French D&B finesse: Vandal update their "All Cities" series with another sweet set of international groove luxury. Soul:Motion leads the charge with a roll-out of liquid twinkles. He's instantly contrasted and complemented by Joakuim who lays down a dangerously sharp stepper that recalls the most formative days of proto D&B. Digging deeper and we strike amen gold with Tim Reaper's "My Own Flying Island". Rolling at a slower 160, it's an emphatic headnod to the legacy left by Moving Shadow and the drum-sample science of artists like Paradox. Ending this spotless collection on a trippy jazzy flex, Austria's Protone and Roygreen give us "Laser Cats"; a sexy, spaced-out groove that's powered by the wonkiest triplet you'll ever hear, it will instantly whisk your floor to a faraway dreamlike state where both lasers and cats couldn't be further from your mind if they tried.
Despite the eyebrow-raising name, Tim Reaper ain't scary he's actually a bloke from London called Ed. Here he awakes two tracks for our aural pleasure "All Right" is deep and warm DnB, speedy beats but full and smooth low end caresses, and "Innerspace", a tougher joint featuring relentless amen breaks and soulful breaks. It also features the not inconsiderable talents of Parallel so it's an all-round winner then!