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Utah Jazz – Portfolio – Blissful journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass

Utah Jazz – Portfolio is a journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass.  True to his style Utah Jazz takes the mind and wraps it all in layers and melodic keys whilst underpinning all with some nice warm bass.  To pick a few highpoints we’d recommend getting your ears on January Silence, Heckless and the awesomeness that is Here today gone tomorrow.  Many of the tracks can be heard on this mix – Utah Jazz mix for Pandan DnB

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The Album…

Endless – The album opens up with this dreamy composition, awash with ethereal vocals and underpinned by a deep warm bass.

We Rise we fall – The ethereal theme continues on this piece, with its rushing drums and enveloping layers accompanied by a steady piano.

January Silence – This one has been awaited for quite some time.  A tickling of mystical harp and strong building synth makes the intro to this piece another worldly experience.  On the break January Silence rushes into the Utah Jazz rhythm with pace, plunging the listener into warm bass lines, tinged with strings and the odd didgeridoo.

STR Piano – Utah Jazz plays with key formation on this one.  The cold ethereal piano dancing over the top

Live Your Life – Life your life seeks to wrap the listener up in a deep warm bass line to keep the cold away.  A snappy, earthy beat line seems to change the pace of the album with this one.

Clarity of Thought – On clarity of thought we can see the Good Looking Records inspiration Utah Jazz gets.  This piece merges a deep liquid bassline and an energetic drum line with the meditative overtones more memorable of the progressive Drum and Bass sound.  Real close your eyes and let it take you stuff ūüėČ

Roll that Blues – Rushing on rapidly from the meditation of Clarity of Thought Utah Jazz rolls quite nicely into Roll that Blues.  Jazz vibes are plentiful on this one, all sped on by an impeccable roller of a drum line.

The Record Business – Bringing it right down into some strong soul drum and bass pattern work, The Record Business is a pleasant little side track

Here today gone tomorrow – One of the hot tips for the album, Here today gone Tomorrow touches new layers of deep with it pit of the stomach baseline and classy little tribute from 90’s sampling.  

Neckless – Another beautiful intro from the Utah Jazz here, possibly the greatest on the Album.  Neckless breaks into a truly frantic rushing bassline, overlaid with orchestral notes and a bassline that truly drives the rhythm forth.

M.A.M – The first non 180bpm piece of the album, with some inspired percussion, all of cause tainted by jazz.  This piece paints the picture of slight melancholy with a tint of emotional regret, all wrapped up in some lovingly warm Utah Jazz composition.

Passage of Time – Utah Jazz makes use of the harp again on this stead breaks piece.  Packed with some snares which are a treat to the ears and given the Utah Jazz touch perfectly with the layer upon layer.  Watch out for the occasion deep sub bass.

You Walked Away – Hannah Eves loving vocals play over this rushing Drum and Bass, piano inspired piece. 

Love Everlasting – There’s a hint of old school on Love Everlasting, as the party ends we can think over no better track to end on then the amen inspired drum patterns and deep, deep bassline of Love Everlasting.

Platinum Breaks Vol4 – Metalheadz

The eagerly anticipated Platinum Breaks Vol4 is finally available for the minions to get their paws on.  For months many of these tracks have represented the highpoints of many a mix and set throughout the land.  Plenty of variety here for all ears, here’s a run by run walk through of each of the 18 tracks available.

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Metalheadz have pulled it off as usual. Metalheadz Platinum Breakz 4 is a perfect combination of Drum and Bass, to cover all the aspects of this legendary label.  Not only that but it’s hard not to except that almost every subgenre isn’t covered in this selection one way or another.  Fancy variety? then buy the whole package at less than two pints why the hell not.  If not there’s a certain favourite in there for all.

