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Dub FX – Thinking Clear LP

Dub FX brings us elements of Drum and Bass, Dub, Reggae and Breaks on the Thinking Clear LP. There’s much variation on this album, something for everyone.  I’ve only felt the need to pull out a few, possibly because I can’t get anywhere else on the album for listening to ‘Where I belong’ on repeat. Album can be listened to here >>> Preview

Buy – Thinking Clear LP

Dub FX – Birds and the Bees

A steaming piece which frantically squeezes in almost all elements of Drum and Bass. This’ll be alright for some but might rub wanting a more sustained journey into style the wrong way. For me this track shines at 3 mins 😉

Dub FX – Road to Babylon

Dancehall / Drum and Bass fusion, injected with pure fire and doses of jazz in places.

Dub FX – Heatwave

Pacy Dub piece, featuring some strong horn and brass action.

Dub FX – Unwind

Hip-Hop beatbox driven, jazz piano piece which is wistful with latent strings working the back.

Dub FX – Where I belong

Soulful Jazz vibes drench the initial stages of this special piece, which switches nicly in the mix for a choppy little include.

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Various Artists – Bryan Gee Presents: Liquid V Club Sessions, Vol. 6 [Liquid V]

Unmissable selection for all those that are a regular of Bryan Gee’s V Recordings Podcast series. Packed full of all the promises of release made through those and for sure will bring back one or two memories from the dancefloors.  Plenty if style variation on this extremely generous long play. Purchase here > https://www.vrecordings.com/cd/lv056cd

Dramatic & Command Strange – Try To Understand

Finally we all get our hands on this, just in time for late summer. This is naughty, funked up roller has had as all smiling frantically for a while now.

Random Movement – Savage Brutus

Soul vibes shine through on this deep down gut shaking roller.

Need for Mirrors – Son of Sorrow

Sinister openings on Son of Sorrow launch into a sticky sweet stomper, drenched with deep soul vibes. Lovely

Paul T and Edward Oberon – Somebody Else VIP

Variation duties from the duo brings a rushing deep funk feel to the orginal. A level, concentration and serious to the core.

Dramatic – Together Tonight feat. dbaudio

Big band feels intro this piece, warrant instant smiles as the piece rushes through

Simplification & Translate – Tonight L Side Remix

A thick, squelchy basslines permeates this stepping remix. Shout sharp synth pieces through and vocal washes but this piece is about that grimacing bassline.

Intelligent Manners – Dem Things

Superb guttal bassline skips over a striding rhythm and transitions through into some a gentler synth patterns before rattling on into the groove again.

L Side – Sweet Blues

Just as it’s named on the tin. L Side provides a tasty little piece of fast soul music

Paul T & Edward Oberon – Tonights the Night

Rushing jazz roller, with an piano energy injection and wrapping vocals.

Phase 2 – One Time

A deep silky rolling piece

Dramatic – So Crazy

Hypnotic jazz sweeps through this piece.

Rowpieces – Retreat

Rowpieces wraps hi layers and vocals over this dreamy, soul driven piece and underpins with some big bassline growls. Retreat switches through nicely, provoking thought in the rythum.

Jaybee, Dave Owen & D-Lo – SXSW

The duo has pieced tighter a cracking piece of drum and bass fusion. SXSW merges elements of soulful and menacing Drum and Bass.

Bailey – Stargazing Ft.Tali

Baileys rushing jazz roller is blessed by the Tali creating a soundscape which guarantees an uncontainable feel good ride

Intelligent Manners – How Sweet It Is

A deep, yet playful piece. Warm feelings 😉

Rowpieces & Identified – Falling

Soul undercurrents are wrapped by high layers and dreamy, yearning vocals and grounded by a low down Rowpieces bassline.

L-Side – I Wish

L-side brings forth the depths, again, on this subtle, rushing, deep soundscape

Duoscience – Night Traffic

Big band styles smash through on this piece, as does the occasional heavy duty bassline, added in for good measure, making this a quality experience.

 

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.

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.

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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.

Navigator – Junglist Sound Killer Cuts Remixes

There’s some good variation on this remix release, tipped over on the junglist end for the first four with a true to Reggae shout on the Social Security Remix of Chatty Mouth.  Three caught this humble souls ear…Buy > http://bit.ly/1LIYl6u

Navigator – Kingston 11 Ft. Bass Nacho & Liondub (Upgrade Remix)

A bouncing rhythm is injected into this dub.  Plenty of deep down energy and such a bopping minimalist vibe make this special (Top Pick).

Navigator – Meditation Time Ft. Jah Lingua (Sub Killaz Remix)

There’s something to be said for this purly because of its interesting twist on the drop, some sweet raw feelings to the soundscape on this make it worth an earful

Navigator – Junglist Sound Ft. Ranking Joe, Liondub & Marcus Visionary (Bluntskull Remix)

Bluntskull brings some nice sunshine sway to this piece.  A deep funked up bassline wins for the piece. Bliss.