Scott Allen & Blade - "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 - "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.
Review: Soul Deep offer up the goods once more, this time with Good Looking and Telluric favourite Blade. British born and Bristol Based, Blade's sounds have been catching the attention of heads in the D&B scene for years thanks to constant support from leading man in the game LTJ Bukem. This EP is a dazzling example of him at his liquid D&B prime, rolling forward with deep, driving rhythms and sweet, tuneful melodies. No stranger to techy rhythms, each track has a distinctly edgy vibe owing to Blade's on point production. Bringing power behind every beat, not only is this release soulful, but it's big enough to command any room. Full of surprises, this one.
Review: Ah nice, another heady hit of emotion comes our way from Soul Deep. For the first two cuts Blade has clearly been influenced by Submotion Orchestra, taking two of the band's tried and tested soulful dub pieces and pimping them into drifty D&B rollers. "Wait For You", meanwhile, takes a more Calibre swerve with a lush string-drenched groove. "The Spot" finishes the set with flowing old school sensibility. Stripped back and vibing, this one's all about the slinky bass and spine-tingling build.
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: LA based label Soul Deep always come with the goods and of course this release from Blade is no exception. 'Blackbird' see crisp breaks cascading like a rampant, unstoppable waterfall, broken by occasional bursts of nostalgic rave vocals and waves of euphoric sound. 'Bella L'amore' is a twinkling drop of rolling liquid gold, the drums and fast and ferocious and completely juxtaposed to the melody and the soft warm bass.
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: In a culmination of influences and creative brainwaves, Blade & Conspire have got together and created something really special for Soul Deep Exclusives. Rather than the uplifting liquid often enjoyed from the label, this release is darker - somehow deeper and richer sounding, and with more references to the past. Pushing an old school sound without sounding hackneyed is difficult, but "True Pioneers" (we hope it's a pun), is a beautiful mix of old and new, blending dusted-off breaks with a futuristic soundscape. "Signals" packs far more of a junglist punch, and "9 To 5" thankfully forgoes Nashville to bring minimal, futuristic sounds based around a dampened scaffolding of beats. High grade.
Review: Working in some deep, old school vibes on "Dreaming Of Darkness", Scott Allen takes extra care to make sure his warm fuzz of a bassline has just the right level of impact. It's a cleverly created track, sounding fresh and familiar all at the same time but the attention to detail is what gets our vote. Blade joins Scott Allen for a sunnier approach with "Emotions". Hard rolling and full of soulful samples, it's the perfect addition to any liquid fan's collection.