Ear & Drum: Session 176 – Soft Fokuz

Ever since they came into play back in 1999, Fokuz Recordings has been a mecca for great Liquid D&B. I was already a big fan of sister labels Celsius and the harder edged Citrus Recordings, but Dreazz’ took it to a new level with Fokuz through an output most labels simply couldn’t to keep up with. Discogs counts 757 releases in the 25 years the label has been rolling and while that is a huge quantity, it’s the consistent quality and diversity that has kept me hooked on Fokuz down the years.

Having recently released their 25 year compilation In:Fokuz, I thought it was high time I took to the decks and put together my version of the ‘best of’ Fokuz tunes I’ve supported down the years. Looking at the tracklist you’ll see a who’s who of Liquid D&B including Seba, The Vanguard Project, BCee, Lenzman and Random Movement. But it’s the lesser know artists that Fokuz released that really shine and make the label so exciting. I’ve discovered so many new artists down the years thanks to the label and for that I am truly grateful.

Happy 25th Fokuz, and here’s to the next 25!

Just a heads up, this is part one of a two part series. I’ll follow this up with a mix of the harder edged releases a little later on.

Soft Fokuz – 2hrs of Liquid D&B on Fokuz Recordings

The Vanguard Project – Daredevil
Nelver – White Clouds
Macca & Loz Contreras – Against The Wall (FD Remix)
Surreal – Riding Out
WUFO – Call Back
Atlantic Connection – Fathom (feat. Faith)
Cnof – You The One
Leo Wood – Perfect Imperfection (Feat. Reflektor)
The Vanguard Project – Flying Away
Seba & JR Vallo – Second Path
Seba – Sweet Magnolia (feat. Jenna G)
Monument Banks – Tidy Mind
Smote & Blazil MC – I Can Show You
Joakulm – 8am Roller
The Vanguard Project & Pat Fulgoni – Still Together
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Malaky – Belleve
Sub:liminal, Minos & Cardia- Future Lines
Low:r – Social Mania (feat. Sixar)
T:Base – Is It True
BCee – The Garden
Monument Banks – Loop Thinking
Satl – Forward Thinking (Calibre Remix)
Unknown Artist – This Summer
Hiraeth – Hold On To Me ft. Critical Event
Macca, Loz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow
Smote – Just Come Back
Switch & Icicle – Ur in My Head
Facing Jinx – Time
Emery, Mackadena & Dreazz – Too Fly
The Vanguard Project – Sundance
Random Movement – I Stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation)
Phil Tangent – Giving Up The Ghost
Lenzman – Re-Thinkable
Impish – With You (Calibre
Lenzman – The Worst
Edlan – Lone Pine (Instrumental)
Operator Unknown & Leo Wood – Who

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