Review: Having risen through the ranks thanks to a stream of successive titles on DUPLOC and Dub Sector, to From The Vine who released his last album, ENiGMA Dubz makes his way onto Slime. Coming Down presents his first release for 2021 which converges elements of trap and dubstep with the post-rave sounds of Eurovision trance with some UK bass mechanics. With something more melodic and Tiesto-esque in "Silhouettes", it's "Move With Me" that will channel the garage, R&B and vocal pop lover within. Add some extra talent in "Coming Down" through a collaboration with AKACIA and you've got all the ingredients for a stay at home/stadium hit.
Review: Introducing Astronata, a fresh new act for Slime Recordings who arrive on the scene with two hybrid vignettes of piano-tipped, bass heavy and pop influenced cuts of future music. Expect '90s trip hop vocals in both numbers that find its thread through a cross section of club centric genres like drum and bass and two-step in "Survive" to dubstep, trap and something more progressive and trancey in "My Friend". Cosmic sound collisions!
Review: Since making his first appearance on Slime two years ago, Niall MacDonald AKA Blackboxx has gone on to release must-check EPs on Finest Ego and, more notably, Dutch D&B stable Fokuz Recordings. "Seablushed", the Edinburgh-based producer's return to Slime, could well be his most mature, well-rounded and musically expansive EP to date. Drawing on decidedly Balearic guitar textures, head-nodding beats, seductive melodies, drowsy vocals and a yearning, sunset-ready vibe, the five showcased cuts prioritise genuine aural bliss over the toe-tapping, shoulder-swinging bass music beats he was first known for. There are two tracks with gentle dancefloor grooves - the rather wonderful "Midnight Dance" and Afro-influenced shuffle of "Stranded Under Sunsets"- but even these prioritise drifting melodies and sofa-friendly aural textures. In a word: luscious!
Review: We don't know how many times we will have to "It looks like Slime have done it again" over the course of the next few years, but Slime have done it again! This latest four track collection from Mykroboy is a perfect example of why they play such a pivotal role across UKG. The project kicks off on a stunning collaboration with Yemi Bolatiwa for the title track 'Distance', which utilizes her powerful vocal tones over smooth UKG drum rolls to create something truly beautiful. Next up, we jump the smooth vocal slices and melodic plucks of 'Cynefin', followed by some fantastic lyricism and performance from Rorys Aspect who gets involved with the bouncy flavours of 'Need More'. Finally, the Instrumental Mix of Distance is also included for good measure. Amazing work!
Review: Two originals from experimental alt-vocal pop duo Astronata who find their way to Slime, a label taking on mainstream appeal with this set of dubwise vocal ballads. With elements of stadium rock making it into "Try" too, sound design befitting enough for a dystopian Netflix drama shines through in the dub Beans remix, landing the original in a decay of breathy vocal textures and post-dubstep rhythms. The title track "Divine/Fragile Slime" brings a singer-songwriting aesthetic to a backdrop of neon electro and slow motion techno, pop.
Review: Slime Recordings welcomes LA-based producer K!NGS to its label for a debut release of deeper, vocal, garage and two-stepping hybrids. With tracks touching on pop, progressive house and trance motifs made to fit the club, it's tracks like "Gone", "Let You Go" and "Out Of Love" that touch on this most. There's a relaxed chill vibe in garage numbers "Wait For Me", with pitched vocals and lighter atmospheres agreeing on a house mood in "Turn It Up". This second Transgression release does exactly that.
Review: James Vine aka Enigma Dubs lays down a fresh taste and complete recipe for an R&B-infused and lowly swung garage number. Bringing the mainstream appeal of something like Craig David but stripping it back to a deconstructing dub while adding swathes of deep pads, breathy vocals and detuned bounce. Melodies and floating grime influences deliver a slow-motion appeal in "Dancing In The Snow", with "I'm Gone" an urban love ballad for the UKs mean streets and hinterlands.
Review: One day, just one, we will stumble across a Slime Recordings release that doesn't knock us for six. This latest offering keeps us on our toes as they invite in Kings for four brand new originals, starting with chilled out chord structures and euphoric vocal production of 'By Your Side'. This is then followed up with some more spicy flavours as the colourful harmonies of 'Feel You' wash into play, followed up by the darker, more gritty sub rolls and breaksy drum patterns of 'How Can I'. We then finish up this wicked project with 'No One', a track strung together by more beautiful harmonic structures and angelic vocal layers, perfect for the after party chill!
Review: We are absolutely loving this recent direction that Slime are taking as they begin to embrace more and more electronic experimentation, continuing with this stunning piece of work from Astronata. The track itself goes by the name of 'Pain' and is the perfect blend of airy synth tones and haunting vocal lines, with each lyric slicing cleanly through the shimmering soundscaping and high pressure sub lines. As well as this, Shamanic Technology and Dusko are on hand to give the track a tasty half time rethink, chopping the vocal for additional melodies and adding crunchy drum twists as well.
Review: Slime have a history of putting together really colourful, original underground releases, and this latest project from Aaron Static embodies everything they are about. We see him team up with the truly stunning vocal textures of Akacia, who really brings this one to life. The composition itself is a slower, more emotive piece of soundscaping, with twisted bass tones writhing left right and centre beneath blissful pad work and spacey vocal inputs from Akacia. This is definitely one to finish the night on for any DJ. On remix duty, Blackboxx reworks the structure into a 4x4 garage rhythm, adding a whole new depth to an incredible idea.
Review: We have been super impressed with the constant growth and improvement of Slime, who get busy again here as they bring through the inspired sounds of Aaron Static here for a tasty excursion in smooth and soulful garage. He teams up with Chase Vass for a stunning piece of original production in 'When We Love', combining stunning vocal overlays with incredibly emotive harmonic structure and clicky drum switches with incredible results. We are also blessed with a top quality remix as In:Most spins the track in a completely different direction via a colourful liquid overhaul.
