Hex drops episode number 60 of the Dojo Podcast marking five years of monthly mixes! This will be the last podcast for now but we’re going out on a high with 90 minutes of fresh heat from the Dojo inbox including new cuts from Jubei, Akov, Hyroglifics, Quentin Hiatus, Ben Rolo, J:Kenzo and many more.
Rozfresh lands in our premiere spotlight with a track taken from his latest EP for Detached Audio! Dark bass, haunting vocals and delicate piano make for a truly emotional roller. Look out for this coming Oct 15th at digital stores.
Mark Kloud relaunches his Ground Mass imprint later this month and we’re very pleased to have a premiere from the first release courtesy of the man himself! True to form, Nothing Really Matters features the kind of intricate percussion, bass darkness and deft production that has made Mark’s work so esteemed in the dark halftime scene. Check it out below and watch for the release coming Oct 28th at Bandcamp.
Hex rolls into autumn with an hour long selection of the latest music to land in the Dojo inbox! New beats inside from Danky, Black Barrel, Fada, Bailey, Twintone, Sorse and more, plus dubs from Shodan and Soul Defiance, and some of Hex’s own latest tracks.
Crunchy tech minimalism with an earworming lead hook is the order of the day on today’s exclusive! Arxiva at the controls for Mountain Trail, taken from the first in Calibrate’s Convergence EP series. Wicked stuff – look for this coming Sep 24th at digital stores!
Fortitude lands on Incurzion Audio this month with new material, easing off on the raw aggression of much of his previous work in favour of dark, rolling grooves and moody atmospheres. The aptly titled Creepin is crisp and precise, building tension on halftime sections and releasing it on full-tempo rhythms that aim for hypnosis. Look for this coming September 10th at digital stores!
In honor of the modern sequel to the classic slasher Candy Man, I thought it fitting to highlight my favourite Darkcore tune bearing both the same name and a selection of samples from the original ’92 film. Candy Man (released on White House Records in 1994) was produced by the musical duo Phrenetic, comprised of C0ntax and Offkey. I recall finding this tune about 5 years ago and being completely blown away. I’m in awe at how timeless it still sounds.
This track is magnificently minimalistic and eerily dark, with tense breathing and rough whooshes behind an amen break at a blistering—especially for its time—180 BPM. Epic chords ring out from an uncanny choir, evoking one of the more unique atmospheres to be found in the Drum & Bass universe. Candy Man is a killer classic that’s dangerously fun.
Written by Luke Kessler
Danky lands on US experimental imprint Free Love Digi with a new EP this week and we’ve got the exclusive on Shock Jones. Angular beats, growling bass and grime-tinged synths make for a potent combo, full of brooding energy. Look for the EP coming at digital stores from Sep 3rd!
Another month rolls by which means it’s time for another Dojo podcast! Loads of great new music inside this month including cuts from Colossus, Duskee & Disrupta, Om Unit, BTK, Vektah, Kelle and many more, plus unreleased music from Shodan and Hex’s latest release with K2T, Photographs.
Old school amen danger on today’s premiere as Heatwave returns to AGN7! Taken from his debut album, Get Down channels classic D&B and jungle influences into a towering sonic inferno of chopped breaks and dark reese basslines. Deadly stuff; look out for the Echoes LP coming August 13th at digital stores!