Review: Gorgeous sounds emanating from Fokuz, this time from Maduk and Nymfo. Putting destructive riddims aside for a second, "Motions" swoops and soars majestically, like the big epic floor-filler it is. "Approaching Me" turns the strobes back on though, with Maduk's solo effort producing rolling breaks and a seriously satisfying synth line. Finally, the pair join forces again for "Tatta Ganja" - the bass on this is poppin' fresh. Halfway between electro and drum & bass, the ragga touches and brass only add to the party atmosphere. If you're not moving to this, check your pulse.
Review: Maduk provides a couple of stunners on Fokuz. First up, "Hold On" is a glorious, uplifting slice of liquid sunshine featuring massive builds, gorgeous piano keys and shimmying breaks with a Hospital style oozing out of every beat. A polished vocal adds further weight to the feel-good furore. This is one to drop for the happy vibes. Accompanying this is "Never Again" with its jittering chords dominating the intro, it swiftly drops into another upbeat anthem with vocodered vox and lilting piano keys.
Review: The mighty UKF continue to celebrate a decade of bass culture dominance with the latest UKF10 single. Following titans such as Hybrid Minds, Camo & Krooked and Killsonik comes these two shiny gems from Liquicity bossman Maduk. Signature feel-good summer showdowns, "Colours" sparkles with strummed guitars before we dive deep into hand-raising bliss with big riffs and even bigger vocals from NCS superstar Diamond Eyes. "Still In Love" takes us on more of a rolling tip with ravey vocals, vibrant pianos and a bassline that bulges in all directions. Think Hospital circa 2009 but with 2019 cahones. Lovely stuff.
Review: A superb single here from upcoming talents Maduk, for the prolific Celsius - a liquid label who have consistently provided us with ear-pleasing tunes for a good while now. Maduk's original piece "Ghost Assassin" leads the way, featuring the vocal talents of Canadian singer Veela, who you may remember from Med School's "New Blood 011" compilation last year - this is all euphoric synths, warm undulating bass and uplifting lyrics. Next, he goes in on Booij's "Voices" and re-works it to huge effect, transforming it into a sumptuous slice of liquid funk with enticing, delicate melodies.
Review: Fresher than a mojito-flavoured slushy and tighter than your summer short-shorts, Maduk's latest remixes are a breath of summery lushness under the guise of two powerful late night club anthems. Misun's "Eli Eli" uses tastily unique vocals to best effect with big, lazy bass and a rock and roll-tinted guitar lick to lift the 170bpm rollout. Low5 and T:Base get the Maduk treatment too for the soaringly beautiful "Rollercoaster", taking strings and Jess' soulful vocals to new levels of summertime heights. Essential listening.
Review: 48 tracks, six exclusives, two mixes: Viper have already developed a strong-armed reputation for compilations over the years but this is taking things to a whole new ridiculous level. Investigating bass music's widest corners, the heady concoction of tracks ranges from premier league bangers (Wilko's remix of The Prodigy, Noisia & The Upbeats "Dead Limit", Andy C's "New Era VIP") to fresh-baked underground rollers (Dossa, Locuzzed and NC-17's drone-jump buzz-cut "Ninja", Dub Elements' deep space neuro-edged shredder "Metaverse") to lower tempo tear-ups from the likes of Pex L, Au5, Flux Pavilion and Doctor P and Specimen A. With heaps more in between, this accurately reflects just how exciting and closely linked all bass-laced genres are right now. Venomously immense.
Review: Exclusive overload: while some labels like to solely wrap up their existing content into a compilation, Hospital request freshness from their troops. In amongst the 60 tracks on offer (yeah, 60!) there are no less than 25 brand new cuts previously unavailable until now. From the breathy, horizon-glaring bliss of Fred V & Grafix's "Constellations" to High Contrast's first original in well over a year "Calling My Name" by way of Krakota's pulsating gully stepper "Lust Thrust" and Ulterior Motive's darkside creeper "Oddness". This is - without question - one of the biggest, most bountiful Hospitality albums so far. And let's face it, they're always pretty special anyway.
Review: 21 years old. How about that then? Some of us were barely out of nappies when London Elektricity first launched the imprint, some of us remember like it was yesterday. Either way, we are all united under the big flouro H and right now they're celebrating their coming of age with a humungous 70 track collection. Yes, 70! Each cut handpicked to represent the London imprint's constantly evolving but always soul-touched and groove-laden sound are 24 exclusives such as Urbandawn's insane version of Reso's "Taiga", Fred V & Grafix's titanium colab with Metrik "Tension", Serum & Inja's already-massive "Blow Dem" and Whiney's remix of TC's chop-slapping "Storm Brew". Massive. Happy birthday Hospital!
Review: The fourth instalment of their Fast Music series, Hospital Records now hit the tracks with one of the most genius compilations to date. Running and drum & bass are the perfect companions; consistent enough in speed to keep momentum but broad enough in shades and styles to keep you occupied as you pound the streets, there's a real sense of positivity and driving drama across the 50-track collection of standards and forgotten classics. Complete with two mixes from Nu:Tone, this is a win from every perspective. On your marks, get set, go...
Review: Liquicity - first breaking into the scene as a YouTube hub for all your favourite D&B, now celebrating eight years in the game, the channel's big kahuna Maris Goudzwaard has put together an incredible roster of artists to join in on his latest compilation. Featuring folks like Bachelors of Science, Dan Dakota, Keeno and Bcee among newer faces, this is about as an immaculate contemporary liquid various artists release as you're going to get this year. Enjoy.
Various - "Hospital Mixtape: Fred V & Grafix" (continuous mix) - (1:04:04) 175 BPM
Review: It must be summer! Hospital Records get the British heatwave season cracking with a brand new whopper-length mixtape, this time from the label's own Fred V & Grafix. The sheer number of quality names clambering all over this tracklist gives the release some weight even before it begins, but then again it's hard to see people like S.P.Y, Lynx, Ivy Lab, Urbandawn, Etherwood, Bungle and Cynatific without getting a touch of the vapours. Look out also for the stunning Logistics remix of Andreya Triana's "Lullaby".