Something that I don’t think many people predicted heading into the winter months was just how explosive garage music around the UK and worldwide was going to continue to be. It’s widely seen that garage is of course a summer sound, the backdrop for barbeques and beach days and a generally brigther sounding sonic landscape. However, with more labels pumping out top quality garage then ever before, it appears that winter is becoming somewhat of a new summer across the realms of underground music. Today we are going to be taking a look at a label who have always specialized in doing things a little bit differently, a little bit more outside the box with their catalogue proving that without a shadow of a doubt.
Enter: Local Action, one of the UK’s most forward thinking dance music outlets, constantly pushing boundaries and dragging the scene forward into previously unexplored territory, both through their actual catalogue and of course the fabulous roster of artists they have established close relationships with over the years. Today’s subject is Sharda, one of the most popular faces in the new school garage scene and an absolute wizard on the controls, always looking to fuse eskimo-inspired synthesis with the wavy rhythms of 2-step, near enough always yielding interesting and pleasing results. Having worked with some of the biggest UKG-sentric labels, it’s really exciting to see him once again land alongside the Local Action crew.
He makes his return with a booming four track arrangement, kicking off with the explosive arrangements and typically unique UKG-inspired switch ups of ‘South’, an instant anthem and excellent opener for this epic collection. Next, ‘What I Feel’ gives us a blast of nostalgic glory, welcoming Y U QT into the fray for a fabulous fusion of airy atmospheric textures and spacious synthesizer designs, all leading to a system-crunching crescendo. From here, we explore ‘Got To Live’, another frosty exploration into the more abstract end of UKG arrangement, boasting a booming bassline and ice cold chord progressions for a wavy arrangement, with the junglist textures of ‘No Fear’ giving us an even more throwback feel, focussing on metallic breaks and more tidy vocal sampling for a final splash of colour
The full project is an absolute masterclass in digital music design, which you can check out the full previews for below via our good friends over at JunoDownload: