Response And Pliskin “Disturbed Talk”

This year has already seen a great deal of excellent LP’s released. Highlights include “Full Circle” by J Majik on Infrared, “Bobby” by Lenzman and Agzilla’s “Cats Can Hear Ultrasound”, both on Metalheadz. When you look at this list you realise just how diverse the current scene is, “We’re All Disturbed” by Response and Pliskin further confirms this.

The LP sounds like nothing I’ve heard before. Seven tracks in total with the shortest at around 8 minutes and the longest clocking in just shy of 13 minutes, four-fours are front and centre and it tackles subjects like social injustice and knife crime.

We caught up with the Mancunian brothers, Response & Pliskin to find out more.

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Before we get into individual tracks and themes, what’s the concept behind the album and how did you approach making it?

Pliskin – Initially, there wasn’t a concept in mind however over a period of 2-3 months when the tracks were being produced one developed, that concept being social injustice and unfair treatment of the common man! We had just made “Tangled Web/Plastic Face” so the tracks on the album followed on from these two and given that they are very long tracks it just seemed like the right progression to create more with a similar feel. Deadman’s Chest was totally into them and could also see a similar concept developing so it was a fluid process.

Fair play to Alex he has shown some balls in putting out this album as other labels would of just shit their pants and run for the hills saying “it’s weird”, “it’s too long” and “it doesn’t tick the generic boxes”. Well, fuck that, dance music to us is about having an open mind and not going round in circles which unfortunately most knob heads in dance music do…

It’s certainly doesn’t tick the generic boxes, which why it stands out from a lot of other stuff around at the moment! It avoids the typical drum and bass cliches, no big amen tracks or hands in the air moments for example. It fits right in with the Western Lore sound without being a carbon copy of previous releases. There is a certain grit the label has that I love… How would you describe your sound and how did this develop?

Response – Let’s have it right we ain’t reinventing the wheel, its all been done before and probably to a better standard… I guess the arrangements stand out, maybe it is a skill to make a 12-minute tune interesting but that’s decided by the ears that are listening to it. I ain’t gonna describe my sound as you end up sounding like an arsehole. Honestly, I sit in a room for a bit and stuff comes out. I have done this for many years and will continue to do so as its fun and passes time positively before I die. The less thought that is involved in making music is better for me. The arty term is surrealist automatism, creation without a thought. But, I do understand in relation to making music that doing that in its true essence is impossible.

The techno and ambient influences really stand out to me that was integral to the creation of the rave scene but are often overlooked for the more amen-fueled days of the golden-era. A lot of labels would shy away from putting anything out with a four-four whereas in a lot of your productions it’s the driving force. I’ve mentioned 1992 in the past when describing the LP sampler, with classics like the remix of Nasty Habits “Mayday Mayday” springing to mind for comparison. What influenced the sound of the LP? Any stand out tracks from the past?

Pliskin – There are many musical influences that we could draw from including heavy metal, rock, house, jungle, techno, rap, dub, ambient stuff, film scores etc. We basically like every type of music which is again about having a diverse ear, I mean I don’t know much about folk music but if I was to listen to shed loads of it I know there would be stuff in that particular genre I would like. People who only listen to one type of music to me are absolute morons and all they are doing is narrowing their minds where surely minds need to be expanded, you can’t do that by just listening to one type of music. Many people into drum and bass claim to be open-minded but when you dig a bit deeper and scratch the surface you realise that if it hasn’t got the garbage generic rave stabs or overused reggae vocals and crap rewind samples then they tend to shy away and continue to go round in circles, which I guess comforts people. Using the 4×4 drum just added different energy and it suited the tracks for this album however it will be something different in the future I’m sure! We wouldn’t want to get pigeon-holed like a pair of dicks.

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Alex has really created something unique with Western Lore, similar to Next Phase out of Holland the effort put into the presentation and sound quality is something else. How did you guys hook up and can you expand on this “fluid process” of how the project came together?

Pliskin – Western Lore is definitely the correct label for this album Alex has done a fantastic job in building the label. He provides what we want as fans, proper artwork, heavyweight vinyl, tapes, stickers etc and decent forward-thinking music. I do not understand labels who put out records in just a plain sleeve on flimsy vinyl.

It’s not the fucking 90s anymore where labels were pressing 10,000 records, so, if you are going to put out records today do it properly and give the record buyers a solid product.

We initially met Alex at an Ingredients Records club night in Manchester, Response and Eveson were playing at the event as Clive the label owner was putting out tracks by both music makers at the time. Alex was supposed to stay at a hotel after the gig and then make a tune with Response the next day, that didn’t happen. What did happen was we all piled back to my flat and got plastered on booze and drugs for a couple of days listening to music and having a laugh, it was an enjoyable session.

