Review: Swiss duo KonfrontAudio return to Soul Deep with four beautiful exercises in liquid soul; "Tell Me" tips its snapback at Robert Planet by way of lilting harps and organs that develop more presence as the track progresses. "In The World" places much more emphasis on the vocals as LaMeduza takes centre stage over an understated piano-tickled roll. "If I Need You" slaps us round the face and wakes us from our LaMeduza-induced reverie with some rugged amen, sweeping string and dusty sample action. Last but not least we hit "Einklang". Literally translating to harmony, it lives up to its name thanks to some weighty piano sounds and chord changes so strong they could sweep a hippo of their feet. Mercifully no hippos were harmed in the production of this EP.
Review: Swiss production duo Konfront have got it right, haven't they? Blending the smooth lushness of contemporary liquid D&B with the soulful sounds of the old-skool, there's a maturity in these two tracks that hundreds of producers have failed to reach over countless LPs. In first track "Running Away", scarpering amen breaks keep the rhythm flowing over jazzed-up piano and guitar interludes as a big funky bassline casually strums its part. "The Warning" gives a different side to the producers, with a harder vintage sample carving out a dubby vibe before upright bass pushes things into hard stepping beats. Summer perfection.
Scott Allen & Konfront.Audio - "Mixed Emotions" - (4:57) 174 BPM
Review: Soul Deep founder and LA drum & bass lynchpin Scott Allen returns to his own label with two more groove delights. Riding in the momentum of this summer's heavily played "This Is Love" comes the soft lilting glimmers and ripples of "Soul Complex" and "Mixed Emotions". The former grows and mutates subtly as the track develops while the latter (a co-lab with Konfront Audio) adds a slightly darker underbelly with the bass and flexes around some seriously sensual sax work. Divine.
Review: Inspired by the early techstep and drumfunk sound of legendary labels like Certificate 18, No U-Turn and Science, German D&B fanatic and head of Dysfunk Music Scale has pulled together some of the most exciting new names in the bleak, techy business of dark, minimal drum & bass to create a staggeringly monolithic selection of tracks. Featuring the likes of Greenleaf, Ibunshi, Phuture T and Scale himself, there's no denying that this LP is probably one of the darkest, most challenging and authentically nostalgic D&B efforts on the market right now. Well worth the sleepless nights.
Review: DNBB aren't messing around: since relaunching earlier this year, they've peppered our collections with a rich range of emotion-laced workouts from some of the most promising names of the new generation of artists. Their third Liquidism collection in as many months, this is their largest outing to date and it packs the whole soul spectrum. Highlights range from the slippery jazz funk blasts of Peyo's "Routine" to distant dreamy haze and precision breaks of Skydata's "Fortitude" via the more classical piano laced space liquid f Twintone's "Something About You" and the early Spectrasoul style introspection of Profilix & Nuvaman's "Between The Lines". Vibesism.