2021 Jan 14     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP features one solo production and three collaborations

Rising German D&B star CRSV, who hails from Chemnitz in Germany, comes to Dutch label Celsius Recordings with an EP packing three collaborative offerings and one solo outing.

Starfall itself is up first, and is credited to CRSV and regular parter-in-crime TS. Opening with sci-fi atmospherics, Starfall is big, balls-y, and proof that liquid funk doesn't HAVE to be all polite and wishy-washy, its gently tinkling ivories coming underpinned by fierce, firing breakbeats and a bassline that's positively rude! Moonlight, up next and credited to CSRV & T-Base, operates in similar territory, even if it doesn't have quite the same in-your-face energy as the title track.

The EP's one solo CRSV production, Mornings, is a slightly more delicate and smooth-rolling affair, again with some lovely, lilting piano taking the lead, but still packs a decent low-end punch, while completing the EP is CRSV & Silentium's Memories – musically the deepest and darkest cut of the lot, but topped with a female vocal that wouldn't sound out of place on an 'Ibiza prog' record.

If I'm being honest, the vocal on Memories is a pop step too far for me. But Mornings and Moonlight are both very playable – and Starfall is a killer!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 11 January



Review Score: 8




Tags: CRSV, Celsius Recordings, drum & bass, drum n bass, drum + bass, DnB, D&B, liquid funk, TS, T-Base, Silentium