Tag Archives: Halftime

Q&A: HØST

As part of the crop of talented young producers pushing a superbly wonky take on the D&B sound, HØST has been impressing us for some time with his releases for the likes of Vandal LTD and Sweetbox. With a new release dropping on Terabyte this month, we grabbed the man for a quick chat about production gear, collabs and run in with the police. Check it out…

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 55: D’TCH

We’re exceptionally pleased to welcome Sweetbox / Diffrent Music signing and all-round talented bass-slinger D’TCH to the Dojo decks for our latest exclusive mix! No tracklist on this one but expect to hear the man’s own unusual productions alongside plenty of future jungle, wonky halftime and even a handful of good old fashioned 2-step rollers. Serious selections!

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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Hex Guest Mix for Vykhod Sily Podcast

Hex drops the latest guest mix for well established Russian podcast Vykhod Sily this month, going in deep on a selection of beats spanning decade old classics right up to brand new cuts. Crossing styles from techstep to liquid to halftime and experimental material, the mix also includes a handful of Marcus Intalex tunes as a small tribute to the passing of a legend…RIP.

Check out the mix below via Soundcloud or head to Mixcloud or hearthis.at. You can also find it on our iTunes Podcast feed.

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Premiere: Mark Kloud – Angel’s Arc

We’re back with another exclusive from one of our favourite stateside producers as we drop a premiere of Mark Kloud’s newest work for Sublimate Records! Angel’s Arc goes deep, carving out the atmosphere on the intro before dropping into a weighty halftime groove; heavy kicks, sharp snares and gully bass a plenty on this head-nodding riddim. Look for this one dropping July 29th at all good digital stores.

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Top 5: Dexta

To celebrate the impending release of another tidy single for Silent Dust’s None60 imprint, we asked Diffrent bossman Dexta to give us the 4-1-1 on his current record box. In his own words, five essential beats…

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Premiere: Logics – Shield

Our latest premiere comes from the well established Delta9 Recordings camp as we present the exclusive on sick new halftime groove Shield! Croatian producer Logics has gone in deep on this one, bringing the sounds of techstep to a high energy half-tempo back beat with a hint of hip-hop flavour and tons of bassline funk. Wicked track! Look for this dropping on the Knock Knock EP from July 14th.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #8 – Jun 2017

Sneaking into the end of June and Dojo boss Hex is back with another podcast featuring 80 minutes of fresh beats across all the styles of drum ‘n’ bass. New tracks from Disprove, Sentic Cycle, Law & Wheeler, SubMarine, Fortitude and many more inside the ride…

As usual 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: Sinistarr – Bonchon

Detroit’s finest returns to Free Love Digi and we’ve got the exclusive on Bonchon! Fans of funky percussion need look no further, cos this one is a riddim…serious syncopations from the man like Sinistarr. Check it out and look for it dropping at Beatport on the 19th.

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Kursa & Seppa – SLG001 [Slug Wife]

Slug Wife is a burgeoning record label out of the UK focusing mainly on strange, experimental halftime beats, and who have recently signed producers Kursa and Seppa to do a series of EPs, beginning with SLG001. This four-track EP is full of aggressive basslines and hip hop samples, and has a crazy side story to go with it. The Slug Wife Soundcloud features a burn reel of the album and the first chapter of the story about a race of intergalactic slug people and their fearful plight. Beyond that, there is nearly no information to be found about these freshman producers, but the beats and the story are enough to get audiences’ attention.

Lard Monolith is the opener on the EP and goes well with the story. The funky, distorted melody on the intro could well be played at Jabba the Hut’s bar; one can almost hear the slime, in the best possible way. The track then evolves into a simple hip hop drum beat before the absolutely crushing bassline appears, washing out almost everything else in the track. It’s a chugging bassline but it also goes all over the place, morphing in different directions as the funky melody and old school vocal laser samples compose a sort of break in the action. It’s a wonked out, dirty track which represents the most creative ends of bass music, not to mention encapsulating the feeling of the weird, silly “Slug Wife” story.

While Lard Monolith is produced by both Kursa and Seppa, the EP also contains solo tracks by each artist: Watch Me is another bass-heavy chugger by Kursa, while Get Burned is more reliant on its repetitive vocal samples. The EP closes with another collab, Fucko Posse, which is a complete left turn from the rest of the EP. It contains what will likely be labeled as Kursa and Seppa’s characteristic bass, but it seems slower than the other three tracks, with more space between beats and more recognizable breaks. It’s a surprising way to end this weird, fun EP and will definitely leave listeners wanting more, both from the music and the story.

SLG001 is out now on Slug Wife records; grab it now on the label’s Bandcamp.

Written by Layla Marino

Blog: (Dropping) Weird Science
Twitter/IG: @dropweirdsci

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Premiere: Concealed Identity – Disclosure

Heavy hitting halftime beats from our pals at Ronin Ordinance on today’s premiere as we present an exclusive on a brand new track from Concealed Identity! Sparse atmospheres and rumbling sub characterise a heavy-hitting halftime number with smatterings of conspiracy-theory dialogue for extra flavour. Precise and deadly! Look for this coming on the Third Stone EP 10th July.

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