Competiton (Extented till 10/07/15) – Gifting Makoto and A-Sides – Aquarian Dreams

In my excitement to acquire myself a copy of Makoto and A-Sides new album, Aquarian Dreams I went and ordered two digital downloads! So I’ll make something of this and send the spare as a gift to anybody who can put up a picture on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter that best encapsulates the album for you.

You have until Friday (10th of July) and I’ll pick Sat (11th of July). I’ll contact the winner to send the album to and your picture will be the next SoS mixcast front cover.
Post with this info on channels so I can find your image.
Facebook – send to https://www.facebook.com/signalsofsound
Instagram – @ben-sos and use ‪#‎sosaquariandreams‬
Twitter – @subfrequency and use #sosaquariandreams

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The Truth EP – Sunchase (Medshool)

Sunchase – The Truth EP is a rare treat to the ears. Each track offering its own aural joys and experience. Featured quite heavier in the SoS mixcast series recent, well worth getting in your ears.

The Truth – Sunchase

Title track of the Sunchase EP – The Truth awakens with a slowly building synth, filled with positive vibes and promise. A feel good piece which still manages to maintain a deep level of sophistication. What better way to open the summer for us here in the northern hemisphere. Time to wake up and brush those cobwebs away before things heat up.

All of us (feat. Scoda Galina) – Sunchase

A late hours, laid back piece, All of Us features a beautiful high level synth which permeates wet percussive elements. The vibe is grounded by a double deep bassline with a funky feel to it and kissed with Scoda Galina’s serene vocals.

Kolo – Sunchase and BluMarTen

Kolo is the product of a pleasant combination between two serious outfits. A thoughtful piece, Kolo features sounds from both, a light crisp snare and some pattering drum work is accompanied by a pleasant Blu Mar Ten Bassline (just a guess). For me it’s the shy synth patterns and signals that make this track.

Slowly – Sunchase

A minimal piece, suitable for any slumber. Clever manipulation to wooden percussion rides a low pulsating bassline all combine with ethereal sampling. Packed with sounds, creating a mystic aural soundscape

Thing – Sunchase

One of four exceptional pieces from the, Sunchase – Truths EP. Thing is a deep lowkey piece featuring some nice vocal pitch shifting creating a cheeky impish vibe.

Think – Sunchase

Think is a funky little roller with Jazz overtones, which rushes along through some classy secondary snare, crunch sounds and builds a delicious progressive groove.

Buy here – https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/sunchase/medic45-the-truth-ep

On these mixes

Signals of Sound – June 2015 (SoS)

Moving into year number two for the Signals of Sound DnB Mixcast. 14 Mixes later and one name change (RiP – sub-bassmusic – 6yrs) and there’ll be plenty more.

Thanks to those that have listened. Very special thanks to BluMarTen Music and Utah Jazz for playing an active role in this series so far, especially for the consistently good promos. More thanks to Riya for Tweets and inspiration, Fanu and Long Live Beautifully crafted Jungle for extra perspectives and the BearFam for letting me represent. Will Temple for Beer and rants. 😉 xxx

BluMarTen Music
http://www.blumartenmusic.com/

Utah Jazz

For the June Drum and Bass mix I’ve veered toward a deeper soulful sound. Let’s put this down to the UK finally heading into some nice weather. That said there is the ever present lurch into a darker sound, thanks to a sudden urge to include Ray Keith’s – Dark Soldier. As usual, there’s the sprinkling of old, dusted off, pieces and fresh pieces that have passed through my ears in recent weeks.

Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/
For the June Drum and Bass mix there’s a veering toward a deeper soulful sound as the UK heads into some nice whether the sunshine has clearly seaped through.  That said there is the ever present lurch into the darker side, thanks to a sudden urge to include Ray Keith’s – Dark Soldier.  As usual, there’s the sprinkling of old, dusted off plastic and fresh pieces that have passed through my ears in recent weeks. – Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/

The Truth – Sunchase

Title track of the Sunchase EP – The Truth awakens with a slowly building synth, filled with positive vibes and promise. A feel good piece which still manages to maintain a deep level of sophistication. What better way to open the summer for us here in the northern hemisphere. Time to wake up and brush those cobwebs away before things heat up.

Frozen – Stray

This little Drumstep piece is full of feel good emotion, an almost Daft Punk style guitar and some impeccable production from Stray. This was released on New Blood 012 and is well worth grabbing if only for it’s flawless ability to put a smile on the face.

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.

Garden – TEED (Calibre remix)

Picking up the tempo now as the mix moves into the warming sounds of Calibres Garden remix. Gardens is stripped down to core parts of the best quality sounds. Much like Italian cooking is to the mouth, Calibres remix is a pure comfort to the ears.

G-String – Code 3

Some more deep refined drum and bass is up next.   Code 3 maintains a pure groove, with subtle additions here and there adding dimensions but with G-String it’s all about the warm treacly sub-bass line.

