Smote / Lost & Found EP

Untitled-2Smote’s musical is a little more interesting than most. As the frontman of a punk band in his more country of Slovakia during the ’80s and ’90s, he’s been obsessed with electronic music ever since. A long-time friend of the Celsius team, this release brings them together again, offering up some of the finest jazz-influences rollers this side of Calibre’s external hard drive. Sticking fast to his preferred suite of hard rolling percussion and beautifully arranged melodies, there’s a lightness to his production that makes it easy to get lost inside each track. Equally at home on the dancefloor as the living room, this is a collection of four liquid tunes deserving of a more interesting genre description than that. Pick it up, you won’t regret it.
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Actraiser / Planetary Systems EP

Untitled-1Possibly the hardest-working producer in drum & bass right now, Actraiser returns to Focuz with a double track EP stashed with retro goodies and fresh ideas. “You Don’t Know” is a fast-paced roller crammed with vocal snippets, percussive samples and big synth pads. Working out the madness is half the fun. Following up is “Planetary Systems”, a cosmic tinged offering packing huge old school flavours swooning high over the wobble of a deep subby bassline. Gorgeous stuff here, each release from this guy just gets better.

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Celsius Recordings Podcast #02 / Nelver

Untitled-21September 2014 sees the second Celsius Recordings podcast coming from Russia, a large selection mixed by the hands of Nelver. Expect an hour packed with some of the most tasteful cuts of drum & bass from all over the world. Tracklist in the read more section.

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Intelligent Manners / Miracles EP

bannert4Fokuz Recordings presents the ‘Miracles EP’ by Russian music soulchild Intelligent Manners. It’s a two piece vinyl effort showcasing his signature style of soulful, smooth drum & bass. Drenched in positive vibes his sound reminds one of classic hiphop and early r&b. From uplifting sounds to deeper, introvert grooves, Intelligent Manners continues to impress all fans of musical drum & bass with his output. The Miracles EP is not only a stunning piece of work but also shows the artist’s current level of esteem. It’s an accomplished release well worth bagging.
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Mage / Colors Of Gray

Bringing his beautiful blend of fantasy world synths and darkly deep subs to us all, Mage presents “Colors of Gray”, a two-tracker full of surprises. “Toymaker” kicks off proceedings with dream sequence pads and tweaked amens, adding an addictive synth loop and big heavy bass enough to satisfy any dancefloor cravings. Following up there’s “Mint Flavour”, and like its name this tune comes fresh and clean, taking its overwhelming atmosphere from crisp production and strings that melt away into the ether. Stepping out with playful kicks and snares and with plenty of live horns, it’s a beauty of a release. Deeply chilled. Read more

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VA / Open Your Mind EP

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Physical Illusion / Sine EP

Untitled-2Intelligent Recordings founder Pavel Kuzmin, AKA Physical Illusion, returns to the mighty Fokuz Recordings imprint for his first salvo on the label since 2011. Predictably, the Ukranian producer is in fine form, delivering two tracks rippling with dark dancefloor intent, bustling rhythms and intoxicating musical touches. The humid and intoxicating “Sine” kicks things off, delivering a hazy mixture of exotic vocal breakdowns, atmospheric chords and tight, rolling rhythms. “Control” takes a slightly different tack, weaving a dark and murky tapestry out of gut-wrenching subs, industrial textures and stepping beats. It’s a bolder concoction, all told, with a sub-laden breakdown adding creeping paranoia to the fizzing late night groove.
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Skyweep / Contradictions

Untitled-2Experimental and atmospheric compositions from a Moldovan producer who’s pushing the boundaries of what people consider to be drum and bass. Playing with half-time and mixing warped samples with ethereal melodies, there’s a real sense of true composition in each track. From the chilled swing of “Sleepwalking”; through rolling stellar starscapes in “Contradictions”; the dark, broken vocals and weighty bass in “Nothing’s Ever” and the techy beats and beautiful precision of “Wisdom Goddess”, this is an LP that will open your eyes and steal you away. Isn’t it nice to hear from a producer who’s not content with the status quo?
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