Classic Track: Hidden Agenda – History Remastered Part 1

Dispatch start their celebration of 20 years in the game this month with a selection of remasters from the earliest releases on the label, provided by brothers Jason aka Nos (original label founder) & Mark Goodings aka Max Fresh of Hidden Agenda.

This package provides a superb time capsule, teleporting us back to the deeper end of the D&B sound in the early 2000s; a huge contrast to the current Dispatch sound. Where today’s productions tend to be defined by dark bassline science and precision impact drums, these tracks were built around funk breaks and much subtler sub grooves, and that sound still has a freshness to it today.

Highlights include the bouncy vibes of Shut Down, the spacey funk of 9.30 and bright synth stabs of Chase Sequence, but doubtless everyone will find their own favourites in a diverse selection. Check it out below and hit up the Dispatch Bandcamp to grab a copy now!

Guest Mix: Quadrant & Iris

We’re closing out 2020 with a bang on our final guest mix of a weird year, as we welcome Seattle stalwarts Quadrant & Iris to the Dojo decks! As you’d expect this is a serious selection of rolling, high energy D&B featuring their latest release for Dispatch alongisde cuts from Kyrist, Ill Truth, Bredren, Philth and Loxy to name a few, and a host of unreleased material to boot. We think you’re gonna enjoy this one!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Premiere: BTK – Guidance

BTK has largely been on a significant holiday over in the techno scene for the last few years, so it’s great to see him back on Dispatch and packing a full length LP to boot! We’ve got an exclusive from said LP today in the form of Guidance – deep, dark, rolling techy goodness as only Vini delivers. Check it out and hit up the Dispatch store to grab the album right now!

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Nymfo – Forbidden Planet EP [Dispatch Recordings]

For those unfamiliar with his work, Nymfo cut his teeth on pretty much every important label under the sun: 31 Records, Innerground, Commercial Suicide, Renegade Hardware and Metalheadz to name only a few – no one can argue with that pedigree. With a long back catalogue of bangers spanning over of decade, the initiated shouldn’t need an introduction, but his latest EP on Dispatch is worthy of one.

Nymfo’s sound largely lurks at deeper end of the spectrum, yet there’s still plenty of variety on offer with this EP. There are stepping tunes like title track Forbidden Planet and Everything Will Be; tracks that roll – albeit unconventionally – like Breach; down right weird ones like Cold Mission; and some signature Nymfo qualities in tracks like Pathfinder with longstanding Dispatch general Hijack MC.

Throughout there is a definite nod to the techstep era of the late 90s and early 00s. The EP feels raw in a way that minimal, techy numbers of the last 5-10 years have often lacked. Perhaps this record will be one of several marker points in the months and years from now that show the pendulum swinging away from technology-focused beatmaking, and back towards focusing on the overall vibe. That focus on vibe helped carve out the techstep style in the earlier eras of drum and bass, and it’s EPs like this that help cement the style’s status amongst the D&B pantheon of sounds.

The Forbidden Planet EP is out now at the Dispatch Store – all other stores follow Oct 16th.

Written by James Austin

Premiere: SD – Hatchet

Italian producer SD lands on Dispatch Recordings for today’s premiere and he’s taking a Hatchet to the dancefloor! Industrial textures and infectious drums make for a deadly roller primed for maximum impact. You can grab it as part of the Toni Solidi EP which is out today at the Dispatch store!

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Premiere: Ewol & Skylark – Agur

Australia and France collide as Ewol & Skylark team up for the latest release on Dispatch Recordings, and we’ve got the premiere of Agur! Razor sharp drums, moody bass and tons of atmosphere; vintage Dispatch business. Look for this one at all good stores today!

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Premiere: Survey & Phase – Sensory

Survey cement their place as slingers of the finest quality dark tech with another big EP for Dispatch, and we’ve got the exclusive on Phase collab Sensory! Rolling breaks, metallic snares and an assortment of growling bass modulations make for a proper dancefloor weapon; hit up the Dispatch store right now to grab the EP.

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Premiere: Distrikt – Third Kind

Distrikt steps into our premiere spotlight today with a heavyweight slab of tech darkness. Coming soon to Dispatch LTD alongside a collab with Akkrid, this one has some serious punch, with booming sub and stabbing kick drums punctuating the sparse, ominous soundscape. Look out for the release coming Aug 12th at all the usual stores…

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Premiere: SubMarine – Posse

SubMarine steps up with a wicked new cut for Dispatch LTD as we present the premiere of Posse! As we’ve come to expect from artist and label alike, this is an intricate slice of rolling tech danger primed for club damage; infectious, grimey and 100% weaponised. Hit up the Dispatch Store to grab this one right now!


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Philth & Wreckless – Heimlich EP [Dispatch]

Philth and Wreckless are two artists we’ve been following for a long time now here at Dojo HQ. From promising early releases for the likes of AutomAte and Flexout Audio, it’s great to see the duo stepping up to release on Dispatch, and the result is some of their finest material to date, either solo or collaboratively.

The EP covers their style of dark, techy D&B through and through, with deeper but still chunky cuts like Heimlich Savage and On My Mind sitting alongside heavier outings Entropy and Surge Wave, the latter being an absolute weapon that takes influence from the classic Renegade Hardware sound of the mid 2000s. If you want four slabs of rolling tech funk then it doesn’t get much better than this! Check out the clips below and head to the Dispatch Store to grab the EP right now…