01. Om Unit – Timelines           

Om Unit shows a more intricate side to drum maneuvers on Timelines.  Paying homage to the Jungle sound this journey into the drum and pattern undulates into the deaths and punctures through with mid-range glory

02. Calibre – Archive

Tickling keys and deep intelligent basslines are the order of the day for this intelligent, chained piece.  Like a retrained killer dog on can never be sure this is about to break free         

03. DLR & Script – Blue Room (feat. Martyna Baker)

DLR & Script work up the drum patterns as their intelligent constructs hammer through this dark cold soundscape, all enhanced by the fear present in the vocals of Martyna Baker       

04. Ulterior Motive (feat. Will Manning) – Gods Neighbours        

Ulterior Motives – Gods Neighbours features metal work snares and a sinister bass synth all wrapped up in meek haunting layers

05. Digital & Spirit – Creeper   

An aptly named piece as creepers sinister bassline is relentless backed up by a lightly pacing drum work.  Sure to get the crowd down low.

06. Ivy Lab & Hydro – Make It Clear (feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika)  

Ivy Lab can’t go wrong these days.  This Hydro collab is no exception.  Following 5 comparatively dark pieces, this track represents a change of scene for the album so far.  Make it Clear is a chilled, vocal piece of drum and bass featuring a perfect vocal collaboration with Frank Cater and Lucy Annika and some elegantly light keys. 

07. SCAR (Survival & Script) – When       

Survival & Script get low down and dirty on this joint venture under the name SCAR.  A wet and squelchy bassline permeates this piece; prepare to get your face on.

08. Lenzman & FD – Joanie’s Theme      

Two of the premier soul inspired producers get together on Joanie’s Theme to put together an deep piece of Drum and Bass.  Always a winner this, perfect warm up, fills the room with deep concentrated smiles.

09. Blocks & Escher – Madness  

Next up Blocks and Escher take the listener through a rushing piece of drum work on Madness.  A touch of circulating madness on the layer creates a caged in soundscape which releases before enveloping the listen again. #darkdrumpatternbusiness

10. Loxy & Resound – Paradigms           

Paradigms kicks off with light layers before launching into a driving bassline, massive kicks and well executed breaks , creating an immersive soundscape.

11. Artificial Intelligence – War Horse (feat. DRS)           

DRS builds up the vibe with some energy inspiring vocals before Artifical Intelligence unleashes a relentlessly ripped bassline adding layers only to heighten this raging stepper.

12. Jubei & Consequence – Black Hornet            

The album takes a more minimal stance at this point as the low sub bassline of Black Hornet shakes the ribs relentlessly as Jubei & Consequence join their styles to create a dark Drum and Bass moment overlaid with some crisp, pucnchy snare work.

13. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Deeper Love         

Continuing the minimal agenda Dub Phizix & Skeptical collaborate on Deeper Love.  It’s easy to feel that this isn’t the most minimal these two artists have been as the piece features some warming layers which accentuate the piece on when the pair remove it to focus on the percussion.  A sublime piece.

14. Sunchase – 420

420 snaps right into an caged anger.  The piece feels stripped bare at first before Sunchase focuses on bringing in some subtle highs.

15. Heist – Great White

Heist halves the beats per minute on Great White and takes the different take on his usual sound to bring the listen a pleasant combination of brooding bassline and classic synth patterns.  Features one of my favorite deep sub pads, so it wins for me.

16. Digital – Mini Cooper

Digitals Mini Cooper continues the half beat theme and strolls into the Dub arena.   A sinister track in feel, will keep you looking over your back.  No idea why Mini Cooper.

17. The Invaderz – The Ascent

Low down rumble underpins the wet basslines of The Ascent.  This frantic piece of Drum and Bass progresses through multiple sections, travelling deeper through an encroaching darkness.  Perfect naming section and

18. Bipolar – Interlude

The final chapter is offered up by Bipolar.  Interlude is a Jazzy little stepper.  Veering ever so slightly to Jungle and hailing praise to this particular subset of Drum and Bass which crops up every so often to accompany us.  Perfect for morning and after hours funs.

Royalston – OCD

Royalstons long anticipated album is finally here.  OCD is an 18 piece journey through the  meticulous mind of this Hospital records artist.  Featuring a bounty of incendiary tracks ranging across Drum and Bass, Drumstep and Dubstep with the token laidback piece, adding texture to the album.  Warning through – if you’re going for a start to finish sequential listen your dipped straight into the action. 

