Review: Intrigue is one of the most consistent liquid labels in a drum and bass scene which has a conspicuous absence of high-quality, indie liquid imprints relative to the rougher side of things. This is their yearly album and it's on an astounding 18th year, a monumental achievement that is marked this time around with nineteen top quality cuts. Soulmotion's 'Moments of Blue' is a highlight, with a sumptuously deep back end that swells and swells to luxurious effect, as tinkling piano notes flutter through the top lines in nonchalant fashion. Label boss Ben Soundscape steps up for a remix of Raw Q's 'NY State of Mind', an Intrigue classic that he strips back and rolls out, with a supremely crisp set of drums that underpin a simple but sleek bassline. There are more cuts from Joakuim, whose halftime exploration takes him to deep depths, and The Insiders & Mutt, who get funky and old school with their liquid sounds. Sick stuff.
Review: Let's just take a moment to appreciate the romance of the title here... "Lossless Love": an unbounded tenderness that is without compression or loss of information. Or perhaps Accelerated is just stating his love for good quality audio files, who knows? What we do know is that both these tunes hit all the right spots... "Lossless Love" is all about the big sweeping chords and soft yearning vocal texture that complements the elements so well it almost hugs them while "Drifting Heart" adds a little more space between the beats, bringing our focus to the mesmerising textures that colour the tune. Feel the love.