It's always a pleasure to receive promo emails from Slime Recordings, whether the release fits the Night Tracks criteria or not, but recently I received one that most certainly does, a copy of Birmingham-based Laney's new release, 'Let It So'. The title track is a neon-coloured piece of more traditional UKG with excellent vocal work that will take you back to 1999 whether you were born or not, but the highlight for me is b-side, 'Old George'. This is a more dubbed out affair, reverb-y stabs washing back and forth over rolling tribal drums, vocals coming in only when absolutely necessary and at their most effective. Definitely one worth picking up.
Birmingham's Laney steps up for the next Slime Recordings Release. 2 originals feature on the EP. First up is the title track "Let It So" a good vibe garage track with more skip than a bush kangaroo. Ambient breakdowns make way for the crisp and punchy drums, just the right amount of vocals pitched both ways and major chords making it a track that deserves to be played with plenty sunshine, unfortunately we dont get much of that in the UK, so it's more likely to be heard in the darkened room of your local discotheque, where it will work equally as well. Next up is "Old George" which instantly picks up in pace and rudeness, much more bashy with even more focus on the dancefloor. This one will cause those moments of mayhem in the wee small hours. The build up is pretty insane before it hits you with a tribal, almost bashment affair.
The stand out for us is 'Let It So' where a hyper beat is sliced by stabs of conspicuous synth. It's a clean, crisp and grimey bit of UK garage that represents the standard of skilled bass production in 2012 - it'll tear up any dance floor willing to handle the onslaught. Second track 'Old George' is just as fierce, with a bashment-like tuning and aqueous tones to balance out the dread. The release as a whole is hard-edged - watch out!
New on Slime Recordings, Birmingham bass and UKG-head Laney steps up with two very fine modern steppers. "Let It So" builds itself around some very trigger-happy snares and half-time claps while echo-pella shots cut through over some minimal subs. On the (digital) flip, "Old George" comes in on a tougher agenda thanks to some heavy kicks and hand drum interplay, while the topline melodies are given a woozy and delirious feel.
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