Regal Records returns maintaining the ethos of promoting fresh dance music from up and coming producers. This cut, the ninth release so far, sees South London’s Dub Motion at the controls with ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Red Stripe’. Two serious tunes which have already been gaining appreciation on the dancefloor and both tracks featured on the recent S.P.Y. Hospital podcast. Theres plenty of support in the scene too from the likes of Logistics, Cyantific, London Elektricity, Nu:Tone & Random Concept. Each track leans towards the darker side of D&B but each showing that Dub Motionhas a great deal to offer the scene.
October is shaping up to be a great month and our ears have been busy. Istanbul producer Stiver dropped the ‘Hollow EP’ back on the 14th and it’s only now we are getting the chance to give it a proper listen and comment.
Fans will be pleased to hear that deep and meditative 2-step breaks are the staple throughout. ‘Hollow’ is a taut introduction with a steadily building string section and pensive vocal that increases the tension step by step. ‘Paralyzed’ is no less emotive and builds the pace well with filtered organs and cavernous percussion. In ‘Just Friends’ we are given hints of Stiver‘s recording environment with sequestered winds and echoing percussion cinematically alluding to the far away bustle of a large city at night. Finally on ‘Merged’ the desolation is offset by a faint message of hope that rolls out nicely with shifting beats that clink and shuffle over swarming choral harmonies. Masterful work, well worthy of its place in the playlist – check the links below.
For a long time it looked like Future Garage with all its melancholic melodies and minimal construction had totally left behind the formula that made UKG so great in the first place. We asked ourselves if we would ever get back to the root sound of upfront bass lines and jumping beats – Thankfully we are now seeing evidence that the genre is about to come full circle.
Barcelona based Headbirds brings the focus back to danceable rhythm and good times. With the notable exception of ‘Temprodom’, a dark and experimental sloper, ‘Whatch The Movie’ and ‘Hungry Winds’ bang hard for the party crowd. Available now from Juno.
Brand new collabo from infectious mic men Virus Syndicate and deep beat maestros North Base with this wicked new trick entitled ‘Home’. Pretty much everything you can expect from one of the scenes hottest grime crews and this years emerging and exciting dancefloor act. Its all about the amens for me. Bringing back that old flavour but still managing to sound as fresh as ever the producers here fully compliment the vocalists. Awesome and original work from both parties.
Available now alongside a tearout remix and acapella from Beatport, iTunes and Juno as well as all good online retailers
Sometimes when choosing the selection for the Robot Bodypop show, you struggle to include everything we either find or get sent and when you get a gem like this album with 12 solid beats on it it makes it even tougher. But its one of them brilliant struggles if you dig? Simone Deiana is an Italian graphic artist and producer and his debut solo long player ‘Closer’ on French label IM:LTD is a banger. Meticulous attention to detail here makes these sounds incredibly exspansive and very tight. From the future D&B vibes of ‘Uneasy’ to the downbeat title track ‘Closer’ featuring Estel Luz words dont actually do this LP justice. Simply brilliant and refreshing.
We featured Estonian artist Kusto on this blog recently and it would appear word has been spreading throughout the local music scene over there – this just dropped into our inbox courtesy of Käärkäsi (another name I’m inevitably going to pronounce wrong).
The theme is basement-thumping dark garage reminiscent of Zed Bias and El-B‘s earlier work. Filthy undertones are punctuated by moments of melodic bliss, but you won’t relax for long – the persistent development of skippy rhythms and the grubby sub bass grinding away underneath keep your limbs moving. For that reason in particular, this little lot are going straight into the ‘playing out’ folder.
Released under the Lejal Globe imprint, you can grab all 5 tracks on iTunes or Amazon, or if you would rather get a 320 or wav (and why not) they are available on Juno. Preview the whole thing below via Soundcloud. Go on then!
Much like chocolate gateaux, Garage is at its best when it’s chilled and crispy. That’s certainly the case for this amazing new release from 2-step producer and SUB FM DJ Ndread. Rolling in with the retro-esque ‘Everything’ we are bounced along nicely into the beautiful soulful vocal mix of the track ‘Apologies’. This is then complemented by the instrumental to round off the release. You can preview our favourite track from this release below, and buy the whole thing from Juno here.