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D Selektah - "Be Good" (Phonetix mix) - (4:01) 131 BPM
Kells - "A Girl" (BWK Project mix) - (5:00) 132 BPM
Eximius - "So Good" (Angus Green mix) - (5:19) 134 BPM
Kazumi Anzai - "Beehive" (Earthnut mix) - (5:42) 138 BPM
Royal Flush - "Need You" (Kells mix) - (5:54) 132 BPM
Angus Green - "Got To Leave" (Aaron Danks mix) - (5:08) 130 BPM
Phonetix - "Lighting Fires" (Fork And Knife mix) - (4:00) 133 BPM Hot
Limita - "Static" (Witchdoctor mix) - (5:44) 130 BPM
Nekst - "Connektions" (feat Orla O'Dwyer - MKII mix) - (5:12) 132 BPM
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DWN 050
19 May 23
UK Garage
Phonecall - (4:24) 135 BPM
Tiny Cat - (4:46) 135 BPM Hot
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DWN 048
12 Aug 22
UK Garage
Round U
Round U - (4:56) 132 BPM
Secrets - (5:25) 132 BPM Hot
Round U (Angus Green mix) - (4:55) 132 BPM
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DWN 047
08 Jul 22
UK Garage
Give For Love
Beautiful Mind - (5:55) 135 BPM Hot
Give For Love - (5:28) 131 BPM
Show Me Your Fears - (4:55) 64 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, BURNIE, Phonetix
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DWN 046
10 Jun 22
UK Garage
Live & Direct
Live & Direct - (5:24) 130 BPM
Live & Direct (instrumental mix) - (5:24) 130 BPM
Live & Direct (Kells mix) - (6:28) 130 BPM Hot
Live & Direct (Kells dub) - (6:27) 130 BPM
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DWN 045
13 May 22
UK Garage
Junk Garage
Coming On Strong - (5:00) 136 BPM
Junk Garage - (4:17) 137 BPM
Let The Music Take You - (5:37) 138 BPM
Recorded Future - (4:16) 136 BPM Hot
Played by: Mr Brainz, BURNIE, DJ Bigman
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DWN 044
08 Apr 22
UK Garage
Twisted - (3:40) 132 BPM Hot
Twisted (dub) - (3:35) 125 BPM
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DWN 043
11 Mar 22
UK Garage
Steppin - (3:54) 132 BPM Hot
Steppin (Phonetix mix) - (3:53) 132 BPM
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DWN 042
11 Feb 22
UK Garage
Earth - (6:31) 130 BPM
Mercury - (3:51) 136 BPM Hot
Pluto - (4:55) 130 BPM
Venus - (6:00) 130 BPM
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DWN 041
10 Dec 21
UK Garage
Looking Up To You
Get The Floor - (3:40) 132 BPM Hot
Love Only - (4:01) 130 BPM
Please Be Feeling Like I Do - (5:02) 130 BPM
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DWN 040
12 Nov 21
UK Garage
Darkness - (4:53) 135 BPM Hot
Spice - (5:29) 135 BPM
Opus - (4:47) 141 BPM
Tank - (5:36) 131 BPM
Stranger - (4:31) 127 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
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DWN 039
22 Oct 21
UK Garage
So Good
So Good - (4:51) 134 BPM
Take It Easy - (3:49) 134 BPM
Eximius & Phonetix - "So Good" (Phonetix Jazz Step mix) - (4:55) 131 BPM Hot
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DWN 038
06 Aug 21
UK Garage
Conversations - (6:36) 132 BPM
Terraced VIP - (6:24) 132 BPM
Wallon - (5:30) 135 BPM Hot
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DWN 037
09 Jul 21
UK Garage
The Pay-Off - (4:00) 130 BPM Hot
Lighting Fires - (3:54) 133 BPM
Get On Down - (4:32) 137 BPM
Phonetix & Alyssa - "Goodbye" - (5:01) 128 BPM
Review: The consistency levels of Downplay remain incredibly undersung in our eyes as they continue their fantastic run of new garage releases. This time around they welcome Phonetix across four tracks of high energy fire, kicking off with the hard hitting, moogy bass grooves of 'The Pay-Off', giving the EP a serious jump to start. We dive down a slightly more grimey route next as 'Lighting Fires' combines grizzly horns with super skippy drum arrangements and an eerie vocal for good measure, before 'Get On Down' delivers a very tidy display of percussive perfection and minimal melodic bliss. Finally, 'Alyssa' joins the party for her contributions on 'Goodbye', which through a stripped back fusion of sweet chord action and delicate vocal performance, puts the finishing touches on an excellent project.
