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DNB Dojo Mix Series 74: Johnathan Thomas

US beatsmith Johnathan Thomas steps up to deliver our latest exclusive guest mix. Packed full of forthcoming beats from The Dreamers and Samsara beats, the mix blends traditional D&B rollers with more experimental cuts and melodic liquid with rougher tech beats. Sick selection!

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: Davide Carbone – Shadows

BS1 Records continue their relaunch with a new single from label boss Davide Carbone. Shadows is a deep, soulful roller, characterised by a soft, emotional vocal and deft use of melody. Classic heartstring tugger this one! Look out for Shadows alongside a remix from Royalston and an ambient mix, out at all good stores from Sep 10th.

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Premiere: Monika – Himalaya (Akuratyde Remix)

Monika returns to Soulvent this month with another top single and he’s recruited LA’s Akuratyde for a remix. As you’d expect based on the producer’s previous work for Blu Mar Ten Music, this is a detailed, shimmering rework full of lush synth work and unusual production; imbued with all the emotion of the best liquid tunes but also an experimental streak and unusual percussion. Beautiful! Look for this dropping Friday 7th September at all the usual outlets.

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Premiere: Carlito & Addiction – Rumours

Scene legends Carlito & Addiction land on Marky’s long running Innerground imprint at the end of this month and we’re extremely pleased to have the exclusive on Rumours! Bringing that dancefloor funk that Marky has such a keen ear for, this one is powered along by intense layered drums, an infectious hook and jazzy synth swells. Serious energy! Look for this dropping Friday 31st at Beatport…

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Premiere: Krispy – All of a Sudden

South African producer Krispy is in the hot seat today with a wicked new track dropping next month on The Dreamers! Taken from the second of the label’s Dream Cycle compilations, All of a Sudden brings together appropriately crispy (ah-ha) breaks, smooth atmospheric textures and deep sub for an uplifting liquid workout. Look out for this alongside 24 other high grade deep tracks dropping at digital stores September 20th!

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Premiere: Hiraeth – The Fall of Babylon

Such Music are back with a fresh single from Belgian artist Hiraeth, previously known as Orion. The producer continues his trend for deep, rolling D&B with buckets of soul on The Fall of Babylon, harnessing a classic reggae vocal sample amid deep synths and evocative strings for a top-notch laid back roller. This one is out today at all good stores!

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Tokyo Prose – Wild Grace [The North Quarter]

The arrival of a new album from Kiwi liquid maestro Tokyo Prose last month took everyone by surprise; in a world where even EP releases are often stage managed and teased one track at a time over a period of weeks, to find out that a full album was in the offing and the first tracks were available instantly was a breath of fresh air. But when the artist and the material are as good as this the hype is unnecessary.

Tempting as it was to jump in with an instant reaction review, this one seemed worthy of a little contemplation…so with the dust now having settled and Wild Grace having been on rotation fairly regularly for a month, how does it stand up in the cannon of Tokyo Prose?

The first thing to note here is that Tokyo Prose hasn’t lost his gift for understatement; as the only artist besides LSB who really gets close to Calibre in the evocative roller stakes, the “less is more” aesthetic of previous work is present again here. Moving piano chords and crisp breakbeats reign supreme, and any temptation for over-editing tracks has been ignored in favour of smooth progressions and disarming simplicity of form.

Wild Grace lives up to it’s title too; the tracks conjure a sense of natural beauty through soft, mostly organic instrumentation and a deftness of touch. Highlights include Trick of the LightInnate Motion and Impressions, all of which tread that fine line of mellow yet uplifting, beautiful but not cheesy, a kind of muted euphoria that is at once imbued with a sense of speed and also a sense of stillness.

If we have a complaint, it’s that the vocal work on this album doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by 2014’s Presence; whereas the Riya and Zoe Klinck collaborations of that LP are among the highlights, the instrumentals are definitely the tracks we’re more drawn to at Dojo HQ this time around. Overall though it’s still a stunning collection of music from an artist we’d love to hear from more often. Wild Grace is out now on vinyl and digital at all good stores.

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Premiere: rOhmz – Vagarious

Greazus’ label Aufect are back in our spotlight today with a beautiful new tune from fellow Canadian producer rOhmz. Combining a deft sense of melody and melancholy with a keen ear for sound design, Vagarious contrasts deep wobbly sub with quirky percussion and soft, hypnotic hints of piano and synth. Think Tokyo Prose crossed with Kimyan Law, and worthy of those comparisons! Look out for this coming Aug 30th at all good stores.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #22 – Aug 2018

It’s that time again; Dojo boss Hex is on the 1s and 2s with all the latest D&B, Jungle and 170 selections! This month’s mix features new beats from Benny L, Safire, Taelimb, Allied, FD, DJ Kid and many more, plus Hex’s new remix for Detached Audio so watch out for that one.

As always you can check out the podcast 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: Silence Groove – Origins

Soulvent are back with their latest bundle of liquid goodness and we’re pleased to present the premiere of Origins. Slovakian producer Silence Groove makes his debut on the label and he comes correct with a deep liquid roller straight from the Calibre school of D&B; crisp drums, simple but effective hooks and warm bassline goodness. Hit up your favourite store to grab this right now!

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