Tag Archives: Old School

Premiere: Khnum – Victa (Hex Remix)

Following on from June’s release of This Snare Dojo boss Hex returns to Detached Audio next week with a new remix for the second sampler release taken from their forthcoming Detachism Section Two LP. Label bosses K2T and Manu’s collaborative Khnum project provides the material, with the remix crafting elements from the original into an old school techstep roller built around snarling bass and crunchy breakbeats. Watch out for the halftime switchup on the second drop! This one drops Aug 17th at all the usual digital outlets.

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Premiere: Wagz – Whiplash

None60 take a break from their more experimental releases to bring us an old fashioned D&B belter from Wagz. Channelling the classic Metalheadz sound to great effect, Whiplash is an old school stark stepper with a massive bassline, sharp drums, and those FX hits that just scream 90s D&B. Wicked sound; this one is out today at the None60 Bandcamp store.

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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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Digital & Spirit – The Revolution EP [Phantom Audio]

Digital & Spirit’s very intermittent release schedule for their Phantom Audio imprint continues this month with an EP that’s been anticipated for a serious length of time at this point. Anyone who’s seen either of the duo (or indeed any of their numerous friends in the scene) DJ in the last year or more will undoubtedly already be familiar with the two classic reworks on the EP; DeadlineDial Up mash-up Deaddial and the 2018 update of Phantom Force have both been smashing up the raves for quite a while now.

It’s perhaps testament enough to the skill of Digital & Spirit as producers that both the original versions and these new remixes still sound fresh after years of being hammered in clubs around the world, but if you needed any further evidence then just check out the other two tracks on show on the EP; to turn a slightly trite phrase this release is most certainly all killer, no filler.

Revolution serves up that dubby halftime that Digital in particular is well known for, but the percussive fills and booming claps make this one anything but sluggish. Small World meanwhile brings classic amen choppage and old school rave stabs more than capable of injecting some energy into the dance. Future classics no doubt, and a winning addition to an absolutely must-have EP. Check out the clips below and hit up the Phantom Audio bandcamp to get your hands on digital, vinyl and t-shirts.

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Premiere: InDifferent – The Only One Left

Today’s premiere comes from Kiwi producer and DJ InDifferent who comes correct with a slamming slice of old school techstep business. Sharp but organic drums and heavy hitting bassline pressure on this one! Vintage 90s vibes, and best of all it’s a free download – check it out below and grab it via HypeEdit.

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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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