Release Date: 11th June 2021
Shall Not Fade's Time Is Now series continues to showcase the cutting edge of breaks and bass oriented club music. This time they introduce Groovy D; this new solo project of one third of Sheffield-based trio Denham Audio curates a totally fresh take on garage which is soulful, unique and genre-defying.
Afterworld Groove EP features female vocalists and a collaboration with Time Is Now regular Interplanetary Criminal; vocal heavy tracks are a highlight of the record, taking the garage sound away from the confines of the club. "Outta Control" is one of these tracks; Emma Cannon's vocals walk the edge between soulful and mournful, contrasting the wild breakbeats and deep, dirty bass. The title track uses housey intoned keys; this is daytime garage, made for summer parties. Taking influence from his Sheffield home, "Keep Movin' On" has a classic bassline sound palette, cheeky stabbing synths and hyperactive breaks.
"Project Zeus" opens the B-side: stutters of snare and punching bass are broken through with a classic, uncontrollable bassline; the tongue-in-cheek sample that forms the drop will undoubtedly bring a smile to British fans. More minimalist B2 "Timeless" is a chorus of bubbling ear candy until the rolling sub bass looms into a deep, headsy climax. Manchester's Interplanetary Criminal joins to close the EP; with vocals from Anna Straker, "Higher" takes a genre-spanning approach in hazey garage percs and soaring pads. The tempo is down, and misty, romantic sax forms the backbone.
A1 Groovy D feat. Emma Cannon - Outta Control
A2 Groovy D - Afterworld Groove
A3 Groovy D - Keep Movin' On
B1 Groovy D - Project Zeus
B2 Groovy D - Timeless
B3 Groovy D feat. Anna Straker & Interplanetary Criminal - Higher
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Carrying on a new white label series of killer garage cuts, Bristol's Time Is Now have hand-picked British duo Cortese for their next installment. Expect playful, niche-inspired garage sounds with a unique touch of modernism.
The EP opens with "Abbey Park"; a glistening neo speed-garage track with delicate synth chords dancing over the cavernous slow attack bassline. It purrs into the squelchy bassline style "Where You At", that compliments upbeat piano stabs with autotuned vocals.
"Floaty" uses an iconic Aaliyah vocal chops, dancing around a chunky El-B inspired snare. This one has a melancholic breakdown which is perfect for a dancefloor breather, before the growling bassline is reintroduced to devastating effect. A collaboration with Brighton-based DJ Movement, "Things That Make You Go 'Hmm'" is pure bassline garage energy let loose in a furore of bass patches in a moodier track that still doesn't take itself too seriously. Closing out, "Figure 1" brings a searing synth melody which complements another rolling bassline. The understated drums make excellent use of a syncopated kick pattern whilst diva vocals chime along in the background.
A1 Cortese - Abbey Park
A2 Cortes - Where You At
B1 Cortese - Floaty
B2 Cortese feat. Movement - Things That Make You Go 'Hmm'
B3 Cortese - Figure 1
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Farsight returns to Scuffed Recordings for his Renegade EP, featuring three new rave-inspired originals, backed by a bumping UKG remix from Interplanetary Criminal.
Based in Oakland, California, Farsight has firmly established himself as a name to watch in the past five years, with releases on labels like [Re]sources, Prjkts and Scuffed exhibiting his deftly-blended melting pot of club music influences.
‘Renegade’ is his second release on Scuffed following 2019’s Oaktown EP, which picked up support from the likes of HAAi, Jaguar and FAUZIA.
Farsight sets out a clear statement of intent on title track ‘Renegade’, with his own vocodered vocals delivering immortal lines like “best beats in the biz coming atcha”, backed by anthemic rave stabs, weighty 808s, and raucous breaks.
Up next is ‘Tied Hands’, a skippy, broken beat roller which sees Farsight skilfully build and layer syncopated vocal chops as the track progresses; before returning to time-honoured UK rave influences on B-side ‘Until Next Time’.
