Review: Theo Parrish's Rotating Assembly project has always been one of his more overlooked ventures, with the series of 12"s from 2004 that make up the content of this reissued album not even fetching the usual astronomical prices people would attach on Discogs. It's surprising when this comprises some of the most focused and satisfying Parrish music going, channelling his subversive house ethic through a band of singers, players, instruments and more. It's, as you might expect, very jazzy, but it carries the beat more often than not, whether it be a drunken thump as on "Take Me", or a broken beat shuffle a la "Split Me Open".
Nelver - "Your Mover To The Club" - (5:58) 175 BPM
2sides - "Take Control" - (5:24) 172 BPM
Review: Combining the best in European liquid, Celsius never fails in releasing some of the finest new drum & bass from in and around Europe. Featuring artists with their own loyal following alongside newcomers, the Eastern Symphonies collection has so far explored Eastern Europe for some lessons in deep, emotional D&B. Russian production dons 2sides and Mage head up Vol. 3 with their individual takes on crystal clear, contemporary drum & bass, while newcomer Nelver adds his own tech-driven twist; Urbandawn & Rotate's offering grows into a break-laden slow-burner that stays with you. A strong release from a label determined to be different.
Review: Maybe this release should have been re-named 'do you wanna storm the charts?' In its original form, the title track is powered by brittle beats and dense claps as a melancholic, rhodesy piano plays away. It sounds like a nice, lounge version of deep house, but on the radio edit, the melodies are more infectious and the addition of sensuous vocals will ensure that it inserts itself into the collective consciousness of the pop public. Ursula 1000's remix will also help this situation - based on crispy drums, the synths are airy and catchy, with the 'do you wanna' vocal lingering irresistibly overhead.