Monthly Archives: August 2017

Delta – EP-1 [Microdot]

Younger heads may not recognise the name Delta, but older D&B fans (and particularly connoisseurs of the deeper end of the sound) should recognise him from his productions in the early 00s alongside production partner Format. Their concise but influential discography from that period is well worth a look, with cuts on legendary labels like Dread, Creative Source, Reinforced and Hospital for those who fancy crate digging a little.

Fast forward to 2017 and Delta is back with a fresh EP on the pair’s resurrected Microdot label. The pioneering and experimental spirit remains as exciting as it was 15 years ago; there’s an old school aesthetic at play, with everything from classic vocal sampling techniques to acid-y basslines weaved into the tracks. Opener Dreaming From The Hip combines a hint of b-boy funk a-la-Paradox with rolling breaks and soft pads more reminiscent of the old “intelligent D&B” style. Feel meanwhile takes things tougher, with hard edged rhythms and a stabbing set of vocal cut-ups punctuated by sections of warping analogue bass bleeps.

Kundalini Serpent goes out into jazz jam territory, combining a playful break and bassline with echoing piano and sax for a distinctly unusual take on the D&B sound. Last but not least, Second Wave throws the 2-step beats out of the window for a hypnotic bass-loop workout driven along by a truly bizarre drum arrangement. Lilting, swung and spaced out, this is possibly our favourite track on the release, and it sounds like nothing else you’ve heard this year.

Overall this EP shows a true pioneer of the sound back in the groove and on fine form. Broaden your horizons and head to the Microdot Bandcamp to pre-order a copy now on vinyl or digital. The release drops August 11th.

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Premiere: Centrik – Perceive

Soul Trader deliver more of their trademark lush liquid today from Centrik (who you might recognise as one half of Soul:Motion). Soft pads, sultry vocals, rolling breaks and a warm blanket of bass; you know the score. Look for this one exclusively at Beatport from Aug 7th.

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Premiere: Enjoy – Contours

Today’s exclusive comes from one of favourite labels as Neve’s The Dreamers gears up to release a summery VA compilation entitled Dream Cycle. Enjoy brings the classic jungle vibes on Contours, blending jazz influences, twinkling melodies and chunky chopped up breaks for a wicked slice of rave euphoria. Yes yes! Look for this dropping August 11th at all the usual digital outlets.

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Top 5: Seba

Liquid maestro Seba is among our favourite producers here at DNB Dojo, with an eclectic style and a knack for crafting emotional beats that can still move a dancefloor. With another top new single out on his Secret Operations imprint, we tracked him down and asked for his Top 5 influences.

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Premiere: Akomplis & Objectiv – Into You

Today’s premiere comes from our pals at Fragmented, easing their foot off the gas a little for the B side on their latest release from Akomplis & Objectiv. Tight breaks, soft pads and a haunting vocal make for a lush slice of deep, understated liquid. Look for this one dropping August 11th.

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Premiere: Kit Curse & Al Mightee – Übertrieben

Germany’s Kit Curse lands on Ronin Ordinance this month and we’ve got the exclusive on the EP closing track Übertrieben. Hefty halftime percussion and rumbling sub make for an ominous, tribal workout. Sick one! Look for this dropping 21st August…

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