Review: Having built up an immaculate body of work that belies his young age on labels such as Fokuz and UKF's new talent championing platform Pilot, Dutch firebrand Edlan lays down his biggest EP to date on the mighty Liquicity. Four originals and three versions in weight, this shimmers and glows with his now trademark soulful prowess as we glide from the emotional yearns and soft flutters of "Go Back Home" to the more turbulent introspective bumps and jumps of "Middle Of Nowhere". Landing just in time for the sunnier season, you can expect plenty of picture perfect sunset moments to every track on this EP all summer long. Home is where the vibe is...
Review: Edlan is back. He's back! The Dutch boy wonder has first full length release on the legendary Integral Records, Artifical Intelligence's label and an imprint which is dedicated to the purveying of high-quality liquid and rolling beats. Alumni include Lenzman and Alix Perez, so Edlan is in good company. He clearly deserves to be there though, the production levels are through the roof on this one and it's definitely his best work. A lovely addition is the fearsome 'Tree of Life', the heavy track on the EP and a Dawn Wall-esque banger which rolls out deliciously. Bigups Edlan.
Review: Last year Artificial Intelligence's Integral Records started a new series - Glow - which aims to showcase some of the best forthcoming talent in the Integral radar, as well as music from some of their more established roster acts. We're now in the third instalment and the series is still going strong. Edlan & Djah are two very exciting young Dutch talents and their tune 'Fragile' is typical Integral: wispy pads, featherweight drums and serious sense of ambience. French maestro Redeyes also makes an appearance in similar fashion with 'I Can't Wait', a gorgeous piece of sampling work and precise melodic construction that rolls out for days. Fluidity and Integral regular Satl hold up the rear and they do it well - make sure you check this.
Need For Mirrors - "Speedy Boarding" - (5:12) 174 BPM
Alexvnder - "Continuity" - (4:55) 174 BPM
DJ Ransome - "Arctic Blizzard" - (5:41) 174 BPM
Review: One of the most iconic and prolific labels in the D&B scene, Fokuz Recordings manage to simultaneously show off the best in the game whilst supporting new talent and the results are fantastic. This album - a recap of 2018 - exemplifies their approach. It's full of big names and bigger tracks, including S.P.Y's remix of 'Always Yours' by Macca & Loz Contreras, Artificial Intelligence's remix of 'String City' by Lenzman and Calibre's remix of 'Forward Thinking' by Satl. Whilst these are obviously great, the bigger story lies in the lesser-known participants and their ability to pull at your heartstrings. DJ Ransome, Edlan, Soligen amongst others all come seriously correct on this LP, turning it into a seriously good release.