Rico Tubbs & AMPR – Big Bad Tune / Red Sun [Bass=Win]

Quite a tasty handful of tracks and remixes on this little package.  Whether you be up for the brutalisation which is Big Bad Tune and its classy Matt Craig remix or the sounds of Red Sun, on a DnB / Garage tip. Buy > http://smarturl.it/BEW057iTunes

Rico Tubbs & AMPR – Big Bad Tune

Strong UK G flavour on this one, with a tech bassline that holds little back – screw face time. If you fancy a more restrained taste of this beast then ease into Matt Craigs Remix.  Although still rough and ready for the dancefloor the remix drives in with a thick treacly bassline and ever so slightly deep feels.

Rico Tubbs & AMPR – Red Sun (Teknian & ZeroZero Remix)

Teknian and ZeroZero roll in on the Drum and Bass remix for Red Sun. High treble piano keys make their play, tipping hats off to an older sound before pulling in for a thrilling percussive ride.  This is all lovingly underpinned by a healthy slab of growling bass.

Rico Tubbs & AMPR – Red Sun (1point5 Remix)

A drop in tempo from the Teknian & ZeroZero Remix, 1point5 stick get guttural on this remix. Still plastered with rave vibes 1point5 have lashed the soundscape with some classic percussion and a cheeky little bassline.

Viper/Beatport Remix Contest / Koven – Get This Right

Fresh into the new year and Viper Recordings & Beatport have teamed up and announced the start and end date for the ‘Get This Right’ Remix contest. With its wistful keys, hope kissed vocals and dramatic build, Get This Right is a furious, cinematic, hands in the air piece. Personally I’d like to hear some funky little numbers emerge out of this but each to their own right? RIGHT? 😉

MORE INFO: http://btprt.dj/23abgKI
SUBMISSION: January 27th 2016 – February 22nd 2016
VOTING: February 23rd 2016 – March 7th 2016
JUDGING: March 8th 2016 – March 21st 2016

Document One – Run The Block / Small Steps [Technique Recordings]

Run The Block opens up with some laidback flute, laying the ground for some audacious twisted slap bass. Bringing back the old flavours made popular by Reprazent on Brown Paper Bag, Document One has gifted us with a brute of a rocker. On the back side Small Steps brings the dark, sinister vibes, coupling the soundscape with a heavy stepping kick and snare.

// LINKS //
Beatport: http://bit.ly/DocOneTech128
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TECH128
Jan 22nd – Beatport
Feb 5th – iTunes

Himalia – Distances Remixed [Pegdoll Records]

In December 2015 the Distances LP from Himalia got the rework treatment here’s the run down. Some serene remixes for a gorgeously chilled, deep LP. There’s many to like of cause and below I’ve picked a few. BUY > Bandcamp – https://pegdoll.bandcamp.com/album/distances-remixed

Himalia – Distances (Despicable Youth Remix)
Deep rolling serenity here. The Despicable Youth have worked nicely on the vocals and thrown in a big warm bassline that’ll get the vibes ticking for sure.

Himalia – Kingdom Ft. Sakima (Barefoot Remix)
Future Garage feels, on this remix, a delicious snare and some intoxicating layers with some subtle, crisp, crunchy percussive elements.

Himalia – Falling (Sieren Remix)
Sieren gives Falling the Future G treatment. Muffled piano keys ride the rythum of this sky reaching composition.

Himalia – Falling (Type 2 & Soligen Remix)
Type 2 and Soligen blitz into their reworking of Falling with snap snare work before unleashing with a deep sinister bassline which submerses the soundscape. Deep Drum and Bass tastes ;-).

Himalia – Thought So (BRTN Remix)
For BRTN’s remix of Thought So we have more of a Garage vibe than the two other Future pieces on this selection. Deep and thoughtful, dominated by the breaks and with a minimalist feel, which might even be suited paired up with some nice Techno. If you’re feelin the Techno aurals, then this remix is for you.

Bandcamp – bit.ly/1JglLzZ
Beatport – btprt.dj/1OIFpXa
iTunes – itun.es/gb/sAms_
Juno – bit.ly/1NwS95y
Amazon – amzn.to/1NBpHgH
Spotify – sptfy.com/1jrL

Conduct – Meraki / Borderlands (BMTM)

I’ve been anticipating this BMTM release for a while following the Conduct remix of Blu Mar Ten – Hunter. Both pieces are thoughtful pieces from a darker side with creative percussion at the core. BUY > http://www.blumarten.com/store

Meraki opens with some beautiful solemn strings before breaking into some frantic wooden shot snares accompanied by percussion which echoes and reverbs around as if in a vast open space on.
Borderlands, packed full of menacingly twisted hoover bass, knocking around sinister vibes as some strong percussion ricochets throughout the soundscape


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Technique 2015 Drum & Bass Annual

Technique end the year with the obligatory track roundup and there’s a broad spectrum of their sound to get your ears. There’s a few that ring will with me, especially the Document One offerings, which should be up for the nab ASAP.  That’s just me through and there’ll be something for all, easy.  So get locked on and celebrate Techniques 2015

The ones

Document One – Jazz Club

Jazz Club kicks off lightly with subtle jazz double bass work and a wooden snare before unleashing a thick wet, twisting bassline. A welcome contrast of sounds.

Drumsound & Bassline Smith – I Need Somebody

A bit piece for the duo in 2015. Wrapped up in layers and injected Drumsound & Bassline Smith energy with a sprinkling of tinkering keys and a deliciously rave reminiscent vocal.

Spectrem – Say Goodbye

A delicious little synth pattern and driving liquid percussion on this piece.

Tantrum Desire – Pump

Tantrum Desire kranks it up on cue before dropping and chopping up the breaks with a half time feel, sublimely. There’s still lashings of synth and hyped up energy and the vocal sample has me harking back to all those school discos enjoyed in guilty fashion.

Document One – Follow Me (Top Pick)

The lighter sides of the LP, Document One, yet again, brings forth a tasty sound. Clear twisting bassline wraps around the clarity of percussion.

Tantrum Desire & Matrix & Futurebound – Shadows

Sound tasty bassline play on the break from these two, streamed over by some classic noughties synth and an electronic scatter pattern, not unlike a slap bass makes for a surprisingly welcome feel to the ears.

2DB – Quaalude

This synth line and that big ripping bassline all make for good, extravagant times on the floor.