Lenzman is one of the toughest artists I’ve examined for Classic Track due to the sheer consistency of his discography! I distilled his numbers down to a handful of tracks that I felt were his best, and then I employed one of the more natural methods I could think of as a music lover to determine the one to post here: choose the track I listen to most often. While it took some time for me to come to my conclusion, Close To Me pulled off a decisive victory in the end.
Released on Future Retro (a sublabel of BCee’s Spearhead Records) in 2007, Close To Me brings all of the spirit and sophistication to be appreciated in a classic liquid Drum & Bass track. Tight, energetic break-work and warm bass establish a foundation of rhythmic precision and sonic purity. Subtle tones dance along in the background of downbeat rolled chords from an electric piano layered with other harmonious sounds. Lastly, the enticing yet seemingly distant sounding vocal provides just the right touch of deepness. All elements are synthesised into an entrancing liquid tune that’s jazzy, soulful, and irresistible.
Silent Dust know exactly how to deliver a hypnotic, jungle-tinged slab of experimental sonics, which is exactly what they’re serving up in the form of Evil Earth. Today’s premiere comes from the forthcoming Audience of None compilation which features a host of brilliant tracks from None60 alumni new and old. Check the track, and hit up Bandcamp to pre-order the album now and snag one of the last few vinyl samplers!
Villem has just dropped a new LP for a very good cause, raising money to help a friend’s son in his battle with cancer. Available right now, it’s ten tracks for £10 and all money will go towards helping 10 year old Olly in his battle with the disease. You can hear the man explain it in his own words on Facebook here.
No previews online for this one but trust us it’s full of belters, ranging from dancefloor rollers to dubby halftime and soulful liquid, plus some cheeky bootlegs – check the tracklist below and hit up Villem’s digital store to grab a copy right now.
1. Villem – Can’t You See
2. Mako & Villem – Let Me Be
3. Villem – Do You? I Wanna VIP [Symmetry]
4. Villem – Make Em Bounce
5. Villem – Serve Chilled
6. Mako, Villem & Mcleod – The Blessing
7. Nymfo – Greetings Starfighter [Villem Alternative Remix]
8. Villem & McLeod – Perfect Lover (Perfect Solution x Gifted Lover)
9. Secret bootleg 1
10. Secret bootleg 2
Manchester-based rising star Kublai joins the CIA roster this week with a tidy new EP and we’re hyped to have the premiere of Emerald Funk. Laden with bassline groove and set to a classic rolling beat, this one is weaponised tech-boogie at it’s finest. Look out for the EP coming Jun 11th at digital stores!
You know we love break chopping here at Dojo HQ and Antares is serving up exactly that on his latest for Locked Up Music; serious amen terror on this one! The old school vibes will never die…hit up Bandcamp to grab this one right now.
This interview is an excerpt from Episode 36 of the Last Week Liquid Podcast, a weekly show dedicated to the world of Drum & Bass, centered around discussions with producers, DJs, label managers and event organizers. Listen here.
The beauty of Drum & Bass as a genre has always been the variety of styles and influences that can fit within its scope – united by tempo and perhaps drum patterns but otherwise hugely varied. Munich duo Children of Our Stars certainly exemplify that ethos, bringing strong influences from orchestral music and singer-songwriter territory and blending them with the familiar structures and 170 rhythms we know and love.
The pair have just dropped their debut LP and the resulting eleven track effort shows off their talent for soulful, evocative melodies and enthralling musical journeys. The use of live vocals and instrumentation really lends a natural edge to their sound, providing a welcome antidote to the sometimes overly digital sound of Drum & Bass in 2021.
As for the vibes, the tracks are uplifting, beautiful and engaging from start to finish, with particular highlights coming on Home, Take Us Back and First Snow. Check out the clips below and hit up Bandcamp or Spotify to buy/stream Flanell Sessions right now, and if you can’t get enough soulful vocal D&B then keep an eye out for an EP from Children of Our Stars on DNBB Records very soon.