Review: Hold tight for more white-knuckle garage exploration from Burnski's Instinct project, which hits release number 13 in fine style with a sharply focused two tracker from the man himself. "Don't Know" is a dark and heavy affair with some tightly wound RnB vocal licks and a mean tempered bass swell. "Creeps" is a more sprightly affair with plush pad sweeps and a more nimble sub line, but it's still a peppy stepper to get you swinging hard. If you love garage, and particularly the resurgent wave of inventive twists on the original sound, then you should be copping this record without giving it a moment's thought.
Review: Set your phasers to wobble - Instinct is back with some of the most potent dark garage weapons they've carried to date. Rising star Holloway's "Acme" is not to be messed with, with a ludicrous, dexterous bassline to get everyone flexing like crazy. Ease Up George is taking no prisoners either with "Wicked", which sounds like it would be right at home on a classic Ghost 12". Daniele Temperilli brings a dense, experimental tint to the shuffled 2-step funk of "Smog", and Raynor seals the deal with the low and growling menace of "Round Off". If you need any proof the UKG scene is in rude health, look no further than this 12".
Review: Next up on Blahh !! Records we have the 2nd release from Beforethbeatsbreak which is co-produced by Crazy bank. The E.P also includes a Re-edit of 'Closer' and a remix of 'Get to you' courtesy of Plastik People's Marc Cotterell
Review: Burnski has been as relentless as he has faultless in his work as Instinct. This second album in as many years is another on point garage offering that fuses just the right amount of UKG tradition with forward thinking invention. From sweet-as-chocolate vocal anthems like opener "Show Me" to more dark and twisted late night jams "Select", these are killer cuts with kinetic kicks that cannot fail to get you on your toes. Further highlights come in the form of hyper-speed jam "Twister" with reversed stabs that will melt your face, and the deep bass drills of "Hologram". Point Of View is some seriously heavy weaponry, then.
Review: The Beeyou crew are back again with another 4 tracks. This time round a selection of UK Producers, Le Louche, ADMNTi, Casey Spillman & Joey Jackson. With each track bringing its own piece of originality to the table this one is set to be a keeper in your record bag.
Can't Run Away From Yourself (Desert Sound Colony remix)
Review: Burnski laid out one of his most impressive artistic statements to date late last year with the Instinct album "Still Life", where his love of UK garage reaches into intriguing and experimental realms. Now he's invited a host of artists to turn in remixes with some stunning results. Holloway is up first, delivering an essential remix and dub version of "Can't Run Away From Yourself" that rides a crafty breakstep groove and places plenty of moodiness into the mix. On the flip, "Badman" gets the treatment from 0113, who keeps the 2-step flex up and matches it with some tasteful atmospheric drops in all the right places, plus plenty of bass of course. Desert Sound Colony completes the set with another highly developed take on "Can't Run Away From Yourself" that locks into its own ethereal groove.
Jack Michael - "Holding Down" (Alec Over The Bridge mix)
Alec Falconer - "40oz"
Alec Falconer - "40oz" (Jack Through The Tunnel mix)
Review: On one of his previous EPs on the Orbital London label he inaugurated, Jack Michael has shared headline billing with Harry Wills. He's decided to repeat the exercise, though this time fellow rising star Alex Falconer is the other artist involved. Each offers up an original production and a remix of the other producer's track. Michael's A-side opener "Holding Down" is an inventive, funky and hugely addictive fusion of hardcore-era breakbeats, cut-up vocal samples and raw, razor-sharp acid lines, while Falconer's accompanying remix brilliantly re-wires the track as a chunk of warped, bass-heavy, mutant two-step garage. Falconer's own "40oz" tiptoes the fine line between two-step and sub-heavy hardcore revivalism, while Michael's revision is a rave-igniting old school delight.
Review: Burnski's Instinct outlet continues to bring some serious firepower to the resurgent UK garage scene, and this time he's facing off with 0113 (otherwise known as Kepler.) for two rabble-rousing heaters packed with inventive twists on the 2-step formula. "Apache" is an intensely detailed roller that pivots around a killer vocal take, and uses all kinds of synth flourishes to create a wholly futuristic atmosphere - the garage of the future, but certainly not future garage. "Ignite" has a slightly more old-skool flavour that nods to past masters like Smith & Mighty as well as the pioneering work of El B et al. Classy stuff on both sides of this cool and deadly 12".