First To Break (David Duriez Minimal Soul mix) - (9:00) 128 BPM
First To Break - (7:31) 124 BPM
Time: Change - (6:53) 123 BPM
Time: Change (Chris Haris Tronicsole remix) - (8:38) 128 BPM
Time: Change (Rob-in remix) - (7:15) 123 BPM
Flute Of The Forest - (8:14) 124 BPM
Flute Of The Forest (re-edit) - (8:25) 124 BPM
Review: It's been ten years since David Duriez's Brique Rouge label quietly bowed out, after six years delivering solid and well-supported blends of deep and tech house. Duriez recently decided to make some of the label's back catalogue available digitally for the first time. This expansive EP gathers together tracks from three classic EPs by early 2000s jazz-funk-meets-deep house fusionists Cartoon. The material has aged surprisingly well, with the bubbling tech-house of David Duriez's remix of "First To Break" (a total overhaul of the soft focus, Rhodes-laden, vocal-sporting original) and pleasingly jazzy "Time: Change" fairing particularly well. Chris Harris' version of the same track still sounds reliably heavy, too.
Review: Liquicity champions Cartoon present two more slices of their signature animated sound: "Here" is a heartfelt three-minute love story driven by Wurffel's authentic and emphatic vocal dexterity while "Feeling" shows the Estonian trio's deeper side as they navigate us through a maze of humanised synth tones with a similar stepped drum arrangement to that of Camo & Krooked. Vibrant.
Review: Liquicity Records is a Dutch drum & bass label run by Maris Goudzwaard that deals specifically in deep and ethereal jungle with a commercial edge. The label is also renowned for its mix series, the latest of which is the present Alchemy. There's twelve diverse and wonderful tunes on here, the kind of d&b you hear on being played on the radio these days. "Regrets" by Fliwo is particularly alluring thanks to its luscious, seductive vocals.