Review: The reign of Four40 continues to roll out as they make a drift back towards a more grime-influenced sound on this weighty new threetracker from Doc Zee & Griz-O. We begin with the thumping, dancefloor ready drum dives of 'Eski Flava', which takes hypnotic pads and groovy 2-step percussion and fuses it with Griz-O's catchy lyricism with fantastic results. From here 'Troublesome' sees Doc Zee ride out solo, upping the pace with a much quicker garage-style composition, pushed forward by a lethal sub-bass and clinky drum slides. Finally, we take in the raucous breakbeat VIP energy of 'Eski Flava', rounding us off with a bang!
Review: The reign of Four40 continues to roam freely across the new release section, with their incredible levels of consistency showing once again here with this exceptional three-tracker from BWK Project. We begin our dive with the minimal yet super-impactful sounds of 'Love Me', which kicks the EP off in flying fashion with its combination of subtle melodics and beautiful harmonies. Next, the groovy flavours continue with 'Faithful', another modern take on classic UKG ideals, before rounding off the project with 'Together', a much more sub-heavy roller, focussing on tidy melodic flicks and powerful basslines below of a bed of pleasing vocal chops. The whole release works a treat and is yet another successful selection from the Four40 team.
Review: The Four40 imprint has without a doubt become one of the most consistent platforms currently working within the various spheres of underground dance music in the UK. This latest helping is yet another heavy hitting two tracker as they welcome the ever-ready sounds of Burt Cope, who delivers a womper of an original with 'Business'. Through a combination of gnarly LFO patterns and hard hitting drum punches, this one is certain to send dances into somewhat of a tiz. Following this we then jump into a top notch rework from the one and only MPH, who delivers a powerful, breaks-infused UKG overhaul, along with Vital Techniques doing the business on their warbling recreation, rounding things off nicely!
Review: With a number of super enjoyable releases in recent times, the link-up between the futuristic sounds of MKII and the veteran run-outs of Four40 Records always spells out a good time. We kick off this brand new EP with a look at 'Kontakt', a typically futuristic combination of hard-hitting subs and shimmering chords, followed by 'Set Up', which again sees MKII deploy some of his classic bass manipulation techniques, this time topped with crispy UKG rhythms to match. Finally, 'Signal' unleashes a throwback style moogy bass lead, which gives the track the perfect amount of skank-ready energy to smash down the doors to any party.
Review: Another week, another top quality Four40 release landing in our store. It's become a pattern we are extremely fond of and with the label showing no signs of slowing down, fills us with excitement. This time around they welcome the wonderful sounds of Palize onto the field of play who delivers a pair of rave-ready singles. We begin with 'What To Do', a classic sounding bassline roller, linking together different LFO designs and shiny vocal slices over high energy 4x4 drum patterns for some old school niche flavour. We move into something a tad more digital next as 'Rolled' delivers a much wider bass sound, this time being deployed over more stripped back drums to add some variation to this exciting two track project.
Review: It's got to the point with the Four40 team where we are genuinely more surprised if there isn't a new weekly drop from them, with their release catalogue being possibly the most regularly added to whilst also remaining the most consistent out there. This brand new two tracker from Lenny Barton unleashes a fabulous fusion between bass and garage music, with 'Look Into My Eyes' firstly stitching together sweeping sub bass manoeuvres with electronic vocal samples and minimal drums to give us fantastic results. On the flipside we jump into more of the same flavours as we take in Lenny's Mix of 'Watching You', a more drum heavy creation this time, providing us with pulsating rhythms and yet more of those potent basslines for good measure. We can't wait to hear both of these on a full system as soon as possible!
Review: There really does seem to be no stopping the oncoming storm that is the Four40 release catalogue, as they continue their fiery start to 2021 with yet another system smashing three-tracker. Enter: NLMT, who delivers some melody-driven bassy goodness from start to finish, kicking off with the jovial synthesizer runs and energetic drum processing of 'Rollercoaster', leading into 'Mashup', a spooky UKG roller, focussing more so on unusual sound design and an eerie sense of harmonic structure. Finally, 'Disaster' sees NLMT enter the much more rowdy side of his character with a raucous display of synthetic abandon, giving us a lively finish to this depthy selection.
Review: Yet again we find ourselves exploring the incredible discography of Four40 Records, one of the original and most long standing front runners across the UK bass scene, who are back at it again unveiling this fiery new four track delight from Tony Tokyo. We begin with 'Absolute', a super groovy garage roller, complete with classic chord progressions and super colourful drum expansions, with the disco-inspired drums and moogy synth designs of 'Kamikaze' following in hot pursuit. We become doused in nostalgia next as 'My Room', combines silky vocals with hip-shaking rhythms to take us back to the early 00's, before the more experimental rhythmic manoeuvres and vocal chops of 'Rhythm Of The Bottle' see us out in style.
