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Shapeshifter Tour Dates

Shapeshifter Tour Dates

 

Following the success of their 2013 release ‘Delta’, elemental soul outfit Shapeshifter will be performing a series of UK dates this spring, beginning at The Bongo Club in Edinburgh on 9th April 2014.

The tour will then move on to Brighton’s Concorde 2 on the 11th, before concluding in the capital with a show at The Forum in Kentish Town on the 12th.

NZ Shapeshifter boast a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of depth-charge bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica to barrelling breakbeats, capable of morphing from rolling drum ‘n’ bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes.

‘Delta’, their fifth and most recent album, is their most fearless release yet – embodying the spirit of experimentation in its innovative all-analogue instrumentation of vintage synths, horns and guitar. These are showcased beautifully in the sublime opening chords of ‘Arcadia’, through to the junglist jabs of ‘Shadowboxer’ andd elevated trance progressions of ‘Diamond Trade’. Having morphed through elastic electronic textures to bedrocks of soul and rave, their sound is constantly evolving to motivate dancefloors worldwide.

From the taste-making Bongo Club, an independent all-round artistic hub with an international reputation, to Concorde 2 – Brighton’s premier indie venue – as well as The Forum, one of London’s major live entertainment stages, NZ Shapeshifter have picked the perfect platforms for showcasing their multi-faceted brand of music.

With record-breaking tours in their home country of New Zealand, scene-setting appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Parklife, sold-out European performances, four EPs and five LPs (three with platinum sales) under their belts, this multi-award-winning electronic outfit packs a serious punch – and this UK tour promises to deliver more of their trademark energy.

 
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Lo IQ? – Never Breakaway (Original Mix) [Coming out in March on DEDR]

Lo IQ? – Never Breakaway (Original Mix) [Coming out in March on Dog Eat Dog Records]

Lo IQ? - Never Breakaway (Original Mix)

Lo IQ? – Never Breakaway (Original Mix)

Lo IQ’s 1st original of 2014 is a all out Floor Filler. Huge Synths and Monster builds make this a perfect fit for DEDR. Incredible basslines, beautiful female vocals and flawless arrangement makes this a stellar track to say the least. Lo IQ’s proper production and consistent hits are clearly making him one of the top producers in the breakbeat genre. This track is to be released on Beatport, Track it down, Juno, Amazon, & iTunes in March 2014.

Check out more of Lo IQ?’s sounds here @ http://soundcloud.com/lo-iq

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Jon Kennedy – Corporeal Remixed

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Jon Kennedy is a drummer, dj and music producer who has long been spreading his passion for beats, bass lines and luscious melodies through his dj sets, radio shows and productions and following on from his Corporeal album release in mid-2013, he has just released a collection of remixes from the album on his own Jon Kennedy Federation label. The original album was an eclectic blend of genre bending trip hop and down tempo type grooves that in my opinion held ground with some of the biggest albums of the genre (did someone say Endtroducing) and on the remix front we again find vast arrays of genres present which should come as no surprise when you see the list of artists that are on offer.

The chilled trip hop feel is still ever present, particularly in Cartier Saucier, Exhibitor and Marc Mac’s offerings and there are also Jazz and Hip hop vibes abound on the mixes supplied by Sinuz, Oliver Lowe, Dj Flux & friends and Head Chamber, the latter being a head nodding remix of Pronounce Your Shit which has a sound very reminiscent of old school Gramatik that doesn’t disappoint. Things delve down and deep on the tunes from Marcus Intalex & Trevino,  Evirgen, Lopez & Undercover 83 and Phillip T.B.C whilst the tempo gets jacked all the way to max with Rolaz’s remix of Flow, N3GUS’s version of Bossa No Var  and JFB’s take on Live My Life all of which are gritty DnB numbers that still manage to capture the essence of the original tune, a testament to the genre jumping feel of the entire album.

Corporeal Remixed is a sublime collection of varied styles, vibes and tempos that, with the Jon Kennedy sound as a backbone, gives continuity to the album as a whole and makes for a thoroughly unique and enjoyable listening experience. Many of the tracks would also easily make the transition to the club setting but in my opinion the album needs to be listened to as a whole to get the full appreciation of its quality, a definite must have.

