Review: Classic heritage label Rubiks enjoys a timely rewind from Fokuz as some of its many starlit soul shakers get dusted off to remind us how timeless and classy so much of the label's output was. Instantly charming from the moment Lenzman's remix of Calculon & Dave Owen's "Ben Carlos" shimmies its way into the mix. Other highlights include the timeless space funk and gully bounce of Random Movement's "Your Dancing Feat", the woozy spellbinding jazz of Mutt & Calculon's "Easy On The Motion" and Phil Tangent's evocative space age soul joint "Giving Up The Ghost". Bring on the second volume...
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: Phil Tangent is one of the all-time greats of the liquid scene, with a career spanning many years and multiple labels. But regardless of how many imprints he's been featured on, Integral is a record label that suits his sound so sublimely it's hard to believe. Universal Sigh is the latest and WHAT a release. The title track is a contender for tune of the year, an eight-minute long odyessy of soaring strings, luscious pads and a tangible feeling of warmth and depth that seeps through every crack. This track is so good that the others almost get overshadowed, which is sad because they're also incredible; 'Miskol' has a funky, dip-dive bassline that'll get you moving for sure; 'Sequoia's sultry piano keys remind of Calibre whilst its rolling drums carry you off into the vocal sample. An outstanding release.
Review: Fresh from his recent Metalheadz muscle flexing, Tangent makes his Horizons debut with three slabs of restrained, rolling dynamite. "Have Faith" hits with a similar air as Artificial Intelligence thanks to the ethereal vocal and its placement in the mix. "Crestfallen" is a real slinker of a tune, all slippery and jittery and coated with a downpitched vocal while "Procrastinateur" makes an art of our time-wasting thanks to its oceanic pads, keys and spacey textures. Stunning.
Review: Next on the ever-reliable and consistently excellent Soul:R comes a couple of superb cuts from Phil Tangent who has been impressing us of late with his deep, minimal sounds. "Restitution" opens the single with sweeping atmospherics, gentle instrumentals, echoing vocal snatches and bleepy beats. It falls into the drop smoothly and switftly with a deep, throbbing b-line providing a heart beat like loveliness for the rest of the track. Accompanying this is "Squaring The Circle" - another beauty, but this time a more stripped back one with thudding drums, blissed out atmospherics and a sparse, haunted feeling which progresses as a vocal element comes into focus with humming subs below. Excellent from start to finish.
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.