Release Date: 3rd June 2022
The long awaited second instalment of our 4 part VA series.
Opening track ‘Dub Free pt.3 (Rose line mix)’ is a masterfully produced and mixed dub techno groove by Hiss Is Bliss. With skills at this level, there’s clearly more to come from this French artist.
On the flip, USA born Bukkha, digs into the deep dub techno trenches with Dub Envelope. Situated at 115bpm, a tempo with much possibility, Bukkha hits the nail on the head with ease and exposes a different side to his usual output.
Closing out this carefully curated 3 track 12” - Bristol talent Somah signs off with a dreamy dub break titled Knot Up.
a1. Hiss Is Bliss - Dub Free Pt.3
b1. Bukkha - Dub Envelope
b2. Somah - Knot Up
Available: 29th April 2022
Timehri Records are back with another trip into intergalactic Crud, delivering more
timeless physical output for the ongoing journey. Up next is UK underground stalwart and Boiler Room label takeover guest Yosh. The South Londoner has made a name for himself for his signature break-step sounds, delivering projects for various UK imprints since his pre-rona emergence.
Fresh off the back of his 100% production mix for the label’s reputable cassette series, Yosh delivers a weighty three tracker showcasing both sides of his arsenal.
a1. Cool Down
b1. Follow The Leader
Release Date: 6th May 2022
For volume six, we have four ethereal club driven belters. Spanning bass, breaks, techno & garage. Supplied by a trio of powerhouse producers all hailing from Germany. Kid Kun takes the helm with 'Moments' & 'Noble' spaced out takes on garage and breaks. Collaborating on tracks with Van Kost & Ekko for some techno leaning anthems.
a1. Kid Kun - Moments
a2. Kid Kun & Van Kost - What If
b1. Kid Kun, Van Kost & Ekko - In The Rain
b2. Kid Kun - Noble
Release Date: 13th May 2022
The first release from Edinburgh-based rave Headset, showcasing unsung Scottish artists making alternative house, techno, garage & breaks in dubby styles.
Creep Woland provides the first EP with floating breaks, UKG & broken beat, finishing with a creepy slow jam.
A1. Blantyre 86 Style
A2. Healing Able 713 ft. Usurp
B1. Luca Benzito
B2. Eraser Funk
Available: 15th April 2022
Since joining forces as Soul Mass Transit System a couple of years ago, Baby J and D Jason have released a wealth of club-ready 12" singles, many of which explore their love of vintage UK garage. This EP on Vivid is a little more eclectic but no less celebratory or peak-time ready. For proof, check saucer-eyed opener 'Set You Free', where giddy old school piano stabs, stretched-out sub-bass and spinetingling female vocal samples ride a rolling breakbeat, and the revivalist hardcore hedonism of the ludicrously bass-heavy 'Nah Nah Nah'. They doff a cap to their bassline roots on crunchy breakbeat roller 'Phat Booty', before drawing a fine EP toa close with the two-step-goes-Niche heaviness of 'Smoke'.
a1. Set You Free
a2. Nah Nah Nah
b1. Phat Booty
Release Date: 29th April 2022
Welcoming Joe Koshin to the Time Is Now family with a release of two halves. Time Is Now White Vol.15 takes us on a whiplash journey through the contemporary iterations of breakbeat hardcore before slowing down the pace and stationing in UKG's shadier corners.
With previous releases on Planetaria Music and Gimme A Break Records, Joe Koshin has been making some serious waves with his no-prisoner approach to breaks and jungle. Time Is Now White Vol.15sees the London producer continue in this vein with two raucous breakbeat hardcore tracks, and two dark garage tracks which boast the style's potential to be at once introspective and club-ready.
"Chunk" slams things into action. And if you thought the clattering drum breaks and growling low-ends couldn't do more to rip open a dancefloor, just wait for the switch-up. Stutters that Sully would be proud of. The title track grounds itself firmly in the genre's antecedents: breakbeat which is at once gloriously old-skool and fiercely forward-facing.
Flip to the B side and it is configurations of dark garage that take to the fore: first adorned with a hypnotic melody that floats above pitched-up vocals ("T4LK 2 M3"), and later energised by a buoyant swing which implores you to move ("Spectra Don").
A1 Joe Koshin - Chunk
A2 Joe Koshin - Delirium
B1 Joe Koshin - T4LK 2 M3
B2 Joe Koshin - Spectra Don
Release Date: 22nd April 2022
Yosh returns with his fourth Time Is Now release. Following the success of UKG-focused 5-tracker, "The Warning" released at the end of last year, Modulate EP sees the London producer put his inimitable spin on breaks, translating into 4 tracks firmly rooted in the genre's antecedents yet offering something distinctly new.
"New Dawn" is a prime example of Yosh's priceless ability to create something which is at once hard-hitting and soulful with clattering breaks and luscious vocals which float blissfully above them. Next up, "Modulate" adds a thumping 4/4 beat into the equation, creating an assertive march with plenty of swing before "Snap Back" brings the ruffage with a sharp two-step rhythm and fierce bass womps. Finally, it's up to "Track 1" to close proceedings. A real heater, a syncopated triplet rhythm lends it its driving propulsion - almost resembling the club sounds native to northeastern regions of the US such as Jersey and Baltimore. Thudding assertively beneath the stylistic tropes of UKG, this makes for a truly unique sound and solidifies Yosh's status as a highly innovative and forward-facing producer.
