Cambridge-based drum & bass producer Actraiser has been chipping away at the liquid scene for the past couple of years now, but it's releases like this that put him ahead of his peers. While a number of others fluctuate between soul samples, his is a subtle combo of techy breaks and intricate little additions. It's hard to stand out in a saturated sub-genre, but he's managing it. With a strange lazy wistfulness filtering in over his basslines, there's a unique chilled atmosphere to tracks like"Sultan's Promise" and "Season's Changing". Pick this up and see for yourself.
What is there to say about Andy C that hasn't already been said? A legendary producer and DJ with his feet set firmly in the glory days of D&B and his mind on matters of modern-sounding beats that make a dancefloor itch, there's just no way that anything this man makes isn't going to be an instant hit. This particular gem is a hyperactive explosion of 70s cop show brass action and jump-up breaks. Powering through with the heaviest bassline and the whirr of super-sonic hi-hats, if you reckon your audience isn't putting in enough effort, whack this on and watch them spin out. Huge.