Available: 15th January 2021
Newcomer Bakey gets his full vinyl release via UKG imprint Time Is Now with the weighty ‘Take It Further’ EP.
London based producer Bakey has been steadily gathering attention whether it be via his appearances on Rinse FM or club fuelled edits via Bandcamp. His first vinyl outing ‘Take It Further’ EP is a slice of UKG goodness featuring five tracks of groovers and movers, best played loud.
a1. Bakey - Take It Further
a2. Bakey - Persnal
b1. Bakey - Yeh
b2. Bakey - Cobra
b3. Bakey - 1002
Available: 15th January 2021
Mysterious UK Garage imprint Time Is Now returns for its second outing, this time equipped with four club weapons from rising talent Interplanetary Criminal.
a1. Interplanetary Criminal - Killah Kam
a2. Interplanetary Criminal - Oh La La (Dub Mix)
b1. Interplanetary Criminal - DTWYM
b2. Interplanetary Criminal - Nobody
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Main Phase returns for a second full-length EP on Shall Not Fade's hugely successful sublabel, the bass-oriented Time Is Now. The Copenhagen native is fresh from an appearance on Danish leftfield label Petrola 80 and can otherwise be found heading ATW records with another Time Is Now regular, Interplanetary Criminal. He serves up a tasting menu of the most quintessential sounds in UKG across Buss It EP.
The title track is understated, sparse but tense using sparing Ragga vox that build to a crescendo, wobbling over into "Our Style" - expect space age FX drawn out over mutant inflections in another textbook eyes down cut. Cheeky bassline garage energy is brought in "Creepin", while teasing breaks and dirty south hip-hop in the vocals.
Looking to the infamous early years of garage on the B-side, "Freaky" channels those classic Ghost releases in its sub-heavy intent, spicy snare and catchy vocal hooks. The EP is closed out with the expansive, gut-wrenching wobbles of "Misdemeanour", accentuated with a highly intricate two-step rhythm.
a1 Main Phase - Buss It
a2 Main Phase - Our Style
a3 Main Phase - Creepin
b1 Main Phase - Freaky
b2 Main Phase - Misdemeanour
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Tom Frankel and Dayne Harper, founders of the record label Council Work and purveyors of British underground dance sounds, make their debut as duo Frankel & Harper on Time Is Now's white label series. They serve up five killer cuts of explorative bass-driven production.
The EP opens with "Track & Trace", a smooth but high intensity roller that never gives you a breather from the heavy sub bass. The breaks that hit after the drop push the momentum for the rest of the record. "Ultraheat" features clever chopped up vocals and bubbling effects that create a skippy, upbeat shine to a forward beat that would be at home in the dark of the club.
More clubwise production on "Every Grain of Sand", where echoed samples give a cavernous space to the track which is filled by shimmering arps and the low-end rumble of bass, real late night business that rolls into "Heinous Fly Trap's classic heads-down garage sound. Shuffling house energy meets two-step on "Magnolia", bringing the party energy for the record closer.
A1 Frankel & Harper - Track & Trace
A2 Frankel & Harper - Ultraheat
B1 Frankel & Harper - Every Grain of Sand
B2 Frankel & Harper - Heinous Fly Trap
B3 Frankel & Harper - Magnolia
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Bakey has been smashing out hit after hit this year, sharing beats cooked up with his brother, Breaka and collabing with Bristol head Sam Binga. The young producer comes back to Time Is Now, following up the best-seller Take It Further EP from last year with a tasty five tracker of UKG experimentation.
Title track, "Bring It Back", uses a playful sound palette of 00s grime that swirls into a hardcore onslaught of breaks, bassline and screeching ruffage, kicking of the record with a statement. Manchester vocalist Slay joins the party on "Vibing Season", building up in long atmospheric chords before Slay's bars spiral into play, pacey, dirty and clever over explosive glitches and ear candy pops. Bringing it right back down to minimalism with sparing two-step, "No Name Groove" features Kasia's soulful piano echoing throughout with call-and-response sampling, a classy take on early garage tracks.
