Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mr Joseph - Inner Haze [Liquid V]

As a custodian of the authentic Liquid D&B sound, Mr Joseph's debut album strikes a delicate balance between funk-filled, soulful rollers and deep brooding basslines. The result is an album packed full of different musical textures which, combine seamlessly to create an immersive listening experience.

This is the debut album from Mr Joseph on Liquid V – only the second full artist album ever on the label!
Having grown up around the London Sound System culture of the 1980s Mr Joseph was soaking up musical influences from Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, and Reggae music. All these styles are evident throughout 'Inner Haze', which is a melting pot simmering at 174bpm.

An album that cuts through the dancefloor with ease, but which has enough subtlety and depth for home listening this is a project that will stand up to repeated listens, however don't be fooled, this is not just a solo affair... Mr Joseph has also collaborated with a host of amazing vocalists and producers to create this debut album. Step forward Youngman, Edward Oberon, T.R.A.C., Deeizm, Kate White, Wednesday Amelia, Identified and Andy Skopes – it's a real family affair.

Always known for its deep, forward thinking sounds, 2016 saw Bryan Gee's Liquid V imprint go from strength to strength. Always regarded as a purveyor of the smoothest, most atmospheric beats, Liquid V is now riding higher than ever on a wave of renewed interest for one of D&B's most enduring styles.




Friday, December 16, 2016

Caspa - Umbongo [Sub Soldiers]

Some say ‘vibes’, Caspa prefers ‘Vibrations’ Not just a more formal, respectful term for the oscillating phenomenon that guarantees we hear anything in life but the name of his exciting new series. His first substantial solo body of work since the forthright horsepower and back-to-basics attitude of ‘500’ in 2014/15, ‘Vibrations’ continues his ever-refined stripped-back, broadsword bass vision.Dark, dangerous and designed for the underground, each track is tailored with one pure purpose: proper dancefloor buzzes….

The series launches with the moody, burly tones of ‘Umbongo’. Previously the sole preserve of Caspa and fellow heavyweights Youngsta, and J:Kenzo, it’s already dented key dances on dub, ruffling and rippling skin down to raw goosebumps on each airing. With its unhurried swagger and smoking drums, ‘Umbongo’ is spacious enough for every percussive element to shine and cut through the intense mystical atmospheres. Take note this is just the beginning.

As with every mission Caspa embarks on, expect no fluff or faltering: ‘Vibrations’ is about the core reason we all got into this in the first place, it’s about laying down dark vibes in small underground rooms for gatherings of people who have united with purpose. With at least six installments locked and loaded and potentially more to come, the tremors are only just kicking in. Some say vibes, others say vibrations, we say stay tuned…

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Tantrum Desire - Pump (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix) [Technique Recordings]

2015’s Diversified album proved unequivocally that Tantrum Desire has a spectrum-spanning palette to draw from. What with the undercurrent of deep house influence running through the tracklist and the excursions through tech, jungle and old skool sounds, it’s clear that TD refuse to be pinned down to one classification.
One of the tracks that made a huge impression across raves and airwaves was Pump, championed by some of the biggest DJs on the scene from the moment it surfaced. Now, Drumsound & Bassline Smith have stepped up to reconfigure it for this series of remixes. So, we already know it’s going to be killing off dances for the second time around.

DBS stamp their signature on the track right from the first note. Cinematic horns sculpt the intro into an epic, hands-in-the-air moment. And then it’s all about the build. Arpeggiation meets the eponymous FXed vocal sample with a stomping kick progression to leave us in no doubt an almighty drop is coming.

The original version matched sparse drums with percussive plucks of synth-bass to create an irresistible skankers workout. This remix takes the elements and rearranges them into expert energy-building format. Drumsound & Bassline Smith begin with that stripped-back trap-style bass and beat and proceed to add complexity every sixteen bars. As it shifts up through the gears, this track takes the dance’s hype levels with it.

These Diversified remixes continue the story that the LP started. The initial tracks demonstrated the multiple facets of Tantrum Desire’s sound and now, even more layers have been revealed. This is an array of tunes equipped for every selector’s set-list.

Buy or Stream the release HERE




Thursday, December 15, 2016

Erb N Dub’s New Years Eve Top 5 Bangers!

Over the last few years, DJ Erb N Dub’s reputation has grown at a dramatic rate. His tunes are consistently blowing up raves and airwaves worldwide, with support from Andy C, Hype, Crissy Criss, Grooverider and Drumsound and Bassline Smith to name just a few.  Signed to Technique Recordings, you can hear some of his tracks on their 2016 Annual which was released on 9 December.  We took a few minutes to catch up wtih Erb N Dub to see what his go to tracks are for New Years Eve.

