Category Archives: drumandbass

Conduct – Bat Country/Beta’s Error – BMTM

An intellengent little piece, typical quality from the BMTM camp and we are all looking forward to Conducts forthcoming LP 😉

On the A-side is Conduct blesses us with Bat Country. Haunting guitars, chopy beats and bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape. Definitely twigged my ears.

Conducts B-Side to the Bat Country is Betas Error. A steady, whimsical piece, with sinister under currents a gorgeous thought provoker.

Buy links:
Vinyl: http://www.bmt.dj/BMT037vinyl
Digital: http://www.bmt.dj/BMT037digital

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Signals of Sound Nov 2015

The November mix started up off pretty dark but the Soul/Jazz makes a heavy return at the end. Enjoy.

Kicking off with Kimyan Laws variation for Diaymo and moving into Digitals – A Message. Both these tracks are wonderfully challenging. A Message needs some concentrated listening just to feel all the hidden pieces, a great piece. This is followed by some new pieces from Blu Mar Ten, Royalston and Riya, the latter two from these two artists cracking new albums. Philith is particularly welcome for bringing that disgusting vibe on Fall Apart.

The mood switches at this point and smooth-ens with a BMTM b-side from Spirit and a return to the past with a smooth ride form one part of Roni Sizes Reprazent – DJ Suv. At this point the groove is laid out across tracks from Cutworks, Saxxon, Zero T, Need for Mirrors, Krot, Rizla, Tokyo Prose and that wonderful sunshine piece from Bailey – Sugar.

Tracklisting
Kimyan Law – Diaymo VIP
Digital – A Message
SAAL – Signs (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Royalston – The Warth of Mr Sparkes
Riya and Philth – Fall Apart
Spirit – 107
DJ Suv – Lost Angel
Cutworks – Soulroot
Saxxon – The Only One Feat. Jon Scott
Zero T and Need for Mirrors – Top Shelf feat Spikey Tee
Fizzing fish – Shzirikens Groove
Krot, Rizla – My Only One Feat Meduza
Tokyo Prose – Tell Me
Bailey – Sugar
Looking In (Feat ED:IT) – Without Worry
Dave Owen – Red Sky at Night
Roy Green and Protone – Renaissance
BCEE – Breath In

Akuratyde – Embrace EP (Pure Joy!)

A wonderful release from BMTM for Akuratyde.  The Embrace EP features 4 pieces that are closer to the lighter Blu Mar Ten sound than my ears have felt in a while and an essential listen. Buy here > https://blumarten.bandcamp.com/album/embrace-ep

Whether you are up for the pure, tearful joy of Light in My Eyes (Top pick), the hope and promise expressed through the wrapping melody on Sway or the darker undertones felt on Time Left Behind there is variation for all.  There’s also a good mix of rhythm variation for the EP, with both Sway and Embrace sticking to the usual DnB roll, with Embrace featuring some pleasant reverby snares

Sway

Sway is full of hope and promise.  Warm bass underpins light synth and a wrapping melody

Time Left Behind

Deep with dark undertones, this half time piece has

Lights in My Eyes (Top Pick)

For the emotive. This immersive soundscape will bring a tear to the eyes.  A joyful, pure rise.

Embrace

Relaxed Light keys play over a stead tom kick rhythm and some reverby click snares.

Paradigm Shift – Rowpieces (A good dose of Jazz/Funk Drum and Bass and Hip-Hop)

It’s hard not to be drawn in by Rowpieces beautiful Jazz/Funk Drum and Bass and Hip-hop. I have to thank Bryan G for bringing my ear to Paradigm Shift, it’s an album that pushes all my buttons. Give it a try, the heat just bursts through > buy. Top tracks have to be From Another Star, for its shear rollerism and Formative Years for the journey it takes the listener on. The Random Movement remix of Super Soul has a rib ticking bassline to be heard and there are, of cause, all the crunchy snares Rowpieces brings to the slower tempo pieces on this tasty little album. Purchase Paradigm Shifts

Brother’s Keeper
A sweet, deeply sublime piece opens up the album. Gentle piano and wistful vocals play across this gentle sunkist soundscape. The second half of Brother’s Keeper chills the overall vibe further with some sleepy sax to accompany this intoxicating ride.

From Another Star (Top track)
A glorious little roller. From another star puts a spring in the step. Some wonderfully crafted bassline wobble. Thoroughly addictive.

Revolution Won’t be Televized feat Franz Von
Rowpieces takes the album down for some Jazzy/Funk Hip Hop. Light piano tickles a slow funk double bass play whilst a walking beatline strolls through. Lyrically, Franz Von approaches the commentary along the typical vain of Lee Scott’s ‘Revolution will not be Televised’.

Soap Bubbles on You – Rowpieces and Pulsaar
A soul funk inspired number with plenty of brass, a rushing rhythm and deep slap bass, which packs an element of roll. Light keys accompany playful Xylophone, Flute and Guitar riffs throughout making this a thoroughly musically roller.

Mind Chat (feat P.Fine)
Deep crunchy beats are provided to P.Fines earthy poetry, whilst Rowpieces layers on some light organ, making for some blissful hip-hop vibes.

New Stage of Life
Launching in with some bongo percussion and well executed cheesy synth Rowpieces underpins the ride with some deep warm sub. A light organ layers on, as the rush continues with Rowpieces continuing to sprinkle in vocal snippets.

Need For Clarity
Strong kicks and pure snares roll this track in, as an organ inspired synth creeps in for the drop, which brings a forth a low down, fast oscillating bassline. A true roller this one, with an ethereal feel and some distant soul vocals.

Keep Walking (feat P.Fine)
The second track written for P.Fine is a steady, walking, jazzy piano piece. After throwing in a rib shaking tonal bassline with some playful keys Rowpieces lets the rhythm speak for itself whilst P.Fine solidifies the need to Keep Walking.

Super Soul (Random Movement Remix)
Super Soul gets the Rando Movement treatment. Staying pure to the raw energy of the original, Random Movement throw in some heavy kicks and amp up the rolling basslines to great effect. Watch your ribs.

Satisfy Me
The warmth of Satisfy Me is felt from the onset. Featuring some deviate little organ and lots of lively percussion work. This is ideal poolside drum.

Formative Years (Top Track)
This is an important piece from the album. With a steady 160 bpm, Rowpieces takes time to build percussion before throwing in a seriously delicious slab of bass only to switch to jazz sax in fine style. There’s always room for a longer piece of Drum and Bass production if the artist takes as much time to build a soundscape with as much detail as Formative Years

Just 4 Love (feat. Kryptomedic)
Some solid kicks and percussion here brought together under a funky vibe.