Review: This VA is jam-packed with some of the scene's best liquid maestros, and it's of the movement for Liquid Drum & Bass 4 Autism, a group which seeks to raise awareness and money for those who have autism. Low:r, Furney, MsDos and more have gotten themselves involved, and the result is a lovely, serene walk through some of 174's most nonchalant moments. 'Eyes Closed' by Low:r is especially gorgeous, with his trademark organic sound fluttering in the wind of his creativity like usual. Changer is characteristically deep with 'Only To Be', and it's just the iceberg of what is a brilliant album for a brilliant cause.
Review: Jazzsticks Recordings is without a doubt one of the most underrated liquid labels around because, with Paul SG at the helm, they're genuinely committed to rolling out funk in the most infectious manner possible. This single is exactly that, but with an added dose of lounging nonchalance. Title track 'Dizzy' is as laidback as they come, with crisp drum hits and an oozing bassline that squirms underneath in a wonderfully subtle display of production finesse. 'Mesmeriser' goes for more of an introduction and it works great, that long intro prepping you nicely for the tracks wisping pads and ghostly string sections. Lovely stuff.
Start A Fire (feat Danny Wheeler) - (6:26) 174 BPM
Phunk Phenomenon - (5:19) 172 BPM
Soul Asylum - (6:02) 172 BPM
Forever VIP - (5:42) 174 BPM
Review: It's about time! Jazzsticks bossman and one of Vienna's finest soul operators Paul SG has been a little quiet on the release front this year. Following a few one-offs on EPs such as "Hidden Gems" and "Best Friends", this dreamy five-tracker is his most substantial release in a long time. Highlights include the smoky guitar twangs and pneumatic percussion of "Walking Notes", the near-Bristolian badness and ravey mischief of "Phunk Phenomenon" and the dreamboat jazz flare of "Soul Asylum". SG stands for sick guy: this is a fact.
Paul SG & Salem - "Jazzstrophobia" - (5:13) 174 BPM
Locksmith - "Jahseh" - (6:10) 176 BPM
Review: Seek and you shall find... Paul SG's Jazzsticks returns with another superb five-piece suite of rich soulful drum & bass in the form of "Hidden Tunes". Decon sets the bar high with the Brazilian charm and energy of "How It Is", Pulsaar brings us right back to the bedroom with lush pianos and just a touch of disco finesse on the stabs, Tryangle whips up a beautiful contrast between the lavish soulful intro and powerful main rolling groove. Elsewhere we find Carter getting his filtered freak on with "Traveller", we see Paul SG & Salem jamming out over a killer swing sample on "Jazzstophobia" before Locksmith shuts us down with the bendiest double-bass bassline Jazzsticks have ever blessed us with. There's no hiding the majesty at play here.
Review: Time for a freshness flex: Shogun return to their new and rising talent series Point Of Origin and once again it's a big deal with 15 crucial cuts from 20 outstanding and future-shaping artists; from the already established and massively respected such as Serum, Paul T & Edward Oberon, who follow up last year's massive "Take My Breath Away" with the deep space slinker "Burning", and Paul SG with his decidedly wobbled-out drumstick snapping roller "Holy Moly" right the way through to exciting new energies in the dance like Phaction, with his ghostly-vocalled soul-out "Distant Lovers" and Neve & Crimson's beautifully blue-notated jazz drum dark-out "Solar Rain" and so many stunning cuts in between (Mitekiss, Gerra & Stone, Was A Be, Macca & Loz Contreras, the list goes on) this is Shogun at its most exciting and forward-thinking.
Review: It's been 18 months since Paul SG last hopped across the pond to LA's Soul Deep. During that time he's continued to ramp up Jazzsticks as one of the most reliable soulful drum & bass labels and released his debut album This Is Me. Here we find him getting back to his roots with three floor-primed tracks underpinned by deep barbed bass. "Ways" plucks at the heart strings with its instrumentation while punching you in the gut with its subs, "Rhodissimo" rolls with serious class as horns waft over some incredible Detroitian key textures and just the right amount of gully while "Never Care" closes with more of a dreamy jazz feel with drifting voices and lush fretless bass. Bellissimo.
Review: Paul SG's Jazzsticks returns to their irregularly regular Hidden Tunes series with a second instalment of restrained rollers from understated up-and-comers and friends of the label alike. If you know the Jazzsticks sound, you'll already know the sterling vibe: dusty, soulful, warm and organic from some of the sharpest talents in the game. Highlights include the big jazz whirlwind of Soul Deep founder Scott Allen's "Soul Desire", a 97-style horn-melting stepper from Decon ("Cool Breeze") and Pulsaar's dreamweaving shakedown "Room For Two". What once was hidden is now found... And will remain in your playlist until the next instalment lands in years to come.
Review: Let's say it now: it's about time! Vienna's Paul SG has been quietly donning the currently massive Austrian D&B scene for much longer than some of his more hyped peers. No drama, no ego or fanfare....just a consistent stream of soulful groove for almost 10 years; a full length release has been expected, hoped and longed for years. Naturally he hasn't disappointed. Highlights include the brilliant juddering funk of "Lefthanded", the spacey jazzy Bingo Beats bass phrasing, the absolute soul of Angelina Dove on "Cherry Blossom", the TRAC-fronted Breakbeat Era style "Poverty" and the fluttering aesthetic of "You All Never Know". With Conrad on the vocals, it's the timeless cherry on a truly authentic D&B cake. Delicious.
