Highly Swung Records have flown the flag for quality Garage, UKG, 2 Step and Bass Music for almost 2 years. The label has been host to top class releases from Kindred Soul, B1G PROJ3CT, 2 Rotten Scoundrels,Tigs, Ayrton Hood, Impact, Pud & Dan, GWM, Scott & Nick and many more. In May this year, Highly Swung will take things to a whole new level with a various artist compilation called ‘Highly Anticipated Volume 1′
Lets take a deep dive into the tracks on this album starting with Bad Habit ‘Nightlife’, a modern 2 stepper that incorporates elements of Future Soul and classic UKG rhythms- 2 Step 2.0 for the nowties
Of course, there is nothing wrong with going completely oldskool and 4×4 Garage chugger, Danny Phillips ‘Light Of Love’ basks in the warm sun of late 90s/early 00’s Garage with a Disco flourish
Of all the many sub-genres to come out of the musical style rooted in DJ Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage DJ sets is one very unique sound that owes as much to UK Hardcore & Jungle as it does to New York House music. We are of course talking about Speed Garage, the style that blew up in 1997 due to Double 99’s ‘Ripgroove’. Now that little history lesson is out of the way, Highly Anticipated has its own slice of Speed Garage thanks to Dista with ‘Feel Me’, the Sheffield native has done much to revive this sound and he really hits home with this pure and authentic track.
Next up, label boss iMPACT teases some nice melodic guitar riffs into a bouncing 4×4 heater ‘Flex Factor’, a track that bridges the sound of two decades combining the original UKG sound with a fresh Bass music twist.
Now, we all know about Craig David, the guy has a great voice, no doubt about it. But another great voice you should hear is the voice of Martin Carr and we get a taste of it with ‘Stronger’ Proper UKG needs some soul and Martin Carr – Stronger has bucketloads of it!!!
More fast paced oldskool influenced action comes from Switzerland’s Radical DJ with ‘Hear No Evil’, a combo of uptempo skipping beats, well-rounded grimey bass and eerie strings. Save Link As ‘Concrete’ furthers the theme of golden era beats with a sparse 2 stepper that keeps it brilliantly straight to the point with chopped up vocals and Techy synths.
Germany’s Zemon ‘Block’ opens up carnival-style before going on the attack with an intense mother load of buzzing like bees bass and pounding kicks.
Lamont Dex serves up a nice cold ‘Brandy N Coke’, a great blend of classic 4×4 Garage organs and thumping beats. Midi Logic Ft Karen B ‘Forever’ is the proper song of the album with R&B style keys and spectacularly sung lyrics. Mikey Smith makes sure his contribution of ‘Simplistic’ count, it’s a real galloper with speaker pleasing subs and a busy arrangement with Nice N’ Ripe undertones. Oldskool ravers will love Californian Rob Bliss ‘Gift Of Life’, the crunching amen breaks and 1992 hardcore pianos touch on that all important Uk connection that links the warehouse sound of the early 90s to the UKG, House & Bass sound.
‘Highly Anticipated Volume 1′ affirms the standing of Highly Swung as one of the premium Garage labels both locally and globaly while showcasing real talent and continuing the legacy of one of the most popular sub-genres to come out of underground dance music. You won’t want to miss out on this massive LP when it hits the download stores this May.
Pud & Dan pull a classic vocal 2 stepper out of the bag for Highly Swung Records. ‘Marvel Man’ featuring rhymes from Mc Marvel is a pure 00’s style UKG track in the style of the legendary ‘Fly By’, pure vibes!!!
Time for a Sunday round of big beats!!! For your Funky Breaks fix Rory Hoy Vs Kitten & The Hip have just the medicine with ‘Dirty Little Secret’ on Super Hi Fi Recordings. The Fort Knox Five remix of ‘Dirty Little Secret’ is No1 on our playlist.
And for the lovers of House Music we have plenty of goodies for your ears. The rising talent that is Chris Sammarco dazzles us with a dreamy slice of oldskool US House on the Kidology imprint, it’s called ‘I’m A Fool’ and we love it!
