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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

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.

SoS – Mixitup2016 entry – dubzoo.com

I thought it was nicely poetic that my selection entry to the dubzoo.com 2016 mix should be opened up with a (very loose) Panda reference and one of my instant likes from Conducts new LP – Borderlands, Grand Panjadrum on BMTM. Panja almost sounds like Panda, right?

Conducts – Panjadrum is a wonderfully haunting yet uplifting piece, released as part of the duos Borderlands LP, on BMTM (http://www.blumarten.com/product/conduct-borderlands-lp/). Guitars play over a BIG lazy kick drum which takes its time through.  Yes, I did get teary to this, first time.  Moving on and the head nod to BMTM continues with the Mellow soundscape and solid beats of Blu Mar Ten – 5 Summers followed by Frederic Robinsons take on Keenos – Nocturne.

With the scene set its time for some jazzy rollers from Roy Green and Protones – Freshy > Serem – Goldilocks > Macca & Los Contreras – Love and Skeletone – Make it Move. There’s some romance for sure in that pacy little furore, followed up by a truly great new relese form The Vanguard Project – Want You Back and the Jazz rusher from Paul Su – This is Jazz.

Here, the mix selection transitions for some deepness. Leading the charge is Alix Perez – Maiden, with some loving vocal work and sweet crunchy percussion. A steady bass melody steps through at ease to create a thoroughly laid back Ballard type piece. The pace and vibe is brought back further with Oaks – Untitled 09 and into the dark business that is the collab between Ailx Perez and Skeptical – Elephant Dreams.  The deep intensity continues through Aldred – Just a Moment into the thoroughly deep piece from Philth – Earth.  Earth is full of wistful emotion, with a strong element of mournfulness, captured in the synth melody and slow rise and fall of orchestral notes.

A short uplift on Logistics – Okiwa is proceeded by another Alix Perez track – Recall and Reflect, a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. The soundscape is then blessed with the wonderfully dub drenched collab form Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain and through into G.H.O.S.T’s rugged beat driven piece – One.

At the end now and Frederic Robinson returns to give Royalstons – Jungle Gone Down his trademark treatment before the mix ends on the uplifting spiritualism of The Vanguard Projects – All that I Need (feat Pat Fuggoni)

SoS – June 2016 (Ivy Lab, Nicky Blackmarket, DLR, Q Project, Richie Brains)

Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix) – http://fokuzrecordings.com/fokuz-recordings-presents-hateful-eighty/

The originally deep, sleazy roller from Random Movement gets the Ivy Lab treatment. This track has also had a Lenzman remix. All three versions sublime.

Voltage – Courvoisier Crank (Nicky Blackmarket Remix) – https://www.beatport.com/track/courvoisier-crank-voltage-and-nicky-blackmarket-remix/7932116

I was late to this one. A naughty little roller with a raw edge, cranked up by the Nicky Blackmarket.

Q Project – Champion Sound (DLR 2016 Jungle Refix) – https://ciarecords1.bandcamp.com/album/ciaqslps001-cia-20-album-sampler

This refix is a lovingly crafted headnod to the original classic. Brilliant vibes.

Voyage – Richie Brains – https://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-lp016-richie-brains-who-is-richie-brains-lp

From the Exit Records – Who is Richie Brains LP. This piece is full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit quality mark

Full mix here > https://soundcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016

SoS – June 2016 (Alix Perez, G.H.O.S.T, Bop, Facing Jinx)

Alix Perez – Recall & Reflecthttps://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-059-alix-perez-recall-reflect-ep

The title track from this Exit records EP release, a deeply sexy, concentrative piece, all about the deliciously naughty little shakers and high hat rides.

G.H.O.S.T – Viracohcahttps://goldmanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/g-h-o-s-t-ii

Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously

The Erised – Pray (Bop Remix) – From the Medschool 10 years release – https://medschoolmusic.lnk.to/TenYearsMw

Bop works through his style on this emotive piece, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.

Facing Jinx – Driftinghttps://www.beatport.com/release/drifting-ep/1711825

I’m not afraid to say this had me in bits when I first heard it. Sorrowful strings weave through and draw into Formiks wistful vocals whilst a steady, full bodied snare is underpinned by a deep rounded bassline.

Full mix here – https://www.mixcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016/

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.

SoS – No Script Sunday 06032016

It was all up and down this Sunday. Felt that I needed to get some more ears on London Electricity’s recent album but I apologies for the mushy opening track. I couldn’t resist more Makoto and Asides and took a learning to Riyas album, Sublimination throughout. There’s also a piece form Lenzmans new release on Metalheadz. AS we go through there’s a slow gently relax in pace at the end. Probably needed more coffee at that point.