Review: Rising star Heft makes his debut on new talent champions Celsius with four dreamy deep delights. "Starry Sky" flutters with an Etherwood style airiness and sweet faraway vocal before plunging us deeper and deeper into the twinkling groove whirlpool; "Fallen" is all about that crisp guitar line, "Breath" takes things even deeper again with a minimal set-up invoking maximum emotion before "Intimate" closes the EP on the most introspective, purring vibe of the EP. The sky's the limit with this one.
Review: Celsius Recordings, what a label. The only criticism you could level at these guys is that they release too much music, because it feels as if every single week there's another EP, or a single or an album. This week it's a VA EP from a whole bunch of acts and they're dropping Heat Runner, an EP with a title track that sticks up to its name; soft, gentle and certainly deft in how an array of fluffy sampling sits above a solid drum line. 'Where I Wanna Go' pushes things up a notch intensity wise, with a new burst of energy coming from that funky sample loop and tight back end, a true bit of liquid funk. Another good bit of A&R from these guys, and great to see some new producers being brought through.
Review: Celsius is an offshoot of the famous Fokuz and it's a space for the team to release a wider range of sounds from artists you might not have heard of yet, and this VA ep is exactly that. It brings liquid and other flavours to the table and reminds you why Celsius is so often a platform for artists to move onto other things, as all those involved come with a signature rolling style. HEFT keeps it wispy and pure with 'Choice', whilst Mystific darkens things up in style with the forceful sounds of 'Anymore'. A great EP for those looking to expand their horizons.
Review: Fokuz release some of the best compilations in the business, in part because they have such a large orbit of artists around them but also just because the curational skills at Fokuz HQ have been honed over twenty years of releasing music. Better Days is a classic Fokuz compilation, as a blend of artists both well known and lesser so come together to celebrate all things liquid. HumaNature and Royalty are both veteran Fokuz producers and their contribution - 'Stand On Our Own' - is a lovely mixture of bouncy synthetic funk notes and smooth, rolling soul. The mighty Villem & Mcleod team up once more with regular collaborator Leo Wood and the result is once again sheer goosebumps, as Leo's serene voice floats with a hint of magic. Lovely, lovely work.