Dan Guidance steps up for episode 77 of our exclusive mix series, dishing up an hour of tasty liquid rollers (and a few darker numbers) including a host of his own tunes for All Street, Such Music and Exiled Recordings. Melodic vibes a plenty!
Delta9 Recordings continue their new run of deeper releases via the DLT9 imprint with a stomping new EP from Peterborough producer Bereneces, and we’ve got a premiere from the EP for you today! Nommo lands hard with a rumbling sub line and tough amens layered over a backbone of halftime drums and echoing tribal sounds. Sick one! Look for this coming Dec 11th at the usual digital outlets…
Aufect celebrate ten years in the game this month with a massive compilation featuring a host of talent from the weirder end of the 170 spectrum, and what better way to get in on the festivities than with a premiere from label bosses Greazus! Mother F sees them teaming up with Detroit beatsmith Sinistarr for a typically infectious slice of halftime/footwork hybridisation; sick tune! Look for this coming alongside 27 other tasty treats at digital stores December 13th…
We first came across Mitekiss here at DNB Dojo back in 2014, when he released a crisp little single for now defunct Leeds imprint Sub:mission Audio. From there the young producer moved on to running his own label Goldfat, before catching the attention of first Shogun Audio and now Hospital Records. Now he lands on Tony Colman’s legendary liquid imprint for his debut album, and we’re pleased to say it’s everything we’d hoped it would be.
Naturally there’s plenty of that emotive liquid that we’ve come to know and love over the years, with higlights coming via Goolab and it’s effortless cascades of piano, the sultry licks of Body Move and the crispy breaks of Hutan. There are also tasty outings into different stylistic territory to enjoy though; rumbling tech aptly vocalised by frequent collaborator Mr Porter on Lenz and a nod to classic jungle on Human being the highlights.
At first glance Crate Six Seven could be dismissed as just another selection of D&B rollers, well-produced but forgettable, but there’s a lot of depth hidden away in these compositions; give it a few listens and we’re sure that the album will get under your skin, just as it has for us here at Dojo HQ. Check out the clips below and hit up the Hospital Store to grab a copy on vinyl, CD or digital now.
Bay 6 drop a stunning new LP from Karma Kingdom at the end of the week, and we’re hyped to present the premiere of sublime drumfunk workout I’ll Be Waiting. Blending soft strings and melancholy piano with a frenetic breakbeat assault reminiscent of the work of producers like Paradox & DJ Trax, this one is a masterwork in percussive precision; future jazz at 170 beats per minute. Look out for the LP coming Dec 7th at all good digital stores!
For all that we love a classic 2-step roller, one of the things that makes D&B in 2018 so exciting is the diversity of releases within the scene, and particularly those releases which blur the boundaries between what is traditionally considered “drum & bass” and other areas of electronica. So then, to the new Books LP for Detuned Transmissions…
Following on aptly from 2016’s Ensō EP for Ortem, the Station LP explores the deepest chasms of the 170 sound, working with ominous atmospherics and plodding halftime drums for a sound that owes as much to ambient, techno, industrial and noise as it does to D&B or jungle. That cross-section of influences has been melted down in some other-worldly sonic furnace, and the results are stark, ominous, bizarre and rewarding in equal measure.
From the creaking bass vibrations of halftime stomper Block1, via the throbbing textures of Endless Depths, through the biting drums of 7.7766 Gauss and out into the beatless space of Hopeless Unromantic, this album is a journey through soundscapes that while tonally dark and somewhat minimal are nonetheless rich and detailed. A desire to experiment with no consideration for the needs of the dancefloor or the DJ booth has led Books to produce a body of work designed purely for listening, and it’s all the more powerful for that focus.
The Station LP is out now at a variety of digital stores; follow this link to grab a copy.