Blu Mar Ten complete their picture – Love is the Devil

BluMarTen know how to keep the excitement going. Back in June 2011 they put out the wonderfully mellow soundscapes and solid beats of Five Summers along with the sharp shooting roller of a collab with Inside Info, ‘Still The One’.

Shortly after that breath of fresh air BluMarTen hit out again with the dirty ‘Problem Child’ and serene ‘Sweet Little Supernova’ feat Rochelle Parker

And now as if to reward all the patience and to fully quench the Blu Mar Ten thirst the launch of their album ‘Love is the Devil’ is finally here. Full of rounded basslines, polished snares and higher than high layers, Blu Mar Ten have delivered a full and comprehensive journey into their current style. This album has a flavour for all occasions whether you feel like getting your ears on the harder vibes of Damage and Into the Light or the Ultra chilled flavours of All Thoughts are Prayers, Blind Soul and High Hopes. All in all this album is packed full of gem after gem, a journey into the more musical, intelligent side of Drum and Bass.

Blu Mar Ten – Love is the Devil

Release date: 31st Oct 2011
Formats: Vinyl / CD / Digital

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Tracklist:
Into The Light (feat. Airwalker)
All Thoughts Are Prayers
Blind Soul (feat. Stray)
Damage
Five Summers
High Hopes (feat. INtrepid)
The Beginning
Made In London
The Fourth (feat. Jenni Potts)
Another Year (feat. Mike Lesirge)
Problem Child
Love Is The Devil
Sweet Little Supernova (feat. Rochelle Parker)
Hollow Men
Whisper (feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
Blue Skies
Still The One (feat. InsideInfo)
All Or Nothing

 

Kimyan Law – Coeur Calme

The sheer beauty of sound on Kimyan Laws debut album is to be mentioned from the outset.  There exists a brilliantly formularised contrast between organic percussion and metal or xylophone melody throughout, taking a threating or embracing poise and immersing the listener.  All tracks are powerful, hitting varied genres from Drum and Bass to Future Garage and Dub.  Also present is a strong element of storytelling through sound, providing the listener with a secret sense of ownership. SBM shouts – ‘Copperclock’ and ‘We Are Fish’

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Mortal Life (Feat mm oo)

Kimyan Law makes use of wood percussion and contrasts them with metal xylophone type tones, which brings this listener back to his childhood, memories of an old windup music box I had as a child constantly spike my melancholy throughout this track.  As the album persists through it becomes clear this is a theme, regardless Mortal Life introduces these sounds perfectly and sets the mood up for the album perfectly

Here’s an Album Sampler

Eclairage

Eclairage was the the b-side of Kimyan Laws debut, Run Ames.  A steady piece with a slightly cold and threating aspect about it.  This feeling is mostly brought on by the relentless clip clopping of Kimyans percussive style.  The metal work which dances back and forth through what feels like a boundary, perhaps through a forest adds a sense of enchantment.

We are Fish (Kimyan Law Remix)

Dark, brooding featuring a puzzling metaphorical lyricism which weaves over the enchanted melody.  In essence though the patterns for melody on this track are often heard within Drum and Bass.  What has elevated it as one of the best on the album is Kimyans wonderful selection of sound and instrument. Brilliant.  Should you ever of heard of an American singer called Joanna Newson this will remind you of her and almost certainly take you over, phew.

Daimyo

Kimyan Law takes wooden percussion to a purist level on Daimyo.  Scatterings of orchestral strings play a warming role before the listener is dropped right back down again the thick pine jungle;-p

Embers

Embers features cracking static and distant chimes underpinned by a deeper than deep but ever so steady bassline.  Kimyan plays around with an far eastern sound whilst entering in with some classic vocal pitch shifting.  This is probably as close to Future Garage as the album gets but its clear form this point Kimyan Law has got the versatility locked down

Run Aimes

The title track from Kimyan Laws debut on BluMarTen Music.  Ice cold snares are underpinned by an earthly acoustic bass.   Tickled strings shining throughout whilst Robert Manos adds his voice to this piece with subtle whispers and menacing poetry play – ‘Flowers or Bullets?

Vita

Vita features a musical box melody throughout, which dances playfully over a wonderfully crafted half beat drum and bass rhythm. Melancholy and playful.

