E-Motion Records is back!

It’s always a shame when a label goes missing in action, and doubly so when it’s as promising an imprint as E-Motion. Their back catalogue has played host to a wide variety of top notch D&B from up and coming producers within the scene, so we were thrilled to hear of their planned return in 2016 here at Dojo HQ.

E-Motion will kick off the year with a series of Throwback Session releases which will take a look back at some of their most successful/popular releases. Spread over four volumes, with six tracks apiece, these EPs should provide a great opportunity for anyone new to the label to get up to speed with what E-Motion is all about before the label kicks back into gear with new releases from February or so.

To celebrate this awesome news we’ve re-uploaded label boss Slime’s Feb 2014 guest mix for DNB Dojo. Check that out below and head over here for the mix tracklist and the interview we ran at the time.

Virtue – You And I / Whatcha Gonna Do [E-Motion Records]

Virtue returns to E-Motion with another top notch single. Hannah Eve steps up for vocal duties on You And I, providing the perfect accompaniment to the familiar but nonetheless pleasant liquid trappings of the tune. The breakwork is absolutely spot on for this one.

Over on the flip Whatcha Gonna Do sees Virtue teaming up with Soul Culture for a jazz infused, bouncy dancefloor roller – the perfect contrast to the more melancholy vibes of the A side. Check out the clips below and grab this from your favourite digital store from December 8th.

Lakeway – Arroyo / Things You Say [E-Motion Records]

Lakeway returns to E-Motion with more punchy, experimental 170BPM beats following the success of his excellent Digital Serotonin single for the label earlier this year. Arroyo kicks things off with a dark, futuristic vibe and a precise, heavy hitting beat; the kicks and snares really pop, and the unusual rhythm drives the track nicely.

Things You Say meanwhile channels influences from hip-hop and LA bass on the intro before dropping into a minimal drum workout with rapid hats and tons of syncopation. Fans of Stray’s recent hip-hop and footwork infused beats will definitely enjoy this one. Check out the clips below and grab this one from your favourite digital store now!

DJ Hybrid – Falling / Don’t Stop [E-Motion Records]

E-Motion return for their 30th release with a pair of infectious rollers from UK Jungle/D&B producer and Dread Recordings/36 Hertz artist DJ Hybrid. Falling aims for deep territory, with soft pads, a rolling break and catchy vocal hooks used to great effect. Over on the flip Don’t Stop aims for the dancefloor with heavier beats, dark bass and an infectious stabbing melody. Tasty! Check out the clips below and grab this from Monday August 11th.

Lakeway – Digital Serotonin / Sinister Stepper [E-Motion Records]

E-Motion Records latest single sees Exeter producer Lakeway pushing the boundaries of the 170 sound on a pair of exciting new tunes. Digital Serotonin eschews the traditional rolling breaks that characterise much of D&B in favour of an angular beat driven by rapid snare hits and imbued with all manner of extra percussive glitches and fills. Spooky atmospherics and simple yet effective sub bass complete the tune nicely; this one should prove a tasty mood switcher for a break in the mix from the more predictable rollers.

Over on the flip Sinister Stepper lives up to its name with creepy melody and a sense of foreboding on the intro before a grimey drop. Hefty kicks and snares punctuate the rhythmic sub bass for a minimal sound with maximal impact. Check out the clips below and grab this one from your favourite digital outlet from Monday 7th July.

Tremah – Blend / Creep [E-Motion Records]

E-Motion get in touch with their deeper side once again with their latest single from Tremah. Blend lays down a smooth, melancholy vibe with punchy, rolling drums, deep sub vibrations and soft, sad synths coming together nicely.

Over on the flip Creep follows a similar pattern, with insistent beats, well placed vocal samples and a little more emphasis on the bassline. Check out the clips below and watch out for this one dropping from June 9th.

Binary – Etched / Polaris [E-Motion]

Binary returns to E-Motion with a pair of dark, minimal steppers in the vein of Icicle et al. Both tracks emphasise deep sub and crisp drums over in your face lead segments and aim for groove rather than heft, and the overall effect is very satisfying.

Etched heads for dark, angular territory while Polaris softens the mood slightly with lush pads on the intro and bridge segments and a more rolling break compared to the hard drums of the A side. Check out both tracks below and watch out for the release dropping from March 24th at all good digital stores.

