Review: DJ and self-proclaimed 'freestyle dancer' Baronhawk Poitier is the latest artist to sign to San Fran imprint Honey Soundsystem. This three-tracker shows that his approach to production is just as eclectic as his own dance floor moves. "Phakie Phatty" revolves around a stepping rhythm that provides the backdrop for acid squelches and dubbed out chords. On "Lowside Heights", the mood is more tripped out as Poitier lets loose with a gurgling 303 line and low-slung rhythm. Shifting approach once again, "Gasp & Grasp" is redolent of late 90s UK deep house, resounding to broken drums and gloriously spaced out horn stabs.
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: With trance pretty much in vogue as it's ever been, who more do you trust to deliver this classic sound than Armin Van Buuren 'the master' himself. The best of 2019 compilation sees epic tales in trance come from Artic Moon with a refined strand of progressive beats and vocals in "Cool In My Disaster", with a similar vibe also heard on Jameson Tuller's "Black & White". Roman Messer turns in an uplifting number via "Dreaming" - the title suggesting enough - while Above & Beyond deliver the goods with the epic "Show Me Your Love". Ferry Corsten too makes an appearance with the star-gazing and emotional distorted "Surga", with AvB's marching cut "Turn It Up" a classic for peak time DJs everywhere.
Review: With recent releases for Desolat and Whippin' that saw Mason Collective team up with legendary Detroit producer Stacey Pullen, the three piece arrive on Seth Troxler's Play It Say It label with a four-track EP of bassline-centric clubs tracks. "That's Gas" pushes electro swing vocals, bumping basslines and classic old school Chicago percussion with the type of tom-foolery you'd expect from a Yello production in the background. Dirty club vibes make it to "Ready To Work" with an undeniable hi-hat groove while techier workouts set up "Steezin'". With more melody, minimalism and dynamics to be found on the title-track, "Art Is Long" is a perfect cut for those free and easy Sunday after hour sessions.
Review: For Nipponeer Japan's latest update, we see them unveil this high energy three track selection from The Darrow Chem Syndicate, and we couldn't be happier to get our ears stuck in. Right from the off this one engages with some seriously high energy arrangements as Kuplay steps up with his dancefloor-ready remix of 'Dart Henry', followed by Pray For Bass's violently tearout overhaul of 'Rocking The Bass'. Finally, Arsa Ketoma arrives on the scene with a bag of gritty LFOs, letting loose rapidfire bass shots across a demonic recreation of 'We Gotta Party'. Crazy stuff!
Review: We have a very tasty selection here to sink our teeth into as 2TUF4U continue a highly successful run of original UKG drops. This latest offering comes to us from garage heavyweights Groove Skool, a production outfit known for their incredibly vibrant arrangements and colourful melodic structures, always delivering a scrumptious final product. This collection sees them lay down twelve bumping originals, with guest features including DJ Shockwavz, Craig James, Carpenter Man, Gravy Groovers and more, all adding their own unique elements to the blend with some fantastic vocal sprinklings. For us, the highlights have to include the laid-back yet super catchy twists of 'Say Yeah', featuring the wonderful Ten Levels, along with the old school shuffling chops of 'Burning Up' alongside 2Fuddha and of course the dancefloor ready chord movements of 'Inner Groove', featuring additional work from DJPS. It's a wicked selection to say the least, as 2TUF4U deliver yet again!