Review: Horizons continue their run of quality releases with a couple of cuts from Dabs, who teams up with Amoss for title track "Still There" and June Miller for "Ditch". Returning to the former, this one's all about the deep, penetrating bassline with a gnarly edge, razor sharp breaks and pounding tech-ed up power. Vocodered lyrics add to the ominous atmosphere. Then "Ditch" comes in with its neuro overtones, cinematic SFX and gritty b-line pressure. Watch out for the drop - nasty! A superb release for those who like their D&B big, bad and heavy.
Review: These are the breaks! Super-longstanding D&B bastion Drum&BassArena unleash their first EP in over 10 years with a special dedication to the driving drum fusion that's powered all our favourite jungle jams: The breakbeat. It's an all-star cast too... Bladerunner does his thing with a classic subby wobble and skippy breaks, Shimon gets his bouncy skank on with Darrison on "Believe It" while June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota flip the breaks into a steppier, more fractured dancehall/jungle/madness switch up on "Don Dada". Those in need of a hardcore injection of rave purity should seek and support John B's ruthless "ENERGY" and A.M.C & Turno's glacier-blasting tech-jump melter "Ice Cold". Dedication's what you need.
Review: If you like your D+B blissed out, stripped back and uber tasteful then this one from the ineffable June Miller duo is very likely to be up your street. Entree "Give Up The Ghost (feat. Rayne)" is all hissing hi hats, atmospheric crackles, yearning bassline and gently shimmering melodies. Then there's "Half Top Feelings" with it's breezy, summertime feeling, gentle beats and hazy atmospherics; check out the Amoss remix as well as he reduces it down and sharpens it up with a tougher edge. Last but not least there's "Neurosis (140 mix)" - a lush, vinyl crackling, piano-chiming piece of beauty that simply must be heard. An outstanding release from June Miller!
Review: The ever-talented June Miller duo come up trumps once again with an excellent release on Deep Soul Music. First up is the taught, rippling "Strike Anywhere" with its repressed industrial undertones and Metalheadz-esque patina. Hissing hi-hats, tense SFX and warping bass notes dominate the intro, before it drops into a tough little Ulterior Motive-style work out. The accompanying "Glassjaw", a collab with Circa who we last saw on Med School's "New Blood 010" compilation, makes for a more melodic piece with yearning, melancholic strings and a touch of Neosignal style neurofunk with lashings of soul. Absolutely top-notch stuff here.
Cybass - "It's A New Life For Me" (Big Bud remix) - (6:01) 171 BPM
Kubiks & Lomax - "Find A Way" (Blu Mar Ten remix) - (6:04) 172 BPM
June Miller & Heavy1 - "Judge" - (4:09) 174 BPM
Rene Lavice - "Just Words" - (4:35) 174 BPM
Heavy1 - "Fear The Satellites" - (5:23) 172 BPM
Review: Celsius is one of the most beloved liquid labels in the scene, a stalwart of many years which has released music from virtually every name around. Quite a few of those are represented on thus album, including Bcee & Saxxon, Blu Mar Ten and Rene LaVice, all of whom are on top form here. Bcee & Saxxon's remix of 'Always Dancing' by Random Movement is brilliant, a deftly put together jungle stepper that's full of liquid vibes and vibrant, fluttering synth lines. 'Rooftop Romance' by Flaco & Calculon is our other favourite, a soulful, rolling number that has a wicked vocal sample and beautifully punchy drums. Yes boys!