Sleazy Bitch – Random Movement

There’s something addictive about this pieces vocal and the subtle synth and bassline work well to create a cheeky little roller.

Polychromatic – Actralser

Some wonderful 90’s sounds on this deep thrashing Jungle piece. Polychromatic has a cinematic quality brimming with the kind of drum work threating to break from its aural shackles. This is all finished off nicely with the occasional inspired hoover.

Time Stands Still – Actralser

Another stormer from Actralser. Time Stands still is heavy on with the 90’s sound,, layering up nicely, engulfing the listener.

Leaving it all – Qumulus

A jazzy ahem roller with a deep grounding, featuring some classy brass work and a mystical vibe from an instrument I can’t identify   Leaving it all also has a strong message, adding a poetic quality to the piece. This has grown on me strong and for a reason I’m not aware of, I long for the energy injection mid-way through.

A rock a river a tree…

Dark Soldier VIP – Ray Reith

Ray Keith smashed the art of subtle production on Dark Soldier. This piece packs a mighty punch on the bassline level which is the stable of the track. To the discerning listener through the drum work might be the most significant player, although subtle it adds much to the timeless quality of this historic DnB piece

Midnight Run – Lynx

A Deep rolling bassline is the order of the day for Midnight Run a funky little number with snappy snares.

Empyreal – DLR feat. Hydro

Empyreal is dominated by a deep twisting bassline which is constantly fighting to escape whilst light wistful piano keys tinker over it.

House of Cards

House of Cards cranks up the energy slighty. Synth melodies wash over the finger snapping percussion and a brutal but restraited constant bassline

Exile – Only If

From a Moving Shadow white label, kicked up in 2003. I snapped up as many of these as I could in my youth. Only if is unlike most of the other tracks on the EP, a jazzy roller featuring a great bit of cowbell percussion, some improvised sax and a nice little jazz man loop.

Quincy – Utah Jazz

A Utah Jazz classic (and up for free download >>>   ). Quincy is a fiery piece of Jazzy Drum and Bass, packed full of energy on the break, featuring a playful organ sound and a bassline that warps it all up perfectly

Words feat Audio Angel – Bachelors of Science

This blitz of a track, begs to be danced to. Some wonderfully restrained vocal pitch shifting and a ripper of bassline.

 

 

 

 

Nausika – Dominion / Echoes (BMTM – 033)

Following their LP release on Teebee’s imprint, Subtitles, Nausika bring their brooding minimal sound to
BluMarTen Music.

Dominion
Dominion really has that special something. A dark, stripped back piece with creeping wooden percussive elements and a deep underpinning bassline. Dominion escalates progressively as a haunting vocal begs never to be held down. Perfect for a little breakdown and lots of subtle variation to pick the ears up.

Echos
The B-side sticks to the dark theme. Echos has more of a roll to it than Dominion yet the lashings of vocal echo the vocal presents a sinister aural experience.

SoS – June Shouts 2 (Exile, Utah Jazz, Bachelors of Science)

Snippet from the SoS Mixcast for June 2015. Airing shortly on https://www.signalsofsound.com

Including
Exile – Only If
From a Moving Shadow white label, Picked up in 2003. I snapped up as many of these as I could in my 20’s. Only if is unlike most of the other tracks on the EP, a jazzy roller featuring a great bit of cowbell percussion, some improvised sax and a nice little jazz man loop.

Utah Jazz – Quincy
A Utah Jazz classic and up for free download >>> https://soundcloud.com/utahjazzmusic/utah-jazz-quincy-free-download. Quincy is a fiery piece of Jazzy Drum and Bass, packed full of energy on the break, featuring a playful organ sound and a bassline that warps it all up perfectly

Bachelors of Science – Words feat Audio Angel
This blitz of a track, begs to be danced to. Some wonderfully restrained vocal pitch shifting and a ripper of bassline.

Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/

SoS – June Shouts 1 (Actralser, Qumulus, Ray Keith)

Snippet from the SoS Mixcast for June 2015. Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/

Tracks
Polychromatic – Actralser
Some wonderful 90’s sounds on this deep thrashing Jungle piece. Polychromatic has a cinematic quality brimming with the kind of drum work threating to break from its metporhical shackles. This is all finished off nicely with the occasional inspired hoover.

Time Stands Still – Actralser
Another stormer from Actralser. Tiem Stands still is heavy on with the 90’s sound,, layering up nicely, engulfing the listener.

Leaving it all – Qumulus
A jazzy ahem roller with a deep grounding, featuring some classy brass work and a mystical vibe from an instrument I can’t identify Leaving it all also has a strong message, adding a poetic quality to the piece. This has grown on me strong and for a reason I’m not aware of, I long for the energy injection mid-way through.
A rock a river a tree…

Dark Soldier VIP – Ray Reith
Ray Keith smashed the art of subtle production on Dark Soldier. This piece packs a mighty punch on the bassline level which is the stable of the track. To the discerning listener through the drum work might be the most significant player, although subtle it adds much to the timeless quality of this historic DnB piece