We’re suckers for intricate drum programming here at Dojo HQ and that’s exactly what we’ve got for you on today’s premiere! Tyler Frost joins Context Audio for the third volume of their Per Ardua series and he’s going deep, turning up the atmosphere and chopping up the breakbeats. Hit up the Context Audio bandcamp to grab this right now!
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 mix series guest should need no introduction; hailing from Romania and with releases under his belt for Counterpoint, Syndrome Audio, Fragmented Recordings, Modular Carnage and more, Brusten has built a sturdy reputation for dark, uncompromising beats.
Ahead of his forthcoming release with Dyl for Context Audio, Brusten has served up a characteristically deep selection featuring dubs from the likes of Eusebeia, Subminimal and Dyl, please cuts from Homemade Weapons and Kid Drama and some classics from Instra:Mental. Serious selections!
Portsmouth imprint Context Audio are back with their third release and this time it’s Dojo favourites Mystic State on production duties alongside relative newcomer Elias Traynor. His title track Shanty kicks things off with a lovely halftime number full of the influence of leftfield downtempo electronica, which proves ripe for the remix on Mystic State & Elias’s more rolling switchup straight after.
It’s back to the halftime on the sultry autonomic vibes of the appropriately laid-back Sunday Ones, leaving Mystic State to close out the EP with the typically moody and detailed Raindance. Stylistically this EP isn’t perhaps pushing the envelope but the crispness of the drums and the lush sonic details really make it shine, as do the little hints of influence from music slightly outside the usual D&B sphere. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite outlet to grab the EP right now!
Those who keep their finger on the pulse of the D&B scene in the south of England should already be aware of Context Audio, but for anyone who missed their inception announcements they’re a new digital imprint based in Portsmouth. In their own words, they are “a label focused on only serving up exceptional high grade drums. We like it deep and rolling, and we hope you do too”. Sounds good to us here at Dojo HQ!
Sounding even better than the press sound-bites are the clips for their debut release from Composite. The EP serves up three distinct tracks held together by fantastic percussion – those brags about high grade drums seem well founded from this outting at least.
The grittier vibes of opener Nesh and the softer liquid strains of Know Yourself are both solid tracks but for us the real star of this show is the crazy 5/4 drumfunk of Dispersion. Channelling the influence of Photek from tracks like Ni Ten Ichi Ryu into an utterly beautiful, confoundingly rhythmic and deeply unusual composition, this is one of the freshest tunes we’ve heard from a new label in some time.
The EP is due for release Jan 28th so keep your eyes on the Context Facebook feed for more details, and if you happen to be in the Portsmouth area on Feb 5th get yourself along to their label launch party.