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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 >>>

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.

Conrank – Ma Fan

Conrank brings some heavy steppers and classy sample work on his new Ma Fan LP. Entry track, Tongues is a strong stepping dub, with some clever little bongo work and scattered vocal chop work. Buy >

From the cheeky side of the album comes ‘Problems’, seeking to push the rhythms into a 4th Dimension. Further into the end of the album Conrank seeks to push bended soundscapes even further, with the sounds of Tech Ft. Mad Zach, madness on this one. Also check the Mad Zach remix of Jetlaggin for further cerebral challenges.

Floor dominators like JetLaggin with its strong synth brass and Beat the Block (An SoS favourite), with its relentlessly ripping synth bassline will play their part on the dancefloor. Finally a mention should go to the variation in production for Exhale Therapy which is packed to the brim with DJ Shadow led samples, all underpinned by Conranks deep drum work.

15 Years of Technique – Summer Selection

Giving this album a total play I was completely lifted on the vibes by the end. So many Top Picks makes it hard to choose.   Both tracks from Document One hit myself and the Drumsound and Bassline Smith are totally on cue. All the collabs with War Machine are also top of the pile but with that said all the collabs here are excellent. There’s truly a good range of DnB to be had here, whether you’re up for losing your head in a blanket of sound, what to get down and serious inside or just sit back and lose yourself in the rhythm.  It’s not just for Summer.
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Drumsound and Bassline Smith – I Need Somebody

True to form Drumsound and Bassline Smith launch in with a dancefloor ripper. Classic vocals will have arms in the air and sweat dripping form the walls as listeners are serenaded.

Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Sweet Boulevard

Sunshine vibes and a tip to for the hat to what for some will bring back memories of DJ Inks – Can’t Wait. Slap Funk riffs and synth horns underpin the classic soul drenched lyrics (Don’t make me wait).

Tantrum Desire – Sea Breeze

A true to form build up from the Tantrum Desire launches into some strolling percussion, peppered with liquid acid tinged keys.

Document One – Falling (Top Pick)

Document One mixes up the soundscape here. With some tech glitch employed over a deep down sub-bass line creating a delicious contrast.

L-Plus – Raindrops

Wooden percussion elements introduce what is essentially classic synth melody. Awash with air drops and deviations into Amen breakage and heavy sub pads, Raindrops envelops the listener.

Toronto is Broken feat. Amy Kirkpatrick – Someone Close (Top Pick)

Amy Kirkpatrick vocals wash over some xylophone percussive elements before relinquishing to a fresh, teeth grinding bassline. Beautiful.

Melinki and Phenz – Deep In My Heart (Top Picks)

Strong percussive work knocks through Deep In My Heart as an ever dominating bassline rumbles through. At this point in the album I’m so drunk on the vibes.

War Machine and Jaybee – Bloodhound (Top Pick)

At this point it’s a fucking pleasure to here that dirty twisted bassline, what a combination of talent here. War Machines and Jaybees influences both cut through in HD.

Payback, AKA and Conspire – Torn Apart

This roller has a gloriously crafted drum line and subtle, deep, deep, deep bassline. One of those close your eyes and get yourself hypnotised Drum track.

Document One – What Goes Up

Piano drenched vocal lifter. Document Ones 2nd piece on the album lifts up before dropping in disgustingly classy fashion. A very special bassline here.

Blade , Conspire & Soul Structure – Crepuscular Light (Top Pick)

Jazzy vibes from the trio. A rushing rhythm and relentless low down sub, drive this roller through, for a blessed of a soundscape.

Erb N Dub and Skope – Vibes

Half Step time as this digital funk piece steps on through. High level synth is underpinned by some heavy kicks and quick snappy wooden percussion.

Brian Brainstorm – Pon Di Streets

Jungle vibes are felt through percussion and piano on this floor thunderer. Strong props on the bassline here

Spillage – Lose Control

Lose Control features all the ingredients for the Drum and Bass / Trance synth love crowd. Squelchy synth basslines a Dubstep breakdown, rave piano and some acid hits. Hard not to lose control this beast.

Salaryman and War Machine – Night Shift (Top Pick)

Night Shift’s thoroughly low down bassline and minimalist percussion paint a grimy soundscape. Another great collab with the War Machine and a tasty Salary Man piece to boot.

Blockwork – Subversive (Instant Remix)

Instant has down a good piece of workage to create a dark roller of high calibre. Light keys pepper throughout crisps percussion and throbbing bass work.

Kronology – Untouchable

Ripping bassline and strolling drum patterns rush through this dancefloor number. Synth strong this one, but a tasty little melody.

North Base – Bikini Dance

Light pattering synth melody brings smiles to this dancefloor smasher before releasing the any stops for some maximum envelopment. All the smiles.

Spectrem – Fade (Feat. Kyphosis)

Pitch shifted flute on the intro for this vocal liquid piece moves into some measured snare work underpinning a deep piano melody.

Digital – Groove Together (Top Pick)

Digital throws his lot in for the album with a sublime, dub drenched roller. Earthquakes come to mind.

