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Premiere: Black Opps – MicroKosm

Time for another exclusive today from up and coming Brazilian artist Black Opps who lands on London label Addictive Behaviour with a sick new EP this week! Title track MicroKosm dials the atmosphere up to 11, keep the beats sparse and the composition minimal for a rhythmic head nodder that gets under your skin. Check it out below and hit up Beatport to grab a copy right now…

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Initial Breeding LP [Black Crane]

A disclaimer; we’re not generally big fans of the compilation LP here at Dojo HQ. While the format has its strengths, it can be difficult to form a coherent narrative on a compilation, and the larger ones often feel too big to digest sensibly, allowing great tunes to get lost in the wash. When they’re done well however they can be a powerful statement of intent; enter new imprint Black Crane’s debut release, Initial Breeding. 

Fans of the deeper end of D&B will only have to glance at the artists involved to get an impression of the kind of label movement Black Crane is; beats are provided by Thing, Dominic Ridgway, DYL, Mark Kloud under his ‘Yushan’ alias and a host of lesser known producers, so as you’d expect this is an exploration of the more experimental and less club focused end of the 170 sound.

The danger with a compilation of this ilk is that it might easily become a morass of third-rate Samurai Music wannabe tracks that blend into each other in a “12 tracks of industrial halftime with not much character” sort of fashion. Thankfully Initial Breeding avoids this scenario via three key elements; breadth, quality and sequencing. The breadth aspect is truly impressive, taking in everything from the more obvious gritty halftime of Yushan’s Hitchhike and Cuelock’s Grey Crowned, through the IDM-tinged melodies of Snik’s Anxiety, dubby business from Thing, autonomic-inspired ambient explorations from Eusebeia and future jungle from Dominic Ridgway. The material is all left of field but the diversity is more than sufficient to avoid the sameness of your average VA compilation.

The quality of the tracks on show is really impressive too; from percussive precision to abstract sound design to just sheer rhythmic joy, all the producers have knocked it out of the park. Last but by no means least, the sequencing from Istota and the label crew is perfect, taking the listener on a journey that gives the album poise and glues the tracks together. This trifecta of excellence puts this LP in that rarest of categories; a truly enjoyable compilation rather than just a bag of vaguely linked tracks. Check out the previews below and hit up the label’s Bandcamp to grab a copy now.

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Premiere: Quentin Hiatus – Extreme Malice

US experimental beatsmith Quentin Hiatus continues his relentless onslaught of new material with a fresh EP dropping on the ever dependable Translation Recordings. The oddly titled Extreme Malice doesn’t really live up to its name, but it does serve up a delicious bongo-imbued rhythm, stark atmospheres and that unusual production that makes all of Quentin’s music so compelling. Look for this alongside four other tasty sonic concoctions from September 15th; pre-orders are up now at Bandcamp.

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Premiere: Neurotoxin – Component

Portuguese label Skalator are back with another solid EP as local duo Neurotoxin return to the imprint for their 3rd solo release, and we’ve got the exclusive on EP closer Component! Stripped back neurofunk business on this one as crunchy bass textures, rhythmic hits and detailed percussion combine for a tense, atmospheric head-nodder. Watch out for the EP dropping September 22nd at all good digital stores…

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Displaced Paranormals – Secret Space LP [Inception Audio]

Displaced Paranormals have been moving from strength to strength this year with a nice remix for Counterpoint and a track featured on Renegade Hardware’s Final Chapter LP, and now they bring us their debut album on long standing partner label Inception Audio.

The first thing that stands out about the album is the atmosphere. From the very beginning the pace is gentle, and the soundscapes are detailed and stark; a big bag of dancefloor rollers this most certainly is not. The crew have recruited promising underground producers like No Rules, Torn and Picota & Kumbh to help them out, and the resulting twelve tracks carry a grimey, industrial edge, which drives along despite the comparitively relaxed beat structures.

Fans of the kind of moody halftime grooves found on Samurai Music, Ronin Ordinance and the like will find plenty to enjoy here, and the level of sound design and imagination puts this up there with the best producers in the scene. As an added bonus, they’ve given DNB Dojo an exclusive free track to celebrate the album’s release; check out Gremlinz collab Paradox below (download via Soundcloud or Google Drive) and hit up Juno to grab the full album right now.


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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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