Frequent Phace collaborator, one half of Neosignal, and general all around neuro don; when it comes to credentials few hold a set as impressive as Misanthrop, and while most of his work is done in collaboration his solo releases are no less worthy. Following on from the impressive Greed of Gain EP a year and a half back, Misanthrop now touches down on Blackout with four fresh new tracks exploring his unique take on the neurofunk style.
Interestingly the EP’s opener and title track is easily it’s most restrained and most rhythmic in nature, focussing on punchy drums and progression over aggressive mid range; definitely one for building things up before smashing them down later in a set. The rest of the EP heads for more peak-time neurofunk territory, with Capitalism, Big Data and Rock’n’roll all kicking down the door with the appropriate level of absolute fury! Stomping stuff.
Check out the clips below and look for this on Beatport now, with full release following from May 4th.
Dojo boss Hex returns with more of his techy stylings for Transmission Audio’s new TA:LTD sublabel. Winged Foes opens up with creepy atmospherics and then drops into a metallic neurofunk assault with tearing midrange and heavy kicks and snares clattering down from all sides.
Over on the flip Frustrate provides a tasty new remix of Slugproof, adding plenty of grit to the bass and locking the track into a weighty, rolling groove. Check out the clips below and grab this one from Digital Tunes right now!
Rogue Beatz are back and this time they’re bringing the liquid rollers, with Rush Records alumni Colossus & Imprint on the buttons for some smooth, rolling styles. Both tracks on offer here are worthy of your attention but for us it’s all about Broken Chains, a tough edged slice of deep liquid with a top notch bit of amen chopping in the bridge. Definitely check this one out – it’s due at all good digital stores from April 30th.
We’re big fans of both Aeph and Lifted here at the Dojo so naturally news of fresh material piqued our interest! Ahead of the next crop of Lifted releases Aeph has been on the 1s and 2s and recorded a fresh mix showcasing a horde of tasty new dubs. The mix is available on Soundcloud and Bittorrent, and as a bonus you can pick up the whole Aeph / Lifted discography from Bittorrent for a pay what you like basis! Can’t say fairer than that. Check out the mix below and go give the man a buck or two for his previous tunes.
Ready to get ravey? The new EP from Fixate for Exit Records is certainly that, at least on appropriately named title track Throwback Therapy. Mining the sounds of old skool hardcore and jungle and throwing in a pinch of footwork and a hint of D&B, this one doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously and is all the better for it.
Digital bonus Sueno treads similar territory, chopping the jungle breaks with some some classic vocal “woo”s for another tidy little rave up. The other three tracks on the EP dial back the nonsense a little in favour of footwork inspired explorations of the halftime D&B pattern, all of which are worthy additions to this growing niche of the D&B community. For me though it’s really all about the less po-faced exuberance of the title track. Check out the clips below and grab this one from the Exit Store right now!
Australian production trio Gran Calavera touch down on Flexout Audio with a pair of deep, soulful rollers; tough enough breaks to move a dancefloor but still with a musical edge, and more than a hint of jazz on the B side which features vocals from Bonnie Laschon. Check out the clips below and head to your favourite digital store to cop this one now.
Default return with two new beats from label co-runner West. Dark Soul provides a solid slab of dancefloor worthy D&B combining melodic elements with rougher bassline sounds, but for us it’s all about the more soulful vibes of Where You Are. Check out the clips below and look for this at digital stores from April 27th.
Emotif return with two tech-edged slabs of dancefloor drum & bass that should be more than capable of smashing up the rave. Memory Box focuses on groove while Logic to the Mayhem goes in harder with tough bass stabs and some cheeky distorted amens among the hard kicks and snares. Check out the clips below and grab this one from your favourite digital outlet now.
Whether you’re a new convert to the realms of Drum & Bass or an old hand with a massive record collection, some of the label back catalogues can be a touch on the intimidating side, and none more so than Hospital Records. The label is on course to hit 300 releases in the near future, and the rich 18 year history leaves quite an archive for anyone to dig through.
How convenient then that Tony Colman & his compadres have cherry picked the best for a new compilation! Fast Soul Music provides a whopping 46 tracks, picking out the best of the label’s output old and new and bundling it together for a bargain price, including two 60 minute mixes from Hospital stalwart Nu:Tone.
Needless to say it would be pretty difficult to cover every track in the selection, but there are some absolute classics on show here; the likes of Netsky’s Memory Lane, High Contrast’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tokyo Prose’s Songbird and London Elektricity’s Had A Little Fight stand out from a packed tracklist featuring top notch melodic cuts from the whole Hospital family.
Whether you’re new to the liquid sound or just want a tidy mix for the car, it’s difficult to argue with the wealth of quality tunes here. Head over to the Hospital Store to pre-order the compilation now ahead of it’s release on Monday. Meantime you can get a flavour of things from Makoto’s promotional mix below.
We’ve been big fans of Fade here at the Dojo for some time, so naturally we jumped at the chance to get him on board for the Dojo Mix Series! Kiev’s finest comes correct with a half hour of upfront D&B selections; yes Fade! Be sure to check out the Discover Music EP on his own Faded Music imprint, and watch out for more tunes incoming shortly on Diffrent Music.
Check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Mixcloud, Hearthis.at or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Dropbox.
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Calyx & Tebee – A Day That Never Comes
Fade – Bass Burger
Bensley – Fandango
June Miller – Reach Out
Legion – Waiting
Raw Theory – Electric City
Fade – Utopia
Fade – Quarantine
Hazard – Death March