Review: There is so much joy to be had in unearthing a brand new Strictly Flava drop, who continue to do no wrong on this fantastic run of releases they find themselves upon. For this latest two track masterclass, the welcome in the soulful sounds of Blo, who kicks us off with nostalgic drifter in 'Back In The Days', a smooth, soulful roller packed with colour and charm. The good vibes continue on the flip as we are introduced to the more moogy textures and dance floor ready vibes of '909 Problems', with the title playing off it's clear hardware influences. Two belters, Strictly Flava style!
Review: There have been few labels that have impressed us at Juno Download more than Strictly Flava this year, primarily due to their incredible levels of consistency. This latest drop is a fantastic way to demonstrate that as they unveil the first of the 'Strictly Flava Allstars' series, with Brenz starting proceedings with a super groovy vocal mashup entitled 'Lingerie Music'. Next, Tuff Culture touches down with a big room roller entitled 'Vibrations', before the colourful melodies of Para's 'Promise' and old school LFO work of Pepe Elle's 'Fresh Pillow' roll out. Finally, we find ourselves with a really original piece as Sensa lays down some refreshing sub work, alongside smart vocal assists on 'Let It Go' to polish this one off with some serious finesse.
Review: Oh Strictly Flava, without a doubt one of the most consistent label projects to emerge out of 2019, as they again return here for a fantastic two tracker from none other than CB. We kick off this one with the incredibly colourful production of the title track 'Trouble', which combines pulsating, almost eskimo bass sounds with stunning melodics and harmonic structure over skippy drum rhythms to concoct an absolute heater. On remix duty, the Strictly Flava team welcome back Earthnut, who's creative style sees them rework the track into a choppy roller, packed with explosive energy and unpredictability from start to finish.
Review: Is there anything Strictly Flava can't do well? So far this year they have been without a doubt one of the strongest labels working in the realms of UKG, and that record is amplified even further on this latest release from CJ Reign. As a single, 'Move My Way' is a fantastically produced original, skipping between patois toasting and well processed harmonized vocal chops, creating a really cool sense of energy over some vibrant drum work and melodic structure. This one also comes complete with a stripped back dub mix, focussing more so on the potent basslines and sharp slices within the original.
Review: After a super warm up week in the UK, it's clear to see the UKG flavours are flowing freely as we check out this luscious two tracker from Demo Dubs via Strictly Flavour. We begin with the futuristic chord movement and dubbed out vocal stabs of 'Good Time', which also works in deep bass leads and spacey keys, creating the perfect summer blend. We are then treated to the super skippy horn riff & chord based call and response of 'Back Up', which through it's stripped back compositional nature is the perfect riddim for those forthcoming BBQ playlists.
Review: It's been an impressive period for the duo known as Earthnut, who have been making serious waves with their truly unique style of garage production, incorporating organic soundscaping and crunchy rhythmic twists. They team up with Strictly Flava here, who have been championing new school UKG in recent times with great results. We begin our forage into this one with the unpredictable percussive patterns of 'Skippi', leading into a more sonic display as the hard hitting 808 drones of 'Moving Around' are set loose amongst sharpened drum arrangements. On remix duty, Kobe JT steps into the studio with a fantastic overhaul of 'Moving Around', providing the ideal finishing touches.
Review: Well what can we say. This one is a dream combination from start to finish as the rapidly rising sounds of Earthnut team up with one of the most impressive UKG labels of 2019 in Strictly Flava for two tracks of rhythmic excellence. Firstly, we take a look at the title track 'Sunday Slaps', an absolutely stunning piece of garage composition, from it's fluttering percussive expressions to it's unique vocal slicing and expertly arranged rhythms. We can't get enough of it. On the flip side, 'Stannary Step' brings us something completely different, with digital subs leading the way beneath a high energy bed of percussive movement and more of those brilliant vocal chops. This is a truly spectacular piece of work.
