Digital & Spirit’s very intermittent release schedule for their Phantom Audio imprint continues this month with an EP that’s been anticipated for a serious length of time at this point. Anyone who’s seen either of the duo (or indeed any of their numerous friends in the scene) DJ in the last year or more will undoubtedly already be familiar with the two classic reworks on the EP; Deadline / Dial Up mash-up Deaddial and the 2018 update of Phantom Force have both been smashing up the raves for quite a while now.
It’s perhaps testament enough to the skill of Digital & Spirit as producers that both the original versions and these new remixes still sound fresh after years of being hammered in clubs around the world, but if you needed any further evidence then just check out the other two tracks on show on the EP; to turn a slightly trite phrase this release is most certainly all killer, no filler.
Revolution serves up that dubby halftime that Digital in particular is well known for, but the percussive fills and booming claps make this one anything but sluggish. Small World meanwhile brings classic amen choppage and old school rave stabs more than capable of injecting some energy into the dance. Future classics no doubt, and a winning addition to an absolutely must-have EP. Check out the clips below and hit up the Phantom Audio bandcamp to get your hands on digital, vinyl and t-shirts.
Our latest mix comes from London underground radio veteran Flava! With nearly two decades experience behind the decks and some really promising recent forays into production alongside the likes of Digital and Horrific James, Flava is definitely one to watch this year.
For her Dojo mix Flava has put together a stomping selection featuring some classic rollers alongside fresh cuts from Digital’s new Synthesis LP and a few dubs for good measure. Wicked! For more info on Flava be sure to check out our interview here.
Digital & Spirit vs. Flava & Dissect – Primal [Function]
Genotype – Big Man Tumps [Horizons]
Hibea – The Form [IM:LTD]
Digital, Flava & Horific James – Lava [Function]
Response – I Don’t Want To Go Outside [Commercial Suicide]
Digital & Villem – Sunbites [Metalheadz Dub]
Kantye – Toughbreaker [IM:LTD]
Foreign Concept & Bringa – Cemetery [Shogun]
Theory – Buckshot [444 Dub]
Flava, Digital & Dissect – The Test [Commercial Suicide Dub]
S.P.Y – Alone [Inneractive]
Flava & Digital – From The East [Commercial Suicide Dub]
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Fire [Function]
Digital – Dirty Money (Amit & Outrage Remix) [Function]
Digital & Flava – Retard VIP [Function]
Digital, Spirit & Need For Mirrors – Infinity [Function]
Fracture & Neptune – The Limit [Astrophonica]
More than a few folk are probably wondering who Flava is; launching onto the production scene as she has via collabs with the likes of Digital and Spirit, her recent work has been turning heads in a big way. We hit her up for a chat to find out where she’s been hiding and how her recent forays into production began.
The ever-prolific Digital is back with a big new album featuring nothing but collaborative tracks. With Synthesis just out, we caught up with the man himself to find out about where the LP concept came from, working with Spirit and who has the best studio. Check it…
The rejuvenation of Function Records continues with another fresh EP from label owner Digital (who has been more than prolific recently with an absolute slew of material landing at labels all across the scene). The theme across the tracks this time definitely seems to be dub and jungle, with Rejection and Response-collab Light Years both harnessing classic jungle breaks for their groove and bringing an old school vibe to the table.
The titular Catch A Fire meanwhile drops the tempo for a dub reggae skank out that’s so spaced out it might as well be in orbit. If you’ve enjoyed Morphy’s outings as Dubmonger this last one should float your boat for sure. Check out the clips below and look out for the release dropping on vinyl and digital mid-May; pre-orders are up now at the Function website.
Digital has lined up a tidy little three track EP for the relaunch of his Function Records imprint, featuring a new solo offering from the prolific producer alongside a collab and a very long awaited remix.
First up Digital teams up with Manchester producer Response for the tight, subby, jungle-infused riddims of Silver Lining, sure to delight old school heads with its percussion alone. Next up, the much sought after Dub Phizix remix of Deadline finally sees release, providing a nice spin on the original with those famous synth stabs backed up by a very Phizix drum and sub combo. Last but not least Digital goes in on a cheesy raved up banger in the form of Forever.
Not a bad wee selection really! Check out the clips below and look out for these dropping late February.
The relaunch of Doc Scott’s 31 Recordings imprint has been the cause for much celebration across the scene, and the label’s output has been absolutely stellar. Rounding off 2014 in style, they’ve unveiled a massive 24 track compilation featuring artists from across the D&B spectrum, and frankly pretty much all of it is excellent.
The huge selection takes in half-time beats from Sinistarr and Ital Tek, future jungle from Moresounds, liquid rollers from Bungle and Calibre, rowdy techstep from SCAR and plenty more besides. Special mentions have to go out to the broody, militant syncopations of House of Lanterns’ Take Control, the ethereal atmospherics of Hidden Turn’s Dream of Tron and the bleepy, atmospheric vibes of Gremlinz Forlorn, but honestly the whole LP is of such a high standard that picking favourites is pretty tough. Check out clips of all the tracks below and head over to the 31 Recordings store to preorder the compilation on vinyl or digital now – the release drops on December 15th.
Horizons Music celebrate 10 years in the game with an excellent new compilation featuring 14 fresh cuts from names that will be familiar to anyone who’s been following the label in recent times. The compilation takes a look back at the label’s very first release, with Jubei and Amoss both turning in remixes of Skitty’s 10 Steps, but for the most part they’re looking forward with new material from some of the best names in the scene.
It’s difficult to pick highlights from such a strong selection, but a few stand out from the pack. Silent Witness brings a perfectly balanced combination of melodic elements and rolling, dancefloor tech on Fields, Amoss explore their deeper side on the subby liquid of Piano Licks and DLR turns in a trademark chunky stepper on Outta Time. The whole LP is well worth a listen, so check out the clips below and head to your favourite outlet to grab this on CD, vinyl or digital now!
Digital returns to Horizons (after his rather excellent Figjam EP) with a fresh EP of deep 170BPM explorations. Deathwish kicks things off with a deep, dubby slice of tribal halfstep, while My World changes track, taking things in a minimal, almost liquid direction.
Damage sees Outrage joining Digital in the studio for a dangerous slice of break chopping and old school synth work, providing the EP’s most obviously dancefloor focussed track. Joker sees regular partner in crime Spirit in for the collab, blending acid synths, frantic syncopations and dubby echoes over a solid backbone of bass. Last but not least, Cold Case takes things dark and minimal for a moody close to the release.
As usual Digital is bringing the vibes! Check out the clips below and head to the Horizons store to grab this on vinyl now, with digital to follow shortly.
Whether you knew it or not, if you’ve been to more than a handful of D&B raves over the years you will have heard Deadline or one of it’s many remixes. Digital’s legendary tune from 2000 on Doc Scott’s 31 Records imprint has one of the most memorable hooks from the past 20 years of D&B, and still regularly graces sets to this day, if only as a cheeky tease or fodder for a double drop.
The finely crafted hook aside, the rest of the tune is comparitively unusual for D&B of the time – deep, dubby bass and an unusual bongo-driven shuffle beat in place of the more aggressive bass and breaks common in much of the genre’s output both then and now. It’s ample testament to the vibes of the tune that it can make a place move without needing the usual high energy elements; truly a classic track.