Soul Deep Recordings is one of a new breed of drum and bass labels. Unlike many of the scene's more established imprints, they eschew vinyl releases in favour of digital-only EPs, largely from up and coming or little-known talent. This EP from Jrumhand - an outfit whose previous releases have all come on digi imprints - is a fine example. Offering a snaking, soul-flecked take on the classic liquid D&B sound, the four tracks here combine sturdy, live-sounding rhythms with floating melodies, deep keys and cute touches (snaking sax lines, vocal samples etc). The quality threshold is high, with the ethereal "A Time To Reflect" and forthright "Fusion Groove" standing out.
From the peace of Kent comes Jrumhand, Soul Deep's latest bright new talent. Offering up his world of vibrant old school influences and rolling soulful sounds in four big, tasty tracks; this EP gives a taste of what this longtime underground producer is all about. Blending brass and melodic vibes with dancefloor savvy beats is his strength and in tracks like "So Good" and "Since I Woke Up" there's a strong sense that junglist rhythms are deep at the heart of everything Jrumhand produces.