For all that we love a classic 2-step roller, one of the things that makes D&B in 2018 so exciting is the diversity of releases within the scene, and particularly those releases which blur the boundaries between what is traditionally considered “drum & bass” and other areas of electronica. So then, to the new Books LP for Detuned Transmissions…
Following on aptly from 2016’s Ensō EP for Ortem, the Station LP explores the deepest chasms of the 170 sound, working with ominous atmospherics and plodding halftime drums for a sound that owes as much to ambient, techno, industrial and noise as it does to D&B or jungle. That cross-section of influences has been melted down in some other-worldly sonic furnace, and the results are stark, ominous, bizarre and rewarding in equal measure.
From the creaking bass vibrations of halftime stomper Block1, via the throbbing textures of Endless Depths, through the biting drums of 7.7766 Gauss and out into the beatless space of Hopeless Unromantic, this album is a journey through soundscapes that while tonally dark and somewhat minimal are nonetheless rich and detailed. A desire to experiment with no consideration for the needs of the dancefloor or the DJ booth has led Books to produce a body of work designed purely for listening, and it’s all the more powerful for that focus.
The Station LP is out now at a variety of digital stores; follow this link to grab a copy.
Fans of the deeper end of D&B may already be familiar with Russia’s Vykhod Sily – started as a podcast in 2013 by DJ and 170 enthusiast Rustee, the series quickly amassed mixes by the likes of Mauoq, Dyl, Dominic Ridgway and tons more across an archive that now spans well over 200 episodes.
Four years on and with fairly deep roots in the scene, Vykhod Sily have launched a digital label and the first release comes from previous podcast guests dreadmaul & Bereneces, who collaborate on a pair of ultra-minimal halftime steppers. If you’re a fan of all things dark, ominous and tribal in the 170 region then this should be right up your alley; both tracks are stark and creepy, with the sheer atmosphere of Intercontinental edging it out as our favourite of the two.
Be sure to keep an eye on the VS pages for more digital releases (and many, many more podcasts); in the meantime, check out their first release below. It’s available on streaming platforms right now; if you want a copy to keep you need to support the label via Patreon.
Weighty sub vibrations and creepy sampling on our latest premiere as Tesseract Recordings ready their latest release from Rafiki and Draize! Tell Me sees the latter half of the duo on solo production, delivering a weird and slightly unsettling halftime rumbler; yes yes! Check it out below and look for the Connections EP dropping September 15th.