Perfect for the party these pieces will be shaking dance floors the world over for sure although there are some gems in there from the progressive side of drum and bass which are an absolute delight.  Personally your all going to want to purchase the moment you get to Black Cloud, which I suspect is why it’s at the end of the album.

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01 Jungle Gone Down feat. August Storm

Totally on fire, a blistering album opener. (SBM PICK)
02 Arps Of Fury

Drumstepping beats and glitchy synth weave through this piece.
03 Steeplechase

Steeplechase is full of acid vibes, not often heard on DnB, giving a it a different playful feel, which is quickly shattered by a grinding synth line.  This track is peppered with subtle manipulation, a testament to this artists attention to detai.
04 Stalking Stones

Stalking Stones eases in with nervous tones before dropping into some voodoo antics, this one grows on you – one of our favs. Choppy and topped up with energy
05 Keys

Eases in for a while as with the previous track.  Layers on piano keys before entering into a Drumstep rythum under pinned by a delicious running synth. Excellent piece. (SBM PICK)
06 OCD

Scary to say the least all minimalistic bold and punchy at the same time. CRACK
07 Kronos

An eeire, cinematic piece with a steady beat, looking to play on the craft of build layers and driving melody – Potentially going to shock a dance floor
08 People Who Look Like You feat. Victoria

Royalston gets playful with Victoria’s vocals on this sinister choppy Drumstep piece. 
09 Modular Jam

Modular Jam is minimal piece, with a deep dark bassline a absolutely addictive combination of contrasting sounds – Making it all very hard to explain.  Just look at the album art and it should visualise the soundscape for you here – Sure a blessing of a track!
10 Lunar

It’s good and will go down well in the mix but there are so many other strong tracks on this album.  The highlight for this track is the break before it plunges back down into the groove, a small part but effective.
11 Get Up And Growl

Love the syncopation in rhythm here as the listener is submerged in into a stepping rhythm, pattered full of the Royalston charm.  This is a hypnotic piece and excellent manipulation of sound. (SBM PICK)
12 Shark

Minimalist percussion led piece with a superbly sketchy synth, lead line. Desperate to hear this played out! (SBM PICK)
13 Slimebanks

Strong pulses puncture this rave inspired stormer, its going to mess up some places for sure with its playful percussion breaks and sketchy synth rolls
14 Black Cloud feat. Victoria

Here it is!! The one to grab.  A jazzy vocal from Victoria dances over a dark roller bassline, with some mood manipulating key shifts this will have you seeing shadows ūüėČ (SBM PICK) We can see why its at the end – It’s VERY hard to follow
15 When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over

Good – but at this point I’ve rewound to Black Cloud about three times already and nothing compares – Sorry – Send any unwanted thoughts in a jar ūüėČ
16 Memory Jar 

A ripping bassline dominates this piece with some erratic snyth work on the break and rumbling, punishing sub-bass line
17 Days Go On feat. Bianca Calandra

Bicanca vocals wisp through this piece, one of the more laidback of the album. 
18 Geisha Rhythm

Royalston ends the album with a deeply intelligent drum driven track.  This is yet another journey into sound contrast and manipulation as the listener is taken trough tribal and alien sounds.

 

Frederic Robinson – Mixed Signals

Frederic Robinson received much praise for his Theme Park release, so it wasn’t going to be a surprise if his Mixed Signals album was going to be an essential listen.  Packed full to the brim with orchestra sounds, enveloping layers and crafty drum work this is a journey into the mind of a classically trained, electronically enhanced hybrid mind.  Start to finish listening, no second rate pieces and rich in diversity, one of those albums you should be proud to own from the year 2013.