Review: We were starting to wonder what had happened to Strictly Flava, as they had gone over twenty days without a brand new release hitting the shelves! We couldn't be happier to see them return and it such an exciting fashion as they unveil the third edition of their highly praised 'Strictly Flava Allstars' season. First up, Earthnut continue their hot streak with the soulful arrangements of 'Play' before MC Chiverton joins D Selektah on the old school rolls of 'Outrageous'. Next, we smoothen out with vibrant horn riffs and choppy melodies on Sam Deeley's 'Rinse Sound' and Solution's sine-heavy 'Spiritual Journey' arrangement, before rounding off with Zero FG & Jay Barrett linking up on 'Underdogs'. What a selection!
Review: It's an extremely exciting time to be in and around the thriving UKG scene at the moment, with labels such as Strictly Flava putting together top quality releases on such a consistent scale. This latest addition to their catalogue sees them debut the sounds of Enrique Gongora, a forward thinking garage producer who kicks us off in good fashion within the vibrant melodic grooves and rhythmic twists within 'Feel The Night' alongside Carlos Salas. We take it more old school on the flip as the vibrant bass stabs, nostalgic vocal lines and colourful manoeuvres of 'To The Left To The Right' put the seal on another fantastic offering.
Review: Strictly Flava serve us up an absolute treat with this one as they bring in the sounds of Herb Rhythm for a super nostalgic tasting session across two vibesy original creations. The first track on the list for us to take a peek at goes by the name of 'Free' and kicks off with an airy, pad-filled introduction, leading to a super choppy, old school break down, packed with fluttering chord stabs and subtle bass expansions. Following this we keep the good energies rolling as 'Bounce' leaps into play, driven by some superbly groovy drum work and a bag of spacey synthesizers floating around above. Couple this with some classic saxophone action and you onto a winner!
Review: It's only been a couple of weeks since their last outing, but the Strictly Flava team are back doing what they do best here as they welcome a fantastic bunch of collaborators in Ian Campbell, John Steel and Natasha Burnett, who join forces for the incredibly uplifting sounds of 'Roll The Credits'. This one takes a more poppy approach than normal, but if we are honest, it just works as layers of groovy bass bumps and skippy drum expanses provide the perfect foundation for Natasha to lay her smooth nostalgic vocal lines down. This project also comes complete with two fantastic remixes, including Soulecta's lively modernized switch up and Angus Green's super experimental reimagining. Lovely stuff as per from one of the most consistent UKG labels out there!
Review: London producer Itonic is a regular newcomer to the garage game, with just a string of self-released digital EPs to his name. Here he appears on Strictly Flava for the very first time with a two-track missive that we think is quietly impressive. "Check Yourself" is classic two-step garage of the kind that first rose to prominence in the late 1990s - all weighty sub-bass, skipping beats, ear-pleasing organ sounds and the sort of cut-up female vocal snippets that have long been a feature of Todd Edwards' productions. Virtual B-side "Jive" is similarly warm, soulful and positive, with the producer peppering a beefy bassline and a more complex two-step rhythm with bouncy stabs, Grant Nelson-esque keyboard sounds and more glassy-eyed female vocal samples.
Review: The Stictly Flava camp have been on a serious roll of late, putting together some of the most exciting UKG and 2-step releases on the market. Here we see them bring together three high profile remixes of the super well received 'Selfish' from Jay Barrett. We begin with Soulecta's spicy recreation, before landing on incredibly choppy overhaul. Finally, Limita brings in a powerful presence as he puts down some vibrant skippy chord movements and sharp drum ideals, putting the finishing touches on a very well thought out remix project.
Review: What a time it is for UKG, with multiple revival movements taking place left right and centre. Due to this awesome influx of new energy, labels such as Strictly Flava have been able to emerge and shine with a string of high quality releases, including this latest edition from Kobe JT and Minista. This one kicks off with the heavenly tones of 'Ur Love', which is packed full of emotive energy, driven by deliciously smooth sub expanses and a plethora of melodic elements. This one also comes with a high profile remix from Brighton's own Movement, who switches the track up into a classic 2-step format, ushering forth grimey LFO movements and sharp drum designs.
