Thursday, 16 May
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Thursday, 14 March
Fabric catch the prolific liquid don for his first commercially available mix CD. With such an illustrious catalogue to select from, you can't blame the man for drawing almost entirely upon his own productions, which make up 14 of the 21 tracks, including remixes, originals, an exclusive cut'Simple Things', and the intro/outros, complemented by joints from dBridge, Genotype, and Lynx & Hellrazor. The Rolls Royce sound.
Thursday, 22 November
**2012 Reissue** Venetian Snares introduces his new Timesig label with a brand new album of elaborately twisted beat offs. They're intended as a sort of diary entry, or short stories, built and completed within a few days to give concise snapshots of his moods via the medium of f*cking mental breakcore. To be totally fair, they're still Venetian Snares tracks and hit like a pickaxe to the temple, regardless of the background. 'Posers And Camera Phones' rinses baroque chiptune melodies and rapid fire, pitchshifting amens, while 'Cadaverous' takes it's title from a sample… Read more
Thursday, 08 November
**10-track CD edition** Soulful D&B/Breakbeat debut long-player from Eveson. Originally hailing from Glastonbruy, now living in London, Eveson arrives at 'The Last Summer Of Love' by way of celebrated 12"s for some of D&B's finest houses, marking his territory from liquid rollers to more recent exploits in jazz-dusted 120-140bpm styles. His debut album correspondingly oscillates between these brackets, exploring nu-skool Breaks on 'Dragonfly' or jazz-filtered instrumental hip hop and subbass on 'Watershed'. But he's most comfortable in 170bpm mode, especially on the sweeping soul statement 'Land Of Milk and Honey' and the sumptuous epic 'Retrospections' featuring Sam KDC.
Thursday, 25 October
*2012 Reissue* The Planet Mu press release blurb describes this far better than anyone else could ever really hope to. They brand this as "Venetian Snares' 332nd official studio album of disgusting ejacutronic rave horn", adding that "over 20 people were harmed in the making of this record". Perhaps dabbling more explicitly in proto-jungle, early breakcore and rave than some of Aaron Funk's more ambitious productions, this latest album sticks to its Amen break roots very closely, and sounds very much as you think it does, with tracks like 'Koonut-Kaliffee' and 'Sajtban' unas… Read more
Thursday, 04 October
Strong colelction of dark, minimal, and super techy D&B from scene leader Data. 'Selected Visualizations' collects the best of his three 'Visualizations' Eps released in 2010. One for the late night cats...
Thursday, 20 September
A 'story of Jungle' mix - tells the chronology of the genre's evolution through the 90's, including 21 crucial rave, hardcore, jungle and drum & bass tracks.
Thursday, 13 September
Murderous 50-track D&B mix from Brummie DJ/producer DJ Hazard. Man is taking no prisoners here, maintaining a ridiculous pressure from first to last with handfuls of his own productions complimented by heavyweight ravers from the likes of Noisia, Ray Keith, Funtcase, Mampi Swift, Level 2, Annix and the rest. Relentless peaks and drops for the hardcore few.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
The rise of Digital Soundboy has been unstoppable, and it's no less than their due - what other label or collective so successfully connects the disparate dots that make up the UK hardcore continuum? The Shy FX-led DS Soundsystem's Fabriclive 63 comp confirms why they're so in demand on the club and festival circuit, with 49 frenetically mixed tracks spanning grimy garage (Artwork's immortal 'Red'), raucous 'ardkore jungle (North Base), bashy UKF (Roska, Dark Sky), dubstep (Skream) skunked-out reggae and dancehall (Rodigan, Gyptian) and of course … Read more
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Rinse's nineteenth mix CD is very capably handled by Dutch DJ/producer, Icicle. Poised between Techno, Dubstep and D&B, it stealthily crosses tempo boundaries with ease, incorporating some 20 tracks, including seven of his own productions beside congruous killers from Locked Groove, Distance, Proxima, Youngsta, Killawatt, Rockwell, Sabre and more. The tempo creeps up from two of his unreleased 130bpm productions 'Deep Tech' and 'Kick In The B' through the tightly wound Dub torque of Spinline's murked-out 'Monday Luv' and J. Robinson's 'The Maasai' to a mid section of muscular, near indu… Read more
Thursday, 15 March 2012
DJ/producer Kasra rounds up a cutting-edge collection of minimal, Techy, and liquid D&B styles for Fabric's 62nd Live mix. Counting 29 tracks in 70 minutes, the mixing is mercurial and focussed, weaving a fluid, fast-flowing dancefloor narrative from VIP mixes by Alix Perez, Hybris, Judda, Bladerunner, and Stray. Unreleased material from Noisia & Phace, June Miller & Proxima, Mark System, and more punctuates big hitters from Rockwell, Dub Phizix, Enei, Icicle and Commix, making for one of the most impressive, compelling D&B mixes we've heard in a while.
