Review: Golden soul and a fresh take on jungle sets the pace on "Just Can't Give You Up", a fast-rolling rendition of a motown classic revisited for the dancefloor craving folks of 2015. On any normal day this would be good enough to get any set off to a flyer, but the deep down bassline gets under the skin making it shine out as an instant classic. "Don't Want Me Now" is melancholy and expressive without ruining the dancefloor vibe, which is always a pleasant surprise. Rolling along smooth and deep, Furney can't help it - he just loves creating liquid rollers for Soul Deep, and who are we to tell him otherwise? Hopefully there's much more to come from this talented new producer.
Review: Liquid gold from one of the most consistent names in soulful drum & bass: Furney returns to Soul Deep with two more spotless rollers. "Rhodes For D" sparkles with a softly plucked nylon string hook, dreamy pads and ghostly female vocal moans while "Land Meets Sky" sways on a swooning string sample that is rather reminiscent of a Bob James composition, all majestic and full of little details, it works well over Furney's unrelenting drum dynamic. Powerful and pretty; not a combo often spotted in D&B.
Review: Weeks have passed since Furney last dealt contrabands from the Soul Deep trunk, but here he is again. As always, he's peddling the preemo gear; "My Heart" is a deep bassline roller with full attention paid to the finely tuned drums and bulbous sub. If you're looking for Furney's dreamier, majestic tones then jump straight on "Awaitation" and allow yourself to be swept away by the gradually build but deftly executed strings and flutes. Furney can do no wrong right about now.
Review: Longstanding liquid representer Furney gets his dark on for two driving grooves on SDE. "Really Alive" is riddled with a strong sense of urgency thanks to its nagging stabs and toxic sub bass. "Night Boat To Formantera" continues the eerie theme with tightly plucked strings that cascade and spiral with cinematic drama as the groove develops. As you'd expect from a man of Furney's calibre, both are polished with pristine production touches.
Review: Barely a month has passed since his emerald "Really Alive" EP and Furney returns to Soul Deep with two more understated, classy rollers. "Mercurial" hits hard and hits persistently with a meticulously weighted kick and loose live bass groove. "I Just You Walk Away" softens the punch just a little in favour of an ethereal vocal sample, planet-chowing arpeggios and gentle harp plucks. Classic Furney, classic Soul Deep.
Review: Plenty of soul-searching in this pair of deep rollers from Soul Deep favourite Furney. Fresh sounding and filled with emotive keys, "Rhodeo Drive" itself is a gorgeous piece of soulful drum and bass, with plenty of nods to the old school. "Low-Co" is the bad boy of the pair, ditching shimmering atmospherics for a loose and dirty kick drum and eerie vocal histrionics. Cinematic and imaginative, there's a lot here to take your breath away.
Review: Furney and Soul Deep aren't messing around this year with their monthly dispatches. Doubled in size from all the previous singles this year, the "Roll Call" EP is the biggest package of 2016 so far. It's big in term of vibe scope, too... "Roll Call" utilises a well known horn sample for a fly-by-night skanker, "Waiting For Deebo" is classical liquid with subtly strings and woozy treatments on the vocal elements while "It's All In Your Mind" plays the wizard of the set thanks to its feet-sweeping funk and out-of-this-world synth bass. Finally "I Sun Seller" winds things down on a deep, cosmic introspective tip. Far out.
Review: Find your own personal inner rhythm as prolific soul veteran Furney returns to SDE with four adventures into the divine deep "It Must Be You" sashays with a slight eastern twang, pipes and a distinctive lead vocal while "Missouri" is a spring morning jive, all sprinkly keys and light-fingered feels. "The End" pays homage to drum & bass's spiritual church with a badboy jazzy roller that wouldn't have gone amiss on the mighty V back in the day. Fittingly we conclude with "Much Of A Deepness", a tripped-out heads-down roller with wee traces of Calibre in the dustiness of the piano sample. Exceptional, as always.
I Don't Really Know If I Know You - (7:05) 176 BPM
Seaside Suicide - (5:05) 176 BPM
Storm Damage - (5:35) 176 BPM
Troubled Times Ahead Of Me - (6:32) 176 BPM
Review: We're this early into 2017 and Furney is already breaking out the top gear. We had no doubts as to his productivity or, for that matter, then man's abilities to churn out high quality d&b, but we are most pleasantly surprised by this new load of killers for Soul Deep Exclusives. The opening "I Don't Really Know If I Know You" is a rugged, electrifying stepper for some proper build-up, while "Seaside Suicide" goes much deeper into the jazzier strains of modern jungle. "Storm Damage" takes a step back into the early 90s thanks to a quick-firing artillery of vintage amens, and "Troubled Times Ahead Of Me" enters the liquid domain via some sublime drum meandering and evocative background synth work.
Review: Recovered from deep trip through his "World Of Confusion", the ever-perennial Furney returns to Soul Deep with four more crisp, rolling gems. "The Fog" fumes with deep jazz vapours while the darker, more driving "Larougi2017" finally unleashes a vintage dub that devout Furney followers have longed for since at least 2011. Deeper into the EP we hit more jazz references courtesy of some glistening guitar slides on "Stay" while "Anything To Declare" shuts us down with the freakiest groove of the collection. Bouncy, smoky and the right amount of unpredictable - this is classic Furney fire right here.