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Mixes including Frederic Robinson 

1 Theme Park

Theme Park was the original first release on BluMarTen music.  With its intelligent  and frantic drum patterns and playful keys when this emerged mid 2013 the fresh nature of the sound took a lot of people by surprise as another vain of Drum and Bass apparently bloomed! – Orchestra DnB anyone! who cares…

2 The Brightest Things

Wistful  and melancholy piece, warming to the heart with some strong puncturing breaks.  Melanie Robinsons angelic vocals sway through this piece in a dreamlike manner.

3 Vamp Till Ready

An intense build-up up characterises this piece, a truly orchestral Drum and Bass ride for the age.

4 Shut

Frederic Robinsons layer building craft continues to form in Shut.  A deep bassline also underpins this piece as the ride is permeated by the playful patter of chimes, involving childlike memories.

5 Particles

Particles is a personal favourite.  Probably one of the most energetic on the album.  Layer after layer, pattern after pattern is heaped on the listener before being cut quickly and abruptly. Mood altering stuff.

6 Rain

Rain takes the tempo of the album down.  Melanie Robinson returns to the vocals weaving her voice through the soundscape, bringing forth a heavenly experience

7 Bloom

Blooms broken beat permeate a deep bassline and rising layers, words escape me… This is a phased piece where Frederic Robinson blends what could have been strong demonic beats with his rich textures to create something much more than the sum of its parts

8 Mixed Signals

Electronic and Orchestra sounds meet in unison on Mixed Signals.  Pure delight, this is what the trend to over polishing music these days should be working towards.

9 Off Topic

Seriously playful and rich in sound and scoop.  Off-Topic was the first of Frederic’s Robinson releases in this style.  A bloody roller coaster ride and part of yet another new Drum and Bass sound.

10 Secret

The third and final track featuring Melanie’s vocals.  Light piano keys compliment a inspiring, shuffling rhythm and plenty of classically inspired musical switches.

11 Static Float

When first hearing Static Float I was drawn in on an emotional level.  I have no idea why. It might be the Drum patterns loyalty to earlier Drum and Bass mixed with the sublime piano work all punctured with Dub inspired drops and reverb changes.  There are so many influences on this piece it just inspires.  I lied earlier – this is my best of the lot!!

Sun and Bass 10 Years selection – All the spectrum in one perfect selection order

Once a year on the isle of Sardinia, Italy, the town of San Teodoro is set upon by a tribe of people with unique mindset, you wouldn’t know by the way they act the way they dress or for anything else for that matter.¬† The understanding between them is a firm love of the Drum and Bass Rhythm, past and present (probably the sun aswell).¬† This album celebrates 10 years of this unique party, capturing possibly all the vibes this rich music form has to offer and in the perfect order.

The flow of the album kicks off with the funked up jazz sounds of Sci-clones – Away from Home and leads nicely into the deep jazz fuelled flows of Tokyo Prose – Good Bye Hands.

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With that sun soaked start the deepness of Look Through Me by FD Ft. Collette Warren slides in followed by an equally sun sun vibe drenched piece by Fracture & Mark System РIn The Shade (Secret Location Mix) , inspiring images of the more chilled moments at Sun and Bass.  This feeling continues with Love Again as Seba, Arp XP & Alite Ft. MC Fava collaborate to mellow the very core of the soul. Utah Jazz and A Sardinian Way continue this vibe with rich melancholy piano keys, deep basslines and transcending layers all before the vibe is brought deep with the crystal clarity of Triads РCatharsis.

Mid way through theres a switch of agenda as Klute turns on some rushing pace rhythm and deep bass stabbing with ‘In The Head’. Nymfo & Chris.Su then collaborate on Repression another dark journey, peppered with eerie keys and a grimacing bassline.¬† Following this it’s Dom and Rolands turn to take us into the night with Merkling before Skepticals – Rain breaks up the pace, mellows and gets experimental for an intro to yet another side to Drum and Bass, always welcome. Ulterior Motive follows on nicely with a intelligent Drum and Bass journey with Fragola Invisible, dark and brooding and following on nicely into the deep sub-bass sound of Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Get Your Music Heard.¬† With the dark intelligent pieces out the way the album launches to the immerse layers and liquid basslines of dBridge – Breakfast Club (very unlike his normal sound but fresh to here).

