Review: Experimental and atmospheric compositions from a Moldovan producer who's pushing the boundaries of what people consider to be drum and bass. Playing with half-time and mixing warped samples with ethereal melodies, there's a real sense of true composition in each track. From the chilled swing of "Sleepwalking"; through rolling stellar starscapes in "Contradictions"; the dark, broken vocals and weighty bass in "Nothing's Ever" and the techy beats and beautiful precision of "Wisdom Goddess", this is an LP that will open your eyes and steal you away. Isn't it nice to hear from a producer who's not content with the status quo?
Review: A newcomer to the scene, Moldovian soulful D&B devotee Skyweep has been snapped up by the likes of Celsius, Silk and now Focuz to spread his chilled, jazzy sounds across the world. Beautifully composed with an edge of lounge jazz, his drum & bass isn't your average liquid roll through tired jazz samples. Using smooth vocals and elastic basslines he casts a hazy summer scene over each track, bringing warmth and depth to his tight, rolling percussion and emotive samples. An accomplished and intriguing EP from an exciting new artist.
Skyweep/FullCasual - "What Dreams May Come" - (6:42)
Review: Skyweep may not have many releases to his name, but the What Dreams May Come EP shows him to be adept at a wide range of atmospheric D&B styles. "Homunculus Lullaby" combines Burial-inspired vocals atmospherics and moody bass with some intricate half-stepping rhythms, while "Coming Down" sees minimal percussive rolls take the lead on a vocal turn with echoes of Bjork. "Broke My Eyes" meanwhile combines monolithic half-step and deep bass with another big vocal. "What Dreams May Come" is the best track by far however, combining intricate rhythmic flourishes with a moody sonic backdrop that brings some of the best Metalheadz moments to mind.
Review: Denver label Plush Recordings proudly present a decidedly plump retrospective of their output from the past two years. Across the count'em 36 tracks some familiar names are naturally present displaying the various slants on the Plush output - be it gloriously liquid funk or half step hip hop embellishments to more atmospheric strands of the drum and bass. Commencing in style with the jazzy textures of Contract Killers, the subsequent and exhaustive selection contains highlights almost too numerous to pick out and thus our best advice is to let you dig in and find your own favourites!