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Out Of Line
FT 003
02 Oct 15
UK Garage
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Out Of Line - (4:01) 130 BPM
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Young Hustlaz - (4:35) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In his first EP away from recent home Tumble Audio, edgy UKG fella Deadbeat resurfaces here with Out Of Line on the F2 label. There are two new sizzlers to devour - the title track with all its skippy, wobble-heavy attitude and the sample-laden, aggressive bleep-fest, "Young Hustlaz".
Cave Explorer
FT 008
25 Nov 16
UK Garage
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Cave Explorer - (3:54) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Selektar - (4:34) 134 BPM
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Review: Sheffield's JG may not be Ballard but there's still plenty of crash in his upfront hard-hitting bassy productions. Cave Explorer may be his most fierce yet, boasting two cuts that literally provide passage to the underground. The title track is all about the hip-hop string samples, jukey percussion and lots of wobbly metallic subs. He brings some serious fiyah on "Selektar" though - with distant police sirens mixing with scattershot beats and eccentric basslines. This produce has ventured deep underground and has discovered pools of creativity hidden beneath.
Lower My Glasses/Tuff
FT 005
05 Feb 16
Bass
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Lower My Glasses (feat Mr Chiverton) - (4:35) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tuff - (4:59) 65 BPM
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Review: Leeds producer Joedan made a name for himself on the great Influx:Audio a while ago, and his effective d&b hybrids have been pleasing us ever since. He's up on F2 for his latest appearance, and he's in more of a garage mode than anything else, serving up an old-school rocker with a 4/4 beat and Chiverton's dangerous vocals on top of it - the main hook is instantly seductive...the inimitable "Lower My Glasses". "Tuff", on the other hand, goes for the jugular thanks to its mutant bass swarm, broken beats and heads - down flavour.
Illusion/One More
FT 007
07 Oct 16
UK Garage
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Illusion - (5:42) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One More - (6:55) 130 BPM
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Review: Futuristic UKG vibes are the order of the day as New Movement affiliate Mind Of A Dragon belches out more smoky, spiky soul. Tipping wry nods to the Todd Edwards style of garage with vocal snippets being used as instrumental elements, but done in a much darker 2016 style, "Illusion" wriggles with angular funk while "One More" takes us on a more heads-down early 2000 tip. Both kill it.
Give Me Bass / The Underground
FT 001
11 Jun 15
UK Garage
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Give Me Bass - (5:24) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Underground - (5:24) 129 BPM
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Review: Formula Records, the London label run by Champion and home to the likes of Mele, Flava D, Hybrid Theory and more, expand operations with the arrival of the F2 sublabel dedicated to breaking emergent talent. The honour of the debut F2 release falls on PVC, previously spotted excelling on Formula's f=BASS²' compilation. The Brighton talent sets the bar high with two bonafide dancefloor cuts that really showcase his talent for crisp, intricate drum programming and razor sharp basslines. The latter is naturally a prominent feature of "Give Me Bass", augmented by some swinging 2-step rhythms redolent of vintage UKG. Complementing this, "Underground" has shades of prime Mickey Finn to its usage of vocal samples and is a deliciously darker production.
It Could Be
FT 002
24 Jul 15
UK Garage
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It Could Be - (5:55) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Close - (6:25) 127 BPM
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Review: Formula's F2 off-shoot follows up PVC's grimey debut with two show-stopping UKG cuts from the fast-rising Tuff Culture. "It Could Be" treads a fine line between sexy and sassy with its polished keys and honeyed vocal sample and utter filth with its growling bassline. "Close", meanwhile, goes on a My Nu Leng flex with strutting 4/4 drums and an array of ghostly bass tones. Gutter business.
Solar/Desire
FT 006
01 Jul 16
UK Garage
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Solar - (6:31) 125 BPM
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Desire - (6:00) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Midlands bass hero Tuff Culture doesn't normally show his feminine side. Having taken ages off to perhaps contemplate this issue, he's now returned with this emotional new two-track jam. "Solar" features cascading, flowery sonics, with smoky late night harmonies and velvety smooth orchestration. "Desire", meanwhile, sees him toughen up his act somewhat, adjusting his collar and knuckling down to produce some harder garagey beats. Before you know it, the menacing future step bass mangling kicks in and it's business as usual. Two different takes on bass from a top producer.
F2: Volume 1
FRM 009C
19 May 17
UK Garage
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Champion X Tuff Culture - "Fresh" (Part 1) - (6:04) 129 BPM
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Champion X Tuff Culture - "Raw" (Part 2) - (6:04) 129 BPM
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J.G - "Side Swipe" - (3:38) 134 BPM
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Killjoy - "Blanka VIP" - (5:23) 130 BPM
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LR Groove - "Cocaine" - (4:46) 130 BPM
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Distinkt - "Police" (Funky VIP) - (5:08) 129 BPM
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Tuff Culture - "Over You" - (6:25) 127 BPM
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S-Tee - "Tribes Man VIP" - (5:33) 128 BPM
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MOAD - "Feels So" - (6:04) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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X5 Dubs - "Running" - (5:54) 130 BPM
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Fish - "Take Me Back" - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Pharaoh K - "War Dub" - (3:00) 133 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Young Hustlaz" - (4:40) 130 BPM
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PVC - "Give Me Bass" - (5:24) 130 BPM
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Review: What an absolute treat from the F2 stable this is! The courageous label has taken it upon itself to keep releasing puristic garage in an era where genres are bbeing blurred like Saturday night cocktails, and it really is a great thing to have someone carrying on the UK's seminal tradition along the hardcore continuum. This is the first volume of their F2 comps, and features a whol load of break-ready, gun-toting individuals wishing to inject some class into modern house. Inside, you'll find some absolute bangers for peeps like Champion, Tuff Culture, Deadbeat - who comes through with some twisted two-step - and Pharaoh K, among the many fresh faces on here. SICK!
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