Review: Jazzstick-snapping funk: Paul SG returns to LA's Soul Deep for the second time this year with three more timeless lessons in rolling soul. "Xamplo" is charged by deft, brushed drums and a filtered sample that tickles and tickles as it plays the long reveal. "Nothing Leads Nowhere" is straight out of the Creative Source playbook; delicate pianos, layers of sparkling instrumentation and a ghostly vocal texture playing the consummate cherry on the top. Finally we hit "Unusually Agitated". An ironic title for a track so jazzy and funk-riddled, watch out for the sudden switches in drum momentum.
Greekboy - "Deep In The Middle East" (Paul SG remix) - (6:00) 172 BPM
Review: Viennese whirling dervish SG returns to Soul Deep with three immaculate constructions. "In My Life" has a really distinct early 2000s feel thanks to rolling momentum-driving drums and widescreen early-Hospital style vocal texture that rides throughout. You could picture this on High Contrast's seminal fabriclive mix. "Wonder Why" is a little more contemporary thanks to its sharper punctuation as quirky piano rolls create the main hook over the pin-point two-step while horns waft woozily into oblivion. Finally we hit his remix of fellow Soul Deep fam Greekboy: stripping out the jungle and building up the feels, it's a lesson in total remix subversion. Life-affirming.
Review: Paul SG brings his caramel-smooth sounds back to Soul Deep Exclusives just in time for peak summer vibes. Rolling out "Dusty Smoke" with sizzling brass and wandering bass, "Nowhere Near" follows the sophisticated sax route, with added jazz percussion for good measure. Who doesn't love a vibraphone? It sounds magical, but also deep and inherently danceable, which is what the world needs. Last, Mr SG fits up Phase 2's "Loosen Up" with a fresh new remix to deliberate upon. Lovely.
Review: The serene stylings of Austrian drum and bass maestro Paul SG have been soothing thousands across the world and on his latest release for Jazzsticks, there's a definite sense of the good old days returning to his sound. "Deegee" starts the EP off a rolling tip with bass straight from the old school, followed closely by "This Is Jazz" which, as expected, lifts things up with soulful jazzy vibes. "Chief Grand Master" takes that old James Brown sample to new levels of old school introspection and "Ballad of a Nubian Princess" is as sultry as they come, rolling out smooth and lush. Final track "Love Theme" is dramatic and deep with a bassy kick, just how we like it. Get some emotive rollers in your collection, you definitely won't regret it.
Review: From a glorious rolling start to shimmering, euphoria-high end, this various artist EP exudes the sort of good time feelings that usually only come with hearing liquid drum and bass on a gorgeous beach somewhere. In lieu of that scenario, this release offers sunny sounds and vibes that are enough to fool you into being there. Which is just perfect. "Blue" kicks us off with beautiful piano and sax, Flowrian's remix of "Rarities" is a flowing, bass-driven romp around funky brass and Pulsaar's "Maximillian" remix takes an edgier detour through junglist bass and percussion. Finally Rhodesomes gets a Soul Structure overhaul complete with sexy brass and an even more sultry vibe. Liquid perfection.
Duoscience - "Plans For A Tomorrow" - (4:31) 175 BPM
HumaNature & Satl - "That Way" - (5:33) 175 BPM
Review: The second part of the Creative Consensus series is a beautiful mixture of lush and vibrant rollers, taking inspiration from the old school as well as testing the waters in new directions. Featuring the likes of Paul SG, Clart and Inside Man this is a release that focuses mainly on upcoming talent - and there's a lot of it around. Whether you like your deep sounds sweet or dark, smooth or experimental, you can be sure there's something on here for you. Last word: Try out Zion Base, Bevan & Andy Sim - Sidewalk for some Djrum-level sample riffing.
Review: A true master of the soulful D&B genre, Paul SG makes it to Jazzsticks for an outing of beautiful, effervescent rolling tunes. Picking up some sultry saxophone in "Gone Too Far" to complement a lush, rounded bass, he then moves to sophisticated jazz influences in the lounge-esque piano loops of "Destination Unknown". "Never Knew It Was You" adds jazz flute and sound effects from a long since forgotten stylish '60s film, and "A lot To Talk About" uses skipped breaks to add a touch of edge to an otherwise sleek and sedentary roller. Finally, romantically-titled "Completely Mine" puts a crisper edge on the proceedings, taking things down a touch with minor chords and wistful, drawn-out vocals. Gorgeous work from Mr Paul SG.
Review: Jazzy and fast-paced is the only way to describe the corking opening track of this twin release, as "Extract of the Essence" rolls out effortlessly with grooving bass and tons of real instrumentation and character brought in from vintage samples. The class continues in "Domino" as tabla and sustained strings bring a sense of mystery to hollow drums before launching into a truly old school full-bodied skank-out. All you have to do is whack this on and close your eyes and it's '96 again.