Review: "Carry Me Away" features a sublime layered amen, warm bass, distant piano and dreamy soulful vibes. "Mr Right On" is a hypnotic jazz roller. Think St Germain meets d&b and your getting close. Nobody does d&b quite like Calibre!
Spectrasoul - "Away With Me" (feat Tamara Blessa - Calibre remix)
Zero - "Refusal" (feat Steo - Calibre mix)
Lynx & Hellrazor - "Passing Time"
Calibre - "Notting Hill"
D-Bridge - "Inner Disbelief"
Calibre - "Hummer"
Kodo - "The Jackal" (D-Bridge remix)
Calibre - "Fire & Water"
Genotype - "Justice Over Law"
Calibre - "Blazin"
Calibre - "Student Music"
Calibre - "Outro"
Review: Calibre has always been one of the more thoughtful members of the drum & bass fraternity, with a passion not just for rumbling rhythms, but also pleasing musicality. It's these two sonic traits that come to the fore on FabricLive 68, his first contribution to the London super club's long running mix series. While there are plenty of sublime moments punctuated by punchy percussion, it's the more fluid, musically complex tracks that stand out (see the twinkling pianos of DRS's "Keep The Faith", Marky & SPY's carnival-tastic "Yellow Shoes (Calibre Remix)" and Zero's "Inner City Life"-ish "Refusal"). As a result, FabricLive 68 is a loose, languid journey through D&B's greener pastures.
Review: Calibre and Zero Tolerance drop this amazing 12" featuring impeccable vocalists Merci. The intoxicating funky a-side, "Waterfall", has been winning over the hearts and minds of d&b's cutting edge DJ's for months. These include Fabio, D Bridge, Commix, High Contrast, Lee, Friction, Doc Scott, Klute, Marcus Intalex and more.
Review: The A-track "Like It Is" is a subtle tune that leads into the healthier, more melodious side of d&b. Flip for a more basic and raw roller with some haunting samples. For the ones who doubt.. Calibre is still the man.
Review: "Release Me" features the vocals of Georg Levin while "Basic" catches Calibre on a more moody day. The track is full of rolling breaks, Detroit stabs and a heavyweight bassline holding the track together.
Review: Exit launch the 'Aptitude' series, focusing on one off, beautifully packaged items for the collectors market. Debut release in this series features a sublime double header from Calibre and L.I.S.
Review: Signature drop Calibre's best work to date with "Steptoe." A deft halfstepper that displays rigid programming and sumptuous bass weight, this is a subtle killer from Calibre. It has hint of jungalism and the peaceful melodies set it apart from the rest of his work. B-side "Silence" is less refined but rolls out a worthy number in itself.
Review: ST Files steps out of Marcus Intalex's shadow for the inaugural release on his very own Grey Audio label. Collaborating with the legendary Calibre on "Falling Down", the pair deliver a tough, unrelenting tech step monster, with razor sharp drums, spooky FX and nasty bass frequencies. Flipping the script, solo effort "The Void" rides in on a liquid tip with smooth pads and swooping strings the order of the day here. This will undoubtedly become an imprint to look out for - sheer quality all the way.
Review: Put your hands up if you remember Calibre's exceptional "Steptoe" from a few years back! Deep hypnotic dub made with a D&B mindset, it resonated with true sub low funk and that unique soul the Belfast producer has always maintained. Well here's another track cut from a similar sonic cloth; "Temple Step" is like "Steptoe's" meaner, moodier brother. More spacious than a Hummer glove box, darker than a Frankie Boyle joke, this is deep and deadly material. Meanwhile on the B "Simple Emotion" takes up back up the swift, lightfooted hats and fat kicks Calibre is best known for. With a warped bass groove and dark, minimalist production approach, this is guaranteed to add great texture to your next set.
Review: Calibre on Marky's Innerground - do we need to say any more? Once again the Belfast auteur sends us dizzy with his broad strokes across the D&B spectrum. "Typical Things" plunges us into his darker dancefloor side, similar to that of his killer "4AM" EP on 31, with a pulsating bass warp and stripped back architecture while "Simple Sa" dusts off the steel string for more of a sunset lullaby loaded with his own gilded dulcets. A match made in heaven.