Q&A – Toronto Is Broken

Not many artists in drum & bass today have the clarity of musical vision of Toronto Is Broken. Unconcerned with club trends and focused on music with a story and message, Christian’s early work for Sub Slayers won him the attention of Viper Recordings. With his new album You Are (Not) Alone dropping today, we grabbed him for a quick chat about techno influences, the state of neurofunk and his plans for the summer. Check it…

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Q&A – InsideInfo

Paul InsideInfo has been a busy man the last few years, dropping a number of essential tracks for the likes of Virus and Critical. With the first single from his debut album for Viper Recordings just out, we grabbed him for a quick chat about Spychase and what’s in store on the LP…

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Dojo Damager: InsideInfo & Mefjus – Pulsation

This week’s Dojo Damager comes from neurofunk production stalwarts InsideInfo & Mefjus who lay down the absolutely stomping riddims of Pulsation for Viper Recordings. Eschewing the hyper complexity of some of their previous output, this one is all stripped-back punch and groove, tailored with that impossibly crisp production the pair have made such a name for themselves with.

The simple staccato melody on the intro builds tension beautifully before the gut wrenching drop starts landing alternating body blows from the sub and snares. Sheer heft! Check out the clip below and look for this on vinyl or digital right now.

Cynematic – Daytona / Space City [Viper Recordings]

I’m not usually a huge fan of the synthy “big room” sound, but every now and then a release comes along which combines the clichéd elements into a perfect package, and the latest release from Russian duo Cynematic is just such a release.

Daytona brings together shimmering synths on the intro with a big, crunchy bassline and a standard but effective D&B break for a tune that combines melodic euphoria with low end weight in just the right quantities – not too soft, not too cheesy, total dancefloor energy. Space City on the flip achieves a similar balance, with an infectious groove, sparkling melodies and warm bass all playing their part in another great dancefloor roller.

Make no mistake, these aren’t the cleverest compositions in terms of stylistic originality, but sometimes it’s enough just to hone a formula to perfection, and Cynematic have done just that. Check out the clips below and grab this one from your favourite store now!

InsideInfo – Metamorphosis / Being [Viper Recordings]

InsideInfo returns to Viper Recordings with an unusual twist on the MC led single. Metamorphosis sees Miss Trouble take to the mic with an effortlessly smooth and sultry flow over a beat that oozes swagger, eschewing a full on approach in favour of a slightly more relaxed yet tough and bassy vibe.

Over on the flip Being provides a decent enough slice of dancefloor neurofunk with some nice bassline modulations, but to be honest the A side is the star of this show by a long chalk. Check out the clips below and grab it now from your favourite store.

Headroom EP Part 5 [Viper Recordings]

Viper Recordings serve up the latest installment of their Headroom EP series with fresh new tracks from tech and neuro producers across the scene. Sadly Prolix’s Ringtone Raver proves a bit one dimensional (especially compared to the superb tracks on the recent Project Trendkill album) but elsewhere we’re treated to solid dancefloor business from Trei, NC-17 & Soulculture and Insomniax.

The highlight of the EP by a big stretch though comes on KG’s Woodblock Riddim, combining a tribal percussion line (with, you guessed it, woodblocks) with some tasty mid bass growls and some excellent atmospheres. Check out all the tunes below and grab the release from your favourite digital store now!