23 Nov 15
Pray For You (Tarquin remix) - (4:43) 137 BPM
Pray For You (Jamie George remix) - (4:49) 123 BPM
Pray For You (Murder He Wrote remix) - (4:54) 132 BPM
Review: Ahadadream recently dropped the hymn-like urban anthem Pray For You, which showcased the light and ethereal vocals of Olivia Louise and some observational MC'ing from Scrufizzer. Now we get the remixes - Tarquin delivers some killer stop-start carnival action, Jamie George opts for a deep garage vibe laced with digital pops and fizz. Finally Murder He Wrote conjures up a supremely atmospheric rework with moody synth washes over a percussive shuffle.
09 Nov 15
Review: With this new single Ahadadream displays a talent beyond merely inventing witty band names. "Pray For You" is an hymn-like urban anthem where the light and ethereal vocals of Olivia Louise waft above simple piano chords and restrained percussion, before giving way to some observational MCing from Scrufizzer. Coming soon to radio playlists everywhere.
20 Apr 15
Review: Newcomer Tom Akin makes his debut and on the excellent Four40 imprint out of Birmingham, one of the remaining UK strongholds for all things bass. "Worm" is a solid house stepper complete with an itchy percussion flex and cinematic sonics in its underbelly, but it's "Greize" that turned us on to Akin when we heard this EP. It's a slow-building, utterly stripped and lo-fi techno nugget for the early morn'. Production quality is solid, this dude will be back soon, no doubt.
24 Mar 14
No Good (feat Nicole Jackson) - (5:41) 126 BPM
How I Feel (feat Loverproof) - (6:20) 123 BPM
No Good (feat Nicole Jackson - dub mix) - (5:41) 126 BPM
No Good (Instrumental) (feat Nicole Jackson) - (5:41) 126 BPM
Review: Having introduced himself via a remix on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood, Alex makes his first full debut on Four40. Two cuts of heady house/garage fusion, both coated in well executed vocals, if you're into the likes of Black Butter, Woz, My Nu Leng or Mak & Pasteman, you'll be all over the simple-but-effective deep bass gurgles of "No Good" and melancholy, minor key soul of "How I Feel". With a dub mix and instrumental thrown in for good measure, this is a very accomplished debut.
10 Jul 17
Pums Huffle - (4:17) 140 BPM
Pums Huffle (Brent Kilner remix) - (4:47) 136 BPM
Pums Huffle (Foor remix) - (3:08) 135 BPM
Review: Southampton's Andy M typically digging deep into his niche roots here, who delivers a four to the floor bassline single featuring Amnesia and Slick Don, backed up by huge remixes from Foor. Having just had a highly lauded album in the UK Charts, they add their spin on the track with a dark garage roller which has already been causing a lot of hype in their sets. Northern producer Brent Kilne (3000 Bass/Tumble Audio) finishes the package with a tear out club version.
10 Apr 17
Review: More dark designs from rising Midland duo Ash Turner & Jade Marie... Following the demonstrative ghetto grit of "Act Stupid" comes this equally cold break stepper. Loaded with a nagging high end riff, smoking 808s and another hooky vocal sample used to killer affect, it's a certified dark room danger cut that guarantees rare reactions. Tuff Culture join in on the remix with a funkier, jacking jam with squelchier bass and trippier textures on the topline. Murksome.
29 Aug 16
Played by: Mr Brainz / SnF:Lo-Fi, Juno Recommends UK Funky/Garage, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Jamie George
Review: Fresh from their ball-bouncing escapade earlier this year Midland house murkers Turner and Marie collide once again for another pulverising party piece. Deep penetrative bass on every kick and a nagging KRS-One style hip-hop vocal sample ensure this will work well across bass, house and beat circles. Label co-boss Hybrid Theory ups the broken factor further more with a smoking Trappist fusion. No messing.
02 Jan 12
30 Apr 12
Review: This latest cut from Four40 features Beacon on the production duties with some quintessentially hybrid bass music that spans electro, juke and UK Funky. The title track is led by a massive snare, which gets tempered by the bright and bold synths and R&B vocal hook. It should slot nicely into any number of styles, much like the more sparse Funky vibes of "When You Go". With restrained bleeps and a subtly booming sub, it's just left to the vocal looping to give a nod to the juke styles of recent times. "Jiggly" meanwhile plumps straight for the tech-house floor with a fat, driving bassline and rigid beats.
