Tag Archives: Techstep

Premiere: Surgence – Nocturne

Surgence might be a new name but the producer behind it has plenty of experience under his belt, both under previous D&B alias Bazil and as part of reggae outfit Dreadzone. Hot on the heels of a collaborative release with Noir for Subplate Recordings, his latest work comes to US label Voyage Music later this month and we’re hyped to have the exclusive on Nocturne! Deep bass vibrations, stark atmospheres and intricate drum work make for a masterclass in understated, creeping techstep. Sick tune…look for this coming June 21st at all the usual digital stores.

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Premiere: Reptile – Runnin’


Tech vibes on today’s exclusive as we dish up the title track from French producer Reptile’s new EP for Impact music. Spooky synths build tension on the intro before the tune drops into crunchy tech bass and high energy drums; this is a proper dark roller. Watch out for the EP coming June 21st at all the usual stores…

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 87: Animate

Melbourne DJ and Beat Spectrum boss Animate has cooked up our latest exclusive mix, delivering a superb and varied selection! Featuring hordes of Beat Spectrum releases (and a few dubs) alongside new cuts and classics from across the scenes, this is a 45 minute journey taking in liquid, deep tech, halftime, jungle and neuro smashers to boot; all the styles of D&B right here.

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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Premiere: Wreckless & Olski – Ockendon

Wreckless lands on Peer Pressure Records with a hotly anticipated new EP today, and we’ve got the exclusive on Olski collab Ockendon! Combining soulful elements with that dark and moody texture we know and love, this one is equal parts light and dark. Wicked depths…hit up the Peer Pressure bandcamp to grab the EP today.

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DNB Dojo Podcast #31 – May 2019

Once again the Dojo inbox is bursting with new 170 flavours which can only mean one thing; Hex is back with another podcast. This month’s selections include liquid rollers from Leniz and Nostre, dark tech from Amoss and Taelimb, jungle from Holsten and The Invaderz, halftime from Ruse and ÆTERNA and plenty more besides. Check it out, and enjoy the ride…

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: Confusious – Swag

Confusious drops a tech heater for Lost Recordings on today’s premiere. Heavyweight drums, echoing synth hits and pounding sub – this one punches straight to the chest! The Sicario EP lands at Bandcamp from May 24th…

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Premiere: Super Rush – Breakdown

Boey Audio return with their latest “Depth” sublabel release and it’s Spanish producer Super Rush delivering the goods. Breakdown is a solid slab of gritty tech with a rolling vibe and a less is more aesthetic; minimal, but still damage for the dancefloor. Look out for this coming May 16th at all the usual outlets…

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Premiere: Sl8r – Coordinates

Ronin Ordinance reach twenty releases next month with a new single from Sl8r, and we’re hyped to present the premiere of flipside Coordinates! Combining a soulful vocal with rugged beats and dark, brooding sub, this one blends the rough with the smooth for a fantastic dark groove…look out for the single at digital stores from June 7th!

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DNB Dojo Mix Series 85: Montesco

Rolling darkness on our latest exclusive mix from Spanish producer Montesco! Featuring previous releases for Lost Recordings and Parallel Depth alongside fresh dubs (forthcoming on Boey Audio and Tesseract) and music from the likes of Bredren, Data 3, Skeptical and Black Barrel, this is a high energy ride through cutting edge techstep. Check it!

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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Trace – Opaque EP [CNVX]

Trace’s return to Drum & Bass production over the last year has been most welcome. While his work as an A&R / label boss for both jungle-focussed imprint 117 and legendary techstep label DSCI4 has been thoroughly on point, his brand of no-nonsense rolling darkness has been thoroughly lacking from the scene until the surprising drop of the Zone EP last year. Clearly Trace is back on it with gusto, and this year we’ve got four new cuts courtesy of Kid Drama’s CNVX.

If ever it was possible for a release to sound both retro and futuristic, Trace’s productions here do. Stylistically they’re not dissimilar to his legendary output in the heyday of the late 90s techstep explosion, and they definitely hark back to that slightly forgotten sound…but at the same time the ethos of that material always drew on sci-fi for an ethereal, futuristic sonic palette, which definitely feels more than present here. Combine that with the razor sharp production available in 2019 and you’re back to the future in a big way.

For anyone sick of the ever-so-slightly-ADD hyperactivity of modern neurofunk, the Opaque EP is the perfect antithesis. Rolling breaks inject the funk, dark bass riffs give the tunes their weight, and the focus is very much a less-is-more aesthetic; groove and progression over endless variations and switchups. We don’t know what Trace has been listening to but maybe there’s a techno influence in the song writing creeping in here? Either way this is a delicious collection of techstep grooves, and a cracking take on a vintage sound. Hit up the CNVX Bandcamp to grab it straight from the source now…

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