Tag Archives: Drumfunk

Premiere: Sicknote & Escher – Trouble

Something pretty special in our premiere spotlight today as we present the exclusive on Sicknote & Escher’s phenomenal new track Trouble. Combining crunchy breakbeat programming with ominous orchestral samples, the sense of drama and tension across the track is really special and the tone is pretty much unlike anything else we’ve heard this year. Wicked stuff. This one is strictly vinyl, and limited to 50 copies – head to the Clashmouth record fair on Nov 10th to snag a copy, or keep a close eye on their social feeds to try and grab any remaining after that…

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RQ – Season of the Emergence EP [Blu Mar Ten Music]

A new release on Blu Mar Ten Music is pretty much always a cause for celebration, and their latest material from Kiwi producer RQ is no different, though it’s certainly a step away from the label’s usual fare.

Drawing influence from the likes of Photek, Source Direct and Blocks and Escher, RQ’s latest work (ahead of an album due on the label at some point in the future) is tense and ominous. Three of the four tracks are powered by a backbone of intricate percussion, with an array of finely processed breaks skittering in and out of the mixes. Building on top of the militant drum section, there are hints of psychedelia, touches of jazz, and a flirtation with melody that feels faintly threatening. Uplifting liquid this is most certainly not.

We could waffle on about the depth and emotional resonance of the tracks on show here but it feels complex and elusive enough that we’ll never do it justice, so just wrap your ears around the clips below instead. The EP is out now at the Blu Mar Ten Store.

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Premiere: Acid Lab – Replicant

In Reach launch their new label arm this month with a sick new EP from Acid Lab and we’ve got the exclusive on lead track Replicant! As we’ve come to expect from his productions, this is deep, dark and atmospheric with a focus on chopped breaks and percussive precision. Classic D&B vibes brought up to date for 2018…wicked stuff. Watch out for the EP dropping on Bandcamp from the 16th with all other platforms following a week later.

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Premiere: Hex – This Snare

Today’s exclusive comes from the Dojo boss Hex himself, with a new track for Detached Audio. This Snare brings together bright rhodes chords, soft pads, deep sub and natural drums for a jazzy liquid take on the somewhat forgotten drumfunk sound. Watch out for this one coming June 29th on the Delta 002 EP; pre-orders up now!

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Premiere: Indigo Virus – Signals

Old school break chopping vibes in our premiere spotlight! Taken from the new 36 Hertz Recordings Back To The Bass Volume 5 compilation, Berkshire producer Indigo Virus is on fine form for this one, combining vintage jungle breaks with deep sub hits and soft pads for a serene take on the classic D&B sound. Fans of Andyskopes, Paradox and the like should definitely check this one out…watch out for the album dropping June 25th at Bandcamp.

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Premiere: Sicknote & Sweetpea – Saxxon

London heads Sweetpea and Sicknote team up in the studio for our latest exclusive, laying down a tech-edged drumfunk riddim with tons of atmosphere and seriously tight percussive chops. Sick track! Look for this one coming on Addictive Behaviour’s brand new Rotation Part Three LP; the album drops at Beatport on Monday with full release coming two weeks after.

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Premiere: Lizard – Road

Today’s exclusive comes from Bologna producer Lizard’s forthcoming album for Liquid Flavours, My Eyes. Blending old school drumfunk breaks with jazzy key melodies, this one is funky, melodic, breakbeat joy. Yes yes! Watch out for the album coming April 18th.

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dgoHn – So Be It, Lumbricina [Love Love Records]

Jungle heads rejoice; dgoHn returns to Love Love for another wicked EP of choppy breakbeat goodness this month. Title track So Be It Lumbricina combines the breakbeat chaos of harder edged jungle with softer elements of drumfunk and ambient D&B for a wonderful montage of the hectic and the serene. Dooky meanwhile takes things in a creepier direction, eerie key chimes and unusual samples lending the track a faintly haunted vibe. Both tracks bring to mind vintage tracks by the likes of DJ Trax and Paradox, but filtered through a jungle/breakcore sensibility for that extra edge on the beats.

Last but by no means least, Rognvald is on hand to remix the title track, amping up the break chopping even further for an absolutely full-tilt, face-melting assault of snare rolls and rapidfire drum glitches. Serious danger on this one. As always you can grab this one direct from the source via the Love Love Bandcamp. Do it!

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Premiere: Fortune – Gram Negative

Leeds imprint Ronin Ordinance continues their steady flow of deeper D&B with their eighth release, and this time it’s Discipline Records co-founder Fortune on the buttons. Gram Negative channels the spirit of old school techstep and drumfunk into a dark landscape of break-switchups, hefty sub and ominous atmospherics; serious business. Check it out and watch for the release dropping 23rd October.

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To The Generation EP [Next Phase]

Regular readers will be aware that we’re big fans of the drumfunk sound here at Dojo HQ; something about chopped breaks just gets our feet moving like nothing else. Given that love, it’s probably no surprise that we’re all over the latest EP from Dutch imprint Next Phase; every track is a masterclass in breakbeat manipulation from some extremely talented producers.

Infest & Drummotive kick start the selection with title track To The Generation; mining the rich seam of jungle heritage for some classic reggae elements and switching deftly between harder amens and cleaner break samples, this one seriously bangs! Next up, Earl Grey takes things deeper on Burnt Letters, dialing up the atmosphere to 11 and putting some serious detail into the percussion for a composition that is frantic yet serene.

Moving Shadow legend DJ Trax goes in on a classic slice of b-boy funk on Feeling Deeper. Pure dancefloor shaking sub, an infectious vocal hook and more of those tasty breakbeats…yes yes. Last up, Enjoy give us a decidedly ominous effort named The Shark…dark and foreboding vibes run throughout, from the gloomy bass to the creepy pad tones.

Next Phase are definitely an imprint with their finger on the pulse of the drumfunk sound, and this EP is well worth your investigation; check out the clips below and hit up their Bandcamp Store to grab a copy on vinyl or digital now.

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