May Roundup

Time for another roundup of the best releases in the underground D&B scene; read on for new releases from Renegade Hardware, Flexout, Warm Communications, Invisible and more…

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Invisible 012 [Invisible Recordings]

Noisia’s Invisible imprint close out the year with another cracking EP featuring another four tracks from producers across the D&B spectrum. Silent Witness turns in an absolutely tearing tech smasher on Being Human while Volatile Cycle and Subtension explore slightly less aggressive but nonetheless upfront territory. Last but by no means least, Sabre & Safire team up for the superb Genie Method; deep, moody liquid with the atmosphere turned up all the way to 11. Check out the clips below and grab this from your favourite store on vinyl or digital now.

Hybris – Emergence LP [Invisible Recordings]

The wait is over – Hybris’ debut LP has dropped on Noisia’s Invisible Recordings imprint, and quite a treat it is too. Spanning a healthy 15 tracks and exploring different styles and tempos alongside a healthy dose of dark D&B.

Asides from the previously covered singles, there’s a plethora of great D&B on show here. Night Boss brings to mind Phace & Misanthrop’s excellent output in terms of precision and heft, while Subversion provides a bouncy dancefloor roller that I’d challenge anyone not to nod their head to. The Czech-based producer pushes the boundaries into stranger riddims on Northeast Groove, with some excellent use of creepy atmospherics, a trend that’s continued on the angular aggression of Tweakers.

On a more experimental tip Hybris explores groovy glitch-hop on the excellent Call Me Chuck, and even finds time to explore faintly garage-ish territory on the uplifting Every Day Away. Last but by no means least, the LP is punctuated by three epic, sometimes beatless compositions which sit perfectly within the album’s flow and showcase a flair for sound design and texture. The gloom and crackle of Zkouska Siren in particular had me grinning ear to ear.

Overall this is a fantastic accomplishment from a great producer and well worth a listen for anyone who likes their D&B deep, dark and a little bit weird. Check out the clips below and grab yourself a copy from your favourite store now!

Hybris – Garbage Truck [Invisible Recordings]

The build up for Hybris forthcoming LP for Invisible Recordings continues with Garbage Truck, the second single from the album following last month’s Timeloop. The lead track is an angular, clattering drum workout with beats dropping like bombs from every angle and robotic bass squelching in and out of the mix. Night Boss provides something a bit more rolling, and brings to mind the excellent early singles from Phace & Misanthrop’s Neosignal catalogue.

Perhaps no surprise then that the release is closed out with a remix from none other than Misanthrop! The German neuro producer makes Garbage Truck his own, amping the tension on the intro and replacing the madcap breaks with a rolling beat driven along by techno style bass stabs. Check out the clips below and look out for the single dropping from Monday August 11th on Beatport, with general release to follow from August 25th.

Invisible 007 [Invisible Recordings]

Noisia’s Invisible Recordings imprint returns with another various artists EP showcasing the deeper side of the 170BPM spectrum. Nickbee returns to the imprint with a rolling slice of tech with plenty of atmosphere, but to be honest the other tracks on the release prove far more interesting.

Bop and Diagram’s Abstract Elements collaboration make their first appearance on the label with the angular microfunk of PMS!!!, complete with one of the oddest samples I’ve heard in a tune for some time. Fre4knc serves up a dark, industrial slice of half-step business with some interesting rhythms on Cardiome, and finally Berlin duo Survey deliver a distinctly tribal sounding rhythm in the form of Swim.

Check out the clips below and watch out for this dropping on vinyl from Monday with digital following on the 26th.