Review: Aries 2018-released debut album Jungle Style just keeps on giving with another badass bounty of versions. Featuring a whole range of skilled breakbeat craftsmen from hyped newcomers and hidden talents to some of the best in the game, highlights hit from all corners including Saxxon's jazz-tinged tear-up on "Sundays", Kreed's dancehall stepper twist of "I & I" and Benny Page's heavily supported version of "Herbsmoke". High grade business.
Aries/Random Movement & Bevan - "Sundays" - (5:34) 175 BPM
Review: Aries is about to drop Jungle Style, a very special and personal debut solo album that joins the dots of musical make-up and celebrates his 20-year 100+ release contributions to the dance. These two killer collabs show the score: long-time partner in vibes Jacky Murda and iconic MC Spyda tag in for a string-plucking sing-along toaster while Random Movement and Bevan step up for a swooning, heads-down stepper with beautiful bending Detroitian chords. Trust us; the album is going to be a riot of the senses.
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...
Random Movement & Dan Marshall - "Current Situation" - (6:16) 174 BPM
Silence Groove - "Strike It On" - (6:26) 174 BPM
Review: The second of two samplers ahead of their multi-artist, myriad-shade album Drum & Bass Poetry, Santorin unite two longstanding bass masters west coast beardy man Random Movement and Cardiff chaos stirrer Dan Marshall. "Current Situation" oozes liquid soul with its sprinkled keys and woozy horns but there's a much darker underbelly rolling beneath. "Strike It On", meanwhile, sees Polish murker Silence Groove go all early Brookes Brothers with a rolling bass affair adorned with a yearning soulful vocal. Poetry in motion.
Review: Soul Trader are laying the groundwork for their forthcoming Year Of Soul Vol. 2 LP with this sampler, a four-tracker which hints at what is to come. Whilst Soul Trader is usually a liquid label, this EP is dark as can be, courtesy of Gerra & Stone, Data 3 and Pola & Bryson. The first of those s on remix duty for the second with 'Molly' and they've flipped it into a stretched-out display of darkness and power. Pola & Bryson have accomplished something similar with their remix of Silence Groove's 'Cheeky Growley', flipping the original into complex blend of bass notes and sharp hi-hat points. Top release, we can't wait for the full LP.
Review: It's a Florida funk-off at Innerground HQ this month as Marky invites Sunshine State royalty for a two-track treat. Jaybee continues his rich vein of form with one of his hookiest jams to date; jazzy keys, dubby reverbs and precision breaks create the perfect bed for a velvet soul vocal. Random Movement follows with a similarly touching jam. A tight weave of dreamy instrumentation woozily waves across the mix as stern bass tones stretch sporadically, giving the sensuous floating textures real gravitas. In other words, this is dope.
Review: In 2001 Seminal D&B figure DJ Marky released a two-track 12" called the Brazilian Job featuring full-on Latin guitars, vocals and flair - and liquid drum and bass rhythms. Nearing 15 years since that record, Random Movement keeps the sound alive with this summery two track release. Random Movement does get a little dirtier through a wobbly bassline in "Ahead Of It All" while the alternative option, "When The Daylight Comes", is darker and rolling with some subtle jungle and tribal elements, and the slightest of tear-out moments.
Review: One of the US's most consistent and respected D&B contributors, Random Movement has been moving floors with his jitter-jazz frenetic funk since 2005. Here we find Marky's Innerground plotting out the producer's career with a perfectly curated collection of highlights. From the bold organic drum choppery and oceanic lickage of "Sabina" to the dreamy, star-gazing sub-driven stepper "Bandaids", it's a fine testament to Random Movement's contributions. Whether you're only just getting acquainted or looking to fill some gaps in your collection, this is a must!