 Buy and Stream The Annual 2016 HERE

Erb N Dub's New Years Eve Top 5 Bagngers

1. Pump - Tantrum Desire - Drumsound and Bassline Smith VIP
Massive original and massive remix! LOVE IT

2. TC & Jakes - Next Hype (Crissy Criss x Malux x Erb N Dub Remix) Drumstep VIP
We threw together a halftime versions for our sets and sent it to a few key DJ’s… Its already doing the damage DUB PLATE BUSINESS 
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3. Adventure Through Space - Tantrum Desire
Battering this remix!!! 

4. Prolix Vs Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Planet Smasher
Filth!!! Been smashing this to bits!
5. One Day - Crissy Criss x Malux x Erb N Dub (Feat Damien Soul)
Something different from us for the Ram 2017 Annual

Buy and Stream The Annual 2016 HERE


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tantrum Desire - Genesis (Friction remix) [Technique Recordings]

It’s become clear that Tantrum Desire’s debut album project, Diversified, had way more high-octane in the tank than was revealed when it first dropped in 2015. Monumental though it was, the succession of nitro- charged remixes that we’ve been treated to show that those sounds have a lot more to offer. And now one of the indisputably biggest names in drum and bass music has
joined in the action. Yes, BBC Radio 1 and Shogun Audio’s very own Friction has reported for remix duty.
Genesis, in its original form, was one of the breakout hits of the album, and is set to reach those heights again. Friction stamps his authority on the track immediately, and reconfigures the elements into a savagely gritty and grimy intro. Dark swathes of bass and ominous pads leave no uncertainty: this is going to be heavy. The point is driven home by a massive, rumbling kick- build, pushing the rave’s anticipation off the scale.

The version we all know was marked out by those bouncy swing-time beats, and Friction delivers them in all their irresistible glory. The sharp call-and-response between high and low- end emphasises the groove even further. Friction’s retained all that dancefloor energy, while adding his own extra twist of filth in the bassline.

We couldn’t help skanking out to the original and this remix is just be as addictively floor-filling. With this most recent chapter of the Diversified story, one of the scene’s heavyweights has proved that there are still twists in the tale. Another one for discerning selectors on all sides of the scene. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Futuristik - Waterborne / Feeling This Way [Liquicity Records]

After his breakout hit, 'Sun' on the 2nd edition of Liquicty's 'Alchemy' compilation, Estonian producer, Futuristik returns to the label with his own single 'Waterborne / Feeling This Way'
Waterborne' featuring Miyoki is BIG and soulful. A perfectly crafted, half time DnB ballad of epic proportions. This one would easily fill the sound system at festivals around the world, whilst still feeling very at home on day-time radio.

'Feeling This Way' featuring Charlotte Haining has an uplifting vibe whilst still minting that traditional DNB swing.

All in all, a great EP from Futuristik that fits perfectly with the Liquicity sound!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tantrum Desire - Repeat Ft. Coppa (Document One Remix) [Technique Recordings]

Tantrum Desire’s 2015 debut album Diversified demonstrated the sheer range and depth of music that the TD studio was capable of delivering. With tunes as varied as the gigantic I Need You Here, the aggressively percussive Pump and the classically lo-fi Back for Love, this LP reflected almost every flavour that D&B has to offer.

The project isn’t over yet, though. Now, we’re being treated to a series of remixes to offer even more twists to the formula. For this instalment, the Document One boys have dissected and reconfigured the Coppa-laced Repeat.

The elements of this tune suit Document One’s jazzfunk-hip-hop approach to D&B perfectly. A darkly atmospheric intro drops into Coppa’s vocals backed by a subtle half-speed beat. We get a moment to get used to nodding our heads to this before things are twisted into hyper-rave-mode with synth-stabs signalling it’s time to get set.

Then the grimy warp of the bassline hits, with Document One’s signature popping drums and funk energy. Coppa’s bars ride over the top, providing extra boosts of percussive energy to keep the dancefloor bubbling. And the old skool breakdown and big build into the second drop means that this is more than just a simple roller, it’s got the weight and power to do serious damage in the rave.

This is only round two of the Diversified remix series, and already it’s clear that there’s way more to explore in the Tantrum Desire sound. And with the kind of talent that Technique have on the roster for relick duties, we should expect nothing but fireworks. 

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