JTRA - "The Melancholy Dancehall" - (5:36) 107 BPM
Jah Bliddie - "Run Choon" - (5:27) 165 BPM
Subshell - "Palm Oil" - (3:52) 160 BPM
Hi$to - "Deep Space Turnup" - (3:18) 107 BPM
PUFF.Magic - "THE UNDERGROUND" - (4:02) 160 BPM
Dom Corleone - "BOOM!" - (2:51) 126 BPM
HomeSick - "Petrol Safety" - (3:56) 131 BPM
DBK Teklife - "Port Sunset" - (3:03) 160 BPM
DJ FLP - "POSITIVE NRG 4EVER" - (7:24) 160 BPM
Review: It's always an exciting moment to see a new compilation from the Black Marble Collective, who return to their super-successful 'Ravetools' compilation for a dazzling second edition, exploring the space between bass music and footwork with twelve explosive originals. From the intense synthetic flicks and twists of 'Pulverturm 160' from DJ Ends to the super choppy, almost post-jungle intricacies of HomeSick's 'Petrol Safety', we see such a wide range of sounds and styles being covered, that it's difficult to ever guess where we as listeners will end up next! This is a real journey of a collection, pulled together with masterful arrangement skills, with our favourites including JTRA's emotional overload in 'The Melancholy Dance', the junglist-based nostalgia of 'THE UNDERGROUND' from PUFF Magic and the emphatic half-time drum bounces of 'Get It Right' from Alexandre. Lovely work.
Review: The team behind Black Marble Collective always seem to have a treat or two hidden up their sleeves. This latest collection from Zeez is a fabulous look into that creativity as we open up with the lofi drum shuffles and addictive high-pitched vocal samples of 'Pretty Hands'. Next, the title track 'Equinox' slides into view with a gorgeous array of organic-sounding drum shuffles and crunchy rhythmic arrangements, topped with eerie bass drives and a seriously progressive instrumental design. We then dive head first into two remixes, firstly hearing Sicaa deliver a colourful trip hop rethink, followed by a spritely garage-inspired twist up from NPHONIX. This is another wicked showing from the Black Marble crew.
Review: Next up from the Black Marble Collective, we see them explore a footwork-driven exploration with this fabulous collaboration EP from PUFF Magic & Hypesteria. We begin with the sweeping bass textures and eerie pads that sit atop the arrangement of 'Let It Roll', and ethereal creation indeed, followed by 'M.T.A.G.', a much more experimental design, focussing more so on specific vocal slices and cuts. From here, the more mysterious synth melodies and arpeggiating soundscapes of 'C.B,D', before finishing off with the much softer soundscapes of 'So Shady', which displays melodic delicacy and a beautiful display of harmonic structure.
Review: Within electronic music, Black Marble Collective have a pretty impeccable reputation for releasing incredibly forward thinking music, a mindset that is displayed to its maximum throughout this brand new LP from DJ Ends. From start to finish this one encapsulates a truly delicate approach to electronic music, from the gorgeous chord movements of 'Broken Piano' and stunning synth work of 'Empty Space' to perfected vocal work on 'More Beautiful'. The project displays mastery, patience and to put it simply, pure elegance. We loved every second, with additional highlights being the lofi genius of 'Ikodiko' and truly stunning soundscaping of 'Episode 8'. Incredible stuff.
Review: It appears that the Black Marble Collective are keen to kick off 2020 in the same way they left 2019, as they unleash this stunning body of work from Raumskaya, a Moscow-based producer who has been turning quite a few heads. Between the crunchy drum expanses and bubbling melodic layout of 'Addicted To Love' we kick off with a flying start, followed by faux-d&B drum rhythms of 'Doggone Girl' and EDM-inspired big room synth pads of 'Easy Easy'. Finally, we finish off with more sumptuous sounds as 'Clouds' supplies us with a gorgeous combination of soft pads and vocal delays. It's as smooth as you like!
Review: The team at Black Marble Collective have maintained an incredibly consistent high standard throughout the course of 2019, with this latest compilation providing the cherry for the metaphorical cake they really do deserve. They assemble a goliath 16 track collection including original heat from the likes of DJ Ends, Jah Bliddie, Andrew DIFF, Dev79 and more. For us there are a couple of stand out favourites, including 6Blocc's incredibly emotive rethink 'For Life', originally featuring A.Fruit. We also love the rave-ready basslines of Dom Corleone's 'Yo Body' VIP mix and the junglist slices of 'Underground' from Alexandre.
Review: Black Marble collective are back at it again, here ready to continue their impressive run of releases with the latest drop from Frenquency, unveiling eight brand new corkers, showcasing a large range of styles within the footwork expanse. Throughout the release we see a number of wicked features, including Bankster on 'U Want', BSN Posse on the junglistic 'My World', Atactic on the spooky overtones of 'Soundbwoi Dead' and Taro on the colourful chord movements of 'Gamelan People'. For us, the two stand out recordings on this one have to be the crunchy yet super atmospheric 'Fluencia', followed by the super percussive swings of 'Tokyodesu'.
Review: Now, this latest project from Dev79 goes by the name of 'Can't Fit In A Box', and we really feel that despite it being exactly what is says on the tin, Black Marble Collective have swapped boxes with Pandora as carnage in unleashed. This one kicks of with 'You & I Is Us', which features additional vocal work from MC Elixir, layering his potent vocals over a jukey, breaks hybrid, destined to damage dances. This is then followed strongly by the energetic vocal stabs of '215 Alive' and the hardcore nostalgia contained within the arrangement of 'Emerald Tree Boa'. finally, 'Where Kings Are Bred' strips everything back to cool bass sounds and breakbeats, rounding every up with a dash of finesse.