Holsten | Laurence Guy | Nightmares On Wax

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Holsten - Odlum EP

For the friends of: 
Overlook, Loxy, Skeptical 
Genre: jungle, drum n' bass, dark breakbeat
Year: 2021
Country: Canada
Favorite track(s): 'Everybody Up', 'P W H' and 'I Notice' 
Emoji: 🐺
Random words: empty factory hall

First of all, to be honest I am not a huge consumer of this kind of music. It's not that I don't like it but it feels that it's hard to find and start exploring the whole drum n' bass/jungle scene. Nevertheless, this EP is interesting, mystical and really making you come back to it time after time. All four tracks have brilliant soundscape sounding cold, distant but still appealing. The short jungle drum loops and fills are brilliantly detailed. Even though the tracks are built in certain repetition there are still good dynamics and all the small details keep things lit. If anybody wants to give me a good lecture where to find more this kind of music, hit me up! 


Laurence Guy - Your Good Times Are Here EP

For the friends of: 
Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Nightmares On Wax 
Genre: house, downtempo, electronic, dance music
Year: 2021
Country: UK
Favorite track(s): 'Your Good Times Are Here - extended mix' and 'Mutual Disappointment is a Terrible Thing' 
Emoji: 🎛️
Random words: turns

'Your Good Times Are Here' is an EP by the British producer and DJ 'Laurence Guy'. The EP contains 5 tracks but basically, it's 4 songs since one of them is just an extended mix. The EP is a pretty varied package. The title song is an upbeat house track that puts a smile on your face and brightens your day. 'I Know You Feel Sad' is a short and laid-back track being same time melancholic but hopeful. 'Yeh Good, You?' makes you put on your dancing shoes again. It's slightly softer than the title track but still makes you feel alive. The last track 'Mutual Disappointment is a Terrible Thing' is atmospheric, almost an ambient track to stop and think about what is going on in your life. Even though the tracks are quite different, they are all produced well and as single tracks work brilliantly.


Nightmares On Wax - Shout Out! To Freedom...

For the friends of: 
Thievery Corporation, Zero 7, The Avalanches 
Genre: electronic, downtempo, nu jazz, dub
Year: 2021
Country: UK
Favorite track(s): 'Imagineering', 'Wikid Satellites' and 'Breath In'
Emoji: 🌴
Random words: better place

'Nightmares On Wax' is an English produced and DJ making electronic music already for more than twenty years. His music is a combination of old soul music to dub, downtempo to jazz and dance music to trip hop. The ninth album 'Shout Out! To Freedom...' is a brilliant trip to 90's and early 00's electronic music spiced up with chill and laid-back tunes. Album is close to one hour long but does not feel so long at all. It is pretty varied and most of the tracks feel pretty much individual but same time there is a certain soundscape which binds everything together. It's also pretty incredible that there are 15 tracks on the album and none of them are actually bad in any way. The featuring vocalists all suit well with the tracks as well. Big recommendation for the grey winter days!

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