Umbra

Kimyan Law returns to the darker slightly more aggressive (punchy) side of his craft on Umbra.  The tribal nature of the drum work switches in a pacy manner.  Getting lost in this woods is physically rewarding here.

Copperclock

Musical story telling at its best.  Kimyan Laws use of percussion to represent the clock throughout the piece and to turn that into something to physically dance to yet still hear every story telling transition makes this a piece to come back to.

Blur

Kimyan Law goes in with some Deep, minimal Drum and Bass on Blur.  Far Eastern strings are plucked and a tinkering piano dances over strong reverberating kick drums all creating a sense of mystery

Cherry Lane (For Sarah Taisha)

Scaling back the tempo again Cherry Lane is perhaps the closest the album gets to Dubstep.  Cherry Lane is packed full of percussive variations and textures and a hint of the Cinematic Orchestra sound. A thoughtful piece.

Solange

Solange is Kimyans shout out to Dub.  A laidback bassline rolls under some playful percussion and chimes.  A cracking end to the project.

Famous Lost Words Remixes Part 3 – Nuage, Ulterior Motive and Kimyan Law

Ulterior Motive, Nuage and new BluMarTen Music new comer Kimyan Law are on remixing duties for the third installment of the BluMarTen, Famous Lost words remix collection.  This definately one to get your ears on if your fond of the Ulterior Motive touch and the emergance of Kimyan Law as a devlopment of the BluMarTen Music labels own brand of sound is a story to be part of. Purchase.

BluMarTen – In Your Eyes (Ulterior Motive Remix)

Ulterior Motive  takes to remix duties for In Your Eyes, essentially working some deep dark witchcraft on it.  Bringing it right down tempo, applying a toxic, ripping bassline and some tasty quick chop Amen style hits.  This would teach a dance floor a thing or two mid-madness.

BluMarTen – Half the Sky (Kimyan Law Remix)

BluMarTen haven’t been short of praise for their new signing so I’m going into this with high hopes.  This remix doesn’t disappoint, so I’ll be straight out for the buys new releases then!.  Peppered with a Xylophone sound, very refreshing, and what feels like a fresh bassline sound (magic) half the Sky has a dark magic quality about it.  Like with Frederic Robinson before him, this listener is very happy.  What a cheeky ending 😉

BluMaTen – Famous Lost Words (Nuage remix)

Nuage takes what was essentially a much laid back track beefs it up a bit, yet manages to create an even more laidback vibe.  This’ll have you wrapped up in an aural ball of warmth for the winter.

Famous Lost Words Remixes Part 2 – Kid Drama, Anile and Conduct

Part two of the BluMarTen Famous Lost Words Remix series features three workings from Kid Drama, Anile and Conduct.  Some rich textures in here, aswell as a few surprises. Purchase

BluMarTen – Thin Air (Kid Drama Remix)

For those that know the original Thin Air is a wonderfully layered piece with a sublime vocal.  Kid Drama’s take stays true to the layers and breaks the beats up, whilst weaving some tempo trickery over the original vocals.  The outcome is almost a different track entirely, proving some excellent remix skills.  Despite this the true message of Thin Air remains as Kid Drama escalates the encompassing layers and bassline throughout.  This is a submissive experience. 

BluMarTen – Remembered Her Wrong (Anile remix)

Anile takes the reins for Remembered Her Wrong, another fine matchup.  Anile grabs hold of the essential parts and sounds for what was originally quite a dark piece and lifts it up slightly, underpinning it all with a deliciously deep bassline which takes more of a centre stage as the track moves through, culminating in a what almost feels rolling, bound to have you swaying wherever you are .

BluMarTen – Hunter (Conduct Remix)

Help! I can’t remember the original, Conduct has changed how I remember it.  This track features some of the original bad arseness of Hunter but is full of serene layers hits and a moreish sub-bass line, yum.  Despite this there’s a special edge to this remix, which never quite makes you feel safe.

