This gorgeous slice of lush, rolling deepness is brought to you by Thesis, aka Matt Anderson from the ancient city of Cambridge (Pretty apt name for a producer based in a university town, wouldn’t you say?) Title track “Lemuria Rising” is a journey of a track, moving fast but staying strangely static, giving the sensation of a train ride. It’s as though the beautiful sounds are travelling around you, moving you on to their next destination. “Activated” is far more pushy, demanding full attention as perfectly produced pads add cyberspace texture to washes of synth and rapidfire breaks. Soul Deep,Read more
You can always rely on Soul Deep to sooth the soul. In this, volume six of their highly-acclaimed compilation series, some of the world’s freshest drum & bass talent come out to play. Featuring only the best new music from the likes of newcomers Soultec & Freebird, Severity Zero and talented upstart Caffeine as well as music from Karl Future and J:Logic, there’s plenty here to keep you going ’til summer comes around. Our favourite has to be Marvel Cinema’s mad jazzy jungle interlude “Jazz Technique”, it’s just crazy enough to work.
Frenetic and fun D&B from Soul Deep’s fresh newcomers Humanature and J Logic, first track “Get Ya Down” revels in the sun-drenched sound of Brazil. Large and overflowing with jazzy breaks, this EP is exactly what’s needed for a mid-week chill. Not to say this isn’t prime dancefloor material – if you’re looking for soulful, high-energy tunes made to get folks moving, you’ve come to the right place. With moments of pensiveness snatched in-between big, rolling waves of liquid sunshine, there’s no way you could have a bad time listening to this. It’s an instant mood lifter.
The title says it all – each of the talented producers behind the 16 exclusives on this album are hardworking residents and D&B disciples who’ve earned their stripes in their local clubs and are making the all-important transition to the production realm. Highlights can be found across the collection, but jaw-droppingly stunning moments can be found in the dreamy chords and lush horn motifs of “Deepest Blue”, the spell-binding layers of organic instrumentation on “Always Lost” and the fine balance between dub elements and jazzy funk on “Poised”. Unsung, but not for long – Soul Deep have unearthed some incredibleRead more
Beautiful, undulating waves of luxuriously-produced liquid drum and bass – what more could a D&B fan want? South East England’s answer to the crisp, clean rollers coming forth from mainland Europe, Soul:Motion might be a newcomer, but his tunes definitely have clout. With a pretty but tough remix from Colossus taking a deeper tack, this producer’s strengths are clearly with soul and atmospheric melodies. Playing with impressionistic piano sounds to create emotive, rain-dappled soundscapes, there’s no filler here, just an EP packed with heart and passion.
Sam Bank is no stranger to soundscapes. A film producer by day, a music producer by night, this guy is a one man inspiration powerhouse. Originally from LA and with roots on the American East Coast too, Bank takes old sounds and morphs them beautifully into fresh compositions. “The Wild Time Unseen” is a perfect example of his extreme attention to detail and willingness to stick with a theme until the very end for that dreamy payoff. Some producers make music to dance to – Bank tells stories too.
Soul Deep are planning to release the world’s entire supply of fresh liquid rollers by the year 2015 if their recent output is anything to go by. The latest is this; Mexico City’s golden boy. Kicking off to the sounds of a soulful diva wishing away her lonely nights, the EP takes a different turn, rolling fast through riffy piano and then into crisper, more futuristic vibes. Final track “I Will be There” is a collaboration with Bloc One and it’s warm, lush and full of soul with a hint of seriously nasty bass – best of the bunch, weRead more
Soul Deep’s D&B crooner packs more soul into one bassline than most producers can muster up in a whole LP. Packed with fresh production, hot, spicy spikes of jazz samples and funky bass, it might be cold outside but this release is hot, hotter, hottest. With plenty of rolling amens for liquid fans to chill to, each tune brings with it a story and its own little world. Featuring a samples from all over including a cheeky lyric by Amy Winehouse (see if you can pick it out), there’s a good mix of vintage and crispy new sounds alongside pacyRead more
Soul Connection’s latest LP on Soul Deep is an amazing (and mammoth-sized) collection of crisp rollers with addictive basslines, and that’s just the way we like him. Kicking off with a nigglingly-familiar vocal sample twitching underneath fluid bass and drums, the tone of the release is very much old school vibes laden with fresh, on-point production. With jazz and soul influences throughout and intriguing nuances to keep you guessing, this is one liquid LP you need in your collection.
A release packed with thought-provoking titles, this EP deals with all manner of themes, from otherworldly experiences and apocalyptic futures to complete joy, happiness and on the other side of the coin, devastation and loss. That’s not to say this is a difficult work to follow – this German newcomer has made it his mission to make his worlds as accessible as possible without losing any of their immersive qualities. The result is a totally intriguing mix of classic drum & bass tunes mixed with soundscape narratives and lots of clever sonic ideas dispersed throughout. It’s an impressive EP andRead more