Review: Topical and relevant to the national consciousness at large as we accelerate through 2012, a landmark year for the nation's capital, Scott Garcia's "It's A London Thing 2012" certainly grabs our attention from the off. The classic original re-edit is a hypnotic piece with smacking beats and an enticing swing. The 2020 mix shakes things up with a futuristic edge and slowed down, swaggering rhythms; Billy Daniel Bunter & Sanxion whack in a whole load of purple wow-esque synths alongside a good dose of trance-like euphoria and dubstep squeals. Loki Boi takes things basswise with squelchy bass belches, whilst B Gnarly does just that with his stomping re-work, and then Certified Sickness gives it the D&B treatment.
Review: These are the breaks! Super-longstanding D&B bastion Drum&BassArena unleash their first EP in over 10 years with a special dedication to the driving drum fusion that's powered all our favourite jungle jams: The breakbeat. It's an all-star cast too... Bladerunner does his thing with a classic subby wobble and skippy breaks, Shimon gets his bouncy skank on with Darrison on "Believe It" while June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota flip the breaks into a steppier, more fractured dancehall/jungle/madness switch up on "Don Dada". Those in need of a hardcore injection of rave purity should seek and support John B's ruthless "ENERGY" and A.M.C & Turno's glacier-blasting tech-jump melter "Ice Cold". Dedication's what you need.
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - DIgital Dubstar remix) - (4:16) 129 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - 2 Step mix) - (3:36) 134 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Shay & Sinister remix) - (4:46) 130 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Dumplin remix) - (7:11) 125 BPM
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Notion remix) - (3:55)
Havin It Large (feat MC Shantie - Subz bass mix) - (4:25) 129 BPM
Review: Influential garage imprint Ice Cream remain on-point with their current slew of tropical flavours, this being no exception. With a simple xylophone riff and a cute bashy beat, it's instantly infectious and works perfectly for MC Shantie's playful narrative. With lyrics like "I ain't coming to fight, I'm coming to jig" and "we even skank when the coach drives in", the positive vibes are in abundance and done with a spirit and authenticity that sits on the right side of cheese. The remixes are in fine form, too, covering every shade of the party from acid house tinged 4/4 garage (Dumplin remix) to cosmic deep dub (Subz remix) via a very cheeky two-step version.
Review: It's been 19 years since R.I.P Productions launched Ice Cream Records, an imprint that did much to help popularize UKG during the speed garage days. Here, the veteran duo celebrates the label's enduring legacy with an unmixed collection of classics, exclusives and fresh new cuts. As you might expect, there's a clutch of more recent remixes of Ice Cream classics - see Scott Garcia's 2012 rework of "It's a London Thing" and a fresh edit of "Ripgroove" from Double 99 member DJ Omar - plus new R.I.P versions of 10 Below & Kele Le Roc's "My Love" and new school garage hero DJD's "Oh Baby". Throw in a sprinkling of forthcoming singles, and you've got a weighty trip into speed garage revivalism.
Review: Whizz kid Whiney has his first ever full releasee on Hospital, following the closure of Med Schoo earlier this year. Bubblers (Part One) is a return to Whiney as a purveyor of pure darkness and it reminds us a tad of his second album, Waystone; there's special type of energy to the production and you can tell the focus is purely on the vibes. 'Guernsey Airport Bubbler' has to be the highlight, as GQ joins in the fun to provide a rave soundscape, across which Whiney spreads an infectiously bouncy bassline that'll stay in your head all week. it's a certified club number, and it's joined in that regard by the clattering breaks of 'No Good' and 'Black Ice'. 'November' switches things up as a stepping, synthy number that reminds us of 'The Edge' from Waystone. Top class.
Review: Well, what more can we say about the Nice Up! team at this point? Their roster and recent catalogue have both been incredible to watch, culminating in this, the sixth edition of their 'Nice Up The Session' compilation series. The line up is outstanding as we see Gentleman's Dub Club, Seanie T, Red Eye HiFi, XL Mad, Origin One and more return to the label for a showcase of some of their most popular releases this year. Two tracks we definitely would like to point out as interesting highlights for this one have to include 'Shards', a lethal future-bashment arrangement from Casement, alongside Champion Sound's explosive jungle rework of Turn Ya Lights On from Escape Roots & Dark Angel. Awesome!