Category Archives: dnb

The Vanguard Project – Vol 3 (Spearhead Recordings)

The Vanguard Project have made the hat trick with their Vol 3 release on Spearhead. This volume is packed full of deep and full bodied basslines, thought provoking patterns with a sprinkle of dance floor energy.

Available at http://www.spearheadrecords.co.uk

FLLN4U – Full bodied bassline with vocal play that drips over like warm chocolate

From Inside – Cosmic sounds create an expansive soundscape coupled with a deep sustained bassline to create a dominating internal core, from which to look out at from.

From Inside – Can be seen as the EP’s vocal offering. Milestone is a packed full of positive forward looking feels.  With some magical key work and a gorgeously deep bassline.

More Jungle – Jazz and Dub influences grace a huge furry bassline, which rumbles under, quick fast, shuffling drumwork. Superb.

Lenzman – All For You EP

I’ll try to hold back all my bias about Lenzmans debut on his new project – The North Quarter, I always feel my ears burning at the knowledge of a release form this man. The All For You EP is gorgeously soulful and deep.  Throughout the EP there’s some inspiring piano work, which I’m lost for words to explain how good it makes me feel.  Also the rushing sounds of Don’t Let Go and Down for Whatever – here >> http://thenorthquarter.nl/album/all-for-you-ep

African Dream

An ethereal piano splashes lazily across this deep meditative piece a submerse bassline sustains and undulates through.

Don’t Let Go

Rushing percussion work races across a soundscape, punctured by crooning vocals and driven by a thick wedge of a bassline.

Down for Whatever

Lenzman is absolutely solid on the drum work here whilst throwing in some tasty open hi-hats. Vocal work weaves in and out of a lazy distant piano and combines the rapid nature of the piece to add a concentrated focus this piece.

Grateful feat. DRS

A cheeky little number with some absolutely fire percussion and a naughty little of lose piano key. DRS adds his own cheek through his prose, although it’s a serious subject matter 😉

So Alone

On hearing So Alone it was the first time on the EP I really noticed the depth of Piano work Lenzman has applied to this EP. The warmth of the bassline on this wonderfully crafted composition rocks its foundations with care. Inspirational.

Children of Zeus feat. DRS – Still Standing (Lenzman Remix)

Poetic lessons on how to appreciate your mother’s witnesses some emotional honesty from DRS. And glides over soul caressing piano work from the mighty Lenzman.

New Blood 016 – Various Medschool

It was time to sit down and give Medschools Musics – New Blood 016 a good listen.  The series always has a varied selection of new names to dive into as well as good variation for the DnB tribes.  This particularly wonderful compilation includes the spacy, deep sounds of Hiddenwave, Interger, Milkyway and some wondrous synth blankets from Receptor and Sun.  From the dark side there’s also a good dose from Nami, Nerve and Distant Future & MT.

Receptor – Magnetism

Beautifully, full and rounded percussion intros the album as Receptor creativity twists the sublime human vocals gracing this piece.

Insect – Waterbombs

Drips and clicks intro big kicks and a furry bassline on Waterbombs.  A steady moody piece

Lurch – Weather Change

Lurch picks the pace up for the release on Weather Change.  Soulful and deep, blessed with a silky vocal and accompanied by some wistful sax and piano.  Guaranteed meditation for the dancer in your mind.

Milkyway – Far Away

Awesomely warm synth is the hero of Far Away. Bursting at the seams with moreish melody and strong percussive progression, surprise and delight.

Lynch Kingsley & Ilk – Spells

Minimal, choppy rhythm’s and low rapid and rumbling bassline hypnotise before exploding with an extended, trippy journey, whilst maintaining a minimal feel.

Nami – Through the Night

Warped tech synth opens up Through the Night before a nervous paranoia on the vocal instrumentation sets the scene for this dancefloor darkener form Nami

Oshirijima – Peace

Rushing, rave inspired piece will get the blood pumping with plenty of rapid looping and vocal twist play making for a thrilling ride.

Sun – Roots

Chopped, trimmed percussion is blessed with warm synth, which maintains an earthly and organic feel.  This lends Roots a pleasant live instrumentation quality, despite the higher polished reality, sublime stuff.

Polaris – Found You

‘Found You’ sounds like what the colours a consciousness would look like in space, travelling at the speed of light, whilst passing Jupiter.

Neve – Magic Flute

Good to hear some hoover vibes on this big stomper.  The lead character in this exploration into drumworkery is, of cause, the Flute, a nervous character whom enters strongly when called upon.  One for the happy grimace on the dancefloor.

Pearse Hawkins – Hawkshaw

Loads of luscious layers to wrap the listener are accompanied by a stepping rhythm which threatens to rush forward uncontrollably.

Integer – Ursa Minor

Integer opens with the sky in mind but then brings the soundscape right back and within itself.  Ursa Minor seems to wrap itself in its own bassline as distant piano hits it on all dimensions, relaying an immerse quality.

Distant Future & MT – Hardware

Industrial sounds accompany a big thump of a kick drum and rumbling low bassline as they crash and ripple through Hardware.

Hiddenwave – Everything

Deep and meditative, with subtle rattling percussion work.  A nice wavy ‘under the covers’ synth plays through, grounded on by a thick bedrock of low frequencies

SoS – Mixitup2016 entry – dubzoo.com

I thought it was nicely poetic that my selection entry to the dubzoo.com 2016 mix should be opened up with a (very loose) Panda reference and one of my instant likes from Conducts new LP – Borderlands, Grand Panjadrum on BMTM. Panja almost sounds like Panda, right?

