Younger junglists may not be familiar with KMag, but anyone who paid attention to drum and bass in the 90s or noughties will doubtless remember the original source of D&B news. From humble beginnings as a free fanzine way back in 1994, Knowledge evolved to a highly successful print magazine with some cracking cover CDs, before transitioning to an online only format in 2009.
Much to the sadness of many in the scene the site stopped publishing new content in 2015, but now they’re back and celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special one-off edition of the magazine, lovingly presented in book form. You can read all about it from editor Colin Steven over here, and if you like the look of it you can pre-order the book ahead of it’s December release.
Chase & Status’s ambitious new RTRN II JUNGLE project is gathering pace just now, and the latest news to emerge comes by way of a 10 minute documentary explaining the concept and nature of the project. Not content with merely returning to the roots of the sound, the team are going a step further and have travelled to Jamaica to record original roots and dancehall records that they can then sample in order to create original jungle music.
As ways to celebrate 15 years of a musical project and the influences of the sound that gave them a career go, we think you’ll agree this is pretty damn exciting! Give the video a watch below and look out for the first single dropping Wed 29th…
Czech tech imprint Authentic Music have been pretty quiet until recently, but they’re coming out of hibernation in a big way this month with the release of two compilation EPs featuring some of the best tracks from the label back catalogue. The first one is out right now featuring cuts from Hybris, A-Cray, Bone and Peejay & Panorama, and if you like your beats crunchy and forward thinking it should be right up your street.
Besides the Square One EP we can look forward to the next one (you guessed it – Square Two) dropping from Jan 18th on Juno and Jan 25th elsewhere. Featuring another fine selection from A-Cray, Ower, Definate and Hemoglobin, this is equally worth a look if you missed the tracks first time around.
As if all that wasn’t enough they’ve also released the first teaser of their next project, Art of Deception. Look out for more news on this soon, but meantime you can check out the clip of Revaux’s satisfying chunky Solidify below.
It’s always a shame when a label goes missing in action, and doubly so when it’s as promising an imprint as E-Motion. Their back catalogue has played host to a wide variety of top notch D&B from up and coming producers within the scene, so we were thrilled to hear of their planned return in 2016 here at Dojo HQ.
E-Motion will kick off the year with a series of Throwback Session releases which will take a look back at some of their most successful/popular releases. Spread over four volumes, with six tracks apiece, these EPs should provide a great opportunity for anyone new to the label to get up to speed with what E-Motion is all about before the label kicks back into gear with new releases from February or so.
To celebrate this awesome news we’ve re-uploaded label boss Slime’s Feb 2014 guest mix for DNB Dojo. Check that out below and head over here for the mix tracklist and the interview we ran at the time.
Think you know your D&B snare drums? Well this might be the test for you…to celebrate the release of their forthcoming MethLab // 1 EP, the team at MethLab Agency are giving away a copy of the EP and a t-shirt to whoever can correctly identify the 15 MethLab artists behind each snare in the clip below, with one each from Allied, Audeka, Billain, Broken Note, Cause4Concern, Current Value, Disphonia, Disprove, Kursa, Maztek, Minor Rain, The Sect, Rawtekk, Signs & Silent Witness.
You’ve only got until Friday so get to it! Full details on how to enter (and how to get your hands on the pack of 30 free snares) are on the Soundcloud page here…get guessing crew.
October has seen an unbelievably large amount of music land in the Dojo inbox, so we picked out our favourite of the pack of recent and shortly forthcoming releases. Read on for new beats from Seba, Stoner & Dotter Poison, Moresounds and more! Continue reading →
Fearful has been a busy man of late! Between releases for Diffrent, AutomAte and a fantastic mix for DNB Dojo, Chris has also found time to craft a fresh bit of techno in the form of self released track Premonition. The producers in the Dojo readership should be interested to hear that he’s running a remix contest around the track, with first place netting a white 12″ DIFF025 vinyl and runners up treated to early copies of Fearful releases on digital.
You can check out the original track below in all it’s brooding glory; head over to Soundcloud to grab the stems and get your remix in to the Soundcloud group by September 21st 2015 to be in with a chance of winning.
We’re big fans of both Aeph and Lifted here at the Dojo so naturally news of fresh material piqued our interest! Ahead of the next crop of Lifted releases Aeph has been on the 1s and 2s and recorded a fresh mix showcasing a horde of tasty new dubs. The mix is available on Soundcloud and Bittorrent, and as a bonus you can pick up the whole Aeph / Lifted discography from Bittorrent for a pay what you like basis! Can’t say fairer than that. Check out the mix below and go give the man a buck or two for his previous tunes.
The second round of Outlook lineup additions have just dropped, and the festival continue to up their game with a slew of great bookings. Shy FX, Congo Natty, Dub Phizix, My Nu Leng and Icicle (performing his Entropy Live show) join an already healthy initial lineup of D&B alongside tons more artists representing House, Grime, Dub, Hip-hop and more.
Tickets are selling fast so check out the official lineup announcement video below and head over here to pick up tickets while you still can!
Icicle is teaming up with Skittles to take a new project on the road called Entropy Live which promises to be something a bit different from the average DJ set. The man himself describes it as follows:
Entropy Live is based on hardware, controllers, live synthesis, sequencing and analogue mixing. There is no digital audio workstation involved and I cannot simply press play and take a step back. Sonically the show is a re-imagining of my album Entropy with some additional music from my earlier career and live improvisations. I think this show is about technical excellence as much as it is about depth, and Skittles is the embodiment of that sentiment holding a microphone.
Check out a teaser for the tour below and hit up Icicle’s website for tour dates across Europe over the next few months.