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: Not yet a year old, but already Insomniac's new talent championing In / Rotation imprint has already blessed us with 25 releases from across the forefront spectrum. With previous releases ranging from Left / Right's blissed bass "Bloom" to LA Riots' late night slinky techno "House Philosophy", they now go full-on D&B mode with Consouls' cohort Des McMahon who delivers two white knuckle wipe-outs. "Black Widow" funks with a perfectly loosened rattle, an evocative vocal texture and well-tamed bass growls while "Falling Apart" provides more of a tunnelling, big breeze effect with mildly liquified pads and a warm sense of focus. Think late 2000s Hospital but with modern day production muscle. In / Rotation = heavy rotation.
Review: Phizzy has long since shown himself to be a man of many layers and flavours but this is a whole new side altogether. Tapping into more soulful pastures, "Spot Light" tips a respectful nod to the legacy of Hidden Agenda or the jazzy work of Makoto with smooth, shimmering but weighted flow. A future classic, without question. "Rotate" takes more of a jungle twist with pitched amens running point over another swooning instrumental palette. Genuinely outstanding and a perfect fit for Headz, too. Nailed it.