Review: This EP is a collaboration of work by some of Europe's finest intelligent liquid producers. A strange sub-genre term it might be, but Intelligent Manners' Intelligent Recordings has searched far and wide over the past couple of years to find music that fits the niche. Celsius have done much the same here, showcasing some of the finest intelligent drum & bass around that still holds the soul and emotive qualities of liquid. Featuring the likes of Intelligent Manners, Command Strange and Mage, it's a breezy look at what the future holds for one of the longest standing sub-genres in dance music. If you like Calibre, DJ Marky, S.P.Y or Bukem, you'll want to check this out pronto.
Review: Mage has been producing lovely liquid for quite some time now, and he's back on long-time partner Celsius Recordings for another atmospheric journey through the lighter things in life. 'Clear Sky' rests on ambient pads which slowly birth a warm piano riff, it emerges amidst a shining sun to take its place above a clean-cut drum line that cuts through the arrangement like a plane through a summer sky. 'Kaleidoscope' is a touch dancier, there's more weight in the low frequencies and another perfect piano section to top it off. Gorgeous.
Review: Mage is your archetypal underappreciated liquid D&B producer, in the mould of Furney, Lurch and others. His tracks always manage to emanate warmth, purpose and precision with their top-quality melodies and forward-thinking production, qualities which certainly aren't absent from his Edge of the Earth EP. Four slices of liquid ingenuity and characterised by an elegant simplicity, the title track is deceptive in that its apparent lightness is quickly contradicted by a forceful back end. 'Enchantment' is the other standout, a funky piano riff sitting beautifully over a rolling bassline and skippy drums. Lovely stuff.
Review: Mage has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Celsius which stretches back to the early part of this decade - and fans of the label's soulful strain of drum'n'bass will find much to love here. "Signals" resounds to powerful filters and gushing chords unfolding over a tight backing. There's even some hints at an easy listening influence as jazzy hooks make their way up through the arrangement. On the title track, the Russian producer travels farther in this direction; ambient washes and Rhodes keys provide a wonderfully mellow intro to an uplifting arrangement that is led by an elastic bass and summery vocals.