Review: With a series of killer collaborations on Soul Deep behind them, AKA and Greekboy drop the dirt on Liquid Drops. Darker than a lot of their previous work together, there's a heads-down, Randall roller feel to proceedings on "Conquer" while "This Style" embraced the original jungle foundation with a blunderbuss bassline and rattling amens. As the killer sample states: This is how it should be done.
Review: Critycal Dub are on a roll right now. Covering all bases with their trademark Sao Paulo barbed soul, they've been delivering some impeccable cuts of late. These four included: "Moment In Time" is built up around a simple, beautiful piano hook and softly textured dubwise vocal sample, "Reckless" takes us to a darker side with its subtle b-movie style textures and star-gazing rave vocal before "Losing Time" takes us down a minimal soul rabbit soul where a lilting piano line is the only thing keeping reality in check. Need more input? Jump on the soft jazzy spring riff of "Find Out" and realise you're actually 10 foot in the air. Happy landing.
Review: Athens crew Liquid Drops have been keeping it deep and soulful since 2012, across countless compilations and dedicated artist releases. Their intermittent Liquid Bangers series offers label artists the chance to flush a bit more dancefloor immediacy in their productions and this third edition brings contributions from DJ Clart and MSDOS. London-based DJ Clart has a wealth of experience to his name and it tells on the classy, jazz flecked roller "Disco Inferno" which has a delightful phased sax running through the deeper recesses. Complementing this, MSDOS channels a similar vibe on the rhythmically-intricate "Funk Incentive."
Review: Easing selectors across the 170 sphere for several years now, German groove hound Dub Defense lays down his debut album and, as we ease into sunnier months, the timing couldn't be better. It's vibes from the off as well known chimes herald a spiritual soundsystem call on "94 Style" before rusty amens knock our block off on "Early In The Morning". Elsewhere "Funk Attack" plucks and tucks with a sublime twanging b-line, "Operation" slices up our soul with its barbed wire breaks and scalpel skanks and "Live In Love" reminds us why we all fell in love with music in the first place. A highly accomplished album for heads, headphones and heady dances. Tip.
Review: Dub Defense is a 23 year old producer and remixer, mainly focusing on jungle and liquid drum & bass, He is currently based out of Germany. Starting off with the dub reggae influenced stepper "Israel" which features some breakneck beats and rolling basslines that will surely get some lighters in the air: we'd bet on it. Next offering "Mash Down Babylon" is dub wise D&B on the deep tip, that calls to mind the glory days of Roni Size's Full Cycle imprint when legends like DJ Die and DJ Krust reigned supreme. With releases coming up on the likes of Los Angeles based Soul Deep soon: Dub Defense is surely one to watch!