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Lamont Dex & MC Plain English – Sniper

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Lamont Dex & MC Plain English revisit the classic 2 step UKG/MC formula with ‘Sniper’ on Ultra Bass Records

The dark chords and stepping beats are perfect for a UKG or Breaks fan and MC Plain English epitomises the oldskool Garage MC with dazzling rhymes!!!

Lamont Dex Interview + New Free Track

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Lamont Dex has a new tune up for free download on 3000 Bass. A dark ‘Neurotech’ track that will go down well with fans of Breaks, DnB & Jungle. he also did this great insightful interview for us. You can read the interview below and cop the dl here 

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

Ok, so my name is “Lamont Dex”….. or “Dex” to my inner circle of musical friends!…. I’ve been producing for around 9, nearly 10 years now all together, (although I’d say only about 4 of those years have been concentrated and focused on actual progression), as for most of the time I was just plonking beats together and wondering around not knowing a thing ha.
I started out making jungle & dnb tunes back in around 07 and have just messed around with all sorts since, from dubstep to breakbeat and bassline etc.
How did you get involved in Ultra Bass Records?

I had moved through a bunch of projects through 2012 and 2013 trying to get serious and make some effort, figuring out what my next move and sound was; I’ve always been a big fan of UKG so I thought I’d give it a whack…

Anyway, to cut a long story short, when I emigrated to Toronto, Canada from England, I had plenty of time to start building my new “Lamont Dex” project, So I started working away…… DJ Wisk came across a few of my songs that I had put out for free and put me in contact with Josh Millett (AKA DJ KOR)….which was surreal as I’d been listening to KOR’s speed garage tunes for time!…

Josh got a hold of me, he liked what I was doing and got me onboard. I did plenty of remixes and just kept working away and getting my name on the releases. Fast forward to around mid 2015; Josh was unable to continue with the label, so I took over…..and here we are!
How would you describe your production style?

Until recently, I would say….amateur! Haha…. Erm… nah it’s a constant battle between self-drive and self-criticism really (as I’m sure every producer would tell you). I’m really trying to push things into different and new areas at the moment; I had become a little too complacent recently, so I decided it was time for a kick up the proverbial arse and start getting creative again. I’m still doing things with a bit of a garage kick, but I’ve started working on some jungle, a bit of grime, breaks, all sorts really.

Was there a moment or a tune or a DJ set that made you decide you were going to produce?

Absolutely, If I could narrow it down, I think there is two songs; Qemists – Stompbox (Spor Remix) & Black Sun Empire – The Sun

 

Which events from over the years in your career, so far really stick in your mind and why?

I think I’d obviously have to say the ones that I’m currently involved in to be honest, the people and crews that I’m associated with are great people. (Shouts the BUMP/SKENG/Night Shift crews!)
I’ve always been more into the producing side of music to be honest though so I don’t DJ very often, don’t get me wrong… I absolutely love to DJ…. But my focus is more on the production side so I’m no DJ EZ haha, but I’d like to think I have my place here and I get to show my performing side occasionally.

The Toronto scene for UK music is tight-knit and it’s full of extreme talent right now too, and the scene is growing for sure, it’s fantastic. There’s lots going on in Toronto, you got Last Planet throwing mad parties every other week and Night Shift doing the midweek thing, we have BUMP like every month doing the UKG & Funky, Grime etc.

I unfortunately miss a lot of them due to other things I have going on that clash with a lot of the events, but I know they’ll be there when I can eventually get there; because these guys are so consistent, it’s great to see the British music that I love so much, being represented so well and with such passion in this great city.
What was your first experience of garage music and how did you get into the sound?

Haha, I don’t even know, it’s just always been there, I’m a typical lad from middle England, music has always been a big part of my life, there are so many genres that it’s hard to figure out when I first noticed it really.
Who are your major influences in terms of music production?

There’s a few, I like to draw from many axis, it also depends on what I’m feeling at the time too. My biggest influences have always been the artists that hold a unique sound, recently I’ve been drawing my inspiration back from the dark DnB I used to listen to back in the day…..Noisia, Black Sun Empire etc … and then just applying it to my own thing, I would say that technically speaking they’re the most skilled out there. But then on the musical side, you can’t beat a Tuff-Jam

I would say that technically speaking they’re the most skilled out there. But then on the musical side, you can’t beat a Tuff-Jam record, or an old Artful Dodger anthem.
Tell us a few of your all time and current favourite producers?

