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…
None60 wind up to release a big new compilation at the end of the week entitled None of the Above, and we’re hyped to have the premiere of new Oliver Yorke track U No! Chanelling the autonomic spirit with a deep, halftime vibe, unusual percussion and rich synth work, this is a meditative trip down the leftfield side of 170BPM vibes. Wicked stuff. Hit up the None60 Bandcamp to grab the LP, and snap up the limited 12″ sampler which features this track!
Dyl returns to re:st with a top notch EP of his abstract, ultra-deep 170BPM soundscapes this month, and fans of his hyper-minimal sound should as usual be all over it. To celebrate we asked the man himself for his Top 5 D&B influences…read on for some classics from the vaults!
Today’s exclusive lies at the very edge of what might traditionally be considered drum & bass, blending influences from footwork, IDM and the Autonomic sound for a deep, mellow, hypnotic outing. A winning hand indeed…out to Øska for a seriously unique track!
We’re very pleased to welcome Leeds producer Solo back into the Dojo spotlight for today’s exclusive as he drops a lush new remix for Alberto’s Walk With Us EP on Jupiter Sounds. Putting aside the more jungle-tinged sound he’s usually known for both as a solo artist and on his productions with Redpine, Solo dishes up a deep, halftime stepper with more than a hint of the autonomic sound; crazy synths, tons of reverb and a wicked groove on this one. Check it out and watch out for the release at all good digital stores from Nov 13th.
Kid Drama’s CNVX imprint has always been an eclectic outlet; from the IDM-esque melancholy of his Mikarma alias, through beats from dBridge, Resound and Abstract Elements, the label certainly doesn’t like to be pigeon-holed. All of which brings us to the imprint’s latest offering, a quirky and sublime slice of autonomic pop courtesy of Drama himself and vocalist Alia Fresco, who you may recognise from her collaborative project with Loxy and Resound, The Levels.
The production here is stripped back to the barest essentials, minimalist arrangements that bring to mind The xx, albeit entirely lacking in indie-rock guitar twang. This use of space gives Fresco ample room to breathe, and her voice fills the tracks beautifully. From the brooding reflections of Ordinary Thing and Guys Like You through the more uplifting Let You Go and into the absolutely electrifying Break Me Out, the EP is powerful, gripping and original; a pure blend of autonomic aesthetic and heartfelt lyricism. My only complaint is that at 15 minutes, it’s nowhere near long enough. Give us an album!
The Alia Fresco EP is out now on vinyl and digital via CNVX.