Tag Archives: Atmospheric

Premiere: Mark Kloud – Angel’s Arc

We’re back with another exclusive from one of our favourite stateside producers as we drop a premiere of Mark Kloud’s newest work for Sublimate Records! Angel’s Arc goes deep, carving out the atmosphere on the intro before dropping into a weighty halftime groove; heavy kicks, sharp snares and gully bass a plenty on this head-nodding riddim. Look for this one dropping July 29th at all good digital stores.

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Premiere: Conspired Within – Telestic

Delta9 keep things dark and minimal on today’s premiere as we present a brand new cut from US producer Ryan Rossi aka Conspired Within. Halftime beats, sparse atmospheres and gloomy soundscapes characterise this one; moody business! Watch out for this one dropping June 23rd at all good digital stores.

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Premiere: Law – Emptiness Is Form (Outer Heaven Remix)

Hertfordshire label Repertoire have been making quite a name for themselves as purveyors of some of the best modern jungle productions of the last few years, and their latest release is no different! Two tracks from Law get the remix treatment and we’ve got the exclusive of Outer Heaven’s new take on Emptiness Is Form. Full of break switchups and creepy atmospherics, this is moody breakbeat exploration at its best; watch out for this dropping June 2nd on vinyl and digital alongside a tasty new remix of Sophine from Law & Wheeler.

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Premiere: Inmachineswetrust – Apnoe

Modular Carnage are back with another big selection on the Habitat Vol. 2 LP and we’re proud to present the exclusive on ultra-deep cut Apnoe. German producer Inmachineswetrust brings together soft atmospheric pads, an insistent halftime rhythm and an array of crackles, bleeps and FX for a hypnotic ride across alien soundscapes; very cool. Watch out for the full album coming April 1st, and best of all it’s a free download!

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Premiere: Reen – Distillation

California’s Reen brings his brand of dark, energetic D&B to Ronin Ordinance and we’ve got the exclusive on A-side Distillation. Detailed, heavy hitting percussion, growling bass and omnious pads are the order of the day here; check it out and watch out for the release dropping 13th March.

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Premiere: Dyl – Numbers, Words, Mind Control

Translation Records return after a brief hiatus and we’ve got the exclusive on one of the tracks from their brand new EP by Romanian producer Dyl! Moody atmospheres and distorted percussion set the tone on the ominously titled Numbers, Words, Mind Control…dark business. Watch out for this dropping on the Numbers, Words, Shadows EP from March 3rd.

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Premiere: Joakuim – L’automne

Another fresh premiere for you today from new imprint Sable Noir Recordings! Joakuim brings his deep, rolling D&B stylings to the label next month on the Des Fleurs LP, and we’ve got the scoop on L’automne. Crisp rolling breaks, simple sub, wistful piano and tons of atmosphere. One for the heads…check it out and look for the album dropping from Jan 13th on vinyl and digital.

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Premiere: SubMarine – Nitro

Our latest exclusive comes straight outta Deutschland courtesy of Cologne producer SubMarine and Leipzig label/events collective Boundless Beatz! Nitro combines rich bass, delicate atmospherics and detailed, intricate percussion work for a top slice of thinking-man’s D&B. So lush!

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Audeka – Lost Souls LP [Methlab]

Methlab’s foray into record label territory over the past few months has resulted in some seriously impressive releases, and their latest from US production trio Audeka is undoubtedly the label’s most ambitious project to date.

Unsuprisingly given Methlab’s heritage and artist roster and Audeka’s previous work, the first thing that jumps out about Lost Souls is the quality and detail of the sound design. Bassline production geeks will definitely find plenty to be impressed by here, but despite the technicality the results are powerful and emotionally resonant. Neurofunk and it’s related lower-tempo cousins can sometimes become a biggest-bassline dick-waiving contest and thankfully Audeka have avoided falling into that trap.

There’s also a versatility on show here with the album’s first two tracks alone showing a huge range, jumping from dubstep-esque industrial-tinged destruction to beautifully soft trip-hop. Most of the tracks on the LP definitely lean more towards the former than the latter, but even within that signature Audeka sound of groaning bass distortion and heavy hitting percussion there’s room for tons of experimentation with both rhythm and sonic texture.

Most ambitiously still the album attempts to tell a complex story of a man’s journey from a small village through a forbidden underworld as he attempts to rescue his wife from the clutches of a dark magic. Given the album’s largely instrumental nature it’s difficult to imagine this narrative coming across without prior knowledge, but it’s nonetheless interesting to bear this in mind when listening to the sounds and moods of each track; it certainly conveys a journey through myriad fantastical landscapes.

Overall if you like your electronica a little avant-garde and have ever enjoyed productions from the likes of Broken Note, Amon Tobin or Noisia then this album is absolutely essential listening. Lost Souls is available right now from the Methlab Bandcamp; grab it straight from the source and net yourself some attractive artwork posters into the bargain.

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Revaux – Frostbite EP [Lifestyle]

We’ve been keeping an eye on Revaux for the last couple of years since hearing their releases for Slinkie Music and more recently Authentic, so naturally we were excited to hear their latest offerings for London’s Lifestyle Music!

The Frostbite EP keeps it punchy and concise, showcasing the Revaux sound across three new tracks. The material definitely keeps things dancefloor friendly but manages to retain a keen balance of atmosphere and melody alongside the rolling beats and bass heft; faceless throwaway fodder this is not. From the detailed punch of Head First through the deeper and more melodic Frostbite and out into the gut punching bass of Stand Off, Revaux are on fine form here!

It’s always a pleasure to hear dancefloor D&B with crisp sound design and at least a smidgen of soul, and that’s exactly what’s on offer here. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite digital store to grab the EP now!

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