Review: Sevin is back on Fokuz, one of the most consistent labels in the game, and he's doing so with an EP thhat exemplifies the diverse strands of drum & bass that Fokuz expertly weave together. Panic Therapy has everything, from minimal rollers, to grungy bangers, funky jungle and liquid soul. It's a tour de force and it kicks off with the title tune, a sub-heavy roller that's got inch perfect drums and a sense of sophistication that outstrips its barebones approach. 'Week 3' is pure soul, as a catchy piano riff flounces through the arrangement with a smile and a wave, a nonchalant track that brings up summer memories and more relaxed days. 'Funked Up' is even more funky, as the name suggests, with big, wide drums and an unrepentant love of movement. Sensational.
Review: Sevin is reaching deep into his presumably voluminous archives and has dug out eight rolling tracks of a variety of flavours, his production style is as diverse as his personal tastes and it really shines through. The first track is as funky as can be, with swelling synth lines and jabby stabs set adrift amidst a warm wave of cool energy. The difference couldn't be bigger between that and track two - Doop Doop - which is darker, more foreboding and heavier in every way. The long EP then proceeds to roll out with serious flair, and it's well worth a listen.
Review: Exclusive overload: while some labels like to solely wrap up their existing content into a compilation, Hospital request freshness from their troops. In amongst the 60 tracks on offer (yeah, 60!) there are no less than 25 brand new cuts previously unavailable until now. From the breathy, horizon-glaring bliss of Fred V & Grafix's "Constellations" to High Contrast's first original in well over a year "Calling My Name" by way of Krakota's pulsating gully stepper "Lust Thrust" and Ulterior Motive's darkside creeper "Oddness". This is - without question - one of the biggest, most bountiful Hospitality albums so far. And let's face it, they're always pretty special anyway.