Beat Gates delivers a scintillating four-tracker on the Inform imprint which is full of lilting melodies, deftly placed beats and shimmying SFX. Opening with the murmuring, cinematic intro of "Underground Sunset", it's all urbane sultriness before we are led into "Mellove" with its pared down soundscape and booming sub bass. Next is "Lessons Of Life" which takes a didactic tone but is actually full of chirruping melodies and sweet harmonies. Bringing things to a delightful close is "Dream Trip" with its hazy atmospherics and drifting rhythms.
Bristol-based beatmaker Modu has slowly but surely been raising his profile all year thanks to his stunning remix of Naibu - Playing With Fire on Horizons and a whole host of releases with Soul Deep and Inform. Returning to Inform once more with two tracks brimming with fresh, techy influences and airy, stepper vibes, it's clear that Modu has his eyes set firmly on filling dancefloors with his intelligent, innovative sounds. Dark and edgy but somehow effortless, there's a weightlessness to his production that has to be heard. Pick this up ASAP!
Inform offer up a sizzling selection of summer-specific sounds for our delectation, all from some of the label's most exciting upcoming talents. Kicking off with Bristolian Modu who's been known to make some of the freshest liquid sounds around for the past 12 months, the EP switches to a beautiful rolling tune from newcomer Telex. Each track sums up the sound and ethos of the label with a detailed personal stamp from each producer. It's a stunning little piece of work.
Arriving just in the nick of time to soundtrack London's (no doubt short lived) heatwave, D&B imprint Inform drop this six track Summer Selection features smooth, refined cuts from the likes of Soul Connection, Kasper, Pennygiles and Mr Joseph & Imagery. It's the latter pair who impress most with the silky sax-led liquid roller "Too Late", although Kasper's half-stepper "Zealous" and Soul Connection's dubby "Losers" are both well worth checking too.
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