Review: A seriously stylish first track sees Cutworks break out the bass for an elegant start to this double-headed release. Bursting with whomping bassy fruitiness underneath gorgeous layers of rolling beats and intriguing vocals (cut and severely pitch-shifted from "Oops (Oh My)" by Tweet/Missy Elliott if we're not mistaken), it's the perfect tune to whip crowds into a hard-stomping frenzy. "Deep Inside" begins on beautiful form and continues into further depths of stunning double bass and live instrumentation all tied together by crisply captivating production. When Roygreen and Protone get together, it's magic. Don't miss out.
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: Hands should already be searching out the debit card when Demand Records gets mentioned but in case there was ever any doubt, let's look at Roygreen and Protone's credentials. Both still feeling the success of last year's Speak The Truth EP. Halfstep hurter "Warman" begins with a raw statement of intent, skipping beats, screeching out feral bass and snarling with dancehall fury thanks to strictly unique vocals. "Homeground" takes things at a smoother pace, offering old school sounds before diving deep into a knee-shattering bassline, while "Navarro" rounds off the trio with lush keys and rolling vibes; a quick re-visit to the RG/P heartlands. It's fire. Trust us.
Review: Binding soulful D&B with the melancholy cinematics of the more standard European manfestation of the genre has been Austrian duo RoyGreen & Protone's MO since they met back in 2010. Never holding back on the big bass but with a lot of time and effort spent manipulating delicate sound effects and snippets of live instrumentation, their output is always a cut above. Celsius may be a surprise choice of label to avid followers of the pair, however when the tracks are this good, who are we to argue? Head for the dancefloor and get smiling.
Review: It's exciting when Roygreen and Protone get together because it's never an easy one to call. Maybe it'll be an old smoothie of a track, maybe it'll be a bit of a Rottweiler. That's the fun of their dynamic - they're a little unpredictable. Kicking off with slow jazz and beautifully arranged piano, "The Five Spot" immediately upturns their lasting impression by being slick and sweet and sexy. "Jazzypants" itself is more contemporary in its stylings but still very laid back and sleek. Working with Natural Flavour and Dorian for final tune "The Storm", it's a darker meander around moodier bass and playful toy piano that makes for an interesting round-off.
Review: If you like stripped back breaks and sumptuous melodies then look no further than Roygreen & Protone. Their Tartagura EP on Fokuz kicks off with "Danube", in which lilting piano keys chime against tapping breaks and whimsical melodies before we move on to the title track, which is all pounding vintage drums. The remix of MsDos - "Reconstruction" is another treat, with quirky SFX and tripped out atmospherics. Then there's the dubbed-out "Puff Piff" with its murmuring bass and eerie SFX, before "Concentration" rounds the EP off in style.
Review: With their recent collaborative effort on Celsius still ringing in our ears, Roygreen & Protone join forces for another three intricate rollers. "Left Behind In Sadness" kicks things off with a melancholic combination of cello strings, subtle vocals and sparing subs, pushed forward with brittle percussion, while "Found Love" offers a more introspective track, as the soulful vocals of Bokaboka and Krint glide on a cushion of jazzy piano and icy synths. Finally, digital bonus "Manitou" offers the sparsest, techiest cut, with a breakbeat feel to the rhythm that goes hand in hand with its buzzing, jaunty low end and sparse atmospherics.
Review: Roy Green, Protone and Monologue join forces in the next release from Fokuz. The "Midnight Walker EP" kicks off with the lovely sounds of "Lotus"; with its evocative title and melancholy, piano-dominated intro, it's off to a poetic and dreamy start. As the track progresses the light, breezy breaks take over but always with mournful overtones. Next we have the more contemplative production "Midnight" with its shuffling breaks, twinkling SFX and rippling atmospherics, before "Walker" draws the EP to an end with its murmuring bassline and ticking hi hats.
Review: Celsius have a relentless release schedule, the benefits of which include getting the freshest new music out there before other labels have caught a breath. It's a strategy that's kept them ahead of the pack, such as on this new release, where regular collaborators Roygreen and Protone hook up with Paul T for a killer two tracker. "Outlaw" contains some seriously tough beats, haunting backdrops and creepy vocal snips, while "Sideways" keeps the tough beats but adds distant, echoey melodies and throbbing, menacing bass notes. Spooky!