Review: Earlier in the year, Roska's "Kicks and Snares" record label kicked off its tenth birthday celebrations with an EP of new cuts showcasing "different strains of UK funky". You'll find more of the same on this scintillating sequel. Veteran producer Boy 8-Bit kicks things off with the swinging, layered tribal drums, fuzzy bass and lilting synthesizer melodies of "Back 2 Back", before Lobby stacks up heavy percussion hits on the formidable drum workout that is "Jet 2". Majora's "Sway" is a sweet, melodious and effortlessly soulful UK funky vocal number, while Ramzee's standout "Nobody Cares" is a boisterous but surprisingly deep, rap-fired peak-time workout. Finally, Tickles smothers a typically rubbery UKF groove with lashings of ultra-deep chords, heavy bass and a sprinkle of '90s style US garage organs.
Review: As one of the most consistent releasers across the UK for bass music in general, it always a pleasure to see a new Champion drop appear on the shelves, especially when it's alongside the legendary RKAS imprint! We begin with the sliding bass tones and vibrant rhythms of 'Expensive', which sees Champion seriously excel at showcasing his funky roots. On the flip, 'Medium Drink' switches up the flavour with a moogy approach, focussing on the intense rhythmic syncopation of the percussive lines, bringing classic Champion energy to a very well decorated table!