Review: Smooth N Groove does exactly what their name would suggest: they purvey high-quality D&B beats which are certain to smooth your soul and make you want to groove. Fishy kicks things off with 'Suspense' and its serene territory, with wistful piano sampling making up the high end of the range and punchy low-frequency pulses occupying the low. 'Wormhole' rests less on the sampling and more on the top-quality synths, underpinned by another wholesome bassline. 'Sunlight' stutters down int lo-fi jungle territory, whilst 'Cold Strings' is the funkiest of the bunch due to its moving back end and luscious flow.
Review: All fin-bearing puns aside, Fishy brings something deep and delicious to the table (sorry, we're done now) with these few cuts of luxurious rolling D&B. "I Said I Know" in particular is a standout track, pulling deep, forward-driven bass upfront, dragging with it the soulful vocals and piano with a real feeling of momentum. Showing off a more technical side in "Still Waters Run Deep", Fishy manages to create a darker sense of mystery while maintaining those trademark rolling hi-hats. For the emotional amongst us, "Forest Sunlight" is a beautiful piece of emotive D&B, played on pretty piano and given a big bassy workover. Lovely stuff.
Review: Two relatively unknown artists step out of the shadows to bring two beautiful explorations in D&B's technical underbelly to life. "Huge" is a consummate example of minimal melody taken from years of techno worship and sped up to match skitterish amens, underpinned by long drawn-out synth notes. It's simple and complex at the same time and there's more than a little influence from epic '90s game soundtracks involved. That's not a bad thing. "Untaken" packs more of a tropical feel, with a clear after-the-monsoon feel about the production and gorgeous layering between melody, reece and samples. This is a tune that would feel at home on any dancefloor and would make even the most stoic of crowd turn their downturned faces to the sky.
Review: Cologne-based duo Marvel Cinema offer up five worlds of cinematic liquid D&B on 100 Year Promise. Kicking off with smooth, quirky roller "High Maintenance" there's a light, airy, jazzy feel to the track, as it bumps along swiftly over a tumbling piano line. "Jaded" continues the pace with a crisper sounding roller complete with a more classic sounding percussion section. Moving into experimental territory with cut up vocals and strings, it's refreshing and beautiful. "Out Of Sight" brings soaring strings along for the ride snatched from classic disco track and "1000 Year Promise" keeps things cool and jazzy with classic amens and slick atmospherics. "Into The Record Shop" is full of intricate touches an nice surprises - just like the real thing. If you love things out of the ordinary, grab this.