Lara Downes
Haruka Nakamura
Smile Down Upon Us

Ah! Kosmos
Barreca | Leimer
Bruno Bavota
The Daniel Bennett Group
Biosphere / Deathprod
Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Bruce Brubaker
Magit Cacoon
Ben Chatwin
Lara Downes
Elektro Guzzi
Yair Etziony
Graves & Laswell
Alexander Hawkins Trio
Christopher Hipgrave
Dibson T Hoffweiler
How To Cure Our Soul
Kuba Kapsa Ensemble
John Metcalfe
Haruka Nakamura
NDR Bigband
Tristan Perich
Roomful of Teeth
Martin Scherzinger
Oliver Schories
Sirkis/Bialas Int. Quartet
Smile Down Upon Us
Sunset Graves
Mike Tamburo
Scott Tuma
Western Skies Motel

EPs / Cassettes / DVDs / Mini-Albums / Singles
Matthew Daher
Akira Kosemura
Marso & Gala
The OO-Ray
Orphan Swords
Reece / Doc Scott / Dillinja

Marso & Gala: Promise / Monochrome
Blu Mar Ten Music

Regardless of whatever associations Blu Mar Ten Music has with drum'n'bass, this two-track single by Marso (Alexei Manezhin, born and raised in the city of Krasnoyarsk) & Gala (Gala Kucherenko, born in a small Taiga village north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory) is decidedly not drum'n'bass. The duo, who met in 2002 but only began making music together in 2012, channel their creative energy into another direction altogether, as attested to be the wintry vocal-based settings presented on this release.

Certainly it's hard not to think of winter when Gala's sultry voice emerges out of ice-cold mist at the beginning of “Promise” before Marso chimes in with a rich array of wide-screen atmospherics and beat science. Sonic scene-painting at its finest, “Promise” offers five minutes of entrancing synth flourishes and Rhodes twinklings, all of it crowned by the purr of Gala's singing. A different side of the project is presented in “Monochrome,” specifically one rooted in downtempo hip-hop with the hypnotic grandeur of the vocal matched by the panoramic sweep of the instrumental accompaniment. It's detail-packed stuff that makes a powerful impression, even if it's only a ten-minute sampling of the duo's sound.

May 2015