa P and rapidly rising Fork And Knife. Next up, NothingNice arrives on production duty with more heavyweight flavours, over which Dizzle Kid & Killa P provide the vocal artillery before 9TRANE teams up with Fork And Knife for a monstrous 4x4 roller, dripping in OG grime energy. Finally, Hayz takes old school to an entirely new level as he employs super nostalgic synths and melodies over minimal, authentic drum patterns on 'High Top', to put the finishing touches on an awesome selection!
Review: 1Forty set up here to continue their exceptional run during throughout 2018 by bringing together an exciting collection of artists for the second edition of their 'Funky & Garage' season. Having been previously premiered on the new Threethousand website, we see Killjoy and Smokey 'Bubblin B' lead the way with the super groovy 'Voices In My Head' alongside Shantie and the old school pulse rolls of 'Where's Larry'. We also get gifted a breaksy funky fusion as 9TRANE and Arridim team up on 'Plazma', whilst Cardinal Sound round off an awesome selection with 'Ayy', a carnival special set to turn any dance to a bruckout.
Review: The guys at 1Forty have had an excellent showing across 2018, with a multitude of explosive festival appearances, well received releases and new artists making them one of the real labels to watch in the new year. They sign out of December with this wicked new four track selection, featuring grimey heaters from the likes of Ali Mck, J Huttz, Arridim and Afterhours on production, alongside cracking vocal appearances from Lyrical Strally & KDot to add some additional spice. It's always pleasing to see underground labels pursuing different genre avenues, and 1Forty show no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
Review: 2019 has been a resounding success for the 1Forty imprint, with a fantastic run of releases under their belt across the realms of multiple different genres. Today we check out their last drop of 2019 as they continue their run of funky and garage compilations. Firstly, they bring together both Muder He Wrote and Logan for a tasty roller by the name of 'Worthwhile', before Razor & Hamdi bring down the vocal fire over Retrospects funky infused 'What You Gonna Do'. Next, the vocal flavours and nostalgic chords come to life in Higgo's smooth UKG smash entitled 'Soul 2 Soul' before LR Groove & Dryman conclude proceedings with 'Life Form', a stomping, carnival-ready creation!
Review: If there is one thing that the 1Forty team know how to do well, it's assemble a well balanced compilation project. This latest addition to their 'Funky & Garage' series, kicks off with an absolute belter from Murder He Wrote entitled 'Honey Riddim', which features funky flavours and a hard hitting vocal appearance from Snowy. Following this, Killjoy continues with the funky theme with some hard hitting rhythmic movements on 'Disturbance', before Smokey Bubblin' B injects a lashing of garage flavour into proceedings with the stripped back design of 'Brock Out'. Finally, the uplifting arrangements and chord progressions of ''Do Me Right' from Wolfe puts the finishing touches on a great body of work.
Review: As far as years go, 2019 was easily the strongest on record for the Leeds based imprint we know as 1Forty. They kick off their 2020 with a serious bang on this one as LockT brings together the cold lyricism of Jon E Clayface and the haunted production of Prizma for a seriously tasty slice of new school grime in 'Cold'. The pair combine in infinite majesty with the spooky atmospheric nature of Prizma's instrumental providing the perfect landscape for Clayface to lay down a stream of hard hitting 16's, and the fantastic results are there for all to see!
Review: As a movement, 1Forty has been seriously impressive since it's conception, consistently putting together impactful releases across both grime and bass. This four track compilation comes as their second in the bass criteria, featuring some serious stormers. We kick off with Sammy Virji's prized wobbler 'Punctuation' before dipping into the lethal growling reeses of Arridim's 'Pirate Radio'. Following this we roll into 'Your Booty', a skippy stuttered dancefloor mauler from Spectrum before rounding off the EP in style as Odd Nature steps forward for 'Battle', a real 4x4 speaker rattler.
Review: The one they called Lockt has done it again with another impeccable compiled genre compilation for the 1Forty imprint as they welcome seven top quality names across four bubbling originals within the fifth edition of the Funky & Garage compilation series. First up, garage heavyweights Sammy Virji & Smokey Bubblin' B combine for 'Santorini', a smooth bubbler, perfect for the BBQ season, followed by the incredibly catchy 'Clouds', which sees Lyrical Strally and Dakota Sixx link up with Higgo for another UKG roller. We then take a dive into the funky side of the EP as PZP firstly unveils a nostalgic bop with 'Undergrowth', combining urgent strings with highly energetic drum lines, before Tyrant calls an end to proceedings with the sweeping vocal lines and marching percussion of 'Piffment'. Lovely work!
Review: There's been some seriously impressive movements coming out of Leeds of late, as the super popular 1Forty imprint continue their impressive run, this time employing the services of some UK dance music veterans. We see a fantastic combination here as Slay and Trigga join forces over a super skippy 140 sounding instrumental, coming to us courtesy of the man himself: Zed Bias. Overall, this track delivers on so many fronts, with the high energy instrumental providing the perfect base camp from which Slay and Trigga set forth, destined to duppy the dance with intense flows and sharp lyricism.
Review: The 1Forty team have kept it as consistent as anyone across the breadth of 2020, despite founder LockT operating pretty much solo throughout the course of the year. He looks to finish things off with a band as the sixth edition of their grime compilation series lands with some serious impact, kicking off with bassline vocal legend Bomma B linking up with Prizma & Muhla for a rave-ready vocal smash in 'Bully Boy'. Next, a killer duo emerges as Hamdi links up with the ever-ready Logan for 'Bun Dem Down', with Hamdi's quirky instrumental design providing another perfect base from which Logan is able to display his vocal mastery. Following that we have two powerful instrumentals as Fork & Knife firstly unleashes the powerful synthetic structures and crunchy drum slaps of 'Reptar', before rounding off on 'Ris Key', a 2-step inspired roller from On1, This is a perfect way to round off the year for a very special project indeed!
Review: For their fifth grime project, the 1Forty team really have gone all out, inviting some of the most popular names in the 140 scene to take part in this monstrous selection of bangers. We begin with Hamdi's 'Raw', a behemoth of a riddim, dripping with vibrant LFO energies and skippy drum structures, closely followed by the lethal steppers link up from 9TRANE and Logan entitled 'Evil Side'. We move back into instrumental madness next as ManGo delivers an old school squarewave explosion entitled 'XO', before YGG leap onto an incredibly energetic piece of production from 'JHuttz' on 'Royals' to round this one off in style.