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!
Andre Salmon, FreedomB, Steven Joint - "Time On" - (4:43) 130 BPM
Review: Ecuadorian DJ Andre Salmon takes it up a notch with this mega release for top tech house stable Repopulate Mars, following up some great EPs for the likes of Material, Under No Illusion and Sola. The 'I Play Every Nite' EP see's the ascendant producer team up with some studio buddies and the results are terrific. Take the title track for instance: a collaboration with K-Mack that absolutely nails the sound of Lee Foss' label - bouncy, sexy and bright like neon. This is followed by the dusty old school shuffle of "Out Here" featuring homeboy Xavier Iturralde which will hook you with its infectious R'n'B vocals atop. Finally, there's "Time On" featuring Madridillian star Alberto Arranz Barrantes aka FreedomB, which is a full throttle peak time tech house banger - sick!
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: CruCast are on yet another fantastic run this year, doing what they do best by combining the already prominent fan bases of their more established roster, whilst also using their platform to showcase and introduce exciting new production talent. This latest project sees them put together a very exciting six track selection from some of the hottest up and comers right about now. We see returns for J69 and MPH, along with wicked rinse outs from Reese and Kuto. For us however, there are two clear stand out, with 'Get' from Papps providing a tech-inspired audible edge to the project, along with Cooky's high energy warbler in 'Work It Out'.
Review: 2019 was a very successful year for Javi Bora's Too Many Rules imprint, so it makes sense that he would want to celebrate it with an expansive label sampler. There's naturally much to admire across the 25-track set, with Bora wisely choosing only the most impactful peak-time house jams and rugged remixes (see Chus & Ceballos's throbbing revision of Huxley & Bora's "You're Everything" and the vintage Junior Vasquez flex of Groove Armada's revision of Bora's "Smashing Up"). There's more than enough variety to stave off accusations that the label sticks to one groove, though it should be said that a number of the collection's many standout moments sit somewhere between funk-fuelled disco-house, DJ Sneak style "boompty" and good old-fashioned chunky house (for proof, check Junior Sanchez's ace "Hard To Resist").
Slim Steve x Ground16 - "Untitled" - (5:56) 132 BPM
Review: As the dust settles on another action-packed edition of ADE, Berlin Bass Collective offers up a celebratory six-track collection compiled by Two Five Six and Juicy Traxxx. It's a predictably peak-time-friendly affair, with various ear pleasing and floor-friendly takes on house and techno to set the pulse racing. Highlights include the bouncy, mid-90s Sound Factory throb of DJ Bowlcut's "Join My Bowlcut Cult Tonight", the deep, woozy and bass-heavy bounce of Horsemen's "Voltaire", the attractive liquid techno shuffle of Slim Steve x Ground 16's "Untitled" and the summery, sun-kissed and disco-flecked bounce of Nephewmigration's warm deep house workout "Got Your Back".