10 Dec 12
Dont I Know You - (5:13)
Booty Chatter - (6:17)
Konkle - (4:26)
Wuxi Riddim - (4:53)
Review: Despite sharing its name with a Christian record label in the States, Birmingham's Four40 only really pray in one church, one with a soundsystem that boasts bone-rattling subs. Their latest signing, the mysterious Cloaka, is certainly all about the bass: this EP features bass so brutal and low it's positively subterranean. "Don't I Know You" features a low rolling bassline and eerie chants, "Booty Chatter" boasts harsh, stamping riddims and extra wobble on top, "Konkle" again centres around a hard, stamping kick but is more sparse and finally "Wuxi Riddim" is all about the voodoo beats.
22 Dec 17
Review: As time moves forward and the world of bass music expands, it becomes more and more realistic to assume that there is no ground Daze Prism could not traverse. He teams up with forward thinking bass imprint Four40 here for a full three track project and what a project it has turned out to be. The title track 'Shipwreck' is straight breakbeat masterpiece, encapsulating the creative heart of the genre with pulsating reese bass leads and pleasing percussive melodies. From here we move into the bass / UK funky hybrid creation labelled as 'Rumba, which combines sharp techy bass tones and kuduro-esc drum patterns to great effect. Finally we come to 'Anoxia' which is another bass / funky hybrid, this time however focusing more on syncopated percussive patterns and rhythms. This one is a great way to round off the year for the Four40 imprint.
22 Apr 13
Skanks (Network remix) - (5:30) 128 BPM
Skanks (I Killed Kenny remix) - (4:30) 136 BPM
Skanks (DJ Cable '5 Minute Workout' remix) - (5:22) 134 BPM
Skanks (Lol Gurlz remix) - (4:48) 140 BPM
Skanks (Toni Morreti remix) - (3:46) 141 BPM
Review: Decibel and Flowdan tore things up with "Skanks" earlier this month, and now they're back with a tasty remix package spanning all types of bass styles. Network delivers a deep and dark bassline house version, pitching Flowdan's vocals down into the murky ether, while I Killed Kenny builds on the original's frenetic style with a rave-infused UK funky bomb, something mirrored on DJ Cable's similarly furious remix. Lol Gurlz meanwhile offer a moody and atmospheric take filled with syncopated, head-nodding drums, while Toni Moretti's remix offers much the same but with trippy hi-resolution percussive tones. Amazing stuff!
01 Apr 13
Skanks - (4:06)
Skanks (radio edit) - (3:25)
Skanks (instrumental) - (4:06)
Skanks (Hybrid Theory remix) - (5:27)
Skanks (Enigma Dubz remix) - (4:39)
Review: It's bashment o'clock round Decibel towers judging by the sound of his new bomb, and the currently on fire Newcastle producer doesn't appear to be mellowing any time soon. It's all about the party here on "Skanks", mercilessly so, especially with the legendary grime MC Flowdan on vocal duties - there won't be a dancefloor left alive after this incendiary fusion of footwork, tropical and hysterical rave is dropped. Just in the (unlikely) case it doesn't rock your world, there are two extra mixes supplied - Hybrid Theory deliver a slower, wobble-heavy housey version, while the Enigma Dubz mix defiantly keeps the classic dubstep sound alive!
24 Feb 14
Work (extended mix) - (3:18)
Work (Hybrid Theory remix) - (5:50)
Work (Chubba remix) - (5:38)
Work (Jerome Price remix) - (7:24)
Work (instrumental) - (3:47)
Review: Now we all know very that there's only one kind of work that's any good, and it's not the kind that finds us sullen faced on public transport every morning. Here Decibel teams up with Slick Don to reiterate this universal truth via the medium of pounding peak time ghetto-ton, coming across like Oxide & Neutrino's effervescent younger siblings in the process. The remixes continue to up the rump/bounce ratio with Hybrid Theory's wobble-heavy 4 x 4 remix being the hard to beat Goliath amongst these heroic Davids.
