Category Archives: drum and bass

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.

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 – 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

Conduct – Borderlands LP (BMTM)

A contrast of soundscapes, Conducts debut EP brings both a thought provoking depth and some sketchy aggression, all raw and uncensored. BluMarTen describe it as an album of severe light and shade, a perfect description. Borderlands warrants your attention. There’s a load of different purchase bundles to get into also >>> http://www.blumarten.com/product/conduct-borderlands-lp/

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.
Archaic
Wistful steel guitar play accompanies broken percussion creating a an emotive sense of wilderness
Piano Tune
A monster beat line powers its way through synth hits, dominating a subtle Piano line. Mad stuff.
Turmoil
A dark mystically, piece which shoots right down into tumultuous depths, only to be brought up occasionally by some tense light Xylophone play.
Borderlands
Packed full of menacingly twisted hoover bass, knocking around sinister vibes as some strong percussion ricochets throughout the soundscape
Bat Country
Haunting guitar, choppy beats and deep down bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape.
Faux
Thoroughly earth bound basslines puncture roll and stab through punchy kicks on this nerve wrecker
Betas Error
A steady, whimsical piece with sinister under currents, Betas Error is a nice thought provoker
Grand Panjadrum
A wonderfully uplifting piece, of which I’m a sucker for. Guitars again here and a BIG lazy kick drum, taking its time through. Yes I cried, lolz.
Silkworm
This menacing soundscape has an eastern chant crossed with alarm siren, warning feel to it. This is accompanied by a huge rounded bassline which rips through occasionally.
Divergence
Big marching snares and an absolutely pissed of bassline characterise this piece. Dancefloor mess business > Ooofff, need to catch a breath.

Full Kontakt – Minds of industrial [Formation Records]

The EP kicks off with Epica. After a dark cinematic intro, this piece actually launches into a pretty nice, rolling soundscape. All very dramatic and injected to the brim with positive aggression.
It’s the dark vibes of The Creeper stick out (for me) from the EP, with some pacing percussion and twisted bassline underpinned by a low down yet subtle sub bassline. Buy: http://bit.ly/1UBiqF7

The final two pieces are a contrast. Mind Overload is a twisted full on stompathon where One Million Questions is packed with liquid tech vibes with Cory Friesenhan wistfully decanting his lullaby throughout.

Various Artists – Xperiments EP [Vivid Sounds]

This Vivid Sounds EP features four varying pieces all with their merits but it’s hard not to lay some significant praise on the final piece by Taelimb. Don’t Vote is well composed with some dynamic percussion and a basement level, twisting bassline.
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Now for the remaining three of the EP. From the dark sinister side comes Detour – Your Love, which is half time by heart, with the odd rush of snare and a thick bassline. The lightest/kindest on the EP is Basic Forces – Out Of The Box, with an almost too high snare the bassline is big and slow and finally there’s the ultraviolent Dungeon Master – Half Grid, which will rip your skin from your flesh and DE atomise your bones should you fancy it.