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.
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!
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.
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!
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.