On "Reduced Vision", otherworldly sub bass chases down vocal stabs, rumbling underneath this expansive heads down number. "Poison Dart" rounds off the instant hit EP with sirens, dnb tension and ragga mc lines.
A1 Bakey - Bring it Back
A2 Bakey feat. Slay -Vibing Season
A3 Bakey feat. Kasia - No Name Groove
B1 Bakey - Reduced Vision
B2 Bakey - Poison Dart
Release Date: 9th July 2021
Hailing from Rotterdam, DJ Crisps returns to Time Is Now with another hot and heavy four tracker, teasing experimental genre play on the newest addition to his fast-growing discography. This exciting collection of modern garage reinventions is not to be missed.
No Dirty Money EP showcases DJ Crisps' clever production style, a mix of drama and fun; "Don't Need No Dirty Money" kicks the record off with staccato minimalist percs that have a metallic edge, effervescent vocal samples contrasting the momentous sub bass. "Dynamic Reflections" creates an icier soundscape, juxtaposed arpeggios echoing each other across a calm, deep bassline and cavernous pads - gentle, but still alive and kicking.
Lazy sax and ghostly pads open the expansive B side; "Release the Pain" then flips the energy with a Niche style bassline and cheeky garage synths. The jazz samples remain to create a real fusion sound. To end, "Sweet Melodies" pairs dirty garage with funk n soul, chopped up vocals and a classic James Brown sample making this high energy track even more vibrant - a joyous end to the E.
A1 DJ Crisps - Don't Need No Dirty Money
A2 DJ Crisps - Dynamic Reflections
B1 DJ Crisps - Release the Pain
B2 DJ Crisps - Sweet Melodies
Release Date: 23rd July 2021
Shall Not Fade champions its hometown of Bristol for this next release on the Time Is Now White Label series; Daffy has built a name for himself on the local scene putting out forward-thinking garage on labels to watch like Dim Sum Records and Equal People. This will be his first full vinyl EP and it's not one to miss.
Run Around EP builds up the tension throughout; starting off with "Put Your Feet Up", a ghostly atmospheric piece with a sparse beat, sprinkling of ear candy and crescendo of headsy melodies. The title track oozes a growling bassline beneath staccato vocal snatches - it's a deconstructed style of garage that maintains tension while adding a dreamlike quality. More tension encompasses "Nerves" alongside teases of low end wobbles and harsh breaks that coalesce into a punishing jungle track.
"Lost Again" brings in the B-side with this same energy, an explosion of rolling breaks forming the backbone of this rouch and ready Metalheadz style crowd pleaser, calling out to the rave. "Mishap" serves up ragga vocals, impenetrable sub bass and pouncing two-step ripe for a reload, all rounded off with "Wasp's Nest" - a raucous, no holds barred climax to the EP.
A1 Daffy - Put Your Feet up
A2 Daffy - Run Around
A3 Daffy - Nerves
B1 Daffy - Lost Again
B2 Daffy - Mishap
B3 Daffy - Wasp's Nest
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Freedom is the debut EP from South East London vocalist + DJ Ell Murphy for Shall Not Fade sub-label Time Is Now. The EP sees Ell collaborating with 5 acclaimed producers in the UKG scene; DJ Crisps, Stones Taro, Highrise, Picasso & Tuff Trax; each one hand-picked by Ell to bring their unique production style to the release; and made entirely during lockdown over the past year, working remotely with the producers based in Rotterdam, Australia, Japan & London.
A1 Ell Murphy & DJ Crisps - Freedom
A2 Ell Murphy & Stones Taro - Hours
B1 Ell Murphy & Highrise - Letting Go
B2 Ell Murphy & Picasso - Blue
B3 Ell Murphy & Tuff Trax - Close
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Barely a year old and already well-established, Shall Not Fade's bassier sublabel Time Is Now dishes up a plate of deliciously fresh forward beats, from slick R&B vocal pieces to tracks which pack a punch. The six-track compilation features familiar faces from previous releases, with some featuring artists new to the label.
