Review: Next up from the Livity Sound team, we are plunged into a vibrant dreamscape of sonic manipulation and forward thinking sound design as Azu Tiwaline links up with Al Wootton for 'Alandazu'. We open the journey with a cryptic display of dubwise delays and post-breaks inspired drums on 'Blue Dub', which right from the jump gives us a beautiful introduction, based around shimmering percussion to blow your socks off. From here, 'Light Transmission', gives us a bulbous bassy arrangement, focussing on subtle bit-crushes and unusual clinks, before 'Nine Points' unleashes a stunning rhythmic display, utilizing sonic percussive drives and haunting atmospheric pressure. Finally, 'Last Scene' gives us one final soundscape, focussed on distant, heavenly sounding vocal synths and glimmering arpeggios, rounding off the EP in style. Awesome work!
Review: Livity Sound has come a long way since surfacing as something like white label for Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu's music - the latter's "Sister" a bonafide gem! Over the years it has expanded its roster to the point of becoming a landmark within UK bass music - especially that of Bristol! If you wanted to catch up with what that sound actually is, still fresh as f*** in 2021 - Molten Mirrors: A Decade Of Livity Sound is your port of call. For the first of two parts, it's Batu in the mix with a feel-good yet grubby, junkyard industrial banger "Melts Into Air" which sits nicely next to the abstracted beats of Two Shiel's "Big Style". With deeper mysticisms comes Azu Tiwaline's slower "Nissa" next to the faster polyrhythms of Forest Drive West's "Lost Signal", with Facta, Al Wooton and Cando spreading some hypercolor synths and high fidelity beats in their sessions. And check out the leftfield selection of warped, jazzy breakdowns by DJ Plead that makes for a perfect segue into Bakongo's "Ashy".
Review: Trailblazing a pathway into new fields of experimental jazz, Afro-futurism and dub to broken beats, rhythmic noise and exotic, leftfield techno, the Miles Davis referencing label (On The Corner) celebrates its tenth various artist compilation with Door To The Cosmos. As the label explains, its sound references the source; be it Detroit, UK bass culture, New Orleans or the Niger delta. Inspired furthermore by Sun Ra's infamous chant 'dare to knock at the door to the cosmos' you'll find the likes of Afrikan Sciences remixing the Collocutor ensemble to some super dubby UKG house tracks from Uffe. Jose Marquez throws down his funky strides in the rhode-laden "La Negra Lorenza" with JD Twitch slowing down the space time continuum in his warped ragtime experimental number "Agyapong". Find your percussive future techno in Babani Soundsystem's glitched "Touni Minwi" to some psychoacoustic dub outta Khalab with his track "Sorry". Here's the door, you just gotta walk through it!