Review: Fokuz bring us a five course musical dinner from D&B chef Scott Allen, who together with Deeper Connection, Duoscience and Twisted Facts, serves up some lush new flavours to cleanse the palette. "Close Encounters" is all sombre piano keys, tripping breaks and gentle liquid funk, whilst "If I Were Your Woman" goes in with a throbbing b-line and weight subs; "Street Of Gold" pairs clip-clop beats, horns and discordant keys in a smoky, sultry nodd to the jazz era. "Summer Rains" is the most straight up D&B track, reminiscent of the early noughties, and the Brother remix of "Primitive" brings the EP to a close.
Review: Duoscience follows in the steps of London Elektricity and Roni Size, paying homage to D&B's heritage with his charming Wave Jazz EP on Stepping Forward. "Consequence" brings chiming piano keys and smoky Gil Scott Heron vocals into the 21st century, with pounding drums and rolling basslines. Then the sultry sounds of "Moments of Reflection" take over with lilting melodies, hissing breaks, woodblock beats and strumming guitar strings plus the occasional harp flourish. Title track "Wave Jazz" is a shimmying, hip-shaking number with oodles of soul, and "Maybe", the concluding track of the EP strips things back, with moody piano keys and crisp breaks. Lovely stuff.
Review: More lilting liquid loveliness from the ever-dependable Fokuz imprint, this time from Duoscience. "Sunday" gets this seven-track EP off to a lovely start, with charming vocal and twinkling melodies; "Brighter" is all warm bass and sultry contemplative glow, whilst "Super Star" is a punchier number. "That Is So" adds some quirky glitch to the proceedings, "ABC" pairs troubled piano keys with shuffling breaks and "Category" adds buckets of soul. Concluding cut "Mona Lisa" is every inch the beauty invoked in the title with seductive guitar chords and blissed out atmospherics. Lush.
Review: A luscious four-track EP on Liquid Drumz from Duoscience. Aptly named, "Future Music Brasil" is all liquid vibes, strumming guitars, sunshine drenched atmospherics and feel-good synths with the odd vocal here and there. "Commitment" is a gorgeous Marky & S.P.Y style effort with buckets of Brazilian goodness, while the harp flourishes and delicate piano keys in "Line Of Time" add a delightful dreaminess to the proceedings. "Move" develops from spaced out intro into a percussive roller and concluding "Lambor" is a brilliant exercise in melancholy, with bittersweet keys and crisp, crunchy breaks and a lilting loveliness driving it along.
Review: Duoscience step forward with some laid back, liquid lushness on Celsius with ticking breaks, chilled out atmospherics and delicate SFX a-plenty in the Company EP. First up is the narrative of "Your Company" with its familiar pouring-a-cup-of-tea sample, lilting, hypnotic rhythms and rolling loveliness. Up next is "Sooner Or Later" with its tide-rolling atmospherics and warping woodblock beats cutting a harsh pattern in the soundscape. Tweeting, chirping SFX twinkle in the background, with chiming piano keys and a murmuring b-line.
Review: Wonderfully smooth stuff as usual here from Duoscience, who drop the Saraiva EP on Soul Deep. The cooing title track kicks off proceedings, with gently humming bass, jazzy keys, bewitching hats and even occasional bursts of smoky sax. Up next, "Just For Today" is better still, with Latin keys and strings working off some killer drum programming that is tough and stripped back yet snug at the same time. Two more killers - "Go Back" and "Defining The Note" - round off an essential release.
Review: When Soul Deep catch up with a new producer, you know they're something worth writing home about. Techy and crisp, the Sao Paulo-based beatmaker has been creating tunes for a little while now, but it's only with this EP he's really showing his true colours. With punchy beats and a keen ear for detail, there's a touch of early '00s club tracks to some of his tunes, making them all them more valuable in dancefloor currency terms. Mixing it up through jungle breaks and even more experimental bassy productions, this definitely marks him as a man to watch.
Review: Happiest when behind the decks, Duoscience has been a staple name in the Brazilian soul D&B scene for some time now. Releasing his first tracks on the legendary Good Looking Records label before adding his tunes to scores of others from the full spectrum of drum and bass, this release comes straight from Inform. A mixture of straight-up soulful numbers and more experimental jazzy flirtations, it's an EP of highs and more highs because there ain't no downbeat melancholy here. This is the brainchild of a man living by late night dancefloors and sun-drenched terrace bars and there ain't nothing wrong with that.