There are fewer things that the UK underground dance music scene appears to be prouder of than garage music. The last two years have been a pretty blissful period for the resurrection of the genre, with a definitive shift taking place towards the more broken-beat, 2-steppy flavours of the sound, rather than the more typically 4×4 flavours of both bass and tech. This shift in rhythm and preference has seen a lot of different labels launch, but one label collection we wanted to discuss today has been working away now for a number of years, showing nothing but high levels of consistency within every release they drop.
The Slime Recordings group have been on fire throughout this whole period, with their garage-driven front runner label: Downplay being the most impressive of all their outlets. When you take a few minutes to step back and take in the catalogue they have been able to assemble, it is pretty special to admire. For their most recent unveiling, they have welcomed the sounds of Phonetix inside for a fiery new four track display, exploring the more bubbly side of the sound, which has been met with a fantastic response from both DJ’s and the general garage fandom.
We begin our dive into this one with a look at ‘The Pay-Off’, which immediately injects the project with a heap of good vibes and energetic arrangement, smashing together oldschool style bass riffs with tidy drum work from the off. Next, the horns arrive in style as ‘Lighting Fires’ combines more grimey influences with skippy rhythms for a very uniquely designed creation. The percussion then becomes the primary focus on ‘Get On Down’, as the melodic layers are stripped back to showcase some good old fashioned rhythmic flavour, before we jump into a collaborative finale. Alyssa gets involved with some tidy vocal work on ‘Goodbye’ to begin with, giving an additional delicate touch to ‘Goodbye’ to round us out in style.
You can check out the full project via our friends at JunoDownload below: