Review: Arun Verone's approach is pleasingly straightforward. Put simply, he combines elements of deep house, Chicago acid and UK funky to produce a trademark brand of UK bass-house that's almost irrepressible. As a result, this four-track assault for Q Recordings is well worth a listen. The title track does a great job in layering cut-up vocals and an icy, music box melody over shuffling house beats and a low-slung acid house bassline. The "VIP" version is a little more garage flavoured and adds a little late night darkness, whilst retaining the original's attractive elements. "The Coming (Keep It Coming)" sounds like "Good Life"-era Inner City making UKG, while "Short From Change" rolls forward on a wave of zipping electronics, choice hip-hop samples and a killer sub-heavy bassline.
Review: DJ Q - not to be confused with Strength Music's bossman - is also known as Shollen Quarshie and is someone who makes just about the best garage music on the planet. Having appeared on countless labels since the late 90s, his own Q Recordings has been dedicated to showcasing the man's own talent and beat-making skills. For this latest EP, we have "Big" - a grooving, filtered house reincarnation of a Notorious B.I.G. single, except Q has added in a slithering, mutating bassline. "Come With Me" is even more gnarly and Q goes that extra mile with the low-end - a powerful, booty-shaking bundle of sound. DJ Q is here for your dancing pleasure...
Review: As one of the figureheads of the bassline garage scene, DJ Q has produced a massive amount of material since 2003, and this massive compilation collects 25 of his tracks from across nearly 10 years, including the bassline staple "Tea Bag". Of course there are plenty of other gems on the compilation, including the furious squelch of "Watching You" and the irresistible chipmunked vocals of "Old Flex". If you've even a passing interest in proper UK garage this collection is quite simply essential.
Review: Legendary bassline producer DJ Q comes through with the first in a series of self-released bombshells on his own Q Recordings outlet. "Ordinary People" is a classic Q floor-filler packed with an artillery of swinging hi-hats and claps - and some lovely female vocals, of course - but you also get a 2-step mix of the same track for some extra groove flex in the groove.
Review: DJ Q says it like he means it and there's no confusion about his mission here - it's all about good times! "Party Time" is a perky slice of retro 2-step fun that evokes memories of Sol Solid and sees MC Bonez and Robbie Rue deliver a rap referencing the likes of Shabba, Notorious B.I.G. KFC and champagne parties. Classified delivers a hyperactive garagey mix, while slows the tune down into a winding, grinding dubby rerub.
Review: It's trios all round as UKG producer Francois has recruited a pair of talents, Louis Benton and Mr Limey, to tackle this homage to the menage, "Menajatrois". DJ Q delivers a cool, sultry garage number that plays on the tune's serious raunch vibes. The original is excellent 4x4 UKF with extra wobble but its Bad Habit's Ayia Napa-slaying bouncing 2-step mix that's the real hit here. This one could even be a chart-botherer!
Review: Bassline master DJ Q's Q Recordings drops the second instalment of its White Label Series, and it's highly recommended. The first track sees Jonarr-Dotz and Lorenzo team up for "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You", a swinging, off-the-wall tech house number containing a growling mutant bass, while the second features Lorenzo and Bdot on "I'm In Chains" for a funky, vocal-heavy broken house track that'll go down a storm on the floor. Badness.
Review: Olivia Louise is a young Chester singer who has been experimenting with a few styles whilst preparing for stardom. To help her on her way 1Xtra's DJ Q has stepped into the producers seat for this impressive collaboration, "Physical". The song features Olivia Louise's multilayered vocodered angelic vocals beautifully intertwined with an ethereal 2step backdrop. DJ Q also provides two remixes - a bouncy UKF-tinged party house workout and goes full back in the day Ayia Napa for a jazzy cut-up rework of the naughty "Cocaine".
Review: 1xtra's DJ Q has added 'label boss' to his ever-expanding CV, with this debut release on his new imprint, Q Recordings. It's a healthy start with Brighton's PurpleVelvetCurtains delivering two slices of bouncy UKG-fuelled shenanigans. "She Can Get It" is all sparse retro garage beats and wobble-heavy bass, whilst "You Know My Man" is speedier with a hint of tropicality.