Review: Often when young talent is allowed to break through the thick icy surface of the drum and bass scene, the music they produce can be put down as variants of either side of the spectrum - either soulful vocal-based liquid or seriously hyperbolic jump up forged to spin heads and destroy dancefloors. What Brazilian label DNBB have here is a gorgeous little slice of brand new talent, showcasing the inventive minds of the next generation of drum and bass. Hudik begins the surge with "Parting", a synthy swell of atmosphere that booms and dissipates into a teetering crest of breakcore beats. Newcomer Flokos brings the Brazilian soul with smoothly funky "Nu York", and Kalum, already a favourite with the YouTube liquid crowd, teams rap with smooth rolling vibes. Upcoming talent Danny Lo hangs up his usual jungle beats for RnB tinged smoothy "Special Lady" and Brazilian drum and bass obsessionist Mystific plays with warm guitar licks and static to create a vintage soulful sound. An instant classic.
Review: DNBB Digital are a Brazilian label for whom releasing funky music is quickly becoming second nature and what a piece of work their next release is, as Jungie and Mystific roll out some soul across varying drum patterns and vibes. 'Dare' takes the funkiness of Peshay or someone similar and chops it into bits, gullying things out whilst keeping the overall feeling upbeat and energetic. 'Forte' is also a highlight, another number which packs melancholic piano chords and a stuttering drum break which flutters in tandem. Lovely.
Review: Sao Paolo's Aaron Mello aka Mystific has been rocking clubs with his DJ sets a-la DJ Marky, and stirring up our release pages with his productions, more recently. His latest pile of tunes comes courtesy of Soul Deep's digital offshoot, and the man serves up four stunning liquid excursions for the heads. "It's Too Late" takes us back to the mid noughties and to artists like High Contrast and Logistics, while "More Than You" is a little more vibrant and uplifting. "Shiver" is jazzy, deep and beautifully executed, but it's "Beautiful Music" that steals the limelight thanks to its gorgeous background melodies and big room sound.
Try To Understand (Piano version) - (4:08) 145 BPM
Review: Mystific is keeping things light and breezy this week with Forgive, an ethereal three-track single that's grounded in a sense of serene atmospherics, sumptuous ambience and slow but steady progression. The title tune is a classic liquid roller: deft piano touches, haunting vocal overlays, crisp drums and warm pads. It's everything we like about liquid D&B and more. Zara Taylor shows off her skills on 'Forgive' but takes things up a notch with 'Try To Understand', a ghostly track where all the magic happens in her voice and the dark basslines. There's even a drum-less piano version, which sounds equally incredible.
Review: Mystific is on Liquid Flow this week with a lovely, lovely little single that touches us in all the right places. Delicate, pin-point drums abound in A-Side 'Had It All', a sultry piano overlay tinkers in the highs whilst a warm, gentle vocal slides with effortlessness across its percussive bass and encompassing bassline. Classic liquid number, this. Simplification is on remix duties for the B-side and he ramps the intensity up a bit, beefing up the drums and chopping up a vicious bassline - banging flip.
Review: Five pristine liquid sparklers from the recently re-risen Sao Paulo label DNBB land just in time for the summer. Vibes range from the pacey flutters and far-away choral textures of Mystific's "Sorry" to the languid introspection and heart stopping vocal of Nostre & Alexvnder's "Tell Me" by way of Henry's Sakamoto-style pianos on "Looking Back". Pure bliss.
Review: Barely seven months have passed since Celsius's first label compilation, but that hasn't stopped them from curating yet another sublime selection of their best talent. Soulful rollers are the order of the day, armed with the perfect amount of bottom end welly but deep enough for some rather enchanting headphone listening, too. Highlights include the reverberating double bass strums on Dream Workers' "Duplicate", the Good Looking flavours on Severity Zero's "Snow" and the more contemporary bass rumbles of Phat Playaz "On Your Mind". But to be honest, they're all exceedingly checkable. If you're not feeling Celsius heat yet, here's an ideal place to start.