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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.