Kovas is an old friend from our days slinging mud on the Ninjatune Forum. We'd collaborated on a few projects and stayed in touch after the fact. He's done a few mixes for me in the past, like his brilliant "7 Steps to better Listening" guest mixes on my Interesting Blends blog.
Anyway, the mix landed with a subtle "here you go mate", and on listening i had to have it for the blog.
Kovas has always been a DJ steeped in D&B, and I like that he's dropped a slightly deeper off the radar selection here. There's so much good stuff out there at the moment that he has plenty to choose form and Kovas drops a wickedly varied journey into low slung, half time, minimal sounds backed up with haunting, cathartic ambience and lashings of jazz soaked melody (or some such guff as he said when i asked him to describe the mix).
Whatever, it's a stomping mix, full of uplifting melodies, tearing beats, soul and some of the deepest synth sound I've heard in a while – stand out tracks for me are “Those That lead” by Direct Motion, blog favourite Om Unit & Sam Binga’s outing on Exit records “Small Victories” and "Hills to Climb" by Kyshido, and the cheeky little Spectrasoul's rework of Sampha's – "Too Much".
If like me you're not massively into anyone genre but enjoy the more melodic side of D&B & Deep House this mix is perfect for you.
So check it out…..and a massive thanks to Kovas for getting our podcasts rolling again.