Week 36 is here and while the events are heavily hit by the pandemic yet again with the future being uncertain at best, there is no stopping the music. This week brings us fresh tracks from the likes of Alix Perez, Annix / K Motionz / Simula, Askel / Elere, Break / Total Science and Phaction.
Let's get festive! Like a bolt from the blue, Alix Perez just announced his forthcoming "Without End" mini LP on his own 1985 Music imprint. Reading the description, we were promised the return to his deep & soulful Drum & Bass roots and boy, did he not lie. The first taster is this heartfelt little number with the ever so perfect Liam Bailey singing you through with his velvet voice. The whole track is just a pure bliss, carefully crafted with each sound perfectly falling into place just the way we all like it. And while it all sounds quite melancholic, you just can't help yourself but smile all the way through as it touches your soul so profoundly. Oh yeah, we're in for a treat when the whole thing drops.
It’s for you if you like: Calibre, LSB, SpectraSoul
Switching into a different territory, the infamous nu-school jump-up duo Annix decided to start a new label called "Neksus Sound" with none other than Simula, another name that's been rising through ranks over the last couple of years. For their first release, they've teamed up with yet another mastermind in this field, K Motionz, and they bring us Diagram. It's basically unlike anything I would expect from these bad boys, yet it sound very much like them at the same time. Eerie intro sounds very much Noisia'esque and the drop's not too shabby either. It's hard hitting, yet very atmospheric and halfway through it turns into a pretty little rolling pattern as names like Mefjus, Misanhtrop or Camo & Krooked spring to mind. It's fresh, it's impactful, it's well thought out and very catchy in a sense. More of that, please!
It’s for you if you like: Camo & Krooked, Mefjus, Noisia
Askel & Elere are without a doubt the name to watch right now as they're rising through the ranks of fresh promising Liquid & Deep Drum & Bass talents, not unlike GLXY or Pola & Bryson a few years back. After a slew of releases over the last couple of months, here comes their Glass EP on Soulvent, which have been going from strength to strength this year. My personal favorite on the EP is Envelope, a gnarly roller with a pulsating bass line, keeping very much low profile with the occasional foghorn poking through, sitting on top of the uneasy atmospherics. It all sounds kind of enigmatic and makes you keep your ears peeled to hear every single little detail, making me a happy little camper.
It’s for you if you like: Ed:It, Koherent, Phentix
Yes, the long-awaited Break Remix of Total Science's Lightweight is here. Honestly, that's the most meaningful sentence of this paragraph. There's not much to say about this one really. It's your standard Break, just an amazing, hard hitting, body moving roller. Crazy bongos. ORIGINAL! Heavy kicks. Crisp snares. Sharp bass. That's how we like it, Charlie!
It’s for you if you like: Break, d'uh
I'm telling you, this guy! Phaction has been around for quite some time already and while his production was always on point, he's been kind of floating under the radar sometimes. But that should not be the case anymore as his recent output is a constant must-listen/must-play material for all the avid Drum & Bass fans. His new EP Ubiquitous is coming out now at Metalheadz Platinum and the leading track might very well be the best thing this brilliant producer came up with thus far. It is a powerful roller with a large amount of soul and lots of contrasts. The acidic synth is trying to win your affection, constantly battling with the perfectly used vocal samples, with heavy yet subtle bass stabs sitting right under. It's dark, it's emotional, it's perfect. This one has been on heavy repeat from the very morning, so make sure you have time to listen before you put this jam on.
It’s for you if you like: Alix Perez, Monty, SubMarine