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DNB Dojo Mix Series 57: Manta

Our latest exclusive guest mix comes from Austrian neurofunk producer Manta. With releases for Fragmented, Culture Assault and Moshbit and club appearances alongside June Miller, Emperor, Agressor Bunx, L33 and many more, Manta certainly knows how to rock a crowd and this 40 minute mix of neuro rollers more than proves that! Beats inside from Mefjus, Hazard, Current Value, Neonlight and many more, kicked off with a fistful of Manta dubs.

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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Love You Forever LP

As if the recently released Grenfell LP from Nurtured Beatz wasn’t enough, another corner of the D&B community has come together to support the survivors of the Grenfell disaster via another packed charity album. The Love You Forever LP  features a whopping 25 tracks of mostly dancefloor focused D&B from some of the biggest names in the game, including Whiney, Kenny Ken, Kasra & Enei, DJ Fresh, Genotype and many more. Hit up the iTunes store to grab a copy and help out this essential cause.

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Premiere: Brain Crisis & Malk – Whirl Wind

Dutch label Major League DNB drop the goods on our latest exclusive as Brain Crisis & Malk join forces in the studio for the formidable Whirl Wind. The influence of seminal 00s neurofunk from the likes of Black Sun Empire shines through on the haunting melody of the intro before the track gives way to a vicious bass drop; dancefloor destruction guaranteed! Look for this dropping at all good digital stores from July 17th.

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Premiere: inZtance – Fool’s Gold (Insect Remix)

Our latest exclusive comes courtesy of Tallinn based producer Insect who dishes up a devastating neuro remix of inZtance’s Fools Gold for Through Sounds. Dark bass and heavy hitting beats a plenty – this one will slay floors. Expect this alongside remixes from Bone, Out Of Fuel and HeadRead at digital store’s August 7th, and if you’d like a copy on vinyl hit up the label’s crowd-funding campaign!

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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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Premiere: Manta – Flashback

We’re back with another exclusive premiere and this time it’s Austrian producer Manta in the Dojo spotlight. Dropping onto Yorkshire’s Fragmented Recordings on June 2nd, Flashback combines rolling breaks, morphing neuro basslines and a keen ear for melody with sparkling leads and bright piano. Putting the funk back into neurofunk!

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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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Top 5: Mob Tactics

Mob Tactics have been storming the scene for some time now and their latest release for Viper Recordings finds them destroying the dancefloor once again with a pair of fresh high octane rollers. We grabbed the guys and got them to pick their current Top 5, check it!

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Q&A – InsideInfo

Paul InsideInfo has been a busy man the last few years, dropping a number of essential tracks for the likes of Virus and Critical. With the first single from his debut album for Viper Recordings just out, we grabbed him for a quick chat about Spychase and what’s in store on the LP…

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Mr. Frenkie – Respawn / Tire Fire [Concussion]

From time to time a piece of music comes along that reminds you why you got into D&B in the first place, and here at Dojo HQ the new single from Mr. Frenkie hits that spot in a big way. Bringing together crispy modern production techniques with the influence of early neuro, the two tracks on show here are absolutely dripping with that funk that’s often absent from the hyper-clinical sounds of 2017.

Respawn kicks things off with a rolling break layered over a fantastic array of stabs, squelches and growls that bring to mind early Black Sun Empire; high octane licks with a hint of trance in the atmospheres and plenty of low end sizzle. Over on the flip Tire Fire drops a classic 2-step beat with some cheeky amen switches and a snarling reese line straight out of the Dom & Roland playbook. Distorted hits and tons of cymbal action complete another effective homage to a classic sound.

While the tracks here certainly have one foot in the past, the production is razor sharp and the vibes are strong. Fuck the future; take us back to 2004 and bring on more of these beats! Check out the clips below and hit up Beatport to grab this one right now, or Bandcamp for the vinyl; full digital release follows from March 6th.

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