Freddie Baker, releasing under the moniker Bakey, got his first ever label release on Time Is Now last year and has been non-stop since, recently copping a spot on the Rinse FM Garage Hour. His offering for Allstars Vol.2 is a weighty stepper built on a growling bassline. "Dismantle" knocks you off your feet, luckily the second track (a collab between Interplanetary Criminal and Hypho) lays low in the intro before hitting you with a deep, wobbling drop, chopped up vocals skipping across the staccato rhythm. While relative newcomer Interplanetary Criminal (Zachary Bruce) has specialised in pretty upbeat garage, Hypho (Louis Richardson) has been experimenting on the bassier side of club music for nearly a decade, and his dubstep influence shines through in the depth of "Talbot Road". DJ Crisps - Julio Soewandi - closes out the A-side with a comparably bouncy "Ready Salted", dropping a warped bassline for added flavour. Soewandi is joined by South London singer-slash-producer Ell Murphy on "Arms Around", Murphy providing soulful vocals on a slightly dubbed out instrumental - Murphy, one half of UKG duo NITEWORK, lends a proper garage classic vibe to this one.
Joining them on the B-side is London-based Mark Ramsey (AKA Yosh), just a month after the release of his debut EP on Time Is Now. "Over and Out" uses adventurous sound design to build a cheeky roller. Topping off the star-studded comp is Copenhagen's own Main Phase. Adam Schierbeck uses this alias to put out high-octane breakbeat garage and homages to the 90s rave - "Special Occasion" twists and contorts, its monumental bass and MC samples an ode to soundsystem culture.
a1. Bakey - Dismantle
a2. Interplanetary Criminal & Hypho - Talbot Road
a3. DJ Crisps - Ready Salted
b1. Yosh - Over and Out
b2. DJ Crisps feat. Ell Murphy - Arms Around
b3. Main Phase - Special Occasion
Available: tbc 2021
Four heavy weight steppers sourced from the streets of Leeds, for them dark basements and early morning afters, brought to you from two new bad bwoys on the scene D. Jason & Baby J.
a1. D. Jason - Original Bad Bwoy
a2. D. Jason - The Function
b1. Baby J - I Wanna Tell U Something
b2. Baby J - Unity (National Anthem)
Available: 15th December 2020
Fiesta Soundsystem shares his debut long play for Time Is Now, delving deep into all things Jungle, Breaks & Bass.
London based producer Fiesta Soundsystem has been rapidly gathering attention over the past few years with a string of acclaimed records for Warehouse Rave. His latest outing ‘Rites Of Passage’ for Time Is Now sees the rising producer release his debut full long play, featuring ten cuts of broken beat bass music.
a1. Fiesta Soundsystem - Ghyr Habitat
a2. Fiesta Soundsystem - Outskirts
a3. Fiesta Soundsystem - CY Ruins
a4. Fiesta Soundsystem - Incantation I
b1. Fiesta Soundsystem - Ornate
b2. Fiesta Soundsystem - The Spiral
b3. Fiesta Soundsystem - 10am Rains
b4. Fiesta Soundsystem - Tear Down the Walls
Available: 15th January 2021
UK based producer MoreNight has been making waves over the past 12 months with killer collaborations with legendary grime vocalists Footsie & Manga, as well featuring on a weighty compilation for Conducta’s imprint Kiwi Records. His debut full length vinyl EP ‘Silvia’ is the exciting young producers finest work to date & paves the way for what is set to be a big future for this talented artist.
a1. MoreNight - Give Ya
a2. MoreNight - Grapefruit
b1. MoreNight - Calling Me
b2. MoreNight - Glazey
b3. MoreNight - Don't Think
Available: 15th January 2021
Yosh joins the Time Is Now family serving up five bass driven, breaks heavy cuts. London based producer Yosh has been making some serious movements over the past 12 months with a string of killer sold out twelves for Vivid Recordings . His latest outing sees him unleash five weighty bass heavy tracks for Shall Not Fade sub-label Time Is Now, watch your bass bins.
a1. Yosh - One Time
a2. Yosh - On Your Own
b1. Yosh - OB1
b2. Yosh - Spaced Out
b3. Yosh - It’s The Way
Available: 15th December 2020
DJ Crisps serves up four killer UKG cuts for Bristol label Time Is Now’s tenth vinyl outing.
