Review: Connaisseur is celebrating a decade in the business and certainly doing it with style. This time around there's some great collaborations; check these out. Melodic, soulful and absolutely emotive vibes courtesy of Swedish legend Aril Brikha teaming up with Ireland's Chymera on "Nihari". Next, The Element teams up label head honcho Alex Flitsch on the deep, tunnelling and atmospheric progressive house of "Puma" which really has the label's classic sound in mind. Finally the mighty trio Of Norway, Linnea Dale & Preben Olram serve up the blissful deep house cover of Pornos For Pyros hit from 1993 "Pets" and what a fantastic tribute it is!
Certified Sickness & MC Element - "Spit Venom" - (5:12) 178 BPM
Review: Badman brinkmanship as the Lay Low legend Certified Sickness delivers his debut album. Poking and prodding and turning every stone of the scene, it's an accomplished exercise in all-style junglism: the dancehall grit of "How We Party", the scatty computer paranoia of the title track, the extreme filth of the sexytime gyal dem shout out "Drum & Bass Girls", the unique tubular tones of the anvil bass on "Monster", the classic goosebump-inducing synths on "Dancing Shoes"... Shucks, there's even time for some off-piste tempo flexing on the frankly titled "House Music". Call the doctor.
Review: Little is known about 2222 but in this instance it's more useful to let the music do the talking anyway. Detail's hard-hitting first track is a minimal stomp through electronic and neuro influences. With cinematic breakdowns and some serious atmospheric build-up, expect to hear it on a mixtape near you soon. Following this penchant for all things dark, crisp and minimal, Haemoglobin's offering steps hard to an echoing synthy backdrop. Noel & Exit9's "Can't Be There" softens the corners with a deliciously deep roller of a bassline, and to throw yet another curveball, Hidden Elements - "Nr 13" is a beautiful piece of microfunk, delicate and subtle with an intense level of production skill. One special EP.
Review: Beautiful atmospheric liquid from a host of Celsius favourites and newcomers who show that the genre is still taking time to innovate. From the first gorgeous notes of "Electricity", there's a sense that Element Down have enlisted the help of Laura Wadley to produce the most simultaneously relaxing and moving D&B tracks of all time. Remixed by Rune and Kaiza, it becomes even more ethereal. "Lay Down Your Soul" from Vaptor (remixed again by Rune and Kaiza) is another stunning take on the calmer side of the genre, adding a harder kick and bassline for a melancholy edge. Fullmetal, Rune and Kaiza join forces for final track "Crossroads", a gorgeous progressive roller that gets deeper and more emotive as it plays on.