Review: Player central: Not one artist on this EP doesn't command serious respect. Ed:It and Pennygiles's 2014 firecracker gets the treatment from Ulterior Motive, adding just a lick or two of shade to the already solid groove. ST Files and Response follow with a beautifully restrained deep stepper that's not dissimilar to erstwhile ST collaborator Marcus Intalex. Total Science and FD maintain the deep theme with a soulful rolling track that's not dissimilar to their Funky Technicians material. Villem and McLeod anchor the EP with a unique halftime roll that balances dark and light tighter than your nan's 1950s television. A truly spotless EP.
Review: It's been a while since both Pennygiles and Tempo have served up any gold, but they've both made up for lost time with these three understated rollers. "Looking In" hammers with a really interesting snare sound, unrelenting kicks and buried vocal texture not dissimilar to Break or Digital. "Without Worry" is a jazzier, heads-down affair that wouldn't go amiss in a 3am Marky slot while "Lie Through Me" has that minimal, sparse construction that LSB does really well too. Classy.
Review: Metalheadz take their first bite out of 2017 with an on-point two-tracker from two of the UK's sharpest D&B minds. Phil Tangent cuts the first slice of bass cake with a deep and breezy timeless roller; "Bardabunga" is driven by pensive detuned synth tones on the riff and powered by swift, skippy Bladerunner style breaks. Pennygiles joins the fray for "Crossing The Rubicon". A precision balanced creation of shades; one minute we're floating in beatless suspension. The next we're in Gully City. Population: YOU.
Review: Total Science dust off the CIA Deepkut controls for their first outing of the year. It comes courtesy of Vienna's Roy Green & Protone and it's an all-out collabo doozy. Russia's Electrosoul System taps in for "Resting", a slice of high voltage soul, loaded with added frazzled, dizzying textures. French Mexican Joakuim enters the fray for the deliciously breezy "Neptune" while long-time collaborator Monologue joins the fun with the disarming mystic hurricane stepper "Prince Vlad". Finally respected Welsh soul soldier Pennygiles completes the set with some divine piano tickling, woozy hornage and restrained growls on "Suburbs". Four absolutely timeless pieces of work here... Not to be slept upon!
Review: Want some late night grooves to chill to? "Just One Night" saunters into the cut with smooth-rolling liquid vibes, taken to the next level by Jeremy Carr's sweet vocals. On the other side, "Nothing Lasts Forever" is a totally different beast thanks to Pennygiles' input, taking things to the next level with a deep bass groove and spacey sound effects that bring in some futuristic sounds. A fantastic duo of straight-up liquid; if you like your tunes smart and sophisticated, pour yourself a scotch, because you just found yourself a treat.
Review: Arriving just in the nick of time to soundtrack London's (no doubt short lived) heatwave, D&B imprint Inform drop this six track Summer Selection features smooth, refined cuts from the likes of Soul Connection, Kasper, Pennygiles and Mr Joseph & Imagery. It's the latter pair who impress most with the silky sax-led liquid roller "Too Late", although Kasper's half-stepper "Zealous" and Soul Connection's dubby "Losers" are both well worth checking too.
Hospitality 2016 (continuous DJ mix 1) - (50:04) 174 BPM
Hospitality 2016 (continuous DJ mix 2) - (51:00) 174 BPM
Review: Exclusive overload: while some labels like to solely wrap up their existing content into a compilation, Hospital request freshness from their troops. In amongst the 60 tracks on offer (yeah, 60!) there are no less than 25 brand new cuts previously unavailable until now. From the breathy, horizon-glaring bliss of Fred V & Grafix's "Constellations" to High Contrast's first original in well over a year "Calling My Name" by way of Krakota's pulsating gully stepper "Lust Thrust" and Ulterior Motive's darkside creeper "Oddness". This is - without question - one of the biggest, most bountiful Hospitality albums so far. And let's face it, they're always pretty special anyway.