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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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Conduct – Meraki / Borderlands (BMTM)

I’ve been anticipating this BMTM release for a while following the Conduct remix of Blu Mar Ten – Hunter. Both pieces are thoughtful pieces from a darker side with creative percussion at the core. BUY > http://www.blumarten.com/store

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.
Borderlands, packed full of menacingly twisted hoover bass, knocking around sinister vibes as some strong percussion ricochets throughout the soundscape

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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.

THE REMIXES – Lenzman – Looking to the Stars (dBridge, Ivy Lab, LSB, Submorphics, Ulterior Motive, Zero T)

The Metalheadz release of the Lenzman – Looking at the Stars remix EP has received so much praise that I’d be a fool not to have a nice sit down, listen, write and no doubt a little desktop boogie.

Lenzman – Paper Faces (feat Martyna Baker) / Ivy Lab Remix

Those that listen to the SoS mixcast series may have noticed my special connection to the original so it will come as no surprise that my heart almost exploded at knowing about an Ivy Lab Remix of it. The Lab did not disappoint and provided my ears with a delicious switch to the original. All the original parts are elevated and tweaked to Ivy Lab standard. Deciding to switch away from the full vocal this remix highlights new parts and features a beautiful like dull metal tom element on the break. Deep, Deep, Deep and that snare rattle in all its subtlety has a raw earthy element to it.

Lenzman – Move and Focus (Feat Dan Stezo) / Submorphics Remix

A personal favourite from the original album. Submorphics brings his sublime soul vibe to the piece to create a strolling beat line, which has this heading swaying. Dan Stezo’s lyricism remains intact, thankfully as Submorphics pieces together string and synth, underpinned by a low persistent low end, punctuated by subtle low squelch basslines

Lenzman – My Tearz / Ulterior Motive Remix

Ulterior Motive twists the original on its head with some rough snares and floor ruining bassline. Of cause it’s hard to fault these boys at the moment and this remix is no exception to their current form. Wait for the second drop on this, it’s a fucking belter!!!

Had to drop this in a Periscope session recently see here…

A video posted by Ben Saunders (@ben_sos) on Aug 14, 2015 at 2:45pm PDT

Just Can’t Take (feat DRS) / dBridge Remix

Lenzman gets the dBridge treatment. Brought down low, stripped and retextured with a raw snare and deadly bassline dBridge pays homage to the DRS vocals to fall effect. An effortless lesson in keeping the vibe at its bones.  If you fancy the Dub version the Metalheadz have thrown that into the release also.

Lenzman – Starz (feat Kevin King) / LSB Remix

One of my favourite of the EP to be honest. LSB may have pipped the original to the post here. The vocal remains and is possibly heightened further, I can’t but “sing” (or more realistically, mime to) on this version. Piano drenches a tried and tested LSB drum work nirvana underpinned by an enveloping bassline. This joint here, is a shut your eyes and drift into a deep dream territory.

Lenzman – Lazy Dub / Zero T Remix

Zero T ups the immersive layer elements of this classy little Lenzman man number, wrapping the listener up in a deep soulful blanket whilst simultaneously rocking a rugged snare line, deep dub still bassline and keeping true to the classy little bongo percussion of the original.

The Truth EP – Sunchase (Medshool)

Sunchase – The Truth EP is a rare treat to the ears. Each track offering its own aural joys and experience. Featured quite heavier in the SoS mixcast series recent, well worth getting in your ears.

The Truth – Sunchase

Title track of the Sunchase EP – The Truth awakens with a slowly building synth, filled with positive vibes and promise. A feel good piece which still manages to maintain a deep level of sophistication. What better way to open the summer for us here in the northern hemisphere. Time to wake up and brush those cobwebs away before things heat up.

All of us (feat. Scoda Galina) – Sunchase

A late hours, laid back piece, All of Us features a beautiful high level synth which permeates wet percussive elements. The vibe is grounded by a double deep bassline with a funky feel to it and kissed with Scoda Galina’s serene vocals.

Kolo – Sunchase and BluMarTen

Kolo is the product of a pleasant combination between two serious outfits. A thoughtful piece, Kolo features sounds from both, a light crisp snare and some pattering drum work is accompanied by a pleasant Blu Mar Ten Bassline (just a guess). For me it’s the shy synth patterns and signals that make this track.

Slowly – Sunchase

A minimal piece, suitable for any slumber. Clever manipulation to wooden percussion rides a low pulsating bassline all combine with ethereal sampling. Packed with sounds, creating a mystic aural soundscape

Thing – Sunchase

One of four exceptional pieces from the, Sunchase – Truths EP. Thing is a deep lowkey piece featuring some nice vocal pitch shifting creating a cheeky impish vibe.

Think – Sunchase

Think is a funky little roller with Jazz overtones, which rushes along through some classy secondary snare, crunch sounds and builds a delicious progressive groove.

Buy here – https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/sunchase/medic45-the-truth-ep

On these mixes

Nausika – Dominion / Echoes (BMTM – 033)

Following their LP release on Teebee’s imprint, Subtitles, Nausika bring their brooding minimal sound to
BluMarTen Music.

Dominion
Dominion really has that special something. A dark, stripped back piece with creeping wooden percussive elements and a deep underpinning bassline. Dominion escalates progressively as a haunting vocal begs never to be held down. Perfect for a little breakdown and lots of subtle variation to pick the ears up.

Echos
The B-side sticks to the dark theme. Echos has more of a roll to it than Dominion yet the lashings of vocal echo the vocal presents a sinister aural experience.

SoS – June Shouts 2 (Exile, Utah Jazz, Bachelors of Science)

Snippet from the SoS Mixcast for June 2015. Airing shortly on https://www.signalsofsound.com

Including
Exile – Only If
From a Moving Shadow white label, Picked up in 2003. I snapped up as many of these as I could in my 20’s. Only if is unlike most of the other tracks on the EP, a jazzy roller featuring a great bit of cowbell percussion, some improvised sax and a nice little jazz man loop.

Utah Jazz – Quincy
A Utah Jazz classic and up for free download >>> https://soundcloud.com/utahjazzmusic/utah-jazz-quincy-free-download. Quincy is a fiery piece of Jazzy Drum and Bass, packed full of energy on the break, featuring a playful organ sound and a bassline that warps it all up perfectly

Bachelors of Science – Words feat Audio Angel
This blitz of a track, begs to be danced to. Some wonderfully restrained vocal pitch shifting and a ripper of bassline.

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