DNB Dojo Podcast #41 – Mar 2020

In these uncertain and slightly surreal times we could all use some distractions, and with that in mind Hex is back with a fresh selection of D&B. New cuts inside from VRUM, Data 3, Nickbee, Lux, Special Victims, InsideInfo and many more, plus a brand new track from Hex himself.

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: MAE917 – Hex

MAE917 lands in our premiere spotlight with a track that some of you may recognise from Dojo Podcast #40. Deep tech vibes with loads of detail…look for this coming to Strictly Deep DNB very soon!

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Premiere: Forbidden Society – Dreamcatcher

Crunching bass textures on a dark and minimal new cut from Forbidden Society! Taken from his forthcoming Liminal Point LP, this one strips things back to the bone, with stark drum rhythms punctuated by sharp breakbeat assaults, powered along by groaning bass howls. Watch out for the album coming April 16th…

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Premiere: Unreal Project – PTSD

Unreal Project lands on Nurtured Beatz with an epic new slab of tech-edged goodness…PTSD invokes the spirit of classic early 2000s neuro from the likes of BSE and Jade; dancefloor chops and trancy synth pads. Look for this coming to digital stores from Mar 27th…

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Classic Track: Spider Net – Awake

In the mid-90’s, the sound of Jungle/Drum & Bass was forever changed with the arrival of the Techstep style, showcased brilliantly by Spider Net’s Awake. Spider Net was an alias used only once — for this particular release — by none other than No U-Turn label boss and collaborator, Nicholas “Nico” Sykes.

A fat B side by any standard, Awake is a 1996 jolt of Techstep that stomps heavy and hard. The rough and rude bass here is characteristic of the No U-Turn sound for the time, and is quite honestly one of my favourite sounds in the world. Protean drum sampling establishes a decisively wicked groove comprised of three break flavors. Sparse samplings of complementary sounds provide just enough atmosphere to round out this monster of a classic.

No U-Turn’s catalogue boasts a heap of bangers like these, making it easy to see how the label’s trademark style indelibly marked the scene.

Written by Luke Kessler

DNB Dojo Podcast #40 – Feb 2020

Sneaking in just in time for the end of the month, Hex delivers the February podcast with 75 minutes of brand new music including cuts from Break, Ancient Radius, Philth, Kidsan and many more. There are also unreleased dubs inside from Boredome, Livid Cheese, MAE917, Howler, Layton, Plasmer and Hardnocker so watch out for those!

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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Classic Track: Nomis & Optiv – Piston

The recent passing of the venerable Edward Holmes, better known as Optiv, has been a time to celebrate his body of work. A stalwart in the pantheon of Drum & Bass luminaries, Optiv’s impact will live on forever. One such work by Nomis and Optiv sticks out indelibly for me in a lineup of classics from the Cause 4 Concern camp, released on Optiv’s Red Light Records.

Piston is an underrated 2002 track that can stand with the best bass bangers in the genre. I love to crank the dial on this tune to get the full effect of its behemoth bass…yet, I always end up having to bring it down a notch or two just because of its sheer force. Intensity is further mounted by the frantic cacophony of howls and shrieks that ensnare the atmosphere. And what’s a song in the C4C domain without slick drum sequencing? This track has it in spades. Sonorous grooves beat away in this brute force classic. Long live Optiv!

Written by Luke Kessler

Mikal & Mako – Under the Earth [Utopia Music]

Utopia Music have been quiet for some time now as Mako concentrates on his work with DLR as OneMind and his forthcoming LP for Samurai Music, so it’s great to see the label making a return on this brand new 12″ from longtime label collaborator Mikal.

Under The Earth sees Mikal and Mako teaming up on a trademark Utopia cut; exquisitely crafted breaks, bassline scuzz and tons of detail. The fusion of jungle sensibilities with a hint of ‘headz and a taste of techstep darkness has long defined the Utopia sound and this one fits that bill perfectly.

On the B-side Mikal gets militant with an angular kick-drum rhythm and a selection of aggy bass hits. This one should produce more than a few screwfaces; proper stomper! Check out the previews below and hit up the Utopia Bandcamp to grab the release right now…

Premiere: Reflektor – Haven

Canadian production duo Reflektor touch down on Differential Records for today’s premiere, taken from their collaborative EP with Low5. This solo Reflektor cut blends darker bassline elements with soft, shimmering vocal slices and padwork for a tasty roller straddling the domains of tech and liquid. Watch out for the EP coming Feb 28th at all good digital stores…

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Guest Mix: Jaise

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…

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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