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: September 2021
Pépé Elle, a young producer from Paris has been making some serious waves of late, both through his work as label boss at Aurore 404, it’s sub-label 3 Feet Deep Records and his own hard to pigeonhole productions, influenced from various corners of the world. Now the French DJ & producer further dissects the outer reaches of UKG, loaded with dutty rhythms, playful leads and atmospheric backdrops on Cheeky Music Group.
Opening track ‘Hype Dope’ is a skippy exploration of colourful leads and sleekly-pressed rhythms; lyrics ‘break the turntable and flip’ embody a smile before gun-fingers reach for the air. The low-slung and weighty vibe of ‘Unexcusable’ and the acidic tinged ‘CMS We Meet Again’ show Pépé’s ability to connect various sounds while maintaining a continuity across his deep sonic palette.
On the flip ‘Thump’ is a minimal garage gem; the type of track that would work perfectly when warming up a crowd or as a bridge between murkier UK sounds. ‘Long Swelling Wave’ is a straight up dance-floor destroyer, combining heavyweight bass and itchy beats, forming a sea of frenetic energy as day turns to night.
A serious EP from one of Europe's leading underground garage producers.
A1. Hype Dope
A3. CMS We Meet Again
B2. Long Swelling Wave
Release Date: August 2021
Gimme A Break Records is extremely excited to present its first vinyl release featuring four talented Leeds-based producers. With the support of the charitable music initiative Launchpad, through both mentoring and funding, alongside physical and digital distribution with Lobster Theremin we are delighted to continue to represent and support the forward-thinking electronic music coming out of the North of England.
The record’s A-side features a funk-influenced number from Bakey who continues to develop his distinctive sound off the back of his sensational releases on Shall Not Fade’s sub-label Time Is Now and recent collaboration with Sam Binga and Redders. Following his outstanding debut EP on Ba Dum Tish, Papa Nugs’ ‘Honey’ sustains his characteristically playful sampling, accompanied by crunching UKG rhythms and wobbling basslines.
On the flip side, ANSZA, previously releasing on ec2a, provides a powerful garage number with percussive breaks interspersed on the track’s second drop. Finally, Phasmid’s ‘Deadpan’, featuring the producer’s signature lilting hats, epitomises the sound being pushed in the current UKG/Breaks crossover.
a1. Bakey - JB Riddim
a2. Papa Nugs - Honey
b1. ANSZA - You Don't Know
b2. Phasmid - Deadpan
Release Date: August 2021
Electrifying London-based label, Rhythm Labs, are back after their much anticipated second trip to the pressing plant.
Carrying on from the success of their Polish House and UK Breakbeat fusion on RL001; the label now takes a deep dive into their home-roots, as their sophomore release RL002 explores the sonics of both home-grown and international UK Garage.
Embodying the concept of Day & Night, the 6 track project journeys from AM to PM - wading through experimental two-step, right the way through to rough & ready 140BPM inspired rhythms from some of the most talented producers in the scene.
Heywood Yorke’s Untitled kicks the record into gear with an ethereal, glistening, summer heater. Harry Felce then rips off the stabilisers on Wait A Minute - a bouncing, unrelenting chugger, guaranteed to make way for a screw-face or three.
The A-side is rounded off by the prodigal man-on-the-ground, Toof, with one finger on Sweden’s dance scene pulse, and the others busy making the intricate UK dubstep inspired Lost in Ritz.
Brighton-based producer Movement fills the role of Rhythm Labs family friend, with Angel 5AM - a tenacious, brooding track that evolves into an effortless Grime-inspired Garage combination. Daffy - one of Bristol’s finest - further doubles down on the night-time mood of Side B, with Jamaican-UKG infusion Gunshot, driving the project into the intergalactic finale.
Rudebwoy Marsl (AKA Dogpatrol) draws the project to a close, with a gritty, off-kilter representation of the genre. Experimental transitions and haunting vocal samples solidify the German native as a true innovator, while handing listeners a preface to the ever-exciting future of UK Garage which Rhythm Labs will be continuing to champion in future releases.
a1. Heywood - Untitled
a2. Harry Felce - Wait A Minute
a3. Toof - Lost in Ritz
b1. movement - Angel 5am
b2. Daffy - Gunshot
b3. Rudebwoy Marsl - Rotten Mule
Release Date: September 2021
Breaks ‘N’ Pieces turns in its fourteenth volume of killer breakbeat laced cuts, and this one is an absolute doozy from Roadkill co-founder and Manchester based producer 4TGang.
