Review: Reload: Drum&BassArena return to Brookes Brothers' summer soul-out and get a host of remixers to shake down its velvet emotional feels and turn it inside out. Bladerunner turns up the velocity with his rattled, high voltage roller session while InsideInfo gets his slippery glitch on in a way only he knows how. And for those interested in hearing how the mighty Brookes sound in more of an EDM/future house type of vibe look no further than Stephen Murphy's cheeky vocal twist. These remixes are going to do everything a DJ wants a remix to do!
So Many Times (Blaine Stranger remix) - (4:14) 174 BPM
Now I'm Found - (3:48) 174 BPM
Now I'm Found (Hillsdom remix) - (4:11) 174 BPM
Review: Two of the many tropical, discoid charmers from the Brookes Brothers' long-awaited second album Orange Street, both "So Many Times" and "Now I'm Found" both enjoy two on-point remixes from two hotly-tipped next-gen D&B acts. Aussie firecracker Blaine Stranger kicks "So Many Times" right up the jacksy with a devilish reese-led drive while "Now I'm Found" is reworked by Hillsdom who broke through on Pilot last year. Taking the classic elastic Brookes-style bassline and re-weaving it with a slightly darker twist, it's the perfect example of a remix complementing the original. How many times will you play it?
Review: Brookes Brothers' second album Orange Lane is just over the horizon and they've treated us to another one-track tease - "Flashing Lights". A disco-rolling, soul-surging, uplifting thrust of peaktime vitality with add Brookes signature sweetness, it's the type of tune you already sing along to before you've even finished hearing it the first time. Massive set-opener, mood-lifter or end-of-night hug-your-mates tune, Brookes Brothers never disappoint. Bring on the album!
Review: Anticipation is rising for Brookes Brothers' long-awaited second album Orange Lane. And, to keep us from barging down to whatever area of London they're from in a massive rabble and bashing their door down for the album, they keep us sweet with this sparkling soulful summer number: "Movin' On" Gilded with powerful and infectious vocals, big instrumentation and a warmth you'd usually get a from cuddle or late night spoon from a dear friend, if this is a sign of things to come, then the album is going to be dope times infinity. Vibes.
Review: Viper/Hospital collaborators Brookes Brothers and Danny Byrd go way back with numerous hook-ups dating back to 2008. Both acts' signatures are in full effect; Brookes' anthemic, disco-tinged dynamics and Byrd's peppering of glitches and shake-ups don't just complement each other but amplify one another. Throw in an emphatic vocal and you've got yourself a serious sunshine banger right here.
Review: More Good Things come... Phil and Dan Brookes return to the black and yellow brand with a seriously sultry summertime bliss-out. Opening with a halftime vibe, the smoky jazzy vibes are amplified by Amahla's soul-searching vocals while the naked piano does its hypnotising thing in a way that few artists beyond Calibre can manage in D&B. As for the jazzy rim-shot switch to 170? Don't even get us started: pure soul heaven.
Review: Phil & Dan Brookes strike soulful gold once again as we eagerly await their second album: "Good To Me" sparkles with gossamer keys and warm kicks, all wrapped up in Majesty's sentimental falsettos. Breaking down into an 80s groove midway, this has all the hallmarks of a radio summer anthem. For a gullier summer slammer jump on BMotion's bear-hugging remix. Good to go!
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.