Since launching in 2010, Mario Castillo's Soul Notes label has provided listeners with some real deep house treats. Here, they're at it again, delivering a quartet of robust, deep, floor-friendly bumpers from a range of label regulars. Choose between Crue's jacking acid bumper "VCO Mfkr", the jazzy, '90s US house bump of Kasper's "Deeper Love", the hands-in-the-air warmth of Adryiano's jaunty "On My Side", and the super-deep chords, tumbling grooves and dreamy late night vocal samples of Krill Tipo's "Free Falling" (our pick). All four are resolutely playable and excellent in their own right.
Classically-trained musician Kasper might count the violin and the piano as his accomplished instruments but deep and expressive drum & bass is his obsession, producing big, swaggering basslines from his home in Minneapolis. Not a place often thought of when discussing the genre, his sound resonates more with the UK scene, taking hints of breakbeat culture and the warm undertones of classic, soulful D&B. Suited perfectly to the stylings of modern liquid, "South Side Dreams" is a collection of intelligent rhythms and big bass. Not overstated but not undersold either, he's got a bright future ahead of him.