Review: Furney most be one of the most prolific men in the game. Constantly rolling out glistening soul sessions on a turbo-basis, these four gems land just weeks after his dope "Jamaican Jazz" EP on Soul Deep. As always, it's a widescreen flavour adventure; "Break My Heart" is a soft-focused ballad, "Windmills Of Your Mind" jitters with some subtle old school effects and textures, "Destination Unknown" taps back to the early 2000s Hospital flavours with LK style guitars and Byrd style vocal chops. Finally "I'm Awake Now" closes on a bugle-busting wild west romp. Ride 'em cowboy!
Review: Followers of ragga influenced jungle will already know all about Furney, he's earned his stripes, with releases on labels such as LDMusic, Good Looking Records, C.I.A Deep Kut and Liquid V to name a few, here we see what he's got for Soul Deep Exclusives 'Jamacian Jazz' is a nostalgic stroll down the road of jungle past with the bulk of the track built around real twangs of bass, and jungle breaks which we can't help but relate back to Roni Size's influential New Forms LP. 'See Mi Yah' is a sunshine drenched squeeze of ragga jungle with quick amens placed between syncopated patterns. 'Iowa' is our favourite track of the release, fast passed drums tumbling like cascading waterfalls, a deadly low sub sulking beneath the track ready to pounce and hot horns bringing some sun.
I'm Known As Danni Around These Parts - (5:16) 176 BPM
Not Far Now - (5:27) 176 BPM
Review: Another fire release from one of our favourite labels at present, Soul Deep Exclusives have a penchant for quality which they just won't waiver. 'Sunset' lures you in to a false sense of security with a soft old fashioned sing song before dropping into intensely crazy, cascading amens, and a thick air of nostalgia. The track reminds us of Peshay's Jamin' VIP. 'Rapid Eye Movement' moves us more into the realms of soft rolling liquid with delicate horns, but little twists of tech. Apart from the weird and excessively long title, "I'm Known As Danni Around These Parts" has everything we love about dnb in one nice neat package, crisp, rolling amens, a warm unassuming sub and gloriously emotive vocals. Bliss. "Not Far Now' is a beautifully calm roller, with gorgeous, glassy echoing twangs, and heartfelt strings.
Review: Last spotted asking us how we feel by way of his debut album on Smooth N Groove, Furney returns to his most consistent label since Good Looking - Soul Deep. Once again, it's a full-flavour bundle that neatly contrasts shades within each track. Both "Movin' On Through" and "Let Me Inside" soar with uplifting aesthetics while anchoring you to the gutter with ominous bass rumbles. "Sometimes I Feel" fixes more attention to the superbly EQ'd drums that could roll away naked and still have you dancing while "Havona Ehlala" finalises proceedings with breathy textures, lilting keys and a dreamy sheen that gradually builds before snapping you into reality with a powerful vocal sample on the breakdown.
Review: Just in case you thought this was some type of grim afterlife, along comes super-respected soul merchant Furney confirmed, once and for all, that we are most definitely living. His eighth Soul Deep Exclusives EP in the last 12 months, the EP ranges from hazy jazz of "Elmalougalou" to the much more introspective and bitter bass of "Rolling Down Time" via the schizo drumfunk on "Blue". Each one loaded with restrained power and warm organic instrumentation, once again Furney dazzles us with timelessness.
Review: Furney's not fluffing around here gang. Prolific since he emerged in the late 2000s, things seem to have ramped up to new speeds with his output this year. And all of it is absolute gold. Just take "Intruders"; a classic jungle track with some pretty rasping stabs, it suddenly turns into a soul hurricane midway with playful subversion. "1990" takes us back in time with a superbly crafted sample that only truly unfolds on the majestic breakdown, "Letramento Skies" is all about the happy slappy double bass twangs and dope spoken word sample while "Out Of Luck" closes on a bare disco tip. Feeling lucky?
Review: Little known liquid upstart Furney gets another crack of the whip as Soul Deep Exclusives take him on for three stunning musical journeys into his many influences and inspirations. "Tear In The Rain" is a mash-up of modern western soundtracks and lush, rolling bass mixing old with new, whereas second track "Missing Her Missing Me" is a melancholic ramble through subs and rain-soaked atmosphere, dampened percussion and ethereal vocals adding to the gloaming. Finally, Furney signs off with the beautifully musical "Gumbo". Not at all like the food of its namesake, this dazzling track takes on many different, delicate forms from light and airy pads to twinkling keys and sultry sax, all held together by a huge fuzzy bassline. Delicious.
Review: Expertly crafted junglist vibes woven into a solid yet satisfyingly squishy bassline is what Furney offers in "Rise Up", and it's just the antidote we all need in this current wintery world of perpetual Tuesdays. It's a roaring shape-shifter of a tune; people who refuse to dance to this have no soul. That's just science. Second track "MDMA" is a breezy and ethereal trip through old school vibes, and fresh, bright production. With a touch of Eastern mystery added by clever samples of exotic instrumentation, it's a full on stepper with a difference.