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SR & DIGBEE- DOUBLE DIPPED EP [36HERTZ RECORDINGS]

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36Hertz is known for quality DnB and since 2012 and the release of DJ Vapour’s ’1992′, it has become a home for NuSkool Hardcore & jungle with a string of great releases from label boss Vapour, Gem One, Skink, ESP, Indigo Virus & SR & Digbee. The boys are back with a 100% NuSkool EP totalling 4 tracks, the 130BPM 91 style Body Swerve’ which this writer has had on repeat play along with epic 92 style ‘Contagious’ which will bring a big smile to old skool heads, more on the Jungle/Jungle Tekno tip is the dark opus ‘Special Dedication’ and old skool jungle style ‘Zoom Zoom’, get your fix!!!

Buy: http://www.junodownload.com/products/sr-digbee-double-dipped/2593056-02/

Strange Rollers Interview

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This is your first full EP for Warehouse Wax after having featured on the Ruffneck Riddims’ series of Eps and remixng Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion’s ‘Talk Too Much’ along with featuring on ‘We’re Not Dead: the 3rd Chapter’, for over a decade and a half you have been producing in various different styles and have had releases on numerous imprints such as Top Drawer Digital, Definition Breaks and Future Followers to name just a few, So, lets talk about this EP entitled ‘Outrageous’ which over 8 tracks, takes the listener through a variety of diverse styles, does this represent where you’re at musically right now?

Yes i think it does, I enjoy creating music in various styles mainly because I listen to such a diverse cross section of music, one min I want to dig out a House banger followed by a high tempo Drum & Bass track. The only style this EP doesn’t cover I’m currently loving is the UK Garage Revival I’m loving. But you’ll find I’ve been dabbling in the UKG Scene recently.

In the last few years, people who follow your music might have pigeonholed what you do a bit as a lot of what came out from 2010 onwards was 140/Future Jungle but here we have tracks like ‘The Big Throwback’ and ‘Broken Glass’ along the more ravey ‘Dance With Me’ and dubby 140 of ‘Sweet Reggae Music’, is it fair to say you were looking push the envelope and showcase a bit of diversity with this new EP?

I’m always looking to push the envelope and learn new skills but more so to evolve my music, I think most people would recognise a Strange Rollers track as i seem to have a approach I stick to in most tracks but I love what comes from that little extra spice you add to a track that doesn’t necessarily fit that Genre. The 140 tracks will always be my passion but i love dropping down to the low BPM’s and experimenting.

You’ve had a few tracks out on Warehouse Wax prior to this EP, how did you meet up with Vinyl Junkie and what led to those first few releases on the label?

I think I first knew John through the original Hardcore Breaks scene in the mid/late 2000’s, kept badgering him with tracks. Even though they weren’t up to scratch I think he saw something in what I made and from that date really kept in contact. I think my levels have improved so its been great to get involved with the Warehouse Wax label. We also hooked up way back to start the 140 Youtube channel with Lucas Morris from Top Drawer Digital

Out of the massive back catalogue of tracks you’ve made over the years, which ones are you personal favourites?

That’s a hard one as never really thought about that but one track that stands out as a track that got me noticed was my ‘Dark Love’ track that Definition Breaks released as there first release and got featured by Jay Cunning on his now legendary Breaks show on Kiss.

Recently had the chance to remix a Victor Simonelli track officially with Chris Bad Habit and tbh i really like our resulting remix, should be out later this year on a big anniversary release on his Label

I also really like the Shabba Ranks re-rub I did ‘Pirates’

Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?

Frankie Bones, Rheji Burrell for my early picks in House

Rick Rubin for Hip Hop

Goldie for D&B

Stanton Warriors for Breaks

KANT (Denmark) for current house

And which tunes are on rotation right now on the Strange Rollers playlist?

Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants KANT Remake

Sanxion – Interzone (Downbeat)

S.P.Y. – Frozen (Hospital)

Lunate – Pawn Shop Romance (100% Silk)

The Magician – Sunlight

Lights – Muscle Memory

DJ Shadow – Six Days (Machinedrum Remix)

These are the ones that come to mind that are really doing it for me on all levels and styles ;)

It always amazes me how much of a prolific producer you are, how do you draw inspiration for all these beats?

I put it down to the love of music and the constant crazing to make something better

If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?

KRS1 – Who wouldn’t want to work on a track with him

And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?

Ooo this is a tuff one, im sure after this interview I’ll think of something else but off the top of my head I’d say Orbital – Belfast

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?

100’s i just don’t know what they are!

Could you offer a bit of advice for a up and coming producer?

Practice Practice Practice and just jam, make what you like

And finally, any shout outs & big ups?

Big shouts to Eddie Voyager, John Vinyl Junkie, Lucas, Tony & Skin (Radiokillaz), Chris Bad Habit, Naza, Digital Pilgrimz, Jay Cunning & Terry Hooligan (On-The Rise) Digitally Mashed, Rich & Deller & Jimmy Dineen, Alex (100Me)The Nasty Squad, Beats without Boarders (Tariq), Lika Marques, Anne Allison, Sanxion, , DJ Demo, Nefti, George CRS, Gaz P , Kenny Ivey, Pete Walton, Bassbird, Brewster Bee, Manion, Bennie D, Flashback, Retropolis, Jon Doe, Dani & Gerard Burton, Paul BassRock, The Imperial Brothers, Bassbird, Mellow Theory, Ann D, Grant Waller, Nick Debanke and Glowkid for all their musical support & inspiration

You can stream a minimix of the ‘Outrageous EP’ forthcoming on Warehouse Wax here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDvWU29OVfw

Pre Order Here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/outrageous/id924385874

Buy From Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/label/warehouse-wax-music/22579

PAUL CRONIN- FUTURE EP [San Francisco Nights Records]

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The nuskool rave master is back with a brand new EP of full on hardcore rave in a variety of tempos. ‘Piano Tune’ is a rousing piano rave number with shades of old skool Prodigy to it, the title track transports the listener back to 1992 with big old skool pads and a monumental drop, ‘Bring It Back’ continues on the oldskool tip with a pounding assortment of pads/melodies and crunching drums. ‘I Rip Ya Torso’ ups the tempo for a Slammin Vinyl style ‘ardcore banger, ‘Yo Drum Again’ goes for the Prodigy style vibes for a quirky drum laden opus, love yer ‘ardcore? get this EP!!!

