Mixes of Merit – June 2016 – Artificial Intelligence, Silence Groove & Kasper, Philth and Intelligent Manners

There was a flood of mixes this month, probably accompanying the mirrored release of so many grab worthy slabs. These four come from across the globe with representation from America, England, Poland and Russia.

Artificial Intelligence- #DNB60 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence offered up the Metalheadz DNB60, which opens up sweet and gently before plunging into the a sublime ride through into powerful dark soul and body moving sounds.

Intelligent Manners – Night Grooves #143 (07062016)
It’s always worth checking in on the latest Night Groove cast. This one has plenty of intrigue through, making it stand out. A rushing journey with plenty of deep dark grooves but overall a good variation and quite a few that made me reach for my wallet.

Fokuz Recordings Podcast #28 – Silence Groove & Kasper
From Minnosota Kasper fills in the first 30 mins with a nice run through of what’s coming up on Fokuz there’s plenty of insight into the Fokuz recordings ‘Hateful Eighty LP’ and Random Movements ‘Goblin Jazz Banquet’ is a joy. The last 30 mins, Silence Groove takes us on a ride of what he’s serving up in Poland these days.

Philth – 15 Years of Dispatch Recordings Mix
Philth is on duties for the Dispatch 15 Years Mix. What we are left with is a lovingly put together tapestry of a, quality driven, labels lineage. With 55 tracks packed, somehow, into 1hr 30mins Philth has, skilfully matched tracks, effortlessly maintaining a flow, ensuring the listener is lost in the journey.

Conduct – Borderlands LP (BMTM)

A contrast of soundscapes, Conducts debut EP brings both a thought provoking depth and some sketchy aggression, all raw and uncensored. BluMarTen describe it as an album of severe light and shade, a perfect description. Borderlands warrants your attention. There’s a load of different purchase bundles to get into also >>> http://www.blumarten.com/product/conduct-borderlands-lp/

Opens with some beautiful solemn strings before breaking into some frantic wooden shot snares accompanied by percussion which echoes and reverbs around as if in a vast open space on.
Wistful steel guitar play accompanies broken percussion creating a an emotive sense of wilderness
Piano Tune
A monster beat line powers its way through synth hits, dominating a subtle Piano line. Mad stuff.
A dark mystically, piece which shoots right down into tumultuous depths, only to be brought up occasionally by some tense light Xylophone play.
Packed full of menacingly twisted hoover bass, knocking around sinister vibes as some strong percussion ricochets throughout the soundscape
Bat Country
Haunting guitar, choppy beats and deep down bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape.
Thoroughly earth bound basslines puncture roll and stab through punchy kicks on this nerve wrecker
Betas Error
A steady, whimsical piece with sinister under currents, Betas Error is a nice thought provoker
Grand Panjadrum
A wonderfully uplifting piece, of which I’m a sucker for. Guitars again here and a BIG lazy kick drum, taking its time through. Yes I cried, lolz.
This menacing soundscape has an eastern chant crossed with alarm siren, warning feel to it. This is accompanied by a huge rounded bassline which rips through occasionally.
Big marching snares and an absolutely pissed of bassline characterise this piece. Dancefloor mess business > Ooofff, need to catch a breath.

Conduct – Bat Country/Beta’s Error – BMTM

An intellengent little piece, typical quality from the BMTM camp and we are all looking forward to Conducts forthcoming LP 😉

On the A-side is Conduct blesses us with Bat Country. Haunting guitars, chopy beats and bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape. Definitely twigged my ears.

Conducts B-Side to the Bat Country is Betas Error. A steady, whimsical piece, with sinister under currents a gorgeous thought provoker.

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SoS – May 2016

Opening up with Conducts B-Side to the Bat Country release on Blu Mar Ten Music, Betas Error. A steady, whimsical piece with sinister under currents, Betas Error is a nice thought provoker before the launch into Garrison Law. Setting the scene for the next 20+ mins Garrison Law features a menacing stab bassline, underpinned by some furiously rushing percussion. A solid collaboration from masters Digital, Sprint and Response on V Recordings.

Sticking with the V Recordings for the next piece, Garrison Law is followed by the b-side to Fats Brand New Style release, Inner Soul. With Serum, underpinning some strong variation on percussion with strong b-line frequencies and Fats prophesying over, Inner Soul is a gem of a ride. At this point the mix takes a little look back with the beefy Total Science piece, Squash and then into the Med School archives on Trisector – Morning Rain (Also on Medschool 10 Years), with a nice deep bass anchor.

There’s a small rest bite after Morning Rain on Blu Mar Ten and Strays serene collab – Blind Soul through into some quirky pressure from Electrosoul System on Harder Than Sox Travel before entering into a steaming jump up remix of Aphrodite’s classic, King of the Beats. Levalas remix is closely followed by the raw filth of Impish – So Sick, another great piece to come out of Fokuz Recordings. Following that earlier frenzy it was time to pull bring in some light and soul to the mix.

Command Strange – Watcha Doing brings the funk before moving through to Zero T’s blissful, So Close, followed by the enveloping layers of Saint Blood from Med School talent Luca. Through the heady optimism that is Saint Blood, the darker side of Jazz inspired Drum and is brought by DJ SS on Shadows before one quarter of Philths Elements EP filters through, a intelligent and emotive aural portrait of Earth.

Earth is followed by the playful vibes of Frederic Robinson, on the remix of Keeno – Nocturne before the crisp percussion of Anile – Depths rolls in followed by one of six wonderful pieces on the Alix Perez and Ivy Lab EP – Arkestra. The Last Light is a cheeky little jazz roller, with a bassline and organ ride that stretch out like a cat on a sunshine drenched lawn.

As the mix comes to a close there’s time for one from the Logistics LP, Electric Sun (Tell Me True) and a quick head bow to Blu Mar Tens – Believe Me before moving into the a side of the track featured at the beginning of the mix. Conducts Bat Country, with its haunting guitars, choppy beats and bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape.