Review: Soul Deep continue to traverse the earth, handpicking talents from every corner. Right here we find them landing in Normandy for two velvet numbers from Frenchman Azhot. "Le Monde Est Devant Toi" is a cinematic thriller with roomy echoes of pianos and pads wrapping themselves around a mean-but-reserved bassline. "Moon" takes us deeper into Azhot's mindset by way of cascading pianos that spiral further and further into a deep groove pool that's three parts jazz, two parts classical and a smidgeon of gully. Bien!
Review: Azhot aka Ben Ben-XLR or just... Ben, is a liquid drum and bass producer from Normandy. Hey they're his words, not ours! And believe us, there's nothing dull about this fellow, check out "Feel It Comin" for instance. This is the kind of soulful breakbeat science that would make even legends like LTJ Bukem and Marcus Intalex stand up and notice. Second offering "Fonky Flush" gets more of a party starting jump up vibe happening, with some nice psychedelic guitars and jazz horns for added measure.
Review: Celebrating half a decade in the game, MSdoS's Liquid Drops gets reflective and pours back over the last year of sounds, selecting soaking soulful highlights. There have been many... 2016 was the label's most prolific year with groove upon groove every month. Highlights include the daft samplecraft and subtle gully bass squidges on Clart & MSdoS's "Disco Inferno", the dusty jazz finesse of "Morning Vibes", the overwhelming bass sensation of NCamargo & Ghibli's "Astral Drift". And that's just the tip of the freshness fountain.