Review: Innerground is one of those labels that deserves a lot more attention than it gets, and you'd think DJ Marky's imprint would perhaps be a little more in the limelight, but it clearly doesn't matter to them. They just keep rolling out the tunes. This time it's Phase 2 and the
Stranger Things EP, whether it's based on the TV show or not I don't know, but it's hardly scary. In fact, it's mostly welcoming, a creatively exciting three-tracker that covers various ground and serves differing flavours. 'Stranger Things' is a bouncing roller, one that inches in progression as it evolves; 'Come On Then' is a stepper yet shares some of the techy bounciness in 'Stranger Things'; finally, 'Go Pro' is the upbeat one of the bunch, a happy synth line forming the bedrock of what is a lovely tune. All three work very well here.
Review: Mystery Sao Paulo freshman Dirtbag elevates from Innerground new wave status to his own two-track EP... And he does so with broadsword scope and intent. "Wingsuit" is all jazzed out, stripped back and places our full attention on the detailed drum swing. "Warlock", on the other hand, heads to the armoury and pulls out the heaviest cleaver. What it does next will shock, thrill and hurt you. Get on it.
Review: It's been a while since Mcleod and Symptom collided in the studio but it's clear their past work on Chronic was unfinished business as they lock horns once again on Marky's ever-gorgeous Innerground. "Just The Way" twangs and slaps with a classic disco hook before dropping into a nicely restrained Bingo-style funk bubbled bassline while "Cherry Hill" is just pure ear honey with its swooning chords lilting soulfully over a robust roll and barbed bass reverse bass textures that refuse to quit. Truly timeless.
Review: Last spotted on "Chronic Rollers" a few months back, the criminally under-prolific Flaco maintains the heat with his first full release in what feels like an eternity. Destination Innerground for two silky slices of rolling timelessness... "Wasp" buzzes with bassline intention, all heads down and rattling with cool percussion. "You Get Lonely" plays the perfect foil with a big soul vocal loop and gliding instrumentation that's only going to sound more beautiful as the warmer months commence. Stunning.
Review: It's a Florida funk-off at Innerground HQ this month as Marky invites Sunshine State royalty for a two-track treat. Jaybee continues his rich vein of form with one of his hookiest jams to date; jazzy keys, dubby reverbs and precision breaks create the perfect bed for a velvet soul vocal. Random Movement follows with a similarly touching jam. A tight weave of dreamy instrumentation woozily waves across the mix as stern bass tones stretch sporadically, giving the sensuous floating textures real gravitas. In other words, this is dope.
Review: A Marky dubplate since 2014; Promo Audio champ Rusty's "Changes In Heart" finally goes public with all its droning rolling charm. A killer for the long roll-out mixes, it's one of those tunes everyone feels they've known since birth. Next up: "Trolls Everywhere", a stark warning of life on the internet coded into full-bodied workout complete with a rising background sci-fi theme, groaning bass and laser synths. Well oiled.
Review: For all his dancefloor destroying singles and party-starting anthems, Brazilian D&B legend DJ Marky hasn't much pedigree when it comes to the album format. In fact, My Heroes is his debut solo full-length, and his first album of any sort since XRS collaboration In Rotation way back in 2004. It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that My Heroes has a celebratory feel throughout, with Marky delivering a range of melodious, soulful, carnival-friendly rollers and spiralling, anthem-like cuts (see recent single "Silly"). These are interspersed with a number of surprising diversions, including two memorable trips into soulful house territory ("Around You", the samba-flecked "Freedom"), and the synth-boogie influenced goodness of "Bella Drix".
Review: Where do you go when all you need are sexy summer vibes and the type of beats that roll for days? DJ Markey's house, obviously. In lieu of actually receiving an invitation to the man's Brazilian maison, may we suggest this double helping of sweet summery goodness - guaranteed to get your feet moving and heart smiling. Marky is the king of soulful drum and bass and both "Silly" and "Firenzi" are hot enough to get things heated on the dancefloor. Set them off and feel the sun come out. Perfect.
Review: It's exciting when Roygreen and Protone get together because it's never an easy one to call. Maybe it'll be an old smoothie of a track, maybe it'll be a bit of a Rottweiler. That's the fun of their dynamic - they're a little unpredictable. Kicking off with slow jazz and beautifully arranged piano, "The Five Spot" immediately upturns their lasting impression by being slick and sweet and sexy. "Jazzypants" itself is more contemporary in its stylings but still very laid back and sleek. Working with Natural Flavour and Dorian for final tune "The Storm", it's a darker meander around moodier bass and playful toy piano that makes for an interesting round-off.
Review: New lad Voltage has shaken things up at Innerground HQ with his darker, more stylised productions. Taking the funk of his contemporaries and whipping out the carpet from underneath, "Channel 2" is a perfect example of his stripped-back sound that's as edgy as it is reminiscent of the past. Rounding off his debut release for the legendary label, "Private Time" brings a little soul back with a Paul Rogers sample lifting it out from the depths. It's a bold choice considering the sample was recently used by Eminem but with a few tweaks and the input of lush bass he makes it his own. Real last tune vibes.
Review: Marky and Makoto made this almost 10 years ago. Naturally it still stands up to today's production standards with ease as the rolling breaks, a sumptuous string and horn sample and juicy bass undulations fuse to create the epitome of a soulful roller. If this isn't in your collection yet, now is most certainly the time to jump on it. Lovely.