Guest Mix: Grappa

To celebrate his new release on Stereocilia, we’re very pleased to welcome Grappa to the Dojo decks! Bringing a varied selection of rolling D&B, the mix features dark and light, classic and contemporary and a fantastic cross section of artists including DLR, Mark System, Trex, Zero T and of course some of Grappa’s own beats!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #45 – Jul 2020

Hex returns with a bumper episode of the DNB Dojo podcast featuring nearly two hours of new music! Beats inside this month from Friske, Kelle, Hiraeth, Resomnia, Mark Dinimal, The Outsiders, Philip D Kick 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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DNB Dojo Podcast #44 – Jun 2020

Hex returns to the Dojo decks with 75 minutes of brand new music, including tracks from Imanu, Fixate, DLR & Script, Mage, Lynch Kingsley and many more. There are also dubs inside from The Faraday and Layton, plus two of Hex’s own new releases.

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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Guest Mix: Arcatype

British production trio Arcatype celebrate their brand new EP for CIA Records with a tidy selection of rolling D&B goodness on our latest guest mix! Featuring beats from the Mind Loop EP alongside cuts from the likes of Myth, Alix Perez, Total Science, FB and Dom & Roland, fans of the CIA sound will not be disappointed. Deep and dark but still plenty funky!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Dillinja – Hard Noize (Break Remix) [Valve]

When it comes to updating something as classic as Dillinja’s Hard Noize you really want a safe pair of hands, and they don’t come much safer than Charlie Break. If anyone was well placed to give the track a new lick of sonic paint it was the Symmetry boss and scene stalwart, arguably the hardest working man in D&B.

Break’s remix retains all the spirit of the original (which, incidentally, still kills over 20 years on) but adds that modern punch to the drums, plus a few tasty switchups in the bassline for extra spice. Respectful but hefty; exactly the treatment we were looking for!

The flipside is no slouch either as Break presents his own ode to the Valve sound in the form of Tubes. Pure in purpose, this one is all bassline growl and gut punching snares, bringing to mind vintage Break tracks like Too Much. Dancefloor weaponry!

Break delivering the essential purchases as always with this release. Hit up the Valve Bandcamp to grab the digital right now, or go scouring Redeye and the like if you’re looking for the vinyl release.

DNB Dojo Podcast #43 – May 2020

Hex returns with 90 minutes of fresh D&B as summer begins to peak its head around the corner. New beats inside from Kings of the Rollers, Henry, Mahakala, Kutlo, gyrofield, Konstructor and Ricky Force, plus many more – crossing all the styles of D&B as always.

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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Guest Mix: Electrosoul System

Legendary Russian producer and DJ Electrosoul System steps up to deliver our latest guest mix! With a 15 year career spanning releases for the likes of Med School, Subtitles, Fokuz, Spearhead and his own label Kos.Mos.Music, we jumped at the chance to get a fresh selection from a man we’ve long been fans of.

For this mix Andrey has gone in on a 100% Kos.Mos selection. Spanning everything from some of the label’s earliest releases right up to the present day and a few dubs to boot, and taking in everything from rolling liquid to amen bangers, this is a true 360 degree representation of the Kos.Mos sound. Wicked stuff!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Guest Mix: Madusea

Canada’s Madusea steps up with a dark and techy selection for our latest guest mix, featuring dubs of his own alongside beats from the likes of Arxiva, Klinical, Data 3, Circuits and Nymfo. Modern, full-roll D&B at it’s sharpest; check it!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #42 – Apr 2020

Spring rolls around in our new life in quarantine…and Hex is here to distract you from lockdown with 90 mins of new D&B! New tunes inside from FFF, Ahmad, Echo Motion, Doom Poets, Gydra, dgoHn and many more, plus dubs from H20 DnB and Boredome. There are also tracks from new charity compilations via P Lab Recordings and Rebel Music, so be sure to grab those and support the causes if you can.

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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Classic Album: RAM Trilogy – Molten Beats

The colossal RAM Trilogy earned a name unlike many others in the domain of Drum & Bass. Each artist that comprised the trio had their own reputation forged before joining forces: Andy C, Origin Unknown, and Shimon. RAM Trilogy broke onto the scene as a trio with three immense singles on RAM Records that built up to their aptly-named 1999 album, Molten Beats.

Relentless beats and brutal basses are synthesized with expert precision across the entire album. Molten Beats explodes out of the gate with a bang(er): Evolution effectively sets the tone for a rolling Drum & Bass album of epic proportions. The unforgettable No Reality sounds as otherworldly as ever with its distorted bass glittering of harmonic gold. Near the end of the album, Mind Overload is a gnarly tune that, to me, defines the essence of the whole record. Of course, every song that graces this album’s track list is solid, meaning that Molten Beats can easily be enjoyed from start to finish.

RAM Trilogy locked in on a tightly focused sound and motif for this LP that results in a consistently heavy and intense experience. The combinations of bass, breaks, FX, and atmospheres blend so well, feeling thematic of bustling metropolises and the zeitgeist of the pre-Y2K era. The album fittingly received the remaster treatment from RAM Records in November just last year, its first half of which was released 20 years later to the exact day from the original. There’s no better time to check out this masterful work from some of Drum & Bass’s finest.

Written by Luke Kessler