This EP is a collaboration of work by some of Europe's finest intelligent liquid producers. A strange sub-genre term it might be, but Intelligent Manners' Intelligent Recordings has searched far and wide over the past couple of years to find music that fits the niche. Celsius have done much the same here, showcasing some of the finest intelligent drum & bass around that still holds the soul and emotive qualities of liquid. Featuring the likes of Intelligent Manners, Command Strange and Mage, it's a breezy look at what the future holds for one of the longest standing sub-genres in dance music. If you like Calibre, DJ Marky, S.P.Y or Bukem, you'll want to check this out pronto.
It's sunshine drenched breezy D&B from Release on the aptly named Liquid Brilliants label. "Smiles From Space" is all ticking breaks, rolling bass and lilting lullaby melodies, which soothe the soul and ease us along into Release's sublime sunlit world. Then there's "Imagine That" which taps into a similar soundscape, composed of sultry, shimmying SFX, jazzy touches, crisp, curling, pattering drum beats and distant horns blowing across the melody. A promising offering here from Release with evocative, soulful and laidback vibes in abundance.
Release provides the next release on Celsius; teaming up with Stephen J Wood for the "Take The Hint EP", it's all chiming instrumentals, ticking breaks and lilting loveliness across this nice little 2-tracker. First up is "Each Day" which begins with whispering, beats, chiming SFX and slowly develops into the main tune with rolling, purposeful drums and warm instrumentals. "Take The Hint" continues to weave the same musical narrative with clinking, chiming SFX, sweeping atmospherics, a hint of breathy vocals and pounding drums setting the pace.
Born out of a shared love for underground drum and bass across the nations, Austria-UK label Switch! have created a haven for dirty basslines for the discerning listener. Kicking off with the gully "Phantom Power", T>I plays off heavy duty bass with percussion that'll knock you backwards. It's an anthem. Working together with Release for "Mug's Game", the other side of the show, T>I offers destructive industrial sampling and a low end thump that hits like a jackhammer. Militant.
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