The final two tracks take it down into a smooth groove.  Whether it be the chilled to the core jazz bass of  Code 3 РG-String or the wonderfully entrancing piano keys and vocal snips of Zero T РEight Daze these two round off the album perfectly.  This has to be one of the greatest order selections for a long time.

Sci-Clone¬†–¬†Away From Home

Tokyo Prose¬†–¬†Good Bye Hands

FD Ft. Collette Warren¬†–¬†Look Through Me

Fracture & Mark System¬†–¬†In The Shade (Secret Location Mix)

Seba, Arp XP & Alite Ft. MC Fava¬†–¬†Love Again

Utah Jazz¬†–¬†A Sardinian Way

Triad¬†–¬†Catharsis

Klute¬†–¬†In The Head

Nymfo & Chris.Su¬†–¬†Repression

Dom & Roland¬†–¬†Merkling

Skeptical¬†–¬†Rain

Ulterior Motive¬†–¬†Fragola Invisible

Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes –¬†Get Your Music Heard

dBridge – Breakfast Club

Code 3-G-String

Zero T- Eight Daze

Fanu – Departure (LP)

Fanu launches his assault on the world of breakbeat with his new album Departure, a thorough journey into Jungle and Drum and Bass drum pattern progressions.

Overtones are as diverse as you’d expect from Jungle and Drum and Bass with tracks taking inspiration from Jazz and world music.¬† Whatever the listeners preference there’ll be something to take the mind on a rhythmically hypnotic journey.

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Fanu launches into his beats manifesto in strong style, treating ears with some classic drum movements, laced with memory invoking Jazz overtones.  Drumsö Fuzz is a wonderfully hypontic piece perfect for any moment, fast and slow, chilled and energetic

Street Sermon (5:18) 

Taking us down the route of serious cross drum pattern trickery Fanu keeps the Jazz favours rolling but takes it lower on Street Sermon.  A powerful bassline kicks in on the break making this one to shake the floor with.

Hop and Bass (3:52) 

After the first few seconds the funky vibes of Hop and Bass become apparent all coupled up with a sub rolling bassline there are overtones of old school Aphrodite all over this track, very nice to here

Ranch Dance (4:59) 

Fanu mixes up the tempo on Rauch Dance, choosing a 120 bpm and sticking to the signature raw drum sounds but ditches the Jazz for some eastern inspired vocals.¬† It’s worth staying locked in on Ranch Dance through, as Fanu chops in some experimental drum work of his own

Too Blessed to Be Stressed (6:04) 

From the outset Too Blessed to Be Stressed feels like the most accessible piece to all the DnB regulars.  Despite this Fanu has more instore for the ears as the gradual progression of Too Blessed to be Stressed quickly reveals its glitch nature, let the drums free my boy!!

Holograms (4:44) 

Holograms is a dark hypnotic piece, peppered with tribal percussion and vocal structures.  Fanu underpins all with a low relentless bassline.

Waxcavation (5:22) 

Fanu continues to display his skill at beat development and escalation on Waxcavation.  A journey through a myriad of drum and patterns, jazz overtones and deep down bass stabs.  All in all a technical delight to the drum and bass tuned ear.

The Unconscious (4:56)

Possibly best described as a dark, frantic journey into Fanus very soul.  Hypnotic and menacing stuff.

Dirt (5:22) 

Dirt invokes some real good memories from the days of early Moving Shadow.  A serious piece, tainted with darkness, piecing open snares and a what only could be described as a remorseless bass line

Like This Girl I Once Knew (2:58) 

Fanu takes a break from all the darkness on ‘Like This Girl I Once Knew’, to provide a wistful funk fuelled break.

Pääteasema (3:33)

Fanu closes the album off with Pääteasema an airy break beat number, awash with high layers.  Still until the very end Fanu seeks to mix up the rhythmatic with some interesting beatetudenal blending.

Beatetudenal blending = To use un expected rhythm percussion in the same setting (haha – kidding)