Bournemouth based producer Krakota has been carving a name for himself on the Drum & Bass scene with releases on Critical and Ingredients, including last year’s Be Myself on the Ingredients Recipe Book LP. Recently he’s been kind enough to give away his VIP of the track for free, and it’s a gorgeous tune, equal parts uplifiting liquid and techy edge – crisp rolling snares, warm bass and a slightly ghostly echoed vocal sample.
Krakota has also recently put together a mix for KMag which has been on fairly heavy rotation here for the last week or so – a lively mix of recent techstep rollers with some older classics and a handful of uplifting liquid numbers.
You can find more mixes and some previews of his forthcoming releases on Ingredients over on his Soundcloud page. Krakota’s latest release, Scraper/Tunnel Vision is out today on Ingredients, available on vinyl and digital from all good record stores.
It’s been 5 years since Commix released their debut album Call to Mind on Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, to much critical acclaim. Since then the Cambridge duo have had a slew of singles and compilation appearances (including the long awaited release of Icicle collab Ultra Clean on Shogun Audio’s Way of the Warrior LP last year).
Ahead of their second LP proper (due for release later in the year) the boys have kindly restored a bunch of old tracks and collected them for release as Dusted. Despite being picked from the archives the quality remains tip top. Opener Audience is a clever mix of moody half-step and old school jungle drum lines, while Envious brings out a menacing low end reese bassline and an insitent rhythm.
The LP has a good mixture of sub heavy dancefloor belters like I Have You and more soulful numbers like Time has Come. The highlight for me has to be Untitled Sept 06, a masterwork of helter skelter drum patterns, soft pads and echoing piano.
Check out previews of the whole album below, and watch out for the release on Metalheadz on Mar 5th.
Mixtape banter this week comes courtesy of Hungarian Drum’n’bass producer Mindscape via fellow Hungarian Jade‘s Eatbrain label. Spanning 29 tracks in just under an hour, this is wall to wall neurofunk DnB at it’s finest, with brand new dubs from the likes of Black Sun Empire, Gridlok, Cause4Concern, Neonlight, S.P.Y, Prolix and The Upbeats. Tight rolling breakbeats and growling bass all the way. Check it out below!