Q&A – Slime [E-Motion]

With the label celebrating it’s 25th release we thought it was high time we caught up with E-Motion head honcho Slime for a wee chat. He’s also been kind enough to record an exclusive mix for DnB Dojo which you can find at the bottom, so read on for thoughts and beats aplenty!

DnB Dojo: E-Motion has now been running for nearly 3 years and has reached its 25th release, no mean feat! What do you think the label’s biggest achievement has been so far?

Slime: I think for some it would signing that one big artist or successfully running their own label night, but for me it’s just simply getting support from some of the biggest players in the scene. It seems like I spend most my life downloading and listening to drum and bass mixes and when I hear someone, especially someone who’s considered a veteran within the scene playing our tracks, it certainly puts a smile on my face.

DD: Some of the label’s recent releases have come from as far afield as Brazil, Israel and the USA. Was there a deliberate decision to try and seek out tunes from further afield or is it just a case of being sent great tunes?

S: No, as you say it’s just luck of the draw to have worldwide artists sending me demos. I think it’s great that drum and bass spans right across the world and I am more than happy to release tracks regardless of where they are from. If someone from, let’s say Uranus sent me a demo and I liked it, I would sign that too!

DD: Cruel question though this might be, what’s your favourite tune from the E-Motion catalogue so far? I keep going back to Lisp – Kimura, love that tune!

S: Erm well that is a hard one. Obviously I like every tune we have put on, but one that stands out for me, as it does for a lot of our fans, is Colossus – Under The Weather. That’s a definite firm favourite and even though it was our second release I still draw for it to this day!

DD: So far the label’s output has been digital only, do you have any plans to put out physical releases?

S: I think as a digital label the dream of going vinyl is always there. I have been very close to putting out a couple of our releases on vinyl but have been advised otherwise by more established friends within the scene. It’s still early days though, so who knows what the future will bring!

DD: What’s in store for E-Motion in 2014?

S: As it stands we are just going with the flow and will be continuing to do what we have been for the last 25 releases. I have wicked demos land in my inbox on a weekly basis so we are not short for releases. We have forthcoming bits from Zere, Jam Thieves, Vigorous & DMT to name a few, so there’s no doubt we will be keeping busy right into 2015.

E-Motion’s latest single from US producer Zere is out now at all good digital stores! Check out Slime’s guest mix below and grab yourself a free download from Dropbox.

1. Greyscale & Spillage – Special One
2. LSB feat Sophia Wardman – If You’re Here
3. Facing Jinx – Dependant
4. David Boomah – Where Do We Go From Here (Calibre Remix)
5. Mako, DLR, Villem & Ant TC1 – Hungry For Atmosphere
6. Lynx – Disco Dodo
7. Sam Binga feat Redders – Lef Dem
8. Binary – Etched
9. Zere – Interval
10. Aries, Gold Dubs, Bevan, Andy Sim feat Lion Art – Chem Trails
11. Habitat – Holdin’ It Down
12. Zere – Outsource 1
3. M-Soul & S27 – The Grief
14. Binary – Polaris
15. Lavance – Escape
16. Etherwood – Spoken (S.P.Y Remix)
17. Cybin – Departure
18. Seba – Science Fiction
19. Habitat – Can They Hear Me
20. Ravager – Runaway (Livewire Remix)
21. DMT – Crushed Ice
22. Virtue Feat Bonnie Rabson – Moment
23. Jam Thieves – Cannibal
24. Bipolar – Like This
25. Brains – We Are One (Chris Su Remix)
26. Melinki and Phenz – Electric Love
27. Virtue Feat Impact MC – Finest Days (Livewire Remix)
28. Duoscience – Dawn
29. Pennygiles – I Remember
30. Vigorous – More Than You’ll Ever Know

Duoscience – Dawn / Declarations of Love [E-Motion Records]

E-Motion start their year with a pair of musical, funky liquid rollers from Duoscience. Dawn employs the classic liquid tropes of warm sub bass, catchy hooks and an emphasis on melody, making great use of harmonics to provide a really rich tone to the lead lines.

Declarations of Love heads for similar territory, with strings and guitar taking the foreground over a background of crisp, rolling breaks. Check out the clips below and watch out for the release dropping from Jan 20th at all good digital outlets.