Category Archives: Drum & Bass

Guest Mix: Smuskind

With the release of Dojo Mix Series #99 earlier this month, we felt it was time for a new lick of paint. The Dojo Mix Series is dead…long live the Dojo Guest Mix. New artwork, new mixes, same quality vibes from underground producers large and small. Delivering the first of the new series is German production duo Smuskind. With releases for imprints like Addictive Behaviour and Drum Army, these boys know their way around a tough roller…

The guest mix features a punchy 30 minute selection including plenty of their own productions alongside cuts from Talkre, Nemy, Amoss, Monty and more…deep, dark and dangerous. 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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LSB & DRS – The Blue Hour [Footnotes]

LSB and DRS should certainly need no introduction; the former one of the finest liquid producers of a generation, a rare pretender to Calibre & Marcus’s throne, while the latter is undoubtedly one of the best and most versatile lyricists in D&B. A handful of previous collaborations have proved their chemistry, not least the anthemic The View from DRS’s Mid Mic Crisis LP. So an LSB & DRS album should be something special, right?

Right indeed. The Blue Hour is an undeniable joy, a melding of minds and a proper musical journey. For one thing it’s almost equal parts soulful D&B rollers and equally soulful hip-hop beats; the yin and yang of an MC’s twin musical expressions filtered through the lens of the producer’s unique style.

Whether riffing on laid-back downtempo cuts like I’m Changing and Umbrellas, or bearing his soul on emotional rollers like Faded or Like It Used To, DRS is on fine form, and his thoughtful poetry finds a perfect match in the fluttering, delicate, jazz-infused beats found across the record. Mellow and melancholy but always with an uplifting edge, this is pure, honest and moving music…just as it should be.


The Blue Hour is out now via LSB’s Footnotes imprint; check out the tracks below and hit up your favourite store to grab a copy right now.

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The Return of Kemal & Rob Data

Eagle-eyed scene-watchers will doubtless have already noticed news of the return of Kemal over the past few months but what may have passed people by is the slow drip-feed of both new and classic material onto a new Kemal & Rob Data Bandcamp page.

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Premiere: Gunston – No Reject

Gunston drops a murky roller for Weapons of Choice on today’s premiere! Stripped back and weighty with enough little touches to keep the energy flowing…wicked little roller. Look for this exclusively at Juno from Jan 13th, with other stores following Jan 20th.

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Premiere: Jonah K – Symbols

Canadian producer Jonah K lands on Samsara Beats with a deep halftime rumbler characterised by weighty sub, growling midrange and detailed percussive. Slow-fast crew, this one’s for you! Out today at all the usual digital outlets…

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 99: Junglist 1996

Our first mix of 2020 comes from Junglist 1996, the old school D&B alias recently started by Polish producer Roominsky. As you might expect for a producer with a number of recent releases for Beat Spectrum, Roominsky delivers a mix full of cuts from the Aussie label alongside technoid and darkstep selections from Position Chrome, Perkussiv Music and Habit Recordings. Anyone hankering for the hard, amen-edged sounds of late 90s and early 2000s D&B will definitely enjoy this one!

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 #38 – Dec 2019

We finish off 2019 with 90 minutes of brand new music as Hex serves up the last podcast of the decade! Beats inside from Option, SD, Drumcatcher, dgoHn, Tellus, Phonograph and 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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Premiere: Kinaes & Sonny G – By The Lake

Liquid vibes once again from the Detached audio camp as Kinaes steps in with a jazzy new roller featuring Sonny G. Warm bass, rolling breaks and those sax licks…lovely stuff. This one drops alongside a new Kinaes remix on Dec 27th!

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Premiere: Sentic Cycle – Beatles Make Good Doctors

Sentic Cycle lands in our premiere spotlight with a cut taken from Lost Recordings’ five year celebration release Five Years, Still Lost. Grimey basslines and a swaggering hip-hop influence seep through on this slice of dark halftime grit; wicked tune. Watch out for the release dropping Dec 24th, just in time for Christmas!

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Premiere: Wooga – Decompose

We’ve got dangerous dancefloor vibes for you on today’s premiere as Wooga lands on Columbia’s I.D Bogota imprint. Swung beats and heavy basslines keep this one rolling along at maximum energy. Absolute stomper! Look for this dropping very soon via the label’s soundcloud…

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