Various Artists: Integral Select (Integral Records)
Posted by Adam on 27th July 2014
Introducing Integral Select – the highly anticipated, long-awaited compilation album from Integral Records, set to catapult the well-respected label back to the forefront. Set up in 2007 by influential, legends in the game, Glenn Herweijer and Zula Warner aka Artificial Intelligence, the 25-strong discography represents all styles of drum & bass music with that extra edge and a quality that resonates with the passionate pair. The label has been influential in breaking artists such as Lenzman, Alix Perez, Technimatic, Survival and Lomax; and the new album will celebrate and showcase these significant talents.
16 June 2014 sees the 13-strong CD release hit the shelves – a body of work that stands tall; its integrity and quality deep-seated in cutting-edge drum & bass, that long witholds the test of time. Reinvigorating Integral classics from the label’s archive, the album features four hot new remixes alongside a bunch of fresh material that represents a wide variety of sounds across the spectrum; and a few hidden gems from the vaults, still sounding as fresh as ever come included aswell.
It’s an Integral family affair with music from Zero T, Command Strange, Technimatic, LSB, Survival, Alix Perez, Lenzman, Hold Tight (aka Lomax) and Redeyes alongside impressive debuts from Phil Tangent who is quickly rising through the ranks as well as the hot new outfit currently storming the scene, Scar.
The journey starts lusciously deep with Holdtight’s stunning “Wires” – infectious and melodic; stunning piano riffs and warm breaks set the refined, Integral groove. Followed by the super smooth new remix from Alix Perez of Zero T’s legendary Refusal, featuring the soulful Steo; Perez’s signature liquid funk magic rolls in its finest form continuing to set the bar high. Recently aired on Radio 1 by Friction, the hype on this one is buzzing; fans excited by Perez’s return to his musical DnB origins.
Next up, “Could Be Mine” with Command Strange at the controls and subsequently Phil Tangent with “Remembrance”, listeners are then graced with beautiful and mesmerizing instrumentals that capture the heart; Calibre’s enigmatic remix of “Rotary Motion”, successively keeping the next-level vibes consistently rolling. With a mesmerizing intro that instantly captures, the dancefloor drop and enigmatic pulse reaffirm the fact that everything this producer touches truly does turn to gold.
01: Holdtight – Wires
02: Zero T Feat. Steo – Refusal Feat. Steo (Alix Perez Remix)
03: Command Strange – Could Be Mine
04: Phil Tangent – Remembrance
05: Technicolour, Komatic & Lsb – Rotary Motion (Calibre Remix)
06: Holdtight – Shortlist
07: Technicolour & Komatic – Serendipity (Lsb Remix)
08: Lenzman – Ever So Slightly (Artificial Intelligence Remix)
09: Lenzman & Redeyes – Thieves In The Night (Technimatic Remix)
10: Survival Feat. Mr Porter – Don’t You Know
11: Scar – Something From Nothing
12: Command Strange – The Croc
13: Holdtight – Captured In Frames