Rotterdam based producer DJ Crisps has been bubbling over the past 12 months with a string of killer twelves, including a massive record for Riz La Teef’s label South London Pressing. His latest outing ‘Diamonds’ EP is some of the rising artists strongest work to date, weighty basslines meet 2-step laden grooves on this killer cut.
a1. DJ Crisps - Diamonds
a2. DJ Crisps - Knock It Down
b1. DJ Crisps - Lyrical
b2. DJ Crisps - No Worries
Release Date: 30th April 2021
After appearing on the label's Time Is Now Allstars compilation, Bristol's own Wilfy D makes his second appearance with Shall Not Fade, adding to their new Time Is Now White label series. The young garage star serves up the smooth and soulful two-step he is known for, plus two killer remixes from Time Is Now family DJ Crisps and Soul Mass Transit System.
"Garage Tools" opens out the EP with staccato sampling and a rumbling sub bass wobble dominating the track, the most headsy on the record while "All About U (3am Mix)" takes on a gentler vibe. Using luscious vocal chops and glimmering synths, Wilfy D creates a kind of garage love song, delicate and soothing. He kicks things up a notch on "Know U Like It", a slice of speed garage that grooves along to an earworm melody.
On the B-side Wilfy D's original "Midnight Shift", a clean classic noughties garage sound palette, is reimagined twice by DJ Crisps and then Soul Mass Transit System. DJ Crisps gives the track a drum and bass edge replete with teeth-gritting sub bass power; Soul Mass close out the record with a dirty up-tempo remix perfect for a soundsystem.
a1. Wilfy D - Garage Tools
a2. Wilfy D - All About U (3am Mix)
a3. Wilfy D - Know U Like It
b1. Wilfy D - Midnight Shift
b2. Wilfy D - Midnight Shift (DJ Crisps Remix)
b3. Wilfy D - Midnight Shift (Soul Mass Transit System Remix)
Release Date: 16th April 2021
Shall Not Fade's garage and breaks sublabel, Time is Now, has been a great success in its first year, and now starts 2021 with the first in a series of hand-stamped white label releases. London via Madrid up-and-comer Tower Block Dreams makes his debut for the label with five killer cuts, backed with a weighty remix from Manchester-based garage maestro and Time Is Now regular Interplanetary Criminal.
The A-side is all reliable garage bangers; the opener, "Wicked Ya No" is a rude wobbler for the early hours, with rave piano stabs and a dirty drop. Track two "Keep Coming" loses none of the pace, chopping up playful R'n'B diva vocals to a hard bassline; and the A-side ends with a sidewinding beast of a track in "Soundboy". Think retro synths paired with timestretched ragga vocals - it's unashamedly filthy.
Onto the B-side with gun fingers out for "Truss We", which plays again with ravey stabs and staccato female vocals for an instant dancefloor banger. Tower Block Dreams' last offering on the record is much darker; a forward stepper that cruises along at half-time, creating an ominous atmosphere on which to lead into Interplanetary Criminal's remix of "Wicked Ya Know". This one reimagines the record opener in the producer's trademark high-octane style, smattering hyper breakbeats across the track and turning up the wobble to end the record with a stinker.
a1. Tower Block Dreams - Wicked Ya No
a2. Tower Block Dreams - Keep Coming
a3. Tower Block Dreams - Soundboy
b1. Tower Block Dreams - Truss We
b2. Tower Block Dreams - Haterz
b3. Tower Block Dreams - Dreams (Interplanetary Criminal remix)
Release Date: 19th March 2021
Next up for Time Is Now's white label series is Prozak - a Dublin-based producer who has garnered a growing following over the past year. Prozak, aka Zac Curtis, follows up an EP of remixes for Kiwi Rekords with Make Me Feel. The EP is 100% club gear dabbling in classic rave sounds and jungle before masterfully returning to his garage roots.
