Acclaimed chilled bass imprint Fent Plates introduce new face Demain, adding even more clout to their repertoire in the process. "Everywhere" is a sparkling slice of springy soulful two-step. Capucine's vocals sooth the soul instantly while the beats tickle all the right places. Remix-wise J One adds some cool piped instruments and more dubbed out effects on the riddim while Lex adds dreamy pads and a neat shuffle on the two-step. Elsewhere on the EP we find "Deep Cover" (a lush sub-heavy shuffler) and "Strange Fruits" (lo-fi jacking house with warm organ work and shimmering guitar splashes). Watch out for Demain, if this is anything to go by he's got heaps of potential.
Having recently made a lot of noise with his fiery collaboration with Majiika, "Avoiding The Issue", UK basshead Rob Sparx returns with two new nocturnal beats on Fent Plates. "Broke" is a dubby mix of detuned vocals, heavy hats and subtle bass textures that make for a warm yet menacing dubstepper, while "Try To Remember" is a pleasing counterpoint - full of bright top-end synths and strings as well as a delicate vocal from Dee Ellington sitting on top of an itchy funk-step kit.
Fresh from his Phonat-remixing OWSLA outing with ASA, Sorrow jumps aboard the good ship Fent Plates with five stunning slice of futuristic garage soul. "Chronicle" ignites with icy ambient charm before hurtling into a soppy wet two-step groove while "Cypher" jumps with more of a D&B-influenced two-step and oozes all manner of harrowed textures. Flipping the switch with soft sonic sentiments, "Kalypso" flexes a smouldering slo-mo halftime vibe that provides heaps of space for the shimmering guitars and dreamy faraway vocals. "Lover's Charm" continues the theme of sexiness thanks to more arresting vocal cries and a cool juxtaposition of industrial drum mechanics and lush organic instrumentation. "Mourner" closes the show on a much more reflective, moodier note, representing Sorrow at his fullest and most forward-thinking. A truly stunning release.
Fent Plates are quickly becoming THE hub for spacey garage music and forward-looking bass experimentations, these days. After having kicked off 2015 with a bang thanks to some pretty killer EPs, the label come through with a collaborative effort in the form of a compilation by some of its newer artists but also some fresh faces, too! Ambient bass, dubbed-out two-step and Burialesque percussive workouts would be the nest ways to encapsulate these eight cuts. We particularly love "Desolate" by Vacant for its Chain Reaction kinda feel, and also Occult's "Earl Grey" for its soulful touch.
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