Tag Archives: Old School

Premiere: Yung-E – Metal Gear

Yung-E returns to Nurtured Beatz for today’s exclusive and he’s channelling the old-school techstep sound; spooky pads and echoing sci-fi FX combine with morphing sub and crisp drums for a track that evokes the likes of Optical from the late 90s. Dark and futuristic, just how we like it…look for this one dropping Sep 20th exclusively at Bandcamp with full release from the 27th.

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Premiere: Resound – Stone Cold

Straight Up Breakbeat have been digging in the vaults for today’s premiere, as they present tracks from the Resound archives! Originally produced back in 2009 Stone Cold, is a vintage D&B roller custom built for dark rooms…weighty bass, rolling breaks and a moody aesthetic, need we say more? Look for this on vinyl and digital from Sep 25th, alongside a new remix and the frequently requested Loxy & Resound classic New Age. Plus if you want more unreleased Resound goodies be sure to check this mix!

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Premiere: Jaise – Swamped

Following an exceptional debut release earlier this year, Jaise is back on Subplate Recordings with another dark roller channelling the late 90s techstep sound. The influence of acts like Ed Rush & Optical on the sound is undeniable, but don’t dismiss this as mere copycatting; this is a love letter to a forgotten sound, brought bang up to date for 2019. Look out for the release coming Aug 30th at all the usual outlets.

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Premiere: Onism Qi – ’96 Dreamer

Quentin Hiatus, Thomas B and Ghast return with their occasional collab alias Onism Qi this month and they’ve got a host of treats coming via Translation Recordings. ’96 Dreamer is their ode to the classic sounds of early rave music, building suspense with ethereal synth work on the intro before dropping into an electrifying assault of chopped amens and rave stabs. Massive tune! Look for this one coming Aug 16th at all good digital stores…

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Premiere: Wreckless – Disco Dub

Wreckless lands on Addictive Behaviour with a wicked new EP this month so naturally we had to grab an exclusive…the man himself has a few words for us on the track which provide some insight into its creation to boot. Check that out below and watch out for the release dropping Aug 5th at Beatport.

‘Disco Dub’ is a homage to old pirate radio and the synths in house music. A friend of mine from uni used to make the most awesome house music in the room above mine, it was honestly incredible. This track is just trying to get those house music sounds from a decade previous into a D&B arrangement. The whole tune sounds really old, the breaks all rattle, and the resonances are harsh, most of the synths are recorded as live jams and this gives it the loose, older style feeling for me. Long live MIDI.

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Premiere: Esc – Arrowhead

Straight Up Breakbeat are an imprint that live up to their name in a big way; if you’re keen on the modern rejuvenation of the classic jungle sound then these guys have you covered. Our latest exclusive is the lead track on Finish break wizard Esc’s forthcoming EP for the label and it’s a sublime mix of deep melodic echoes and frenetic drum programming…fans of Fanu, Sully and DJ Trax should be all over this. The EP drops on vinyl and digital July 5th…get to know!

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Premiere: Jaise – Corroded

Old school techstep vibes as Jaise lands in our premiere spotlight! Corroded channels the spirit of 90s pioneers like Konflict into a rolling, sci-fi roller full of warping basslines and minimal, infectious melodies. Yes yes! This one drops April 8th at all good stores, with a fantastic A side to boot…

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Premiere: Dr Woe – Lake Of Wisdom

Dr Woe lays down an old school dancefloor banger for today’s premiere; heavy hitting 2-step drums, dark stabs and reese growls a plenty on a track that harks back to the dark tech stylings of the mid 2000s. Dangerous tune! Look for this coming Feb 22nd via Insomnius Music…

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Premiere: Sicknote – Heat

In Reach Records return with their second release and this time they’ve recruited Sicknote to provide the beats. Heat sees the man channelling old school D&B and rave vibes through a lens of break driven techstep; ominous, darkly funky and generally wicked! Look out for this coming early March at all the usual outlets…

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Premiere: Fanu – Octamen

Fanu is back with more break-driven D&B goodness via his own Lightless Recordings imprint this month and we’ve got the exclusive on EP closer Octamen. Driving along with some seriously saturated drums and tons of old school flavour. Wait for the second half for maximum energy! Look for the EP dropping Sep 21st via Bandcamp.

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