Review: Mage provides us with a lovely journey into the "Music For The Mind" and it's all lush, liquid flavours for the duration here with plenty of gliding instrumentals, strumming guitars, rolling breaks and ticking hi-hats. Get dreamy with cuts like "Deep Stories" with its charming lilt, and blown away by melancholy dancefloor rhythms like "Lost In Time". Other highlights include the delightful, strumming "Somewhere In A Major Key" with its uplifting builds and the chilled out, contemplative "Savanna", as we near the end of the album.
Review: Since their debut release way back in '99, Dutch based Fokuz Recordings have continued to push the intelligent sound which traces its lineage back to Bukem's Good Looking label. Coming straight out of Rotterdam, the home of gabba, this crew are happy to swim against the tide and have come up trumps once again with this excellent offering from Mage and Nelver. "There Where No Us" is a summertime roller with soaring strings and melodic flourishes, championed by none other than Netsky, while flipside "Redline" is more dancefloor orientated, replete with bouncy bass and tinkling pianos.
Review: The liquid magician Nelver returns to Focuz with two tunes so effortless and soaring it's a surprise they can be tethered to a soundsystem. "Impressions" is an angsty wrench through heartache and solace with airy synths and piano loops that lift up a dark, rumbling bassline into another level. "Keep On" is a more laid-back production, with washed-out funk guitar licks shining through big, blocky drums before a very unorthodox breakdown moves things into jazzier territory. Beauty and bass, everyone needs it in their lives now and then.
Review: A classically-trained Russian purveyor of progressive DnB, Nelver likes the more contemplative side of dance music. If Chris Martin were to make a DnB record, it would probably sound a lot like "Memories Of You" - all soft emotive keys and epically melancholic melodies. "What I Think" however, features more urgent beats this time married to dreamlike jazzy atmospherics.
Review: Russian newcomer Nelver has only a few releases to his name on liquid-minded label Focuz. This, his first outing on Triple Vision's Celsuis, is a double act of emotionally-charged drum and bass straight from the Moleman and Netsky school of twinkling piano ad-libs and soaring strings. "Back To The Past" is an airy-light swooper, fiddling with percussive textures and bright sparks of soulful vocals. "Last Challenger" comes down smooth with melancholy guitar meddlings and sharp percussion driving things forward. Two well-balanced tracks any new producer would be proud to put their name to, Nelver is definitely one to watch.
Review: Another newcomer for talent-scouting, freshness-addicted Celsius Recordings UK sees a producer from small town Russia get his well-deserved turn in the limelight. He makes the most of it too, with two stunning tunes cut straight from the heart. There's something about first track "Hold You" that sounds endlessly melancholy; despite that washed-out, summery sound there's a feeling of deep contemplation, maybe brought about by deep, reverberating bass and wistful guitars playing around live drums. "Rise On Me" picks jungle breaks as a base, playing impressionist piano around a playful bassline. A soulful liquid release with technical intelligence and a fresh outlook. More of this, please.