Premiere: Black Opps – Dr. Waldman

Brazil’s Black Opps is back in our premiere spotlight today as he gears up to drop a sick new single for Subplate Recordings! Dr. Waldman features the Sao Paulo producer’s trademark blend of growling bass and precision percussion for a rolling techstep groove with warmth, heft and character. Big! Look for this coming Jan 28th at all the usual stores…

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Premiere: Danky – Slumber Snaps (Jake Robertz Remix)

Samsara bring us another forward thinking EP next month as Danky hits the label for a solo artist EP, and we’ve picked up a rather tasty remix from Jake Robertz for today’s premiere! Playful percussion, deep bass vibrations and an experimental flare make this one a masterclass in slow/fast D&B riddims…sick tune! Watch out for the EP coming Jan 14th at all good stores.

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Premiere: Vektral – Revolving

Deeper beats on today’s premiere as Manchester producer Vorles launches new alias Vektral with a slick new single for Nu Venture. Revolving is a subtle liquid roller, soft and delicate in its approach and all the better for it. Tasty stuff! Look out for this coming to digital stores Jan 11th…

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 79: Xorcore

Tel-Aviv producer Xorcore delivers the latest instalment of the Dojo Mix Series with a dark and techy selection, spanning moody steppers from the likes of DLR & Kyrist, hard amens from Voyage and Brakken, classics from Ed Rush & Optical and a fistful of his own music, plus some raved up selections to boot. An hour of power! Check it out.

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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Premiere: Forbidden Society – Leech

Forbidden Society is back with possibly his best (and certainly his most varied) album to date, so naturally we had to grab a premiere! Leech sees the producer harnessing his talent for grimey basslines and applying it to the halftime sound that’s been gaining traction over the past few years, with the result being a heavy head nodder with a ton of swagger. Sick! Watch out for the Fog Walk LP coming Feb 8th at Beatport & Spotify, with all other stores following Feb 22nd.

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Akuratyde – Past Lives LP [Blu Mar Ten]

When it comes to pristine A&R, Blu Mar Ten Music might just be the most consistent label in the scene. Chris’s knack for signing innovative artists to produce albums is pretty much unparalleled, and every single one has been superb, from the cinematic depths of Conduct, to the eclectic sounds of Kimyan Law and through the dark jazz of RQ. Now we can add another name to that list, as Akuratyde drops his debut long player for the label following on from his excellent Embrace EP back in 2015.

Tonally the album occupies a similar space to that EP; a mixture of natural instrumentation and synthetic elements, soft but warm tones, and bright, uplifting atmospheres. Where the LP differs though is in the tempo and energy of the compositions – where Embrace leaned towards the ultra-deep, autonomic-esque end of the beat spectrum, Past Lives isn’t afraid to bring in more up-tempo percussion and heavier bassline elements.

That trademark Akuratyde depth is still present though, and while there are more obviously “drum & bass” numbers by way of Monika collab Come True and sublime break-driven roller Lost Summer, the rest of the tracks tread that middle ground between more autonomic and even ambient territory and full tempo rollers, with breathtaking results.

Overall this is a stunning debut from a producer who can make detailed and intricate compositions sound gliding and effortless, and despite the obvious production effort that’s gone into the album it never feels over-engineered; no mean feat in the current age of D&B. Check out the previews below and hit up the BMT store to grab a copy on vinyl or digital now.

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Premiere: Smuskind & Seibel – Orbit

Drum Army are back with another top release featuring a host of up and coming producers on the techy side of the D&B game, and we’re hyped to present the premiere of Smuskind & Seibel’s Orbit. Powered along by a wickedly funky yet dark-edged synth bassline, this one has a top quality groove but still enough heft for the dancefloor. Moody vibes! The EP is out today at Beatport with other stores following in two weeks.

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Premiere: Conrad Subs – Back & Forth

Our first premiere of 2019 lands today and Ipswich producer Conrad Subs is back in our hotseat with the title track of his new EP for Weapons of Choice. Featuring an infectious vocal hook, old school bass wobbles and funky rolling drums, this one is 100% energy primed for the dancefloor. Big tune! Look out for this coming 7th Jan at all the usual digital stores.

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Top 5: Addictive Behaviour

How time flies! It seems like only yesterday we received the first Addictive Behaviour release in the Dojo inbox, but 2018 sees the label celebrating five years in the game, and their output has never been stronger. To mark the occasion they’ve dropped a massive compilation LP featuring twenty three brand new tracks alongside fourteen classics from the back catalogue, so we thought it mighty appropriate to ask the label bosses for their Top 5 from the Addictive vault. Read on for their choices…

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DNB Dojo Podcast #26 – Dec 2018

Just in time for Christmas, Hex is back with the last podcast of 2018, and it’s a bit of a belter! 90 minutes of brand new music including tech smashers from Invadhertz & MISSIN, liquid rollers from Cnof & Skydata, weighty steppers from Ground & Spook and halftime melters from Fractale & Monty.

There’s also new music from Hex himself in the form of his remix of K2T – Reckoning, and K2t & Manu return the favour on a new remix of Hex’s This Snare. Last but by no means least, there are dubs inside from Dialectical and Shudder…what more could you want over the holiday season?

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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