Review: Following their divisive rock-spiked slammer on Hospital earlier this year, Need For Mirrors and Reprazents' Onallee collide once again for something a lot more consistent with their previous output; the ice cold introspective space soul of "Dead Poets". Restrained and loaded with a mean drone, it's an instant keeper. As are "Virage" and "Tempora". The former is a slinky stepper laced in churchy echoed-out strings, the latter tricked out in stark safari sound design and big clouds of sci-fi funk. Superb.
Review: Now officially a solo act, NFM continues his consistent slew of heads-down rollers. Returning to Horizons, here we find Joe Moses on fine form with three far-reaching bass escapades. "Curtains" (penned with Concord Dawn) rolls with a filter chord sequence that fluctuates softly and soulfully while "Chandelier" is an example of NFM's lean fusion of jungle drums and unnerving bass adorned with warm Detroit-style synth tones. Finally we hit "Monument", a sleazy swinger with a jazz bassline and woozy, dreamy chords that wouldn't have gone amiss on Full Cycle back around 97 or 98. Beautiful.
Review: The unstoppable, super-prolific maverick that is Joe Moses returns to the BMTM scene of the crime. "Ethos" was one of 2015's heaviest and widest-supported tracks thanks to its ability to sit deep within any mix before suddenly rising from the technoid ashes into a riff that can singe every single one of your body hairs. If anyone can elevate it, it's Spirit who chunks out the fingerclick drums for something a little hammerish. Added drama comes in the form of "Push". The follow up to their divisive "Jagged", "Push" completely strips back the elements for Onallee's era-defining vocals to surge through theatrically. Gradually building the mutant beats beneath her to create a sci-fi soul hurricane, Need For Mirrors has created another bonafide moment here.
Review: DRS is back on his own Space Cadet imprint with a six-track collection of absolute beauties. Its DRS at his liquid-lounging best and he's recruited an all-star collection of artists to help him out, including Mindstate, Maverick Sabre, Vangeliez, Redeyes - the list goes on. We're especially taken by HMD and Redeyes' 'Cinnamon Roses', which takes a sultry, new-school hip-hop vocal line and stretches it out into a bouncing, funky and trendy liquid cut. There are floaty piano riffs on 'Us', darker touches on 'Running Back', and soaring soul on 'Save Me Now'. That's just the beginning of the Light Language, and with this album DRS is showing us all once more that he's the most diverse, wide-ranging MC in drum & bass. Legendary.
Review: The cleanest, clearest way to destroy the dance, plain and simple. Rocking in harder and darker than anything else on the market right now, Horizons have played a blinder picking up Dabs' latest - has he ever steered us wrong? "Stentah" takes MC Kwality's hypnotic vocals and weaves them on, around and under tribal drums so crispy they'll bring the house down anywhere. Play this out loud and often - the world needs it. On the other side, "Half Truth" also features the production talents of HLZ and Need For Mirrors, rolling rapid and smooth, glistening and fluid like liquid mercury. A seriously high quality release, get both in your repertoire, they'll be requested all summer.