Following the releases of Sunset From The Garage, Needs and a killer remix of Subjoi, the emerging producer serves up six distinctive cuts that blend his liquid drum & bass influence with stripped back UKG tendencies and melodic textures.
The garage re-rise is well and truly on, and 4TGang is at its forefront with his minimal, stripped back approach. ‘From Another Garage’ makes use of ragga samples, bright synths and precise percussion for an afternoon groover. ‘All Just’ ventures into darker territory, it’s murky presence giving off rainy, Burial vibes.
‘Piano Vibes’ is set up to dominate every outside situated soundsystem with a cut of early evening, loungey 2-step, before ‘Unpopular’ slowly pushes down on the accelerator as the moon shows its face and breakbeats sound across the sky.
The jazz-focused, rolling breaks of ‘Where This Takes Me’ sounds like something you might hear being live performed in low-lit club in Peckham, before ‘Always Wanted More’ completely switches up the energy with pulsating, colourful cut of garage-house.
A1. From Another Garage
A2. All Just
A3. Piano Vibes
B2. Where This Takes Me
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: August 2021
Harrison BDP services up four variations of 2-step on a release that highlights the producer's knack for crafting colourful dreamscapes whilst having his finger on the pulse of contemporary dance music.
‘Shuto Expressway’ channels the visual stimulation of driving through the Japanese expressways of Tokyo from which the track is named; dubby basslines, well placed vocal samples and a genuine feeling of serenity makes for a sunny stepper.
‘Anti Lag’ is an electro-garage mutation; screw-face wubs, grimey strings and melodic pads creating the perfect accompaniment as day turns to night, while the familiar vocal samples and garage-skank energy of ‘Rhythm Is Key’ deepens the groove.
Wriggling acid lines and subdued textures show us the door on ‘Bad Habits’, floating back towards electro-step territory with that signature BDP otherworldliness.
A1. Shuto Expressway
B1. Rhythm Is Key
B2. Bad Habits
Release Date: Septmeber 2021
London producer Yosh continues his hot streak of putting out a twelve inch a month with typically breaksy, UK focused EP on Distant Horizons that further earmarks the emerging artist as one of the producers to watch in 2021.
Following releases on Time Is Now and an announcement on Desert Sound Colony’s Holding Hands sub-label, Yosh serves up four steppers that navigate us from the doors of the club to front left of the speaker. ‘Don’t Say’ is a fast cut of subby breakbeat-garage; the producer’s knack for emotionally stimulating vocal samples and peak-time basslines moving into the frame.
‘All That Acid’ gives squirming acid lines and stripped-back percussion, mutating the breaksy, UK energy into something more electro focused, and in doing so provides what could be the score for an old racing video game, before ‘Choose One’ takes us back into familiar Yosh territory with a cut of dreamy garage, with the odd dubby wobble for good measure.
We finish on a personal note with ‘Home’, a cut that epitomises that good feeling that can only come with returning to a place of comfort; relaxed atmospherics and 2-step rhythms providing the perfect warm up number.
A1. Don’t Say
A2. All That Acid
B1. Choose One
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Alfredo Romero is back on Dansu Discs with his ‘Bottle Job’ EP.
4 originals heavily inspired by all things UKG and Dubwise. We also welcome Interplanetary Criminal back to the Dansu Discs family with his remix of ‘Raspect’ - this really isn’t one to sleep on.
A1. Wan More
A2. Man Man
B1. Raspect (Interplanetary Criminal remix)
B2. Pet Nat
Release Date: 13th August 2021
Fresh out of the K-LONE kitchen, Sweet N Tasty 001 packs a punch with four fresh flavours of delectable 4x4 UK Garage. Served warm on a 12 inch slab dripping with cheesy vocals, crisp hi-hats and tangy low-end. Sweet and Tasty means delicious delights delivered to your door, every time.
B2. Over Here
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Rotterdam based producer DJ Crisps follows up releases on Riz La Teef’s ‘South London Pressing’ and Bristol UKG label Time Is Now with three original dubs that blur the lines between garage, hardcore and breakbeat.
Crisps has a knack for breaks (see Freedom with Ell Murphy). Luvin You walks the tightrope of rough and smooth; it’s chipmunk vocals, ethereal atmospherics and nostalgic samples creating a plethora of heads down and hug-in-the-rave moments.
It’s A Dark Day is a tale of anxiety. Beginning with soft, uplifting chords it begins optimistically before bassy swells of darkness surface amongst spooked-out vocals and huge wubs. Music Is My Life sees Crisps return to garage territory with a soulful stepper that evolves into a dutty, no phones allowed affair.