Black Tantra ‘Big Trouble’ on the We Jack imprint is a delightful number with summery pianos and husky vocals. Tough Love have a suitably tough number out with big whomps and twisted vocals called ‘Friday Night’. Rhythm Staircase ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ out on motion has a mid 90’s Tribal House thing going on with a hypnotic thud, Garage style beats and hypnotic horns.
When Skapes is in the joint you know the ‘Music’s Pumpin’ and it most certainly is on this nice thumping roller. And to get the warehouse party heaving is Glen Coombs on the excellent Criminal Hype imprint with the essential ‘Warehouse Jams EP’ featuring remixes from Leon & Vibe Killers.
Next up on our playlist is another great warehouse jam, namely Eyes Everywhere‘s ‘FiveO’ taken from the ‘Family & Friends Vol One’ compilation on Desert Hearts Records. Then from the warehouse to the Garage we go with Kindred Soul ‘She’s Got It’, quality classic UKG sounds out on Highly Swung Records.
Simma Black have some of their signature chugging Tech House out, this time Maur take the reigns with their ‘Nocturnal Volume EP. W.H.A.T.A.M.I spread the feelgood grooves with some bright and warm piano house called ‘Domino’ out on MVMT. On a deeper tip is the wonderful sounds of Black Coffee with ‘Buya’ remixed by Loco Dice out on Get Physical.
On DeFunkt Recordings,Stayin’ Low & Chinooq go in with big euphoric pianos just the way we love ‘em. Check out their ‘Al Fresco EP’, it’s a gem. Kryder whip up a ravey storm with a stomping remix of Bob Sinclair ‘Someone Who Needs Me’ on Spinin‘. Fat! Records provide some ‘Late Night Chill’ with their new compilation featuring material of a laid back nature from their back cat plus some fresh new tracks too.
Staying in more of a chilled mood we have Oxen Butcher with their melodic ‘Chills EP’. and from chilled to Funky, Karmic Power Records funks us up with FunkyOne‘s ‘Behind The Love’. No18 on our top picks playlist is a huge collab between Lupe Fuentes & Todd Terry ‘Jack In The House’ out via In The Loop.
Our House Music picks draw to a close with some choice cuts from Project Soul on Exhilarated Recordings, the sparkling soulful vocal house of ‘Question My Love’ is a must for your ears. Layout & Maverik‘s ‘Hot For You’ buzzes with electrifying synths and tough beats. It’s out now on Substance. Hoodrat‘s ‘Come Back EP’ on DeFunkt Recordings features the gorgeous Garagey groove ‘Love Me Because’ featured at No21 in our playlist.
JONO dons some shiny Techno boots for the dark pumping ‘Knocking On The Sky EP’ on DualOrbit Recordings, get your stomp on for this one!!! Raveskool Recordings have only gone and released the best NuSkool Hardcore track of 2016. You can thank the talented duo of Monks & Mort for the rushin’ ‘ardcore of ‘Don’t You Want’, it’s massive!
Another incredibly talented artist, one we have tons of love for is Motivbreaks. He has a new EP out on VIM containing two lush tracks that combine 92 Rave, Breaks, House & Garage all in his signature haunting yet euphoric style.
On the mellow mid-tempo bass tip is Eliphante whose ‘Catching On’ gives Major Lazer a serious run for the money when it comes to downright catchy sounds. The Art aud imprint has the second of it’s ‘Secret Rave EPs’ out featuring oldskool hardcore style tracks by Anybody Anytime, G-23 + Rivet, Myler & Textasy who clearly loves the classic video game ‘Streets Of Rage’
We go into some futuristic Footwork and plenty of Drum & Bass kicking off with a great experimental track from Fekix‘s new EP on Good Street Records. Gradual & Impak have a huge EP for free up on Technique Recording‘s Soundcloud page. Beat Assassins ‘Deny’ opens with a striking intro leading into organ driven vocal DnB plus a remix from DJ Rap!
MC Fats has a brand new EP of awesome collabs with Alibi, Brother, Mini M, Squarewave & Serum continuing his excellent series of releases on his U Understand Me imprint. Caspar & Rusko team up for an EP of slickly produced cutting edge Grime/Bass music titled the ‘Fruity Loops EP’, it is of course fiyaah!!
