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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

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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.

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.

Various Artists – Bryan Gee Presents: Liquid V Club Sessions, Vol. 6 [Liquid V]

Unmissable selection for all those that are a regular of Bryan Gee’s V Recordings Podcast series. Packed full of all the promises of release made through those and for sure will bring back one or two memories from the dancefloors.  Plenty if style variation on this extremely generous long play. Purchase here > https://www.vrecordings.com/cd/lv056cd

Dramatic & Command Strange – Try To Understand

Finally we all get our hands on this, just in time for late summer. This is naughty, funked up roller has had as all smiling frantically for a while now.

Random Movement – Savage Brutus

Soul vibes shine through on this deep down gut shaking roller.

Need for Mirrors – Son of Sorrow

Sinister openings on Son of Sorrow launch into a sticky sweet stomper, drenched with deep soul vibes. Lovely

Paul T and Edward Oberon – Somebody Else VIP

Variation duties from the duo brings a rushing deep funk feel to the orginal. A level, concentration and serious to the core.

Dramatic – Together Tonight feat. dbaudio

Big band feels intro this piece, warrant instant smiles as the piece rushes through

Simplification & Translate – Tonight L Side Remix

A thick, squelchy basslines permeates this stepping remix. Shout sharp synth pieces through and vocal washes but this piece is about that grimacing bassline.

Intelligent Manners – Dem Things

Superb guttal bassline skips over a striding rhythm and transitions through into some a gentler synth patterns before rattling on into the groove again.

L Side – Sweet Blues

Just as it’s named on the tin. L Side provides a tasty little piece of fast soul music

Paul T & Edward Oberon – Tonights the Night

Rushing jazz roller, with an piano energy injection and wrapping vocals.

Phase 2 – One Time

A deep silky rolling piece

Dramatic – So Crazy

Hypnotic jazz sweeps through this piece.

Rowpieces – Retreat

Rowpieces wraps hi layers and vocals over this dreamy, soul driven piece and underpins with some big bassline growls. Retreat switches through nicely, provoking thought in the rythum.

Jaybee, Dave Owen & D-Lo – SXSW

The duo has pieced tighter a cracking piece of drum and bass fusion. SXSW merges elements of soulful and menacing Drum and Bass.

Bailey – Stargazing Ft.Tali

Baileys rushing jazz roller is blessed by the Tali creating a soundscape which guarantees an uncontainable feel good ride

Intelligent Manners – How Sweet It Is

A deep, yet playful piece. Warm feelings 😉

Rowpieces & Identified – Falling

Soul undercurrents are wrapped by high layers and dreamy, yearning vocals and grounded by a low down Rowpieces bassline.

L-Side – I Wish

L-side brings forth the depths, again, on this subtle, rushing, deep soundscape

Duoscience – Night Traffic

Big band styles smash through on this piece, as does the occasional heavy duty bassline, added in for good measure, making this a quality experience.