Review: It's safe to say that the Four40 team appears to have kicked off 2021 with the same vigor that they closed out 2020 with, marching forward with hard-hitting release after hard-hitting release. Next up from them, they welcome Cooky, who delivers three powerful 4x4 originals, kicking off with the euphoric synth design and big room bass booms of 'Over' which really does set us off in style. Next, the pace is increased and the subs pushed further as the more stripped back LFO lines and crunchy drum arrangements of 'My Mind' give us a taste of something a little different, before the more melodic twists and colourful vocal slices of 'Chops' put the final touches on a very well thought out three-tracker.
Review: If you weren't keeping an eye on the magnificent movements of Four40 Records in 2020 then you must have had your head buried in the sand, given their incredible catalogue growth. This brand new three-tracker from Jaikea adds another spicy box to their cupboard of treats as we kick off with the lethal bass manipulation and dancefloor-filling drum slaps of the title track 'Rinse It'. This is then followed in similar spirits with 'Informa', a wibbly-wobbly 2-step skanker, alongside the more high pitched synthesizer slaps and carefully layered vocal samples of 'Yard Gyal' to round us out in style. It's a punchy kick start to 2021 to say the least!
Review: Well, when we saw this title land in the store we were as surprised as anyone to see that Four40 Records, one of the most active and exciting UK bass labels across the full breadth of 2020 has just turned 10 years old. This is a pretty outstanding achievement, for a label that is still at the forefront of it's sound to this very day. The compilation of course features some of the biggest releases from across the breadth of Four40's incredible catalogue of content, from the likes of Hybrid Theory, I Killed Kenny, Pavv, Limita and more, condensing ten years of musical progression into one extended tape. We also get to hear a bag of exciting new exclusives from the newer breed of the Four40 roster, including music from The Phat Controlla, Blakk Habit, Lucas Maverick, Gemi, Badger, Patrick Kane, Yozhi, George IV and more. What an incredible way to round off the year!
Review: Just when we thought they had finally finished their incredible run for the year with their ten year celebration release, Four40 sneak one final weapon over the line before the new year commences, welcoming Marko for two dancefloor bubblers. We begin with the rave-ready melodies and nostalgic organ-like textures of 'What We 2 Do', which also utilizes a super catchy vocal line for good measure. On the flip to this we also take in 'Bun It Up', a much more bassline influenced chomper, slapping together some lethal bass design with powerful 4x4 drum movements to keep the dancefloor moving to the early hours.
Review: To round off a very solid year of work from the Four40 Records team, we are very excited to see them unveil this powerful new two track drop from Lenny Barton, delivering some original UKG flavour in abundance. We begin with 'Sweet Sweet Love', which sees a classic Barrington Levy vocal reworked into a garage stomper, complete with high pressure bassline and big room drum beats to match. On the flip, we find ourselves diving down a much more tech influenced path as the intricate bass rolls and unusual metallic processing of 'The Only One' gives us a futuristic look at the garage sound. Two bangers to round off a fantastic year for Four40, what more could we ask for?
Review: The Four40 team are truly back at it again this year as they continue 2020's near flawless release schedule with a solid two track drop from Antonio Kolic, who first unleashes the sounds of 'Can You See Me'. This one is a tech-house inspired creation clearly, working the space between two memorable vocal lines with pulsating moogy bass stabs leading the low end. On the flip, 'Whats The Point' gives us a more delicate creation, forging together floaty padded chord lines with spacey atmospheric textures giving us something very different from the A-side.
Review: There hasn't been an established label that has shown as much consistency as Four40 over the course of the last two years for us, as they return with a smashing new three-tracker from Alex Session. We kick off with the shuffling drums and nostalgic bass grooves of 'Keep Up', a title track which sets the tone perfectly, also utilizing an array of well thought through vocal slices. Next, 'Kickflip' delivers something a little different as widened synthesizer pulses dance majestically atop syncopated drum rhythms and a catchy synth line, adding a whole dimension to the project within just two tracks. Finally, we take in the 'Broken' mix of 'Keep Up', which reformats the composition into a breakbeat roller, adding the perfect final touch!
Review: What a treat we find ourselves indulging in here as the wonderful Mofaux links up with the super consistent Four40 team for a two track slap. For this one, we begin with the haunted, bell-like tones across the introduction of the title track 'Roll Through', which lead us towards a party-ready breakdown, jam packed with fun synthesizer runs and colourful percussive inclusions. On the flip, we dive into something a tad more hardcore as 'Back It Up' unleashes some delicious distortion among groovy
Review: Following on from an impressive run in the super popular Kiwi Kup, Yemi touches down for an incredibly vibrant four track selection on the ever-dependable Four40, whose productivity seems to know no bounds. We commence with a dive into the stunning piano lines and charming vocal slices of 'Easy Living', before the interesting melodic switch ups and pitch-alterations of 'Skippy' roll into play. Next, Tuff Culture gets involved with his contributions towards the incredibly nostalgic rhythms and harmonies of 'Don't Tell Me', which also happens to complete with a personal rework dub from Yemi himself. Awesome stuff!
