To end on tonight, a truly superb four-track UKG/bass music EP from Affectionate Records, a new label in the NexGen Music group that was only set up in December, and that’s based jointly in Washington DC and London.
My Love gets the ball rolling, which has that soulful, Tuff Jammy vibe but underpinned by stuttering, thoroughly contemporary-sounding beats. Gangsta is a fine concoction of smooth, rolling beats and hefty warping bass that, as befits the label’s transAtlantic heritage, samples dialogue from both Ray Liotta and Michael Caine (with some ragga shouts in there too). More reggae vox grace Broken Lines itself, which also features a proper dub bassline*. And then finally there’s the proper retro two-step bizniss of Breakaway.
Quality all round here, but if pushed then Gangsta takes the gold (as they’re prone too, I guess!)
About: As stated above, Affectionate Grooves are the latest addition to a label camp (NexGen) that also includes NexGen Records (D&B) and Migration Recordings (dubstep). They describe their remit as “UK garage, two-step, speed garage, deep house, funky house and more” and you can find ’em on Soundcloud or at their own website.
* As a side note, some of my favourite UKG back in the day was the raggga-tinged stuff, always thought it was a shame when that kind of got edged out by the more R&B-ish end of things.