Thursday, 01 March 2012
Commix clear their cache of material produced for and around their 'Call To Mind' classic with 'Dusted (Selected Works 2003-2008)'. It comprises 12 tracks which, although up to their high standards, didn't make the final cut of their 2007 LP, and actually make a very tidy set by themselves. Making way for a new batch of material, we're reminded of their prowess in the deeper, liquid styled quarters of the D&B scene with the sumptuous craft of 'Time Has Come' and the mellifluous roller 'Golden', beside quick-stepping, Techy gems such as 'I Have You' and the super plush atmospheres of 'Tracking You', plus … Read more
Thursday, 05 January 2012
Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990's, off-kilter drum 'n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded in '95-'98, and they've compiled them into an album that really feels like a missing piece in the "intelligent" D-n-B jigsaw. This stuff isn't for the dancefloor - it's head music in the in… Read more
Thursday, 09 June 2011
Wicked debut LP of brutalist D&B architecture from Offkey label head and notorious DJ/Producer, Radien. 'Beton Armé' follows nearly ten years of Raiden releases for labels such as Renegade Hardware and Position Chrome fusing the disciplines of Techno and D&B into an insoluble form. Located in Tallinn, Estonia, his sound is comparable with other Eastern European producers such as Limewax, Dissident (Kontext) or Current Value, but Raiden's music is still more rooted in a '90s Techno lineage, coming from a time when Techno was more a spirit, rather than a concrete style. Ironically, the title 'Breton Arm… Read more
Thursday, 02 June 2011
'Recipe Book Volume One' showcases 12 up-and-coming D&B producers featured on the excellent Ingredients series. Unfortunately there's no recipes attached like with the singles, but there's enough hi-tech D&B to keep you sustained. The disc dips from 'Outlook' by unknown Russian boy-wonder, 2sides, to the shark-eyed and agile 'step of 'Domepiece' by Manchester's Dub Phizix, through Skeptical's powerful subs on 'Refraction', the darting syncopations of Mute & Mako's 'Rorschach' and Villem's destabilizing 'Splinter In Your Mind'. Big support from dBridge, Loxy, Grooverider, fabio, Bailey, Flight, Spectrasoul and more.
Wednesday, 01 June 2011
Nine years since his last LP, the OG drumfunk D&B don spills ten tracks of inimitably programmed rhythms. Never one to pander to trend, Paradox digs deeper into his deeply rooted groove but does allow for two concessions to slower tempos. Working at 135bpm, 'The Last B-Boy' restructures the classic Apache break in an ethereal mist of melodica tones and chest-caving sub hits, while the killer closing cut 'Consonance' is a dynamite Latinized dub shuffler twystin' out at roughly 140bpm. The other four tracks cover more conventional Paradox tempos, from the clipped dip and swing of 'Ghost Notes' to the impossibly agile 'Black 69'. Still, few can touch this man in his arena.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Twenty one years into a scene-defining career arc, Marcus Intalex presents his debut album, '21'. From beginnings in Manchester's House and rave scene Marcus has recorded for many of the top D&B labels, including his own Soul:r and Revolve:r imprints, who also introduced important early works from Instra:mental, Martyn and Calibre. The album spans 12 tracks including a mixtape reducing the whole thing to a 45 minute DJ mix. Highlights have to be the tweaking electro-stepper 'Strangeways', the tropical acidic swing of 'From The Ashes', the Instra:mental like electro of 'Dusk' or the sub-loaded finesse of 'Paulista Dub'.
