Review: Fancy something fresh from Innerground? Did we even need to ask? This little beauty comes fresh from the Midlands, but don't let that stop the vibes. "The Things You Do" opens up the release with a sleek, old school sound and the funkiest bass/drums/sax 'parp' combo in town. Seriously, you need to hear this. On the flip, "Feeling Inside" takes a very different course, with rapidfire breaks and soulful live instrumental sampling, not to mention classic sounding diva vocals. The perfect choice for anyone looking for something nice to put on at the weekend - go on, give your crowds a treat.
Review: DJ Marky's legendary Innerground label has been responsible for some of the biggest names in drum & bass getting their start. Zip forward to 2014 and the label is still going strong, sizzingly fresh and dancefloor-ready. First track "Custom Dancer" is a sparkling effort from Anile, rolling deep with tasty synth punches. Command Strange offer a ravey meltdown in "1000% Acid", Brazilian export L-Side offers undeniably sun-soaked roller "Legacy", Simplification and Manners hit the jazz for "Sweet Promise" and St. Petersberg-based liquid manipulator Intelligent Manners brings his light and fresh sounds to the comp. A must-bag.
Review: One of the US's most consistent and respected D&B contributors, Random Movement has been moving floors with his jitter-jazz frenetic funk since 2005. Here we find Marky's Innerground plotting out the producer's career with a perfectly curated collection of highlights. From the bold organic drum choppery and oceanic lickage of "Sabina" to the dreamy, star-gazing sub-driven stepper "Bandaids", it's a fine testament to Random Movement's contributions. Whether you're only just getting acquainted or looking to fill some gaps in your collection, this is a must!
Review: Plundering their extensive vault for the best vocal-coated moments, Marky's Innerground label have curated a sweet collection of tried and tested buzz cuts, all tied together with the very best mic-munchers they've collaborated with. A great opportunity to catch up with classics such as the essential summer anthem "LK" and "Breeze" plus lesser known (but equally essential) rollers such as Marky and AI's gorgeous "Shame" and Bcee & Lomax's jazz-tinged "One Year On". Vocals can be a tricky beast in D&B but Innerground have nailed many over the years. Here's proof.
Utah Jazz vs Soulmatic - "Disc-Oh!" - (5:37) 174 BPM
Saburuko & Will Miles - "10A" - (5:57)
Review: DJ Marky's Innerground turns up the fun again with a cheekily titled homage to '70s funk and bright summer sounds. There's something about Innerground that makes people fall in love with D&B again. There's no ego here, just good music. Utah Jazz vs Soulmatic take over on side one, rolling fast and loose with a big soulful vocal, where on side two, American junglist Sabruko teams up with Will Miles for some icy cold old school sounds straight out of mid-90s clubs and into your speakers. Always a bag on sight.
Review: Innerground continues its reign over the soulful and jazzy D&B world with a storming collection of shining new music from some of the scene's finest. Arguably the greatest liquid collab duo in history Marky & Makoto pair up for not one but two massive tracks, heading up the EP in 'we mean business' style. Also featuring their love for jazz funk are Austria's own RoyGreen & Protone, blasting that groove with a lush, retro feel, as does Brazilian newcomer Level 2. Liquid veteran Submorphics drops by to reveal a sweet summer anthem in "Hazel Street" and rounding off the comp is newcomer T>I with a hypnotic delve through nasty electronic percussion. A true indication of where DJ Marky's label is right now, if you're a fan of the genre you'd be foolish to miss out.
Review: Known since forever as the king of soulful liquid goodness, DJ Marky has teamed up with fellow South American XRS to create two perfect slices of Brazilian D&B. Oozing with summertime charms from start to finish, the title track blends jazzy musical interludes with some seriously danceable beats. AA side offers a harder hit of dancefloor liquid, bringing chunky bass and sparkling fresh synths into the equation. Always a buy on sight label, Marky's Innerground has done it again - as if you were in any doubt.
Review: Bursting out of the Innerground catalogue this time is soulful drum and bass star Random Movement, a man so vital to the cause he's worked with S.P.Y and DJ Marky right from the outset of his career, rolling out smooth, jazzy vibes on Liquid V, CIA, Integral, Spearhead and Horizons. Bringing his bright, uplifting take on the genre to first track "Down Somehow", cool vocals drift over sparkling synths and jazzy bass. "Won't Budge" is a deep stepper, contrasting with the usual sunshine layers of R.M's style. Taking a deeper approach, expect to hear this tearing up dancefloors Stateside and across the Atlantic. Another lawless release from one of D&B's continually rising stars.
Review: Not content with putting up with a winter that's outstaying its welcome, Innerground have begun to piece together a work collective that shows off the sundrenched atmospherics of the Brazilian drum and bass scene. Headed up by DJ Marky and S.P.Y, the first track is of course "Yellow Shoes" but with a twist; adding that classic Calibre warmth to drum and bass' ultimate summer anthem tones down the glare, making it much more accessible to those of us bleached by a thousand months of rain and sleet. "Summer Soul" is far less accommodating however, and as the title suggests, it's a Submorphics-flavoured roll through the bassy summer days and soulful vocals that have become a staple of the Brazilian scene. A perfect excuse to ramp up the heating and crack open some Brahmas.
Review: Time for something completely different from Mark's Innerground imprint. TI presents "Natural Progression" and trust us, this is well worth a listen if you like something a bit quirky and experimental. A synth swirling intro paves the way for a deep, stripped back roller with pattering beats, hissing SFX and humming sub bass murmurs. This one is full of unusual little edits and progressions so keep your ear close to the ground. "Tragic Appliances" continues to impress with its rather bolder approach - bigger, louder and full of warps and shuffling SFX, it's another interesting one from TI.
Review: Another landmark release from DJ Marky's Innerground imprint as Flaco takes over with powerful flavours in title track "Colossus". Building from a sparse, whispering intro punctuated only by hissing, sharp beats, "Colossus" falls into the drop with a rumbling vocal, weighty sub bass tremble and plenty of murky, low slung badness. It hums along for the duration and trust, if you like bass, then you'll like this. Accompanying it is the altogether more soulful sounds of "Down" with its gentle, shimmering intro and lush, lilting lyrics, underpinned of course by characteristic rolling bass in abundance.