Review: Bcee, as you may already know, makes lush drum & bass soundscapes intricately woven with soul and dancefloor-savvy breaks. He also runs Spearhead Records as a matter of fact, a label that boasts releases by exciting new artists with solid followings of their own including LSB, Hybrid Minds, Technimatic and Mutated Forms. Bringing his own formula of hard-stepping rhythms, soaring vocals and soulful melodies to the fore this time round, Bcee's passion for creativity breathes life into the genre and these two tracks are perfect examples of how much drum & bass still has to offer to the world of dance music.
Review: BCee returns to the scene with his third full length LP, and yes, it's a stunner. If you enjoy intricately woven drum and bass with a deeply rooted feel (designed with the dancefloor in mind), this ticks all the right boxes. Kicking off with the beautiful and deadly "Firebox", there is no let-up in high quality sounds throughout the extensive tracklisting. BCee teams up with LSB and Rocky Nti for the stunning "River Runs Dry", Villem employs the unmistakeable voice of Frank Carter to deliver "I Believe", and the one and only SPY reaches out with the soulful and deeply rolling "It Begins With You". You could be forgiven for bagging this for the top-drawer collaborations alone but of course BCee's own music here is this release's crowning achievement.
Review: Bcee is without a doubt one of D&B's all-time legends. From starting Spearhead Records with a laptop in an internet caf?, he's now releasing his fifth studio album on the imprint and honestly, his music has never sounded better. Full of clarity and engaged with itself, Shouting About Nothing is a diverse piece of work that represents Bcee's sound whilst tapping into the contours of the scene right now. 'Run For Cover' exemplifies that, its depth and precision reminiscent of Bcee's trademark style, the jungle influences and big bouncy basslines tapping into D&B's current trends. Leo Wood sounds incredible soaring over the top of 'Sincerely Yours', a deft, piano-laden number; and Degs is equally fitting on 'Magic Words'. A top, top album from one of the best in the game.
Your Body (feat Jemimah Read - Bladerunner remix) - (5:58) 174 BPM
Review: Remix klaxon: Bcee shares out the parts to his critically acclaimed fourth album Northpoint to an all-star cast of peers. LSB adds a little mystic haze to "Surfacing", Anile refixes our focus on the dreamy reverse tones of "Northpoint" while Seba provides the headiest moment of the collection as he hurls "More Then Words" into the darkest corners of the drumfunk cosmos. Elsewhere Lenzman brings his unique soul signature to "Black Sky", Monty brings the blustering breezes and barbed bass to "Had It All" before Bladerunner seals the deal with a typically sharp and sizzled twist on "Your Body".
Review: BCee and Blu Mar Ten are pushing off into 2020 with their first ever collaborative EP, a fact which is a bit surprising but still very welcome. Grow is exactly what you'd expect, a soulful collection of tracks with a number of excellent vocal features from long-time collaborators Lucy Kitchen, Charlotte Haining, and DRS. There's an element of minimality to these tunes that's expertly offset with an equal serving of soul and funk, a combination bleeds sophistication across all areas of the music. DRS' feature -- Protected Secrets -- is our pick of the bunch, with Del's by now all-too-familiar blend of rapping and singing tying the knot on a superb instrumental.
Review: Slovakian artist Changing Faces has been bubbling on the next gen radar for several years now but this Spearhead debut is a pivotal moment: her first proper solo EP, it's a broad statement of her widest sonics and flavours. "Fractures" and "At Dawn" both tap into the more classic, deep and soulful side she's made her signature while "Shadows" and "Waves" purr with a polished slippery dancefloor funk that could be compared to the likes of Cyantific or Culture Shock. All shades, all weights, one remarkable debut EP; Changing Faces? Changing gears more like.
Review: Chris SU has been on fire of late with a slew of strong releases. Here he teams up with partner in crime Falcon for a cracking single on the ever-reliable BCee's Spearhead imprint. The title track "Enter When Ready" is all snapping snares and pummeling bass with bubbling subs and gritty layers of sound adding further menace to this gnarly little tune. "Studio 54" acts as the perfect accompaniment, adding a more experimental edge to the proceedings with quirky synths and warping sounds accentuating the eeriness. A top notch single here.
Review: Formed ten whole years ago, this Hertfordshire trio (David Wilson, Sammy Stabile and Adam Smart) have paid their dues with their exceptionally slick take on DnB eventually winning fans including Zane Lowe, DJ Friction, MistaJam, Annie Nightingale and even Ellie Goulding! It's all lead up to this, however, their debut album, Under The Blue. Featuring 14 thrill-packed excursions, with highlights including the heart-warming anthem "Sins" (featuring the sweet tones of Charli Brix), the soulful mysteries of "Echoes" and the warm elegance of "Closer". High end beats.