There is absolutely no shadow of a doubt that some of the finest DnB of 2013 has come out of the studio of Callide & Intraspekt, continuing in the incredibly high standards of their 2 most recent EPs on Crissy Cris’ imprint, The Zoooo Records, this ones a banger!!!
‘Heart of the Machine’ is as epic as the title suggests with a massive bleepy intro that leads into some tearout amens and melodic bass, ‘Crowd Control’ is the tougher of the 2 with big growling bass and Hip Hop vox and has a old skool vibe to it, a uplifting melody gradually builds into the drop before the bass mayhem returns to finish us off!!!
We’ll say it again because it needs to be said, Callide & Intraspekt are right on top of their game right now and definitely 2 of the best producers out there, they have a sound that gets you hooked instantly and this EP is a great way to end 2013, we expect even bigger things from them in 2014…
For the first in a series of EPs, Addictive-Behaviour Records showcase 4 of of the finest DnB producers across the globe for 4 stunning slices of hi tech DnB that will quite simply blow you away, with support from the likes of Crissy Cris, Marky Doc Scott, Mazstek & many others, you just know you are in for something very special indeed…..
First up is Ukrainian producer, Detail with ‘Lost In Time’, a intricate slice of slowly building Nuero perfection…
Then East Colors delivers a deep bouncing heavy weight roller in the shape of ‘Mad Day’ opening with a dark trippy intro before sliding into some tough pounding bass and synths to get heads nodding
Hailing from Bulgaria, L 33′s ‘Discrete’ a track featured on Andy C’s Nightlife 6 compilation on RAM Records is a punchy and infectious stepper that ups the ante on high production and of course, sounds great in the clubs
The icing on the cake is Minor Rain with ‘Powerball’, dark but melodic at the same time with a feel of the 00′s Tech step sound
2013 has been a triumphant year for the sound of DnB, rejuvenated and revived and elevated to new standards of production, Mainframe Recordings aim to finish off the year in style with this incredible release by NC 17…..
The title track is a mind blowing slice of dark minimalism that slides under your skin, the tense atmosphere is heightened by Ray Uptown’s Hip Hop bars, simply mind blowing…
The remaining 4 tracks continue in this vein, cavernous and disturbed sounds that pound your skull, intricate sounds and the very highest level of production, a perfect fusion of Old Skool & Nu Skool sounds with basslines that take you back to the late 90s TechStep sound woven round the precision tight beats and modern techniques featuring on this fantastic selection of tracks.
NC 17- ‘Sex, Drugs, Lies, Alcohol & Video Tape’ on Mainframe Recordings is due out on the 16th December.
Following on from his epic album Gateau Blaster released on Rocstar Records (check it out HERE) Cakeboy has put together a mixtape for the guys over on the Post Breaks Blog. Plenty of new tunes mixed with some classics as well as a couple of his own productions that makes for a tearout breakbeat jam session in all its glory.
Fort Knox Five have been bringing the F.U.N.K for well over ten years and earlier this year they dropped a best of album, featuring the cream of their released tunes over that time frame. Following on from this they have recently put out an epic remix album, chock full of remixes from some of the scenes big guns such as Deeklins & Ed Solo, Badboe, Kraak & Smaak and Mo Horizons among others and as an added bonus, they have made this killer remix by Krafty Kuts and A.Skillz of their tune Radio Free DC ft Afrika Bambaataa & King Kamonzi as a free download so after you have grabbed yourself a copy, go check out the rest of the album HERE.
Wheel & Deal has been putting out some of the finest deeper shades of dubstep since N Type founded the label in 2009, a lot has happened since and the evolution of all-encompassing Bass music is represented by a firing selection of exclusive tracks lovingly compiled and curated on ‘Wheelers & Dealers Volume 2′
All bases are covered here from House to Deep Dark Dubstep, Twisted Trap, Grime , Breaks & 140, totaling in at 20 tracks, you’re in for plenty of surprises here, check out the upfront House N Bass of FreeFont’s ‘Obvious’, the Mutant Bass kanji Kinetic inspired rinse out that is LAXX- ‘Chicago Sweep’, the Grime/Trap hybrid beats of OktoRed-‘Engaged’ and the 92 inspired 140 Rave banger by North Base-‘Insomniac’, following up from last year’s massive ‘Ruffneck’ on Wheel & Deal and a highly sought after track since Mistajam played it on 1Xtra last summer. These are just some of the highlights from a massive genre spanning compilation that every serious bass head simply must have!!!!
Karl Sav is giving away his delightfully progressive breaks remix of Kill The Noise’s tune Saturn as an early X-mas present for all his fans so go stick this one in your virtual stocking whilst Karl takes you on an atmospheric ride.
Skeewiff never seem to stop releasing the finest funky free tunage from their back catalogue and in the last several days they have let loose three absolute sterling tracks in celebration of a number of milestones including their Greatest Wiff album being released on Jalepeno records, cracking two million plays on Soundcloud (one hundred thousand of those coming just this week) and surpassing fifteen thousand followers so get listening and downloading before heading over to Juno to pick up their latest album HERE.
Apologies for the delay with this post, the last couple of weeks all got a bit busy while our house had no roof on it, so unfortunately the blog updates had to be temporarily postponed. Thankfully we have now reconstructed said roof and normal business can be resumed!
