Bringing their Zoltar sound back to Horizons alongside ex-partner in crime HLZ for this particularly dark slice of D&B, NFM continue to step up. Starting as they mean to go on, "Rotor" is a cold techy stepper that pushes minimal to breaking point with humming basic bass and the whirr of a lonely hi-hat. "Pantheon" plays far more to the dancefloor, with a heavy stomping beat and addictive-as-hell bassline. "Actress" is a deep and raging old-school roller that plunges through creepy atmospherics and final track "Broadwalk" is the payoff for all the upfront skanking crew junkies who will forever lust after a classic NFM bassline. Don't worry - it's all here for you. Take a hit.
Neil Landstrumm - "The Great Nonsense" - (3:47) 145 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "Dragging Under" - (4:16)
Neil Landstrumm - "Nonplussed" - (6:08)
Neil Landstrumm - "Has Anyone Seen Raz?" - (4:43)
Neil Landstrumm - "Electrified At Dawn" - (4:31)
Neil Landstrumm - "Kevin From Heaven" - (4:14)
Neil Landstrumm - "Mr Weird Loves Candyfloss" - (4:10)
Neil Landstrumm - "Two Stroke" - (3:37)
Neil Landstrumm - "£300 Just To Open The Door Yeh" - (4:07)
Neil Landstrumm - "Where Do We Begin" - (4:47)
Neil Landstrumm - "Septic Thumb" - (4:09)
Neil Landstrumm - "Keep Up" - (3:54) 145 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "Shanghai Sliders" - (3:27) 138 BPM
Neil Landstrumm & Profisee - "Want Me To Do" - (3:38) 165 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "Last Little Bit" - (4:29) 152 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "Bring The Dark Word" - (1:27)
After moonlighting on the label mere months before with the Montesa EP, Neil Landstrumm returns to Sneaker Social Club with a whopping great album of colourful jams that count amongst the most accessible tracks he has ever produced. An artist that seems to evolve in phases, Landstrumm is clearly embracing the rounded synths and melodic thrum of classic electro at present, but that's not to say he's lost any of his wayward spirit. From the detuned slur of notes on "Nonplussed" to the sassy bleep tribute of "Electrified At Dawn" there is plenty of that arch humour that has always been embedded in his singular brand of techno, just without those abrasive edges that have made his music a tad scary in the past.
Spanish producer Fernando Gomez (AKA Nelue) seems to be maturing into a discernable talent. Over the course of a handful of releases on Nang, Lovemonk and Disciple of Groove, he's begun to develop a trademark sound that sits somewhere between sun-soaked Balearic house and wide-eyed nu-disco. "John & Mary" is another slice of deep, disco-infused joy, all twinkling pianos, lazy jazz guitars, spiraling electronics and soaring chords. A trio of joyous, floor-friendly interpretations join the emotion rich original, with 2 Billion Beats' piano-laden Balearic house shuffler just being eclipsed by Light Echo's intoxicating combination of fluid, delay-laden keys, woozy melodies and fuzzy analogue bass.
A recent signing to Celsius, Nelver is from the sleepy Russian town of Bryansk, which until recently was not on any sort of drum & bass map. Now, thanks to his melodic style of rolling liquid D&B, he's starting to make an impact on the wider world. From mournful atmospherics to lively dancefloor fillers, he's got his sound down already, and he's only just started. Keep your eyes on this one, he's going to be trouble.