Random Movement stops by and digs into his inbox this week and tells the DNB Vault his favorite tunes currently on promo.
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. 😉
So, without further ado…
Spectrasoul – Always / I Don’t Mind (Shogun Audio)
Fantastic new music from these veterans. Shogun has shown their diversity in their lineup over the years, with Spectrasoul carving out an early niche. I’ve always enjoyed these guys tunes, so it was a pleasure to receive this great selection. “Always” grabs at the soul with an ambient and haunting vocal over a deep piano riff. The sub gets rough in spots, just enough to give the song a little edge. Nice rolling beats, fantastic mixdown, and just the right kind of energy to make you want to grab your partner and hold them tight. “I Don’t Mind” goes harder with the bass and R&B styled vocals, rolling over you like a steamroller of love. Quality.
Marso & Gala – Promise / Monochrome (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Blu Mar Ten Music has had a knack for finding un-fucking-believable new talent and pushing them to the forefront of this genre. Artists such as Frederic Robinson and Kimyan Law have made their mark thru this boundary-pushing imprint, and Marso & Gala are no exception. A truly great ambient, thought-provoking release that works for that late night drive. “Promise” is a smooth, deep tune that could have been the soundtrack to Blade Runner. Spacey lead synths, verbed-out vocals, and an amazing lush soundest swirling around the beats. Monochrome leaves the drum & bass genre in the dust with its trip-hop influenced soundscapes and chilled-out beats. I’m grabbing my car keys when the sun goes down, if you catch my drift.
Rowpieces – Worried All The Time – The Past EP (Celcius Recordings)
Rowpieces has been on my radar for some time now with his truly impressive catalog of music. The guy is consistent at making great melodies and sounds, and this release only further proves it. “Worried All The Time” has a great funk-influenced sound with a nice vintage-y vocal rounding out the roller. The bass has a nice rough edge to that brings all the melodic changes together. “Under My Skin” throws around more arpeggiated synths with piano and rhodes parts and a nice sub bass to compliment the vocal bits interspersed in this one. Another one is “Elevated Souls” with a deeper vibe and bigger ambient, spacey sounds that drift along. “Charming & Harming” comes thru with latin percussion and more R&B-esk vocals, and then BOOM this thick edgy baseline with a nice drop comes in. Not what I was expecting, and I like it. Great tune for going from melodic sounds to something harder and edgier. All the songs have a very similar feel that I can only describe as being “that Rowpieces vibe”. The guy has a sound and it shows.