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!
Review: Celebrating 20 years of CIA (and switching from The Funky Technicians to Total Science) Quiff and Spinback have curated an almighty album with some of their label's most popular artists alongside a bunch of label debutants. Here's a taste of the LP with DLR's sinewy tech take on Quiff's 93 agenda-maker "Champion Sound", a sultry slice of piano gold from Calibre and dubbed out stepped jam from the guys themselves as they pay homage to the likes of Digital and Spirit with "Respect Due". Immense.
Review: Klute's imperious Commercial Suicide proffer the third double vinyl sampler pack from the excellent label compilation CD that slipped out in the final moments of 2011. Across the 48 inches of wax present there are some exclusive and naturally heavyweight contributions from some of Commercial Suicide's finest artists with Cern, Dose & Teknik teaming up on the opening track "Huntville" with suitably explosive results - not least the nuclear strength bass line that ripples throughout menacingly. Alongside it Break goes all 25th Century tech step on the quite brilliant "Freaks" whilst "Orion" occupies similar space whilst focusing on a more grinding bassline. The ever excellent Calibre ensures that age old adage about best till last is pertinent here with the paranoid steppahs delight of "Student Music" a considered highlight.
Review: Majestic album from Calibre, who has long been heralded as a genius in D&B circles. His sixth studio album does nothing to dispel this belief and signals a return to his early noughties heyday when he knocked out sublime and understated but fully formed musical gems for fun. "Condition" has a slightly sunnier disposition than his 2010 long player Even If, but still retains the beautifully melancholic touch that has become Calibre's trademark. Standout tracks "Who's Singing" and "Mirage" are both haunting lessons in liquid and the tougher edged "Garbage Man" and "Schlager" are built for maximum impact. A must have.
Review: Another high quality EP in his signature style from Calibre. 'Corner Dance' is a gorgeous piece of future soul, constructed with solid, unrelenting percussion, heavy subs, plunging bass, animated flute flourishes, restrained vocals and sparkling keys. 'True Stories' on the flip side, blends lively classical strings with snappy beats and lava flow bass. The second vinyl includes both tracks 'V Neck' and 'Dirty Mind', which are just as exhilarating.
Review: One of the most prolific and consistent men in drum & bass, Calibre returns to Total Science's CIA with a quartet of golden rollers: "Another" hums with silky subs and perfectly positioned vocal echoes, "Posh Boy" reminds us of Calibre's darker underbelly as alien bass tears squiggle and sneer over crisp two-steps, "Dreamz Dub" opens up with beautiful strings and distant horns before switching into an immense classic jungle retrospective while "Believe It" closes the show with another simple vocal sample that wraps itself around his lean skippy beats. Perfect.
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: 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: After a stupendously prolific 2013 and 2014 (wherein he delivered no less than four albums), Calibre appears to have taken his foot off the gas and slipped into a more comfortable release-rate. Following his "Strumpet" EP on Exit comes this ace four-tracker that represents all his drum & bass styles: "Boogeyman Bullshit" is Dominick Martin at his darkest and most mischievous, all wobbly bass and slippery. "Smother" (featuring long term compadre Marcus Intalex) slaps with big washy chords that chime with an almost Detroitian hypnotic affect, "Multi Tasking" is a swam of sonic bees that have set up a nest in Metalheadz HQ circa 1997 and show no sign of budging. Finally, with its twinkling arpeggios and major chords "Dream Of You" is Calibre at his dreamiest and most emotional... Then drop comes and, once again, his sub bass melts your cones. Immaculate.
Review: It's by Calibre and it has balls in the title... Does any more need to be said? Not really, but credit where it's due - no artist comes close in consistency, proliferation and out-and-out distinctive style than Calibre. Here he is in "Posh Boy" mode - all sizzling in the bass and hazy in the chords - "Iron Balls" is nasty but restrained, cruel but kind, furious but funk. "Angel Breach" takes us even deeper into Calibre's darker side with a ricochet drum set and bassline that ploughs deeper and deeper into the abyss. There's no mucking around here - just up dark style Calibre.
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.