Review: Four40 have really pulled out a corker with this release as the legendary sounds of Jaguar Skills joins forces with the monstrous production prowess of Spookz for a super grime shellout, complete with violent 4x4 switches and aggressive synth work, this new track entitled 'Ninjaman' is destined to mash up any dance.
Jaguar Skills X Spookz - "NinjaMan" (Barely Royal remix) - (4:25) 134 BPM
Review: Jaguar Skills is more known for his insane mixing skills than his production prowess, but that doesn't stop him from being a bad boy on that side of things as well. His single Lick Off/Ninjaman has been given the remix treatment by Consouls, Bakes and Barely Royal, the former of which turns an already good original into a rip-roaring bit of dancefloor D&B that would go well on Ram Records or Viper Recordings. Bakes brings an especially good remix of 'Ninjaman', a diving, driving piece of low-frequency power that is gasping to be played out over a big sound-system. Finally, Barely Royal's dirty bassline take on 'Ninjaman' is something straight out of a Holy Goof or DJ Q set, an unsophisticated but heavy banger that, once more, just needs to be played loud. A solid EP this and something that'll inevitably be taken to the next level when Jaguar Skills is behind the decks.
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.