Boomkat Product Review:
DJ Q’s first record in 7 years is a full-body workout touching on all UKG’s decimal places between 2-step, 4/4, Reese-fuelled jungle house and thee sweetest R&G ft. Shola Ama, Todd Edwards, and Finn
Of course he’s not been slacking since 2015’s ‘Poison/Rocky’ one-two, dashing out dozens of digital bits over the interim, but ‘Est. 2003’ is his first record, proper, in too long. The Huddersfield G takes the opportunity to bring a phalanx of friends and regular collaborators on board, notably UKG queen Shola Ama, Todd “Da God” Edwards, and its renaissance lad Finn - plus Hans Glider, Sharda, Star.One, and Lily Mckenzie - but there’s no doubt that Q is the star of his own show.
To play percivals, the glyding jungle-house/speed garage presha of ‘Speedy Gs’ with Finn is a precious one, and who can deny a spot of Shola on the sparkling R&G bubble ’n parry ‘I Can’t Stay’? Sharda’s sometimes overly busy productions are wickedly yoked back into the squiggly lead motif of ‘Heavy Like Lead’, and Todd Edwards’ lends a certain lick of debonaire flavour to ’Sweet Day’, but left to his own devices Q gets it right on the sweetspot with classic tekkerz in the G-funked flex of ‘Close Your Eyes’ for a potential late summer anthem, and those puckered 2-step drums and vocal/chord chops on ‘All That I Could’ are worthy of a big lip-smacking chef’s kiss. Mwah.