Review: Smooth N Groove records do exactly what their name would suggest. They're purveyors of funky, rolling, smooth liquid tones and their latest release from Chug is a perfect exemplification. Holding On is a sultry envelope of funk and soul that starts from the beginning and doesn't let up until the final second of the last track. The first, though, is 'Nobody': a jazzy piano sample forms the main element, everything else built around it in a concerted effort to make you as happiest as it possibly can. 'Take It Easy' ramps up the percussive weight whilst maintaining that smoothness, the snappy drum hits adding to, not taking away from, this track's mellow vibe and gorgeous ambience. The final two tracks are equally as good - not one to miss.
Review: Not a bad EP this. Most of it sits in the new school old school camp which is always interesting for the breaks and energy. My favs are Antidote and Fire and takes me back to those mid 90's vibes.
Review: Smooth N Groove does exactly what their name would suggest: they purvey high-quality D&B beats which are certain to smooth your soul and make you want to groove. Fishy kicks things off with 'Suspense' and its serene territory, with wistful piano sampling making up the high end of the range and punchy low-frequency pulses occupying the low. 'Wormhole' rests less on the sampling and more on the top-quality synths, underpinned by another wholesome bassline. 'Sunlight' stutters down int lo-fi jungle territory, whilst 'Cold Strings' is the funkiest of the bunch due to its moving back end and luscious flow.
Review: A year has passed since Greekboy dropped his last album Tribal Effects, as have many EPs and releases on the likes of Soul Deep and Liquid Drops; yet the prolific vibe maestro continues to consistently deliver impeccable soul-laced goods. Case in point: these 11 tracks right here. Ranging from the rush-riddled tubular tones and big breezes of the Logistics-style "Euphoria" to the vibrant keys of "In Your Head" via darker star-gazing steppers such as "Ethic Caravan", once again it's Greekboy at his most restrained, understated and soulful. Serious business.
Review: Don't be fooled by the name; sounds as silky as these are far from Madcap. But that just adds to this young London producer's integrity. In keeping with the previous outings on the US/UK D&B imprint, the emphasis is on the rolling groove as Madcap keeps our toes chiselled with tight percussion and a careful balance of light and dark. From the Marky-edge euphoria of "Mind Adventures" to the Total Science planet-gazing iciness of "Watching You", there's a reason he's appeared on the likes of Mac 2, Celsius and Fokuz in recent times. Join the adventure while there's still time to catch up.