Review: With the year drawing to a close, there is no doubt in anybody's minds that the Four40 team have put together another spectacular year of content. They have decided to celebrate this with another top notch compilation, with '11 Years Of Four40' exploring some of this year's biggest releases. The company the LP keeps is pretty outstanding, with the likes of Burt Cope, MPH, BWK Project, KASTLE, Jakobin, Papirus, Tuff Culture, Yemi and many many more all getting involved. As always with Four40 however, we have some very specific favourites we want to dive into, first off with Tee Vis & Phoebe Freya's super catchy singalong 'On You' absolutely smashing the charts at the time of its original release. We also can't miss our Royal Flush's fabulous rework of 'Gettin' Your Love' from George IV, WZA's Don't Wanna Give Up' and of course the Hybrid Theory rethink of 'Like You' from Blakk Habit, which to this day still receives reloads in the dances around the country. Another fabulous year for the Four40 crew!
Review: The evolution of the relationship between MKII and Four40 has been a fabulous thing to witness, seeing the quality of every EP go up each and every time. This latest two track display once again gives MKII the platform to explore his spacious, euphoric take of breaks and garage, always pushing the boundaries further into the unknown. We kick off with the skippy drum textures and floating atmospheric beauty of 'Vault', a blippy masterpiece of padded texture and futuristic breakbeat action, again showcasing exactly why we rate MKII so highly. The flip side then sees us take in 'Conduit', a journeyman of an arrangement, exploring emotive harmonic structures and grizzly reesey bass switches, culminating in a huge final design.
Review: The beautiful thing about the Four40 discography is that it seems to just keep on getting better, this time included as they unveil this sizzling seven tracker from Deadly Habitz. We kick off with the dancefloor-focussed vocal sampling and skippy rhythmic textures of 'Gyaldem Skank', leading into the throwback reese bass drives, nostalgic chords and eerie strings of 'Rockport Flex'. We are already taking in a very depthy display of garage history at this point, with the breaks-infused drum skips of 'So Mysterious' and moogy synth pulses of 'The Lover Dealer' expanding that even further. From here we then move into the more stripped back drum arrangements and classic Rodigan vocal sampling of 'Watch The Ride', next to the high tempo drum crunches and warbling bass tones of 'Who U Are'. Finally, the pitched up vocal lines and throwback organ chord melodies of 'U Don't Know' give us a killer outro to another fantastic addition to Four40's catalogue.
Review: The quality and consistency of the Four40 release schedule over the last couple of years has been near enough unrivalled, especially when it comes to their incredible line of UKG drops. Next up from them we explore some of the best bits of that run. Just looking at the artists involved is enough to get any selector salivating as we see fantastic inclusions from Deadly Habitz, Patrick Kane, Kells, Yemi, Burt Cope, Vital Techniques and so many more. There are a couple on here that have really stood the test of time in our eyes, including the Hybrid Theory remix of Blakk Habit's 'Like You', which has been causing damage in the dances ever since the raves began to reopen. We would also include Joe Burger & Dread MC's wicked collab 'Vibe' in that list of top tier inclusions, alongside George IV's 'Gettin' Your Love' and of course 'Faithful' from BWK Project. More power to the Four40 crew, who continue to impress at every turn.
Review: It looks as though Four40 are set to continue their exciting run of new releases well into the future as they next unleash another killer batch of remixes, welcoming the sounds of BLK JCK back for 3 potent reworks of 'Get To Me'. We begin with B15's sizzling roller of a recreation, focussing heavily on bulbous bass pulses and jumpy vocal chops, followed by Danny Wynn's 4x4-inspired overhaul, focussing much more-so on sweeping electronic reeses and groovy chord expressions for a more throwback flavour. Finally, BWK arrives for his addition to the project, switching the flavours into a bubbling 2-step masterclass, rounding us off in style!
Review: As always with Four40, the consistency within the label's fabric shines through again as they welcome the wonderful Deadly Habitz inside for a super-smooth four track expanse. We kick off with 'Afterparty', a silky combination of subtle sub-lines and gorgeous pad textures layered atop skippy 2-step rhythms for some classy sound design. Next, 'Give U', collects a bag of crunchy percussive elements and scatters them across the rhythmic cosmos with some vibrant results, followed by 'Got Somebody Else', a more minimal design, focussing on classic UKG vocal sampling and sharpened drum punches. Finally, 'Take Flight' gives us a synth-heavy send off, with big room bass pulses and shifting synth sounds giving us an unpredictable yet overpowering finale.
Review: As always, the infamous Four40 team appear to have arrived on top form, as they continue their foray in the realms of UKG, unearthing exciting new releases left, right and centre. This latest two-tracker sees the BWK Project return with a couple of sizzling creations, kicking off with the title track 'Blame Me'. This one is a sub-heavy ride through fuzzy melodics and tidy drum grooves, perfect for the sunshine season. On the flip, 'Don't Know' gives us a much more emotive feel, fusing engulfing sub-bass tones with a fluttering melodic bass with fabulous results. The consistency with which the Four40 squad have been operating within the garage realm is truly outstanding and we are loving every second of it!
Review: Will the Four40 team ever run out of good new garage to release? Our sources say no as they drop yet another top quality remix bundle, this time sending George IV's 'Gettin' Your Love' to the chop shop. We begin with a very tidy rework from Royal Flush, who in typical fashion redecorate the track with a widened arrangement, topped with groovy strings, sweeping synths and a bag of original energy, before Kells strips the track back into a much more sub-heavy roller, giving the release some real depth after just two releases.Finally, we move into a much darker realm as the broken-beat drum chops and moody subs of Tee Vish's remix bring the release to a stunning close.
Review: It's got the point with Four40 releases that we already know we are going to enjoy what's on offer, with this brand new drop from the ever-ready Kells being yet another fantastic edition to their ever-expanding catalogue of garage goodness. We begin our dive into this two tracker with the pleasing chord progressions and glittering percussive plucks of 'Ghost Dispatch', giving us some classic-sounding flavour for a real kick-start. On the flipside, 'Speed Dial' delivers something a little bit deeper, as futuristic, almost aquatic sounding bass warbles take the starring role. It's a tidy drop to say the least!
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.