Tag Archives: Neurofunk

Premiere: Brain Crisis & Malk – Whirl Wind

Dutch label Major League DNB drop the goods on our latest exclusive as Brain Crisis & Malk join forces in the studio for the formidable Whirl Wind. The influence of seminal 00s neurofunk from the likes of Black Sun Empire shines through on the haunting melody of the intro before the track gives way to a vicious bass drop; dancefloor destruction guaranteed! Look for this dropping at all good digital stores from July 17th.

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Premiere: inZtance – Fool’s Gold (Insect Remix)

Our latest exclusive comes courtesy of Tallinn based producer Insect who dishes up a devastating neuro remix of inZtance’s Fools Gold for Through Sounds. Dark bass and heavy hitting beats a plenty – this one will slay floors. Expect this alongside remixes from Bone, Out Of Fuel and HeadRead at digital store’s August 7th, and if you’d like a copy on vinyl hit up the label’s crowd-funding campaign!

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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: Relict – Paradox

German imprint Subprint Recordings are behind today’s exclusive as we present the premiere of Leipzig producer Relict’s new track Paradox. Crispy neurofunk drums, bleak atmospheres and subtle bassline modulations combine for an exercise in gritty, rolling minimalism. Sick! Look for this dropping June 20th at all good digital stores.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #7 – May 2017

Hex returns with another big selection of D&B from the Dojo inbox this month including new material from Quentin Hiatus, Amoss, Ulterior Motive, PRTCL, Soul Intent, Current Value and many more.

You know the drill by now…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: Manta – Flashback

We’re back with another exclusive premiere and this time it’s Austrian producer Manta in the Dojo spotlight. Dropping onto Yorkshire’s Fragmented Recordings on June 2nd, Flashback combines rolling breaks, morphing neuro basslines and a keen ear for melody with sparkling leads and bright piano. Putting the funk back into neurofunk!

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Premiere: Scartip – Disbelief

Our latest exclusive comes from midlands producer Scartip as he lands on Tsunami Bass Weight with a sick new EP that’s already garnered support from the mighty Noisia! Disbelief brings together monstrous neurofunk basslines with a stomping halftime drum riddim and a bag full of swagger; robotic, lurchingly swung and absolutely deadly. Watch out for this one dropping very soon via the TBW Bandcamp.

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Moby – The Drum & Bass Remixes [Shogun Audio]

Shogun Audio present a very special release this month as four of their label family go in on remixes for the legendary Moby! Tackling such iconic and recognisable material is both an honour and a daunting challenge, but thankfully each of the artists has risen to that challenge and turned in some really memorable new versions within the D&B template.

Pola & Bryson and Technimatic turn in perhaps the most obvious remixes of the collection, sticking to their strengths and bringing some delicious liquid reworks to the table. The P&B remix of Porcelain in particular is just so lush; all the instantly familiar parts of the original are there, within a crispy framework of rolling breaks, warm bass and bubbling arpeggios.

Fourward also do a commendable job on their remix of Go, with the classic string segment matched by swelling reese basslines before a rough techy drop. Possibly the best of the bunch comes from Icicle though, harnessing the piano and vocals of Natural Blues into one of the wonkiest halftime compositions we’ve heard in a while. The beats and bass are positively lurching on this one, giving a really seasick lilt to the lyrics. Sick!

As with all the best remixes these are instantly recognisable yet entirely distinct from the originals; the Shogun camp have smashed this one. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite digital outlet to grab the EP now.

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Current Value – Scalar EP [31 Recordings]

News that Current Value would be dropping an EP on Doc Scott’s much revered 31 Recordings imprint came as something of a surprise. For all that 31 has showcased dancefloor tunes over the years as well as deeper fare, they’ve certainly never been known for the abrasive, hyper-technical sounds which have characterised most of Mr Value’s recent output.

Perhaps it is to be expected then that the Scalar EP sees Current Value showcasing his softer side, though that’s not to say he’s betrayed his roots and put out an EP of liquid groovers. The tracks on show here almost sound like CV remixes of deep rollers; the trademark precision percussion is there, and there’s certainly some bassline grit, but there are also lush pads, and a general air of reservation. If the average Current Value tune is up at 11 on the energy scale, these ones weigh in more in the 6-7 range.

The resulting aesthetic makes for some of the most interesting material the German producer has come out with in recent times, with more emphasis on contrasting sonic elements and interesting grooves. The atmospherics in particular are top notch, particularly on EP highlights Bigger Picture and Reconsider. Here’s hoping Current Value decides to give us more of these delicate compositions in future! The Scalar EP drops May 5th; hit up the 31 Store to grab it on vinyl or digital.

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Evolutions Vol. 4 [Blackout]

Blackout have just released their latest compilation in the Evolutions series, featuring tracks by Synergy, Cruk, Kolt, Fre4knc & Corteks, Disprove & Merikan and Ordure. The EP-length compilation brings the classic label sound that fans have come to expect, with fast, grimy basslines and evil samples.

The EP opens with Overdose by Synergy, a track which tricks the listener into thinking that it will be lighthearted and on the techno side, but the drop makes quick work of that. With a surprising sample from Method Man and Redman’s How High, the bass and synths kick in with brain-scrambling speed and accuracy. Said synths and some of the breaks in this track are reminiscent of earlier techstep, ca. 2003. With lashings of techno keyboards and the heavy drops, this track merges old and new in a fun, definitely Blackout-style way.

The album closer, Strike by Odure, is not nearly the amalgam that Overdose is, with hard-hitting drums, an alien-style synth track and little else, but it’s aggressive and fast-paced and once again shows the range of Blackout artists and styles. The rest of the tracks also showcase this diversity. Triet Munt by Fre4knc and Corteks starts out with an industrial-sounding intro but then smoothly merges into a tight neuro drum track. Cruk’s Full Tilt is much more techy with old rave samples, while Kolt’s Bloodsport is theatrical and warm, even featuring MC work by Coppa. Last but not least, Circle of Confusion by Disprove and Merikan is another highly syncopated grinder.

The Evolutions series, seems to be intent on bringing the characteristic Blackout sound, interpreted by different producers. This compilation, as is always the case with Blackout, brings the most technically strong production work in drum and bass today. Evolutions Vol. 4 can be streamed on the Blackout Soundcloud page or purchased on the label’s website.

Written by Layla Marino

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

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