Vancouver imprint Black Tuna Recordings return after a short hiatus with a new EP from Canadian production duo Levrige, and we’re hyped to have the exclusive premiere of Grym! Incorporating influences from hip-hop, trap and footwork into the halftime D&B template, this one has an infectious groove and some serious bassweight behind it. Sick! Grym drops this Friday as part of the Lemme CU EP.
Blog owner Hex returns this month with his first release in a year and naturally the Dojo has an exclusive for you! Canadian producer Tunes Auto goes in on a sick new rework of Hex’s No Forgiveness, flipping it into a monstrous assault of modulated bass and swung halftime beats. Serious character and some sick sound design on this one! Watch out for this coming on Black Tuna May 26th alongside remixes from Redpine & Solo and Aversive and two new Hex VIPs, and if you pre-order now on Bandcamp you get the Tunes Auto remix straight away.
Time for another roundup of the best releases in the underground D&B scene; read on for new releases from Renegade Hardware, Flexout, Warm Communications, Invisible and more…
Our latest mix comes from Canadian rising star Alex Reflektor. As one third of the Reflektor production trio his work has seen release for C Recordings with more beats due later this year on Black Tuna Recordings. As the group’s sole DJ Alex has flown the Reflektor flag in support of the likes of Metrik, Logistics, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Cyantific.
For his Dojo mix Alex has chosen a fine selection of liquid rollers followed by a few techier numbers to close things out. Melodic numbers from the likes of BCee, LSB and Lenzman all feature in a smooth hour long ride. Tasty stuff!
Icarus – Ride This Train (Ivy Lab Remix)
Treex – Can’t Go Home
LSB – The Hurting (Lenzman Remix)
Random Movement – We’ve Been Lost in Time (Talkin’)
Lenzman – Alright With Me (Alix Perez Remix)
BCee – Only You
BCee – Computer Brains
Limits – Fading Away (Sikey Remix)
LSB – Loop of Love
1991 – Sprites
Elliot Mac – Filter City
Flax – Blackball (Foreign Concept Remix)
LSB – It Finds You (feat. Tokyo Prose)
Dexcell – I Know (feat. Six Blade)
Benny L – Lava
Mindless – False Dub
Konichi – Those Days
Allied, Signal, Heamy – Omega Point
Signal – Moved On
Break – Gave Too Much (feat. Kyo)
DLR – Ask the Question (Instrumental)
DLR – Minds Eye (Instrumental)
Vancouver label Black Tuna have been carving quite a name for themselves over the past year with top notch D&B, Glitch-hop and Bass releases from local producers and some bigger names too, and their latest release from newcomer Aversive shows the label moving from strength to strength.
Kicking things off with the heavy, old school tech stylings of Tech Itch-style title track Fortress and then moving into the aptly titled bass vibrations of Didgeridoo, Aversive certainly has a good grasp of low end heft, and the crisp production never seems in danger of becoming muddy despite all the bassweight flowing around.
You Know sees Aversive teaming up with fellow Canadian Miss Fudge for another hefty roller, while Night Sky closes things out nicely with a spacey, liquid tinged roller with a hint of tripped out psychedelia in the pads. All in all it’s a powerful statement of intent from a producer we’re sure has plenty more to offer! Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite digital store to grab this right now.
West-coast Canadian label Black Tuna kick off their promising release schedule with the debut EP from local producer Mike Heath aka Hedway. The titular At You opens the EP with a slick liquid roller, keeping the breaks crisp and the melodies understated.
Strange Guy switches things up, bringing the darker vibes on a thumping tech monster. Crunchy beats and old school reese bass action keep the energy flowing nicely on this one. Last but by no means least, Tonight brings the jazz licks for a cheeky liquid stepper to close out the EP.
Overall the EP is a varied statement of intent from both Hedway and Black Tuna, and we’re sure there’ll be plenty more from both. Check out the clips below and watch out for the release dropping June 23rd at all good digital stores.