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Sizzla ft Vida Sunshyne – The Formula-Muti Music

 

With 21 Billboard Reggae albums under his belt, Sizzla is a heavyweight of the scene, known and loved by Reggae fans worldwide, this latest release is due out on Multi Music and is produced by  Mista Savona and features the gorgeous vocals of Vida Sunshyne from Melbourne Australia,Capleton and Anthony B lend their vocal talents on alternative versions of the ‘The Formula’ and a global line up of modern bass artists are on remix duties, such as the incredibly versatile Liquid Stranger who provides a bass take on the dancehall sound that incorporates a variety of genres and showcases the skill this producer has in full. TASO brings the Trap/Dancehall vibes,An-ten-nae goes for a melodic and minimal dancefloor smasher while Australian producer, DIZZ1 goes for some funky half step goodness and rounding up a fine package, L.A’s very own Nico Luminous takes a nice chilled downtempo route and its not finished yet, we still have Scots,Taz & Akka (Rwina Records) with a gene smashing remix that takes in Afro Carribean sounds and blends them with all kinds of upfront bass stylings.

Theres no doubt you’re absolutely spoilt for choice here, definitely one for the heads who appreciate good music.

Pre Order Here Due Out 26.11.13

601 – WE DO BASS LP (PASSENGER)

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601 are known for their heavyweight 140 Jungle Breaks bangers, for this album ‘We Do Bass’, we indeed get a healthy portion of tearin’ and firin’ 140 beasts but we also get to hear the lads showcase their production talents in a variety of genre’s from the old skool rave tinged DnB number ‘U’, the deeper strains of ‘Stars’ featuring stunning vocals by Roisin Brophy, a bit of 110 with ‘Get Money’ and all sounding great…..

Saying that, there is plenty of 140 bangers on here, where do we start? Perhaps the bubbling ‘Dutty Bass’ with vocals from the Ragga Twins or ‘Keep It Up’ ft Frilla or even ‘Afterparty’ featuring Madrush MC, theres just so many bangers on here, elements of Jungle, Old Skool, Grime and Dubstep fuse together for a masterpiece of an album, the best 140 album of 2013 to date and a fantastic multi genre bass album to boot, 601 really ‘do bass’!!!!

Check The ‘Dutty Bass’ official video

Check out clips of the LP here

And buy the full album here

 

VA-RUFFNECK RYDIMS VOL 3-WAREHOUSE WAX

 

The 3rd in the series of Warehouse wax’s ‘Ruffneck Rydims’ EPs continues to up the ante and raise the bar for 140 bass and 140 jungle, featuring some of the best and hardest working artists in the scene, 4 to be exact, 100me, Radiokillaz, Sanxion & Strange Rollers.

Each of the 4 tracks offer a different take on the 140 sound, of course, maximum bass shaking dancefloor devastation is assured, it goes without saying, we are talking about the label that has brought us a highlight reel of forward thinking bass music for the last decade, enjoy this taster for the album due out in December ‘We’re Not Dead Vol 3′, you’re not ready for the phatness!!!!

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Chopstick Dubplate Meets Mr Williamz-Wanted: Murda We Charge For-Chopstick Dubplate

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The ragga jungle release of the year is here!!! ‘Wanted: Murda We4 Charge For’ by Chopstick Dubplate Ft Mr Williamz & Top cat is hotter than a basket of Scotch Bonnets!!! 8 tracks of sizzling dancehall goodness featuring guest vocals from Dennis Brown & King Kong who bring the sunshine in bucket loads.

The production is solid throughout as you would expect from the trio of Jacky Murda, Aries & Tuffist while Mr Williamz brings lively vibes and a variety of topics on each track from humorous references to Ryan Air on ‘Worldwide Traveller’ to a super smart summary of the rich/poor divide on my personal favourite ‘Rumble Jumble Life’ and of course, no ragga jungle LP would be complete without a bit of romancing the gyals as on ‘Girls Dem Dada’. This is a great album whether you love reggae/ragga, Jungle or DnB or just great music, this one will be killing sound bwouys on dancehalls for a long time to come, even the artwork is gangsta!!!!!!

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Cullen – Skydive From Heaven/Weekend Machines EP

Cullen - Skydive From Heaven/Weekend Machines EP

Cullen – Skydive From Heaven/Weekend Machines EP

Cullen firmly places himself within the Break Wind Family with his 2nd EP
With 2 superb soul reaching pieces of music.
First up is Skydive From Heaven which will make you feel like you are falling from the clouds above, a delicate piece of melodic breakbeat to keep you buoyant on fragile times.
Weekend Machines is a charming captivating slice of music, driving throbbing bass with soothing mythical hypnotizing atmospherics will take you to unworldly parts of your inner thoughts.
On remix duties we have Arklove & EZ Breaks who deliver a mind blowing version of Skydive From Heaven, thunderous beats laced deep warm bass and angelic piano’s building up to an epic breakdown and a slamming rolling driving drop to bounce you off the globe.
On Weekend Machines is Grade-E who turns out an adventurous euphonious builder, taking you on an excursion in progressive breakbeat with punchy beats and telepathic dancing arpeggiators to complete this supernatural EP.