 

Famous Lost Words Remixes Part 1 – Break and Frederic Robinson

The first part of the Blu Mar Ten, Famous Lost Words Remix series pays homage to the voice of Agne Genyte.  The gates open to two respected producers bringing two very differing flavours to the table. Purchase

BluMarTen – Break IT All Apart (feat Agne Genyte) Break Remix

 

Break opens up on this Remix series with his take on Break IT All Apart.  A deep twisted basslines rides under a rushing beat line as the sky high layers and blessing ethereal vocals of Agne Genyte offer a dream like quality.  This is one of those pieces that fits anywhere.  Guaranteed to stir emotions.  Break has also blessed an extra dimension to his bassline in the second part, ushering in the need for double plays 😉

BluMarTen Somewhere (feat Agne Genyte) – Frederic Robinson

Anything Frederic Robinson puts his brain to is worth a listen but to have the chilled out vibes of Somewhere given the works is a blessing.  This remix strips it back and half times the original, chilling it to the core.  Throughout Frederic builds the atmospherics up, true to fashion, edging on a crescendo before bringing it down again.  This is 5 star remixing.

 

Utah Jazz – Portfolio – Blissful journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass

Utah Jazz – Portfolio is a journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass.  True to his style Utah Jazz takes the mind and wraps it all in layers and melodic keys whilst underpinning all with some nice warm bass.  To pick a few highpoints we’d recommend getting your ears on January Silence, Heckless and the awesomeness that is Here today gone tomorrow.  Many of the tracks can be heard on this mix – Utah Jazz mix for Pandan DnB

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The Album…

Endless – The album opens up with this dreamy composition, awash with ethereal vocals and underpinned by a deep warm bass.

We Rise we fall – The ethereal theme continues on this piece, with its rushing drums and enveloping layers accompanied by a steady piano.

January Silence – This one has been awaited for quite some time.  A tickling of mystical harp and strong building synth makes the intro to this piece another worldly experience.  On the break January Silence rushes into the Utah Jazz rhythm with pace, plunging the listener into warm bass lines, tinged with strings and the odd didgeridoo.

STR Piano – Utah Jazz plays with key formation on this one.  The cold ethereal piano dancing over the top

Live Your Life – Life your life seeks to wrap the listener up in a deep warm bass line to keep the cold away.  A snappy, earthy beat line seems to change the pace of the album with this one.

Clarity of Thought – On clarity of thought we can see the Good Looking Records inspiration Utah Jazz gets.  This piece merges a deep liquid bassline and an energetic drum line with the meditative overtones more memorable of the progressive Drum and Bass sound.  Real close your eyes and let it take you stuff 😉

Roll that Blues – Rushing on rapidly from the meditation of Clarity of Thought Utah Jazz rolls quite nicely into Roll that Blues.  Jazz vibes are plentiful on this one, all sped on by an impeccable roller of a drum line.

The Record Business – Bringing it right down into some strong soul drum and bass pattern work, The Record Business is a pleasant little side track

Here today gone tomorrow – One of the hot tips for the album, Here today gone Tomorrow touches new layers of deep with it pit of the stomach baseline and classy little tribute from 90’s sampling.  

Neckless – Another beautiful intro from the Utah Jazz here, possibly the greatest on the Album.  Neckless breaks into a truly frantic rushing bassline, overlaid with orchestral notes and a bassline that truly drives the rhythm forth.

M.A.M – The first non 180bpm piece of the album, with some inspired percussion, all of cause tainted by jazz.  This piece paints the picture of slight melancholy with a tint of emotional regret, all wrapped up in some lovingly warm Utah Jazz composition.

Passage of Time – Utah Jazz makes use of the harp again on this stead breaks piece.  Packed with some snares which are a treat to the ears and given the Utah Jazz touch perfectly with the layer upon layer.  Watch out for the occasion deep sub bass.

You Walked Away – Hannah Eves loving vocals play over this rushing Drum and Bass, piano inspired piece. 

Love Everlasting – There’s a hint of old school on Love Everlasting, as the party ends we can think over no better track to end on then the amen inspired drum patterns and deep, deep bassline of Love Everlasting.

Platinum Breaks Vol4 – Metalheadz

The eagerly anticipated Platinum Breaks Vol4 is finally available for the minions to get their paws on.  For months many of these tracks have represented the highpoints of many a mix and set throughout the land.  Plenty of variety here for all ears, here’s a run by run walk through of each of the 18 tracks available.

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Metalheadz have pulled it off as usual. Metalheadz Platinum Breakz 4 is a perfect combination of Drum and Bass, to cover all the aspects of this legendary label.  Not only that but it’s hard not to except that almost every subgenre isn’t covered in this selection one way or another.  Fancy variety? then buy the whole package at less than two pints why the hell not.  If not there’s a certain favourite in there for all.

