Review: Some experimental business from the Fokuz imprint, first from Dispet & Zendi who bring a dark, neurofunk influenced vibe to the table, and secondly from Tobax who focuses on a more ethereal, percussive tip. The aforementioned cut from Dispet & Zendi which kicks things off is "Nanotechnology"; here a tense intro peppered by bleeps, ticks and an eerie sci-fi sound develops into the main part with terse drums, tech-ed up snares and a grouchy, murmuring b-line below. A darkside killer, make no mistake. In contrast, "Fly" makes for something completely different - expect euphoric, dreamy atmospherics, gently ticking beats and sweeping synths.
Review: It's nothing but a true trio of vibes from the Fokuz crew as they invite three different acts to contribute to one awesome EP. UK trio Soligen & Type-2 get all soulful and sexy with Wednesday Amelia as the EP's title track tips a nod to the likes of Signature and Innerground. Tobax's "Leaving" starts off all drifty and dreamy before an array of rave-ramped amens blow off any cobwebs you might be hiding. A freshly mastered version of Technicolour's 2012 roller "The Harp Tune" completes the set with fitting musical majesty.
Review: Eatbrain is the Hungarian Neurofunk institution that keeps on giving, with regular releases that dive deep into the presumably hellish landscapes that characterise the minds of their artists. Blackish intent is the name of the game and blackish music is the result, with Tobax in this one combining the technical prowess of the Hungarian crew with the rough-and-tumble readiness of British jump-up. The title track is a good example, with a flurry of energy seeping from every corner of what is a banging dancefloor destroyer. Big tunes here from Tobax.
Review: A various artist four track EP on Celsius provides plenty to ponder, with music for the soul. First up, Steretype & Physical Illusion team up for their "Buddhist Meditation" with its eerie Eastern vibes, pattering drums and yawning SFX, then its over to Against & Hidden Element for "On Cloude Nine" - a sublime drifting tune with gentle, lullaby melodies. Next, Tobax & Twisted Facts get together for the more live and direct "Dream", which is all reverberating lyrics and crisp, punching breaks. Completing the EP is Kantyze's "Last Night" - a sparse, twinkling incantation.
Review: An excellent compilation from D&B imprint Celsius, which brings together a wide range of talent from the likes of Command Strange, Derrick & Tonika, Kyro, Incident, Brother, Ali and more. All channelling a blissed out, deeper sound, this collection of tracks is aimed at the more discerning listener. Highlights include Ali's upbeat, vocal-led guitar strumming liquid gem "Everything (feat dramatic & dbAudio)", Derrick & Tonika's moody "Forward Thinking" and Centrik & Grimm's contemplative cut "Don't Wanna Do This". An excellent addition to your music collection.