Liquithority drops another huge track unto the world with ‘War Lord’, a more intense and slightly darker piece of music, that still captures the unique sound and style that is the Manchester producer to a t.

The drums are crisp and punchy, driving the track forward and providing structure to the brilliantly spaced instrumentation and mix of synths that dance around the stereo field. The snare drum rolls and ticks along with such a groove that really adds the feel of a human player to the part. The drums, bass and synth sound design in this track is really spot on and listening in headphones only exaggerates the space that has been produced in this track.

As always, I am very impressed with the musicality and production from Liquithority, seeing a new track released by him always brings a smile to my face. This track doesn’t fail to do that either, my favourite sound in the track is the distant bass that introduces a key change towards the second half of the track showing the depth of musical knowledge and mixing technique. This is brilliant, check it out now.

Mike Moss drops his latest music offering with his EP, “Start with Love, And Forgive the Rest”. This is a brilliant blend of electronic elements infused within a traditional instrument set of a band. In the seven track collection, he takes us on a journey through his mind and vision of the world.

My personal favourite from listening to the EP is ‘Revolver’, an upbeat track with a awesome vocal line, excellent musical performances on each instrument and a killer arpeggiated synth line. There is so much soul with the dynamics build within the track, from the lower parts to the full on chorus, all creating a magical wall of sound that supports the vocal perfectly. This production is consistent across the each track on the release and it is really refreshing to hear so much detail put across a collection of tracks, with each one being brilliantly different from the next, yet unmistakably Mike Moss.

“Revolver” has some really nice space and use of reverb that I really enjoyed, all the sounds are crisp and punchy throughout, especially the drums and vocals. The width and dynamic shifts in this track are particularly impressive and it makes for enjoyable listening on your favourite set of speakers! I can highly recommend this release as a perfect example of production values for a release, and a great set tracks from a talented musician and performer, Mike Moss.

FERG release their incredibly creative track “123” on Stripes Records, this is a masterful piece of music that needs to be experienced, not just listened to. The instrumentation is interesting and somewhat unusual, although, each sound is perfectly crafted and given it’s own space within the mix. The width in the stereo imaging is incredible, with some of the high synth sounds seemingly jumping out of the speakers horizontally.

The reverb on the vocal stab and the cavernous space that this creates rolling away in to the background is unreal. I couldn’t help but smile listening to this. The introduction of the mallet type instruments to almost give more stimulus to the listener perfectly compensates the lack of words with in the vocal part. It is really very well put together and I am particularly inspired listening to this.

This track, in my opinion, borrows from so many genres that it almost shouldn’t work, but then again, thats probably why it does. The selection of instruments is really well thought out with each sound able to contradict and compliment the other parts of the arrangement. The dynamics in the mix rise and fall and build a really interesting energy as the track progresses. Brilliant piece of music that I’m really glad I’ve had the opportunity to listen to.

‘Man of the House’ is a brilliantly cool blend of hip hop with electronic and orchestral elements that build an excellent platform for the story to be told over the top. The variations that mix up the driving beat,  funky piano and bass are brilliant examples of modern production values that propel a classic style and instrument set into an amazing track that has depth and detail that really supports and defines the the artists on display – Don Jovani and Dwayne Nate.

The different ad-libs supporting the main vocals give a real sense of experimentation and desire to create a vocal that is forward thinking and well produced. It paints a picture that you can re-imagine in your mind as you follow the facts and storyline that is delivered.

I really enjoyed listening to this track because the the instrumental in so interesting and well produced, these are some great musicians and producers who are creating some brilliant stuff and I’m eagerly waiting to listen to some more!

K2T in collaboration with Sirus blow us away with a smooth, liquid Drum and Bass number called ‘Rwenzori’ which is available on Detached Audio. The track features a lush piano which holds all the elements together in a timeless fashion. The drums are crisp and punchy throughout, with subtle movements of the high percussion in the stereo image. The drum and bass element of the track is well balanced against the much more important piano part, ensuring the all the drive and energy is right there, holding the piano up and allowing all the tone to be heard.

I really like this track because the piano is so calming and when paired with the energy of the percussion, makes you sway from side to side with a big smile on your face. This track was over all too soon and had to be instantly replayed, second time round doesn’t disappoint at all, but with the expectation of the surge of energy that comes with the drop which allows you to fall back in to the sultry groove from moments earlier.