Out on Rasta Vibez for lovers of Vinyl & Ragga Jungle, Mystic Pulse & Gunman provide the fiyah beats and vocals that will have crowds jumping! North Base‘s latest release is the stunning big room vocal DnB of ‘I Found You’ out on Audioporn. And we conclude this round-up with some deep ground breaking DnB from Ed:It,Handra & Mystic State on the cutting edge Addictive Behaviour label.
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Originally part of a free release DJ Impact’s ‘Cole Train’ gets a VIP from the man himself which is a sick 138 Trek influenced rolling breakbeat garage banger.
Further remixes are supplied by Moony with a skanking grimey UK Funky style refix. A machine gun delivery rapid fire grime refix from Tigs picks up the tempo while Pud & Dan revisit the Dubstep sound of the late 00’s reliving some great memories.
Fresh Bass Music from Jay Tripwire, The Reign, Catchment x No Artificial Colours plus more in our ten picks of the day
1.Jay Tripwire – Cascadia Represent
Jay Tripwire’s back on Viva Recordings with the Cascadia Represent! EP. as with his previous EPs for the label we get that fertile ground of dubby goodness somewhere between House and Techno. 3 tracks that personify underground club music for real tastemakers
2.The Reign – Are You Missing Me
Big anthem time from The Reign, take a huge catchy vocal, sprinkle in some infectious club primed piano house and you have a feelgood track for those summer nights!!!
S3aN J4Y’s back on Sweep The Floor Recs with another massive vocal house tune ‘The One’ sung by Hayley J brown and packed with excellent remixes including our fave version by Dots Per Inch
8.Gribzy – Sunken Soul
A fine mixture of 4×4 Bass House and stepping Grime influenced bass music from the rising talent Gribzy out now on Future Follower
9.S.Chu- Secret Player EP
Right from the start of ‘Subwalker’ the beats pound pleasingly, the vocal snippets set the tone and mood with deep bassy atmosphere. ‘Going Down’ ventures into Ghetto House parts for some tough n funky dancefloor action. Be sure to snap up S. Chu’s ‘Secret Player EP’ out on Simma Red
10.Rob Bliss- Listen to the Sunshine EP
Rob Bliss relives the raving days of the 90s with one breakbeat garage banger, one 4×4 chugger and a full on Jungle/DnB heater all with big ravey sounds and the unmistakable much loved oldskool feel
When SR does oldskool he does real authentic oldskool that sounds like it jumped in the Delorean from 1992/93. Tracks like the original 93 Jungle Tekno sound of ‘MC DJ’, the 94′ style rollout of rumbling Jungle bass that is ‘Tremor’, the 92 style proto Jungle of ‘Sapphire Wing’ and finally the 91/92 Reinforced Recs dark breakbeat hardocre of ‘Vampire’
Out now on Onefold Digital, the dark gangsta rap meets house of ‘2 Shots’ and bassy Redlight influenced sounds in the club heater ’80 Proof’. A BIG release in every sense of the word
6.VA-Ammo Box V2
Natty Dub recordings return with the second volume of their Ammo Box EP series. The quality of production is incredibly high with tracks from Saxxon/Cabin Fever, Sureshock, Version, Kenji & DJ Hybrid.
Each track on the EP is unique touching a variety of production styles skillfully often in one single track. In a time where there is a constant stream of new DnB tunes Natty Dub gives us tracks that you’ll be playing long after the release date.
Two bouncing house rollers with plenty of low end from Danuba debuting on the always excelling imprint Dolphin Friendly Tunage. Deep bassy garage house flavas and a top remix from Chunk on ‘Took My Love Away’
Remastered originals and fresh remixes of a big release from the oldskool hardcore days. ‘Mega City 2′ features brand new remixes from Beardy & DJ Jedi. Pre Order coming at the end of this month Vinyl & Digital via Jedi recordings, top banana!!
The bass o meter is off the scale today. We’ve got some awesome House, Bass n Breaks for you. All these tracks are out in the download stores, most have buy links in the soundcloud players, otherwise just google their names, lets proceed……..
