Category Archives: EP

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.

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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 >>

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.

Nuage – Prints of You – The Remixes EP

I’d like to think that the Nuage Remixes from Blu Mar Ten, The Levels, Bop and Nuage, for the Prints of You, will ensure eargasm

Nuage – Colors (Blu Mar Ten Remix)

First up on the agenda is the Blu Mar Ten remix of Colors, a rushing roller injected with plenty of the BMT’s, deep bassline brush work.

Nuage – Waterfalls (Nuage Remix)

Blissful chimes and crunchy shuffling drum patterns flow through this piece of ear medicine. Nuage makes some magic through sample laying and ensures all is underpinned by a deep down bassline.

Nuage – Overseas (Bop Remix)

Bop on the remix of Overseas is a joy. Classic Bop glitch and bass work makes for a sublime experience.

Nuage – Shining (The Levels)

The Levels remix of Shining features undulating synth and a pure appreciate for the Veronique J vocal musings. Beatification!

Philth – The Elements EP

Philth’s sets the scene with a deeply ethereal non percussive intro piece – Elements, before launching into the matter (50% matter) at hand. How to cover all the four elements? as we know them anyway 😉
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Earth – Featuring a thoroughly deep, grounded bassline and some steady, tapping, percussive elements. Earth is full of wistful emotion, with a strong element of mournfulness, which is captured in the synth melody and slow fall and rise of orchestral notes.

Air – Crisp, light snares ride through a warming, pattering bassline whilst Philth wraps layers of synth in light contrast to purvey an uplifting soundscape. This is a nice journey, as melodies and another elements are shifted and changed then brought through to tell a story of ever changing contrast. Very clearly like the Air.

Fire – Kicking off with a clockwork mechanism and a slow rising orchestral build. Fire moves ominously into some dirty percussion and a stretched, squelchy bassline. Dirty business.

Water feat Collette Warren – Ok! with Collette on the vocals it’s going to be nice and sultry but Philth rips it all up beautifully for a filthy, flowing yet rattily ride. Probably the best of the bunch.

Full Kontakt – Minds of industrial [Formation Records]

The EP kicks off with Epica. After a dark cinematic intro, this piece actually launches into a pretty nice, rolling soundscape. All very dramatic and injected to the brim with positive aggression.
It’s the dark vibes of The Creeper stick out (for me) from the EP, with some pacing percussion and twisted bassline underpinned by a low down yet subtle sub bassline. Buy:

The final two pieces are a contrast. Mind Overload is a twisted full on stompathon where One Million Questions is packed with liquid tech vibes with Cory Friesenhan wistfully decanting his lullaby throughout.

Various Artists – Xperiments EP [Vivid Sounds]

This Vivid Sounds EP features four varying pieces all with their merits but it’s hard not to lay some significant praise on the final piece by Taelimb. Don’t Vote is well composed with some dynamic percussion and a basement level, twisting bassline.
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Now for the remaining three of the EP. From the dark sinister side comes Detour – Your Love, which is half time by heart, with the odd rush of snare and a thick bassline. The lightest/kindest on the EP is Basic Forces – Out Of The Box, with an almost too high snare the bassline is big and slow and finally there’s the ultraviolent Dungeon Master – Half Grid, which will rip your skin from your flesh and DE atomise your bones should you fancy it.

Soulful Nature – Going Nowhere EP [NexGen Music]

A soulful rolling EP, drenched with sunshine. Opening with Going Nowhere, peppered with sun-drenched strings, a light hint of keys and at times some sax, all led by a lowdown rumbling bassline   .  Still Love U is a deeper and more hypnotic my nature with light keys rushing drum work all u underpinned by a big round bassline.
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Third up on this EP is Something New. Launching in with happy positive vibes with a combination of instrumentation that shows this producers style strongly.  There’s some sexy drum breaks and a scaling up of bassline in there as well, making this the SOS top-pick.

Finally, through all the blessed feelings we are treated to yet more on Doing Me. This thoughtful piece sees Soulful Nature on the string tip again.  Doing Me, has a nice raw draw to it on the drum work as it permeates through the subtle rolling bassline.