Review: As ever, the second we see a new Four40 drop hit the store, we can't wait to dive in and take a peek. This time around they welcome the flamboyant sound of Ozwald in for a fantastic new funky single by the name of 'Burberry Samba'. This one is a perfect DJ weapon, injecting energy into any mix and blend through its vibrant drum procedures and explosive rhythmic skips. On remix duty, we see Killjoy step up to do what he does best, adding a bassy twist to this already dancefloor ready creation to add a completely different dimension to proceedings!
Review: It has got to the point where we are more likely to see a new Four40 drop each week than not and yet they somehow never seem to diminish the quality of their output. Here, they let loose the colourful designs of Tuff Culture for the sixth edition of 'Elements'. We kick off with the expert vocal inputs and stripped back bass tones of 'Away', followed closely by the bouncy designs and breaksy inputs of 'Babylon' and the unpredictable rhythmic manoeuvres of 'Letters' alongside Sampladelic. From here we dive into the smooth sub roles and groovy drum shakes of 'Polarity' before rounding everything off with 'Subtraction', a super choppy finale, alternating between different vocal slices, marinating amidst a warm, fuzzy sub-line below. Wicked work!
Review: Four40's recent run of releases has been something very special indeed and this latest six track selection from MKII is a real look into how forward thinking the label has become. 'Roads' is a stunning three track journey, exploring the moodiest arenas of UKG through haunted pad textures and introspective harmonic layering, with MKII's ethereal production style being highlighted within this extended track format. It's a quite phenomenal body of work and when coupled with three fabulous remixes from MMEE, Earthnut and himself, it forms up into one of the strongest garage drops to grace 2020 so far!
Review: Four40's killer run is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down any time soon as they now move into their latest project, welcoming the ever-ready Sly One for two monumental originals, The A-side for this one is a big room belter entitled 'Controller', from it's incredibly groovy introduction to its epic vocal lead breakdown, to a drop that would set any carnival ablaze. On the flip, we encounter 'Danger', a much techier creation jam packed with sizzling bass tones on metallic synthesizer slaps, perfect for adding a touch of spicy variation to the mix and blend.
Review: It's been a very exciting start to the new decade for the Four40 crew, who were a truly unstoppable force last year, cheffing up over 25 incredible releases. Next up from them, they join forces with the wonderful Deadly Habitz, who supplies us with five potent UKG heaters. First up, 'Are You Dumb', sampling a classic Jammz vocal with smooth percussive slices, alongside the sweeping bass LFO's of 'Falling 4 U' and nostalgic chord expressions of 'So High'. Following that, 'Stay True' deploys some incredible vocal stutters and hard hitting horn stabs, before we round up on the sweeping subs and electronic vocal lines of 'Your Love'. Awesome work.
Review: Towards the end of 2019, we were actively wondering whether the Four40 movement would be able to maintain the high quantity and quality release structures into the new decade, and boy does it look like they can. This latest drop from them sees them unveil the vibrant bass-experiments of Tom Bull for a storming stomper entitled 'Rukus', dripping in original LFO action and colourful drum movement. This is a must have for any 4x4 DJ, looking to bring an additional touch of energy to the dance.
Review: If we were to give an award for label of the year based entirely on consistency, it would be hard to see Four40 not running away with it as they finally round off what has been an untouchable year with one last killer compilation. Royal Flush takes the role of compiler on this one, pulling in some scorchers from the likes of Soulecta, ZeroFG, Jack Junior, Tuff Culture, Earthnut and of course Royal Flush himself. There are a couple of tracks here we feel really hold their own amongst a stacked line up, with Pavv's classic sounding '3210' being one of them, alongside 'Guilty Twitches' from Ozwald and the choppy vibes of 'Love Is Coming' from the legendary EL-B.
Review: The Four40 run continues to glow as they add yet another scorching original to this year's undeniably exquisite run, this time employing the futuristic production palette of MMEE. The name for this one is 'Subzero', and how fitting it is as chilling bass synthesizers run riot amidst sharp drum processing and subtle breaks influences throughout, giving us a seriously smooth roller. On remix duty, MKII leaps into action with a typical cinematic overhaul, adding a wicked contrast level to the project as a whole.
Review: We have been very much enjoying the run that Four40 have been on of late, constantly putting together top notch releases from some of the most exciting faces in the UK bass and garage scenes. This latest offering from Tuff Culture is a perfect example of that as he unveils 'Elements V: Boron', a wicked compilation, kicking off with the old school delights of the title track 'Boron'. Next, we engage with some wicked 2-step chord combos in 'Cosmos' before the more futuristic spacey layout of 'Explanations' arrives on the scene. We finish up with another two crackers, the nostalgic drum work and smooth vocal work of 'Laws Of Attraction' landing first before we round off with subtle organ melodies and punchy percussive layouts of 'Senses'.