Alex Agore- What U Need
What a truly talented producer Alex Agore is and how awesome is his new 4 track EP for Closer To Truth. What we love about this EP is the attention to detail, the uplifting bumpy vibes and classic garage sound updated for 2016
Jeromy Nail- Farewell Dialogue
Featuring remixes from the likes of Jay Tripwire, Jeromy Nails’ ‘Farewell Dialogue’ is a brilliant slice of dubby techno/tech house with deep deep vibes!!
Pud & Dan – Tear The Club Down/Ghetto Blaster
Highly Swung Records keep bringing the good good bass and what a hefty dose we get with Pud & Dans’ club smashing rolex wearing stylin n profilin 2 tracker, wooooo!!!! Proper Bass Garage bizznizz just the way we love it!!!
Hansgod- Etheric Bells EP [DETONE]
Taken from a wonderful deeper than deep EP of dreamy techno out now on Detone
Ovis – Click Clack EP
And for our weekly dose of all things Simma Black n Red, Ovis leads the way with a 3 tracker that’s a firm favourite of ours. This is the absolute definition of gangsta house, ruthlessly stripped back techno style kick drums meet gangsta rap and bumpin house, click clack!!!
Animst – Simma Down EP
A tidy EP of tracks from Animist plus colabs with Moshun, our fave on here is the vocal mix of Thumpa which combines classic house diva vox with some thumpingly good beats!!!!
Gold Teeth – Drop Emma EP
Good vibes all round from Gold Teeth with a 3 tracker thats, well.. gold!!!
Bobby Harvey – Drop That
We like our beats phat, phunky n chunky and Bobby Harvey ‘Drop That’ satisfies all those bass needs and then some!!!
Jon Sweetname – Loretta EP
We love Myriad Black, an imprint that has carved a niche for quality deep underground house & techno. Jon Sweetname keeps up that niche with three tracks that will lock you in their captivating grooves
Amy Mcknight – Deep End
Amy McKnight has an amazing voice, her new track ‘Deep end’ features diverse and top notch remixes from DnB to Garage and we love this Polar Bears Can Dance remix in particular
B-liv – So High
Beta Rebels continue to push the boundaries of house and techno yet keep it club ready with a new release from B liv that is totally intense in the best posible way
Alex Aleman – Plastic House
Nothing plastic about Alex Alemans’ new track on MonkeyFish, it’s prime time Tech House that will send a rush down your spine!!!
Sam Sky & Tony Soul & Joris Dee – America
Rather like the S of A this track is deep, vast and full of shock and awe albeit in a positive way all down to the deeep griniding rhythmic vibes and cool spoken word vox. This one’s gonna heat up the white Isle nicely we think!!!
Amaar Baz Ft Whydee- Sugar
Onefold Records raise the bar with a great vocal club track from Amaar Baz Ft Whydee. ‘Sugar’ is one incredible tune, like so many before on the label it quite simply should get national airplay and cross over in a big way. Fact is you can’t keep a great label down especially one that perseveres and finds great tracks like this, oh and there is an awesome remix from Tempo Elektrik too, nuff said!!!
J Russell – Lovely
Lovely stuff from J Russel. Another top slice of underground house from motion recs UK, a label you need to get to know if you haven’t already, proof, awesome house heaters like this one!!
Corbo – Mission EP
2 swirling slices of funky underground techno/tech house from Corbo, here’s an artist to watch out for with two tracks to seriously wet your appetite
Adam Vyt takes Otter ‘Funk It Up’ and sundries it with a funky breaks remix straight outt Californai beach!!!! A massive track for breaks lovers and a sure fire heater for a long time to come, out now on Bad Habit Muzik
Ed 808 – Root Cause E.P
Future Junglistic bigness from Ed 808 on Audio Science, an EP filled with crisp amen break fueled heavy duty bass weightiness!!!
First there was the Panama papers now Dosage reveals ‘Panama Peppers’ it appears they and their associates at Saucy Recs have been harbouring offshore bass holdings but now have kindly redistributed these saucy bangers for public consumption, just go easy mind, there is LOT of bass here and high grade bass at that!!!
eSquire & Petch ‘Losing My Mind (Remixes)
How to make a huge club anthem even bigger? get the likes of Rare Candy & Co on the case for some classy vocal house shenanigans to lose your mind to!!!
