Give thanks and praises! After dropping the mighty Solemn Shores EP on Celsius Recordings earlier this year Scott Allen & Deeper Connection now return to Fokuz with a marvelous two tracker called the Zion Dub EP. The EP features two dub/reggae influenced tracks tastefully put together by two of the most exciting producers out there. Deep subs, rolling drums and feel good vibes. Exactly what Fokuz is all about, don’t sleep on it!
Mage seems to be putting out an endless stream of quality tunes. Not to disturb his track record, but this release was met with some pretty high expectations. There was no need to fear though, as both tracks are sparkling variation on his winning theme – crispy, rolling D&B with flickering mirages of melodic atmospherics. Taking a more experimental slant in “Dreaming”, there’s a hint of Alex Perez about those faint washes of synth noise before smooth, soulful guitar licks and a grooving bassline kick in with lush snatches of vocal. One for the lovers.
And now for a stepper and a roller of a different type, Focuz dip into their fresh artists roster to pick up two tasty soul-influenced beauties. “Gonna Be Alright” is equal parts stompin’ and groovin’ with funky guitar and beautiful vocals from Rose Hart. Second track “The Other Side of the D&B Game” takes a smooth, soulful approach, with rich brass and an R&B feel. Velvety. Take a chance if you’ve not heard of these guy before and pick this up – both tunes are stunning.
Cambridge-based drum & bass producer Actraiser has been chipping away at the liquid scene for the past couple of years now, but it’s releases like this that put him ahead of his peers. While a number of others fluctuate between soul samples, his is a subtle combo of techy breaks and intricate little additions. It’s hard to stand out in a saturated sub-genre, but he’s managing it. With a strange lazy wistfulness filtering in over his basslines, there’s a unique chilled atmosphere to tracks like”Sultan’s Promise” and “Season’s Changing”. Pick this up and see for yourself.
A surprising drum & bass smasher reaches our ears this week in the form of Command Strange and Joakuim’s latest on Focuz. Putting these two together was no accident – both have a serious knack for twisting their imaginations into darkly perfect rollers. With a rolling, dirty vibe that whips the carpet out from under you, lead track “Vanilla Dream” doesn’t stay mellow for long, smashing out a wicked winding bassline to cut the easy atmosphere courtesy of Flexout brother Soligen and Type-2. “Pecebaba” takes mysterious middle-eastern influences and runs with them over dark and dirty bass. A stunning release from artists you need to watch.