Rounding off the record is a remix of Music Is My Life from standout producer Mani Festo following a wicked release on Sneaker Social Club. He delivers a typically transportative, perception-altering cut of emotionally-stirring breaks that showcases the artist's infatuation with the tension between futurism and tradition.
A1. Luvin U
A2. It's A Dark Day
B1. Music Is My Life
B2. Music Is My Life (Mani Festo Remix)
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
Relase Date: July 2021
3FD004 brings together two friends from Denmark for a split EP built around UK bass sounds with strong dubstep and UK garage influences.
Easy Touch (JONGPADAWAN’s fresh new ID) starts off the A-side with “Aerosol”—the voodoo-ish windswept voicy lead and the italo-birds are singing along with the sleek 2-step beat and the slow resonating sub. A2 “Vertikal'' speeds up the intensity: the punchy drums combined with the powerful steady bassline are hitting us right where they should while the vocal sample and the stabs are spreading an euphoric groove.
On the flip side, DJ I.D transports us into his dark universe. With a rolling beat, a crispy snare, and roaring bassline stabs, the B1 “Just Let It Happen” inhales and exhales a mysterious energy. To close the EP, the Danish artist is remixing himself, combining the heavy drive of DJ I.D with the hearty touch of DJ Sports.
a1. Easy Touch - Aerosol
a2. Easy Touch - Vertikal
b1. DJ I.D - Let It Happen
b2. DJ I.D - Let It Happen (DJ Sports Remix)
Release Date: 30th July 2021
Serious UKG pressure from the year 2000 on the reissue tip.
S.i.A. gave us 'Little Man' from her debut album 'Healing Is Difficult' on Long Lost Brother records and the mighty Exemen aka Jason Chue aka Wookie gave us these peerless remixes that are now rightfully considered bonafide classics. Easily one of the biggest underground UKG tunes at the turn of the millennium, the Exemen 'works' and instrumental versions were caned by the most discerning DJs and selectors of the time and now, tens of thousands of rewinds later..... plus famously part of DJ EZ's classic Boiler Room... here we go again!
'Little Man' is back on the streets with a fresh, legit and welcome 2021 remaster from Beau Thomas and repressed onto a nice and heavy 12" slab of wax. Bearing all the hallmarks of the classic Exemen / Wookie style, 'Little Man' is complex, soulful and heavyweight, you will want this essential UKG burner in your record bag. A true piece of history brought back courtesy of Long Lost Brother records and Above Board Distribution. Often imitated....
a1. Little Man (Exemen Works)
b1. Little Man (Exemen Works Instrumental)
Release Date: August 2021
Bourassa Records hosts PROCK's expert in broken sounds. An electronic wizard based in Lodz, he has been patiently cultivating his skills for many years, where back in the days he was familiar with the hip hop flavour. He made his debut with the EP 'Cosmic Lover' in the Røkt Laks project, released in 2016 by POGO House Records. Then the beat-making sneaker went towards UK Garage and 2Step. It can be said that he is fresh blood in the Polish field of electronic music.
The upcoming EP 'Champ Sound' is a strong material full of UKG sounds, it pays tribute to the old school garage vibes, enriched with characteristic vocals and moogy baselines for this genre. On the B-side you can expect great remixes from Polish homies such as PENERA & Private Press. The record is to be released at the turn of summer holidays. It will be available in two formats, as a 12” vinyl and a digital version.
Very limited 12", only 100 copies.
a1. Champ Sound
a2. Oh Boy!
a3. Fack To You
b1. Champ Sound (Penera Remix)
b2. Champ Sound (Private Press Remix)
Available: 7th May 2021
Man like Jubley returns to the Gather fold with his own EP; Lost Dubs, so called due to the tragedy of his hard drive wiping everything shortly after sending us the pre masters. These are some of Jubley's sole surviving tracks from that era and we're too gassed to be able to share them with you in the form of a cracking /300 run EP guaranteed to shatter the dance floors when they reopen!
A1: Rave Crossed Loves
B1: Angry Waves
B2: East London Shuffle
Repress Due: 23rd April 2021
For DSD023, Bailey Ibbs serves up a killer with his ‘Gurl’ EP. The A side delivers 3 Bailey originals, each serving up a different mood best suited for the dance floor. Where the B side provides 3 completely different flips of ‘Gurl’ delivered to you by Groovy D, Denham Audio & AK Sports.
a2. We Run
a3. What’s My Chance?
b1. Gurl (Groovy D Remix)
b2. Gurl (Denham Audio Remix)
b3. Gurl (AK Sports Remix)
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