DJOKO & Luca Secco – Solace Rhythm
When DJOKO is on the case you can expect nothing but the bumpiest most organ grinding and bassy house brilliance. Thier new track with Luca Secco is all that and then some plus massive remixes from Jeremy Juno & Dennis Quin
Golf Clap & Mike Millrain – Forget The Past
The brilliant Mike Millrain and Golf Clap unleash their conquering house anthem ‘Forget The Past’ with brand new remixes from Skapes and a 2 step re rub from Mike Millrain, big!!!!
Eskuche & Nu Sky- All We Do EP
Just one of the many things we love madly about this new EP on audio Rehab is a house rethink of the clasic ‘The Message’ ah huh huh huh!!!! Awesome!!!
Maff Boothroyd- Dreams Come True
We’ll say it now, one of the best house tracks of 2016 from the incredibly talented Maff Boothroyd plus remixes that include the likes of Greco!!!! Huge with a capital H!!!
VA- We’re Autastic
A ram packed LP of many different shades of house (and a touch of Paul Woolford style breaks) that includes luminaries such as Rob Made on the tracklist and al for an awesome cause? No brainer, get your copy now!!!
Just in time for the white Isle annual antics, 18 09 Records give us ‘Dazed And Confused’ by Emphatroit, whether your a techno head of or a house lover, this ones got you covered, big, bold, bright and brilliant!!!
Sakke- 4 Love
Late night lovers and house music heads get ready, Sakke has this gorgeous groover ready to fix that dancefloor craving with atmospheric vibes, melodic strings and deep down low beats n bass
Kzee Mchunu & Floyd La Lunar Ejaculate
More chilled almost lounge esque house action from Floyd La Lunar this time teaming up with Kzee Mchunu, it’s chilled, funky, light and fantastic, it’s a whole frsh new take on house music and belongs in your buy cart!!!!
DDOG Anthem / Burning The Way
Grimey bass house and firing DnB from DDOG on Bass=Win, a brand new artist to the label showing huge promise with these two dancefloor scorchers!!!
Dirty Secretz- Freakin Weekend
Funky house action for your weekend, if you love labels like Defected et al then this finely crafted groove is just made for you!!!
VA- Floor To Floor
The best techno and house you will hear this year, a massive comp featuring huge tracks from Dusky, Mella Dee and a heap more
We have a pretty big backlog of tunes to blog for you and we wouldn’t want you missing out on the bass!!!! So, without further ado…..
VA- MNK001 [Manuka Records]
When Hypho is the driving force behind a new label you know this is going to be big!!! Manuka Records launches with a free compilation of dark bass n breaks including top producers such as Bojcot Selectah, Galvatron & Delo
The Tough Love team are back with another massive vocal house anthem for 2016, thanks to the lovely vocals of Arlissa and the signature carnival tinged Tough Love sound ‘Touch’ is already tearing things up
Vital Elements & Micky Finn- So Good/True Guidance [Serial Killaz Recordings]
When a veteran and true legend like Micky Finn is involved, you know you’re in for something extra special. Teaming up with Vital Elements, DnB gets elevated to a whole new level with two forward thinking but most certainly dancefloor ready productions
L Double – Back in the Jungle LP [Flex Industries]
Hosted by original junglist L Double ‘Back To The Jungle’ is a huge selection of across board Jungle/DnB from Liquid to Tearout, 140BPM to 180BPm featuring an array of talent including Galvatron, Greekboy, 2Brainz, Scattyone, Direct Feed & Satin plus more
Hailing from East London, Kaylah shows some real talent and amazing production skills with two squelching and bleeping slices of Acid/Tech House. ‘They Don’t Know’ bounces along with firm intent and ‘Tripped; is nothing short of melodic brilliance
This label just keeps getting better, we’ve said it before, we’re saying it again. Screechin’ bouncin’ bassy tech house straight from the ghetto is what’s on offer from De Vriend plus straight up dope, straight up jackin’ remixes from the likes of Chunk