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Royalston – People On The Ground [Med School]

Royalston is one of the many highlights of Med School’s diverse roster, and with good reason; his prolific and unusual take on D&B continues to be a breath of fresh air in a scene with far too many copycats and producers all too willing to stick to the well trodden path.

His second full length for the label in as many years is full of eclectic delights, with a plethora of influences coming together across the fifteen tracks, bound together by meaty 170BPM underpinnings. The willingness to play with the formula only adds to the impression that Royalston has very much found his stride, confident in his own ability to experiment and express.

The titular People On The Ground proves to be one of the highlights, building up through a piano led, trip-hopy first verse before tearing out into an unexpectedly massive second drop. Elsewhere we’re treated to the eminently bright and chunky Blight Mamba, the creepy synths and insistent tribal rhythms of I Saw The Face Of  A Person and the madcap, helter skelter breaks of XOR to name but a few.

While phrases like “tore up the rule book” and other similar hyperbole are vastly overused in reviews and press releases alike, it’s certainly true that Royalston’s work walks an interesting line; the tracks here feel fairly DJ friendly in structure but certainly aren’t bound by traditional D&B tropes to any great extent. Indeed that he manages to walk this line is quite a feat in itself, let alone that the results are so pleasing.

DJs looking to throw the crowd a few curveballs and listeners looking for a break from predictable 2-step rollers should definitely check this out; even in a year of strong D&B albums, this one stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them. Check out the album minimix below for a flavour of the tracks and hit up the Hospital Store to grab it on vinyl, CD or digital now.

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In The Mix…Royalston [Bad Taste]

To celebrate his new Sound of the Rain EP on Bad Taste Recordings, Australian producer Royalston has been nice enough to put together a 30 minute mix of tunes old and new (and up for a free download no less). The selection features some tunes from the EP alongside a mixed selection of tunes spanning the spectrum of drum & bass. Check out the mix and the tracklist below!

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Tracklist:

Royalston – Sound of the Rain
Technimatic – The Unspoken
J Majik & Wickaman – Old Headz
Rene Lavice – Perfect World
MA – If Thats How You Want it to Be (Royalston Remix)
Culture Shock – Troglodyte
Audio – Headroom
Rewind – I Got a Feeling
Lynx – Disco Dodo
Nu Logic – Grizzly
Quadrant, Kid Hops and Iris – Hovercraft
Royalston – House of Mirrors
Xtra – Discordance
Paul B – Drop By Drop
Rene Lavice – The Way you love me
Royalston – Dead Hollywood
Metrik – Genesis

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In The Mix… Blu Mar Ten

To celebrate the recent release of the Blood Pressure compilation, Med School have got together with Blu Mar Ten and given us a fantastic free slice of drum & bass! Full of fantastic forward thinking tracks from the likes of Lung, Joe Syntax and Royalston and beautifully mixed by Blu Mar Ten, this is a must listen.

Check out the mix below and grab a copy of Blood Pressure from the Hospital Records store.

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