Review: Celsius Recordings, what a label. The only criticism you could level at these guys is that they release too much music, because it feels as if every single week there's another EP, or a single or an album. This week it's a VA EP from a whole bunch of acts and they're dropping Heat Runner, an EP with a title track that sticks up to its name; soft, gentle and certainly deft in how an array of fluffy sampling sits above a solid drum line. 'Where I Wanna Go' pushes things up a notch intensity wise, with a new burst of energy coming from that funky sample loop and tight back end, a true bit of liquid funk. Another good bit of A&R from these guys, and great to see some new producers being brought through.
Review: Celsius is an offshoot of the famous Fokuz and it's a space for the team to release a wider range of sounds from artists you might not have heard of yet, and this VA ep is exactly that. It brings liquid and other flavours to the table and reminds you why Celsius is so often a platform for artists to move onto other things, as all those involved come with a signature rolling style. HEFT keeps it wispy and pure with 'Choice', whilst Mystific darkens things up in style with the forceful sounds of 'Anymore'. A great EP for those looking to expand their horizons.
Review: Rising star Heft makes his debut on new talent champions Celsius with four dreamy deep delights. "Starry Sky" flutters with an Etherwood style airiness and sweet faraway vocal before plunging us deeper and deeper into the twinkling groove whirlpool; "Fallen" is all about that crisp guitar line, "Breath" takes things even deeper again with a minimal set-up invoking maximum emotion before "Intimate" closes the EP on the most introspective, purring vibe of the EP. The sky's the limit with this one.
Review: Mage has been producing lovely liquid for quite some time now, and he's back on long-time partner Celsius Recordings for another atmospheric journey through the lighter things in life. 'Clear Sky' rests on ambient pads which slowly birth a warm piano riff, it emerges amidst a shining sun to take its place above a clean-cut drum line that cuts through the arrangement like a plane through a summer sky. 'Kaleidoscope' is a touch dancier, there's more weight in the low frequencies and another perfect piano section to top it off. Gorgeous.