Allied returns to Methlab with the second single from his forthcoming Kailash LP and we’ve got the exclusive on techno infused rumbler HMDRM. Characterised by heavy kicks, intricate hats and throbbing low end, think Berlin at 5am morphed into 170BPM. This one is out now at all good digital outlets.
Featuring some seriously heavyweight new beats from leading players and rising stars in the neurofunk scene alike, Mindtech’s Peace of Mind LP is a force to be reckoned with and then some; essential listening for fans of hard impact, forward thinking D&B sounds.
The nice folk at Mindtech have given us a CD of the album and some stickers to give away to one lucky winner! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is like the DNB Dojo Facebook page, like the Mindtech Recordings Facebook page, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name & address and the subject line “Mindtech Competition”. The winner will be drawn on May 21st.
Methlab Agency has long been a familiar name for those who keep a close eye on the neurofunk scene but it’s about to become much more prominent, with the crew starting their own imprint in the form of BNKR. Their first release proper (following an initial collaboration with Bad Taste Recordings) drops tomorrow and it’s a strong 4 track selection from Brighton production duo Allied.
The first thing that jumps out about the tracks Allied have put together for this EP is their relative subtlety. In a subgenre where impact is king and technicality is often praised above musicality, sometimes the aggressive midrange and pounding drops can become overpowering, so it’s refreshing to hear a balance being struck between heft (and trust me, these tracks are still hefty) and atmospherics. A bass-line dick-waving contest entry this is not!
The aforementioned atmospherics are another of the release’s standout features; rather than being relegated to intros and bridges and elbowed onto the sidelines once the sub kicks in, tracks like Obscurity and Godspeed make space for interesting pads and tones to float on top of the crisp breaks and throbbing bass, making for a balanced sound that’s full of depth and detail.
While the whole EP is strong, Centaurus A stands out as the Dojo favourite with it’s funky, rolling rhythms and meaty low end combining for an unbeatable groove. Wicked vibes! The Obscurity EP drops tomorrow; check out the clips below and hit up the Methlab Bandcamp Store to grab the vinyl, or head to Beatport to grab the digital. If you’re quick on the draw you can join in the competition on the Methlab Facebook page to win a copy of the vinyl, but move fast; the winner will be drawn tomorrow!
Brighton duo Allied bring their cinematic neurofunk sound to Mindtech for the sixth in the label’s occasional 12″ series. Heliox sees scene mainstay Nphonix hop on board for an insistent slice of dancefloor tech funk with weighty sub and tons of movement. Universe amps up the bass with some epic synth swells and plenty of distortion; toughness!
Last but not least Ataraxia (that’s greek for “tranquillity”) provides a cheeky digital bonus playing with halftime drum patterns within the neurofunk template. Check out the clips below and look for this on vinyl from April 13th, with digital following two weeks later.
As if the recent release of the epic Boogie on Bad Taste wasn’t enough, Billain is back with more dirty new neurofunk, this time for the 3rd in the Mindtech Limited vinyl series. Supertensor delivers the trademark Billain style in spades, from the craftsmanship of the sound design on the intro, through the cranium-shattering, hyper-compressed snares and out into the filthy warping bass. This is a release from a man at the top of his game and to my mind one of the best dark neurofunk producers in the game right now.
Over on the flip Allied steps up to the plate and lays down Equilateral which is no slouch either! Heavy, rolling breaks and gut wrenching sub in equal portions, another Mindtech beat that’s sure to move a floor or three.
Look out for this one dropping April 8th on vinyl and digital!