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DWN 036
11 Jun 21
UK Garage
Club Music
SSL Channel Drip - (5:33) 134 BPM
SM5weight - (5:07) 138 BPM
SM5weight (Angus Green mix) - (4:22) 132 BPM Hot
Review: It's another big week for UKG as one of the most productive imprints out there in Downplay return for another smokey three track display. This time around, we welcome the lively sounds of BruvBruv to the table to unleash some tidy arrangements, kicking off with the uniquely designed rhythms and moog slaps of 'SSL Channel Drip'. From here, 'SM5weight' then switches the pace significantly, focussing in on squelchy LFO plucks and scattered rhythmic arrangements, before Angus Green puts the finishing touches on the project with his sunshine-driven redesign of 'SM5weight', one of our favourite garage remixes this year!
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DWN 035
07 May 21
UK Garage
Hue - (3:32) 130 BPM Hot
2 Nyt - (3:35) 129 BPM
Solar - (3:11) 123 BPM
Review: As always with the Downplay team, they have served us up a slice of sumptuous new UKG flavour, as they welcome the wonderful sounds of Balance inside for a fiery new three-track selection. We begin with a punchy opener as the hard-hitting sounds of '2 Nyt' combine sumptuous piano keys with a groovy bassline below, before 'Solar' fuses well-processed breakbeat sounds with more colourful pad designs for a smooth harmonic texture. Finally, 'Hue' provides us with the perfect outro track, linking together a colourful soundscape with groovy rhythms in front for one hell of a finale. This is yet another top quality drop from one of the most consistent labels out there!
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DWN 034
09 Apr 21
UK Garage
Flinch - (4:53) 131 BPM Hot
Extra Faff - (4:52) 132 BPM
Flinch (Yemi mix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
Review: We are always thrilled to see another Downplay original release land in our store, with the entirety of the Slime Recordings family constantly delivering top quality creations. This latest selection sees label regular Kells unveil a pair of sumptuous UKG designs, kicking off with the swirling synthesizer action and unpredictable vocal chops of 'Flinch', which kick starts the EP with instant good vibes. Next, we find ourselves diving down a much more acidic alley as 'Extra Faff' takes the production levels to a whole new plateau, before Yemi joins the party to round things off in style with super groovy rethink of 'Flinch' for good measure!
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DWN 033
12 Mar 21
UK Garage
Got To Leave
Got To Leave - (4:30) 130 BPM
Wanting - (4:29) 131 BPM
Got To Leave (Royal Flush mix) - (3:55) 134 BPM Hot
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DWN 032
27 Nov 20
UK Garage
On Your Mind
On Your Mind - (4:21) 134 BPM
Joy - (6:19) 134 BPM
Feelings - (4:27) 134 BPM Hot
Review: The consistency at which we have seen the Downplay contingent of the Slime Recordings camp operate over the last two years has been nothing short of remarkable, with this brand new three track slap from Deadly Habitz proving to fit right into their incredible recent catalogue. We begin this one with 'On Your Mind', a moody electronic skipper, drizzled in unusual synthetic layers and interesting rhythmic pockets, before the writhing 4x4 drum licks of 'Joy' gives us a bit of a nostalgic slap. Finally, 'Feelings' lets fly some impeccable vocal sampling, alongside a warmed warbling low end, putting this finishing touches on a very tidy collection.
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DWN 031
23 Oct 20
UK Garage
Hollow Man - (6:18) 133 BPM Hot
Knucklethump - (6:55) 130 BPM
Gunker - (8:11) 135 BPM
Review: Well this is a match made in heaven if ever we saw one as the Earthnut boys link up with the incredibly consistent Downplay imprint for three tracks of genius garage advancement. We begin with 'Hollow Man', an incredibly unpredictable thrill ride, which sees catchy vocal samples arrive alongside groovy cowbell-lead drumlines for a super catchy introduction. From here we hear the combined brilliance of nostalgic chord lines with futuristic drum riffs on 'Knucklethump', before 'Gunker' unleashes a much more sublow display, again showcasing just how good the Earthnut boys really are.
