Review: The Strictly House & Garage movement has been on absolute fire over the past few months, with the quality levels never seeming to dip or waver. This latest selection from SubAtomic is another perfect example of that, kicking off with the groovy drum twists and metallic bass pulses of 'Quantum Force', which packs one hell of a punch. Next, the more grimey rhythmic skips and retro synths of 'Kelvin' give us a much more old school feel, followed by 'Microbes', a quirky fusion of pitched vocal lines and sliced up drum designs. Finally, we finish up with the rampant 4x4 mix of 'Quantum Force', putting the finishing touches on yet another top quality addition to the ever expanding Strictly House & Garage catalogue.
Review: When a sound or style has been around for over two decades, there are two things a young producer can do with it: they can add their own twist, taking the sound in new directions, or they can stick faithfully to the original blueprint, proving they have the chops to compete with their first-generation forebears. This collection from Strictly House And Garage features 13 brand new speed garage and two-step cuts from as many artists, pretty much all of whom have chosen the latter route - it's been 20 years since this writer held down a UK garage residency, but when I heard this album it felt like five minutes ago! Excellent work all round.
Review: Now, for most, the name Dubzta will be heavily associated with the sounds of 140 music, be that grime or dubstep. However, here, he joins forces with the magnificent Strictly House & Garage team for a flavoursome EP, showcasing the much more UKG inspired side of his production. We kick off with the sweeping violin lines and catchy piano riffs of the title track 'Overdue', which leads perfectly into 'Out Of Here', a synthy beast, jam-packed with explosive rhythm. From here, 'All Day All Night' combines synthy keys with pitched vocal slices and a sharper 4x4 feel to give us a bit of a moody vibe, with the sweeping 2-step patterns and booming basslines of 'Clarky' putting the final touches on a spectacular selection. Hail up Dubzta!
Review: There are a few certainties in life, with a recent addition being that Strictly House And Garage will always find a way to keep their UKG pumping as Jay Ward lands for a top notch four track display. We begin with the throwback vocal sampling and groovy chord plucks of 'Won't Give You Up', which sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the EP, followed by the lofi drum processing and sweeping organ textures of 'It Would Be'. From here, the intensity of the groove is raised as 'Music Is Moving' unleashes some heavily syncopated drum expressions, alongside more nostalgic vocal slicing, before the more intricate percussive expressions of 'Need You So' signs us out with a bang. Exceptional work as per!
Review: The team over at Strictly House & Garage have been keeping our stomachs lined with incredible new UKG since their label inception last year, with this latest drop from the legendary Moony being another tasty snack for us to feast upon. Kicking off the four track listing we have 'Ice Cream', a techy combination of metallic synthesizer plucks and stripped back drum slaps, followed by the big room 4x4 designs of 'Obsession', which packs one hell of a punch. From here we glide into the catchy vocal manipulations of the title track 'Burning Fire', which in typical Moony fashion combines niche and notalgia in ultimate majesty. Finally, the pace increases dramatically in 'It Is', speedy sizzler, providing us with the perfect round off.
Review: Within the release reviews we often discuss consistency and if there was ever a label that it applied to the most it is Strictly House And Garage. Since their inception as an imprint last year, they have barely put a foot wrong, with this latest six tracker from the ever-ready Daze Prism being a perfect example of that. We begin our journey into this one with a look at the smooth, warming chords within 'Burning' atop a colourful array of drums, before sliding into the futuristic percussive reverbs and winding sub structures of 'Header'. Next up we take in 'Just Get You' which combines nostalgic string notation with moderinzed crispy drum exploits, before 'Lazer' arrives with more catchy vocal chops to match. From here, 'Selekta' arrives with a lively set of drum moves and a catchy reese tone before we take in 'Shady', a slower groove that works perfectly to
round off the project with a bang.
Review: After bursting onto the UKG scene in 2019 with a serious bang, we have been looking forward to seeing what else Gru Var has to offer. This new release on the newly formed Strictly House & Garage imprint is a perfect showcase of their unique take on bass and garage, kicking off with the incredibly high energy arrangements of 'Beat Down', pulsing with moogy energy. Next up, we dive into the floaty woodwind textures of 'Home With Me', and shuffling bass grinds of 'Algor Riddim', before finishing up the EP with a look at 'A Mechanical Man', a stunning broken-beat UKG adventure through original dubstep themes and colourful drum designs. Awesome stuff!
Review: Following on from an extremely solid run of releases as the head of Project Allout, Skillzy unleashes a fantastic new selection under his new imprint 'Strictly House and Garage'. The line up is star-studded to say the least, welcoming UKG veterans such as Moony and Joedan leading the way, alongside heavyweight newcomers such as the extremely vibrant sounds of Weagle. There are a couple of serious stand outs on this one, with 'Don't Let Me Down' from Daze Prism providing a smooth 2-steppy box of delights, alongside YesEd's super high energy 'Steppin'. Lovely stuff