Tokyo Prose – Gossamer EP [footnotes]

We live in deeply uncertain times right now, but thankfully some things can still be relied upon, and new material from Tokyo Prose falls firmly under that heading! New Zealand’s best liquid producer and one of a small handful across the scene that can legitimately be mentioned in the same breath as artists like Calibre…special stuff.

Sam’s latest work sees him making his debut on LSB’s footnotes imprint, which feels like an incredibly natural home for the deep, thoughtful music he produces; LSB is certainly a kindred spirit in this regard.

All four tracks are vintage Prose – if you’re expecting halftime curveballs or unlikely dark stompers you’ll likely be disappointed. What shouldn’t be disappointing is the effortless, hypnotic melodies on show, whether it’s the upbeat piano and jazz sax of Jacknife, the melancholy chords of Gossamer or the intricate progressions of Lights Down Low, a rare collaborative track with Satl.

Deft, subtle, joyous and thoughtful, Gossamer finds Tokyo Prose on top form, making unashamedly rolling and unashamedly emotional drum & bass. Can’t argue with that from where we’re standing! The EP is out now on vinyl and digital via the footnotes Bandcamp.

Premiere: Echo Motion – Reserved

We’re suckers for a deep liquid roller here at Dojo HQ and Echo Motion certainly knows his way around one! Adding Riddim Records to the suite of labels he’s graced over the last couple of years, Reserved shows off a talent for understated melody and stripped back yet emotive vibes; those who worship at the altar of Calibre should enjoy this one! Watch out for the release coming Aug 17th.

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Premiere: Science of Man – Second Look

We’ve been really overwhelmed here at DNB Dojo by the outpouring of support across the DNB Scene at this time of crisis; it’s absolutely heartwarming to see the scene coming together to try and do some good and help those who really need it. Today’s premiere comes from Science of Man, who contributes a beautiful deep liquid roller to Rebel Music’s Rebel One LP. All proceeds from the LP will go to the NHS Charities Together fund to help in the fight against Coronavirus, so hit up their Bandcamp and give what you can; the album is out today.

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Premiere: Sotus – Gloom

re:st are back with another deep vinyl release and this time it’s Sotus taking control. Title track Gloom is in the Dojo spotlight today…building up with melancholy atmospheres and intricate drum work before progressing to darker bass textures on the second drop. Really unusual sound on this one and a haunting vibe…this ships April 15th from the re:st store and other vinyl retailers.

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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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Premiere: SYK – Fatality

Deep liquid business on today’s premiere as French duo SYK land on new Bristol label A R Records! While the EP showcases a variety of tones including more gritty tech-driven beats, Fatality is a calibre-esque soft roller with melancholy piano and an ease of spirit; more Sunday afternoon pints than Saturday night rave-out. Check it out below and look for the EP at all good digital stores from June 9th.

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Premiere: Robustus – NYC

Our latest exclusive comes courtesy of Swiss powerhouse Demand Records! Taken from the second volume of their rather tasty Requisites EP series, Bulgarian producer Robustus serves up a wicked roller combining melancholy piano leads with rolling breaks and just enough grit in the bassline for that sweet spot of edge and soul. Requisites #2 is out on Friday; hit up the Demand Store to grab a copy on vinyl and keep your eyes on the usual digital outlets for the virtual copy.

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Q&A – BRKCHK [Multilux]

BRKCHK is an artist that first came to our ears via an excellent release for Quentin Hiatus’ Free Love Digi imprint, and the same emotional resonance which made that EP so special is more than evident on his latest release for his own Multilux imprint. Following on from our last chat back in 2014, we caught up with Jacob to find out about the story of long lost EP God’s Not Listening, the meaning in his music and the state of D&B in 2017. Check it out!

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Premiere: Need For Mirrors & Phil Tangent – Polaroid

We’ve got a very special exclusive from scene stalwarts Need For Mirrors and Phil Tangent today as we present the premiere of the lead track from their new EP for CIA Deepkut, ‘Polaroid’! Shimmering pads, simple breaks and a memorable vocal sample make for a blissful deep liquid jam; perfect Sunday listening.

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Premiere: D Flect – After Rain

Today’s premiere comes from Dojo favourite D Flect and UK/NL label Silent Audio. Taken from the Occlusion LP, After Rain sees D Flect going in deep on a crisp and melancholy roller led by soft strings and light-touch piano. Vibes! Look for the LP at all good digital stores from Jan 17th; pre-orders are live now at Beatport, Juno and iTunes.

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