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SoS – Feb 2017

Selections for February 2017. Blessed by new releases from SpectralSoul and the amazing Fade Away (EP), tracks form The Total Science – Turn Around EP on C.I.A and SCARS – Veiled Threats EP (Dispatch). Personal fanboy picks from the new Lenzman EP – Earth Tones and the new ‘I Will’ EP from DRS on Soul:r are present. There’s also a few picks from the Dispatch 💯 release and new (ish) LP’s from Mr Joseph and Naibu.  A steady build in the mix for this one, soul upfront and danger for dessert 🍨

Tracklisting

Mr Joesph – Intro (Inner Haze LP)

Lenzman feat. IAMDDB – In my Mind (Reprise)

Sense MC – Tomorrow

Naibu – Les Soirees

Total Science – Turn Around

The Vanguard Project – Spirals

Mr Joesph – Last Train Home (Feat Katie White)

Total Science and Riya – Walk the same lines (Calibre Remix)

Break – Headway

DRS fear Calibre – This ain’t love

Lenzman and Steo – Walk on by

SpectralSoul – Second Chance

Need for Mirrors and Phil Tangent – Residue

Blumarten feat Robert Manos – Keep it Together

Marcus Intalex – Stark

Mutt – Dublites (Dbridge Remix)

Serum, Paul T and Edward Oberon – Take my breath away

Spectrasoul – Fade Away

SCAR – Waves

DLR – Wasting Time

Mr Joesph – Same Mistakes feat Andy Scopes

Lenzman and Jubei – Park Hill

Teebee

The Vanguard Project – Vol 3 (Spearhead Recordings)

The Vanguard Project have made the hat trick with their Vol 3 release on Spearhead. This volume is packed full of deep and full bodied basslines, thought provoking patterns with a sprinkle of dance floor energy.

Available at http://www.spearheadrecords.co.uk

FLLN4U – Full bodied bassline with vocal play that drips over like warm chocolate

From Inside – Cosmic sounds create an expansive soundscape coupled with a deep sustained bassline to create a dominating internal core, from which to look out at from.

From Inside – Can be seen as the EP’s vocal offering. Milestone is a packed full of positive forward looking feels.  With some magical key work and a gorgeously deep bassline.

More Jungle – Jazz and Dub influences grace a huge furry bassline, which rumbles under, quick fast, shuffling drumwork. Superb.

Lenzman – All For You EP

I’ll try to hold back all my bias about Lenzmans debut on his new project – The North Quarter, I always feel my ears burning at the knowledge of a release form this man. The All For You EP is gorgeously soulful and deep.  Throughout the EP there’s some inspiring piano work, which I’m lost for words to explain how good it makes me feel.  Also the rushing sounds of Don’t Let Go and Down for Whatever – here >> http://thenorthquarter.nl/album/all-for-you-ep

African Dream

An ethereal piano splashes lazily across this deep meditative piece a submerse bassline sustains and undulates through.

Don’t Let Go

Rushing percussion work races across a soundscape, punctured by crooning vocals and driven by a thick wedge of a bassline.

Down for Whatever

Lenzman is absolutely solid on the drum work here whilst throwing in some tasty open hi-hats. Vocal work weaves in and out of a lazy distant piano and combines the rapid nature of the piece to add a concentrated focus this piece.

Grateful feat. DRS

A cheeky little number with some absolutely fire percussion and a naughty little of lose piano key. DRS adds his own cheek through his prose, although it’s a serious subject matter 😉

So Alone

On hearing So Alone it was the first time on the EP I really noticed the depth of Piano work Lenzman has applied to this EP. The warmth of the bassline on this wonderfully crafted composition rocks its foundations with care. Inspirational.

Children of Zeus feat. DRS – Still Standing (Lenzman Remix)

Poetic lessons on how to appreciate your mother’s witnesses some emotional honesty from DRS. And glides over soul caressing piano work from the mighty Lenzman.

New Blood 016 – Various Medschool

It was time to sit down and give Medschools Musics – New Blood 016 a good listen.  The series always has a varied selection of new names to dive into as well as good variation for the DnB tribes.  This particularly wonderful compilation includes the spacy, deep sounds of Hiddenwave, Interger, Milkyway and some wondrous synth blankets from Receptor and Sun.  From the dark side there’s also a good dose from Nami, Nerve and Distant Future & MT.

Receptor – Magnetism

Beautifully, full and rounded percussion intros the album as Receptor creativity twists the sublime human vocals gracing this piece.

Insect – Waterbombs

Drips and clicks intro big kicks and a furry bassline on Waterbombs.  A steady moody piece

Lurch – Weather Change

Lurch picks the pace up for the release on Weather Change.  Soulful and deep, blessed with a silky vocal and accompanied by some wistful sax and piano.  Guaranteed meditation for the dancer in your mind.

Milkyway – Far Away

Awesomely warm synth is the hero of Far Away. Bursting at the seams with moreish melody and strong percussive progression, surprise and delight.

Lynch Kingsley & Ilk – Spells

Minimal, choppy rhythm’s and low rapid and rumbling bassline hypnotise before exploding with an extended, trippy journey, whilst maintaining a minimal feel.

