Q&A: Linear

With a new EP dropping for Detached Audio after a string of top releases across the likes of Skankandbass, Differential and Nu Venture, we thought it was high time we caught up with Linear (known to his mum as Charles Hague) for a quick chat. Read on for the lowdown on his musical background, lockdown compositions and all things Linear…

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Classic Track: DJ SS – Rollidge

For this week’s classic track, we present to you the aptly named Rollidge by DJ SS, AKA Leroy Small (who has amassed an abundance of aliases to his production credits). Released on SS’s own Formation Records imprint, this track encapsulates the unbridled nature of the drum & bass sound especially during its nascent stage.

Rollidge is a jungle tour de force, bouncing in a bustling frenzy that will transport your mind to the dancefloor. Filled to the brim with delightfully deft amen edits and rude bass, this 1995 smash is as ripe for rinsing now as it was the day it dropped. A strong attribute here is the phrasing that lends to a fresh and varied flow through each section of this tune. If songs are like stories, Rollidge is quite the wild one.

Written by Luke Kessler

Premiere: RDG & DubApe – Decoy

RDG & DubApe drop a weighty slab of 170 business on today’s premiere! Taken from their new EP for Boka Records, Decoy is powered along by tribal drum lines, dub inflections and a massive wall of sub bass pressure…deadly stuff. Look for this coming July 17th at all good stores.

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Premiere: Javano – Southbound

Javano lands in our premiere spotlight today with a deep, moving slice of leftfield 170 business. Undoubtedly influenced by the now decade-old Autonomic movement, Southbound is an exploration of unusual rhythms and cinematic soundscapes; the string section in the bridge is just blissful. Look out for this one dropping July 10th via Javano’s Brackwood Audio imprint.

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Premiere: Droma – Stranger (Kalm & Spindall Remix)

Techstep danger on today’s premiere! Nurtured Beatz bosses Kalm & Spindall take on Droma’s Stranger, flipping the skittering percussion of the original into a tight, rolling groove primed for the dancefloor. Look out for this one coming alongside five brand new Droma cuts from July 17th!

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Guest Mix: St.Iff

St.Iff lands on the Dojo decks with a tough yet soulful selection for our latest guest mix! Blending classic with up to the minute, the mix takes in cuts from Symmetry, Full Cycle, Ingredients and Metalheadz alongside a healthy selection of dubs. Weighty business, we think you’ll agree!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Classic Track: Lemon D – What’s Up

Something different, you say? Look no further: we’ve got forward-thinking innovation meets cool finesse on Lemon D’s What’s Up, from Metalheadz’s 1997 Metalheadz Boxset 1, a noticeably leftfield album from the iconic label. Lemon D has shown a knack for crafting unconventional works for much of his career, and this track is an impressive example of his originality.

This classic features an onslaught of percussive hits at all the right times and tones, demonstrating the brilliance of an experimental approach over the backdrop of techstep proficiency. Lemon D’s blending of avant-garde arrangement with jazz sounds in What’s Up produces a distinctive feel and expression; timeless and refreshing.

Written by Luke Kessler

Exclusive: K2T & Hex – Embers

Detached Audio boss K2T teams up with Dojo’s very own Hex for our latest exclusive free download! Bringing together soft melodic flourishes, warm bass and rolling breaks, Embers is a deep liquid jam perfect for cool summer evenings. Check it out below and hit up HypeEdit to grab the track!

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DNB Dojo Podcast #44 – Jun 2020

Hex returns to the Dojo decks with 75 minutes of brand new music, including tracks from Imanu, Fixate, DLR & Script, Mage, Lynch Kingsley and many more. There are also dubs inside from The Faraday and Layton, plus two of Hex’s own new releases.

As always you can check out the podcast via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Classic Track: Just Jungle – Double Crisp

When I think of my favourite jungle artists, Just Jungle (also known by his Genotype alias) easily etches out a spot in my mind thanks to his repertoire of solid tunes. One of his very best? Double Crisp, from 1994’s The Gold EP released by Trouble on Vinyl. D&B history sidenote; Trouble on Vinyl was run by Clayton Hines & Mark Hill, the same duo behind the legendary Renegade Hardware. It’s now owned and operated by fellow D&B originator DJ Kane.

Beginning with a radiant pad that cascades into a sensational flurry of amenism and genius programming, Double Crisp is a hallmark of Just Jungle’s production prowess. It cannot be understated how striking the drum cuts are on this classic. You also get a sense dub and dancehall’s momentous influence on jungle through the flavorful sampling that serves as a proper homage to part of the genre’s roots.

Remastered and repressed, you can grab your very own copy of The Gold EP at Trouble on Vinyl’s website.

Written by Luke Kessler