If this is the first time you’re coming across Loomis (or indeed Modern Conveniences) then we urge you to stop what you’re doing and seek out some listening; both artist and label have been forging a creative path along the outer boundaries of Drum & Bass and have released some of the most exciting music we’ve heard over the last 12 months.
The latest from both parties comes in the form of the Blurred Horizon EP, and from the very start the vibes feel epic, but not in that “hands in the air” way associated with main-room dancefloor D&B; the sound here is of a more cinematic scope, majestic synth swells, reverb drenched drums and a subtle, muted euphoria in the melodies. Imagine the soundtrack to something like Drive filtered through the prism of autonomic electronica and you’re somewhere close.
Enthralling, uplifting and enveloping, the four tracks on show here (plus a delicious remix from label boss Akuratyde) showcase the talents of a composer and producer we can’t wait to hear more from. Check out the EP below and watch out for the release coming March 19th via digital stores.
Atmospheric 170 vibrations from HEFT on today’s premiere as he lands on Onset Audio with a release that blurs the boundary between autonomic D&B and ambient electronica. Ultra deep! Watch out for this coming March 5th…
Ultra deep vibrations on today’s premiere as Swiss duo Special Victims deliver an atmospheric halftime cut for Drum Army! Mellow-step for winter times…check it out, and look for the Yo Bro VA LP coming Nov 20th at digital stores.
Deep, autonomic-esque explorations on today’s exclusive as we present the title track from Marc Renton’s new Signal Waves EP for Drum Army! Atmospheric and synth led, this is full of dreamy sounds and lush instrumentation, plus some characterful percussion work. Watch out for the EP coming Oct 23rd at all good digital stores!
Mystic State are a duo we’ve been keeping a close eye on for years here at Dojo HQ, so naturally it’s an absolute pleasure for us to be premiering a cut from their stunning debut LP My Own Private Island! Album opener Expectations sets the tone for the album with aplomb, blending their knack for atmosphere and characterful percussion with heavy kicks and a dark, brooding bassline. Sprinkle in some haunting Burial-esque vocal echoes for the icing on a deliciously moody cake; dripping with vibe! Hit up the Chikara Project bandcamp to grab the whole album right now.
Javano lands in our premiere spotlight today with a deep, moving slice of leftfield 170 business. Undoubtedly influenced by the now decade-old Autonomic movement, Southbound is an exploration of unusual rhythms and cinematic soundscapes; the string section in the bridge is just blissful. Look out for this one dropping July 10th via Javano’s Brackwood Audio imprint.
Mystic State return after a brief hiatus with the latest on their Chikara Project imprint and this time they’ve got Nottingham production duo Congi in for a collab. Closer harnesses the spirit of autonomic for a sparse, detailed slice of halftime experimentalism, with ghostly R&B vocals echoing across the mix for good measure. Lessons in depth…check it out and grab the full EP from Bandcamp right now!
Atmospheric explorations from Locked Concept today as Sorse delivers an autonomic cut in the form of Voids! Deft use of melody and microfunk-inflected percussion make for an emotive musical journey…soft and subtle vibes. Look for this coming Mar 20th.
Context Audio take things a bit less rolling than usual for their latest VA release, delving into the realms of halftime, autonomic and experimental 170. Today’s premiere comes from that release; Khords teams up with the mysterious Burns for an evocative journey through sparse drum rhythms and dubbed out sounds. Hit up the Context Audio Bandcamp to grab the Per Ardua II LP right now; all other stores follow on Mar 13th.
Our latest guest mix comes courtesy of Polish producer and DJ Mateusz Dudziński aka Snik. Producing for over a decade and with releases under his belt for Black Crane, Omni Music and Absys, Snik’s 170 work sits at the deeper end of the spectrum, taking influence from the autonomic sound. His mix takes in those depths alongside some more traditional deep rollers, with music from Instra:mental, dBridge, Seba and Makoto sitting alongside plenty of Snik’s own productions including some unreleases dubs. Deeper beats for your Sunday…
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.