Tag Archives: Melodic

Tokyo Prose – Wild Grace [The North Quarter]

The arrival of a new album from Kiwi liquid maestro Tokyo Prose last month took everyone by surprise; in a world where even EP releases are often stage managed and teased one track at a time over a period of weeks, to find out that a full album was in the offing and the first tracks were available instantly was a breath of fresh air. But when the artist and the material are as good as this the hype is unnecessary.

Tempting as it was to jump in with an instant reaction review, this one seemed worthy of a little contemplation…so with the dust now having settled and Wild Grace having been on rotation fairly regularly for a month, how does it stand up in the cannon of Tokyo Prose?

The first thing to note here is that Tokyo Prose hasn’t lost his gift for understatement; as the only artist besides LSB who really gets close to Calibre in the evocative roller stakes, the “less is more” aesthetic of previous work is present again here. Moving piano chords and crisp breakbeats reign supreme, and any temptation for over-editing tracks has been ignored in favour of smooth progressions and disarming simplicity of form.

Wild Grace lives up to it’s title too; the tracks conjure a sense of natural beauty through soft, mostly organic instrumentation and a deftness of touch. Highlights include Trick of the LightInnate Motion and Impressions, all of which tread that fine line of mellow yet uplifting, beautiful but not cheesy, a kind of muted euphoria that is at once imbued with a sense of speed and also a sense of stillness.

If we have a complaint, it’s that the vocal work on this album doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by 2014’s Presence; whereas the Riya and Zoe Klinck collaborations of that LP are among the highlights, the instrumentals are definitely the tracks we’re more drawn to at Dojo HQ this time around. Overall though it’s still a stunning collection of music from an artist we’d love to hear from more often. Wild Grace is out now on vinyl and digital at all good stores.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #22 – Aug 2018

It’s that time again; Dojo boss Hex is on the 1s and 2s with all the latest D&B, Jungle and 170 selections! This month’s mix features new beats from Benny L, Safire, Taelimb, Allied, FD, DJ Kid and many more, plus Hex’s new remix for Detached Audio so watch out for that one.

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: Silence Groove – Origins

Soulvent are back with their latest bundle of liquid goodness and we’re pleased to present the premiere of Origins. Slovakian producer Silence Groove makes his debut on the label and he comes correct with a deep liquid roller straight from the Calibre school of D&B; crisp drums, simple but effective hooks and warm bassline goodness. Hit up your favourite store to grab this right now!

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Premiere: Lexxion – Greater Intelligence (Petroll Remix)

Today’s premiere comes from Petroll who turns in a lush, rolling remix of Lexxion’s Greater Intelligence for the pack of remixes coming later this month on Soul Lab. Starting deep and understated before building to a meatier second half drop, this is a proper deep liquid roller with tons of soul. Watch out for this coming August 20th alongside remixes from Leniz, Objectiv, Cedex & Higher Ground, Diplomat and Empire.

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Premiere: Monika – As You Walk

Monika returns to Soulvent this month as part of their Summer Soul 2018 compilation and we’re hyped to have the premiere of his contribution As You Walk! Sharply crafted breaks layer under a characteristically ear-catching combo of melody and vocal hook; understated yet instantly memorable, this one is a proper deep roller that will age like a fine wine. Look for the album dropping July 27th at all the usual digital outlets.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #21 – Jul 2018

Hex returns with your monthly dose of Dojo podcast crossing the full spectrum of D&B, Jungle and 170BPM goodness. This month’s selection features new releases from Wreckless, Calibre & Jet Li, Zero T & Villem, K2T & Option, CHAX, Edlan and many many more…

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: Rift – Shine

Rift returns to Differential this month with another characteristically smooth slice of liquid goodness! Uplifting melodies, crispy breakbeats and just enough sizzle in the bassline; yes please! Look for this dropping July 27th, pre-orders up now at Beatport.

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Premiere: Seibel – To The Moon

The latest from one of our favourite labels here at Dojo HQ takes things in a slightly different direction compared to their usual fare as Addictive get in on the summer feeling with a lush melodic roller from Seibel. The German producer layers majestic synths over rolling beats for a spacey, uplifting tune with enough punch for the dancefloor and enough thought for the living room. Vibes for days. Look for this dropping Jul 16th exclusively at Beatport with all other stores following two weeks later…

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Premiere: Flex – I Need You

Deep, understated liquid beauty on our latest track from Flex. Out soon on Nu Venture…definitely a producer to keep an eye on this year considering this and other recent work for Detached Audio. Look for this coming 20th July at all the usual outlets.


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Premiere: Radicall – Touch

We’ve got another brand new exclusive for you today from Polish producer Radicall who lays down a stonking jungle-infused smasher for Absys Records. Infectious bassline pressure and a hint of footwork in the hectic drum patterns combine with soft melodic touches and even a second half nod to a 90s classic that we’re sure you’ll recognise; wicked tune! The single drops today exclusively on Beatport and Spotify, with vinyl and other digital stores following July 13th.

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