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DWN 030
25 Sep 20
UK Garage
Bruised - (3:28) 130 BPM Hot
Barrel - (3:09) 132 BPM
Roundabout - (3:12) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, NAZA
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DWN 029
28 Aug 20
UK Garage
Make It
Burnie & Phoenix Ho - "Make It" - (3:26) 130 BPM
Soul Bubble - (3:22) 128 BPM
Make It (H.K.G mix) - (7:01) 130 BPM Hot
Played by: Mr Brainz, BURNIE
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DWN 028
24 Jul 20
UK Garage
A Girl
A Girl - (6:39) 131 BPM Hot
Dreeper - (5:58) 135 BPM
A Girl (Earthnut mix) - (7:22) 131 BPM
Review: Ah, Downplay, what a beautiful gem of a catalogue these guys are developing as they continue their hot streak with this latest three track delight from Kells. We kick off with the title track which takes the name 'A Girl', an incredibly vibrant UKG fist pumper, filled with smooth subby energies and classy vocal finesse, glued together with delicate chord melodies and tasty harmonic structures. On the flip, 'Dreeper' gives us something different, lacing euphoric rave chords with shimmering reverberations over a delightful backdrop of groovy drum arcs. Finally, Earthnut arrive just in time to provide a typically techy rethink of 'A Girl', adding the ideal finishing touches.
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DWN 027
26 Jun 20
UK Garage
Need You
Need You - (5:54) 134 BPM
Somebody New - (3:48) 135 BPM
Need You (Kobe JT mix) - (4:47) 135 BPM Hot
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!
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DWN 026
22 May 20
UK Garage
Ends - (4:12) 138 BPM
Original Pirates - (4:29) 138 BPM Hot
Visions - (5:30) 135 BPM
Review: Primarily known for his work in artist management and press, it is an absolute pleasure to see Jack Selecta unveil his brand new EP with Downplay, one of the most consistent imprints within the UKG scene as a whole. The project is a serious showcase of Jack's exceptional production skillset, kicking off with the colourful melodic switches and hard hitting bass stabs of 'Ends', followed by 'Original Pirates', a warbling 2-steppy scorcher, packed with nostalgic energy and precise vocal slicing. Finally, 'Visions' rounds us off with some really cool original ideas, smashing together pulsating squarewaves over wind-inspiring rhythmic designs. It's a fantastic body of work!
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DWN 025
24 Apr 20
UK Garage
Only Reason
Kraven - "When Love Is The Way" - (3:07) 140 BPM Hot
Kraven & Manks - "21st Century Living" - (4:21) 137 BPM
Kraven & Manks - "Only Reason" - (5:14) 137 BPM
Kraven - "Killa" - (5:44) 140 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, NAZA
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DWN 024
27 Mar 20
UK Garage
Cloud 9
Cloud 9 - (4:46) 135 BPM Hot
I Got It - (4:58) 132 BPM
Maple Syrup - (7:30) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, BURNIE, NAZA
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DWN 023
28 Feb 20
UK Garage
Hektic - (6:35) 130 BPM
Frantik - (5:45) 138 BPM
Frantik (Fork and Knife mix) - (3:48) 138 BPM Hot
Review: Downplay were without a doubt one of the UKG scene's stand out imprints of 2019. It seems as though they are getting ready to maintain that position for another year as they get us started in good fashion with this crunchy selection from Nekst, beginning with the unpredictable drum switches and lethal bass growls of the title track 'Hektic'. Next up, we have two exclusive remixes of 'Frantik', the first of which comes to us from choppy garage angle, with When I Die providing a vibrant rethink, before Fork & Knife gets busy on a clap-heavy grime rethink to follow!
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DWN 022
24 Jan 20
UK Garage
Luv U
Luv U - (4:14) 130 BPM Hot
Trust Me - (3:57) 130 BPM
Waves - (3:53) 132 BPM
Review: As fast rising artist coming through the ranks of a UKG sound, the Manchester-based DJ & producer Yemi recently debut with a single on Strictly Flava. Now arriving on Slime Recordings with the most-accomplished Luv U EP, woozy house chords, two-stepping drum and percussion sequences hook up with classic strands of jazz, house and clever MC sampling that across three tracks brings in soothing and sultry vibes for the well informed dancefloor. While still a mellow trip, all tracks ooze a '90s R&B feel that are melodic, warm, soulful and full of house vibes! Classy.
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DWN 021
22 Nov 19
UK Garage
Don't Speak
If - (3:48) 128 BPM
Don't Speak - (4:18) 135 BPM
Long Time - (4:25) 130 BPM Hot
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DWN 020
25 Oct 19
UK Garage
Doin - (4:57) 130 BPM Hot
Selecta - (4:10) 131 BPM
Doin (Nekst mix) - (5:31) 130 BPM
Review: Not a week goes by these days where we aren't greeted by a gift from our friends over at Slime Recordings, who this week return to their super popular 'Downplay' imprint to bring us some original UKG heat from Nat Fanuel. We kick this one off with the loud, sharpened drum sounds and warped melodic synth patterns of the title track 'Doin', before taking a little trip over to the B-side as 'Selecta' is deployed with a bag of nostalgic, electronic energy. On remix duty we are very excited to see Nekst touch down with a tasty, old-school choppy relick of 'Doin', adding some additional dashes of spice to proceedings.
