Review: Bcee is without a doubt one of D&B's all-time legends. From starting Spearhead Records with a laptop in an internet caf?, he's now releasing his fifth studio album on the imprint and honestly, his music has never sounded better. Full of clarity and engaged with itself, Shouting About Nothing is a diverse piece of work that represents Bcee's sound whilst tapping into the contours of the scene right now. 'Run For Cover' exemplifies that, its depth and precision reminiscent of Bcee's trademark style, the jungle influences and big bouncy basslines tapping into D&B's current trends. Leo Wood sounds incredible soaring over the top of 'Sincerely Yours', a deft, piano-laden number; and Degs is equally fitting on 'Magic Words'. A top, top album from one of the best in the game.
Your Body (feat Jemimah Read - Bladerunner remix) - (5:58) 174 BPM
Review: Remix klaxon: Bcee shares out the parts to his critically acclaimed fourth album Northpoint to an all-star cast of peers. LSB adds a little mystic haze to "Surfacing", Anile refixes our focus on the dreamy reverse tones of "Northpoint" while Seba provides the headiest moment of the collection as he hurls "More Then Words" into the darkest corners of the drumfunk cosmos. Elsewhere Lenzman brings his unique soul signature to "Black Sky", Monty brings the blustering breezes and barbed bass to "Had It All" before Bladerunner seals the deal with a typically sharp and sizzled twist on "Your Body".
Review: BCee and Blu Mar Ten are pushing off into 2020 with their first ever collaborative EP, a fact which is a bit surprising but still very welcome. Grow is exactly what you'd expect, a soulful collection of tracks with a number of excellent vocal features from long-time collaborators Lucy Kitchen, Charlotte Haining, and DRS. There's an element of minimality to these tunes that's expertly offset with an equal serving of soul and funk, a combination bleeds sophistication across all areas of the music. DRS' feature -- Protected Secrets -- is our pick of the bunch, with Del's by now all-too-familiar blend of rapping and singing tying the knot on a superb instrumental.
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood - "Little Bit Lighter" - (4:35) 174 BPM
Give Me A Break - (4:52) 174 BPM
The Hills - (5:39) 174 BPM
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Emba - "Home For Good" - (4:46) 174 BPM
Could Have Been Us - (4:55) 174 BPM
Endlessly Unlimited - (4:58) 172 BPM
Love For The Fallen (feat DRS) - (5:39) 174 BPM
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Tempza - "In The Moment" - (5:39) 174 BPM
History - (4:50) 175 BPM
First Love (Logistics remix) - (4:15) 174 BPM
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Blu Mar Ten - "Grow" (Kove remix) - (4:40) 172 BPM
Review: There are only a handful of producers in the scene who can match Bcee's output in terms of albums, and the Norfolk-based owner of Spearhead Records is landing on his own label with his eighth album, a ridiculous achievement by any stretch. This time it's a new formula, though, as Life As We Know It is a collaborative effort with Charlotte Haining, who forms an integral part of this albums soul and characteristic, her superb vocal talent providing the top layer to Bcee's production underbelly. As usual, the instrumentation is gorgeous and 'Almost There' has an introduction which is soulful in the extreme, as gentle piano touches collide with Charlotte's voice and slowly builds into a true drum & bass ballad. 'Little Bit Lighter' featuring Etherwood is beautifully bouncy, 'The Hills' rolls out amidst fluttering harmonies, and DRS joins on the melancholic 'Love For The Fallen'. The message of the album is matched for our current moment of flux, and it marks a massive achievement for both Bcee and Charlotte.
Review: Formed ten whole years ago, this Hertfordshire trio (David Wilson, Sammy Stabile and Adam Smart) have paid their dues with their exceptionally slick take on DnB eventually winning fans including Zane Lowe, DJ Friction, MistaJam, Annie Nightingale and even Ellie Goulding! It's all lead up to this, however, their debut album, Under The Blue. Featuring 14 thrill-packed excursions, with highlights including the heart-warming anthem "Sins" (featuring the sweet tones of Charli Brix), the soulful mysteries of "Echoes" and the warm elegance of "Closer". High end beats.
Frankee & Charlotte Haining - "In Your Eyes" - (3:47) 174 BPM
Stand Down - (4:21) 174 BPM
Definition Of Happiness (Skit) - (1:21) 132 BPM
Forget Me Not - (4:07) 174 BPM
Meditate - (5:20) 174 BPM
Dead Head - (4:37) 174 BPM
Frankee & Rothwell - "Red Light" - (3:22) 174 BPM
Real DJ - (3:47) 174 BPM
Frankee & Karina Ramage - "In My Head" - (5:12) 58 BPM
Passing By - (4:11) 174 BPM
Review: Boom: Frankee's just opened a whole can of Ram whoop-ass and everyone is invited. His debut album, Sanctuary is a clear love letter to drum & bass as he takes us on a cosmic trip through the emotional and dynamic highs and lows of the genre. From the young Sub Focus-style whirlwind of the title track to the immense technoid brain-melter "Skuttle" via the cinematic theatre of "Think For Yourself", the tripletty swing and tense narrative of "Dead Head" and care-free rippage of "Real DJ", this is Frankee at his most wide-armed and accomplished. There's a reason Ram signed him from the get-go. Immense.
Review: The Vanguard Project combines Bcee and Villem, two long-time liquid titans who have their debut LP as a duo out very soon. A self-titled piece of work, The Vanguard Project brings 12 new tracks alongside 14 classics from their joint back-catalogue, a sprawling release which dips its toes into virtually every flavour imaginable. 'Everyday is Stolen' feat. DRS was the first single to be released and we can see why, a standout track that beautifully combines his talent for spitting with singing. 'The Unknown' and 'Wicked Man' are both perfectly weighted jungle tracks, full of soul and bursting with the character of music which packs edge and funk at the same time. Dynamite MC and Leo Wood also both feature, the latter is a regular on Spearhead now and 'Elevate' is a driven, bass heavy track that frolicks with vocal touches and funky guitar flourishes. Unreal stuff here from two legends of the game.
The Vanguard Project - "Is This Love" (feat Lucy Kitchen - Dexcell remix) - (4:59) 172 BPM
Review: Spearhead Records - which was started by Bcee in an internet caf? - is hitting its 100th release and celebrating the fact with a huge compilation of brand new tracks, including contributions by Calibre, Technimatic, LSB and Bcee himself. Staying true to the label's origins, it's pretty much all gorgeous rolling liquid and we're very much into it. One of the highlights is the Bcee refix of his seminal 'Back to the Street', which has been given a revamped bassline and a fresh veneer of bassy purpose. It's not just the old on this album, though, and Walk:r lays down the gauntlet with 'Wallflower', a sublimely subtle, pacey piano tune that rolls out in delightful fashion. Wicked stuff here from one of the best in the game.
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.