Our latest exclusive mix comes courtesy of Xanadu who delivers an Addictive Behaviour special to celebrate the release of their recent Rotation Part 2 LP! Packed full of tunes from the album alongside Xanadu’s new single for Dom & Roland productions and a host of other tough, rolling beats, this one is a treat from start to finish, and we feel pretty honoured to have Xanadu on board the Dojo mix series. For more info on the album be sure to check out our recent Q&A with Addictive Behaviour label bosses Clayton & Neil.
2015 has been another strong year for the D&B LP in what seems to be a growing trend for more established artists to explore their sound across a full length record rather than just churning out singles. As the year draws to a close, here’s our run down of the then best albums we’ve heard this year. In no particular order… Continue reading
2015 is set to be a big year for D&B once again, with the scene looking stronger and more diverse than ever. With that in mind, here are our picks of five up and coming producers to watch this year, who are pushing the sound in interesting new directions.
Being the only producer besides Dom himself with a release on Dom & Roland Productions is more than a small honour for a young producer at the start of their career. There’s a reason for that badge of honour; Through The Oort Clouds is a pretty special album. The 12 tracks represent Xanadu’s musical explorations over the past two years, taking the listener on a journey designed to parallel the Voyager’s exploration beyond our solar system.
The results certainly have a spacey, sci-fi inspired quality, and in many ways feel like a love letter to the earliest and most formative days of mid 90s D&B, where every record was an exciting exploration of what could be done with the sound rather than a formulaic dancefloor smasher. The thing that really stands the LP apart from the pack is the drums; intricate, detailed and punchy, but steering clear of the over compressed kicks and snares that dominate much of modern club music.
Innovative and listenable though the album is, it’s not all cinematic chin-stroking by any stretch. Tracks like Ventricle and Photon are more than equipped for dancefloor damage, and have doubtless been through a few mixdown tweaks following club tests from Dom himself. Early in the year though we are, this could well be the best techstep record of 2015; it’s certainly an essential purchase either way. Check out the clips below and look for this on vinyl and digital from Jan 26th.