01. Om Unit – Timelines           

Om Unit shows a more intricate side to drum maneuvers on Timelines.  Paying homage to the Jungle sound this journey into the drum and pattern undulates into the deaths and punctures through with mid-range glory

02. Calibre – Archive

Tickling keys and deep intelligent basslines are the order of the day for this intelligent, chained piece.  Like a retrained killer dog on can never be sure this is about to break free         

03. DLR & Script – Blue Room (feat. Martyna Baker)

DLR & Script work up the drum patterns as their intelligent constructs hammer through this dark cold soundscape, all enhanced by the fear present in the vocals of Martyna Baker       

04. Ulterior Motive (feat. Will Manning) – Gods Neighbours        

Ulterior Motives – Gods Neighbours features metal work snares and a sinister bass synth all wrapped up in meek haunting layers

05. Digital & Spirit – Creeper   

An aptly named piece as creepers sinister bassline is relentless backed up by a lightly pacing drum work.  Sure to get the crowd down low.

06. Ivy Lab & Hydro – Make It Clear (feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika)  

Ivy Lab can’t go wrong these days.  This Hydro collab is no exception.  Following 5 comparatively dark pieces, this track represents a change of scene for the album so far.  Make it Clear is a chilled, vocal piece of drum and bass featuring a perfect vocal collaboration with Frank Cater and Lucy Annika and some elegantly light keys. 

07. SCAR (Survival & Script) – When       

Survival & Script get low down and dirty on this joint venture under the name SCAR.  A wet and squelchy bassline permeates this piece; prepare to get your face on.

08. Lenzman & FD – Joanie’s Theme      

Two of the premier soul inspired producers get together on Joanie’s Theme to put together an deep piece of Drum and Bass.  Always a winner this, perfect warm up, fills the room with deep concentrated smiles.

09. Blocks & Escher – Madness  

Next up Blocks and Escher take the listener through a rushing piece of drum work on Madness.  A touch of circulating madness on the layer creates a caged in soundscape which releases before enveloping the listen again. #darkdrumpatternbusiness

10. Loxy & Resound – Paradigms           

Paradigms kicks off with light layers before launching into a driving bassline, massive kicks and well executed breaks , creating an immersive soundscape.

11. Artificial Intelligence – War Horse (feat. DRS)           

DRS builds up the vibe with some energy inspiring vocals before Artifical Intelligence unleashes a relentlessly ripped bassline adding layers only to heighten this raging stepper.

12. Jubei & Consequence – Black Hornet            

The album takes a more minimal stance at this point as the low sub bassline of Black Hornet shakes the ribs relentlessly as Jubei & Consequence join their styles to create a dark Drum and Bass moment overlaid with some crisp, pucnchy snare work.

13. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Deeper Love         

Continuing the minimal agenda Dub Phizix & Skeptical collaborate on Deeper Love.  It’s easy to feel that this isn’t the most minimal these two artists have been as the piece features some warming layers which accentuate the piece on when the pair remove it to focus on the percussion.  A sublime piece.

14. Sunchase – 420

420 snaps right into an caged anger.  The piece feels stripped bare at first before Sunchase focuses on bringing in some subtle highs.

15. Heist – Great White

Heist halves the beats per minute on Great White and takes the different take on his usual sound to bring the listen a pleasant combination of brooding bassline and classic synth patterns.  Features one of my favorite deep sub pads, so it wins for me.

16. Digital – Mini Cooper

Digitals Mini Cooper continues the half beat theme and strolls into the Dub arena.   A sinister track in feel, will keep you looking over your back.  No idea why Mini Cooper.

17. The Invaderz – The Ascent

Low down rumble underpins the wet basslines of The Ascent.  This frantic piece of Drum and Bass progresses through multiple sections, travelling deeper through an encroaching darkness.  Perfect naming section and

18. Bipolar – Interlude

The final chapter is offered up by Bipolar.  Interlude is a Jazzy little stepper.  Veering ever so slightly to Jungle and hailing praise to this particular subset of Drum and Bass which crops up every so often to accompany us.  Perfect for morning and after hours funs.