LSB and DRS should certainly need no introduction; the former one of the finest liquid producers of a generation, a rare pretender to Calibre & Marcus’s throne, while the latter is undoubtedly one of the best and most versatile lyricists in D&B. A handful of previous collaborations have proved their chemistry, not least the anthemic The View from DRS’s Mid Mic Crisis LP. So an LSB & DRS album should be something special, right?
Right indeed. The Blue Hour is an undeniable joy, a melding of minds and a proper musical journey. For one thing it’s almost equal parts soulful D&B rollers and equally soulful hip-hop beats; the yin and yang of an MC’s twin musical expressions filtered through the lens of the producer’s unique style.
Whether riffing on laid-back downtempo cuts like I’m Changing and Umbrellas, or bearing his soul on emotional rollers like Faded or Like It Used To, DRS is on fine form, and his thoughtful poetry finds a perfect match in the fluttering, delicate, jazz-infused beats found across the record. Mellow and melancholy but always with an uplifting edge, this is pure, honest and moving music…just as it should be.
The Blue Hour is out now via LSB’s Footnotes imprint; check out the tracks below and hit up your favourite store to grab a copy right now.
Our latest mix guest is an artist we’ve admired for some time now; hailing from Hawaii and a regular contributor of releases to Detached Audio, we’re excited to welcome Option to the Dojo decks! As you’d expect from the man’s productions, the focus here is on soulful liquid rollers and emotional drum and bass, and we think you’ll agree it delivers in spades. Check it out, and keep your ears peeled for some unreleased music from the man himself.
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.
When it comes to legends of the D&B scene, there are fewer more unsung (or at least under-sung) than Muffler. Producing since the tender age of nine and releasing music for nearly twenty years, Muffler has notched up releases with Spearhead, Hospital, Moving Shadow, DSCI4 and dozens more, flying the flag for Finland with a wicked cross-section of tracks that span the spectrum from dark to light and hard to soft.
Just before Christmas he dropped his fifth album, launching new imprint Muffler Music into the bargain, and we’re extremely pleased to report that it’s full of the sort of high class, emotional music that has made Muffler a Dojo favourite ever since we heard his 2003 Sounds of the Future LP.
The first few tracks of the album are an absolute treat for anyone who likes a charged piano roller, with Heavy Heart and Composer both standing out as masterclasses in key-work. Zürich Jungle lives up to it’s name with a nod to the more break-focussed style of days gone by, while Dark Funk and Low Frequency show that Konsta still knows how to lay down dark club bangers with ease.
While it might not be pushing too many envelopes, Composer is a love letter to the classic D&B form, and one penned by a supremely talented producer at that. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite outlet to grab a copy right now.
Cardiff imprint Riddim Records return with a top new single courtesy of Detached Audio’s K2T and frequent studio partner Option, and we’ve got the exclusive on Narrate’s remix! Taking the emotional guitar licks of the original and channelling them into a post-rock-esque arrangement, this is a deep liquid roller you won’t forget. The release is out today at all good stores.
Tokyo Prose is a rare producer in the scene, a man whose creations never fail to put a smile on my face. While Sam Reed certainly wasn’t the first to ply the deep, melodic style of Drum & Bass, he’s certainly developed his own voice over the years and his latest work is amongst his best.
Following last year’s Presence LPwas always going to be tough given the quality and diversity of that record, but the Dawn Chorus EP feels perfectly pitched in that regard; lesser in scope but finely crafted and showcasing that warmth and emotion that makes his work so special. Whether on the beautiful string section of Dawn Chorus, the effortless downtempo of Vanishing Point or the bright chimes and crisp breaks of Windtalkers, the instrumentation remains beautiful and evocative.
Anyone yet to be persuaded by the gentle depth of the liquid sound may not find anything new to change their mind here, but if you appreciate the more musical side of Drum & Bass then the Dawn Chorus EP provides four tracks you will lose yourself in again and again. Serenity and bliss, softness and speed, feeling and thought, all lovingly packaged at one hundred and seventy beats per minute; it doesn’t get much better than this.
Check out the clips below and hit up the Samurai Store to grab a copy on wax before it inevitably sells out.