Moments & Memories (Random Movement remix) - (5:35) 175 BPM
Review: Longstanding Bristol soul merchant Blade teams up with budding label Flight Pattern for three supreme slices of rolling gold. "Universal Rhythm" is a straight up salute to Bukem with more classic D&B references than you can count on two hands and feet. "What Do You Want" tips a nod to the early 2000s liquid days with its filtered sample lapping away gently while "Moments & Memories" does a really cool spectrum thing where a string sample is sent pinging side to side over rattling drums. Looking for a touch more beef? Jump on Random Movement's remix for a true moment.
Review: Blade brings us a rather delectable EP on the Fokuz imprint, full of blissed out atmospherics and lush rolling breaks. Teaming up with Arp 1 for the title track "Lithuanian Beauty", you can expect shuffling, percussive drum work and shimmering SFX to dominate. For the rest of the EP, Blade goes solo, starting with the cooing notes of "Parts Of Me" with its gentle instrumentals and vocal snippets, and progressing through to the end with concluding cut "Tingles" - a delightful, chirpy little number which just oozes soulful vibes. A beauty of an EP here from Blade.
Review: Dynamic, Pixel and Blade team up for this four-track Soul Hypnosis EP which is full of mellow, feel-good vibes for the duration. Kicking things off is Dynamic's "Indelible" with its soft, breezy atmospheric sweeps, timid breaks and glistening melodies. Next is Pixel's "Doubt" with its tripping beats, swirling piano melodies and hypnotic glow, whereafter Dynamic & Blade team up for "Soul Hypnosis" which is a more sparse offering, dominated by pattering beats and echoing vocals. Then Pixel draws things to a close with the soothing sounds of grand finale "Sequential".
Scott Allen & Blade (Dnb) - "Nobody Like You" - (5:56) 175 BPM
Scott Allen & Sunny Crimea - "When I See You Again" - (5:57) 174 BPM
Simplification & Scott Allen - "Roots Of Love" - (5:48) 175 BPM
Scott Allen & Blade (Dnb) - "Love In Your Eyes" - (5:34) 175 BPM
Review: Scott Allen steps up with his next release on Celsius. The What Lies Ahead EP is an accessible, easy listener that skirts the boundaries of liquid drum & bass with its gentle atmospherics and rolling breaks. "Nobody Like You" gets things started with an echoing vocal snippet, cooing breaks and undulating melodies - a great collab with Blade. Next Scott Allen teams up with Sunny Crimea for the equally as yearning "When I See You Again" which is full of light breaks, warm bass in a sparse, ticking soundscape. "Roots Of Love" continues to weave the narrative with Simplification - expect a soulful vocal and punchy drums before "Love In Your Eyes" brings the EP to a close.