Review: Strictly Flava are at it again here as they unleash another bag of highly anticipated remixes, this time bringing back a bag of classics from the likes of Kobe JT, Minista, Scott Diaz and Witchdoctor, some of the labels most popular roster members. Firstly we hear GE's fantastic rework of 'Ur Love', a colourful rebuild packed with bouncy drumwork, followed by a super skippy remix of Scott Diaz's 'On High' from Fizzikx. Witchdoctor is next for the chop as Earthnut steps up for first for a lethal rethink of 'From The Inside', followed by KXVU's funky twissup of 'Piranha'. Excellent work as per from the Strictly Flava team.
Review: If we were talk about consistency as a label in the garage scene, it won't be long at all before the name Strictly Flava crops up. They appear unable to do any wrong at the moment, with an incredible run of releases behind them being joined by this brand new two track piece from Marts. As a composition 'Third Light' is everything you could want from a new school piece of UKG, as its colourful chord movements, skippy drum textures and overall good energies infect all those who hear it. On remix duty, the ever dependable On1 steps up for stripped back, more old school overhaul, adding a real sense of depth to the release as a whole.
Review: It's just a pleasure to see the Strictly Flava artwork crop up in the store these days, as we immediately associate it with nothing but good vibes and energetic new school garage music. They here return alongside the stunning production of Morenight for two tracks of pure fire, kicking off with the incredible drumwork and spacey textures of 'S7'. On the flipside, we take a closer look at the organic percussive positioning and 8bit synthesizer harmonies of 'Bit Rated', which rewrites all the rules for a UKG tune from the ground up. Some seriously impressive stuff as per for the SF crew.
Review: It really is no secret how highly we rate the movements of Strictly Flava, who have continuously supplied the scene with belting release after belting release over the last year or so. This latest offering from MPH serves as yet another tasty slice of UKG magic, kicking of with the super uplifting harmonies and cute vocal slices of 'Midnight'. This is one soulful treat to say the least. Following this, on the flip side we dive into 'Say It', which uses a constant rolling chord pattern, more well arranged vocal slices and subtle sub patterns to bring some serious groove to the rave.
Review: Well, was there any doubt that seeing MPH and Strictly Flava on the same EP title would lead to anything other than a winner? Today we dive into the latest two tracker which follows up from the 'Midnight / Say It' project earlier this year. The first track on this new selection goes by the name of 'Call Me' and is a straight dancefloor gem, packed with golden rhythmic energy and super catchy melodic twists and turns from start to finish. On the flip side we are graced with the equally groovy 'Thermal', again driven by those classic MPH vocal slices and stunning sense of atmosphere in the background. Tasty stuff as per!
Review: With this being their second release in as many minutes, Strictly Flava seem to have been stacking up some serious UKG ammunition in the archives as they unleash a terrific outing from On1. We are gifted two tracks of vibrant bliss, with the first track 'Hybrid' packing a funky punch amidst spacey rhythmic designs and weighty bass creations. On the flip side we darken the tone slightly as 'Slug' emerges with a monstrous sub-line driving it forward. This is then topped with a bag of unique synth sounds and scattered percussive gatherings, perfect for sending the dance down a grimey route.
Review: With the influx of new garage sweeping its way through the scene in recent times, we are really happy to see Strictly Flava emerging as one of the leading powers, who return here with another fantastic offering courtesy of Royal Flush. We kick off this one with some classic UKG flavours as the illustrious vocal rolls and skippy 2-step drum work of the title track 'By My Side' works their magic. This is then followed up nicely with a look at 'What's That Sour', another sharp groovy ball of magic, packed to the brim with hip shaking twists and turns, providing the perfect secondary addition.