Review: Soul Deep debutant A.K.A gets busy with three stunning originals and one jungle-wise remix, and Soul Fever is a great reminder (if needed) that less is always more. With a precision steppy riddim, dense sub and melodic jazz hook the title track runs circles around you in the same way Adam F did almost 20 years ago while A.K.A and Payback's remix adds more roots roughage to the drums. Elsewhere "Never Give Up" is a straight up jazz and bass piece, all drifty and deep and "Blessings" is more of a star-gazing roller with twinkling arpeggios and a super-loose slap-happy bassline that you can imagine Marky utilising particularly well. Feverishly good.
Review: Last spotted on Soul Deep sharing his "Hidden Thoughts", Carter returns to respected LA soul stable with four more sweet and silky workouts. Each one as dreamy and widescreened as the next, throughout the EP we're treated oceanic, ear-massaging pads ("Ever Free"), church-shaking vocal velvet ("On & On"), glistening, spectrum stretching guitars ("Changes") and finally soft skanks and subtle amens on the deliciously dubby "Rise Or Shine". Bliss
Review: Smooth N Groove churn out a lot of great liquid, but they're not a label known for the long players. Soul Connection is aiming to change that here with this Music Makes Me LP, a ten-tracker that sprawls over a collection of soulful, energetic sounds perfect for those who like their liquid like their desserts: simple but good. The title track is effortlessly flowing and more relaxed than a cat in the sun, a lounging vocal sample sways and moves whilst a pacey percussive line flitters beneath. 'Smooth N Groove' is another highlight, whilst 'So Divine' steps up the funk element with some gorgeous synth stabs. Really gentle, nice bits here.
Review: Spellbound by name, spellbinding by nature, Serbia's Soul Connection returns with his first major body of work since his last album Jazz Renegades on Soul Deep. Each of the four tracks make up for lost time; "All For You" ripples with dominant jazzy chords and subtle dubby waves of vocal and horn textures, "Spellbind" confirms its title-track status with clipped rhythmic stabs that owe just as much to techno as they do D&B. Elsewhere "Time" springs with a lighter step and shimmering, dreamlike arpeggio while "Coming To You" brings us to a fittingly atmospheric finale with it soft keys and big oceanic pads. Mesmerising.
Review: Serbian vibe maestro Soul Connection doesn't waste time. Jazz Renegades is his second LP on Soul Deep in less than three years (third if you include his co-lab LP with Payback) and, as always, the quality is as high as the funk. Highlights include the loose double bass twangs and faraway charms of "Give Me The Feeling", the crisp percussion finishes and well-spaced (and heavily reverbed) instrumentation of "Round Midnight", the trippy filtered spiral and reflective riff technique of "Sentimental" and the mournful horn magic of "Don't Stop". That's truly the tip of the iceberg, too. Dig deep!
Review: Serbian junglist Soul Connection makes it to Soul Deep's extensive roster with a selection of top grade rollers. Taking inspiration from old school grooves and the darker, minimal sounds of the underground, SC has managed to create an EP full of refreshing variations and variety of drum and bass. Clearly a fan of the masters (Photek is a clear influence in tracks like "Afterglow") he's putting his own spin on the genre and it sounds fantastic. Liquid with clout.
Review: Soul Connection's latest LP on Soul Deep is an amazing (and mammoth-sized) collection of crisp rollers with addictive basslines, and that's just the way we like him. Kicking off with a nigglingly-familiar vocal sample twitching underneath fluid bass and drums, the tone of the release is very much old school vibes laden with fresh, on-point production. With jazz and soul influences throughout and intriguing nuances to keep you guessing, this is one liquid LP you need in your collection.
Review: This VA is jam-packed with some of the scene's best liquid maestros, and it's of the movement for Liquid Drum & Bass 4 Autism, a group which seeks to raise awareness and money for those who have autism. Low:r, Furney, MsDos and more have gotten themselves involved, and the result is a lovely, serene walk through some of 174's most nonchalant moments. 'Eyes Closed' by Low:r is especially gorgeous, with his trademark organic sound fluttering in the wind of his creativity like usual. Changer is characteristically deep with 'Only To Be', and it's just the iceberg of what is a brilliant album for a brilliant cause.