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Premiere: DJ Kid – Eternal

Today’s premiere comes from veteran Scottish soldier DJ Kid who drops a dark, teched out amen smasher for New Australian imprint Subsine Records. Taken from the label’s debut Credence VA compilation, Eternal combines hard-edged breaks with old school reese bass darkness for a dangerous track that’s sure to smash up the dance. The album is out today so hit up the label Bandcamp and grab it right now!

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Premiere: Rune & Kaiza – Fifty (Ingram Remix)

It should come as no surprise that today’s premiere is dark, dirty and futuristic in sound; Kaiza’s German tech/neuro imprint T3K continues their run of remix EPs and we’ve got the exclusive on Ingram’s stomping take on Fifty. Militant techstep drums and gritty filtered bass; sick one. Watch out for the EP dropping Feb 6th at all good outlets.

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 56: Void Stalker

Today’s mix comes courtesy of Scottish artist Void Stalker! With releases for the likes of Harder Louder, Future Sickness, Krytika and Mindocracy, Leni is one of the best kept secrets of the hard D&B scene and a mean selector on the decks. As you’d expect his mix for DNB Dojo takes no prisoners with a selection of hard D&B from the likes of Dom & Roland, Fragz, Synergy, Hostage, and of course some dubs of his own. Best listened loud!

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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Dojo Damager: Robyn Chaos & Fortitude – Broadmoor Blues

The latest from Therapy Sessions Recordings is our Dojo Damager pick this week as label boss Robyn Chaos teams up with frequent collaborator Fortitude for an unusual slice of darkstep D&B.

Ominous guitar tones and the influence of bands like Tool and Lacuna Coil characterise the sparse, beatless intro as Robyn’s vocals build tension leading up to an absolutely savage drop; relentless business! Whether used as an intro tune, a mid-set breakdown or an end of night closer, this one is a guaranteed weapon for any dancefloor with a taste for the harder beats. Check out the clip below and hit up the Therapy Bandcamp to grab it right now.

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Fortitude – The Incumbent [Harder & Louder]

If you like your D&B on the menacing side and you’re not already familiar with Fortitude then this release should be more than enough to whet your appetite. His latest work for Russian imprint Harder & Louder provides a miniature tour of the harder styles of D&B, and the tracks on show are top notch all round.

Red Shift kicks things off with a slice of dark, breakbeat-driven tech reminiscent of the golden era of Dom & Roland. Sci-fi-tinted pads, crunchy bass and tough but precise percussion; yes please! Incumbent ups the ante, bringing the bass to an animalistic snarl and adding a layer of distortion to the chaotically chopped breaks.

Last but by no means least, Succeed Control provides a dirty little roller that harks back to the time when neuro meant dirty bass and funky drums, not the level of precision and sheen currently associated with the genre. Nice! Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite store to grab a copy right now.

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Release & Meecha – Pitfall [Tytanium Armour]

Tytanium Armour return with their first release after a three year hiatus featuring two hard edged slices of tech D&B with plenty of gnarly energy. Release & Meecha provide the A side with Pitfall, a track that harks back to the hardstep sound of around 10 years ago and brings to mind early Audio tracks.

Over on the flip label boss Tycaine gets together with Abandon for a more stripped back tech funk workout with a low slung moving bassline and plenty of punch in the kicks and snares. Fans of the dark and rolling should enjoy this one! The release is out now at all good digital stores so check out the clips below and go grab yourself a copy!

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Compound Two [Renegade Hardware]

Renegade Hardware return with the second part of their Compound series, showcasing more fresh talent from the worldwide neurofunk scene. Disprove provides two hulking bassy steppers for the first half of the EP, including a dangerous collab with young upstart Signal.

Out into the back half rising stars Volatile Cycle take things seriously dirty with the twin pairing of Switchblade and Backlash. The tracks provide vicious bassweight in equal measure, with the former narrowly emerging as our favourite. Expect some serious screwfaces on the floor when these get dropped! Check out the clips below and grab yourself a copy from the Hardware store right now.

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L 33 – Scream EP [Eatbrain]

Following on from big releases last year for Addictive Behaviour and ProgRAM, Bulgarian producer L 33 drops his latest work for Jade’s Eatbrain imprint. As we’ve come to expect from Eatbrain the release is packed full of energetic dancefloor-focused beats, though it stops short of the tearout mayhem we’ve seen from the likes of Kung in the past.

The tracks on show have much of the precision and rapidity that makes Phace’s work so compelling, though that’s not to say the tunes feel copycatish; a solid homage perhaps. All four tracks should do the damage on the dancefloor with the punchy drums and filtered mids of Digital Sound proving the Dojo favourite. Check out the clips below and look for this dropping at Beatport from March 23rd, with general release to follow from April 6th.

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Phace – Shape The Random [Neosignal]

Following on from last month’s sampler release, Phace’s brand new LP Shape The Random is upon us! Featuring 14 new tracks from the German neurofunk mastermind, the album stays true to the signature Phace sound but still manages to throw in a few surprises.

Empty Talk yields the first of those, achieving the same kind of high energy that his tracks are known for via a relentless staccato rhythm. Emphasis here lies in the sub and highs, mostly eschewing the aggressive midrange that has become somewhat predictable across the neurofunk style. The album’s single collab provides another surprise; with Mefjus in the studio one might have expected a tearout banger, but The Mothership proves to be a creepy, suspense laden exercise in relative minimalism, packing a punch but exploring unusual percussion and FX over sheer aggression.

There’s still plenty of space for the precision, high impact neurofunk Phace has become well known for, as evidenced by the likes of Fraktal TotalBite The Edge and the titular Shape The Random to name but a few. Exit Plan rounds the album off nicely with a another punchy, groove-laden and faintly robotic track. Phace remains at the top of his game and the cutting edge of the scene! Check out the clips below and pick up the album from the Neosignal bandcamp now!

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Ten Years of Vision Recordings

Noisia’s Vision Recordings imprint is among the pack of esteemed D&B labels celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to mark the occasion they’ve remastered a host of top tracks from the Vision back catalogue which they’ll be releasing on CD, USB stick and digital download alongside two new tracks exclusive to the compilation (both of which you can preview below).

For the merchandise-hungry there are also bundles available featuring a 10 years of Vision t-shirt and a rather tasty (if somewhat expensive) 12″ artwork book featuring full size, full colour artwork from every single release on the label. Head over to the Noisia store to pick up one of the bundles now, or cop it from your favourite digital outlet.

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