Manchester's Altered States seem to be on a mission to punctuate the world of drum and bass with soul-cleansing epic tastefulness. It's not enough for these guys to be heavy: they want people to feel the music; Perfect for Soul Deep then who've snapped them for a beautiful two piece banger. Starting off with title track "Submerged", the pair drop into a fathoming-deep bassline that gives the whole track a huge sense of space, despite its relentless hi-hats. "Time" follows on and features the stunning vocals of Sophia Wardman, taking on the more familiar shape of a straight-up liquid roller with some addictive melodies added as an extra treat. One for the sensitive souls.
DJ Limited is a wanted man right now. Nicky Blackmarket, Sigma and Ed Rush all want a piece, but nobody even knows his true identity, yet. Teamed with Fatman D on "London Slums", Limited absolutely kills it with tune after tune of serious hurters. For total annihilation, look no further than "Biological Warfare", or the smooth-starting "Orders", however there is a more technical side to this production guru too, which is audible in both mixes of the immense "London Slums". Currently taking late night radio and dancefloors everywhere by storm, it's this year's biggest contender. Get in the know.
From a glorious rolling start to shimmering, euphoria-high end, this various artist EP exudes the sort of good time feelings that usually only come with hearing liquid drum and bass on a gorgeous beach somewhere. In lieu of that scenario, this release offers sunny sounds and vibes that are enough to fool you into being there. Which is just perfect. "Blue" kicks us off with beautiful piano and sax, Flowrian's remix of "Rarities" is a flowing, bass-driven romp around funky brass and Pulsaar's "Maximillian" remix takes an edgier detour through junglist bass and percussion. Finally Rhodesomes gets a Soul Structure overhaul complete with sexy brass and an even more sultry vibe. Liquid perfection.
No Place For Me (feat Albert Tempel) - (7:37) 174 BPM
Flowers & Corners - (9:47) 169 BPM
Z - (9:29) 172 BPM
Kicking off with an eerie trip and rolling out into something much more driven, "Breaks From Inside" is the LP most drum and bass lovers long for; an LP perfect for listening to start to finish. Late night road trips, the morning commute, kicking back with headphones, everybody needs that album they can reach for when they need to be taken on an audio journey. From stellar heights to deep-down lows, it's a journey through all the sounds and textures liquid can be, as well as some excursions to hip hop, bass music and even jazz. If you only make time for one full length LP this year, make it this one. You won't be sorry.