Om Unit delivers us a late festive treat in the form of his remix of Jay 5ive & Kromestar’s Wishful Thinking. Much sought after since being featured on Om Unit’s XLR8R podcast back in 2011, the track features a deep half-step groove and massive, spacey synth leads, and is very reminiscent of the tracks on the Aeolian EP. Check out the beat below and head to Om Unit’s Bandcamp for a free download.
Amoss celebrate 9000 followers on Soundcloud with a menacing amen smasher in the form of The Kirbis. Weird mid-bass reverberations and hefty, angular breaks characterise the tune with creepy tones adding to the tension in the bridge…lovely. Check it out and grab yourself a free download!
Mayhem & Logam give us a taster of forthcoming D&B releases with Orion, a tidy mix of crisp drums, stark synth stabs and crunchy bass. This one is more about groove than a huge drop, but the attention to detail in the breaks and synth work is impressive. Check it out and grab yourself a free download below.
Edinburgh producer Strange Sound conjures up the ghost of Drum & Bass past with a freebie that could well have been taken from the Total Science back catalogue. Rolling breaks, subtle jazzy samples and a warm sub line with a tasty edge, what’s not to like? Check it out below and keep an eye out for more from SS including an appearance on the forthcoming Liquid Boppers compilation.
Syk2ne delivers a nice free release with his Abnormal Behaviour EP showcasing two slices of filthy hardstep. Cinematic soundscapes combine with tearing basslines and face-melting drum lines to great effect. Fans of the breakcore/metal tinged end of D&B should definitely give this a listen. Check out the tunes below and grab yourself a free download from Bandcamp.
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As a celebration of reaching 20,000 likes on Facebook, those nice Total Science boys have offered up a wee freebie on their soundcloud page. Searching is classic TS business; crisp breaks, lush synth work, a catchy vocal hook and the sort of attention to detail that has cemented their place as legends in the scene. Check it out below and grab yourself a free download!
NeurofunkGrid continue their convincing crusade to prove that free music can knock the socks off anything you paid money for with another top notch EP, this time from Akov. Construct kicks things off nicely with chunky beats, warped bass and a great switchup into drumstep rhythm halfway through the tune.
Negative Space dials things back a bit and heads for deep, growling territory with intricate, angular beats characterising the tune and the atmospherics and vocal samples lending the tune hints of IDM and Dub. Finally Rubix heads for heavy hitting neuro territory once again, but only after lulling us into a false sense of security with a funky intro and a catchy vocal hook.
Check out the beats below and head over to the NFG Facebook page for a free download!
Sadly now passed away, Desimal was a hugely talented producer with an interesting take on neurofunk. One of my favourite early 12″ purchases was the sublime Hyperboria / Arcanna release on Citrus, a plate I still reach for six years on. Naturally then when I discovered that German producer Rusher was giving away his remix of the track for nothing, I jumped all over it!
Rusher has done a bang-up job with the track, keeping the essence of the original very much alive while adding his own style to the drums and bassline. Check it out below and download the track here.
Noisia & Foreign Beggars have taken their increasingly frequent collaborations to a new level with their new project I Am Legion. Fusing Noisia’s talent for epic basslines with a lower tempo and the Beggars’ distinctive vocal stylings, the debut single Make Those Move packs quite a punch. Ahead of shows in September and the full album dropping later this year on Division, the boys have released the first single as a free download. Check it out below and head to the I Am Legion website for your freebie!
Kiwi D&B legend Concord Dawn returns with another free release (following on from last year’s excellent Air Chrysalis), dishing up 7 tracks for absolutely no cost. The appropriately titled Havok opens the release nicely with some big, fat, stomping dancefloor D&B with a synth line that brings to mind Gridlok’s The Media Is A Joke, and a bassline that I challenge anyone not to rock out to.
Ever keeping us on our toes, The Imposter sees the main man drop the tempo and deliver a slice of jazzy house with an infectious groove. Not for long though, as the rest of the LP takes things back up to 170 with a tour of different styles, with subby acid-tinged rollers (Codename Javelin), tribal steppers (Hemlock) and weird IDM-esque shenanigans (Warehouse) all getting a lookin between the reliable neurofunk stompers (of which Amnesia is probably my favourite).
As usual there’s no arguing with Concord Dawn and there’s no arguing with free, so check out the tracks below and grab yourself a copy post haste!