Review: Artificial Intelligence's Integral imprint hits its second "Glow" volume and once again loads it with total D&B futurism from friends old and new. The bosses take the lead with a heavily textured stepper that's weighed down by a breath-taking reverse lead sound and processed vocals on "The Need", Air K & Cephei sprinkle some mountain fresh Austrian emotional gold into the mix with "Way Home", Satl & Djah flex on the low swinging soul vibe where the sample chimes softly just below the perfectly tuned rolling break and Serpico closes with the majestic soul-out "Illusion". Glowing.
Review: Last year Artificial Intelligence's Integral Records started a new series - Glow - which aims to showcase some of the best forthcoming talent in the Integral radar, as well as music from some of their more established roster acts. We're now in the third instalment and the series is still going strong. Edlan & Djah are two very exciting young Dutch talents and their tune 'Fragile' is typical Integral: wispy pads, featherweight drums and serious sense of ambience. French maestro Redeyes also makes an appearance in similar fashion with 'I Can't Wait', a gorgeous piece of sampling work and precise melodic construction that rolls out for days. Fluidity and Integral regular Satl hold up the rear and they do it well - make sure you check this.
Review: SATL hasn't been in the production business for long but he's already hitting the nail on the head when it comes to rolling out instant classics. There's something about liquid drum and bass from the Eastern edges of Europe in its ability to meld influences from around the world with the colder, more technical sounds of Russia and beyond. Standout track "My Woman" uses intricate beats and repetitive piano loops to create something wildly different, and this release provides much more needed music from a new name on the rise.
Review: Satl has smashed this one. Releasing on SUNANDBASS Recordings, Satl is the young Polish upstart who has been rolling out liquid gems for a few years now and turning some seriously heads while he does it, his ability to blend both light and dark is amazing and honestly every track he puts out is worth a listen. 'Bravehearts' is the highlight, featuring Dan Stezo on the vocals, this one just rolls and rolls, proving that you don't need a track to be complex for it to be amazing. There's loads of diversity on 'Acid Trip' and 'Maj', the two slightly more relaxed tracks, as well as on 'Low End Theory', which essentially is just a purely naughty minimal little roller. This EP is worthy of Satl and SUNANDBASS, so go check it out.
Review: Polish soul merchant Satl is back on his new-found home Integral Records with his now recognisable blend of deepness and funkiness. A five-tracker of sublime proportions, 'Everything To Me' is a deserving title track, combining a delicate vocal line with Alix Perez-esque featherweight percussion. The depth carries on over into 'Never Knew', a swirling dive down into liquid's most relaxing neighbourhood that stays with you the whole way. 'Rattler' is the most unique; an amalgamation of pointed stabs and percussive hits that smacks of Skeptical's 'Imperial' or Perez's 'Raven' in its sheer complexity and creative dynamism. 'The Sleep' and 'Each Day' finish off the EP with a return to Satl's trademark sound and the vocal line on both are gorgeous, each nested into a backing mirage of wistful pads and dreamy ambience. An exceptionally strong release.
Review: The North Quarter welcome another kindred spirit to the family; Satl. One of the most exciting newcomers to emerge since LSB, there's a soul and depth to his music that's won him friends like Digital and TNQ bossman Lenzman. This is his most comprehensive and revealing EP to date as he goes to town on the blank canvas with more shades than you might know him for; as well as the poignant ("Supposed To Be", "Coming Back") and the soulful ("All My Life") and the blissful ("Self Reflection") there's also some exciting variations in tempo ("Modern Jah" hits like a Dominic Martin record and "Aadje" is pure modern dub) and shades of Marcus-inspired techno in the mix ("Drifted")... Trust us, this man is just warming up and TNQ is the best place to give him freedom and encouragement to reach the next level.
Review: Satl is the Polish producer who is now firmly established in the top echelons of liquid, especially so following his sumptuous outing on the North Quarter last year, and his tendency to opt for longer projects is seeing its next iteration on 4Lyfe, an eight-track extended player on Artificial Intelligence's Integral. It's yet more dreamy, wispy music and Satl is one step closer to mastering the art of element-light but vibes-heavy music, a potent style with a long legacy in AI themselves, as well as Lenzman or Calibre. 4Lyfe spans both light and dark, with the soaring vocal notes of 'So Much Better' touching heartstrings, whilst 'Yin' is a furiously stripped back rattler that gets things done on the darker end. Genre defining stuff.
Review: Will the Soul Deep creativity train ever stop? The most prolific label in D&B take another collaboration in hand with the combined efforts of Satl and J:Logic for this beautiful little EP. Filled with gorgeous melodies and deep, fruity bass, there's plenty to get your teeth into. Jazzy in parts ("Soul Music"), featuring retro influences and jungle breaks in others ("untitled30") and a whole lot of soul in between, if you're a fan of more experimental liquid, get yourself a little treat and pick his up.