Order – Closer

No nonsense from the start. All enveloping tech synth warps through crisp percussion, driving pure energy.

Melinki – Summer Solstice

Some deep rolling sunshine vibes right here. Piano melody plays over deep rumbling basslines and crisp snare work whilst flutes and light airy synth travel across.

LAOS – City Light

LAOS raises up layers before bringing it all down deep for a techy drum piece. A walking rhythm plays well for a tasty tropical vibe.

Tremah – Moonlight

Sultry sax plays Moonlight through as a steady humming bassline persists under and faint piano keys dance across this sublimely soulful piece. Bliss.

Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Memories

Dancefloor shaker with overtones of hope. Serene and devastating in equal measure.

Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Primitive

Classic Drumsound and Bassline cinema here with a stormer of a build-up, thrashing bassline rolls and massive synth stabs.

Conspire – Foundations

Conspire keeps it deep on Foundations, dropping into some furious Amen inspired percussion whilst layering in light pitch twinkle and anchored by a heavyweight, phat bassline

MaxNRG – feat. Marianna

Hands in the air feeling build with a strong release into full range melodic synth, all serenaded by Marianna’s determined vocal play. Pretty damn euphoric!

LAOS – Belong

Beautiful vocals play over a thick, rough snare and lowdown driving bassline.   As the piece progresses the bassline for Belong is twisted into addictive shapes and synth melody gently opens up cinematically across the soundscape.

L PLUS – Looking At You

Percussive variation is clearly at play here as the fire is brought to the piece from an amalgamation of rich mid-range layers and squelchy synth bass.

Paradigm Shift – Rowpieces (A good dose of Jazz/Funk Drum and Bass and Hip-Hop)

It’s hard not to be drawn in by Rowpieces beautiful Jazz/Funk Drum and Bass and Hip-hop. I have to thank Bryan G for bringing my ear to Paradigm Shift, it’s an album that pushes all my buttons. Give it a try, the heat just bursts through > buy. Top tracks have to be From Another Star, for its shear rollerism and Formative Years for the journey it takes the listener on. The Random Movement remix of Super Soul has a rib ticking bassline to be heard and there are, of cause, all the crunchy snares Rowpieces brings to the slower tempo pieces on this tasty little album. Purchase Paradigm Shifts

Brother’s Keeper
A sweet, deeply sublime piece opens up the album. Gentle piano and wistful vocals play across this gentle sunkist soundscape. The second half of Brother’s Keeper chills the overall vibe further with some sleepy sax to accompany this intoxicating ride.

From Another Star (Top track)
A glorious little roller. From another star puts a spring in the step. Some wonderfully crafted bassline wobble. Thoroughly addictive.

Revolution Won’t be Televized feat Franz Von
Rowpieces takes the album down for some Jazzy/Funk Hip Hop. Light piano tickles a slow funk double bass play whilst a walking beatline strolls through. Lyrically, Franz Von approaches the commentary along the typical vain of Lee Scott’s ‘Revolution will not be Televised’.

Soap Bubbles on You – Rowpieces and Pulsaar
A soul funk inspired number with plenty of brass, a rushing rhythm and deep slap bass, which packs an element of roll. Light keys accompany playful Xylophone, Flute and Guitar riffs throughout making this a thoroughly musically roller.

Mind Chat (feat P.Fine)
Deep crunchy beats are provided to P.Fines earthy poetry, whilst Rowpieces layers on some light organ, making for some blissful hip-hop vibes.

New Stage of Life
Launching in with some bongo percussion and well executed cheesy synth Rowpieces underpins the ride with some deep warm sub. A light organ layers on, as the rush continues with Rowpieces continuing to sprinkle in vocal snippets.

Need For Clarity
Strong kicks and pure snares roll this track in, as an organ inspired synth creeps in for the drop, which brings a forth a low down, fast oscillating bassline. A true roller this one, with an ethereal feel and some distant soul vocals.

Keep Walking (feat P.Fine)
The second track written for P.Fine is a steady, walking, jazzy piano piece. After throwing in a rib shaking tonal bassline with some playful keys Rowpieces lets the rhythm speak for itself whilst P.Fine solidifies the need to Keep Walking.

Super Soul (Random Movement Remix)
Super Soul gets the Rando Movement treatment. Staying pure to the raw energy of the original, Random Movement throw in some heavy kicks and amp up the rolling basslines to great effect. Watch your ribs.

Satisfy Me
The warmth of Satisfy Me is felt from the onset. Featuring some deviate little organ and lots of lively percussion work. This is ideal poolside drum.

Formative Years (Top Track)
This is an important piece from the album. With a steady 160 bpm, Rowpieces takes time to build percussion before throwing in a seriously delicious slab of bass only to switch to jazz sax in fine style. There’s always room for a longer piece of Drum and Bass production if the artist takes as much time to build a soundscape with as much detail as Formative Years

Just 4 Love (feat. Kryptomedic)
Some solid kicks and percussion here brought together under a funky vibe.