He may only release, on average, an EP a year, but you can always rely on Scottish artist Aesthetics for premium all-corner escapades. Often grizzly and unruly, always fine-tuned for floor flattening, each cut hits harder than a judge with a titanium hammer. "Ghetto Shit" is all about the Tyke-flavoured bass, "Soundman" is all about the classic mid 90s Headz vibe while "Night" is all about the similar era on Goodlooking. "Honeycomb" maintains the classic dynamics with overwhelming sub pressure, a surging vocal sample and classic breaks. Finally "Galaxy" brings us back to earth with a precision balance of reese charged bumps, softened by breezy, floaty pads.
The legendary Formation Records, launched by the equally mythical DJ SS back in 1989, has been a staple of the drum & bass game for almost thirty years now. The label is still going strong and SS himself is still pulling new artists out the hat like there's no tomorrow! This time it's a collaborative affair, four artists teaming up across three tunes. First up are Boyan & Boyer with "Be Right There", a deep and mystical jungle roller featuring the gorgeous vocals of Mission Zero, a tune remixed and anted-up by Subsonik. Soul Savaz goes in deeper with his wacky percussion on "From My Heart To The Heavens", steered with the help of DJ SS himself.
Channel 2 - "Let Me Love You" (Jungle mix) - (6:18) 178 BPM
Fresh from featuring on Major Lazer's "Blaze Up The Fire", Chronixx's 2013 hymn-like sing-along track "Odd Ras" gets the jungle treatment. Black Pearl affiliate Noble DNB emphasises the steppy dancehall elements of the original while 0 To 100 strips the dynamic back to a smoky pensive halftime groove. For good measure BLK PRL's Channel 2 also gets in on the version action with a busy twist of Dennis Brown's "Let Me Love You". Rockers delight.
Greece representing: dBase lays down two pearly rollers on Soul Deep. "High Above The Sea" is a well-measured, spacious liquid gem with yearning synth lines, rippling chords and just the right amount of nylon string guitar. "American Dream" is slightly darker in its intention. Less lavish chords and silkiness, more heads-down bass focus, rolling breaks and polished synth textures. The perfect combination.