27 Jan 14
Review: Big, booty-shaking bass squelches that seem to seep out the walls and crisp, retro claps announce the arrival of this year's hottest house party-starter. Jacking and jerking with the arrogant strut of Birmingham's bright new stars, this release is gritty and filthy enough to satisfy the most underground of dance addicts, while keeping a severe line when it comes to on-point dancefloor etiquette for those with more clean-cut style. The even more stylish "Drop That Ass" with its perforating dancehall beat and mercenary-dark synths turn nightmarish atmosphere into something well worth staying until closing time for.
09 Feb 18
DevelopMENT - "Time" - (4:14) 132 BPM
DevelopMENT - "Away" - (3:45) 132 BPM
DevelopMENT & Tuff Culture - "Harmony" - (6:30) 128 BPM
Review: As a solidified bass music imprint, there's nothing more important than making a good start to the new year. Its safe to say that the responsibility was left in more than capable hands as Development team up with Tuff Culture for a weighty three tracker entitled "Time Away". The collaboration occurs on "Harmony" which is a straight 4x4 skanker, demonstrating very original bass synthesis and crisp drum processing blended with well sampled vocal sprinklings. Following this "Time" is a futuristic 2-step anthem, utilising creative vocal processing over skippy drum arrangements. The EP is then rounded up perfectly with "Away" which combines the themes of both previous, but repackages them for the dance with a classic UK bass breakdown. Fantastic stuff all around on this one!
28 Apr 17
Who You Talking To (feat Snowy - clean) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Who You Talking To (feat Snowy - dirty) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Starscream - (4:34) 140 BPM
Review: Serious banger operations with Cable and Snowy right here. "Who You Talking To" bumps with KO licks from both parties: Cable's riddim is electrified and hell-raising while Snowy reminds us of his boss levels with a venomous nonstop tongue. Added proof of how hard this hits is found on "Starscream", the full instrumental... See if you can find an MC who can themselves around it as efficiently as venomously as Snowy (spoiler: you won't be able to)
15 Feb 16
Played by: Mr Brainz / SnF:Lo-Fi, 6Blocc, Juno Recommends UK Funky/Garage, BURNIE, In:flux Audio, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Gilbino
Review: It's 2016 and DJ Darko is just getting started on his quest to rule the garage charts, and give us some much needed dust-percussion that we very much need in our lives. Last time we saw him he was in deep house mode on Bullet Train, but this time he's up on the sublime Four40 with three nuggets of pure UK dance music for the underground masses. "War Food" is a bass-driven monster with a mutant edge, while "Girl" gives a nod to the early 2000's, and that whole early Hotflush sound. Last but not least, "Hear This" goes all swollen on the low-ends, and manages to wrap hazardous level of sub bass around a flexible, garage-driven groove.
02 Jul 12
Review: We're still recovering from the drop that was Suckfake's recent EP on Four40, and now they follow it up with three deadly UKF leaning weapons from DJ Spookz. "Turntabala" takes the essence of dub and combines it with incisive laser bass and rolling snares, while "Rock the House" places chopped vocals and insistent stabs over deep low end. "Amen Danger" might be the pick of the bunch, with it's chopped up amen breaks combined with devastating bass blasts.
29 May 17
Love Is Coming - (5:20) 130 BPM
Memories - (5:48) 134 BPM
Under Ground Girls - (5:04) 130 BPM
Baiah - (5:13) 124 BPM
Review: This is the follow up to the first Attitude record released last year and sees Lewis Beadle aka veteran producer El-B deliver four killer underground cuts. "Love is Coming" resounds to dark stabs, frequent spin-backs and an insistent, spiky rhythm. Its spiky drums have echoes of classic 2-step, but the production is tighter, more techno-focused. "Memories" is a different proposition; this time, the drums swing looser and provide the ideal backdrop for a soulful vocal sample and evocative organ riffs. On "Under Ground Girls", Beadle turns his focus to raw garage, but this time the horn samples and rough dub beats call to mind Tony Humphries rather than Twice as Nice. Rounding off the EP is "Baiah", a smooth deep house track, where Beadle uses thumb-clicking percussion and rich chords to showcase his soulful side.