Alex came across as a very genuine person who was amusing and knowledgeable regarding music and life and he didn’t shy away from getting his hand in his pocket. We sent him a few tunes and he got back to us about a year later saying he liked them, he had just started Western Lore and was keen for us to do something for his label so that’s when he took “Tangled Web” and, in my opinion, the not so amazing “Plastic Face”, although it’s a decent track it’s not as good as “Tangled Web”. The process for the album was a fluid one due to Alex sharing the same desire as we had for the tracks that were being created and the fact that he is a Space Lion who doesn’t take himself ultra seriously, simple as that really.

On to “We’re All Disturbed”, the opening track “Stabland” confronts two of the biggest issues the UK is currently facing, knife crime and gang culture. Elsewhere on the LP vocal samples are used to great effect to question the role of news media and the control they have over our thoughts and opinions. What made you decide to address these topics and where did you dig out the samples from?

Pliskin – Addressing and highlighting such topics should be a responsibility of everyone, unfortunately, the majority of people choose to bury their heads in the sand and pretend it’s not happening. We have always gravitated towards music that questions society and all the horror that the human race creates. Many of the samples were taken from Heavy Metal and Rock musicians who rightly speak out and question dickhead politicians, twisted businessmen, pathetic royal family fox hunters and the bullshit media machine which is designed to sway opinion through spin…

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It’s refreshing to hear drum and bass, which was once the music of youth, dealing with these issues. It gives the LP additional meaning and purpose plus helps with the narrative of a nine-minute plus track. You said you didn’t want to describe your sound but can you give us an idea of what you want the LP to stand for or achieve?

Pliskin – It doesn’t take a genius to realise that very few people have the opportunity or motivation to change society, but everyone has the chance to change their own mind and if enough people set out to do this society will change.

This is what the album stands for… so stop starring at screens, wake up fucking robot human being pissing about on social media taking pictures of yourself, fucking embarrassing state of affairs…

You have very clear views on the dance music world, what’s your take on the current drum and bass scene?

Pliskin – What do I think of the current drum and bass scene? Erm, well I’m not a scene man so I wouldn’t know but I am aware of the structure of a scene and it basically involves a load of people just licking each others arse to get ahead and then slagging each other off behind closed doors. A scene is a scene I guess.

Musically, in my opinion, today’s dance music cannot on any level compete with the past, simply because it’s not new anymore, it’s lost the true edge. And the fact that it has been bent over, rinsed out and shafted by commercially minded twats…

Just go back to the 90s, do your fucking research and don’t get too submerged in current dance music as it ain’t that good mate…

Finally, are there any particular tracks from your back catalogue that you would recommend for listeners who are only just discovering your music?

Pliskin – I would recommend “Spinster” on Skeleton Records, “Tangled Web” on Western Lore, “Light Years” on Function, “Hard Times” on Ingredients, “Stolen Keys” on Rupture, “The Chisel” on Fresh 86… And “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood…

Thank you guys for the insight to the LP and cheers for the chat…

“We’re All Disturbed” is available now on digital and 3 x heavyweight (180g) black vinyl, shrink-wrapped & housed in a full art gatefold sleeve.

Direct purchases from Bandcamp come bundled with a two hour digital mixtape containing tracks from the album and forthcoming music on Fresh 86 and Northern Front by Response and Pliskin.

Buy: Western Lore

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THG X Noods W/ Sonar’s Ghost And Coco Bryce Downtempo Special (July 2019)

To celebrate the release of “Coco And The Ghost” on 7th Storey Projects we invited the pair to craft a thirty minute each for the show. Typically, they both wanted to do something different for this edition so for the first time check out a Two Hungry Ghosts downtempo special (basically, anything less than 160 BPM).

First thirty minutes are mixed by Sonar’s Ghost and the second by Coco Bryce.

Expect an hour of Jazz, weird Hip-Hop and alternative RnB… Oh, plus some wonky House and wobbly Techno.

Shouts to Mr The Beef for the artwork!

Buy: Coco And The Ghost

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Sonar’s Ghost – Downtempo Mix

Les Dunes D’Ostende – Francois de Roubaix
Yusseff Dayes – Blacked Out
Nuff Pedals – Hang Glide
Arttu Jerry The Cat – Get Up Off It Dexter Remix
Gupi – Dance Alone
Moses Boyd – Rye Lane Shuffle
Da True B-Boy descendent – Blue Nile
Cleo Sol – One
Man and the Echo – Capable Man
Todd Rundgren – Flamingo
Raven – Feeler
O’Flynn – Pluto’s Beating Heart

Coco Bryce – Downtempo Mix

Rhytual – Unsung
Salted Slugs – Tie Dye Mutant Dog Boy
SZA – Broken Clocks
Arlo Parks – I Like
Ssaliva – Sync Thrills
Lil Noid – Paranoid Funk
James Ferraro – Suki Girlz 2
Abra – Vegas
Serengeti – Long Ears
Motëm – Dutty Flute Jam

Broadcast on Noods Radio 18/07/19 between 14:00-15:00.

