2021 May 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Teije van Vliet comes with his first release on his own label in four years

Dutch liquid maestro Lenzman AKA Teije van Vliet returns to his own The North Quarter label for the first time in four years with his third long-player, which follows two previous outings on Metalheadz. 

Lenzman has been safely esconced among the upper branches of the liquid funk tree ever much since he emerged onto the scene in the mid-00s, and as such, fans will have a pretty good idea what to expect here already – especially given that there have already been two trailer singles, Gimmie A Second and Lil Souljah. They're unlikely to be disappointed. From the rolling Amens and rave-y chipmunk'd vocal snips at the start of opener Lil Souljah, to the cocktail of firing breaks and ethereal female vox of closer Down For Whatever (as remixed by Jubei), A Litttle While Longer is a certified treat for liquid lovers. MCs feature on three cuts: Slay on Lil Souljah, Danny Sanchez on Gimmie A Sec, and Fox on Starlight, though all three are also supplied in instrumental form if you prefer.

 Elsewhere, the standout for yours truly is Yasakun, which gives the standard-issue liquid template a vaguely Sueno Latino-ish makeover and as such may have broader appeal beyond the liquid faithful, but truth be told there's not a duff cut in sight. If you're a fan of liquid funk grooves generally, this is one to check for sure.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: Out now



Review Score: 8




Tags: Lenzman, The North Quarter, D&B, DnB, D+B, drum n' bass, drum & bass, liquid funk, Slay, Fox, Danny Sanchez