Fokuz Recordings, founded early 1999 by Dreazz and Drum Origins, has been through a lot over a long, winding road. Thanks to the boundless dedication of our talented artists and the loving fans, we can now celebrate our 15th anniversary! Over a period of three months we’ll release six 12” records and a double CD packed with tracks by new talent and established names in present day drum & bass.
Beautiful atmospheric liquid from a host of Celsius favourites and newcomers who show that the genre is still taking time to innovate. From the first gorgeous notes of “Electricity”, there’s a sense that Element Down have enlisted the help of Laura Wadley to produce the most simultaneously relaxing and moving D&B tracks of all time. Remixed by Rune and Kaiza, it becomes even more ethereal. “Lay Down Your Soul” from Vaptor (remixed again by Rune and Kaiza) is another stunning take on the calmer side of the genre, adding a harder kick and bassline for a melancholy edge. Fullmetal, Rune and Kaiza join forces for final track “Crossroads”, a gorgeous progressive roller that gets deeper and more emotive as it plays on.
Actraiser returns to Fokuz presenting you the ‘Altima EP’. Bad boy business, we can assure you this guy is going places! Three lovely, tasteful rollers with that silky smooth sound we love so much here at Fokuz HQ. As if that wasn’t enough we find one of the hottest upcoming duo’s in drum & bass on remix duties. Soligen & Type-2 deliver once again with a stunning rework by Actraiser’s ‘Hurt Me So’. Better get on it folks!
London-based Altitude has worked with some of the D&B scene’s finest producers, releasing on the likes of IM:Ltd, Jazzsticks, Good Looking and now Celsius. Forging a path in well-presented, thoughtful and downright beautiful liquid beats, first track “Homecoming” has the driving beat and deep, penetrating bass you’d expect, but a lightness and experimentalism in the melodies you might not. “Hours” takes a more serious approach, placing dark harmonies against chilled beats to give an offset feeling. It’s out of the ordinary but still geared heavily towards the dancefloor. Inspired stuff from a bright new star. Get on it.
Swiss production duo Konfront have got it right, haven’t they? Blending the smooth lushness of contemporary liquid D&B with the soulful sounds of the old-skool, there’s a maturity in these two tracks that hundreds of producers have failed to reach over countless LPs. In first track “Running Away”, scarpering amen breaks keep the rhythm flowing over jazzed-up piano and guitar interludes as a big funky bassline casually strums its part. “The Warning” gives a different side to the producers, with a harder vintage sample carving out a dubby vibe before upright bass pushes things into hard stepping beats. Summer perfection.
Not content with appearing on their 15 year anniversary selection, rising D&B upstart Malaky gets deep on his own EP, too. “High Tide” sums up his skills to perfection; a tight weave of delicate strings and skippy drums, it washes over you with oceanic physicality. “Days Go By” is deeper again thanks to some very neat piano arrangement and an unrelenting drum dynamic. Finally we hit his own remix of his 2013 release “Own World”. Softening the bass but adding more direct drive to the drums, it’s a subtle touch-up that fans of the original will instantly lap up. High fives for “High Tide”.