Tag Archives: Melodic

DNB Dojo Podcast #27 – Jan 2019

Hex kicks off the 2019 podcast season with an hour of selections crossing the full spectrum of the D&B sound. Inside the ride this month there are fresh cuts from Klax & Enei, Transforma, Phentix, Dexta, MISO, Dyl, Frame and many more, plus a dubplate from Shen to close the show. Can’t argue with that eh?

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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Muffler – Composer [Muffler Music]

When it comes to legends of the D&B scene, there are fewer more unsung (or at least under-sung) than Muffler. Producing since the tender age of nine and releasing music for nearly twenty years, Muffler has notched up releases with Spearhead, Hospital, Moving Shadow, DSCI4 and dozens more, flying the flag for Finland with a wicked cross-section of tracks that span the spectrum from dark to light and hard to soft.

Just before Christmas he dropped his fifth album, launching new imprint Muffler Music into the bargain, and we’re extremely pleased to report that it’s full of the sort of high class, emotional music that has made Muffler a Dojo favourite ever since we heard his 2003 Sounds of the Future LP.

The first few tracks of the album are an absolute treat for anyone who likes a charged piano roller, with Heavy Heart and Composer both standing out as masterclasses in key-work. Zürich Jungle lives up to it’s name with a nod to the more break-focussed style of days gone by, while Dark Funk and Low Frequency show that Konsta still knows how to lay down dark club bangers with ease.

While it might not be pushing too many envelopes, Composer is a love letter to the classic D&B form, and one penned by a supremely talented producer at that. Check out the clips below and hit up your favourite outlet to grab a copy right now.

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Premiere: Brainwork & mnml – Hold On (Leniz Remix)

Differential have made it to one year old, and to celebrate they’re putting out a big new EP featuring 10 fresh remixes of previous releases. Today’s premiere comes courtesy of Leniz, who flips the deep liquid of Brainwork & mnml’s Hold On into a mellow jungle workout powered along by classic breaks. Lovely stuff! Watch out for the album dropping Feb 1st at Beatport…

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Premiere: Vektral – Revolving

Deeper beats on today’s premiere as Manchester producer Vorles launches new alias Vektral with a slick new single for Nu Venture. Revolving is a subtle liquid roller, soft and delicate in its approach and all the better for it. Tasty stuff! Look out for this coming to digital stores Jan 11th…

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Akuratyde – Past Lives LP [Blu Mar Ten]

When it comes to pristine A&R, Blu Mar Ten Music might just be the most consistent label in the scene. Chris’s knack for signing innovative artists to produce albums is pretty much unparalleled, and every single one has been superb, from the cinematic depths of Conduct, to the eclectic sounds of Kimyan Law and through the dark jazz of RQ. Now we can add another name to that list, as Akuratyde drops his debut long player for the label following on from his excellent Embrace EP back in 2015.

Tonally the album occupies a similar space to that EP; a mixture of natural instrumentation and synthetic elements, soft but warm tones, and bright, uplifting atmospheres. Where the LP differs though is in the tempo and energy of the compositions – where Embrace leaned towards the ultra-deep, autonomic-esque end of the beat spectrum, Past Lives isn’t afraid to bring in more up-tempo percussion and heavier bassline elements.

That trademark Akuratyde depth is still present though, and while there are more obviously “drum & bass” numbers by way of Monika collab Come True and sublime break-driven roller Lost Summer, the rest of the tracks tread that middle ground between more autonomic and even ambient territory and full tempo rollers, with breathtaking results.

Overall this is a stunning debut from a producer who can make detailed and intricate compositions sound gliding and effortless, and despite the obvious production effort that’s gone into the album it never feels over-engineered; no mean feat in the current age of D&B. Check out the previews below and hit up the BMT store to grab a copy on vinyl or digital now.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #26 – Dec 2018

Just in time for Christmas, Hex is back with the last podcast of 2018, and it’s a bit of a belter! 90 minutes of brand new music including tech smashers from Invadhertz & MISSIN, liquid rollers from Cnof & Skydata, weighty steppers from Ground & Spook and halftime melters from Fractale & Monty.

There’s also new music from Hex himself in the form of his remix of K2T – Reckoning, and K2t & Manu return the favour on a new remix of Hex’s This Snare. Last but by no means least, there are dubs inside from Dialectical and Shudder…what more could you want over the holiday season?

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: Quentin Hiatus – Star 4788

The ever prolific Free Love Digi boss Quentin Hiatus returns to his home turf for one more release this year and he’s heading back to his 2-step roots for an unusually “Drum & Bass-y” EP compared to his more experimental output in recent times. Star 4788 combines a rich, enveloping synth melody, soft vocal accents and a crispy backbone of breaks and bass for an utterly enchanting journey powered by melody and warmth. Lose yourself in this one! The Sage Mode EP lands December 18th at digital stores…

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 77: Dan Guidance

Dan Guidance steps up for episode 77 of our exclusive mix series, dishing up an hour of tasty liquid rollers (and a few darker numbers) including a host of his own tunes for All Street, Such Music and Exiled Recordings. Melodic vibes a plenty!

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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DNB Dojo Podcast #25 – Nov 2018

With the year drawing to an end, Hex is back with the penultimate podcast of 2018 and as always it’s packed full of fresh D&B goodness! This time around there’s new music from Circuits, Frame, Kusp, Retrakt, Visages, TIDE, Akuratyde and many many more…get to know.

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: Elementz of Noize – In Aether

Elementz of Noize returns to his own imprint for a release of more mellow material and we’re proud to present the premiere of lead track In Aether. Following on from the absolutely sublime The Grand Escape earlier this year, the new EP is full of melodic explorations at the deeper end of jungle and that couldn’t be more evident here; classic breaks, hypnotic synths and a zen-like calm pervade the track. Music for the mind, not the dancefloor…watch out for this coming to Bandcamp from Nov 30th.

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