Q&A – Beat Machine

Italian label Beat Machine have been blazing quite a trail over the past few years, bringing out top releases from the likes of Lynch Kingsley and netting themselves some big remixes to boot. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying their Swinging Flavors series so with the third instalment about to drop we grabbed label co-runner Luca for a quick chat about the Milan scene, the label’s origins and their plans for the future. Check it out!

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 33: Moralz

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Hot on the heels of his excellent new EP for Free Love Digi, we’ve secured a fantastic new mix from LA producer Moralz. Blending footwork, halftime D&B and hip-hop for an exuberant take on the 170BPM sound, the mix features cuts from Moralz and fellow FLD associates Thomas B and Ghast alongside beats from Fracture, Om Unit, Machinedrum, Moresounds and many more. Future jungle business!

As usual you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Mixcloud, Hearthis.at or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Q&A – Jef Methlab

With a fresh compilation EP dropping on Bad Taste today and a host of new ventures recently announced, Methlab continue to make powerful moves in the neurofunk world. To find out more we grabbed the agency boss Jef and Kloe from Bad Taste Recordings for a chat about why he started Methlab, collaborating with Bad Taste and his thoughts on the neuro scene today. Check it out…

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May Roundup

Time for another roundup of the best releases in the underground D&B scene; read on for new releases from Renegade Hardware, Flexout, Warm Communications, Invisible and more…

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Q&A – Clive Ingredients

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Ingredients Records celebrate a bit of a milestone this week as their 50th release hits stores on Friday. To find out more about the label’s journey from humble beginnings in 2009, we hit up Clive Ingredients for a quick chat. Check it out!

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Fortitude – The Incumbent [Harder & Louder]

If you like your D&B on the menacing side and you’re not already familiar with Fortitude then this release should be more than enough to whet your appetite. His latest work for Russian imprint Harder & Louder provides a miniature tour of the harder styles of D&B, and the tracks on show are top notch all round.

Red Shift kicks things off with a slice of dark, breakbeat-driven tech reminiscent of the golden era of Dom & Roland. Sci-fi-tinted pads, crunchy bass and tough but precise percussion; yes please! Incumbent ups the ante, bringing the bass to an animalistic snarl and adding a layer of distortion to the chaotically chopped breaks.

Last but by no means least, Succeed Control provides a dirty little roller that harks back to the time when neuro meant dirty bass and funky drums, not the level of precision and sheen currently associated with the genre. Nice! Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite store to grab a copy right now.

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Dojo Damager: Artificial Intelligence – Ghost Racoon

A day late but hopefully not a buck short…this week’s Dojo Damager offering comes courtesy of Artificial Intelligence, who serve up an old school techstep stomper in the form of Ghost Racoon for the mighty Metalheadz.

Keeping the beats weighty but stripped back to let that monstrous bassline breathe, this one isn’t gonna win any prizes for complexity but the menacing vibe more than makes up for it. Danger! Check it out below and hit up the ‘headz store to grab a copy now.

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 32: Thomas B

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We’ve got another transatlantic hookup on our latest mix as we welcome Arizona-based producer and DJ Thomas B to the Dojo Mix Series! Having proved himself behind the decks in the late 90s New York rave scene under the name Tarzan before relocating to Tuscon in the early 00s, nearly two decades in the scene have informed Thomas’s recent forays into production. Those forays have born forth some of the most forward thinking 170BPM music to cross our inbox, and found him a home at Quentin Hiatus’ excellent Free Love Digi imprint.

Thomas’s selections for this mix span future bass from the likes of Shades, Alix Perez and Signs and more conventional rolling D&B from Xtrah, Noisia and more, plus of course plenty of music from the FLD family. Firing tunes and pinpoint mixing; serious skills!

As usual you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Mixcloud, Hearthis.at or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Competition: Win a copy of the Peace of Mind LP!

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Featuring some seriously heavyweight new beats from leading players and rising stars in the neurofunk scene alike, Mindtech’s Peace of Mind LP is a force to be reckoned with and then some; essential listening for fans of hard impact, forward thinking D&B sounds.

The nice folk at Mindtech have given us a CD of the album and some stickers to give away to one lucky winner! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is like the DNB Dojo Facebook page, like the Mindtech Recordings Facebook page, and send an email to competitions@dnbdojo.co.uk with your name & address and the subject line “Mindtech Competition”. The winner will be drawn on May 21st.

Meanwhile you can check out clips of the album below – hit up Beatport or the Mindtech store to grab a copy right now.

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Kid Drama – Covering Ground EP [Exit]

The latest work from Kid Drama for Exit Records sees the man otherwise known as Jon Convex dipping his toes back into the more conventional D&B arena, kicking his new EP off with a distinctly Metalheadz-esque tech roller; super-crisp breaks and a simple array of dark bass stabs bring to mind classic tracks from the likes of Photek, and the groove is unarguably tight.

Appropriately for a release entitled Covering Ground the next track changes tack completely, bringing together glitchy, microfunk style percussion with shimmering melodies for a much more liquid-y number. Skeptical’s collaborative influence can definitely be heard in the drums while the IDM-style melodies of Convex’s excellent Mikarma project float above.

Up next comes Wasted Time, a track that could easily have been at home on the original run of Autonomic releases, playing with the halftime template and unusual synth sounds under a silky vocal from Alia Fresco. Last up, Consequence hops on board for the brooding, cinematic explorations of Shutter.

It’s great to hear Kid Drama collecting a relatively diverse array of material on this release and Exit is undoubtedly the perfect outlet for his aural excursions. Emotional and evocative as always; check out the clips below and hit up the Exit store to grab it on vinyl or digital from today.

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