01 Aug 16
What You Mean To Me - (5:12) 130 BPM
Ease My Mind - (5:05) 128 BPM
Down Wid The Program - (4:33) 130 BPM
In That Attitude - (4:55) 124 BPM
Played by: Mr Brainz / SnF:Lo-Fi, Juno Recommends UK Funky/Garage, IMPACT / Highly Swung Records, BURNIE, DiGiTAL PiLGRiMZ, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Jamie George, Mr LA
Review: Veteran UK producer EL-B had taken a sabbatical from garage, but has recently set about producing a 21st century take on the style. Hooking up with likeminded Birmingham label 40Forty, we now have the Attitude EP in our proverbial hands. The EP boasts four bleeding edge cuts, the first of which, "What you Mean To Me" riffs heavily on the classic 2-step sound with diva style vocals. Elsewhere, "Erase My Mind" is thumping, raw underground garage, "Down With The Programme' is a soulful, choppy, leftfield cut and "Attitude" is a upbeat party joint that samples Colonel Abrahams!
26 Nov 12
Review: Midlander James Vine, aka Enigma Dubz, deals in tough, straight up, party-rockin' beats. Now he's back following a recent split EP with Sub Antix with his own solo release and it's a banger. "Fresh" features filthy post dubstep chugging bass and a messy 2-step swing. ""What Must I Do" is all heavy wobble craziness and an infectious hands-in-the-air female vocals. Finally things end on a head-nodding, sinister vibe with the menacing electro-dub of "Without You By My Side".
17 Dec 12
We Make It Work - (4:17) 140 BPM
We Make It Work (extended mix) - (5:32) 140 BPM
We Make It Work (El-B mix) - (5:22)
We Make It Work (Toni Moretti mix) - (4:41) 140 BPM
We Make It Work (Cable mix) - (4:12) 140 BPM
We Make It Work (Filthy Vicars mix) - (4:48)
We Make It Work (dub mix) - (4:17) 140 BPM
We Make It Work (El-B dub mix) - (5:06)
Review: Grimey vibes abound on Four40 as Enigma, Screama and Trilla rep the 0121 emotions. Enigma's beats are the perfect balance of heavy presence and eerie melody while allowing enough space for Screama and Trilla to trade melodic bars with each other. The remix-list is mind bogglingly good with all flavours catered. From slinky, well-polished two-step (El-B) to haunted house trap (DJ Cable) via savage breakbeat garage (Filthy Vicars), Four40 have curated a very generous package that will suit every shade of bass addict.
13 Oct 14
Review: West Midlands finest, Nu Era, are back on their preferred label, Four 40, for more forays into the bass music universe. Their wide range of influences is again showcased here, so we get booming, badd ass, night cruiser trap on "Red Box", deep, sumptuous and off-kilter jazzy swing step on "Runaway" and wobble-heavy feelgood piano house on EP closer, "Have You".
13 Aug 12
Review: Rising Leicester bass duo Everyman have already received support from the likes of Benga and Skream. This latest EP should raise their profile even higher with it's exceptionally well-produced sheen. Title track "Take The Block" is high-octane bass music pure and simple; "No Doubt" meanwhile is very retro house and certainly riffs off 90s classic "To Be Real" by Ladycop. "Player" recalls vintage R&B, but distorted out of all recognition by helium voices and stop start beats. Finally "Let It Up" is a dubby, percussion-heavy instrumental.
14 Nov 16
Luv U Rite (feat Roo Savill) - (4:57) 134 BPM
Never Meant To Be (feat Chenai Zinyuku) - (4:29) 130 BPM
Something, Something - (4:58) 132 BPM
Switch - (5:29) 132 BPM
Review: Almost exclusively found on YoSH, here Southampton act FooR switch to Four40 for Luv U Right. They've marked the release with a James Corden Carpool Karaoke-style video too. The title track is first and delivers some moody and sparse UKG married to a seriously raw bassline, "Never Meant To Be" is a dark garage/half-step hybrid powered by the warped vocals of Chanai Zinyuku and "Something, Something" is the most powerfully viscous slice of tech-garage-wobble-whatever! that we've heard in a long time. Lastly "Switch" wraps things up nicely with tasty 4 x 4 banger.
