Glados EP [Inspected]

Youtube channel turned record label / clothing brand Inspected are back with another tidy neurofunk selection in the form of the Glados EP (for the non-gamers out there that’s a Portal reference).

There’s a fine selection of dancefloor bangers on show here – Malux is on hand with a big morphing bassline on Rubix, Posij turns in a sparse but groove-heavy roller on the screwface-inducing Killer and Billain brings the heat as usual with his signature high-precision, high energy relentlessness.

The star of the show for us though is Culprate’s fantastic halftime VIP of Diablo; pitching down the iconic intro of the original and replacing the full-roll assault with a swaggering 20/20 style drum & squelch riddim, this one is rude! Check out the previews below and hit up your favourite digital store to grab a copy now.

Q&A – Jef Methlab

With a fresh compilation EP dropping on Bad Taste today and a host of new ventures recently announced, Methlab continue to make powerful moves in the neurofunk world. To find out more we grabbed the agency boss Jef and Kloe from Bad Taste Recordings for a chat about why he started Methlab, collaborating with Bad Taste and his thoughts on the neuro scene today. Check it out…

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Dojo Damager: Billain & Kodin – Feed For Speed

As regular readers will be aware we’re big fans of the hard hitting end of the D&B spectrum here at the Dojo so to celebrate all things dark and nasty we’re starting up a new weekly feature where we put the spotlight on the best of the hard-edged tracks to land in the inbox. For our first in this series we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than Billain, who conveniently enough has a new EP out on Eatbrain packed full of seriously heavyweight neurofunk.

Feed For Speed sees the Bosnian badman team up with Croatian producer Kodin to produce a neurofunk ode to combustion engines that is absolutely relentless; from the acid-tinged intro/breakdown riffs to those trademark hyper compressed drums and into the scuzzy filtered bass, this one is precision engineered to hit like a punch to the gut from an 18 wheeler!

The production geeks amongst you may find it interesting that the basslines in this track were all made from heavily filtered and processed car engine recordings! The dedication and engineering involved in the creation of this style of music is staggering at the best of times but Billain truly takes things to the next level. Check out the track below and hit up Beatport to grab the whole EP right now.

Billain – Binary Vol. 3 [Critical Music]

Bosnian neurofunk producer Billain steps up to deliver the third instalment in Critical’s digital only “Binary” series, with three slices of heavy hitting D&B primed for the dancefloor. Macula opens the salvo with a punchy, rolling break and morphing bass modulations combined into a non-stop assault on the senses; not for the faint of heart!

Subduction follows suit, keeping the energy levels high with a mean, distorted bassline and another pedal-to-the-metal break, leaving only Conflicted to explore less aggressive territory with its choppy drumstep stylings. The production quality on show on the tracks is unbelievable (as usual for Billain) – check out the clips below and grab this one from the Critical Store now.

Opsen & Primal Therapy – Paradox EP [Vandal Records]

Vandal Records return with another hefty neurofunk release from relative newcomers Opsen & Primal Therapy. Paradox ticks all the right boxes for neurofunk fans with heavy drum lines and warped bass, while Billain’s remix smashes the tune out of the park with a glitched up intro and the sort of relentless drop that only the badman from Bosnia can craft.

Hologram builds tension nicely on the intro with mechanical sounding FX and eerie pads which give way to tasty bass swells at the drop. Finally Analog Dream dials back the aggression for a moody, tribal stepper with more of the crisp, well crafted percussion that’s present throughout the EP. Another great release from a label that seems destined for great things!

Check out the clips below and grab the release from your favourite digital outlet now.

Rawtekk – Sprouted & Reformed [Med School]

Following on from the release of Rawtekk’s Sprouted and Formed LP on Med School recently comes a remix package featuring some heavy hitting reworks.

Phace delivers a typically robotic and monstrous rework of Photone Recruits and Mefjus turns in a nicely textured new mix of No More Vaccine, but for me it’s all about Billain’s epic take on Amber’s Love Was Like a Marble. The suspense on the intro is masterfully crafted on a creepy intro which gives way to a high octane build-up and then a drop that only Billain could have crafted. Evil business!

Rawtekk himself also gets in on the act, delivering both a rolling dancefloor edit and a lush, ambient rework of Snowflakes. Check out the previews below and watch out for the release dropping from March 10th.

Billain – Supertensor [Mindtech]

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!

Billain – Boogie [Bad Taste]

Billain’s production has been going from strength to strength over the past few years as witnessed by ripping releases like his remix of Optiv’s Krakpot and the mighty Batbots 12″ which came out last year on Bad Taste. Never one to rest on his laurels, the Bosnian producer has returned with a storming new tune for Bad Taste in the form of Boogie.

Intricate percussion work and old-skool style rave sounds build atmosphere on the intro before giving way to a furious neuro-bass infused lead-in to an absolutely face-smashing drop…serious thunder from the hyper-compressed kicks and snares and the ultra-kinetic warping low end alike. Bad tune! Grab yourself a pre-order and watch out for this one dropping on March 25th.

Best of Trust In Music – The Remixes [Free Download]

The nice folk at Trust In Music are back with yet another free giveaway in the form of four deadly neurofunk remixes from Rregula & Dementia, Billain, Jade & CliffHanga. They’re all pretty pounding but my pick of the bunch is Rregula & Dementia’s remix of Neonlight’s Frozen Tape. Check it out below and grab the whole EP from the TIM Free Downloads page!