Review: Intrigue is one of the most consistent liquid labels in a drum and bass scene which has a conspicuous absence of high-quality, indie liquid imprints relative to the rougher side of things. This is their yearly album and it's on an astounding 18th year, a monumental achievement that is marked this time around with nineteen top quality cuts. Soulmotion's 'Moments of Blue' is a highlight, with a sumptuously deep back end that swells and swells to luxurious effect, as tinkling piano notes flutter through the top lines in nonchalant fashion. Label boss Ben Soundscape steps up for a remix of Raw Q's 'NY State of Mind', an Intrigue classic that he strips back and rolls out, with a supremely crisp set of drums that underpin a simple but sleek bassline. There are more cuts from Joakuim, whose halftime exploration takes him to deep depths, and The Insiders & Mutt, who get funky and old school with their liquid sounds. Sick stuff.
Review: As ever, the Artikal Music team return to their rampage of top quality new dubstep releases with this brand new project from Legion, giving us four sizzling creations perfect for the systems as the dances begin to reopen. First up, the title track 'We Are Many' sits as an explosive bag of bass-driven juice, alternating between amazonian sounding percussive lines and lethal bass oscillations. Next, the oldschool sounding LFO drifts and unpredictable drum switches of 'Boards Don't Hit Back' lead the way with more sumptuous system-designs, followed by the more dancefloor orientated drum skips and rhythms of 'Bewildered'. Finally, '3rd World Cop' gives a dubwise twist to the project, with syncopated chord and packed out percussive lines giving us a perfect send off.