Boomkat Product Review:
Manchester's Sharda follows tidy releases on Coil, Swing Ting and Kiwi with another slippery set for Local Action, bursting from UK garage roots into R&B, jungle and speed garage.
Garage is one of those genres that's much imitated, rarely nailed. Sharda's impressed before - not least on his recent set of dubs that found him reaming up with India Jordan and DJ Q, and remixing Charli XCX - and his new EP is another nod to UK soundsystem music that doesn't miss. His sound's throwback, but hybridized - standout banger 'Got to Love' fondly reminds of 187 Lockdown's mutant UK garage womp, but with housey organ sounds and syrupy vocals, it never stays in one place for too long.
'What I Feel' and 'South' are less cheeky, but more in line with Todd Edwards' clipped speed garage model. Both have the fwd motion of vintage Masters at Work remixes, juxtaposed with a bassline that speaks to Sharda's Northern roots. He cites coastal towns in the UK and Korea as an influence for the EP, and that's never more evident than on sunny closer 'No Fear', a rave anthem for a lost future.