Random Movement supplies us with his promo picks as he digs through his inbox and shares his top choices for week 20.
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. – Random Movement
Lynx – I Am Lynx – Hospital Records
Gather round kiddies. Ol’ Uncle Random is gonna tell you the tail of Lynx, whose phoenix-like career has just dropped a nuke the scale of Tsar Bomba on the drum and bass scene. Before I really get into it though, lets just take a minute to recognize that Lynx is, without a doubt, one of the most creatively talented music makers in our genre of music. No questions here. The guy is not afraid to push any envelope until it tears apart, just the right dish that Hospital Records wants for their menu. I have been rinsing the “I Am Lynx” album since I received it, and his skill and knowledge of dynamics, feel, and energy know no bounds. Tracks like “Lights Out” tear the place down with those steppy rhythms, distorted basslines, and a sick vocal feature from Sense MC to make this one a killer. “Circles” is another catchy-as-hell track with computer bleeps and bloops riding all around the atmosphere of the soulful, moody vibes this one rocks. A number of tunes on the release feature collaborations with Marcus Intalex, Master X, Malibu and Zero One, all adding their flavors to an already tasty treat. 11 out of 10, guys. Get this.
Phase – Waiting For A Signal / Return The Flavour – Intrigue Records
I love this label and am proud to be a part of it, so you already know I’m biased to everything Ben Soundscape selects for his imprint, and this release is no exception. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hearing the producer known as Phase, and it definitely won’t be the last time, either. “Waiting For A Signal” goes from soulful piano and upright bass melodies to dark brooding bass and steppy cross stick drums. House-ey chords play over top of all the darkness as it turns towards a more footwork/juke style. A creative piece that pushes the boundaries just enough to keep us interested and not scared off. “Return The Flavour” rolls out with a deep melody, and then goes hard like a roller coaster drop with 6 loops. Buy this one yesterday, people.
Enea – NightWalk EP – Celsius Recordings
Italian bass player Alessandro Greco has graced us with a number of tracks that you are going to hear me playing out _alot_. Nightwalk EP does not disappoint, killing it with liquid rollers like “Arion” and “Dawn” that set the pace for the release. “Bonsporus” is a glitchy, atmospheric soundscape of minimal yet dense movements. One thing about a good musician is knowing how to use negative space and dynamics to create a mood, and Enea’s unique skill set sets him apart from the pack. AAAAAAAAND I just got chills from playing the title track intro. Maybe for the next podcast? Definitely. What a vocal bit over such a smooth mover. Did I mention this isn’t just a drum and bass release? “Slice” enlists the power of MC Fava’s lyrical master set over hip hop rhythms. “Give Me The Night” is a deep house groover that makes anyone’s heads nod.