Tag Archives: Hardstep

Premiere: Sam Binary – Neptune’s Wrath

Sixteen Step Records reach their tenth release with a big new compilation LP, and when we heard Sam Binary’s contribution we had to grab the exclusive! Serious darkstep amen vibes on this one…menace. Watch out for the LP coming to digital stores Dec 16th.

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Premiere: Conspired Within – Bad Intentions

Hard hitting amens and dark atmospherics a plenty on today’s exclusive as US producer Conspired Within lands on Ronin Ordinance! Bad Intentions lives up to it’s name, blending halftime kick patterns with the kind of battering amen chops which characterised early 2000s releases on the likes of Tech Itch Recordings. Throw in some growling reese danger for good measure and you’ve got a darkside weapon sure to smash up the dance. Sick tune! Look for this dropping exclusively at Beatport from Nov 30th, with other stores following two weeks later.

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Premiere: Agman Gora – Cemetery Soul

Today’s exclusive comes from London’s gothiest D&B MC Agman Gora as he gears up to release a solo EP for world renowned hard D&B slingers Therapy Sessions. Teaming up with Fortitude who provides the production chops, Cemetery Soul is an old fashioned 2-step tech rumbler which provides a perfect platform to showcase Agman’s unusual vocal stylings. Sick tune! Look for this coming Oct 1st at all the usual outlets…

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Premiere: Sirus – Arashi

Sirus returns to Detached Audio with a big new single and we’re hyped to be premiering the A side Arashi! Soft chimes, skittering breakbeats and rich pads on the long intro lulled us into a false sense of security on first listen, expecting a soft liquid roller; then the drop hit us like a ton of bricks! Serious amen hardstep business…savage bass snarls and machine gun snare rolls a plenty. Look for this one dropping tomorrow at Bandcamp and other digital 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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DNB Dojo Podcast #9 – Jul 2017

Hex is back once again with a selection of this month’s best D&B including fresh beats from Impish, Delta, HØST, Frame, Survival and many more. Check it!

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

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Q&A – Voyage [Tech Itch Recordings]

It’s common to talk about producers coming from nowhere, but it’s never been truer than in the case of voyage. Having travelled from relative obscurity to the release of the absolutely phenomenal Genesis LP for Tech Itch Recordings, it’s safe to say his place in the scene is now secure. We tracked him down for a quick chat about old school influences, how he wrote the album and what’s next…

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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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Dojo Damager: Limewax Album

When it comes to hard D&B, few do it better than Limewax. Since bursting onto the scene at the tender age of 17 with EPs for Tech Itch Recordings and Freak and his seminal debut LP Scars on the Horizon, Maxim Anokhin has cemented his reputation as one of the most creative and brutal artists in the nastier end of the scene.

More than a decade on from those initial forays into the scene, Limewax’s self-titled third LP hits as hard as his previous efforts and takes in the full breadth of influences; from hard amens to relentless gabber kicks and through paranoid, Raiden-esque technoid this LP is quite simply the finest in uncompromisingly aggressive D&B. Check out previews of the album below and hit up your favourite store to grab it right now.

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