Always great to have something new by Bobby C Sound TV…
Smokey Joe & The Kid have given away a rather tasty remix from their bandcamp page. Love the way it drops into drum & bass for the last section.
Rather like the bass heavy grooves on this from Alfonso Swing:
On first listen I didn’t really know what to make of this from Johnny Lectro but it has certainly grown on me and I’d love to see what it does to a dancefloor! Available from facebook.
Plenty of old style melodies mixed up with scratching and turntablism:
Loving the 50′s style grooves on this tasty freebie from Mr Tomahawk:
Quality downtempo grooves from Al’Tarba. Free download from bandcamp.
Electro Swing VI – Bart & Baker
The compilation series simply named ‘Electro Swing’ has undoubtedly been the most popular series of releases in the genre and so it’s great to see another addition in the guise of Part 6. Compiled by Bart & Baker there is once again a great selection of tracks including artists such as Kitten & the Hip, Lyre Le Temps, Swing Republic and Parov Stelar. It also includes the dance floor destroying Swing Break by the McMash Clan which should be an essential in everyones collection. Available from itunes.
They haven’t got a minimix to demo it so here’s Swing You Winners which is featured on it:
White Mink 3
It’s not released until 9th December but I had to include the teaser for the upcoming White Mink 3 double album from Freshly Squeezed. They’re repeating their format of modern tracks on CD 1 and vintage originals on CD 2. If the last two are anything to judge by this should be an essential purchase. Check it out!
I never seem to get through a DJ set without dropping at least one Jamie Berry track so it only seems right that we post one of his mixes too. It’s good too.
Here’s a nice electro swing mix with live instruments over the top:
That’s it for this week. If you’ve got anything you’d like included in future roundups hit me up on soundcloud. To find out more about my own events check out the Electro Swing Ball.
The insanely good “We Do Bass” LP from breakbeat powerhouse’s 601 has dropped this week and what better time to catch up with the duo to find out whats what in their world. Check our review of the album HERE, check the youtube album mix below and read through the interview to grab your free VIP version of ‘Keep It Up’ ft Frilla.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
No worries! We are 601, one northern codger and one Essex manchild, George and Nat who produce/play 140/future jungle/dubstep etc. etc.
The new album is massive! Tell us a bit about ‘We Do Bass’. Has it been a long time coming? Favourite track(s)?
It seems like forever since we started, at least 12 months. Favourite tracks have to be the vocal tracks, especially ‘Dutty Bass’. It was something we haven’t really done before and getting to work with legends like the Ragga Twins was amazing! I’d also say we’re particularly proud of the first single ‘Pixelate’ as that tune was really a step up in terms of production values and set the tone for the rest of the album.
The album sees you collaborating with some wicked MC’s and vocalists. Was it your intention to produce more on a vocal tip?
We’re always trying to push our sound and moving into vocal tunes was the logical progression, especially with the album format where every tune doesn’t have to be an absolute banger. It meant we could do tracks like Stars without worrying about destroying dancefloors!
‘We Do Bass’ features a lot of 140 Jungle Breaks or Future Jungle, how did you become drawn to this sound?
We’ve always been partial to dropping and chopping classic breaks into our tunes, so harking back to a style of music that was pivotal in our youth, whilst still using some modern sounds seemed an obvious move to us. We never made a decision to be Future Jungle it’s something we naturally started writing and you can hear it in our tunes as far back as 2009 on the track ‘Clay Davis’.
You also dabbled in a bit of 110 & DnB, can we expect to hear more multi genre, 601 bangers in the future?
I’d hope so, it’s easy to dabble in different genres when it’s wrapped up in the album format, it’s a bit trickier to break out of the pigeon hole when you are doing singles, but never say never!
It’s out through Passenger records right? Aquasky’s label. How did you hook up with them?
We always loved the label and wanted to be on it, so we got in contact with them to ask if the were interested in a track called ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and they jumped on it , which was amazing for us, Passenger has always been top of the tree for us in the breaks scene.
Did they have much input into the musical side of things?
The Aquasky guys are awesome at giving pointers and direction on how to push a track to the next level, advice that was always welcome, we also wouldn’t have got as many awesome vocals on the album if it hadn’t been for the label, so maximum respect to them! Which other artists and producers are you feeling at the moment?
Ital Tek, Special Request, Audio, Jubei, Zomboy, Om Unit, The Bug, Neon Light, Icicle, Evol Intent, Scrufizzer, Virus Syndicate, Pyramid, Xilent, Pegboard Nerds, Yoof, Kanji Kenetic, Phace, Wizard, Eat Rave, Backdraft, Vinyl Junkie and Futurizm
What do you think it means to be a “successful” DJ or producer?
When you can travel the world and people know and respect your tunes and DJ sets
What can we expect from you for the remainder of 2013 and beyond?
We’re going to be doing plenty of gigs and we have an exclusive tune coming out on the upcoming Warehouse Wax compilation: ‘We’re Not Dead Yet Vol 3’.
Kraak & Smaak never seem to disappoint, whether they are producing a tasty tune or putting together a delectable mix-tape they always manage to have an undeniable quality to everything they do, and this latest mix is no exception. Not strictly breaks but to good not to share.
An absolute sterling remix of a classic glitch hop tune supplied by Shamanic Technology and whilst your checking out his pages and getting your free download, make sure to also grab the free EP Enter The Temple. You will not be disappointed.