Changing Faces - "Nothing You Can Say" - (5:34) 175 BPM
Stunning ethereal sounds from these world-class newcomers make for an interesting Celsius release this time around. Kicking off with "One Step", Nelver and NCamargo mix wounded, soulful sounds with wistful vocal samples to create a cinematic soundscape full of longing and sadness and hope. It's unexpected then, that after this insight into another world, Changing Faces fills side two with his own version of D&B perfection, by way of rugged hats and snares, minimal atmospheric tinkering and a lot of love for the old school. "Nothing You Can Say" is a straight-up liquid instant classic with a slight jungle twist. You've got to love that.
Three Fokuz originals take their places for a sunkissed journey through the skies. Without any more cheesy plays on words, title track "Cloud Surfing" lines itself up to bring one of the Reeces of the year. Add to that stunningly light harmonies and vocals, and it's a beautiful feel good track. The rest of the EP follows suit with a host of gorgeous tunes made for serious chill sessions. "Hardest Thing" brings in some harder drums, "The One That Got Away" gets melancholy and a little edgier with electro pads and finally "Morning Sun" steps it up for a lighthearted leap through sunnier times. Gorgeous stuff.
Here's something to cheer even the stoniest of hearts; a deliciously deep, soulful and toasty collaboration between Chicago's Andrew "Change Request" Emil and stone cold legend Chez Damier. The original album version - delicious, with plenty of twinkling keys and a delightfully baggy feel - is frustratingly short, but pleasingly there are plenty of extended remixes to excite the DJs. There's a typically synth-heavy, boogie-tinged deep house rework from Sleazy McQueen under the Space Coast alias, a spacious, piano-heavy dub from Dave Allison (our pick) and a typically immersive, spaced-out deep house take from the always excellent Glenn Underground. It all adds up to an excellent package.