Review: As always with the clan over at Kiwi, we see another vibrant thumper of a UKG release hit the stores with summer in-mind, as Morenight touches down with a pair of real heaters. The title track 'Uh Oh', is a seriously cool creation, with a fabulous array of reversed string lines, bulbous bass instrumentation and backing vocals all crescendoing together into a jumpy masterpiece in NUKG. On the flip, 'It's Yours' takes vocal manipulation and forward-thinking harmony to a whole new plateau as catchy riff after catchy riff is ushered forth, before moving into the final dose of goodness for the day. That dose comes to us directly from Gemi who arrives to give 'Uh Oh' a tasty rethink, stripping the sound back with an ice-cool backdrop, seeing the tracklisting out in style.
Review: It's safe to say that since the major re-emergence of garage music, the Kiwi have become one of the scene's leading lights, adding a dash of additional flavour to the scene with their fantastic array of releases. This latest drop entitled 'Kiwi Boost', is a wavy compilation of new school garage mastery, kicking off with a stormer from Douvelle19. This one takes the title 'Show Me' and is a subtle yet sumptuous take on future garage flavour combining sizzling vocal slices with groovy melodic tips, followed by Sharda's groove-inspiring rhythmic designs in 'Crystalize'. Next, Livsey makes his Kiwi debut with the more stripped back percussive plucks of 'Eat Ur Greens', with Hamdi's energetic 'Shake' following up in rapid fashion. Finally, Oppidan delivers the final boom with 'Temptations' closing off a spectacular selection with a finesse-driven finale.
Review: For Drinks On Me, 2020 has been a year of non-stop growth, maneuvering with ease among some of the biggest dance music labels in the country, this time landing on the impeccable Kiwi Rekordings for a spicy new single entitled 'Levitate'. This one is a homage to the oldschool-newschool fusion that the Kiwi gang seem to be so keen to push right about now, working choppy rhythmic slices and groovy vocal samples together with classic chord progressions and sliding bass tones with fabulous results. On remix duty, the one and only Oppidan arrives to give the track a slightly darker feel, layering system-busting reese basses into the mix with a much more 4x4 influenced sound. Lovely!
Review: As always with Kiwi Rekords, we knew we were in for a good time as soon as the logo appeared in the store, with this most recent release seeing them welcome to incredibly vibrant sounds of Gemi in for two tracks of stunning garage flavour. We begin with the slamming drum shuffles and moogy bass licks of 'Buggin', a stripped back dance destroyer with a slightly more heavy-tone than we would normally expect from a Kiwi drop. On the flip-side to this, we are gifted 'Together', a warbling stomper, fusing together delicate vocal slices with wobbling bass tones and enigmatic chord procedures, giving us a total of two absolute scorchers. Lovely stuff!
Review: Well what a treat we have for you all here as we see Conducta, Notion and Sammy Virji, three of the biggest names in UK bass music, come together for a super exciting two tracker on Conducta's own Kiwi imprint. We start with a look at Conducta and Notion teaming up on 'Fez Mangal', a smoothly rolling garage original, dripping with sauce as luscious vocal lines and distant key melodies play out in sun-fueled thrill ride. On the flip, we see another super high profile collaboration as fan-favourite Sammy Virji gets in on the act on the flutey tones and groovy drum designs of 'Whippet'. Both tracks hold a serious contrast, yet balance each other out perfectly.
Review: Conducta's forward thinking Kiwi imprint is back at it again with another quick fire release, following on from a fantastic label launch. This latest offering from Sharda showcases exactly what the label is all about as we explore a bag of sunshine flavours across two potent originals. We begin with a dive into the super colourful arrangements of the title track 'Peace & Love', packed to the brim with uplifting vocal slices and pleasing melodic structure. This is then followed by 'Like You', which alternates between super catchy vocal lines and eskimo like pulsing square wave leads, perfect for livening up the dance.