Review: When it comes to quality garage compilations, there haven't been many imprints doing it with as much flair as the Urban Dubz team, who here unveil the fourth edition of their highly converted 'Garage House Underground' release series. This time around, they deliver another fourteen rave-ready creations, with a roster boasting the likes of Jeremy Sylvester, Concinnity, Le Smoove and more, with the overall tracklisting finding that perfect fusion of nostalgia and newschool with relative ease. The whole tape is a treasure chest of dancefloor gems in our eyes, with particular highlights including the euphoric chord progressions and groovy bass riffs of Dominic Bullocks 'Upbeat Groove', which really does supply us with some throwback energy, alongside the super smooth pad work of Concinnity and Derreck Da House on 'All It Takes'. If you find the time, this project most certainly benefits from a long play experience!
Review: UK garage scene stalwart and noted pseudonym collector Jeremy Sylvester has been spoiling us of late, offering up a series of expansive compilations of his own productions and remixes under the Garage House Underground banner. Here he delivers volume three, a fine 19-track collection of cuts that combine classic UKG tropes - think weighty bass, organ riffs and manipulated vocal samples - with nods towards classic deep and soulful house. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, but our picks include the bumpin', mid-90s garage bustle of 'I'll Be There (Ldn Dub Vocal Mix)', the sparkling and sun-kissed soulfulness of Matt Early's remix of 'Don't Want To Let You Go', the warped bass and fizzing stabs of 'Let's Do The Bump (Vocal Mix)', and the hands-in-the-air rush of 'Juicy Red Apple'.
Review: A veteran of the UK garage scene since its earliest days, Jeremy Sylvester has always been a man of many aliases and collaborations, some of the best-known of which include Groove Committee, 24-Hour Experience, Freak Da Funk, Deep Cover and Urban Dubz. Traditionally a behind-the-scenes kinda guy, latterly he's been getting the recognition he deserves thanks to a string of 'Vintage Collection' compilations, and suffice to say this latest 20-track collection will delight those fiending for those original skippy, shuffly vibes as heard at The Frog & Nightgown, High On Rhythm et al back in the mid-90s.
Review: We have been delivered a real treat with this one as Club Asylum link up with Jeremy Sylvester and Kayleigh Gibson and Onyx Stone for what we can safely call a "proper bit of UKG'. Urban Dubz have struck gold here as the combine crunchy, original garage grooves with Jeremy's smoothly toasted vocals and Kayleigh's dance floor-ready harmonies for some classic flavours, certain to bring out the raver in anyone. This one comes complete with a high energy C.A.P 2-step mix as well as the throwback-ready Back 2 90's Vibe mix. This whole package comes ready for the dance!
Review: The endless sunshine and general good vibes around the music scene at the moment are apparent as ever here as Urban Dubz presents us with a soulful two track special from the likes of Slipmode. We begin with 'Hold Ya Corner', a purple psychedelic wave ride, shifting between funky drum designs and jazzy synth riffs with great results. On the flip we hear a phenomenal take on the classic '138 Trek' track, this one entitled 'Trek Riddim', focussing much more on grinding sub bass manoeuvres and shimmering atmospheric tones. Great stuff indeed!
Review: Jeremy Sylvester continues to churn out the hits at a furious rate. "That Vibe", featuring the vocal talents of Kayeleigh Gibson, is the veteran UK garage and funk-fuelled house producer's sixth release of 2018. In its original form, the track is a deliciously summery roller, where looped and cut-up sections of Gibson's classic house vocal ride a skipping, bass-heavy UK garage groove, positive chords and glistening melodies. It comes accompanied by a dizzying array of remixes, most of which hit the spot. Highlights include DEM2's deep two-step garage re-rub, the thrill-a-minute excitement of Rude Jude's bouncy, piano-heavy interpretation, the deep UK-funky-meets-Afro-tech flex of the Concinity Remix and the raw, wobble bass-propelled swing of the Skyjoose Shadow Mix.
Review: Jeremy Sylvester makes his return on the ever-ready Urban Dubz imprint for the third edition of 'Lost Tapes'. Straight from the off we are treated to fanatical garage flavours, as lofi melodies on 'Junior Boots' whilst the crunchy drum stylings on 'Where Brooklyn At' and 'Going Deep' conjure up a potent sense of nostalgia. We then finish up with the more newschool sounding choppy riffs of 'Let's Bounce' and the intense basslines and skippy rhythms of 'Bad A Boom' rounding off an EP built for the summer sunshine.