[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince it’s conception in 2011 the guys at Flexout Audio have been working tirelessly to bring us the very best the underground drum and bass scene has to offer and as a result, have quickly gained recognition for being one of the most forward thinking labels in the business.
With an extensive and impressive back catalogue, it’s hard to fault the label that recognised the early talent the major labels are now cottoning on to. With artists such as Hyroglifics, Bredren, Shiver, Philth, Ed:it and dRamatic & dbAudio all having extremely strong and successful releases on Flexout it goes to show that it’s not just a label, but a platform for young and talented artists to get their music heard and receive the recognition they deserve.
That being said, the latest instalment from the Flexout camp comes from a guy that certainly needs no introduction, previously one half of Need For Mirrors, the mighty HLZ. And true to form Tom and Steve from Flexout have picked one hell of a gem.
The A side entitled “Blue Sand” begins with a wonderfully warming summery intro, the kind of track you’d expect to hear whilst chilling poolside at Bal Harbour (those lucky enough to have experienced the magic of Sun and Bass will know exactly what I mean) but don’t get it twisted, this isn’t your standard “all soul, no goal” track as Blue Sand quickly transforms itself into a cheeky little roller with amazing use of percussion (because everyone knows I just love the percussion) and a bit of a bongo feel in the background, absolutely superb and a must have for the summer.
The B side continues on the summery liquid vibe with a track entitled “Secret Diva”. HLZ’s use of pianos and soulful vocal samples compliment each other perfectly in this progressive roller and reminds me of old Calibre tracks when liquid was at it’s peak.
For me, it’s incredibly rare to find a release comprising of two equally strong tracks so this one’s not to be missed! Head over to the Flexout Audio Beatport page to download your copy. And if, after all this you still haven’t had your Flexout fix you’ll be happy to hear that on August 1st they will be teaming up with Peer Pressure Records to showcase some of the labels most pivotal artists in Plan B’s basement, grab your ticket here to avoid disappointment!