Premiere: Lockjaw – With You (The Sneak Remix)

Our latest premiere comes from Lockjaw’s Locked Concept imprint as the label go in on a cracking new remix EP. Lockjaw’s glacially paced ambient jam With You gets a fresh lick of sonic paint from The Sneak, who turns it into a jamming liquid roller with plenty of soul and dancefloor chops alike. Yes yes! Look for this one dropping July 22nd at all good digital stores.

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Premiere: Logics – Shield

Our latest premiere comes from the well established Delta9 Recordings camp as we present the exclusive on sick new halftime groove Shield! Croatian producer Logics has gone in deep on this one, bringing the sounds of techstep to a high energy half-tempo back beat with a hint of hip-hop flavour and tons of bassline funk. Wicked track! Look for this dropping on the Knock Knock EP from July 14th.

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Premiere: Skeletone – Sultry Day

Polish liquid producer Skeletone is in our premiere spotlight today as we present his super funky track Sultry Day, taken from his brand new EP for Soul Trader Records. Jazz licks and crispy clean drum break goodness make for a playful, light hearted track with a summery vibe. Tasty!

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Soul Intent – Delusions of Grandeur [Lossless]

The LP format; still a lofty goal for many D&B producers, and not a project to be embarked upon lightly. Making the transition from single and EP releases into a coherent body of work across an entire album is a quite a feat, and perhaps it’s for this reason that Soul Intent’s debut full length is only surfacing now, ten years into a healthy career.

Thankfully that decade honing his skills both in the studio and the DJ booth has left Alex more than equipped to create Delusions of Grandeur. As anyone familiar with his recent work would expect, the album has a huge range; it basically plays like a love letter to all the facets of drum & bass, or at least as many of them as Alex has had time to explore. Melancholy liquid rollers are represented in force, with a smattering of dancefloor smashers, some spacey halftime and a hint of jungle.

The string that joins the tracks together is definitely soul; apt given the production moniker in question. Even harder tracks like Test Fire and Cry For You bring character and emotion to the table, with analogue sensibilities and clever use of vocals giving the tracks depth and character. While more than punchy enough to compete, this album is the antithesis of the hyper-clean, slightly sterile production that dominates some corners of the scene.

Overall the album succeeds admirably in delivering ten tracks of emotionally charged yet dancefloor worthy D&B, and while not necessarily pushing the envelope it makes for a hugely enjoyable and genuine listen. Check out the clips below and hit up the Lossless Bandcamp to grab the album direct from the source.

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Q&A: Detboi

With his second EP for Metalheadz Detboi is widening his sonic arsenal, bringing his first 170 productions to the table alongside more of that chunky 130 breakbeat goodness that he’s caught so many ears with. Ahead of the release of the Secrets EP we grabbed him for a quick chat about tempos, collabing with Goldie and his favourite old school ‘headz records.

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Silence Groove – Blue Sky EP [Fokuz]

Polish-born, Bratislava-based Silence Groove has been impressing us a lot over the last couple of years and his latest work for Dutch liquid powerhouse Fokuz Recordings finds him at the top of his game. From the smooth and summery Blue Sky, through the rapid amens and floaty melodies of Shift and out into the funky hometown ode that is Bratislava, this is a masterclass in uplifting rollers.

Granted there’s nothing especially ground-breaking about an EP of lush melodic drum & bass in 2017, but Silence Groove has found that elusive sweet-spot where shimmering melodies, crisp breaks and warm basslines connect, and better still he manages to make tracks that are positive, even euphoric without ever running into the cheesier territory that ruins some of the more obvious liquid productions. We know what our summer soundtrack looks like, and this EP is definitely gonna get some heavy play; check out the clips below and hit up your favourite digital store to grab it now.

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 53: Riot

We’re very pleased to welcome Portuguese DJ and producer Riot to the DNB Dojo Mix Series this month! Perhaps best known for his involvement in the legendary Buraka Som Sistema, Riot is currently focusing on his solo drum’n’bass output to great effect; last year saw him featured as a guest collaborator on Mikal’s excellent Wilderness LP for Metalheadz, and he has a solo EP dropping soon via Lisbon label Skalator Music.

For his entry to the Dojo Mix Series Riot has stepped up with a big selection of dancefloor rollers with an emphasis on the dark and techy, including brand new dubs, cuts from his Destroyer EP and beats from the likes of SCAR, Serum and Vromm. Sickness! 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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Top 5: Monika

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We’re big fans of Monika here at DNB Dojo, and the latest addition to his concise but powerful discography is proving just as enjoyable. Ahead of the release of Vector at the end of the month, we asked the man for his favourite D&B tracks of all time. In no particular order…

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DNB Dojo Podcast #8 – Jun 2017

Sneaking into the end of June and Dojo boss Hex is back with another podcast featuring 80 minutes of fresh beats across all the styles of drum ‘n’ bass. New tracks from Disprove, Sentic Cycle, Law & Wheeler, SubMarine, Fortitude and many more inside the ride…

As usual 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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Premiere: Larigold – Born Ready

Our latest exclusive comes courtesy of Belgian producer Larigold who brings his effortless dancefloor funk to Blackhill Production next month! Born Ready features on the label’s brand new Various Artists Vol. 1 compilation and stands out from the pack with a solid mix of D&B influences; jungle-y drums, liquid sensibilities and a bassline with more than enough edge for the club gives the tune a fantastic duality of darkness and light. Sick one! Look for the LP dropping at all good digital stores from July 8th…

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