Tag Archives: Old School

Agents of Rush Sessions

Something a bit different today as we take a look at the latest work from UK producer Agents of Rush. Not many producers have the kind of output and skill to record mixes entirely comprised of their own compositions, but that’s exactly what we have here; better still the mixes are a blend of live hardware and software manipulation, and better still again there are two of them weighing in at a total of two and a half hours!

Style-wise AoR is drawing very much on vintage D&B influences, with hints of 90s jungle and the classic Metalheadz sound shining through all over the place. Atmospheric, break-focused and very much worthy of your attention – check them out on his Soundcloud or grab the downloads via his Bandcamp, available on a “pay what you like” basis.

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Premiere: John Rolodex – Vanquish

Today’s premiere comes from Canadian D&B stalwart John Rolodex as he drops a meaty old-school tech stomper for Trust Audio’s new Tribes Vol. 3 EP. Vanquish comes in hard with breakneck amens, big hits of bass distortion tons of vintage vibe; think classic Renegade Hardware. Yes please John! Look for this dropping June 4th at all good digital outlets…

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Premiere: Lizard – Road

Today’s exclusive comes from Bologna producer Lizard’s forthcoming album for Liquid Flavours, My Eyes. Blending old school drumfunk breaks with jazzy key melodies, this one is funky, melodic, breakbeat joy. Yes yes! Watch out for the album coming April 18th.

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Morphy & Skitty Remixes [Foundation X]

Foundation X have always been a reliable outlet for old-school, jungle-tinged D&B and their latest 12″ delivers that in spades as they dish up two cracking remixes of classics from the label’s vault.

Spirit steps up on the A side, switching up the breaks on Morphy’s dubbed out masterpiece Put Down Your Guns. The energy of the original is definitely retained but the chaos in the drums is dialled back a notch in favour of that reliable Spirit groove, letting the track really sizzle.

A similarly subtle relick comes on the flip side, with X Nation switching the drums up from Hornsman’s original full rolling jungle into a dubby halftime head nodder. The iconic horns of the original are present and correct set to a more pulsing, tribal riddim; espect this to turn some heads in the rave.

As always you can grab this on strictly limited vinyl from the Foundation X Bandcamp. Go grab it now!

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Premiere: Qua Rush – Anahata

We’ve got a proper roller for you today with some unusual musical flourishes and an old school sampling aesthetic as Qua Rush lands on Tesseract Recordings! Anahata features a catchy soul vocal sample and some iconic trills from what sounds like a harpsichord, layered over a groaning tech bassline and rolling breaks with tons of cymbal energy. Serious energy! Look for this one coming April 12th at all good stores…

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Premiere: Conrad Subs – Streets of Rage

Conrad Subs returns to Default Recordings next month with another pair of old school techstep rumblers and we’ve got the exclusive on lead track Streets of Rage! Powered along by a driving bass rhythm and peppered with massive reese tears and distorted amens, this one is pure dancefloor destruction with an edge of funk; yes Conrad! Look for the single at all good stores from April 2nd.

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Premiere: Scape – Escapism

Today’s exclusive is another slice of wicked old school jungle as Lossless Music continue their excellent run of Dope Plates EPs. Phillipines-based Brit Scape comes correct with some serious break chopping badness on Escapism. Straight back to the early 90s sound! Look for this one coming early March on vinyl and digital alongside new retro-inspired tracks form Sicknote and Mark Kloud. Yes yes!

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Premiere: Hmr – Supa Dupa

160 jungle straight outta Helsinki on today’s exclusive as Hmr lands on one of our favourite imprints down under, Beat Spectrum. Supa Dupa is a classic jungle rinser; big sub, ragga samples and those crispy crispy breakbeats. More of this please! Check out the track below and watch out for this dropping Jan 26th at all the usual outlets.

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Premiere: Conrad Subs – Hatred

Our latest exclusive comes from Ipswich producer Conrad Subs as he lands on Default Recordings with a dark and dangerous new tune, Hatred. Big sub hits, tight drum programming and plenty of scuzzy low end give this one maximum impact! Look for the release dropping Nov 6th…

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Kid Lib – Blue Dreamers [Foxy Jangle]

Irish tastemakers Rua Sound launch a new sub imprint this month in the form of Foxy Jangle; having focused on the intersection between grime, jungle, d&b and other bass music for the main label, the new outlet will focus entirely on more conventional jungle releases. They couldn’t have picked a better artist to kick-start the label either – Green Bay Wax boss and all round junglist badman Kid Lib is at the controls for the first release, and as you’d expect it is straight fiya!

A-side Blue Dreamers goes in deep with lush pad atmospheres and trippy samples on the intro, lulling you into a false sense of security before the breaks crash into the mix. When the drums come they come hard, replete with tasty edits and classic snare rolls. Flipside That Special Way follows a similar template, with pitched vocals on the intro taking us back to the spirit of the mid 90s ready for another helter skelter selection of kicks and snares.

As with much of the jungle-revival sound there’s nothing especially innovative going on here, but as love-letters to a largely bygone sound go it doesn’t get much more finely engineered than this. Foxy! Check out the clips below and hit up the Rua Sound Bandcamp to pre-order now; vinyl and digital drop Oct 27th.

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