We’ve got an absolute face-melter on today’s premiere as UK hard D&B producer Blockdata lands on the well-respected Ohm Resistance! Exas delivers exactly the sort of precision sound design and heavy hitting bassline modulations you’d expect; haunting breakdowns and savage verses. Look for this on vinyl and digital from Feb 14th!
We’re hyped to have a techstep legend in the premiere spotlight today! Taken from his new EP for CNVX, The Dreamer sees DSCI4 boss Trace teaming up with Berlin duo Survey for a retro-future sci-fi roller; from the spacey pads of the intro through the crunchy breaks and modulated basslines, this is the soul of late 90s dark D&B brought up to the minute with 2020 production techniques, and it sounds glorious. Look for this coming August 14th on Bandcamp!
No classic drum & bass fan should miss out on Twisted Anger, a duo whose tunes I continually find captivating. An off-the-wall slice of techstep wickedness from Dread Recordings sub-label Penny Black, Society is among the darkest of 1997 drops.
Twisted Anger are experts at creating sinister soundscapes in their tracks (especially in their earlier works), with Society being possibly their finest specimen. Ominous and gritty, heavy atmosphere fills the space amidst filtered break cuts that crash with aggression against an askew, unworldly bass. Conjuring images of sci-fi noir (or where ever your imagination takes you), brace yourself for this monstrosity.
Written by Luke Kessler
Atmospheric vibes on the latest from Subplate Recordings as Exsitu & Hickupz collaborate on thoroughly moody cut Inertia. Shimmering sci-fi synths, sparse but crisp beats and plenty of sub weight; tasty stuff. Look out for the release coming May 30th!
Delta9 Recordings return with the latest instalment of their From The Streets LP series and we’ve got the exclusive on deep tech rumbler Fourier. Hungarian producer MVRK is on the buttons, delivering a driving tune full of atmosphere and futuristic sounds. Look out for the album coming May 15th at all the usual stores…
Our latest exclusive guest mix comes from Australian producer Jaise! With releases on Subplate and Protocode and a huge love for vintage techstep and neurofunk, Jaise’s mix takes in selections from the likes of Enei, HLZ and Ulterior Motive alongside unreleased music from himself and Seattle’s D-Struct. Strap yourself in for a dark and rolling journey…
Perth producers Dead Zodiac and Jaise join forces for homegrown Aussie neurofunk imprint Protocode on today’s exclusive. Breathless evokes classic early 2000s neurofunk, which will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Jaise’s previous releases; driving sub groove, sci-fi inflections and warping basslines a-plenty on this one. The release drops Dec 6th at all the usual digital stores…
Yung-E returns to Nurtured Beatz for today’s exclusive and he’s channelling the old-school techstep sound; spooky pads and echoing sci-fi FX combine with morphing sub and crisp drums for a track that evokes the likes of Optical from the late 90s. Dark and futuristic, just how we like it…look for this one dropping Sep 20th exclusively at Bandcamp with full release from the 27th.
Talkre delivers a rather exceptional EP for Dispatch early next month, and we’re hyped to have an exclusive for you today! Definitely the EP’s softest track, but still displaying the majestic synth work which characterises the release as a whole, Colours is a sublime, sensual roller with a laid-back vibe; sci-fi liquid a-la classics like Chris SU’s Solaris. Look for the EP coming Sep 9th, be sure to buy direct to get Colours too as it’s a Dispatch Store exclusive.
It’s always exciting to see what an artist will do with the breadth of a full album, especially an artist who has been pushing the envelope as consistently as Lockjaw. In this case, the answer would be “a lot”; the Australian neurofunk producer has sidestepped the trap of producing twelve entirely-too-similar bangers and conjured a varied selection, while maintaining a coherent sonic identity and tone – no mean feat!
There are certainly a couple of more obvious modern neuro number in the form of title track Human Research and Current Value collab Passing, though both are interesting and impeccably engineered. Elsewhere though there are bizarre angular rhythms, jacking neuro-house, liquid-esque emotional rollers and cinematic, downtempo soundscape explorations. From dark and nasty to effortlessly effervescent, Human Research takes you on a journey through the vivid musical imagination of Lockjaw, and it’s a journey we’d thoroughly recommend you take.
The Human Research LP is out now on Locked Concept; check out the clips below and hit up Bandcamp to grab a copy now!