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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.

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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.

 

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

June in the UK! Quite some heartbreak probably impacted this selection. It all kicks off positive though. The playful xylophone of Artificial Intelligences – Rizon lifts spirits before the brooding tone of the mix begins. I recently went on a G.H.O.S.T shopping spree so expect this to be present. More ‘look back’ actions meant that I had a glimpse into Alix Perez’s back catalogue and found myself collecting some missed Exit Records.

After this first 10 mins we find ourselves in the midst of a sublime Calibre piece – Under Bars . The warm bassline and light piano of this piece leads nicely into the deep minimalist textures of Pennygiles – Lie Through Me before the mix lifts into a triad of jazz rollers from The Vanguard Project, Big Bud and Rowpieces.

Following the Rowpieces we sink down nicely into Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. This moves into G.H.O.S.T – Viracohca. Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously. Up next Bop works through his style on an emotive remix of The Erised – Pray, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.

Following that dreamy immersion it’s time to level it all out with some real vibes. Facing Jinx – Drifting I’m not afraid to say, 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. This piece is then moved through into this singles B-side – Back to the Start. Another thoughtful piece requiring your meditation.

Another piece from the excellent Exit Records EP from Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect EP (Losing You) is followed by the Ivy Lab remix of Sleazy Bitch as the mix moves into its final throws. Rushing into a refix of the naughty raw-edged roller from Voltage and Nicky Blackmarkets – Courvoisier Crank and into DLR’s Jungle refix of Q Projects – Champion Sound before finalising the journey with Richie Brains – Voyage, full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit Records quality mark.