Review: Five pristine liquid sparklers from the recently re-risen Sao Paulo label DNBB land just in time for the summer. Vibes range from the pacey flutters and far-away choral textures of Mystific's "Sorry" to the languid introspection and heart stopping vocal of Nostre & Alexvnder's "Tell Me" by way of Henry's Sakamoto-style pianos on "Looking Back". Pure bliss.
Review: Two releases in the same week isn't a rare thing for Soul Deep and Twintone's Kismet EP fits in perfectly. This release is a relaxing stroll through liquid's more scenic side, it's constantly cinematic and all-encompassing in its scope. There's no cheap vocal thrills or tacky synth work, it's organic by virtue of its instrumentation and general approach, one rooted in genuine ambience and harmonic depth. The title track exemplifies this best; warm, resonant piano riffs which sit perfectly alongside low-end touches and well-placed sampling. This is a quality release
Twintone & Floating Point - "Riviera" - (6:17) 175 BPM
Twintone - "Cave Paintings" - (4:48) 174 BPM
Twintone - "Ocean Drive" - (6:35) 175 BPM
Review: Representing Frankfurt, Soul Brother Twintone steps up to SDD with five touching compositions fine-tuned for late night roll-outs. "Riviera" and "Buzzkill" are hurricanes of soul blown from the iciest galaxy as breezy pads do the sci-fi thing with the perfect levels of emotion. "Dakota" is a unique funk exercise with some great late 90s feels to the double bass and all-round brushed drum jazz aesthetic while "Cave Paintings" maintains the jazz spirit but with more of a Latin feel to the groove and momentum. Finally "Ocean Drive" signs off with a rushed out vocal texture, humming subs and a subtle melody in the percussion. Tingles.
Review: DNBB aren't messing around: since relaunching earlier this year, they've peppered our collections with a rich range of emotion-laced workouts from some of the most promising names of the new generation of artists. Their third Liquidism collection in as many months, this is their largest outing to date and it packs the whole soul spectrum. Highlights range from the slippery jazz funk blasts of Peyo's "Routine" to distant dreamy haze and precision breaks of Skydata's "Fortitude" via the more classical piano laced space liquid f Twintone's "Something About You" and the early Spectrasoul style introspection of Profilix & Nuvaman's "Between The Lines". Vibesism.
Review: The Smooth N Groove imprint have become renowned for their expansive compilation projects, bringing together a range of high quality original drum and bass recordings. They continue their hot streak here with volume 2 of their 'Hidden In The Crates' series, featuring belters from the likes of Greekboy, Passive, Wyman, Twintone, Jay Dubz and a host of other names. For us, the standouts are immediately clear, with the harmonic strings and epic atmospherics of A.K.A & soulTec's 'You Should Be Here' being a major standout. The smooth junglist subs and warm notation of 'Adventure Time' from Conrad Subs also deserves a nod, along with the clean drum work of Dave Owen's 'Kiss & Tell'.