Review: Longstanding Rotterdam vibe merchants Fokuz bring together a delectable rollcall of talents for this sunny-side V/A EP. Perfect timing for the warmer months, almost every track seems tailored and fine tuned for the season; Dreazz, Emery and Silence Groove get all spacey and introspective while Villem & Mcleod add another blissful jam to their ever-growing collaborative body of work with the gilded, Leo Wood-fronted piano-tickling roller "Gifted Lover" while Leniz & HumaNature add a touch of dusky darkness with the fittingly titled dark roller "The Switch". Finally Coop ends of the EP with the only non-collaborative track of the release "Get That". One of the summer's endless nights and heavier hypnosis moments, there's a twang of a young Bop or Phace coded deep into the mix. Take your dancefloor to a better place today...
Review: HumaNature is another one of the many young, rising talents within the D&B scene at the moment and he's a producer with an undeniable capacity for diversity. First coming to the fore with smooth liquid tones, he's recently been proving that he goes darker and this EP is no exception. Teaming up with long-time producer buddies and long-time label Fokuz, HumaNature & Friends is some of his best work yet and it covers both sides of the spectrum. 'Roll' featuring Radicall is the highlight of the EP, with gorgeously vibrant percussion that injects a tangible sense of presence and a bassline that swells in tandem, a track that smacks of proper D&B. 'Xylophone' featuring Critical Event & Askel is equally weighty, with a driving back end that matches its stellar production line up. This is a top-notch release.
Review: Frenetic and fun D&B from Soul Deep's fresh newcomers Humanature and J Logic, first track "Get Ya Down" revels in the sun-drenched sound of Brazil. Large and overflowing with jazzy breaks, this EP is exactly what's needed for a mid-week chill. Not to say this isn't prime dancefloor material - if you're looking for soulful, high-energy tunes made to get folks moving, you've come to the right place. With moments of pensiveness snatched in-between big, rolling waves of liquid sunshine, there's no way you could have a bad time listening to this. It's an instant mood lifter.
Review: As soothing as it is dancefloor-perfect, "Don't Take it Away" is the first tune to grace this beauty of an EP, given up by Portuguese producer HumaNature. Rolling out an uplifting vibe, he sets the stage for his duet with Silence Groove "Just A Thought" which snips out hip-hop samples and jazz piano for a patchwork of inspiring influences. Partnering with Kalum for this track "Soul Revival" there's a retro liquid sound at work here, bringing back memories of d&b summers past. Finally a crisp stepper pushes on with help from Leeds-based maestro Colossus, "Nothing" swirls and spins with fizzing atmospherics and gorgeous vocal sampling adding some welcome wide-open atmosphere to proceedings. Excellent pairings from an exciting upcoming talent.
Review: Dutch drum & bass imprint Fokuz Recordings twists up the bass one more time with a split EP by Skeleton and Silence Groove - two relatively new names to the game. "Calling For You" is an orchestral, piano-led, liquid tune for the small hours, whereas "Flow" throws in an extra helping of low-end and proceeds to tear the roof down thanks to Humanature's gorgeous lyrics and of course, the duo's slick and musical notes which shine the whole way through the track.