Shogun Audio present a very special release this month as four of their label family go in on remixes for the legendary Moby! Tackling such iconic and recognisable material is both an honour and a daunting challenge, but thankfully each of the artists has risen to that challenge and turned in some really memorable new versions within the D&B template.
Pola & Bryson and Technimatic turn in perhaps the most obvious remixes of the collection, sticking to their strengths and bringing some delicious liquid reworks to the table. The P&B remix of Porcelain in particular is just so lush; all the instantly familiar parts of the original are there, within a crispy framework of rolling breaks, warm bass and bubbling arpeggios.
Fourward also do a commendable job on their remix of Go, with the classic string segment matched by swelling reese basslines before a rough techy drop. Possibly the best of the bunch comes from Icicle though, harnessing the piano and vocals of Natural Blues into one of the wonkiest halftime compositions we’ve heard in a while. The beats and bass are positively lurching on this one, giving a really seasick lilt to the lyrics. Sick!
As with all the best remixes these are instantly recognisable yet entirely distinct from the originals; the Shogun camp have smashed this one. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite digital outlet to grab the EP now.
Friction’s Shogun Audio are celebrating 10 years in style with a massive bundle of new tunes. The 10 Years compilation features brand new beats alongside remixes of some Shogun classics, and comes in a beautiful six piece vinyl box set.
Dancefloor tech is well represented among the new tracks with beats from Icicle & Prolix, Friction, Joe Ford and Fourward all bringing the hard and nasty vibes. There’s also rolling liquid from LSB and Technimatic, a new genre bender from Rockwell and something a little unusual from Spectrasoul in the form of Ben. On the remix front, Spor’s anthemic Aztec gets a pretty hyperactive rework from Calyx & Teebee, Aliz Perez and Spectrasoul get the liquid refix treatment from Calibre and Etherwood respectively, and Fourward turn in a chunky new mix of Dark Days. Last but by no means least, Total Science & S.P.Y bring us a new VIP of another back catalogue fave – 2010’s Gangsta.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, the set also includes a poster, stickers, 3 CDs and a DVD; the CDs provide the new tracks in digital form, a selection of classics from the Shogun back catalogue and a fresh mix from Friction, while the DVD features a 10 Years documentary. There are only 500 copies of the full bundle available so head over to the Shogun Audio store pronto if you want to bag one, or save your wallet and grab the CD or digital package.
Friction gets his collab on for the latest single on Shogun Audio. The A-side features a rather forgettable dancefloor roller from the label boss and Total Science, but ultimately this release is all about Battle Scars on the flip. Fourward bring their growling bassline expertise to the table and the instantly recognisable vocal stylings of MC Jakes ice the rolling, techy cake. Check it out below and watch out for this dropping from June 8th on digital and June 23rd on vinyl.
Austrian neuro powerhouse Fourward drop the latest release on Friction’s Shogun Audio imprint, coming correct with three fresh new slices of big room neurofunk. As with previous releases such as the Aftermath EP for Audioporn (which I’m still rinsing in sets!) the new tunes combine the team’s proficiency for tasty bass textures with hefty drum lines and a knack for dancefloor sensibilities.
While none of the beats on show here are necessarily pushing the envelope that far, they’re all masterfully constructed and sure to move a crowd, and sometimes that’s all you need! Check out the clips below and grab yourself a copy on vinyl and digital now!
After the success of 2011’s Way of the Warrior LP, Shogun return with another installment and 12 new tracks spanning the D&B spectrum. DLR brings us soulful vibes with a techy undertone and some superb percussion on Sleep Talk, and Rockwell and Joe Ford vie for position with Fourward and Mefjus to see who can turn in the dirtiest neuro belter!
Elsewhere on the LP Spectrasoul, Total Science and Technimatic serve up some smooth liquid rollers and Friction gets on the remix for Addison Groove and Sam Binga turning in a trap-infused rework of RZOR. Something for D&B heads of all tastes here. Check out the beats below and watch out for the release from November 10th.
Automate head honcho Esion gets on the 1s and 2s to deliver a stomping 75 minute mix of wall to wall neurofunk bangers. The tracklist speaks for itself really with beasting tracks from the likes of Prolix, Black Sun Empire, Break, The Upbeats, Noisia, Spor and Ed Rush to name just a few. Check it out below and grab yourself a free download in 320!
SGN:Ltd’s run of top quality darker beats continues with a double-A side from Austrian production quartet Fourward. Black Tooth Grin delivers the kind of warped, gnarly neurofunk we’ve come to know and love from Fourward, who have arguably some of the best bass action in the game right now.
Over on the flip Guilty Pleasures strips things back, delivering a menacing slice of splintered half-step. Think Fracture versus Noisia and you’re somewhere close.
Watch out for the release dropping October 6th. As if that wasn’t enough, the boys have compiled a tasty promo mix for the fifth installment of the SGN Mix Sessions series; packed full of tunes from Noisia, Phace, The Upbeats, and of course plenty of their own productions, this is straight up neurofunk badness. Check it out below and grab a free download!