Great question….ok…..All time… I’m gonna say…. Jon Gooch (Spor), Black Sun Empire, Armand Van Helden, Daft Punk, Grant Nelson, Chase & Status, Pendulum.
Current; I would easily say Cellardore, Hypho, Black Sun Empire (Still), Hybrid Theory, Adam Hyjek, DJD/LedaStray.
When would you say was the moment when heads started to turn to your music, or people started to pay attention?

I’m still waiting for it ain’t I? Ha, nah…..erm, I dunno really…I try not to pay too much attention to the fuzz, but it’s always nice when you get support, especially from people you look up to… I mean, when DJ Q messages you to tell you that your tunes are “sick”… and he’s playing them on Kiss nearly every week for about 4 months solid…I mean I can’t be doing too bad there?
I love the fact that there are people back in Blighty that are listening to my music and enjoying it though, as a producer it’s the best gift, especially when people occasionally go out of their way to message me about it, I’d say that’s the ultimate pleasure really. Because I’m not there to be physically involved in the scene, it’s harder for me to judge, but I love it, especially the DJ’s who are pushing me right now, I appreciate every play on any station.

Because I’m not there to be physically involved in the scene, it’s harder for me to judge, but I love it, especially the DJ’s who are pushing me right now, I appreciate every play on any station.
What is it about the current wave of garage music that appeals to you?

I think it’s the diversity now….. there’s a lot of bass orientated sounds getting involved….and I absolutely love that, it gives garage more options, because it’s starting to get a little repetitive and predictable now, too much cookie cutter stuff going on. I love garage music to death but there are only so many Korg M1 organ stabs I can listen to! I love

I love garage music to death but there are only so many Korg M1 organ stabs I can listen to! I love that things are changing and melting together right now though, because when we regurgitate the same sounds constantly, we’re not moving forward! But there are some really exciting producers in the scene, like Cellardore, M.O.A.D, DJD/Leda Stray etc.
What made you choose garage as a genre?

I don’t know really, it’s always been a part of my life in some way, garage music is a British music staple I think haha. I’m starting to move into other fields again though, still keeping a bit of a garage vibe, but experimenting, that’s what it’s all about. So I wouldn’t say I “chose” garage music but it’s certainly a part of my creative spectrum!
If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?

I think the “No Roots” album by Faithless and “Mezzanine” by Massive Attack, that would have been a dream come true haha, although I was too young for either, but both albums are exemplary models of what electronic music needs to strive towards in this age if I’m honest, both musically and technically.

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

Hard question to be honest, if you mean commercially then definitely a Major Lazer song, they are really crushing it right now, upsettingly most people think they’re some random pop production crew, but those guys have been slaying it for time, love their stuff, Diplo is a super talented producer.
Do you like to tell stories with your music? If so give us a few examples

Yeah absolutely, well..I TRY to anyway. I’ve not actually released many solo EPs as Lamont Dex so far though, so I haven’t really been able to show that. I’ve been doing so many remixes over the last couple of years that my name has gotten around on the backs of other artists’ releases. Other than that it’s been compilation releases too, so I’ve actually knocked that on the head for the time being, it was a great way for me to get my name around but I’m focusing on my own thing right now and trying to be as creative as possible.
Tell us about any other music related stuff you’re involved in

Well, I wouldn’t say it’s solely “Music” related but I’m currently studying Audio Engineering at a college in Toronto. I absolutely love it! I’m a bit of a geek so it’s right up my street! In terms of musical projects; I’m broadening the horizons for Lamont Dex, I’m also in the works for a collaborative project with a super talented musician/vocalist/songwriter called Sebastian V, which is going to be

I’m also in the works for a collaborative project with a super talented musician/vocalist/songwriter called Sebastian V, which is going to be interesting to say the least, we haven’t nailed down a specific sound yet but that’s the beauty of it, we’ll see what happens! Variety is the spice of life!
Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?

Absolutely! …. 1) Be Humble! Nobody likes a bigheaded “know-it-all”. 2) Pay attention to your peers! Sometimes your mixes are dogsh*t… you need to be able to accept the honest feedback in order to fix up and progress. 3) Stop thinking you’ve made it when you’ve released one single! Too often, I see young lads thinking they’re the best thing since sliced bread because their tune was played in the local snooker hall…..calm down mate,

Too often, I see young lads thinking they’re the best thing since sliced bread because their tune was played in the local snooker hall…..calm down mate, there’s over 23,000 songs uploaded to Juno’s dance charts every 4 days….. This leads me to point 4) Respect the next man…. You’re not the only one trying to do your thing, don’t disrespect other’s efforts. 5) Stay positive and work hard; the music industry and music production in general is a marathon, not a sprint. 6) Don’t worry about what other people are doing, focus on your own thing, it’s hard sometimes, but you can’t do your best when you’re focusing on someone else’s stuff!