The variations within the drums keep the progression of the track moving along and rising in energy before dropping down to leave the effected piano to soar. These are both very talented producers who have pulled together a blinding track which should be something you listen to right now.

Celo, from Denmark, has released this brilliant double track EP featuring this blinder called ‘Calling’, which is possibly one of the meanest and hypnotic tracks i’ve listened to for a while! It’s easy to throw words like that around about any track you listen too, but this honestly feels so organic, wide and spacious, yet focused and punishingly direct to the listener. The drums are developed and positioned with such precision that every sound lands perfectly in the sonic spectrum. This is a producer really on top of their game.

This is a real delight to listen too, as you reach for the volume dial, it just sounds better, and not because its louder, but because you are now inside the track which has started to progress through a development of grooves, giving a whole different feel to the track. We are hanging to the awesome synth work that we are already moving to yet the drums have really pushed us on to a new level. This is something that just needs to be listened to.

The bass tones and variations are really fun to listen to and this mixed with the drums, other synth work and space that is within the track are really inspiring for any music producer or musician to feed off. Amazing stuff.

This is part of the ‘Aliens Are Coming’ EP available on Fresh DEM Records, Deeper Creeper by DJ Ryde. A truly upbeat and bouncy drum and bass tracks that is produced to a very high standard, and contains all the parts of a true dnb classic. The playful melody floats above the rest of the soundscape, manipulated and modulated with little stutters and alterations. Underneath it, an energetic drum beat drives the track forward with that stab bass accenting the midrange riff, which then falls on to a bass tone. This is a really cleverly produced piece of music that showcases the ability of DJ Ryde.

 

I love the little half time break, but I am partial to a drastic alteration in the track or that spaced out moment before the track builds and drops again. This is really cool, I will be listening to the rest of the EP straight away!

 

Although this is not necessarily the type of drum and bass that I would normally reach for, this track and the rest of the EP is really fun and i did really enjoy the production values that have gone in to this, while leaning towards more Jump Up drum and bass the further the EP unfolds, it even got me wondering about developing some more music with this feel of energy. So if it gets you to want to make music, dance or jump – it must have hit the nail on the head!

This is simply a lush soundscape of rich synths and ambient tones that reaches far in to the distance and out from the speakers with a magical amount of space. The track is called “Bordeaux 7am” and is by the very talented Flexagon.

The colder tones in this track are reminiscent of a familiar futuristic, sound palette for a modern cinematic, while the rich, warm lower tones lean more towards an organic, more open sound. The occasional, heartbeat style drums really give the music, which already has its own pulse, a definitive foothold and sense of pacing. I really enjoyed listening to the space in this track created by the use of the stereo field and movement within the reverbs.

This is extremely ambient while also emotional, thought provoking and inspirational, even through the evolving tones and soundscape instrumentation and structure that has been used to capture such a journey. Brilliant music. Flexagon also puts a stunning series of ambient through Electronica Dj mixes which are fantastic to listen to.

This track just demands attention from the listener. There is a rich tapestry of scratchy, metallic sounding dark synths, worked over an intricate beat that continuously propels the music forward. The production of each individual sound in the title track “Radio Signals”, from the EP crossover collaboration between SynthForce and DJ Ransome, is smooth and precise, leaving acres of space for the continuous progression of movement within the amazing sound palette that has been used.

The manipulation of the bass and synths is really fun to listen to, and its contrast against the harmonically rich plucked string is such a juxtaposition against the rest of the track that it bring a wide smile to the face.

I really enjoyed this track and it goes without saying with the calibre of these producers. The rest of the EP is, as to be expected, top quality, with the rich, heavy and glitchy elements of “Behemoth” and the fun switch with the vocal in “Without You”. Get your ears on this EP available through Inna Rhythm Recordings.

The Untouchables give us a mesmerisingly, hypnotic groove driven track called ‘Silence Your EGO’. This is available on the well respected Samurai Music. This track is simply infectious and will have you swaying as if under a trance. It’s spooky and dark, yet inviting and amazingly sculpted with some excellent sound design. I’ve listened to it several times round and really love the way the sounds are mixed and positioned against each other.

I really enjoyed the movement in the drums and the tones that swell from low down and up through the reverberant highs. The vocal chant is really cool and is possibly one of the sounds that gives this such a sinister edge at times. As the music progresses, that mesmerising beat is still pounding along keeping you moving. Brilliant track, check it out 🙂 Its part of their EP – Mutations.