DNB Dojo Mix Series 50: InDifferent

The Dojo Mix Series reaches its 50th instalment this month as we welcome Kiwi producer InDifferent to the decks! Featuring beats from his brand new Hip-hop Will Incarnate EP for Free Love Digi alongside a host of other D&B, Paul’s mix takes the listener on a journey through future jungle, halftime steppers, deep riddims and finishing up on an old school roller tip. Beats from the likes of Greazus, Thomas B, Crypticz, War, Bladerunner & Total Science inside…check it!

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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Current Value – Scalar EP [31 Recordings]

News that Current Value would be dropping an EP on Doc Scott’s much revered 31 Recordings imprint came as something of a surprise. For all that 31 has showcased dancefloor tunes over the years as well as deeper fare, they’ve certainly never been known for the abrasive, hyper-technical sounds which have characterised most of Mr Value’s recent output.

Perhaps it is to be expected then that the Scalar EP sees Current Value showcasing his softer side, though that’s not to say he’s betrayed his roots and put out an EP of liquid groovers. The tracks on show here almost sound like CV remixes of deep rollers; the trademark precision percussion is there, and there’s certainly some bassline grit, but there are also lush pads, and a general air of reservation. If the average Current Value tune is up at 11 on the energy scale, these ones weigh in more in the 6-7 range.

The resulting aesthetic makes for some of the most interesting material the German producer has come out with in recent times, with more emphasis on contrasting sonic elements and interesting grooves. The atmospherics in particular are top notch, particularly on EP highlights Bigger Picture and Reconsider. Here’s hoping Current Value decides to give us more of these delicate compositions in future! The Scalar EP drops May 5th; hit up the 31 Store to grab it on vinyl or digital.

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Premiere: Low:r – Harmonize It

Another brand new exclusive for you today from UK liquid producer Low:r who lands on Terra Firma with cracking melodic roller Harmonize It. Playful chimes, warm bass vibrations and tight breaks make for an exuberant production worthy of both the living room and the club. Nice! Watch out for this coming on the Terra Firma Vol. 1 EP; Beatport exclusive from May 8th with full release following on the 22nd.

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Evolutions Vol. 4 [Blackout]

Blackout have just released their latest compilation in the Evolutions series, featuring tracks by Synergy, Cruk, Kolt, Fre4knc & Corteks, Disprove & Merikan and Ordure. The EP-length compilation brings the classic label sound that fans have come to expect, with fast, grimy basslines and evil samples.

The EP opens with Overdose by Synergy, a track which tricks the listener into thinking that it will be lighthearted and on the techno side, but the drop makes quick work of that. With a surprising sample from Method Man and Redman’s How High, the bass and synths kick in with brain-scrambling speed and accuracy. Said synths and some of the breaks in this track are reminiscent of earlier techstep, ca. 2003. With lashings of techno keyboards and the heavy drops, this track merges old and new in a fun, definitely Blackout-style way.

The album closer, Strike by Odure, is not nearly the amalgam that Overdose is, with hard-hitting drums, an alien-style synth track and little else, but it’s aggressive and fast-paced and once again shows the range of Blackout artists and styles. The rest of the tracks also showcase this diversity. Triet Munt by Fre4knc and Corteks starts out with an industrial-sounding intro but then smoothly merges into a tight neuro drum track. Cruk’s Full Tilt is much more techy with old rave samples, while Kolt’s Bloodsport is theatrical and warm, even featuring MC work by Coppa. Last but not least, Circle of Confusion by Disprove and Merikan is another highly syncopated grinder.

The Evolutions series, seems to be intent on bringing the characteristic Blackout sound, interpreted by different producers. This compilation, as is always the case with Blackout, brings the most technically strong production work in drum and bass today. Evolutions Vol. 4 can be streamed on the Blackout Soundcloud page or purchased on the label’s website.

