Review: The D&B scene wouldn't be the vibrant place it is today without the existence of Artificial Intelligence, so it's surprising to be reminded that they've "only" been around for a decade. Still, in those 10 years they've managed to cement themselves as true pioneers of their sound, pushing soulful drum and bass in ever darker directions. Tracks like "Deadly Melody" and "Thundercloud" showcase their love for all things deep and destructive, but opener "Forgotten Truths" is truly beautiful, albeit with rumbling stormclouds overhead. A stunning start to 2015.
Review: Glenn and Zula return to the Headz mothership with four more unchartered adventures. "Reprisal" sets both scene and benchmark with a unique textured jazz theme and time-defying glitches in the rhythm, it's joined by the switch-flipping ice cannon blasts of "Sicario", the yearning cinematic guitar soars and rushy uplift of "Intimacy". Finally "Force Of Habit" brings us to cosmic, 23rd century climax with its dense weaves of futuristic bass, thundering drums and hypnotic atmospheres. Matchless.
Review: Artificial Intelligence wrap up their album-sized project The Series with a fourth and final dispatch "Outtakes". While outtakes are usually the sole preserve of bloopers and things not good enough for the final cut, here we find Glen and Zula in flip mode as they serve up some of their tastiest dishes of the whole project banquet. "Even Though" ripples like the most soulful tide you've ever dipped your toes in, "Inwards" soothes with a layers of textured vocal elements, "Tainted Soul" is a trip beyond the known universe on a rocket made of sadness while "Masonics" sends us packing with unhealthy doses of lilting pianos and rumbling subs. Classic AI business through and through.
Review: Five years have passed since AI's debut album Stand Alone. Five years worth waiting: After a string of universally received samplers, Glen and Zula finally unleash the whole set. Clearly in journey mode, the LP works really well as a listening experience as much as it does in the dance. From the gentle wafts and breezes of "Aroma" to the much darker DRS-drenched designs of "Pass The Buck" and the gritty, Metalheadz homage "The Source" back the majestic touches of two Dawn Wall collaborations, this is Artificial Intelligence at their most comprehensive and clear. Attention to detail has been paid to the finish of each track, ensuring a sheen and consistency that you really don't hear in drum & bass albums that often. Timeless.
Review: Artificial Intelligence and their very own Integral Records are to liquid D&B what hydrogen is to the universe - everywhere. Their unique brand of soulful, rolling music has given unforgettable moments to so many, both in terms of their own productions as well as on their label. The Series: Season 2 is the latest, a four-tracker that exemplifies their sound with pure style. 'B.A.D.A' is wispy and emotional; 'Waiting Room' combines a luscious vocal with intricate depth; 'Smoke Screens' is pulsating, wide and full of ambience; 'Boxed In' fills up the range with dream-worthy pads and crisp percussive lines. This EP is an essential for anyone who loves their D&B on the lighter end of the spectrum.
Review: Integral Records owners Artificial Intelligence launch a new series on the label, dedicated to futuristic sounds. "Degrees of Separation" is a mellow affair, with soulful vocals and atmospheric melodies unfolding over understated drums. On "Missing Piece", the pace is faster and the drums more urgent, but it also features mournful, distended vocals and soft-focus musical elements. While "Tannan" has a slightly darker edge thanks to its slivers of moody bass and tight, insistent break beats, in the main Season 1 is a deeply soulful affair - best typified by the beautiful piano lines that play out over "Street Scenes".
Review: Marking a triumphant return after last year's widely lauded Stand Alone LP, Artificial Intelligence offer up this brace of relicks. Firstly they overhaul "Pigeon Hole" with assistance on mic duties from the ever reliable MC DRS. Originally an instrumental track, his vocal lends a fresh flavour to this standout track from the album. Up next, the mighty Dillinja returns to do the damage on 2004's classic "Uprising" which switches things up with typically frantic percussion and furious bass stabs. Made to be played on the loudest system known to man.
Review: Barely half a year has passed since their long-awaited second album Timeline and Glen and Zula return with four more alluring constructs: "Stand Firm" flexes into the darker side with deft navigation from Visionobi while "Ghost Racoon" goes all-out darkside with its pneumatic hammers and tongs. For deeper experiences head for the sub-rattled "Reunion" and the sublime "Shrine". With its swooning chords and rich orchestration it's near-classical in its dynamism and weight. It's not the title track for nothing... Shrine on you crazy junglists.
Review: Five years have passed since Artificial Intelligence last gave the world an album. The world of drum & bass has changed vastly since then, but they continue to plough their timeless path uncompromisingly. Like the first sampler, this EP features some very well selected guests (Terri Walker who has worked extensively with Spectrasoul and Swindle and the anonymous Dawn Wall) but the real stars are Zulu and Glenn. "Is This Real" is a purring double bass glider a la Full Cycle, "Scrolls" is a majestic diva-peppered dreamer (think early High Contrast or Logistics) "Justify" is a big old soul shock-out that's up there with their modern-classic "You Can Dream". Album hype doesn't get more beautiful than this.
Review: Artificial Intelligence's new album is en route... And if this first sampler is anything to go by it's loaded with serious next level goodness. Two major league collaborations at play: First up DRS spits his distinctive barbed bars over a dystopian cymbal splashing grit-fest. Next up is a filth-ridden growler with the equally unstoppable SCAR. Just a snifter of the bassline is enough to intoxicate you for a week. Powerful sounds; bring on the album!
Review: Integral by label name, integral to the scene full stop: Glenn and Zula's AI partnership has been a prominent and consistent voice since the early 2000s. Since 2010 we've seen them dig deep into the album artform with Stand Alone kicking off a slew of LPs, currently climaxing with The Series. Delivered over four parts - two last year, two this year - the full set spans their full gamut touching deep daydream rollers such as "Savour" to much darker, heavyweight pieces such as "Isolate". Each made for the club but executed with depth and restraint to that lends itself to any scenario, it's a great way to sign out of this decade and prime us for what's to come. Integral by nature.
Review: Artificial Intelligence need no introduction after the tunes they've given to the D&B cause over the years. Smashing out hit after hit, it's no surprise that their latest from the ever-prestigious Metalheadz camp is an all-out hurter. Stepping hard with techy breaks, there's no doubt "Dillirious" is well on it's way to crowding out dancefloors across the globe. Reining back the crazed passion for a minute on the flipside, warm vibes and smooth, soulful lyrics are juxtaposed against crisp percussion. Showing both sides of the AI coin, this release proves there's still nothing they can't do.
Review: Artificial Intelligence's Integral imprint hits its second "Glow" volume and once again loads it with total D&B futurism from friends old and new. The bosses take the lead with a heavily textured stepper that's weighed down by a breath-taking reverse lead sound and processed vocals on "The Need", Air K & Cephei sprinkle some mountain fresh Austrian emotional gold into the mix with "Way Home", Satl & Djah flex on the low swinging soul vibe where the sample chimes softly just below the perfectly tuned rolling break and Serpico closes with the majestic soul-out "Illusion". Glowing.
Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: If you thought you were in for a treat with a brand new Jubei tune to rinse, just how much better did your day get when you found out dBridge was in on the action? A deep, dark, filthy rumbler of a track, "These Things" VIP was made especially for underground dancefloors in the dead of winter. Artificial Intelligence follows up with "Dillirious" VIP which looks to be one of the pair's most aggressively roof-raising releases in recent memory. Packed with punchy snares and a big, menacing bassline that just keeps on uncoiling from a tight mid-range of Tesla coil effects, it's the best conclusion to two perfect VIPs hammered out of two already damn good tracks.