Signals of Sound – May 2015 (SoS)

Includes

Ivy Lab – Make it Clear Feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika

Make it Clear is a wonderfully deep and soulful piece of Drum and Bass.  The combination of Frank and Lucy’s vocals drawing the listener into the vibe.  Always keep an eye out for Ivy Lab piece.

Sunchase and Blumarten – Kolo

Kolo is the product of a pleasant combination between to 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 snyth patterns and signals that make this track.

Survival – In Two Minds (feat. Christina Nicola)

The first track on Survival – Unreleased album (DISUSB001) USB. A laid back whimsical groove. Christina’s delicate vocals play the main role in this piece whilst a light clap beat peppers a warm bassline.

Microfunk Crew – Alarm Clock

Some strong synth layering washes over this chilled piece, whilst glitchy beats patter through a constant metronome pulse. Purchase – on New Blood 014 / Med School

Marso & Gala – Promise

This recent release from BMT music brings the sound of new Russian duo Marso & Gala into the mix.  A glitched beat piece, Promise layers up strongly with light synths, soft bells and mysterious vocals.  All underpinned by a deep, driving bassline. Purchase – http://www.blumarten.com/store/

Traid – Catharsis

Traid has created a deep intelligent piece, featuring a fresh (purified) sounding bassline suitable to the tracks title. Anyone who has been to Sun and Bass will know that it’s an exercise in Catharsis

Catharsis – Purification and purgation of emotions—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.

From the sunandbass compilation album (Purchase – https://pro.beatport.com/release/sunandbass-10-years-selection/1205867 ) Triad

Miguel Ayala – The Punisher

Dug this out of the dusty stack.  The Punisher features on the xxx Album from .  Love the deep, raw nature of this little roller and there’s more than a hint of funk in that bassline.  Introed with piano keys before switching real low and adding some nice growl to the sub-bass.  Really love the metallic snares on this piece.

Ivy Lab & Hydro / Make it Clear Sunchase and Blu Mar Ten / Kolo Survival / In Two Minds (feat. Christina Nicola) MicroFunck Crew / Alarm Clock Marso and Gaia / Promise Traid / Catharsis Miguel Ayala / The Punisher Blu Mar Ten / Hunter (Conduct Remix) Mutated Forms / Crowlin Sunchase / Thing Digital / Maintain Paul SG & Tayla / Destination Unknown Utah Jazz / In The Mix Actraiser / Strange New Worlds S.P.Y / Stardust LTJ Bukem / Music (Technicolor 12″ Rework)

BluMarTen – Hunter  (Conduct remix)

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.

Crowlin – Mutated Forms

One of the earlier releases for on the BMTM imprint, Crowlin has a quality which is hard to pin down.  The drum work is crisp and powerful whilst the bassline is constantly fighting to escape it’s confines, as if it could exist without the devices used to create it.

Sunchase – Thing (Hospital)

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

Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain (Dispatch)

On the B side of Digitals – Red Alert release on Dispatch.  This collab has some wonderful low-fi work on this and a classic Dub drenched baseline meant this was a must have purchase – Dispatch are having a cracking time at the moment on their limited releases. Grab whilst you can.

Dispatch store (early vinyl with free wavs + free stickers / digital): https://www.dispatchrecordings.com/product/dis089-digital-digital-audio-habitat-mad-vibes-red-alert-a-message-maintain/

Paul SG & Tayla – Destination Unknown

From the Paul SG back catalogue.  Whilst investigating the recent Jazzassins work ‘The Chalet’ I did a bit of digging around in the Paul SG achieves.  Destination Unknown is a sublime little roller, pacey and hypnotic packed with jazz and soul hits.

Utah Jazz – In the Mix

Digging through the stack for a convenient move, it was clearly time for some Utah Jazz so on went this frantic roller from the early 2000’s.  Quite a strong bassline on this piece deserves more airtime 😉

Actraiser / Strange New Worlds

Moved into amen break territory with this one.  XXX packs a punch on all levels, ricocheting snares rush through dreamy layers all under pinned by a persistent rumble of a bassline

S.P.Y – Stardust

From the Back to Basics double album, Stardusts orchestral movements and drum work pull all the right strings, helping to elevate the listener without the usual gratuitous tactics used in some of the drum and bass we hear today.  Movements like this on the dancefloor are always special.

Music – LTJ Bukem (Technicolor Rework)

A masterful reworking of LTJ Bukem’s classic.  Technicolor brings forth a mighty bassline for this respectful reworking.  It was starting to listen to Technicolor which brought me back into listening to DnB again after a hiatus between 2006 and 2011, for which I’m forever in dept.

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