Buy: http://www.beatport.com/release/future/1397856

 

VA- PARANOID RECORDINGS VOL 10 [FREE LP]

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I always eagerly await new releases from Paranoid Recordings, it is one of my favourite labels and rightly so with a back cat of gem after gem stretching over 10 volumes plus other releases, Vol 10 is hot off the press and the best way I can review this essential compilation is to divide into the sub genres featured within, starting on the Jungle side of things, check out Abyss’ debut track for the label ‘Total Brainwash’, atmospheric amens that remind me of DJ Crystl circa 94

Still on the Jungle tip and equally as atmospheric in a mid 90s Bukem esque way is Mellow Dee’s ‘Stella Wind’

R Core a.k.a Sonars Ghost features on Vol 10 with the amazing Basement Records style Jungle Tekno roller ‘Timeslip’

DJ Pursuit takes it back to 93 with the dark minimal ‘Overpulse’

Skumk Association’s ‘True To The Game’ visits the late 92 sound where rave music rapidly became faster, darker and more experimental, elements of Jazz & Hip Hop can be heard, even hints of Hardcore Techno

One of my favourite tracks on this LP is the previously unreleased remix of Exit Point’s ‘Badman Style’ by Leonized, seriously funky Hardcore Breaks!!!

Boca’s ‘Downstairs’ shows the deeper musical side of early Rave music, you might recall the compilation ‘Fantasia: The First Taste’ listening to this track that combines lush strings with hardcore beats and sub bass

DJ Nee takes on a euphoric ride with his remix of Elusive’s ‘Blame Me’, if this doesn’t put a smile on your face, somethings wrong with you!!!

Staying with the uplifting vibes is Nefti’s ‘Why Did You Disapear’ melodic rushy Hardcore/Rave Breaks also featuring some amazing piano!!!

Swedish producer, 1st Science is a true original to the rave revival that began in the early 90s, still going strong he features on this compilation with ‘Onward Forward’ a track that is pure unadulterated 92 hardcore!!!

Although there isn’t a video as yet, also featured on the LP is 2 versions of Renegade Genius’ lover’s rock sampling 92 Jungle Tekno style ‘Breaks My Heart’ a track that seemingly pays tribute to the sound of Ibiza Records/Labelo Blanco circa 92/93, sounding very like artists such as Noise Factory

This LP is free to download and a must have, you can download it right here

FRINGE- He’s Nuts [Switchblade Digital]

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If I was to nominate a best new label of 2014, it would be Switchblade Digital, all 12 releases from the label including this one here are essentials for your collection, the label ethos is old skool darkside hardcore and jungle often touching on more experimental and deep sounds too. Fringe makes his label debut after a couple of masterpieces on Kode 5, ‘He’s Nuts’ is the Canadian junglist and producer par excellence at his very darkest and finest, if you’re an old skooler and fondly remember the early works of producers like Trace, Ed Rush, Doc Scott & other darkside legends, you will fully appreciate the menacing atmosphere of ‘He’s Nuts’, ghoulish pads and spliced  rolling amens that would have Darth Vader himself one foot skanking, essential jungle!!!

Buy: http://www.junodownload.com/products/fringe-hes-nuts/2581641-02/

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Festival Breaks-Mixed By Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion [Music Mondays]

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Vinyl Junkie & sanxion bring their festival rocking sound to Music Mondays with a mix LP featuring 2 mixes by the dons themselves and 50 full length tracks all for a tenner!!!! The finest Future/140 Jungle, Bass & breaks mixed to perfection, bring the festival rocking sound into your living room, your car stereo, wherever takes your fancy but don’t miss out!!!! Clips and buy links below

https://musicmondays.databeats.com/download/mmd002

BEAGLE-STEP INTO THE LIGHT/MAKKATHRAN [TOP DRAWER DIGITAL]

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Over the years, Beagle’s tracks have featured on labels such as legendary old skool imprint, Bogwoppa Records, Hardcore Lives, Definition Breaks, Paranoid Recordings and previous outings for Top Drawer Digital, this latest outing comprises of 2 macabre tunes that bring together elements of oldskool from 1993 with hardcore breaks and future jungle, in fact it wouldn’t be wrong to consider this an update on the late 00′s J Tek sound that was pioneered by Top Drawer Digital and artists like Tango & Ratty, ‘Makkathran’ is epic future rave with classic breaks and vox and a clever combo of 92 esque pads with a dark cinematic melody, ‘Step Into The Light’ is a full on trip to the darkside with ominous vocals and hard hitting pads, there is also a remix, Minimal DnB style and as a bonus, check the link below for Lucas’ remix of Beagle’s ‘Positronic’, watch out for a big release to follow from Top Drawer Digital in celebration of this, their 50th release

http://www.junodownload.com/products/beagle-step-into-the-light-makkathran/2563532-02/

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