Kimyan Law – Run Ames/Eclairage

October 29, 2014 in Singles

Kimyan Law Run Ames Blu Mar TenWe shift now into drum & bass pastures, but while the beats may have changed, the overall mood here – introspective and vaguelly melancholy – is really remarkably similar to the Enzo Leep release below.

On the A, Run Ames features Robert Manos, his half-spoken, half-sung soulful vocal complimenting the haunting piano chords, live double bass and liquid-y beats of the musical backdrop perfectly. Flip it over, and Eclairage is a more cinematic, soundscape-y piece, its minimal beats augmented by what sounds like a xylophone or glockenspiel or some such, layered atmospherics and occasional dramatic, stabby chords.

Also like the Enzo Leep release, this is probably best served in the very late hours with suitable herbal accompaniment…

Out: This week

About: Kimyan Law is a half-Congolese, half-Austrian producer based in Vienna. He’s only 19 years old and this is his debut release, which makes it all the more impressive! It’s brought to you by Blu Mar Ten Music, who you can find here, here and here.

Thing – Renew/Outer Lands

June 3, 2013 in Singles

Thing Renew Blu Mar TenFeeling in an eclectic kinda mood today so tonight’s theme is ‘records that won’t go together at all’. Starting with some moody minimal D&B from Thing.

Renew is described on the hype sheet as ‘Goth dancehall’ and while I wouldn’t say that description is exact, it does kind of give you an idea of the track’s rhythm and dark, menacing feel. Over on the flip, Outer Lands is another brooding affair with stark, steppin’ beats, sci-fi FX and huge, buzzing bass.

When it’s time to turn the dark on, reach for this…

Out: This week

About: This comes courtesy of Blu Mar Ten Records… here’s the usual Soundcloud Facebook and website links.

eleven8 – Hadal Zone/Across The Sky

November 6, 2012 in Singles

eleven8 Hadal Zone Across The Sky Blu Mar Ten Music

The second great D&B release that landed in the inbox yesterday comes from Blu Mar Ten Music.

It’s another two-tracker. Hadal Zone is a glitchy, steppy trip into the arena marked ‘dark and minimal’, but just edging it for me is AA-side Across The Sky, an ominous and moody cut with waves of bass n’ FX flying at you from all angles.

Seriously mind-frying late-night grooves for the seriously blunted…

Out: This week

About: You can find Blu Mar Ten Music at their own website, on Facebook or on Soundcloud.

So many tunes, so little time 26

August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sorry for the paucity of updates at the weekend, I was helping my girlfriend move house so when I wasn’t lugging huge boxes of utterly needless kitchenware up and down stairs I was mostly collapsed on a sofa. So before we get on with this week’s reviews here’s the rest of the goodies from last week…

On a tech-house tip Dekontrol‘s Now/Addicted on Detroit’s Incorrect Music, J&S Project vs Raffaele Rizzi‘s White Sands on Southpark and George Privatti‘s Lomato on Selected Records are all well worth checking, as is The Twister & West On 27th [Jerome Robins Mixes] on Primal Recordings, which sees a couple of Hooj Choons prog/trance faves from the late 90s given a 2012 tech-house makeover.

Moving into deeper territories, Ramon Tapia‘s Wonderland EP is the third fine release on his own Say What? label, Inkfish‘s Altar Server on Form-and Function brings some deep tech-soul, and there’s more soulfully-inclined deepness from Unrivaled Music in the form of the Black Sunset/Sylvie EP from Georgeous. Haldo feat Henri Kohn & Miss Ann-P serve up some glitzier house grooves with Rhythm on Conya DigitalJoe Morris gets down, discoid and sleazy with Yello Haze on 3am Recordings, while the third and final installment in the Love Is The Devil Remixes series from Blu Mar Ten on his own label is a very solid bet for deep, chilled, liquid-y D&B.

King Street offshoot Street King come strong with two different After Hours Ibiza 2012 EPs, one available on Beatport and the other on Traxsource. Between them there are 23 tracks so you can’t fault ’em on VFM! Expect various shades of deep/tech house and, yes, the usual high quality standards apply.

And finally a shout going out to my man Jesus Pablo… thanks for the kind words on Facebook, it’s very nice to be someone’s “favourite blogger”. But as you point out, I do pretty much review everything Something Different releases so for the (admittedly very fine) Something Different Remixes EP you’ll have to make do with this lil’ mention right here!

Blu Mar Ten – Love Is The Devil Remixes Pt 2

July 11, 2012 in Singles

Blu Mar Ten Love Is The Devil Remixes

Here we have a second twelve of remixes of tracks taken from Blu Mar Ten’s recent Love Is The Devil long-player*. And what a delightfully varied EP it turns out to be!

The Beginning, as remixed by Joe Syntax, is the one straight-up D&B cut here, a fine 90s-style stepper – hype sheet comparisons to Full Cycle are perfectly justified. Elsewhere though, Blu Mar Ten get taken into other territories entirely.

In the hands of newcomer Sincopate – who won a Kmag competition to get this opportunity – All Or Nothing, originally a fierce-ish D+B roller, becomes a sunny, proggy/Balearic house cut. But as uplifting and drifty as that is, it can’t quite compete for me with Blue Skies… or rather the Unquote Remix thereof, which takes what was originally a glitchy, techy slice of minimal D+B and transforms it into a moody, ominous slab of the deepest dubstep that Burial or Youngsta themselves would be proud of.

So basically, three high-quality tracks that individually will appeal to a wide range of DJs, or that collectively should please anyone with a broad mind and a love of well-crafted electronic music. You can’t ask for much more than that really – if only all remix EPs were as adventurous and inventive as this!

Out: This week

About: This is out on Blu Mar Ten’s own self-titled label via ST Holdings… and it’s a strictly limited 12″ pressing so get yer skates on! Oh yeah, and you can also find BMT on Facebook and Soundcloud, naturally.

*Though, to be fair, you’d probably worked that out already.

D&B track for animal shelter

November 30, 2011 in Singles

Blu Mar Ten, purveyors of the finest D&B, show their softer side this month as they release this digital benefit single for London’s Mayhew Animal Home.

The track in question, Pilgrim Soul, is a no-nonsense dancefloor cut that kinda sounds like liquid funk only with a slightly tougher edge. It was first out in 2006, but is now being made available as a digital download in high-quality WAV format… all they ask is that you put £1 into the coffers of this entirely donation-reliant shelter for abandoned cats, dogs and other pets.
To donate and download, click here. And if you needed a little extra impetus to do so, here’s a picture of someone who needs your help…