Thursday, 23 July
Ed Rush & Optical sum up the sound of big room D&B in 2015 with Fabriclive82. It's akin to being fired from a slingshot at 180bpm down a long dark tunnel whilst alien tribespeople pelt your head with spiky fruit from all angles, accelerating the sound to G-force levels of cheek-wobbling torsion and frankly ludicrous levels of hi-velocity "funk". In just under 70 minutes they manage to cover 39 tracks, rarely sticking with one for longer than 2 minutes and constantly upping the ante between ferocious numbers by Noisia, Current Value, Konflict and Mefjus, plus a healthy selection of their own productions, including the classic 'Watermelon'.
Thursday, 16 July
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Thursday, 25 June
*Ships Friday* RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, s… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
The D&B don gorgon returns with a 14-track new album, 'When The Night Comes'. Rolling in five years after 'Foundation' and nearly ten years since the scene classic, 'This Too Shall Pass', the sound here marks a considered reduction and optimisation of Breakage's patented style in four parts. The key phrase here is minimalism, presenting each track/idea with a knowing paucity of fine-tuned elements - rather than showing off with hyperactive edits and calamitous drops. On the first disc he trims back to a fiercely brooding hybrid of dancehall snares and Reese-bass surge, nowt else… Read more
Thursday, 19 March
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has h… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of 'Segmen… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
Machinedrum brings the 'Vapor City' epoch to a close with this final chapter of 'Vapour City Archives'. Over the last 12 months he's animated a rich sonic fiction informed by psychogeography, Afro-futurism and and new technology over the course of an album, a string of 12"'s and via his subscription series. The hyperstitious results have marked him as a producer apart from the pack thanks to his mercurial meld of footwork, jungle, hip hop and electronica with etheric soul vocals that caught the attention of a lot of listeners looking for a sort of colourful romance and disciplined ener… Read more
Om Unit cracks the glass on Goldie's DAT archive to present 'Inversion', his stunning follow-up to debut album 'Threads'. It's a Metalheadz album from nose to tail, chasing echoes of the label's past to reflect their present position, repping for new mutations of jungle, halfstep D&B and footwork with a timeless, atmospheric soul. There's gotta be few producers that Goldie would allow into his DAT and samples archive - we're imagining a massive oak chest embossed with lions and a Metalheadz logo - but Om Unit is clearly one of them and coolly lives up to the task, combinging his own sounds with Gold… Read more
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Calyx and TeeBee splice together a whopping 34 tracks featurinf Calibre, Optical, Ulterior Motive and some exclusive productions and VIP’s from the pair themselves.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Chicago's ghetto veteran Cornelius Ferguson aka Traxman moves closer to the edit with an exceptional 2nd album of Footwork for Planet Mu. 'Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2)' is a masterclass in man-machine synergy flipping classic samples with combustible dancefloor science. Steeped in the principles of original hip hop and house - bringing the party in ever fresher, funked up mode - there's 18 eccentric bullets turning chunks of Larry Heard, Kraftwerk, The Eurhythmics (and many more besides) into hyper lean ghetto geometries. If you want highlights, run straight to 'Computer Getto' - his con… Read more
Thursday, 20 March 2014
*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea. This first CD Edition comes in an oversized 6-panel Digifile * Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir… Read more
Thursday, 27 February 2014
The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('Malus')… Read more
Thursday, 13 February 2014
**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased - plus download code and fold out Japanese insert** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant syn… Read more
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Friction fires off a hi-NRG, 32 track mix of modern D&B for Fabriclive. Features exclusive edits and tracks, incuding numbers from Icicle, Rockwell, Alix Perez, Phace & Misanthrop, Noisia, SP:MC and many more.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Major play from Big Dada, weighing out the ruckus of 'Jungle Revolution' by UK bassbin pioneer, Congo Natty. In an age when the sound's roguish lickle sibling, D&B, is topping the charts (Tinie Tempah/Rudimental/DJ Fresh), and its spirit haunts Michael West aka Congo Natty comes to redress its cultural roots with a mixture of classic and up-to-the-minute production applied with honourable intent and party-wise impact. With On-U Sound legend, Adrian Sherwood at the mixing desk, the Rebel MC gives a ten track volley of rhythms blending dubstep, hip hop and his sacred roots reggae with a spe… Read more
Thursday, 14 March 2013
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
**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 2012
**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
*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 2012
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 2012
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 2012
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, 05 April 2012
Traxman, a Chicago House veteran with two decades of experience steps up to Planet Mu with a distinguished debut album of hyperkinetic Footwork soul. As a co-founder of Dance Mania's Geto DJz clique, a member of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn's Ghetto Teknitianz, and arguably one of Footwork's foremost architect's thanks to his prototypical mixtapes, Traxman brings a learned soul-flow to the sound, at once deeply rooted in his home city's heritage, and pushing the boundaries wide open. His choice of samples - from the Mizzell Brothers to Prince - are drawn from years of crate digging and lend … 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, 17 November 2011
As promised, Planet Mu juice out another 100% killah Footwork selection, following up one of THE best records of the last 12 months. Since the release of the last volume, it's fair to say the meme has gone global thanks to contagion carriers such as µ fam's Kuedo and Machinedrum, and no doubt the awesome tours by DJs Spinn & Rashad and their dancers earlier in the year. But as the sound continues to be assimilated in all corners of beat-driven electronics and dancefloor styles, Chicago remains the font of innovation as proved in 'Bangs & Works Vol.2'. Wi… Read more