Newcomer to the scene Bert H is packing as much love and hope into his productions as humanly possible. With these latest tracks on Celsius, he’s brought together his love of grotty, grooving basslines and rolling melodies that keep on moving. A taste of liquid from the techier end of the spectrum, there’s a sense of space-age turbo-thrust about track one, with its rapidfire percussion and warped bassy wobble. On the other side, experimentation comes to the fore with oriental influences and tampered and tweaked vocals. It’s sweet and light and very fresh, just the thing for a mid-gym power-up or brightening up the morning commute. Simply put, this is perfect headphones-on liquid and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Mellow, soulful and deep is this guy’s modus operandi, and he mixes the three with style and grace. Usually found mastering his own fortune as head of Peer Pressure Records, he’s taken a quick re-route for this blossoming bassy beauty on Focuz. Rolling out smooth in the title track, things change up for the steppers on the flip with ambient sampling, switching into a fearsome, filthy bassline as the tune rolls on. Part roller, part stepper, it’s better for that indecision. Just like mom always said, it’s always good to be different. Great sounds from a producer on the rise.
It’s not the first time these European genii have worked together but this is probably the most experimental they have been with their sound so far. Ditching liquid for the washed-out, sun-soaked, sand-worn sounds of old-school dub, track one is an instant synaesthetic trip down memory lane thanks to clever sampling by MSDOS. It’s a surprise then, that on the flip is a sparkling, effervescent roller from Billy Green and Severity Zero that would be welcome in any Bukem set. Both tracks have that holiday sound, it’s just one is firmly rooted in Kingston, while the other has its eyes on Rio. A great soundclash.
With a back cat that seeps boundary-smelting creativity, Atlantic Connection dons his D&B hat and returns to Fokuz with two stunning rollers. Subtle, understated and sprung with soul, both “One Moment” and “Nothing Can Separate Us” tingle with emotive attention to detail. The former shimmers with soft synth sounds, classic jungle breaks and a heartfelt vocal while the latter swings with an outrageously dreamy bending synth sound that warps with true warmth while a delicate vocal whispers in the background. Stunning.
Expressions by Fokuz Recordings returns with a marvelous 12” by Malaky and Pixel. Soulfull music for those that still care about the depth and subtleties in present day drum & bass. These two nimble rollers both have some interesting tones and textures. They create a unique chilled atmosphere that can’t be unheared, definitely one for the box!