Review: Jamie and Matt from Brighton, also known as 2 Rotten Scoundrels proudly mix up garage, house and breaks. "Hypnotise" by 2 Rotten Scoundrels is dark, UK bass influenced tech house for South London basement shut-ins. A heavy swing fuelled beat supports a razor sharp melody and heavy bass assault. Those Burial style R&B pitch shifted vocals are a nice touch too. "2 Rotten Scoundrels" by the mysterious Deepish (see what they did there!) gets a bit more on the progressive house tip it seems for a minute. With its hands in the air organ stab melody, but wait until that grimy UK bass starts tearing through the track, and it's absolutely sick.
Review: Anonymous People are a collective of DJs and producers headed by Exodus and Devious. They've been releasing records of all genres over the past 35 years, plus working with some of the industry's finest artists. Names such as Lee John, Artful Dodger, Dreem Teem, Chrome & Time and Boy George to name but a few. "It's Over" was originally intended for an end of summer release, but here we have it! As the label themselves were quick to point out the track is full of soulful house vibes with bassy undertones and accompanied by the beautiful voice of June Mitchell. It gets some wicked remixes too: DubKore's "Vox mix" goes for the early noughties UK garage vibe of MJ Cole while GiLLi's "Over mix" gets back onto the vocal house vibe but going for a deeper, late night vibe than the original.
Review: Timeless two-step vibeage from newcomer GWM, with its harmonic bass tones and sinewy two-step there?s more than a faint whiff of Ramsey & Fenn to ?Reach For The Clouds?. Not content with just laying down a classic UKG style, GWM has also applied a house conversion with shuffling MAW style 4/4 drums. Remix-wise Pud & Dan inject a darker bassline house twist with detuned synths and an un-quitting jack, Celladore gets all dreamy and skippy before switching up to a snake-like breaks bassline, finally Impact conjure up the ghost of Serious Danger with a beautifully bulbous speed garage mix. Keep on reaching!
Review: When DJ Impact first dropped The Cole Train on 42TF back in 2014, people stood up to get down. Now the mighty tune returns with the remixes, and it's party time all over again. We've got five remakes here to tackle, starting with the woofer-shredding bass frequencies of the breaky VIP. Elsewhere highlights include the spooky-horror wobble of Moony's mix, the machine gun drums of Tigs' fresh rework and the mayhem of Cre8's hardcore DnB version. Safe.
Review: Earlier this year we saw Cole Train's DJ Impact team up with 'the legendary' MC Marvel as MIB for the sizzling Break It Down. So pleased with the results were Highly Swung that they've commissioned a selection of follow-up mixes to keep the party going. There are four barnstorming new reworks to choose from: some classic British garage vibes on 99db's "2 Step vocal mix", Tone2 Projeckt' speedier housed version, Zettin Zee's bottom breaky jam and best of all Save Link As' skippy bouncer.
Review: MIB (aka DJ Impact and MC Marvel) certainly believe that too much of a good thing is wonderful. Thus, we now have the fourth remix package of their club hit, Break It Down. There are four reworks here, featuring hypey speed garage from Qualified, raw, skippy bass action from Radical DJ, sparse, harsh beats from Brand S and deep future-2step from Tiegato.
Review: What with the success of both the original and the follow-up remixes, MIB (aka DJ Impact and MC Marvel) have struck sonic gold with their club hit Break It Down. Here we get another sequel in the shape of a third collection of mixes. Operator S delivers a slick 'n bouncy UKG jam, 2 Rotten Scoundrels opt for wobbly bass toughness and Erban Fox looks back to the noughties for some 'white isle electro-house' (also supplied in a darker version). Finally Cellardore wraps things up with a booming minimal bass monster.
Review: It's Round Two for remixers of "Break It Down", the hit that just keeps giving to Cole Train's DJ Impact and MC Marvel's MIB. Following an earlier collection of mixes, Highly Swung have commissioned a whole bunch more. First up, Pud & Dan deliver an "Evil Dub" which is all scattershot beats and epic breaks before Tony C takes things into nasty, gloriously underground speed garage territory. Elsewhere Junior UK keeps it pop-2step whilst Statix wraps things up nicely with a manic ragga-step dub.
Review: Here we have a couple of firsts - this debut release for new label Highly Swung sees Cole Train's DJ Impact joining forces with 'the legendary' MC Marvel for a fresh collaboration under the combined title of MIB. The first fruits of their hook up, "Break It Down", is a catchy streetwise swinger that flings some UKG and 4x4 beats into the mix and shows that the future is definitely rosy for this crew.
Review: You might remember producer Marvel's 2015 release Dirty Like Knickers EP. Well now he's opted for a bit of role reversal - appearing as a vocalist on Pud & Dan's new track, "Marvel Man". The vocal role suits him (luckily, as the song's named after him!) and he delivers a charismatic flow over a melodic lite-UKG backing track. Remix-wise Matt Wise, adds extra fizz thanks to some retro 90s organ bass riffs, Jade Lion brings some slinky 2-step influenced funk and B1G PR0J3CT wraps things up nicely with some slammin' speedy garage action.