Given their incredibly consistent release rate and the pure volume at which we have been seeing exciting new drops, it’s safe to say that the team over at Time Is Now have been very impressive across the course of 2022 so far. Since the turn of the year it’s been nearly a release a week from their camp across both the Time Is Now and Time Is Now White platforms, giving their catalogue of a seriously spicy boost as they continue to push themselves further and further into the heart of modern UKG, with their roster their positively bristling with explosive 2-stepping talent.
The last few weeks has seen them involve the likes of Shadow Child, Peaky Beats, Killjoy, Soul Mass Transit System, Yosh, Cortese, Prozak and many more, as their reign continues to grow. It’s a super exciting time for the label, with this powerful run of EP’s opening up so many avenues of sound for them. Their latest project is perhaps one of the most exciting however, as they welcome the colourful sounds of Y U QT into the fold, a producer whose uniquely bubbly take on the UKG sound has gained some serious plaudits over the last few years, with those compliments being backed up by some serious quality across this enigmatic collection.
We open up with a tidy collaboration as the instantly recognizable vocals of Ell Murphy are thrown into play across the title track ‘Sweet Fantasy’, a smooth throwback to original garage flavour, dripping in pleasing melodic energy and tidy drum production, before ‘Buss Down’ is let loose with a bag of glittering synthetics and subtle horn manipulations for another rave-ready shuffler. From here, ‘Leaving All Your Cares Behind’ arrives with another lively arrangement, this time focussing on tapdancing organ chords and smoothened electronic sweeps for another tidy addition, before the wicked vocal sampling and more minimal backdrops of ‘Just Be Friends’ gives us a tidy outro track to enjoy.
It’s a very solid collection that is sure to add a spark to any dancefloor, which you can check out via our good friends over at JunoDownload below: