Review: if the title doesn't say it all (and it really should) then the label's consistent ethos to discover fresh talent around the world certainly will. Soul Deep have been whittling this stick for years, bring us names who've been criminally overlooked before and bringing it all together with a usually blissful, bright and breezy signature. The LA label's first Unsung Heroes package since last November here we find Eschaton adding a "Horizons" style twist to "Forest Sunlight" we're in air piano heaven on Mosiac Theory's "Infinite" and we go loopy to the classic liquid dynamics of Rodrigo's "Improvisacion De Iluvia". And that's just three of 16 cuts on offer here. Soul Deep a truly spoiling us.
Review: If you know anything about liquid D&B then the words 'Soul Deep' should bring a huge beaming grin to your face. Responsible for some of the finest new and upcoming talents in soulful and liquid drum and bass, if you've not come across them before, get ready to have your mind blown. From the old-school Motown sampling of Capiska's opening track to Phase 2's jazzy but dark "Parallax", the opening of the LP is distinctly mellow and moody, and there's one feature throughout that you may have noticed - these artists are either newly discovered or recently acquired by Soul Deep. The perfect sonic directory for brand new liquid. Enjoy.
Randall & Ben Soundscape - "Nightfall" - (6:21) 175 BPM
Superior Selectionz - "Halcyon" (VIP mix) - (5:08) 174 BPM
Ben Soundscape - "Focus On You" - (5:38) 174 BPM
Joakuim - "Pale Ale Citizens" - (4:53) 173 BPM
Larigold - "Don't Wanna Stay" - (5:16) 170 BPM
Review: Happy birthday Intrigue! They're celebrating 14 years of their Bristol club night (and nine years of the label) in style with this beautiful collection of 14 exclusives that sum up the collective's vibe, spirit and energy perfectly. Deep, soulful but not afraid to slap you silly with grit or funk across the set we're treated to triplet-teasing elastic double bass freakery from Raw Q, total soul magic by Philth, SolidFrame and Collette Warren, cloud-leaping amen bliss from Ill Truth and white knuckle space funk from the daddy Randall and label bossman Ben Soundscape. With more from the likes of Phase, Random Movement, Break and loads more, this really is a special collection. Don't sleep!
Paradox Effects - "Cross Over Bridges" - (6:53) 57 BPM
Not Guilty - "Duality" - (5:09) 174 BPM
Review: Soundia & Plastiks' Blackhill Production imprint has been steadily sculpting a stark sound and MO for nearly six years, consistently excavating deep, restrained and futuristic constructions. Home to a rising new breed of acts such as Larigold, Not Guilty and Joakuim, they run a seriously tight game and this new V/A collection is proof. Highlights include the pure bass elasticity on Inertia's "Sun Rize", Kjubi's sweeping grumbles and flighty breaks on "Stitches", the deep space soul and subtle triumph of Larigold's "Born Ready" and the continuum-ripping grit of Not Guilty's finale "Duality". And that's not even the half of it.
Ben Soundscape - "Delayed" (Bonus Track) - (4:30) 174 BPM
Review: The yearly escapades of Bristol's Intrigue Music are entering their seventheenth consecutive year, a huge achievement for the label. Like always, the album is full of a broad range of tempos and sounds that embody the ethos of an imprint known more for its consistent quality than any particular style. 'So Many Moments' by Philth and Farz, with Collette Warren on vocals, is a beautiful, floating track that rests on solid foundations but which carries a lightness, a deftness which sees it hover in hypnotic fashion. Randall, MC Fats and Ben Soundscape get jungley on 'Rollin' Ruff', Octo Pi gets even heavier on 'Battle Cap', and the album is all round just an ideal LP for all the heads out there. Big.
Review: Following Etherwood and Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y is the next to step up to the "Hospital Mixtape" series with a walloping 31-track mix of which almost half has never been released before. As you'd expect from the bazillion dollar Brazilian, the range is wide with tendencies to gully. Essential exclusives you'd be an absolute madman not to check include his deep-swing twist on Digital's seminal "Deadline", the insane sub bass slipperiness on Random Movement's incredible "In Space No One Can Hear You Funk" and the "Up All Night" style late 90s slap down with his brother Unreal "Enduro". A proper mix and a previously unobtainable selection that's yours for the taking... What's not to love here?