Random Movement returns to dig through his promo inbox this week before heading off to WMC in Miami and shares his top picks.
So I managed to talk the folks here at DNBVault to give me a soapbox to shout about awesome music to all of you. The tunes I’m going to be sharing with you are a snapshot of my favorite tunes I’ve received on promo for that week. The music I’ve selected here will be released within the month, if the songs haven’t been released already. (Hint: google it!) Chances are if I’m writing about a tune in this section, its because it deserves to be spoken about. You aren’t going to read a whole lot of bad reviews here. I don’t like to write about stuff that doesn’t interest me, so if a track is mentioned here, its because I like it and plan on playing it out regularly. To hell with the rating systems too… You’ll know if its a 10 out of 10 or not when you give the tunes a listen.
AudioSketch – Resolution – Soul Trader Recordings
A brand new label has emerged with these tracks as their first release. Audiosketch is a new name to me, and I have to say the smooth rhodes, steppy drums and silky vocals really got my ear. Bcee does a remix of the same track on the flip, edging things out with a nice heavy reece and some harder drums from the dirtier side of the coin. Still with the same soul as the original, this remix rounds out the single to make this a great first release, with the prospect of many more great tunes to come.
Riya – Fear Bites / I Don’t Need – Spearhead Records
Riya’s vocals are, for lack of a better word, amazing. She has been on my radar for some time now and has come to be a good friend in this wildly fucked up world of musical politics, and its awesome to see her navigate things with a preview of a very solid LP release to come! “Fear Bites” is a woofer rocker with MC Dynamite featured, so watch your speakers react when the bass hits. Nice and moody, its a good thumper that works great with homegirls sassy vox on this one. Break on the flip with a banger. Fucking hell what a mixdown, that shit hurts when it hits. Do I need to say anything more about Riya’s singing? Nah, it speaks for itself, and besides, I’m biased…
Various Artists – Source Of Life – Fokuz Recordings
Fokuz has been a cornerstone for so many up and coming musical entities that I’ve lost count and track, so when I got this LP in my inbox it was a well-needed reminder. And let me tell you, this one is a fantastic summary of the Fokuz labels commitment to stellar music. Look at all of the artists involved, every one of these guys has been in my mixes… Physics, Macca & Loz Conteras, Alititude, Collette Warren, Rowpieces… Just go buy it. Seriously. I don’t even want to review it, its too good for words. If you have slept on this label, you BETTER WAKE UP.
Redeyes – Memory Lane EP pt. 1 – Vandal Records Ltd.
My boy Redeyes coming thru with an EP thats entitled what I was originally going to name my album, believe it or not. Memory Lane EP pt. 1 only continues to show Redeyes’ Diversity as an artist, weaving those soulful sounds he’s so well known for throughout each track. Dan Stezo’s vox heads up the first track, “Psychonaut”, a soulful piano driven dream. “Memory Lane” is another smooth piano-licked roller that moves in the right direction if you want to remember your past. “She Said” is an atmospheric mover with an airy haunting vox and even more present melodies. The final track “Underneath” really experiments with some different rhythms that we’ve seen Redeyes mess around with in recent days, helping to bring up the end to a truly awesome work of art. Keep it up, mah dood.