Closing out the release is a remix of Renegade from one of the most exciting talents in the new wave of UK garage, Interplanetary Criminal.
a1. Farsight - Renegade
a2. Farsight - Tied Hands
b1. Farsight - Until Next Time
b2. Farsight - Renegade (Interplanetary Criminal)
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
Available: 10th May 2021
Four cuts from Stephen Bunn, originally released in '98 on his Heavy Melon imprint
A1. Atomic Bong - Drowning In Water (Bong Mix)
A2. Atomic Bong - Champion Sound 98 (Bunny's Vocal Remix)
B1. Melonhead - Change Is Gonna Come (Chewy's Grooveyard Mix)
B2. Atomic Bong - What Did I Dub
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: 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)
Available: 16th April 2021
Well. Where do we start with 'Deep Inside'? Originally released in the golden NYC House era of 1993, this 5 tracker literally smashed everything in sight. And still does now! The epitome of an evergreen, all-time classic release. Masters At Work Louie Vega and Kenny Dope were on a major roll in this era, producing, remixing, dj-ing and everything in-between, these guys put in ridiculous work. They are joined on this EP by a roll-call of names and collaborators, Erick Morillo engineering the title track? Check. Maurice Joshua on co-production duties? You got it. Vocals by Ms. Barbara tucker? They're there. Killer, rock hard drums? Stacks of Soul? Masterfully chopped up Disco samples? All present. Serious stuff. Sometimes a record just manages to capture and distill the true essence of what this is all about and 'Deep Inside' is one such record, it bears all the hallmarks of golden era MAW, all the signposts of what was happening in NYC's clubs in the early to mid 90's were there within it's grooves. You know a record is good when it's still being, quite literally, hammered nearly 25 years later! Now, remastered, and reissued with the full involvement of Strictly Rhythm this seminal piece of NYC House history is made available again with all original, full sleeve artwork intact as per the 1993 original. This one's a straight up essential for any self-respecting dance aficionado. You know what to do!
a1. Deep Inside
a2. No Cure
b1. Just Believe
b2. Maurice's Vibe
b3. The Dub
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: 16th April 2021
Mancunian genre-bender Interplanetary Criminal comes back for more on Shall Not Fade sublabel Time Is Now; In My Arms EP makes his third full release on the imprint. This time round, he shares four carefree rave-influenced garage pieces topped off with a rolling drum and bass remix from breakbeat master Coco Bryce.
Much like his previous releases - spanning Time Is Now, Sneaker Social Club, Banoffee Pies and more - these tracks feel mildly tongue-in-cheek. The upbeat title track is skippy, summery garage that adds a twist of organ to add some playful flavour. "Momofuku" utilises cartoon-villain vocal samples for a similar effect, multilayered and crackling with ear candy but with a deep bass that builds through the rest of the record.
Into the B-side, "Opulence" focuses on this darker edge, echoing and growling with a sub bass that begs to be blasted through a towering sound system. "Let Loose" caps off the record in style, a rattling snare giving way to large house stabs that glimmer over swells of bass - a hands-in-the-air rave track.
Coco Bryce's reimagining of the title track sees it transformed into a deep and gritty drum and bass roller with a drop as powerful as a gunshot.
a1. Interplanetary Criminal - In My Arms
a2. Interplanetary Criminal - Momofuku
b1. Interplanetary Criminal - Opulence
b2. Interplanetary Criminal - Let Loose
b3. Interplanetary Criminal - In My Arms (Coco Bryce remix)
Available: 30th March 2021
A defining moment in dance music history was the day that Roy Davis Jr. teamed with vocalist and writer Peven Everett in 1997 to create this deep, ethereal, soul-music gem that helped launch an entire musical movement known affectionately as Speed Garage. The "Live Garage" mix is the most popular but the other mixes have grown in popularity over time. It is hard to believe that this record is almost 20 years old yet it still sounds as fresh today as it did so long ago. Truly a classic that deserves to be celebrated by a new generation of dance music lovers. Gabriel Play!
a1. Gabrielle - The Scroll Mix
a2. Gabrielle - Tamborine dub
b1. Gabrielle - Words To Give By mix
b2. Gabrielle - Live Garage Mix
Release Date: 16th April 2021
Interstate brings a 2 step.
Keita Sano dives deep.
Dubbyman has the dubs.
3 distinct remixes of the incredible “Mile High” from German / French producers Mystigrix and Reo Seis and Chicago legend Paris Brightledge on vocals plus an original. Take care of yourselves and stay safe!
a1. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Interstate Remix)
a2. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Keita Sano Remix)
b1. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Dubbyman Downtempo Mix)
b2. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - You Don’t Know