Skullkid has found a way to match clear Kaytranada-esque influences with a subtle, perhaps accidental nod to the two-step swagger of UK garage. ‘Even a demon cries’ ebbs and flows seamlessly with outright charisma and class, taking steps back into deeper melodic side lanes before bursting back into his well-oiled beat work.
Bristol duo Paragon (Tom Wheeler & Sam Shotaka) have with only four releases made their mark on the airways and in the clubs, gaining support from Spotify (Fresh Finds, New Music Friday UK), BBC Radio 1 (Toddla T), 1Xtra, Triple J (Hitlist), Kiss, Capital and many more. The duo incorporates elements of UK garage, house, drum and bass, dubstep and grime in their sound.
Now they team up with vocalist David Boomah (who is perhaps best known for his work with UK drum and bass artists such as Shy FX and Rene LaVice) for new single “Get Involved” (drops tomorrow February 15th via Paragon Sound/[PIAS]) which is a massive soul-infused bassed up house tune that has all the makings of being a serious party destroyer.
“David’s vocals just cut through anything as heavy and dark as you can make. Perfect for the style, he gets the message through and lifts it higher on each verse and chorus. Musically its about tension, release, and anticipation. You know what’s coming, enjoy the journey and then when it hits it gives you that rush and keeps you hooked for the next drop”
There are few finer UK bass contenders than that of Champion. What’s more, the London native has finally made with the “Snapshot” LP, a 12-track instalment of epic two-step and UK bass fundamentals. With the likes of Flava D, Jammz, Four Tet and Dream MC onboard, the LP gives one of the most comprehensive insights into bubbling UK talent and where the stalwart UK producer is making impressive power moves through connecting like minded firestarters.
â€œWe and our UK friends, J. Warner and Taet, wrote â€˜Straight 2 The Clubâ€™ on a winterâ€™s night in our studio in Oslo, Norway. We were actually on our way to the club when inspiration struck and we simply had to record it. Itâ€™s a classical love duet with a 2018 kind of vibe, a modern day Alicia Keys and Usher if you like.â€
That time of the week again and another fine edition of the Discobelle mix series.
This week sees two dope producers/dj’s from Sweden team up to form new super tag team – MRTN x DINERO (AKA Robert Dinero of Mash Up International fame and MRTN). On their debut mix they give us a fresh selection of all things dancehall, future house, moombahton, afrobeat and UK bass.
Watch out for dj dates/clubnights and more mixtapes coming from MRTN x DINERO later this fall!
UK Garage is alive and well, you just need to know where to find it. Formula Records continue to honour some of the nation’s more sacred club sounds on a regular basis, updating our record boxes this month with F2: Vol 1. Among its fine cuts, MOAD’s ‘Feels So’ gleams with two step swagger and luscious vocal licks to bring a sense of pride back into the globetrotting sound. You can now stop pretending that Craig David album was a total cop-out and catch the genre’s next shining star.
The next release on UK dance music label Love & Other comes courtesy of Bristol producer/dj GotSome who has released a handful of records on the likes of Defected, Zoo Music, This Ainâ€™t Bristol and most recently Nothing Else Matters/Ministry of Sound. His “Mystify EP” drops on Friday June 2nd.
We here at Discobelle can premiere the B-side track “Iron & Concrete” which projects a high-energy funnel of sound with itâ€™s jacked up drums, fierce and bassy low end and complimentary vocal refrain.