The often debated status of MCs within the D&B scene is certainly a hot-topic on certain D&B-focused Facebook groups and message boards, where detractors are prone to question the artistry of the scene’s lyricists. We’re sure said-lyricists have better things to do than concern themselves with online bad-mouthing, but nonetheless the emergence of more MC-led releases seems to provide a suitable riposte to the naysayers.
Ben Verse joins that burgeoning tradition with four great new cuts for Rebel Music. Production comes courtesy of a selection of up and coming talents with Wingz, Inner Terrain, Creatures and Screamarts providing a beat each. All four producers provide weighty but retrained sonics, allowing the lyrical content space to breath and Ben ample opportunity to flex his vocal chords.
That vocal style is nothing short of compelling too; smooth and controlled, varying from melancholy and introspective to pressing and insistent. If Verse hasn’t already caught your attention via his previous appearances with the likes of Maztek, Icicle, Calyx & Teebee and of course Pendulum then this EP surely should; hit up Beatport to grab it right now.
Hex returns to the Dojo decks with an hour of brand new beats! Fresh tracks inside from NC-17 & Dauntless, Don Piper, Flava D, Villem & Alpha Rhythm and many more, plus dubs from Shudder and The Faraday.
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.
With one foot firmly planted in his own forward-thinking spin on hardcore and the other toeing the edge of a nascent jungle sound in the 1993 track Worlds of Confusion, Eze-G is underrated in my book. Just one of multiple aliases under which Gareth Oxby produced a tightly focused range of electronic music, Eze-G’s style fittingly represents a main tenet of what drum & bass has always been about: fusion.
Worlds of Confusion is the standout tune on the EP bearing the same name released by label Unatural Light (the remix of this tune released the following year is also great with a sound even more within the domain of jungle).
Noteworthy in the design is how much depth is added to the song through simple yet effective pitch shifting on the vocal cuts. Original use of the amen break, wispy pads, and enlivening vocal samples all come together to form a unique experience smack dab in the middle of hardcore and jungle – don’t miss it!
Minimal tech damage from Leo Zen on today’s exclusive as we present the title track from his new EP for Druid Records. Punchy rolling vibes on this one with a halftime switchup on the second drop; sick one! Watch out for this coming Apr 16th exclusively at Juno and Spotify, with other stores following Apr 30th.
Unchained bring us more of that halftime swagger on today’s premiere, as Japanese producer Fetus joins the label for his debut solo EP. Dark Monkey lurches along to an idiosyncratic rhythm, with seasick bass and swung drums giving this track a unique vibe. Watch out for the EP coming Apr 16th!
The brainchild of Soul Intent, Lossless Music began life as many such artist-run labels do – as an outlet for Alex’s own productions. That changed in a big way from 2016 onwards, as Lossless began to welcome other artists to the roster both on the main imprint and two other sub-labels – Exkursions, for more leftfield D&B, and Dope Plates for old-school jungle and rave-tinged outings.
Whether it’s his own work or that of other producers, the label trifecta has gone from strength to strength and shows no sign of stopping. Read on for five of our favourites from the Lossless vaults…
Dispatch start their celebration of 20 years in the game this month with a selection of remasters from the earliest releases on the label, provided by brothers Jason aka Nos (original label founder) & Mark Goodings aka Max Fresh of Hidden Agenda.
This package provides a superb time capsule, teleporting us back to the deeper end of the D&B sound in the early 2000s; a huge contrast to the current Dispatch sound. Where today’s productions tend to be defined by dark bassline science and precision impact drums, these tracks were built around funk breaks and much subtler sub grooves, and that sound still has a freshness to it today.
Highlights include the bouncy vibes of Shut Down, the spacey funk of 9.30 and bright synth stabs of Chase Sequence, but doubtless everyone will find their own favourites in a diverse selection. Check it out below and hit up the Dispatch Bandcamp to grab a copy now!
PRTCL & Xenon are keeping it funky on today’s exclusive with another deadly tech roller. The customary bassline grit is off-set with a selection of rave stabs and warbles set to a rolling drum groove…wicked stuff. Look out for this one coming April 15th at digital stores!
Sometimes a track perfectly lives up to its name and that’s definitely the case on today’s premiere, Cryptographic’s aptly titled Light & Darkness. The light side presents itself via elegant melodies before a mid-verse switch to those dark, twisted basslines we know and love. Watch out for this coming Apr 23rd at Bandcamp with other stores following Apr 30th.