Since the launch of The 3000 Network there have been a selection of labels we have been keen to keep an eye on, regardless of the direction and sound they find themselves pursuing, purely due to the quality of catalogue that they had already assembled at the time of our inception. One of those labels is Leeds based imprint: 1Forty, a multigenre platform that has continuously been there to push the boundaries of the UK underground, not only releasing a wide range of different genre styles but also forging together explosive collabortive experiments, which have gone on to become landmark creations across the entire breadth of UK bass music.
Today, following on from Monday’s release, we are here to take a look at the fifth edition of their ‘Funky & Garage‘ compilation series, which over the years has been graced by a fair few legends to say the list. This addiction to multi-genre drops we find running throughout the history of 1Forty is something we absolutely love, with the Funky and Garage series being one of the most popular flagships within the 1Forty brand to say the absolute least.
They have arranged another killer line up for this most recent edition, kicking off with a sumptuous, summery collaboration entitled ‘Santorini‘ between two garage heavyweights in Sammy Virji and Smokey Bubblin’ B, who deliver nothing short of a masterclass in melodic garage design. Following on from this, we are gifted another storming link up as Higgo provides the instrumental for Lyrical Strally & Dakota Sixx to create one of the catchiest singalongs of the year in ‘Clouds‘.
Following this, we enter the funky segment of the release as PZP gets busy with a carnival inspired drum routine in ‘Undergrowth‘, a high energy roller, perfect for switching the vibe up in any tracklisting. From here we move into a grand finale as Tyrant delivers a funky / dubstep hybrid, deploying marching drumlines with a potent, piercing subline adding a secondary layer of groove to for a top quality outro.
As ever, the 1Forty team have excelled and you can check out the full project below: