Conducta - The Kiwi Sound

  • The follow-up to RA's favourite mix from 2019 lands you straight in a midsummer garage rave.
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  • "Yo, it's the hyperman set, AJ Tracey, live and direct / DJ mash-up, them mash-up the deck" It takes some guts to open a new mixtape with a tune that was so huge in the UK a few months ago that it's opening bars became a meme—even if you did produce it. But AJ Tracey's "Ladbroke Grove" perfectly exemplifies the mission statement of The Kiwi Sound. At once revivalist and modern, it's an up-to-date version of the garage anthems that once dominated the UK airwaves, the current garage sound that Conducta champions. Perhaps that's why an alternate mix of the song also kicked off Kiwi Krush, RA's favourite mix of 2019. For the most part, The Kiwi Sound sticks to the more traditional garage template, with bright organs, swung percussion and plenty of vocals. Garage DJs are often not afraid of deploying a well-timed hit, and that's true here. Along with "Ladbroke Grove," there are Conducta remixes of chart hits like "Boasty," by Wiley, Idris Elba, Stefflon Don and Sean Paul, and Jorja Smith and Preditah's "On My Mind." There are also more underground anthems to get behind. The heartwarming melodies of Y U QT's "U BELONG 2 ME" burst through particularly well, providing an early highlight. If you're looking for rarer tracks, you're still covered. A huge portion of the mix is dedicated to unreleased numbers from the wider Kiwi Rekords family, as well as a few deeper cuts from the world of modern garage. There's also a healthy dash of darker garage and bassline. Tracks like Mind Of A Dragons' "Wheel Up (VIP Mix)," Skelecta's "Power" and Sharda's "Peace & Love" add some vital screwface energy without ever disrupting the surrounding vibe. This is partly down to Conducta's mixing style. His blends are fast and precise, normally just a few bars long. The Kiwi Sound is well-structured and well-paced, but the energy levels remain high throughout. It's a mix less concerned with crafting a narrative than it is with painting a picture of a garage rave at its peak, spin-backs, gun fingers and all. Talk of a garage revival, spearheaded by Conducta and others, can feel a little odd at times, especially for those of us in the UK. Ever since the genre first appeared decades ago, it's been the de facto sound of the summer, blaring out of car windows and from personal speakers in parks. It might have fallen out of fashion for producers until recently, but its classic tunes always remained a key part of our national consciousness. Over the years, garage twisted itself into some of the most vital movements in the country’s recent musical heritage—sounds like dubstep, grime and bassline. I expect to hear The Kiwi Sound, as well Conducta's other mixtapes, played a lot over the summer, and for many summers to come.
  • Tracklist
      01. AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove 02. Sammy Virji - Find My Way Home 03. Conducta - Steezing feat. Coco & J'Danna 04. Yemi - Back To You 05. Sammy Virji - Oh Will 06. Mind Of A Dragon - Wheel Up (VIP) 07. Y U QT - U BELONG 2 ME 08. Prescribe Da Vibe - Cool Today 09. Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don - Boasty feat. Idris Elba (Conducta Remix) 10. TC4 - Caracas (Mixed) 11. Kamakaze x Massappeals - Last Night feat. Morgan Munroe 12. Bushbaby - Woman's Touch 13. Conducta & Sammy Virji - Alone 14. Sharda - Peace & Love 15. Conducta & Jarreau Vandal - I Like It 16. Movement & Reece West - More Than A Lot 17. Kobe JT - Somewhere Underground 18. Conducta & Sammy Virji - Whippet (Sweetie Irie Dub) 19. Higgo - Chillin 20. MPH & Hans Glader - The Birds 21. Prescribe Da Vibe - Clearer Now 22. Smasher - Rolling 23. Kitson - Kitchen Riddim 24. Jaykae - Chat feat. Local 25. Sammy Virji & Yemi - Somebody Else 26. Hamdi - Trumpet 27. Mind Of A Dragon - Caught Up 28. MPH & Harry Tremlett - Wompa 29. Salute - Feel The Same 30. Sharda - Exhaust 31. Tuff Culture - Fancy Car 32. Skelecta - When You 33. Morenight - TT 34. Y U QT - I Feel It 35. SMOAD - Beggin Me 36. Kara Marni x Champion - All Night, Pt. 1 37. The Phat Controlla - Bubblegumbud 38. Jorja Smith x Preditah - On My Mind (Conducta Remix)