The last 18 months for the team over at Time Is Now have been pretty incredible to watch from an outside perspective, as the Shall Not Fade sister-imprint continues to gain momentum in it’s release patterns, showcasing some of the most exciting underground electronic music in the UK today. The label’s clear ethos of pushing the boundaries whilst also respecting the sounds that have come before has played a huge part in the depth of their catalogue being so strong, with this latest offering being another testament to that as they welcome the rapidly rising and super-consistent sounds of Kobe JT inside. This run of white label-style releases has given so many artists an opportunity to push the boat out, which is why were so exciting to see this one land.
In the many years we have been running The 3000 Network, Kobe JT has been a name that has been synonymous with quality, with his garage-centric sound causing both ruckus-inducing energy and a level of detailed delicacy within the production behind it. It’s been such an enjoyable journey to watch, with this latest drop being just another dip into the pool of excellence we know that Kobe has bubbling right now. The project itself features four tracks, including one spicey collaboration, which in our eyes, give a very precise look at where Kobe’s production mindset is currently sitting.
We kick off with the paciest of the selection as ‘All I Do’ unleashes a warm, nostalgic display of organ-style chord instrumentation and floaty synthetic pad textures, atop a bed of intense yet not overbearing drum sounds to give the EP a crunchy introduction, before The Phat Controlla arrives for some more sub-busting action on the more niche-influenced bassline slides of ‘Next DJ’. From here, ‘Lost In The Club’ gives us a much more Horsepower-inspired design, with broken-beat 2-stepping drums and warbling LFO pulses providing the backdrop, before the euphoric synthetic energies of ‘Hope’ gives us a peaceful yet explosive landing to wrap up in style.
All four of these originals stand very strong on their own, but the EP as a whole works as a fabulous piece of sonic story-telling, which you can check out via our good friends at JunoDownload using the link below: