Review: In case the first couple of releases passed you by, Timeisnow is a new UK garage focused sub-label from Bristol-based house stable Shall Not Fade. This is the imprint's third 12" and showcases cuts from London-based rising star Holloway, whose previous outings include contributions to split EPs from another West Country label, the under-fire Dr Banana. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the two-step brilliance of opener "Hold U Close" - all sweet, seductive female lead vocals, Armand Van Helden "dark garage" sub-bass and jazzy musical flourishes - to the breakbeat garage heaviness of "MFCC", which reminded us of Zed Bias' earliest work as Maddslinky on Sirkus. Elsewhere, "Homage To Claro" is a bouncy broken beat affair, while "Bad Days" explores the moodier end of the two-step spectrum.
Review: The Instinct label continues to champion contemporary garage, this time welcoming Holloway to drop four sure shots guaranteed to go down a storm whether you're at a minimal night or a main stage festival rave up. Logan is spitting deft bars over "Turn Up", a crisp and cool stepper laced with smooth chords. "Evanition" juggles different energies from the mellow to the nasty with a classy touch, while "Echo Tone" gets a little more melodic flex into the mix. "Out Of Town Foes" maintains the soulful mood, while keeping the synth lines snappy and slick for those who prefer a little quirkiness in their club tunage.
Review: The campaign for real, modern UKG continues unabated over at Instinct, as another crew of like-minded bassbin botherers step up with their own fresh takes on the 2-step sound. Pinder is super speedy and tight as you like with "Forever", while Instinct regular 0113 gets freaky with the subtly tripped out "Hard Lines". Zac Stanton is perhaps the stand out turn on this 12" with the absolutely surefooted and sharply soulful "Stop Tellin Me". Holloway comes in strong on the B2 though, channeling that impeccable Ghost sound for the stripped and spooky "Places To Be". Classy club gear throughout, but especially on that B side.