Out on 30th September Exclusive at Beatport

1.Cullen – Skydive From Heaven
2.Cullen – Weekend Machines
3.Cullen – Skydive From Heaven (Arklove & EZ Breaks Remix)
4.Cullen – Weekend Machines (Grade-E Remix)

Released by:Break Wind Productions
Release/catalogue number:BWP017
Release date:30 September 2013

Get your copy today here:
http://www.beatport.com/release/skydive-from-heaven-weekend-machines/1157799

Exit Point-Badman Style Remix EP-Kamikaze Records

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Exit Point’s ‘Badman Style’ gets an official release on DnB imprint, Kamikaze Records, after the 2 free soundcloud EPs which have collectively notched up over a thousand hits, we now have a fresh set of remixes available from the download stores, Future Jungle heads get a 145bpm VIP Re edit of the original by Exit and added into the equation are some banging Jump Up DnB remixes from Jaybee, Master Swae, Tuned Transition & Ronin, You can get this Badman tune here and from all good download stores.

VA-CONCEPTION-Kode 5 Recordings

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Kode 5 have been serving up the finest NuSkool hardcore & Jungle plus some quality DnB since they came on the scene last Summer, they take it to the next level with this 31 track album showcasing established names and rising stars of the scene in a variety of tempos and genres under the NuSkool umbrella.

There really is something for everyone here, if you like uplifting 1992 themed pianocore, then check out tunes like Stormski’s ‘What Am I Gonna Do’ & ‘Are You Ready’, Nicky Allen’s ‘Better Than Before’ and Mystery, Kosine & Max’s ‘Conception’

If you like things a bit darker then the 93 vibes are represented in fine fashion by FX with ‘World Of Darkness’, Deadmind-’Shut Up’ & Nicky Allen’s ‘I’ve Never Killed Anyone’

DnB heads wil love Neomind’s take on Nebula II’s seminal ‘ardocre classic ‘Flatliners’, Ash 2K’s Jungle roller ‘Side Effects’ and Stormski’s fun Ragga Jungle/DnB crossover ‘Jungle Fever’

These are just a few of so many great tracks, honourable mentions must go to Mastergroove who has 5 tracks on the album, one remixed by Kosine & Mystery and in addition to that, he remixes Mystery & Kosine’s ‘Vibe Alert. Avro’s ‘Raise It’ is a full on classic rave anthem and Doc Odessah turns in a Reinforced Records style Jungle Tekno banger ‘Emphasis On The E For 93′ which is a must listen, then there is all the great tunes I haven’t mentioned, trust me there are now lowlights on this massive collection, if you love the Old Skool, get ready for the NuSkool from the leaders of the Skool, Kode 5!!!!!

Check out the promo mix here

And buy the album here

KernelPanic – Deep Pacific [FREE WAV from Good News Boppers]

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Drum & bass heads, you are in for a real treat here, a free download from the excellent Good News Boppers imprint, Kernelpanic turns in an amazing remix of 808 State’s ‘Pacific State’, retaining the epicness of the original while bringing it up to date with a rolling DnB vibe, GNB & The kernel have done a stunning job here, a free download you do not want to miss out on!!!

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Pressa – Mind Killa EP (Top Drawer Digital)

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The man like Pressa is smashing it up in 2013 with a release on Warehouse Wax under the belt, a forthcoming EP on Bad Habit Muzik and this latest offering on the mighty Top Drawer Digital.

The ‘Mind Killa’ EP consists of 3 of the finest cuts from the Pressa studio starting with ‘Killa Soundboy’, a dubbed out voyage of 140 bass with funky and trippy pads, ‘Mind Blown’ is a fresh take on the signature sound of Pressa with blissed out melodys and deep, low subs. ‘Rollin’ Out’ features some incredible drum programming and nice humming techno like synths. This EP is an all round winner and as always, its a fresh and inimitable take on the 140 sound.

You can listen and download the free promo mix for the release here:

Get it here and all major download stores.

 

Serial Killaz-Dutty Sound EP-Sub Slayers

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We all know Serial Killaz for their DnB & Jungle bangers but for the first time on Sub Slayers, we get to hear a new string to their production bow, get ready to be blown away by the 140 Bass sound of the Killaz!!!!!

From the carnival vibes of ‘Dutty Sound’ to the rave n bass banger ‘Pop The Style’ featuring the legendary Ragga Twins, Serial Killaz push the envelope with twisted bass the likes of which you have never heard before!!! Things get dubby for the remaining 2 tunes ‘Man A Talk’ & ‘Feel It’ incorparating bumping rhythms and old skool vibes, get ready for the realness from the Killaz & Sub Slayers!!!!

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