Review: Named after an influential counter-cultural tome, Invisible Landscape is a Russian D&B producer on a psychedelic mission. However, on this latest long player it seems that this mission now extends way beyond the D&B genre. "Hooligan Bliss" is an album bulging at the seams with funky, dubby, scratched-up party breaks that often throw in many a popular sample (Public Enemy, Apache etc) to ensure that the party never gets too serious. Good times!
Review: Russian drum & bass fanatic Invisible Landscape might be named after a book about shamanic hallucinogens but his music is dyed-in-the-wool old-school D&B and for that we love him. Not content with the music available to him, he creates his own world of modern interpretations of early breakbeat tunes and the outcome is something special indeed. "6 Million Ways" channels that circa '98 vibe perfectly, while "Chain" brings out his darker, deeper side, still incoming with the vintage vibes. "Got Flow" rounds off this hidden gem of an EP with blistering Amens and blocks of colour in the darkness from haunting atmospherics and brass. A diamond in the rough.
Review: Preaching to the junglist children who've turned to the darker side, "Bass Or Die" is Invisible Landscape's nod towards rapidfire jump up MCs and pared-back minimal breaks. Minimal jungle seems like a far-fetched idea. Given the weight of those subs, he's not going in half hearted though; the result is a mish-mash of sounds focused on that severe bassline. The Ragga Twins join him again in "Brock Wild", which takes on the form of good old fashioned D&B based on some serious old school breaks. Invisible Landscape is nothing if not experimental. When we say he's diverse, we mean he's straight-up crazy. One to watch.
Review: A compilation released just in time for February 14, this lush, lullaby like eight-track LP on Liquid Brilliants provides an array of sparkling melodies and lustrous liquid ballads guaranteed to fill your life with love for D&B. From Archelix's gently nuzzling breaks, whispering vocals and euphoric synths through the melancholic sounds of Beatchemist to the clapping "Girl Gone Bad" and Tim Cant's warm, fuzzy "Another World", it's all jolly lovely. Mayforms' "Get High" rounds things off with a flurry of instrumentals, polished breaks and cooing vox.