Who’s supporting Lamont Dex on the DJ circuit?

I’m proud to say there’s quite a few actually, I’m gonna feel bad when I read this back down the line and realise I’ve left people out (If I have then I’m sorry, it’s not intentional!) erm…definitely gotta shout to DJ Wisk, Adam Hyjek, Sir Real, DJ Si, James Lee, Mikey Smith, Hazee, Cartier, Freeza Chin, Lush, Marcus Visionary, Maya Stone, ahh man I know I’ve probably forgotten people, but bigup to all of them, playing my stuff whether it be on radio or at live events!
Out of all the tunes you’ve made, which is your favourite?

Ahh I’d say my remix of “Step Aside” by Marcus Visionary and Steppa Style. I was so humbled and grateful to have been offered that remix, I just loved the vibe from the onset, it was one of those songs that just flowed from the start. If I could change anything I would just change a few technical aspects that I wasn’t really aware of at that point but I wouldn’t change the song really, however I don’t really believe in going back to alter your own work, I did it once, but it’s out there now and it’s part of my growth, I’m still really proud of that one.
What would you say is the Ultra Bass label ethos?

Pride in individuality.
Which tunes are essentials in your DJ sets right now?

Oh yes, there’s a few; Thorn’s remix of “Take Me Away” by Junior UK & Martin Carr, “Take The Block” by Everyman, “Shut T F Up” by ATTOS, Cellardore’s bootleg of Hobson’s choice, Adam Hyjek’s “Basements in Xuhui”, there’s a few actually, it depends on the gig though of course.
What are the vital elements to making a tune that come into play when you’re in the studio?

Without pointing out the obvious…the beat….if the beat is no good then I’m not into it. The bassline has to move for me too, if I’m not feeling some sort of groove or movement then I’m not moving forward.

Of course the melodic and music content is just as important, but I generally make club-type music so you can be as musical as you like but if the beat is pants then no-one will dance to it. But music is more about feelings than “musical rules” though, I think. (It really depends on the song too, no 2 songs are made the same, unless you’re “cookie cutting”)
When receiving demos for the label, what do you look for in a track?

Something different! I can’t tell you how many tunes I’ve been sent; where it’s just a generic house beat and a donk melody! If you want to stand out, then be creative, don’t be lazy and stop following the perceived “fashion!”

When is your next record release?

I’ve got a single called “Sniper” (Collaboration with ‘MC Plain English’) coming out real soon on Ultra Bass… been waiting to get it out for time!…We’re still waiting on some remixes so we’re gonna make 2 releases out of it, the original will come out as a single then the remixes will come out with the VIP.

I’ve got a couple of new things in the works too, working on some really interesting dark neurotech and garage stuff for Future Follower Records, I’ve been making some Jungle & drum n bass as well, so yeah….lots to come in the new year!

5 Essential New House, Bass & DnB Releases

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Fresh Bass Music from House to DnB, read on for some essential bass reviews 

1.Abstract & Logic – Switch

Abstract & Logic blend Jungle, Breaks & Bass for this killer tune on Low Pitched Recs, the best of 3 worlds

 

2.Shulgin & Subjective feat Rion S – I Feel Love / Music In Me

Vocal house excellence from Shulgin & Subjective with vocals from Rion S, 2 quality tracks plus remixes from label don Jay Kay. The vocals are outstanding on both tracks and really add something special to the timeless house feels on both

 

3.Lamont Dex-For The Love Of All

Lamont Dex dazzles us with yet another sparkling production blending classic garage and modern deep house for this soulful joy of a track

Buy The Track Here>>>https://www.trackitdown.net/track/lamont-dex/for-the-love-of-all-original-mix/house/9956342.html

 

4.Mike Jones – Floor Burn EP’

Mike Jones kills it with 2 signature ravey house heaters plus solid remixes from Casey Spillman & Donnie Lowe. These bad boys will mash up the rave!!!!

 

5.Kolanek feat Tokyo Noir-Your Love/Optics

Beautifully crafted oldskool style jungle from Kolanek on Detrimental Audio, 2 tracks that fans of JUngle & DnB simply have to hear. ‘Your Love’ in particular really takes us back with 90’s style pads drawing from the rave era.

