Review: UK duo In:Most deliver their debut album on Soulvent and it's a serious statement of intent. Opening and closing gently with piano strokes and charmed, emotional flurries of "Stay" and "Harbour"), the whole LP covers the full spectrum of drum & bass from classic vocal liquid ("Glimmer"), deep jazzy space-bound grooves ("Silver Lining") and grumpier, star-gazing dark funk ("Do You", "The Watchman") and cuts like "VR" that flip between three or four styles all in one, this is a highly accomplished debut album from a duo who are at the forefront of the new D&B generation. Ready for take-off?
Review: Ingredients alumni Monika returns to Soulvent with four more diverse heart-stoppers. "To The Light" sets the tone with light-touched arpeggios, cosy synths and a subtle sense of momentum that takes you unawares while "Double Down" plays the consummate contrast with savage jungle drums and a planet-bouncing sci-fi lead that triggers in all directions. More contrast can be found on the smoky, lolloping trip-hop breaks and dreamy jazz sheen of "Trash Talk" while "Beatnik" closes the show on a big tubular subby roller note that's not dissimilar to a young Culture Shock or Logistics. Yeah it's that good. Don't sleep.
Review: Fresh from appearing on Hospital's "Hospitality In The Park" album and Soulvent's last "Soul Sessions" collection, Osaka's Mountain returns with two beautiful neo-liquid pieces. Both utilising vocal elements and harmonised human textures to dizzying, uplifting effect "Overheat" strides with big strings before bouncing with a cheeky bassline that sits somewhere between Bensley and early Camo & Krooked. "Poseidon", meanwhile, adds vibrant layers of colour with a vibe that's not dissimilar to Flume - sprightly, light-touched, imagination-arresting. Time to climb!