There are few drum and bass artists that are truly accepted across a multitude of styles and sub-genres. Calibre is almost certainly the apex of these select few. Another several blog posts could be written arguing about the other alumni of this club, but in this piece, I wish to suggest that Alix Perez is as good a bet as any another. His latest 8-track, Without End, is testament to this. The build-up and indeed acclaim to date feels very much as it did when his seminal 1984 album was released over a decade ago.
Whilst a shorter body of work than 1984 and his 2013 follow-up album Chroma Chords, Without End feels punchier for it; quality over quantity. Unlike his work above, Alix focuses purely on the 170 range, yet still encapsulates a variety of moods and vibes.
Sombre and melancholic tracks like the opener Wondering at Loss, Someone Else and the single Lost & Proud featuring the exceptionally talented Liam Bailey on vocals, are woven perfectly alongside more upbeat tracks like Moving On – again with Liam Bailey – and even the more style-agnostic Perfect Stranger with Halogenix. Distant Figures proves another highlight, featuring long-time friend and collaborator Workforce.
Despite these variations, Without End still feels like a holistic body of work, laced with the signature touches that make Alix Perez so universally adored. The deep sine wave basslines, the carefully measured and considered vocals – both sampled and recorded – and his elegant keys and chords, are clear and in abundance.
If 1984 was Alix Perez’ extraordinary freshman folio, and Chroma Chords his sophomore sound after several years of learning and devotion to his craft, Without End represents a most hard-earned (and quite long overdue) graduation ceremony into the genre’s hall of fame – if you still needed to be convinced, that is.
Polish duo Inflamers land on DLT9 for today’s premiere. Rugged bassline work paired with softer vocals touches make for a classy roller; tech with soul. Watch out for the 2nd drop switchup, sick work. Look for this one coming Sept 25th at Beatport!
Prepare yourself for a deep groove on today’s exclusive as Edinburgh producer OHARE lands on Off-License Records! No Time is powered along by crispy drums, hypnotic leads and a sultry vocal hook – very slick! Watch out for the EP coming August 18th…
Liquid with an edge on today’s premiere from up and coming London producer MYKOOL! Blending soulful elements with sharp breaks and growling bass, this is deep yet rugged…delicious. Watch out for the release coming July 17th at digital stores.
St.Iff lands on the Dojo decks with a tough yet soulful selection for our latest guest mix! Blending classic with up to the minute, the mix takes in cuts from Symmetry, Full Cycle, Ingredients and Metalheadz alongside a healthy selection of dubs. Weighty business, we think you’ll agree!
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.
Regular readers will know we’re big fans of K2T here at DNB Dojo. As co-manager of Detached Audio he’s been a reliable A&R presence, bringing a slew of varied releases from up and coming names to our collective ears, and he’s an accomplished producer in his own right with a gift for soulful liquid rollers with an old school percussive flavour. As he gears up to drop his debut LP The Tranquillity of Being With The Self, we grabbed him for a chat about album flows, mental health and downtempo influences…plus we’ve got the premiere of the title track! Check it out…
Liquid vibes once again from the Detached audio camp as Kinaes steps in with a jazzy new roller featuring Sonny G. Warm bass, rolling breaks and those sax licks…lovely stuff. This one drops alongside a new Kinaes remix on Dec 27th!
DNBB continue their run of soulful liquid releases with a top EP by British producer Joshua, and we’re exceptionally pleased to bring you a premiere of the title track! Powered along by soft piano and guitar over a warm underbelly of bass and breaks, this is emotive D&B at it’s smooth and silkiest. Look out for the EP coming to digital stores Nov 22nd…
It’s seldom we hear a piece of music dripping with quite as much melodic emotion as today’s premiere; one of Differential’s key players lands on the label with an absolutely beautiful piano-driven liquid roller. Lose yourself in this one…
So, Karma Kingdom, Echo Motion and Detached Audio. You know it’s gonna be a lush liquid roller. In the wise words of Echo Motion, “the combination of rolling breaks and beautiful samples will always be a winner”. Couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Look for this one coming September 13th at the usual digital stores.