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24 Jul 17
Review: Oh, yes! New Four40 garage binezz, and this time it's the new pair of Francois and Louis Benton to take us deep into the heart of the dancefloor. "The Tournament" flutters its swinging blockade of garage drums over a wobbling, bro-step sort of dubstep bassline that manages to create a rather stupendous hybrid banger; "Vader" takes a similar path to glory, except that the bass is even more in the mood to destroy all passers-by. Heavy gear!
06 Apr 15
Review: German techno titan Frederique is back as steely confident as always. He's all about the quality, not the quantity is our Fred, so we get just two tracks. They're not just any old tracks of course: both feature sleek, tough muscular production and are tailor made for making dancefloors move. "The Wormhole" takes a nasty hoover bass riff and whisks it up with some skippy, almost techy, UKG beats. "Mainstream" meanwhile, goes deep for sultry after hours moods with a subtle garage bounce.
22 Jun 14
Kings Cross - (5:39) 126 BPM
Bump X - (5:42) 63 BPM
Boyz In Da Hood - (5:23) 63 BPM
Twister - (6:59) 63 BPM
Review: It's been ages since we've had the pleasure of hearing any new productions from Funkystepz. Last summer was the last time the airwaves rocked to their uniquely scintillating productions, but now we have this four tracker. The sleazy late night roller "Kings Cross" kicks things off in fine style, before we get into deep agitated UKF territory on "Bump X", "Boyz In Da Hood" goes nasty with infectious claps and harsh mechanical squeals and lastly "Twister" provides a twisted on ravey piano house with added tech shuffle.
27 Jul 15
Review: Hyperdub casuals and UKG dons Funkystepz return to Four40 with two new bangers, both of them straight from the gutter and ready to be served out on the Funktion One. The title track "Pirate Material" takes a garage groove and drops a hefty load of wobble bass on top of it, along with a seriously bruising percussion swing - a certified killer! "Copyright" is more of a house churner, still twisted and peppered in the Funkystepz's usual UK flavour. Four40 have come through with yet another pair of lethal weapons, check em'!
11 Jul 16
Review: You may already be familiar with mysterious producer GHSTGHSTGHST from his Grime edits and remixes over the past 12 months, but on "Work Wid Me" he presents us with a, well.. 'Unholy' mixture of grime, UK funky, techno and deep house which is perfect to haunt out early morning dancefloors in city basements. "Joy" is the most energetic offering on here, that still keeps the spooky vibe (a bit) but definitely more uplifting with its wonky bassline and swing fueled rhythm getting some right hands in the air moments.
22 Jul 13
Pete Graham, Ill Phil & Chris Lorenzo - "I Love You So" - (5:51)
Pete Graham & Chris Lorenzo - "Who Remembers Cassettes?" - (5:52)
Review: Welcome to the odd world of Pete Graham, Ill Phil & Chris Lorenzo, a collaboration of Birmingham-based producers all well-versed in the worlds of house, grime and garage. Mixing up the three to create their unique sound, this offering showcases not only their production prowess but their truly twisted styles. Banging hard but somehow still smooth and fresh, "I Love You So" is part house, part garage, part grime and part dancefloor filling monster. On the flip "Who Remembers Cassettes?" is a vintage crate delve through breaks, classic house and '80s electro, ending up with a big bouncy UKG beat. Messed up in the best way.
16 Jun 14
Let Me Down (radio edit) - (4:26) 62 BPM
Let Me Down - (5:46) 62 BPM
Let Me Down (Nu Era bass mix) - (5:07) 128 BPM
Let Me Down (JD Reid remix) - (3:45) 66 BPM
Review: For their latest release, the Midlands' finest, Four40, have secured a bit of an anthem courtesy of label stalwarts Pete Graham and Chris Lorenzo. Recruiting the geezerish vocal tones of another label veteran Jamie George, "Let Me Down" is an insanely catchy deep houser based around a repetitive dubby guitar lick and George's infectious naive melody. In other words, a hit. Elsewhere Nu Era go for bouncy big room wobble while JD Reid goes in the opposite delivering a mega slow T(rip) & B late night jam.