Nami – Through the Night

Warped tech synth opens up Through the Night before a nervous paranoia on the vocal instrumentation sets the scene for this dancefloor darkener form Nami

Oshirijima – Peace

Rushing, rave inspired piece will get the blood pumping with plenty of rapid looping and vocal twist play making for a thrilling ride.

Sun – Roots

Chopped, trimmed percussion is blessed with warm synth, which maintains an earthly and organic feel.  This lends Roots a pleasant live instrumentation quality, despite the higher polished reality, sublime stuff.

Polaris – Found You

‘Found You’ sounds like what the colours a consciousness would look like in space, travelling at the speed of light, whilst passing Jupiter.

Neve – Magic Flute

Good to hear some hoover vibes on this big stomper.  The lead character in this exploration into drumworkery is, of cause, the Flute, a nervous character whom enters strongly when called upon.  One for the happy grimace on the dancefloor.

Pearse Hawkins – Hawkshaw

Loads of luscious layers to wrap the listener are accompanied by a stepping rhythm which threatens to rush forward uncontrollably.

Integer – Ursa Minor

Integer opens with the sky in mind but then brings the soundscape right back and within itself.  Ursa Minor seems to wrap itself in its own bassline as distant piano hits it on all dimensions, relaying an immerse quality.

Distant Future & MT – Hardware

Industrial sounds accompany a big thump of a kick drum and rumbling low bassline as they crash and ripple through Hardware.

Hiddenwave – Everything

Deep and meditative, with subtle rattling percussion work.  A nice wavy ‘under the covers’ synth plays through, grounded on by a thick bedrock of low frequencies

SoS – Sept 2016

Wanted to through a couple of shouts out to some albums this week so I’ve packed in some pieces from the London Elecktricity Medschool scans, The Music Factory from Utah Jazz and one piece from Lenzmans, All for You EP.  The cover art was is a love letter to sunandbass – I didn’t make it this year – sorry.

One the Medschool scans there was the Electrosoul System remix of Swivel.  This particular piece did some nice mood shifting on The Vanguard Projects – Stiches, which always gets me.  Form the same remix LP, due to being a fanboy, I have to put in the Kimyan Law remix of That Thing you Do.  The Music Factory from Utah Jazz also gets a few plays with Exploration, Growth Comes and rounding the mix off with ‘One of a Kind’.

The day before putting the mix together Lenzman also released his debut EP, All For You, on new project, The North Quarter.  From that piece I selected All Alone, which had instant impact on the soul for this emotional nutcase. On the point of deep emotion there are also two pieces form Kid Drama’s Covering Ground EP, which my ears came embarrassing late to.

I’ve already mentioned the inclusion of The Vanguard Projects – Stiches, sublime but I also wanted to throw in the intoxicated floor shaker Karma.  At this junction the mix seemed to work nicely with Baily and Tali’s Stargazing and Command Strange – Try to Understand, two tracks from the Liquid V club sessions release that have consumed me on the dancefloor.

For the essential bow to greatness I thought it was time to give Origin Unknowns – Truly One a good thrashing.  I also picked out an obscure Calyx piece from my early days, a remix responsible for my current appreciation of the artist, a remix packed full of leftfield in composition and truly challenged me when I picked it all those years ago.

It’s also worth mentioning the mix intro from Hybrid Minds – Skeletons, the second release on their new project, a project worth keeping an eye on.  Not least because of the precise packaging and sexy vinyl they have put out twice now.  When the world ends the gramophone owners will be begging you to make an appearance.

Dub FX – Thinking Clear LP

Dub FX brings us elements of Drum and Bass, Dub, Reggae and Breaks on the Thinking Clear LP. There’s much variation on this album, something for everyone.  I’ve only felt the need to pull out a few, possibly because I can’t get anywhere else on the album for listening to ‘Where I belong’ on repeat. Album can be listened to here >>> Preview

Buy – Thinking Clear LP

Dub FX – Birds and the Bees

A steaming piece which frantically squeezes in almost all elements of Drum and Bass. This’ll be alright for some but might rub wanting a more sustained journey into style the wrong way. For me this track shines at 3 mins 😉

Dub FX – Road to Babylon

Dancehall / Drum and Bass fusion, injected with pure fire and doses of jazz in places.

Dub FX – Heatwave

Pacy Dub piece, featuring some strong horn and brass action.

Dub FX – Unwind

Hip-Hop beatbox driven, jazz piano piece which is wistful with latent strings working the back.

Dub FX – Where I belong

Soulful Jazz vibes drench the initial stages of this special piece, which switches nicly in the mix for a choppy little include.

Command Strange – Can’t Stop / The Gang (V Recordings)

Command Strange makes an exclusive move to V Recordings with his debut Single – Can’t Stop / The Gang

A-Side, Can’t Stop, stomps in with some next level bassline progression whilst synth is worked subtle though to heighten this exceptional vibe. This high energy soundscape is escalated further by the techy piece – The Gang and its menacing, driven growls.