Tag Archives: Experimental

Books – Station LP [Detuned Transmissions]

For all that we love a classic 2-step roller, one of the things that makes D&B in 2018 so exciting is the diversity of releases within the scene, and particularly those releases which blur the boundaries between what is traditionally considered “drum & bass” and other areas of electronica. So then, to the new Books LP for Detuned Transmissions…

Following on aptly from 2016’s Ensō EP for Ortem, the Station LP explores the deepest chasms of the 170 sound, working with ominous atmospherics and plodding halftime drums for a sound that owes as much to ambient, techno, industrial and noise as it does to D&B or jungle. That cross-section of influences has been melted down in some other-worldly sonic furnace, and the results are stark, ominous, bizarre and rewarding in equal measure.

From the creaking bass vibrations of halftime stomper Block1, via the throbbing textures of Endless Depths, through the biting drums of 7.7766 Gauss and out into the beatless space of Hopeless Unromantic, this album is a journey through soundscapes that while tonally dark and somewhat minimal are nonetheless rich and detailed. A desire to experiment with no consideration for the needs of the dancefloor or the DJ booth has led Books to produce a body of work designed purely for listening, and it’s all the more powerful for that focus.

The Station LP is out now at a variety of digital stores; follow this link to grab a copy.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #25 – Nov 2018

With the year drawing to an end, Hex is back with the penultimate podcast of 2018 and as always it’s packed full of fresh D&B goodness! This time around there’s new music from Circuits, Frame, Kusp, Retrakt, Visages, TIDE, Akuratyde and many many more…get to know.

As always you can check out the podcast via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Premiere: Elementz of Noize – In Aether

Elementz of Noize returns to his own imprint for a release of more mellow material and we’re proud to present the premiere of lead track In Aether. Following on from the absolutely sublime The Grand Escape earlier this year, the new EP is full of melodic explorations at the deeper end of jungle and that couldn’t be more evident here; classic breaks, hypnotic synths and a zen-like calm pervade the track. Music for the mind, not the dancefloor…watch out for this coming to Bandcamp from Nov 30th.

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DYL – Infinite Dylays EP [Alphacut]

Alphacut has always been a great source of the deeper end of D&B, and their new EP from DYL is no exception. Infinite Dylays (do you see what they did there?) spans a wealth of deep and atmospheric 170 sounds, presenting DYL’s finest work to date, at least to our ears here at DNB Dojo.

From the spacey cinematic halftime of We, through the microfunk influences of Ioana and into the harsh, beatless industrial soundscapes of Space Program, DYL plays with both light and dark and a variety of different sonic textures. Over on the flip we’re treated to the ominous tones and skittering percussion of Mechanism, techno influences on Undefined and spooky halftime vibrations on final track Alpha.

Overall Infinite Dylays presents a proper journey through some of the richest experimental D&B you’re likely to hear this year, and it’s definitely worth your time. Check out the clips below and hit up Redeye to grab a copy on wax right now…

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Premiere: B1tyze – Cascadia

Our latest premiere comes from B1tyze as the duo land on Samsara Beats with a new EP. Cascadia blends a weighty halftime drum pattern with infectious melodic hits and plenty of bassline sizzle; funky riddim business! Look out for this coming Monday 19th at Bandcamp and other digital stores…

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Premiere: Yahna – Seinfeld (Clothcutter Remix)

Party Guy return with another top release working around the fringes of the 170BPM spectrum and we’re pleased to present the premiere of the Clothcutter remix! Taking the unusual textures of the original and flipping them around with the addition of dubby baselines and cinematic synth swells, this one is deep and majestic in equal measure. Look out for this coming Nov 19th…

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Premiere: Kabuki – Whiplash

Unchained continue their excellent run of releases around the experimental end of D&B with a sick new single from German beatsmith Kabuki, and we’re hyped to present the premiere of A-side Whiplash! Hints of dub, throbbing bass and swung halftime riddims characterise this one; wicked tune. Watch out for the release dropping Nov 16th at all the usual digital outlets…

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Premiere: DLX – Busted Groove

DLX is back on Free Love Digi this month with more of his experimental bass vibrations, and we’re hyped to present the premiere of Busted Groove! Twinkling synth melodies combine with chunky halftime drum rhythms and satisfyingly distorted low end for a cracking slice out of left field…just like we like it! Hit up Beatport to grab this one right now.

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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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Premiere: Greazus – Sweat Equity

Everyone’s favourite Canadian hybrid-bass enthusiasts Greazus are back with a top notch selection of new tracks, landing this time on Toronto imprint Deviant Audio. Naturally we had to snap up an exclusive on the title track; Sweat Equity combines the duo’s knack for unusual rhythms and bassline pressure with a healthy dose of classic jungle and rave for a throbbing, hyperactive club belter. Sick! Look for the EP coming Nov 15th at Bandcamp with other stores following on Nov 22nd.

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