Review: Not content with putting up with a winter that's outstaying its welcome, Innerground have begun to piece together a work collective that shows off the sundrenched atmospherics of the Brazilian drum and bass scene. Headed up by DJ Marky and S.P.Y, the first track is of course "Yellow Shoes" but with a twist; adding that classic Calibre warmth to drum and bass' ultimate summer anthem tones down the glare, making it much more accessible to those of us bleached by a thousand months of rain and sleet. "Summer Soul" is far less accommodating however, and as the title suggests, it's a Submorphics-flavoured roll through the bassy summer days and soulful vocals that have become a staple of the Brazilian scene. A perfect excuse to ramp up the heating and crack open some Brahmas.
Review: Simona Calvini is one of Italy's best-known DJs and on Blind, proves that she's fast becoming one of that country's most promising producers. Eschewing straight, linear grooves, this release is based on off-kilter rhythms and stripped back arrangements. On the title track, Calvini uses this approach as a basis for deep chord washes, whispered vocals and hypnotic bleeps. The mood is far less serene on "Look Deep", where murderous bass drops and eerie noises prevail and on "Toy Boy", where a tearing low end is combined with steely electro drums and a stepping rhythm to create a sound that alternates between icy and menacing. But Calvini is most impressive when exploring pure rhythms and the rolling, dubbed out "Awake" is the release's highlight.