Written by Layla Marino

Blog: (Dropping) Weird Science
Twitter/IG: @dropweirdsci

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Premiere: Ignore – Liability

Ultra deep vibes on our latest premiere as Ignore lands on Sinuous Records with a soft slice of halftime D&B. Melancholy piano and ethereal pads on the intro give way to a sparse beat and weighty sub pressure, with a selection of intricate hats adding flavour as the kick line drives the track along. Hypnotic stuff. Look out for this one dropping Monday 1st May at all good digital stores!

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Alaska – Solace / Earthloop [Arctic Music]

UK producer Paradox has just released his latest 12″ single under his more chilled-out pseudonym, Alaska. While Solace is a sparse, sort of liquid drum and bass track with funky vocals and Paradox’s omnipresent jungle-style drums, Earthloop is a downtempo, almost trip hop-like track with slow, jazzy snares and beautiful, wintry synths. Paradox himself calls Solace “a sequence of sad violin loops set the tone over fast breaks and strings”, which is certainly accurate, but Alaska fans should be sure to check out Earthloop as well for its complexity and incredibly clean production.

Paradox as Alaska has created something really special with this release, conjuring a completely different vibe from his more well-known releases, and his continued dedication to high-quality 12″ presses makes this single as highly prized as anything else he’s put out under his main moniker.

The Solace/Earthloop single is already sold out in vinyl form on the Alaska Bandcamp page, but it appears to still be available on the Samurai/Arctic Music Group website. Check out the clips below and go grab a copy while you still can!

Written by Layla Marino
Blog: (Dropping) Weird Science
Twitter/IG: @dropweirdsci

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Premiere: Phaction – Solar Meditation

CIA are back on our latest exclusive as we present the premiere of deep roller Solar Meditation from Bristol producer Phaction’s Signature Moves EP! Crispy beats, warm bass with just enough edge and samples we can only imagine have been lifted from some kind of self-help CD combine on a typically polished release. Sick! Hit up the CIA Bandcamp to grab this one from May 5th.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #6 – Apr 2017

The Dojo inbox has been positively overflowing with fantastic music this month, meaning we have a bumper podcast for you all! Hex has collated the best cuts once again with liquid, techstep, halftime, neurofunk, experimental riddims and plenty more crammed into a 1hr 45min mix. Beats inside from Mob Tactics, Andy Skopes, Pacific, Switch Technique, Thomas B, Shades and many more…

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: HomeSick – Mass Appeal

Genre-bending vibes on today’s exclusive as we present a cut from Defrostatica’s brand new Rogue Style EP from HomeSick! Celebrating the crossover between hip-hop, footwork and D&B, Mass Appeal lurches along to a fantastic swung beat as chops, slaps and snares rain down around soft, bleepy melodies. Futuristic and retro all at once, this is that crossover sound at it’s best; look for this alongside new beats from Sinistarr, Kiat and Kabuki from May 19th.

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Premiere: Brakken – Defiance One EP

We’ve got a bumper Premiere today as we present the first Soundcloud clips of the brand new EP from Brakken for Tech Itch Recordings! Currently shrouded in mystery all we know about Brakken so far is that he is a old warrior of the scene operating under a new identity; doubtless time will reveal the artist’s former aliases, but for now all we have is the beats.

Said beats are impressive indeed and fans of the dark-edged techstep sound will definitely find plenty to enjoy here; from the deep, rolling reese bass of Shadow Art through the industrial-tinged halftime of In My Room, out into the 90s style ‘headz-y vibes of Shaper Scratch and finishing up with moody stepper Let Go, this is clearly the work of an artist with deep roots in the scene and plenty of ideas to explore. Sick stuff!

The Defiance One EP is available to buy right now from the Tech Itch Recordings website where you can also find full previews of the EP via their new members area. Vinyl fans will also be pleased to know that the label are prepping a limited edition 12″ run for the EP; head over to Bandcamp to pre-order that (expected to ship around August 1st).

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