Review: Fokuz are one of the most reliable labels in the business, having churned out a concoction of light and dark sounds for over a decade now, representing and pushing the Dutch scene on as they go. This release is a transnational and trans-continental, with Askel from Finland, Monika based in New Zealand and Critical Event also hailing from somewhere in Europe (we're not sure where). Purple Skies is a rolling, melodic release that sits inside Fokuz's sample-laden sound with elegant effortlessness. Bazil MC features on the wicked 'Remedy' and his vocals remind us of Bluejay or SP:MC in their tone and flow. The title track is the standout though, a sumptuously deep stepper that dives fast and stays low throughout. Lovely.
Review: Ingredients alumni Monika returns to Soulvent with four more diverse heart-stoppers. "To The Light" sets the tone with light-touched arpeggios, cosy synths and a subtle sense of momentum that takes you unawares while "Double Down" plays the consummate contrast with savage jungle drums and a planet-bouncing sci-fi lead that triggers in all directions. More contrast can be found on the smoky, lolloping trip-hop breaks and dreamy jazz sheen of "Trash Talk" while "Beatnik" closes the show on a big tubular subby roller note that's not dissimilar to a young Culture Shock or Logistics. Yeah it's that good. Don't sleep.