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: A release packed with thought-provoking titles, this EP deals with all manner of themes, from otherworldly experiences and apocalyptic futures to complete joy, happiness and on the other side of the coin, devastation and loss. That's not to say this is a difficult work to follow - this German newcomer has made it his mission to make his worlds as accessible as possible without losing any of their immersive qualities. The result is a totally intriguing mix of classic drum & bass tunes mixed with soundscape narratives and lots of clever sonic ideas dispersed throughout. It's an impressive EP and definitely one to bag now, especially to say you were there for this guy from the start.
Review: Mysterious new producer Poschek has taken to Soul Deep to share their cinematic sounds and it's a perfect match. Kicking with the title track, a sultry sax meets understated piano and a tasty edge of breaks to sharpen the edges. "Few Words" offers a more romantic side to the EP, with sweet melodies and jazz influences all round, from the live sounding drums to the instrumentation and walking bass. "Down The Line" offers a more familiar approach with deep subby bass and a fast rolling rhythms perfect for the more discerning dancefloor, and finally "One Day" rounds off with a beautiful, uplifting return to the old school. Gorgeous stuff.
Review: Newcomer Poschek comes from Germany and he's going to change your perception of German D&B. About as far away from the industrial sounds of Berlin as it's possible to go, his sun-drenched soulful sounds call on influences from the Brazillian school of summer sounds but with a bass-driven bite. Shimmering and delicate with bold basslines and driving beats, his style plays with textures and layers, keeping things clean and crisp. This producer is about to blow up. Get your hands on him quick.
Review: The Smooth N Groove imprint have become renowned for their expansive compilation projects, bringing together a range of high quality original drum and bass recordings. They continue their hot streak here with volume 2 of their 'Hidden In The Crates' series, featuring belters from the likes of Greekboy, Passive, Wyman, Twintone, Jay Dubz and a host of other names. For us, the standouts are immediately clear, with the harmonic strings and epic atmospherics of A.K.A & soulTec's 'You Should Be Here' being a major standout. The smooth junglist subs and warm notation of 'Adventure Time' from Conrad Subs also deserves a nod, along with the clean drum work of Dave Owen's 'Kiss & Tell'.