Conducts – Panjadrum is a wonderfully haunting yet uplifting piece, released as part of the duos Borderlands LP, on BMTM (http://www.blumarten.com/product/conduct-borderlands-lp/). Guitars play over a BIG lazy kick drum which takes its time through.  Yes, I did get teary to this, first time.  Moving on and the head nod to BMTM continues with the Mellow soundscape and solid beats of Blu Mar Ten – 5 Summers followed by Frederic Robinsons take on Keenos – Nocturne.

With the scene set its time for some jazzy rollers from Roy Green and Protones – Freshy > Serem – Goldilocks > Macca & Los Contreras – Love and Skeletone – Make it Move. There’s some romance for sure in that pacy little furore, followed up by a truly great new relese form The Vanguard Project – Want You Back and the Jazz rusher from Paul Su – This is Jazz.

Here, the mix selection transitions for some deepness. Leading the charge is Alix Perez – Maiden, with some loving vocal work and sweet crunchy percussion. A steady bass melody steps through at ease to create a thoroughly laid back Ballard type piece. The pace and vibe is brought back further with Oaks – Untitled 09 and into the dark business that is the collab between Ailx Perez and Skeptical – Elephant Dreams.  The deep intensity continues through Aldred – Just a Moment into the thoroughly deep piece from Philth – Earth.  Earth is full of wistful emotion, with a strong element of mournfulness, captured in the synth melody and slow rise and fall of orchestral notes.

A short uplift on Logistics – Okiwa is proceeded by another Alix Perez track – Recall and Reflect, a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. The soundscape is then blessed with the wonderfully dub drenched collab form Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain and through into G.H.O.S.T’s rugged beat driven piece – One.

At the end now and Frederic Robinson returns to give Royalstons – Jungle Gone Down his trademark treatment before the mix ends on the uplifting spiritualism of The Vanguard Projects – All that I Need (feat Pat Fuggoni)

SoS – June 2016

June in the UK! Quite some heartbreak probably impacted this selection. It all kicks off positive though. The playful xylophone of Artificial Intelligences – Rizon lifts spirits before the brooding tone of the mix begins. I recently went on a G.H.O.S.T shopping spree so expect this to be present. More ‘look back’ actions meant that I had a glimpse into Alix Perez’s back catalogue and found myself collecting some missed Exit Records.

After this first 10 mins we find ourselves in the midst of a sublime Calibre piece – Under Bars . The warm bassline and light piano of this piece leads nicely into the deep minimalist textures of Pennygiles – Lie Through Me before the mix lifts into a triad of jazz rollers from The Vanguard Project, Big Bud and Rowpieces.

Following the Rowpieces we sink down nicely into Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. This moves into G.H.O.S.T – Viracohca. Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously. Up next Bop works through his style on an emotive remix of The Erised – Pray, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.

Following that dreamy immersion it’s time to level it all out with some real vibes. Facing Jinx – Drifting I’m not afraid to say, had me in bits when I first heard it. Sorrowful strings weave through and draw into Formiks wistful vocals whilst a steady, full bodied snare is underpinned by a deep rounded bassline. This piece is then moved through into this singles B-side – Back to the Start. Another thoughtful piece requiring your meditation.

Another piece from the excellent Exit Records EP from Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect EP (Losing You) is followed by the Ivy Lab remix of Sleazy Bitch as the mix moves into its final throws. Rushing into a refix of the naughty raw-edged roller from Voltage and Nicky Blackmarkets – Courvoisier Crank and into DLR’s Jungle refix of Q Projects – Champion Sound before finalising the journey with Richie Brains – Voyage, full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit Records quality mark.

 

SoS – June 2016 (Ivy Lab, Nicky Blackmarket, DLR, Q Project, Richie Brains)

Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix) – http://fokuzrecordings.com/fokuz-recordings-presents-hateful-eighty/

The originally deep, sleazy roller from Random Movement gets the Ivy Lab treatment. This track has also had a Lenzman remix. All three versions sublime.

Voltage – Courvoisier Crank (Nicky Blackmarket Remix) – https://www.beatport.com/track/courvoisier-crank-voltage-and-nicky-blackmarket-remix/7932116

I was late to this one. A naughty little roller with a raw edge, cranked up by the Nicky Blackmarket.

Q Project – Champion Sound (DLR 2016 Jungle Refix) – https://ciarecords1.bandcamp.com/album/ciaqslps001-cia-20-album-sampler

This refix is a lovingly crafted headnod to the original classic. Brilliant vibes.

Voyage – Richie Brains – https://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-lp016-richie-brains-who-is-richie-brains-lp

From the Exit Records – Who is Richie Brains LP. This piece is full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit quality mark

Full mix here > https://soundcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016

SoS – June 2016 (Alix Perez, G.H.O.S.T, Bop, Facing Jinx)

Alix Perez – Recall & Reflecthttps://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-059-alix-perez-recall-reflect-ep

The title track from this Exit records EP release, a deeply sexy, concentrative piece, all about the deliciously naughty little shakers and high hat rides.

G.H.O.S.T – Viracohcahttps://goldmanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/g-h-o-s-t-ii

Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously

The Erised – Pray (Bop Remix) – From the Medschool 10 years release – https://medschoolmusic.lnk.to/TenYearsMw

Bop works through his style on this emotive piece, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.

Facing Jinx – Driftinghttps://www.beatport.com/release/drifting-ep/1711825

I’m not afraid to say this had me in bits when I first heard it. Sorrowful strings weave through and draw into Formiks wistful vocals whilst a steady, full bodied snare is underpinned by a deep rounded bassline.

Full mix here – https://www.mixcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016/