AudioSketch – Sound Design LP [Soul Trader]

Soul Trader are upping their game in a big way with their latest project, presenting their first solo artist LP after a fine run of single and EP releases, and they’re going back to the artist behind their first two releases: AudioSketch.

AudioSketch has really outdone himself on this project, serving up twelve wicked originals and three cracking remixes for an album of crisply produced rollers with an ear for both melody and a solid dancefloor bassline. Introspective deep liquid this is not, but neither is it a soulless collection of “bangers”, as the tracks tread that line between soul and heft with aplomb.

In terms of guests the Soul Trader team have brought quite the crew to the table; label owner Surplus is on hand, as are Oktiv, HLZ and Salaryman, while guest vocals come from Hannah Eve and Identified. Remix-wise the invitations are equally top-drawer, with Villem & McLeod, BCee and Random Movement turning in wicked takes on some of the album tracks.

Overall while this might not be pushing any envelopes in terms of genre innovation, the match of musicality, bassweight and production sheen is just impossible to argue with, and the tracks are more than memorable enough to stand the test of time. Check out the clips below and hit up Beatport to grab the whole LP right now.

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Premiere: AudioSketch & Oktiv – Come For Me (Random Movement Remix)

Time for another exclusive DNB Dojo Premiere and this time it comes from AudioSketchRandom Movement and Soul Trader Records!

Soul Trader continue their impressive run of releases with the debut LP from up and coming producer AudioSketch. One of the album’s best cuts comes in the form of Come For Me and Random Movement has been recruited to refix the original, turning in a sublime dancefloor roller with soul and bass heft in equal measure. Wicked stuff!

Look out for this one dropping on the 1st LP Sampler on Feb 22nd with the full album due in March.

LTD EP Vol. 2 [Soul Trader]

Soul Trader Record’s latest EP sees a number of the scene’s biggest names teaming up for a Various Artists EP with heaps of liquid soul. BCee kicks things off with the beautifully emotive strains of Thought I Knew, bringing his signature rolling style and slightly muted euphoria to the table for an outing that provides plenty of evidence as to why he’s still a mainstay of the scene after all these years.

Elsewhere HLZ turns in a silky smooth roller on Broken Lights and McLeod (seen without Villem in a rare turn here) gets playful on the sultry and understated Stolen Kisses. For those with a taste for the more upfront stylings there’s also a fresh cut from Salaryman and an interesting drumstep remix of Random Movement from Simplification and Translate. Can’t argue with that! Check out the clips below and look for this on vinyl and digital from Nov 27th and Nov 30th respectively.

Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch EP [Fokuz Recordings]

Random Movement brings his effortlessly smooth styles to Fokuz Recordings, and as usual from the ginger-curled American maestro the vibes are perfect! I Stayed Around kicks things off with a crisp break and a cheeky little guitar line for a tune that just oozes class; we can see this warming up a few rooms nicely early in the evening.

On though, to the main event on this EP, the titular Sleazy Bitch. This tune is one of the sexiest slices of rolling D&B we’ve heard in a while, and we’re not talking about the kind of maximum cheese on toast that has the MC yelling “this one for da ladieeeeezzz”; sultry vocals over a bouncy beat and a nice selection of melodic flourishes make for a track that should get the party people in the mood for love. If it were possible to bump & grind at 170BPM, this tune would inspire it.

Last but by no means least, Random Movement delivers a weightier than usual remix of Blockwork’s Morning Music, retaining his usual melodic touch but bringing some additional bass pressure to the party with a sprinkling of jazz for good measure. Worthy stuff all round! Check out the clips below and look for this one on vinyl and digital from May 11th.

Intrigue 11 [Intrigue Music]

Bristol-based label and club night Intrigue Music celebrate 11 years in the game with a tidy selection of tracks from some of the most well respected names in the game. Highlights come from Break, who remixes The Insiders’ Wonder Why with typical flair, Random Movement who dishes up a smooth jazzy refix of The Insiders’ The Rhythm and Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris who deliver a masterclass in rolling tech on Don’t Call It Anything.

Elsewhere the release features a selection of musical yet dancefloor friendly cuts from the likes of Survival, RoyGreen and Protone, Joakuim and Eveson. Check out all the tracks below and watch out for the release dropping from Feb 24th.

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The Return LP [BIOS]

BIOS Recordings returns from hiatus with an LP bringing together 13 tracks from a variety of artists straddling the styles of drum & bass. While there are a handful of darker tracks in there (such as the excellent Chatter by Survey) for the most part the LP leans towards the rolling liquid end of the spectrum, with highlights coming in the form of the Bukem-esque Heaven Sent and the distinctly eastern infused vibes of Sirocco.

Elsewhere NotioN turn in a great atmospheric stepper with Below the Down and Savage Rehab & Physics team up to deliver a classic roller with some seriously tasty sub wobble in action. Random Movement also delivers a nice little number which heads for slightly darker territory than his usual fair while still retaining the soulful elements that mark his production out so well.

Unfortunately there are no soundcloud previews online but you can hear a mix of all the tracks on the album over on Mixcloud. Grab your copy on vinyl and CD now from all good retailers and look out for the digital release in early July.

In The Mix…Lenzman & Dan Steno

Lenzman teams up with vocal partner in crime Dan Stezo to deliver a lush liquid mixtape in advance of his appearance at Outlook 2013. True to form the mix is packed full of smooth rollers from the likes of Calibre, Artificial Intelligence, Marky, Random Movement and Lenzman himself. Check it out below and grab yourself a free download!

Technimatic & Random Movement Remixes [Rubik]

Rubik Records serve up their latest 12″ tomorrow with Technimatic and Random Movement trading remixes. The A-side sees Random Movement turning in a nice liquid remix of Technimatic’s Vermillion, but for me it’s all about the Technimatic remix of RM’s Dropping The Chips over on the flip. The infectious melodies of the original are combined to good effect with a chunky drum break to create some tidy dancefloor damage.

Check out the tunes below and grab yourself a copy from Juno.