A1 YOSH - New Dawn
A2 YOSH - Modulate
B1 YOSH - Snap Back
B2 YOSH - Track 1
Release Date: 8th April 2022
Back by popular demand is DJ Crisps with his third solo contribution to the Time Is Now catalogue: the fierce 4-tracker which explores the many flavours of garage and justifies the Rotterdam producer's ever-growing ubiquity in today's UKG circuit.
Kicking off proceedings is "Keep It Up" - a high-octane speed garage banger, prepped with intervals of slamming reverse sweeps which carry their own rhythm. After "Alright's" unique blend of old skool grime samples and diva-esque vocals which play in dialogue beneath a sharp two-step beat, "Today" strips things back a little with a modest bassline melody and ragga vocals. Finally, with pitched-up, syrup smooth vocal licks "Bounce" captures UKG at its most soulful.
A1 DJ Crisps - Keep It Up
A2 DJ Crisps - Alright
B1 DJ Crisps - Today
B2 DJ Crisps - Bounce
Release Date: 1st April 2022
Next up on Time Is Now is a fresh cut from prolific Japanese producer Stones Taro: a kaleidoscopic EP which traverses the boundaries of genre to create something truly unique, occupying the intersection of UKG, electro, breaks and house.
After the raging success of previous releases on Scuffed Recordings, Breaks 'N' Pieces and more recently on his own imprint, NC4K, the Kyoto producer makes his Time Is Now solo debut with Super Hot Floor EP. Kicking things off is the pacey, club-ready banger "Integration" with stuttering synths and a driving bassline which leave little room for respite beneath a fierce breakbeat electro rhythm. On "Straight Walk" Taro offers a new take on speed garage with a sharp two-step rhythm and the suggestion of acid-tinged synth stabs which lure you in before reaching their full form in high-energy intervals of 4X4.
After "Watching You" strips things back, the B-side brings the energy with Pulse X style stabs ("Super Hot Floor") and old school house-indebted Korg organ melodies a la Robin S ("Dry Flower").
A1 Stones Taro - Integration
A2 Stones Taro - Straight Walk
A3 Stones Taro - Watching You
B1 Stones Taro - Super Hot Floor
B2 Stones Taro - Dry Flower
Release Date: 15th April 2022
Classic Groove Chronicles remixes from 2000 on long awaited repress!
Aussie singer / songwriter Sia's debut LP 'Healing Is Difficult' dropped at the turn of the millennium and introduced us to her unique take on electronica, jazz and everything in-between.
Enlisting the legendary Groove Chronicles to take on remixing duties was a masterstroke as this brand spanking new pressing of 'Get Me' show us in fine style. Boasting a fresh soulful vocal version kicking things off and an obligatory instrumental b-side, the GC boys bring their trademark swinging, clipped 2-step funk to proceedings, doing what they do best while making an underground classic in the process.
'Get Me' is now back on the streets with a fresh, legit and welcome 2022 remaster from the wizards at London's The Carvery, repressed onto a nice and heavy 12" slab of wax.
A. Get Me (Groove Chronicles Mix) (Vocal)
B. Get Me (Groove Chronicles Mix) (Instrumental)
Release Date: 15th April 2022
Bristol DJ and producer Notion releases his highly-anticipated project, Outsider. The 8-track project is a showcase of 18 months of hard work, self-reflection, doubt, anxiety, excitement and all the other things that go into a project like this. Marking a new chapter in his creative output, Outsider is a reflection of Notion’s evolution as an artist, spanning across bassline, UK Garage, drum and bass, jungle and more.
One of the most prominent names of the new generation UK club scene, Notion is setting standards as an outsider in the landscape of bass music. In the last few years he has proved himself to be an independent, boundary-pushing artist of serious intent, not only through his approach to genre-blurring DJ sets and production, but through community spirited collaboration and system- defying success.
Tapping into a sound he is quickly making his own, Outsider finds Notion at his bold and brilliant best.
Found Love (feat. Carrie Baxter)
On It (feat. Snowy)
Lights (feat. Charlotte X)
Jack & Play
Circles (feat. Paige Eliza)
Release Date: 15th April 2022
UKG trailblazers Y U QT return with a new vinyl release collecting together new single ‘Think About You’ and previous hit ‘Heavy Lovers’.
Y U QT have been building a buzz across a string of single releases and their reworkings of classic tracks, along with their series of sold out Y U QT club nights. This release looks to further cement their status at the forefront of the UK underground garage scene, demonstrating Y U QT’s unique modern take on the genre, with irresistible hooks, moving progressions and ear worm vocals that stick.
Available to independent retailers on 12” vinyl
The release also features an exclusive 2 step mix of ‘Heavy Lovers’ and an instrumental version of ‘Think About You’ that are not available anywhere else.
a1. Think About You
a2. Think About You (Instrumental)
b1. Heavy Lovers
b2. Heavy Lovers (2 Step Mix)