The title track "Make Me Feel" is equal parts euphoric rave vocalisations and growling bassy ruffage, with stuttering stop-and-start breaks thrown in for good measure that tear through the track - an instant classic that knocks you breathless.
"Missing You" builds from a gentle ebb into wobbling bass-heavy garage, Curtis chopping and changing the vocal samples into unrecognisable snatches with expert production. He then dishes up a glitching speed garage
tool with "Negative", still seasoned with a ravey edge that makes the record as a whole feel festival ready.
On the B-side, "Sunshine" is sweet buoyant UKG constructed from neatly cut up vocals that clamour against each other and a skipping irresistible rhythm.
Equally upbeat, "Falling" stands out as the most playful track, with mass appeal and large drops that shakes off some of the dark bassiness of the A-side.
The record closes with "Leave You", contrasting frenetic junglist breaks with blissed out vocals.
It's a dynamic offering from the up-and-comer that shows signs of great things to come.
a1. Prozak - Make Me Feel
a2. Prozak - Missing You
a3. Prozak - Negative
b1. Prozak - Sunshine
b2. Prozak - Falling
b3. Prozak - Leave You
Release Date: 12th March 2021
It was surely a matter of time before Leicester natives, darlings of the UKG revival Y U QT graced Time Is Now with a release. Cooper and Darryl Reid have been repping the Midlands' oft-forgotten 2-step and bassline scene since being picked up by Riz La Teef's South London Press in 2019; since dropping two EPs on Warehouse Rave and getting picked up for a remix by Conducta's award-winning Kiwi Rekords. For Time Is Now, the duo have put together five tracks of dynamic, cheeky garage that takes influence from the full breadth of the genre.
Studded with bangers, the EP kicks off surprisingly gently with "Be Real". Some spaced out keys float over the 2-step rhythm before hitting a sidewinding bassline and the pace picks up in "Keep On Lovin' Me" - a classic speed garage sound you can't help but move to. Cooper and Reed show their ruder side on the frenetic, brass infused "Look Good" and the deeper, Niche-style wobbling bassline on "Chopper". The record closes with "Hardly Keep it Inside"; icy synth and contorted trancey diva vocals make this track feel somehow larger than the others - you could imagine it going off in a cavernous club on a mountainous soundsystem, a swirling bassy number that sucks you in. This headsy release makes your feet want to move in the way only garage can, bringing out some of the best that the UK sound has to offer.
a1. Y U QT - Be Real
a2. Y U QT - Keep On Lovin' Me
b1. Y U QT - Look Good
b2. Y U QT - Chopper
b3. Y U QT - Hardly Keep It Inside
Repress Due: 26th March 2021
Soul Mass Transit System joins forces with legendary Roll Deep vocalist Killa P for a killer cut on Time Is Now .
Mysterious producer Soul Mass Transit System has been pumping out some serious twelves this year, with killer cuts on labels such as Warehouse Rave, Time Is Now & Rhythm & Vibe . His latest outing ‘Blocked’ EP is the rising producers heaviest work to date, lead track ‘Blocked’ featuring legendary ex Roll Deep member Killa P does some serious damage, backed with three rolling UKG cuts of groovers and movers, best played loud.
a1. Soul Mass Transit System - Blocked ft. Killa P
a2. Soul Mass Transit System - Butterfly
b1. Soul Mass Transit System - Take My Love
b2. Soul Mass Transit System - All Night
Release Date: 15th October 2021
Soul Mass Transit System is a familiar name to fans of Shall Not Fade's highly popular garage imprint, Time Is Now. The Leeds duo made up of producers D. Jason and Baby J have been favourites of the series and of the UKG revival in general, recently scoring a release on another trend-setting label of the scene, Dr Banana.
