HLZ – “From The Past” EP [The Dreamers Recordings]

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Tunes

As we have been saying over the last few weeks here at Bestdrumandbass, there has been a grip of strong releases coming out from top labels as we head into the end of the year. The Dreamers Recordings from Turin, Italy is going to add to that list on December 19th. With its 9th release to date, it is easy to see why this camp is turning heads with each release and quickly becoming one of the most consistent label in Drum and Bass. For this last release of 2016, they have picked the wonderfully crafted “From the Pass EP” from HLZ. This four tracker is a slice of warmth and deep vibes form start to finish.

From The Past feat. Awakem – The title track starts things off with this roller of pure deep vibes. Awakem’s vocals are airy and dreamy and matched up perfectly with moody bass and sweeping pads to set the tone for the rest of the EP.

Dream Source – Tied for my favorite one on the EP starts out with a great stepper break and an almost hypnotic vocal snippet stab that leads the way to rolling and morphing sub bass that swells and moves underneath. This is another great example that with the right break and a compelling bass line groove you can tell a very powerful story. Add in some great and sparse fills and you get a top tune that is good for your head and spirit.

Nightcrawler – This the other favorite for me on this EP. It opens up with lush pad work, a touch of reverbed keys and clean break. The drop brings in a thick and deep bass line that is complimented by more keys and percussive layers on top that keeps progressing and just rolls out quite nicely. You can hear the influence of classic drum and bass vibes on this one. A great transition tune for any DJ’s set, and a measuring stick for producers wanting to combine mood and a balance between deep vibes but more of a dance floor result. Top notch.

Sparkles – This one is just a beautiful mix of funkiness and sexiness. Keeping with The Dreamers Recordings of adding in one or two tunes on an EP that is not so typical of other drum and bass releases, this one does not disappoint. With a nod to the influence of footwork/juke, Sparkles has a shuffled break and rapid bass bits to keep your head, feet, heart, and passions working. The build up and second drop is just breath taking. Beautiful music.

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