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DWN 019
20 Sep 19
UK Garage
Be Good
Be Good - (4:19) 133 BPM
Take Me Home - (4:54) 133 BPM
Be Good (CJ Reign mix) - (5:47) 133 BPM Hot
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DWN 018
25 Aug 19
UK Garage
Big Sound - (5:00) 132 BPM Hot
Next Up - (5:04) 130 BPM
Conform - (4:40) 131 BPM
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DWN 017
26 Jul 19
UK Garage
Dust Off
Dust Off - (4:31) 136 BPM
Gosh - (3:53) 135 BPM Hot
Dust Off (MKII remix) - (5:07) 125 BPM
Review: Now this is a release we have been seriously looking forward to, as Downplay introduce Jack Selecta to their roster, an artist most actively known for his managerial and written involvement with the UKG scene. However, this EP shows he's capable of swinging with the best of them as we kick off with the super unique bass tones and vocal overlays of 'Dust Off'. Next, more of those juicy bass stabs for all, this time combined with constantly expanding bass synthesizers and crunchy drum maneuvers. We are then treated to a wicked remix from MKII of 'Dust Off', putting the finishing touches on a fantastic debut.
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DWN 016
21 Jun 19
UK Garage
Decisions - (4:41) 132 BPM
This One - (4:26) 130 BPM
See Through - (4:23) 132 BPM Hot
Played by: Mr Brainz, Tik&Borrow, On1
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DWN 015
24 May 19
UK Garage
Give Me
Give Me - (4:36) 131 BPM Hot
Looking For - (4:22) 133 BPM
Movin' - (4:39) 131 BPM
Review: We have been watching the rapid emergence of MKII with quite some interest, as the seemingly new face has put together incredibly well received drops with both Four40 and Southpoint in recent weeks, followed up by this fantastic project with Downplay. We kick this one off with a look at the super groovy title track 'Give Me', which combines funky melodic plucks with crunchy UKG drum flavours with fantastic results. This is followed by the emotive harmonic structures of 'Looking' For', before we finish up the EP on 'Movin', a rolling moogy belter, packed with well designed vocal slices and perfectly processed drum additions.
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DWN 014
26 Apr 19
UK Garage
Risky Business
Risky Business - (4:42) 130 BPM
Porsche 928 - (5:00) 130 BPM
Risky Business (Won't mix) - (3:56) 134 BPM Hot
Played by: Mr Brainz, Tik&Borrow
Review: As one of the primary recording outlets for the well respected Slime Recordings team, Downplay have been on a fantastic roll of late, topping it all off with this latest offering from Fork & Knife. As a producer, Fork & Knife is extremely versatile, but often sits in the space between grime, funky and garage, a perfect way to describe the title track for this one which goes by the name of 'Risky Business'. Following this we fall into the more glitchy drum rhythms and colourful percussive patterns of 'Porsche 928', before we finish up with the smoothened out more subby 'Won't Mix' of 'Risky Business'. Very tasty stuff indeed on this one!
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DWN 013
22 Mar 19
UK Garage
Long Time
Go - (6:38) 130 BPM
I Can Do - (6:16) 130 BPM Hot
Unrest - (6:50) 132 BPM
Review: The vibes around the UK garage scene are at seriously high point at the moment as we witness an influx of high quality 2-step drops, including this absolute fire ball from the Downplay team. They here unveil Sine Step, who baptizes the release with the lethal reese-like tones of 'Go', engulfing us in flaming drum grooves. Next, everything is stripped back to a degree as the wide sub LFO's of 'I Can Do' bundle into play, topped with some smooth vocal slices and crunchy drum arrangements. We finish up this project with more experimental bass structure of 'Unrest', which employs quirky broken beats blended with more sharpened synthesizers to cause a ruckus inna rave.