Ultra-heavyweight Neo-D&B from the exceptionally talented Icicle. 'Under The Ice' is a body-twisting feat of intensely intricate, cutting-edge drum programming in eleven parts, including guest appearances from Robert Owens and SP:MC. In the mechanical torsion of 'Top Of The Page', the shark-eyed hardstep punctuations of 'I Feel U' or 'Nausea's dynamic vortex, each rhythm and sound is arranged like some child prodigy with a Rubik's cube while the steel plated production is clinically executed to accentuate every element, guaranteeing each nuance will be felt through a big rig. Icicle's minimalist a… Read more
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Lush and techy drumfunk D'n'B from Polska, offering his first solo outing in nearly half a decade. Over the two discs you'll find 18 tracks, entering a parallel world of florid jazz motifs and ultra-syncopated breakbeats sounding like the projections of LTJ Bukem's most feverish dreams circa 1996. D'n'B darkness isn't obvious here, instead opting for mellow instrumentation to balance the restless nature of the percussion, thankfully steering just the right side of jazz 'n bass. Fans of Macc & Dgohn or Paradox looking for a solid and engrossing home listen could do a lot worse than this - recommended.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Justin Richardson aka Genotype/Just Jungle makes a welcome return to the fray with a new album of cold junglist futurism configured with old skool methods. Between the late '90s and early '00s he produced a string of underground heavy hitters for Renegade Hardware and Reinforced, but while much of the scene has moved into Techier Neurofunked territory, Justin has retained proper dub rooted principles. His aesthetic slots very neatly into Exit Reecords' sparse and dread filled vibe, between the noirish sci-fi strings and cyber-stepping flex of the title track, to the finely sculpted ultra-minim… Read more
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Absolutely crucial remix album of Commix tracks from Burial, dBridge, Instra:mental, Kassem Mosse, Marcel Dettmann, Underground Resistance, A Made Up Sound and more!!! It was probably over two years ago when that infamous 2-min clip of the Burial remix appeared on Bailey's 1Xtra show, causing moody fanboys and fangirls the world over to shed a tear in the light of their macbook screens. Finally we get the full six minute version of 'Be True', every bit the Burial classic and more than enough reason to make an investment. In case you're a picky f**ker (which you should be) the rest of the… Read more
Thursday, 02 September 2010
Ohm Resistance bring something foul and fiercely dark to the table of modern Drum & Bass with the debut album from London's Imaginary Forces, aka Anthoney Hart. Equally influenced by the twin prongs of Metalheadz and Sunn 0))), 'Filth Columnist' combines viscous, blackened guitar strikes with hardstep spurts, gravelly hiphop and a glutton's serving of noise punishment, making for a sound somewhere between Venetian Snares and Scorn. His ugly sound is best heard on 'Filaments On The Face', featuring a controlled display of surging doom guitars and industrial-strength percussion, the torm… Read more
Monday, 15 February 2010
BBE's 'Kings Of...' series gives dues to the classics of Drum + Bass, inviting 4Hero and DJ Marky to compile and mix a disc each of their definitive D+B picks. 4Hero's mix is definitely the more interesting of the two, rolling from liquid anthems like London Elektricity's 'My Dreams' to Calibre's 'Versions' and onto ruffer variants from Lemon D on 'Jazz Is', Nasty Habits 'Shadow Boxing', and farther back to the hardcore turns of Manix's 'Inside Outside', Nookie 'Give A Little Love', Rufige Kru 'Terminator II' and AGCG's 'Sunshine'. DJ Marky follows this wit… Read more
Thursday, 09 July 2009
F**kin' right! Following from their prized 10" double packs a couple of years back, Planet Mu scroll back to 1992-94 with 14 essential darkside amen rinseouts from Bizzy B. This man was pivotal in the mutation from hardcore into jungle around this period and served up steaming plates of the stuff for seminal imprints like White House, One Nation and his own Brain Recordings, working with a stringently stripped palette of hyper-kinetic breaks, warped mentasms and charged rave-hoovers to create one of the most deliciously destructive sounds ever to come from these shores, before or since. 'Ardcore … Read more
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
We'll admit to not being the biggest D'n'B heads in the world but we'd be fools to overlook this ace album from Lynx & Kemo on Marcus Intalex's Soulr imprint. The pair have been pushing a well funked liquid sound for the last decade but have developed something beyond those constraints with 'The Raw Truth'. Most noticeably, Lynx & Kemo combine a wide ranging palette of sounds, intricately incorporating vocals and bravely (for the D'n'B scene) utilising a wide range of percussive timbres and sounds often harking back to the seminal rhythm syncopations of Photek. 'Apocalypse' is the perfect case,… Read more