As summer blooms into full swing and we gear up for live music to be back in full force, the joyously expansive UK garage scene seems to be a sure-fire choice for all those ready to party once again. In perfect timing for this, we have been graced with the newest compilation release from none other than 1Forty themselves, who bring wasted no time in delivering another sweeping selection of tracks after their Bassline compilation EP still hot off the press.
The slick antics of Gloucestershire’s own Kobe JT have been lighting up dancefloors for a long time now, but the gracefully relatable Lyrical Strally lifts the producer’s already uplifting slice of UKG into an irresistible groove. Lyrical Strally’s return to the label was also one that was highly anticipated after his previous release – Clouds – and On My Way does not disappoint with a touch of ambience cutting through his crisp bars. The 2-step slammer is another clear show of exactly why the pair continue to be ones to watch across the board.
Dropping subs – but definitely not energy – low is the addition of Murder He Wrote’s signature slower, funkier approach with the track Pressure Dip alongside DJ Ayy Den. Groovy textures join forces with a bassline which wouldn’t be out of place in a dubstep roller, giving us a warbler juxtaposed with soaring pads and jaunty sample work.
Part of the fresh-faced generation of garage producers, The Phat Controlla brings his signature speed garage-infused stylistics to the EP, with a warper in its purest form by the name of IMSONORF. Paying homage to the legacy of Niche in the north of the UK in its name, the producer’s addition to the release steers clear of anything subtle – instead opting for sharp vocal stabs to match the rolling basslines throughout.
A love letter to the noughties’ era of UK funky closes off the release with a creation from Ronnie Loko – supplying nostalgic yet ice cold grooves from start to finish. Loko chooses to revolve Kingdom Power around a simple beat, with a whisper of influence from the other side of the pond – namely the Jersey club genre. Deeply rattling vibrancy in the punchy rhythms pair well with the synth jabs adding a euphoric spark, making this track one to watch over the coming months.
The four-track release from 1Forty packs a punch in its short run, taking us on an exhilarating crash-course in two of the finest genres to come out of the UK underground scene. Bringing an inspired edge to their already memorable stream of releases this year, it seems inevitable this selection will be one to continue the success of the label’s compilation series.