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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

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Conrank – Ma Fan

Conrank brings some heavy steppers and classy sample work on his new Ma Fan LP. Entry track, Tongues is a strong stepping dub, with some clever little bongo work and scattered vocal chop work. Buy > http://saturaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/conrank-ma-fan-strtep040

From the cheeky side of the album comes ‘Problems’, seeking to push the rhythms into a 4th Dimension. Further into the end of the album Conrank seeks to push bended soundscapes even further, with the sounds of Tech Ft. Mad Zach, madness on this one. Also check the Mad Zach remix of Jetlaggin for further cerebral challenges.

Floor dominators like JetLaggin with its strong synth brass and Beat the Block (An SoS favourite), with its relentlessly ripping synth bassline will play their part on the dancefloor. Finally a mention should go to the variation in production for Exhale Therapy which is packed to the brim with DJ Shadow led samples, all underpinned by Conranks deep drum work.

Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore (Blessed vibes in Reggae, Drum and Bass and Dubstep )

Four delicious twists on Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore.  Thought the Ed Solo mix was going to get the kudos here but the Hooves Remix just smashed it.  Love the bassline.  Definitely going to be the mix for a transition to DnB. Buy > http://apple.co/1QeTAW0

Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore (One Drop Mix)

Janaka Selekta brings the good vibes on this Reggae piece. Laced with a cheeky trumpet underpinned by low down rumbling a bassline and some nice Dub feel reverb and Echo

Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore (Ragga DnB Mix)

Brings a Drum and Bass step to the original. Keeping it close in feel to the original before breaking in. Maintaining that cheeky sound Janaka Selekta places in a subtle ripping synth and playful synth line.

Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore (Ed Solo & Stickybuds Remix)

Ed Solo and Stickybuds take to remix duties. Rushing in with a strong snare line but maintaining to the original vibes before breaking in with a deep rolling take on the original baseline. On the second break the remix duo up the rush and head into further elaboration on the bassline

Janaka Selekta – Good Vibes ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore (Hooves Remix)

The Hooves remix kicks at the original speed before making a big old switch into a deliciously thick treacly bassline. The cheeky aspect is there again with some steel-drum-esque (?!!) synth work.

Notixx – Tipping Point EP

Notixx – Tipping Point EP (Release – 2nd Oct 2015) features three pieces of dark brooding Dubstep. Space Stomp with its steady step percussion, big 80’s synth drops and rattling percussion builds is almost cinematic in soundscape. This opening track leans towards the deeper side of more aggressive Dubstep vibes.

Next up is Re Up, containing more than a few Trap inspired sounds and a sinister twist bassline – probably the best on the EP. After these two murky dancefloor ready pieces Notixx teams up with GRIMEace to bring Tipping Point, a deep down low, cinematic stomper.

Buy – https://dubpolice.bandcamp.com/album/tipping-point-ep
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/OTR-DP113

Nice bit of album art also