The Dubble Trubble EP traverses the wide range of very British club sounds with ease that only comes with expertise, from frenetic hyper breaks to deep dubstep bass. Opener "Give It 2 U" tempts listeners in with its dramatic rolling minimalism, forward off-kilter drums and a chest-rattler of a sub. Sludgy A2 "My Name Is Down" centres a Niche style bassline, plenty of swing and dubwise sensibility.
On the B-side things ramp up a notch; "Trubble N Strife" tears it open, peak time cybernetic junglist gear with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. "U Got Me Burnin" is a real climax; jubilant, hands-in-the-air rave nonsense that closes out a collection of solid dancefloor toughness with more choppy breaks.
A1 Soul Mass Transit System - Give It 2 U
A2 Soul Mass Transit System - My Name Is Down (I Am On The List)
B1 Soul Mass Transit System - Trubble N Strife
B2 Soul Mass Transit System - U Got Me Burnin
Release Date: 15th October 2021
Shall Not Fade is cultivating a tight family of producers for the Time Is Now imprint, showcasing some of the freshest garage and breaks - London based DJ Yosh is well-established within that family now, returning for his second EP of 2021.
Like the last,expect killer cuts of breakbeat madness, built for the darkest clubs and the wildest nights. Tactics EP opens with the rough and ready "Strike Back", harsh percussion and screeching rave stabs that make the heart race and sets the tone for the record. Returning to a more classic sound on "Just Like That", Yosh smatters syncopated samples with UKG elements to create a throbbing dance track.
"Drifted" catches the listener off-guard - chilled out pads that give way suddenly to layers of breaks that make for a dark and dirty jungle breakdown, pushing at breakneck speed into "Hypnotise Me", a rolling tool inflected with garage-esque melodies. EP closer "Gen 1" feels like the wind-down of a rave, stuttering breaks and echoed vocals slowing to a sweaty, satisfied end.
A1 Yosh - Strike Back
A2 Yosh - Just Like That
B1 Yosh - Drifted
B2 Yosh - Hypnotise Me
B3 Yosh - Gen 1
Release Date: 24th September 2021
J Pantha joins the Time Is Now family serving up a weighty cut of bassline driven goodness. Born and raised in Dudley DJ Pantha's career began in 2007 and this saw the start of hits such as 'Bully boys', 'They can't do it' and the most successful to date 'Candy Shop'.
DJ Pantha is one of the pioneers of Bassline and has spent the past 14 years mastering his craft, now finding himself with his own unique sound. Pantha links up with Bristol based label Time Is Now for his first vinyl release.
A1 DJ Pantha - Bun And Cheese
A2 DJ Pantha feat. Cubzy - Dem A Talk
B1 DJ Pantha feat. Rikki Tuff - Cant Beat Da Farda
B2 DJ Pantha - Mortal Kombat
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Davide Piras is an Italian producer with a penchant for the tougher, rougher side of British bass music. Creating music under the moniker DJ Chupacabra, Piras has been picked up by labels like Haws and Dr Banana in the past year, and now makes his debut for Time Is Now with more deep raw cuts.
The EP hits hard with deep tech, breaks and rumbling bass. "Grimer" kicks off with sparse, staccato beats for heads down business before the expansive two step of "Rockstar". With its eclectic use of samples and ominous swelling bassline, it's a solid club roller.
Funky, earworming house is the game of B-side opener "Killalot" which hints just a little of an acidic edge. "Morbid" is a heady stepper with plenty of ear teasing melody and atmosphere. The EP closes with a crescendo in "Croissant", which has a chunky minimal deep tech beat and booming bassline which is destined to send the dancefloor wild.
A1 DJ Chupacabra - Grimer
A2 DJ Chupacabra - Rockstar
B1 DJ Chupacabra - Killalot
B2 DJ Chupacabra - Morbid
B3 DJ Chupacabra - Croissant