Review: It's a fantastic time to be involved in UKG at the moment, with a tonne of exciting releases dropping week in week out, courtesy of well organized and maintained platforms such as Slime. They here invite Enigma Dubz in for three tracks of forward thinking heat.The 80's style cinematic synth harmonies and stunning vocal additions of Ed Geater come first on the title track 'Moonwalk', before we dip into delicious drips and organic percussion of 'A Night In The Forest', another incredible piece of soundscaping. Finally, 'All On You' makes an appearance with a bag of futuristic UKG flavour, wrapping up a truly incredible body of work.
Review: Australia representing: Empyrean (one half of D&B duo In:Most) makes his debut on the ever lucid, Slime stable with a charming two-step dreamer that's laced with all the right fluttering instrumentation and a sublime pant-dropping vocal sample. Remix-wise Nexus & Tight engage airy autonomic halftime mode while Blackboxx take us deep into sandy-toed Balearic pastures. Quite possibly one of Slime's most delicate and beautiful releases to date. Happy summer.
Review: Everybody do the robot! Cellardore is back on Slime, he's packing a shiny new 808 and he's not afraid to use it. Building on the momentum of his "303" EP, once again he's spoilt us for broken beat choice. "Eleven" is an angular homage to various essential 80s amino acids while both "Nothing Changed" and "Revolutionize" take even deeper down the classic electro rabbit hole. "You Love" closes the EP in fitting dramatic fashion as a cavernous Left/Right dynamic booms across the spacious swinging breaks. Just in time for festival damaging.
Review: For his latest outing, Scotland's Blackboxx (you didn't seriously think it was the Ride On Time one, did you?) returns to Slime, the label that helped launch him. Featuring four sizzling tracks that riff off classic 90s RnB (well the vocals at least), the EP begins with the stoned, Flowers-style 2-step of "Loveless", before launching into the stop/start vintage Ayia Napa vibes of "Estre". "Quaalude" is a crazy, space-cakey fusion of chopped up samples, slammin' house beats and Flat Beat-style bass, and lastly "Cheekbones" is dreamy UKG with extra skips.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
Review: We want some of whatever's in the water round Cellardore's hood 'cos it's turned him into a furiously prolific beat maker. Here he power slams us one more time with the 303 EP on Slime. First up is the eponymous ode to the Roland 303 featuring an incessant breakbeat ridden roughshod by pummelling acid squelch. The retro-isms continue on his collaboration with Marvel & Stavros "Back In The Day" who reminisce about the good old days of raving over a perky 2-step beat, whilst his Mind Of A Dragon hook-up "Freedom" is a deep cut that explores 90s atmospherics with relish.
Review: Despite being renowned as a heady bass label, Slime have a softer side too and here they have taken a chance on serial guest vocalist Lauren Neko. Now with a solo platform of her own, Neko gets the chance to fully shine. "Moments Like This" is a beguiling slice of hazy garage pop with lashings of soft and shimmering instrumentation that allows her silky vocals come to the fore. However the real fun to be had is on Bad Habits' remix which transports us to Ayia Napa circa 2000 for some B-15 Project-style 2-step action.
Review: Although Slime tend to stick to the grittier side of town, every now and then they don some slip on loafers, a Moschino suit and go 2-stepping with Bad Habit. This guy loves to balance on a knife's edge between slickness and underground attitude, and he always pulls it off. "Fools Love" is no different, all sparse UKG beats with piercing kicks and silky vocals. There's a smorgasbord of remixes supplied too, highlights of which include Cup & String's doom-step rework, the erratic scattershot beats of Mind Of A Dragon's mix and Aaron Static's blue sky house reinvention.
Review: This veteran producer recently took some time out and it seems the rest has done him good, as here he returns with the impressive "Goldman Wax", his debut for Slime. The four tracks included reveal the breadth of his styles - "Wow" kicks things off in strong form with rolling bass stabs, skippy rhythms and even a vintage hardcore breakdown. Elsewhere "You Know" is a seductive slice of tingly and soft 2-step pop, "Raindrops" looks to the 90s for a vintage organ-led garage ditty and "Don't You Say" ends with some sleazy sweaty basement garage grooves that are impossible to resist.
Review: Following his furiously fugly "Screens" EP, Bad Habit returns. Longstanding bass insurgents, Slime offer the perfect platform for these UKG subversions. We start off all slinky and sexy with "Brain Freeze". All diced vocals and purring subs, it taps deep into the two-step's silkier history. Don't get too sassy, though; "Wickedest One" hurls us back into the toxic melting pot Bad Habit is mostly known for; slap-happy kicks fly from every side while a twist horn hook punches unrelentingly. Finally Aussie duo switch out the organs and turn down the lights of "Fools Love" which appeared on Slime's Future Sound Of Garage. Moody.
Review: Although known for peddling seriously filthy bass bangers, Slime kick off the New Year with this arresting slice of proper songwriting! Produced by Lithuania's Emery & Garo and featuring the seductive vocals of Umiko, "Moon Love" mixes together brooding minor chords, midnight blue synths washes and twitchy urban beats. Enigma Dubz also delicately strips away the atmospherics for a more stripped back, upfront clubby rework.
Review: With a reputation like that of Slime's, when they present their idea of garage future, it tends to be pretty definitive. Here they've done it again with a second installment of Future Sound Of Garage 2. There are 28 new joints here, all bursting with futuristic fizz. Highlights include the robo 2-step opener "Dreams" by Cup & String, the nasty bass and speedy beats of Conducta's "Be Strong" and the warm, washing synth waves of melodic bliss-popper "Goin In" by David Eliza. The future's safe in the hands of Slime!