V Recordings has given drum’n’bass fans a remarkable amount of great music over the years. Label honchos Bryan Gee and Jumpin Jack Frost are some of the most established names in the d’n’b scene, and their imprint is regarded with the same admiration. From DJ Marky to Dillinja, the amount of talent that has released tunes on V Recordings is humbling. The latest release, Liquid V Club Sessions Vol 4, is compiled by Japanese d’n’b producer Kabuki. Kabuki became popular almost ten years ago when he was manning the decks at Shibuya FM–the premier Japanese radio station and record label for drum’n’bass music. Now, as an officially signed V Recordings producer, Kabuki has been tapped to provide the newest volume in the seminal Liquid V Club Sessions series, a mix that has seen a considerable amount of d’n’b veterans in its tracklistings.
The first standout track on Liquid V Club Sessions Vol 4 is Mr. Joseph’s Wonderful Feeling. This tune is reminiscent of the type of sound that eventually developed into the “liquid” subgenre of d’n’b. The song has an absolutely perfect sample–Nancy Wilson’s I’m In Love–imparting a funky, soulful flavor while the drum break keeps the energy wound up to 11. The next smashing track is Peshay’s Urban Jazz, and as the title suggests, it’s a jazz-laden salvo that is rife with sax samples, upright bass riffs, and seventh chords. The final up-front track is from Calibre, a man known for crafting brilliant tunes with a minimal palette. His tune Blazin’ is quintessential drum’n’bass, featuring deep, hollow bass stabs and a frosty drum break.