Unique2Rhythm- Temperature Rising [Unique2Rhythm-]

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This track represents a milestone in the history of Unique2Rhythm the label and sees a welcome return with new remixes by Lamont Dex who gives the original a smooth 2 step garage rerub that fuses the best of the old and the new of UK Garage. OskiDJ gives ‘Temperature Rising’ his funky reinterpretation and a marvelous one at that.

As much as we love these new versions, it’s the original featuring the vocals of Sheree Hicks that rocks our world. Its the combination of those rich soulful sounds and the wonderful vocals that has our temperatures rising. If you ever wanted proff that house in the modern era can be every bit as good as it was back then, this is it, amazing!!!

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Adam Hyjek & Tommie Cotton- The River [Unique2Rhythm]

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Looking for real soulful house/garage with depth, with feeling, with class? Look no further, I’m serious, Unique2Rhythm is a standard bearer for all those attributes in modern house music. So we have rising talent Adam Hyjek showcasing his stunning production sounding like Sounds Of Blackness or The Reese Project with a superb slice of true Deep House featuring the amazing vocals of Tommie Cotton. Remixes come from two absolute legends, Mike Millrain & Lamont Dex who respectively bring classic garage and 2 Step excellence to the fore. Real house music for real house music lovers.

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Harri Georgio Talks Ultra Bass

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Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m an artist, producer & DJ from Stoke-on-Trent, now based in Leicester due to going to Uni here and sticking around when I graduated to start work at a local recording studio, ‘HQ’. I started out as a Garage and Grime MC around 15, began producing not long after that, from then until now, pushed the MCing for a couple of years, got to support some of the bigger names in the scene, until moving on to making electronic music. Went to Uni at 18 and became inspired by the diverse range of music going on there, met and joined a band, we released an EP and did some shows in London, then I left early 2014 to focus on my true passion of being a producer, and I’m still finding my way, as they say!

How did you get involved in Ultra Bass Records for their milestone 20th release?

I’d actually had the track for a while, but finding the right label for it I found a bit overwhelming to say the least, I asked a friend of mine Jake Twell, who also did a great job on one of the remixes, if he knew of anyone and he suggested Ultra Bass. I checked them out and was feeling the House & Garage sound they were pushing, sent them the demo and Joshua from UB got straight back to me, said they were really feeling it and they wanted to sign it, and things went from there..

As a producer, you keep an open mind and an open palette producing in various styles, who do you draw influences from?

Well I’ve always loved all genres, and I’m constantly looking for new things, but when it comes to my foundations growing up, I still look back and massively idolise Dr Dre, aside from his immaculate productions, timeless classics and unmistakeable raw sound, the way he’s been able to bring the best out of every artist he’s worked with, get inside there head and create something completely new with each of them is massively inspiring to me, even if its not the kind of music I make, I still love to listen to it, and a lot of 90’s Hip Hop in general. Closer to home, on the UK House & Garage tip, Grant Nelson’s a big one, and has been an inspiration to the music I make. The Prodigy, largely for the way they’ve been able to blend different genres and live instrumentation in to Dance music. The early Grime scene was pretty impactful when I was growing up too, Sidewinder CD packs.. Wiley, Dizzee, Slimzee.. I used to love Speed Garage and listen to a lot of my Dads tapes from Niche in Sheffield in my school days as well
What’s it like DJ’ing at Ministry of Sound?
Wicked sound system, and if people are feeling the vibe then you’ve got them

 

Which tunes are essentials in your DJ sets right now?
Ben Mono – Mood Swing, D. Ramirez – Shake

 

Any final words and shout outs?
Massive thanks to Lamont Dex from Ultra Bass for seeing the release through, getting behind it and pushing to get the features and blog support, and being there whenever I had any questions, not to mention the wicked remix, & big ups to anyone that’s supported so far!

Buy Harri Georgio “Feel It” Out Now On Ultra Bass Records

LAMONT DEX- JUDGEMENT [3000 BASS]

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Lamont Dex turns up the heat with a banger of a bassline tune up for free download from 3000 Bass big grimey bass and 4×4 kicks that might just come and shank you down an alley!!! Don’t mess with this, blood!!!

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Style Of Tigers- Do You Know

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Outstanding summery Tech House/Garage with shades of R&B/Soul from the awesome Style Of Tigers plus a great Future Garage remix from Lamont Dex!!!!

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