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DWN 012
22 Feb 19
UK Garage
Caramel Colour - (4:36) 130 BPM
Cloudy Soul - (3:54) 130 BPM
Cloudy Soul (Kobe JT mix) - (4:52) 133 BPM Hot
Review: It's time to get stuck into some fresh juicy UKG, and what better way to do that than in the company of Downplay, one of the finest arms of Slime Recordings. They bring forward the bubbling sounds of Burnie for three groovy original creations, with the skippy drum structures and catchy vocal slices of 'Cloudy Soul' immediately catching our ears. On the flipside, 'Caramel Colour' adds a really nice contrast, with a more relaxed drum structure taking the lead rhythmic role, topped with smooth chord progressions and luscious vocal lashings. This one also comes complete with a vibrant Kobe JT remix, as if this really couldn't get any smoother!
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DWN 011
25 Jan 19
UK Garage
Connektions - (5:56) 132 BPM
Connektions (Mind Of A Dragon mix) - (5:52) 132 BPM Hot
Connektions (Tuff Culture mix) - (6:02) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
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DWN 010
07 Dec 18
UK Garage
Static (feat Jay Barrett) - (4:30) 128 BPM Hot
Static (dub mix) - (4:30) 128 BPM
Intentions - (5:04) 126 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
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DWN 009
09 Nov 18
UK Garage
Naked Truth
Do It All Again - (5:23) 133 BPM
You Got Me - (5:39) 133 BPM Hot
Do It All Again (Royal Flush mix) - (5:09) 135 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
Review: Even though it would appear the summertime has well and truly passed, Deadly Habitz is here to supply us with some heated spice as he unveils his new three track EP with Downplay. We kick off with the spacy haunted arrangements of the lead track 'Do It All Again', which is driven by warm sub pressure and expertly arranged vocal manoeuvres, before dipping into the darkened synth designs and old school drum skips of 'You Got Me'. We then round up the project in real style as Royal Flesh appear in time for a stripped back super skippy rerun of 'Do It All Again', which brings forward unpredictable chops and flavoursome slices.
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DWN 008
04 Oct 18
UK Garage
Free - (4:57) 130 BPM Hot
Ninety Five - (3:42) 133 BPM
Free (Limita mix) - (4:20) 140 BPM
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DWN 007
07 Sep 18
UK Garage
Open Arms
Open Arms - (5:29) 132 BPM
Horizon - (5:33) 127 BPM Hot
Deja Vu - (4:39) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
Review: Having heard a tonne of great things about this producer, we genuinely couldn't wait to get stuck into the futuristic sounds of Mykroboy as he presents his brand new 'Open Arms' EP. We kick off with the title track 'Open Arms' which is an immediate chill zone, pulling together soft xylophone based melodies and groovy UKG style drum performances for a heavenly combination. Next up we have 'Horizon' which continues along the garage themes, this time incorporating spacious synth textures and Asian inspired plucked melodies, creating another genius piece of soundscaping. We finish up with the unusually named 'Deja Vu', an incredible piece of electronic harmonisation, meshing together dubbed out piano melodies, heavily reverberated vocal expressions and subtle tripletted drum work, resulting in a masterpiece of a composition.
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DWN 006
10 Aug 18
UK Garage
Vybe - (3:39) 135 BPM Hot
Vybe (dub mix) - (3:38) 135 BPM
Vybe (DJ Dappa mix) - (4:31) 128 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, Kastle
Review: We were lucky enough to come across this UKG-patois combo whilst looking through the forthcoming shelf and what a release to find as Blasta joins forces with Steps for a true shellout. Going by the name 'Vibe', this one is a real party starter as highly energetic lyricism laces intense 4x4 beats and vibrant sub sounds, bringing a seriously punchy set of grooves from the off. On remix duty, up steps DJ Dappa for a funky overhaul, bringing lovely key and organ riffs into the picture alongside some smooth breakbeat backing.
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DWN 004
20 Jul 18
UK Garage
Milky Pops
Milky Pops - (6:18) 123 BPM
Hidden Truth - (5:43) 124 BPM
Mikly Pops (Royal Flush mix) - (4:59) 130 BPM Hot
Played by: Mr Brainz
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DWN 004
22 Jun 18
UK Garage
Champagne - (4:44) 130 BPM
6AM - (5:21) 132 BPM Hot
Wot U R - (4:57) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz
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DWN 003
06 Apr 18
UK Garage
Beehive - (5:55) 131 BPM
Cinnamon - (6:01) 129 BPM Hot
Beehive (Contxt remix) - (4:21) 133 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, Tigs
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DWN 002
23 Feb 18
UK Garage
Skin - (5:33) 130 BPM Hot
Got My Self Together - (3:45) 130 BPM
Hold Me Down - (5:47) 130 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz, Tigs
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DWN 001
26 Jan 18
UK Garage
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