Goldie “Demonz (Gremlinz & Jesta Remix)” 2019

It’s been 25 years since the inception of the Metalheadz label and 21 years since Goldie released “Saturnz Return“, the follow-up to 1995’s “Timeless” (which is still seen by many as the pinnacle of progressive 90’s drum and bass albums).

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Saturnz Return” famously spawned the crossover “Temper Temper”, with Noel Gallagher from Oasis on vocals, but more importantly unleashed the tearing amens of “Chico – Death Of A Rockstar” and the alternative version of “Fury”, entitled “Fury – The Origin”. The original mix of this appeared on the Moving Shadow release “Two On One (Issue 1)” credited as Rufige Kru in 1994.

The LP is being reissued described as a “Remastered and Expanded Anniversary Edition” including new remixes from Gremlinz & Jesta, Martyn, HLZ, DjRum and Dengue Dengue Dengue plus other rarities and classic remixes. The album also features new sleeve notes from Carl Loben.

The Gremlinz & Jesta remix of “Demonz” can now be streamed below, its a subtle and sharp update demonstrating the impact of fierce bass tones and a swarm of stabbing melodies.

Buy: Goldie Store

Sonar’s Ghost – 92 Chipmunks VS Prototype Jungle (Mixtape)

Sonar’s Ghost presents “92 Chipmunks VS Prototype Jungle”. A 90 minute mix and blend of “acceptable” pitched up female vocals and seminal pre-jungle reggae fusions.

The selection is a celebration of the unity and diversity of the early rave/pirate scene packed with euphoric breakdowns and overflowing with Summer Vibes.

Dedicated to the Globex crew.

Limited edition tape crafted for Simon from 7th Storey Projects, Tim & Dwarde, The Hungry Ghosts and a handful of loyal supporters.

Personal project. Not for sale.

Exclusive Premiere: Justice And Metro – The Hump [Coco Bryce Edit] (MJAZZ)

Coco Bryce gives “The Hump” by Justice And Metro the edit treatment, taken from the “Special Projects EP” available on MJAZZ Records.

The EP also features the original version of the track, a new composition by the duo and two remixes of earlier tracks by Justice And Metro chopped and reimagined by champions of old-school sounds Sicknote and Tim Reaper.

Sicknote takes “The Navigator” deeper into mysterious space territory injecting the distinctive bass line of the original with Venom-like attitude and adding twisted beats and sci-fi FX.

Tim Reaper adds his trademark amen style to “Moscow Calling”, heavy and chaotic yet retaining the character of the original this is drum and bass cranked up to eleven.

“The Hump” is an ode to early rave culture built around the famous drum break “Humpty Dump (Part 1) by The Vibrettes. Layered with MC and whistle samples the track is held together with a sub bassline that will instantly take you back to the 90s.

This four-track 12” is limited to only 100 copies, hand labelled by the artists and housed in a reversed cardboard grey sleeve.

Buy: https://modernurbanjazz.bandcamp.com

Influences “Soundbwoy Killah” Sneaker Social Club

We’ve been lucky enough to have heard the LP “Halcyon Daze” by Soundbwoy Killah, forthcoming this Summer on Sneaker Social Club, and to celebrate this fantastic collection of multi-genre electronics we asked the artist for a rundown of inspirational tracks.

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It’s been quite the year for Soundbwoy Killah and Sneaker Social Club with multiple releases receiving critical acclaim from press and DJ’s alike, this latest collaboration has already gained support from Lone, Om Unit and Benji B.

“Halcyon Daze” continues the theme of eclectic bass music featured on the “Come My Selector EP” (Sneaker Social Club, 2018), although this time it’s early rave culture and the dawn of the drum and bass era that runs through its core. From the acid bass line in the intro track “Escape Velocity” to the chopped amens of “Heartbeats”, the smooth jungle vibes of “Under The Influence” and the Roni Size style jazz tones of “Under The Influence”, the album references multiple moments from the mid-nineties golden era while contrasting them with tracks like the house and UKG hybrid “Wanna Hold U” and the atmospheric soundscape title cut, “Halcyon Daze”.

Just like the album, this list of inspirational music features blissed out ambience, soulful future garage and jazz-fuelled drum and bass.

Donate Dozzy – Vapourware 07

“A slab of pure euphoria that I could listen to on loop for the rest of my life. I still think about the first time I heard it get played.”

DJ Rashad – Let It Go

“Hard to pick a better example that demonstrates the beauty of simplicity. RIP!”

Chris Mack – Baby Gonna Rock Dis (2 Step Dub)

“At a festival aged 16/17. Walked into a tent where Deadboy was playing a super minimal, skeletal 2 step thing (probs El-B?). Was hooked ever since. 2-step > 4×4 garage.”

Photek – Rings Around Saturn

“Like an onion, this track has just kept revealing more and more layers to me over the years. I love the way the downbeat feels as though it’s changing throughout the entire track.”

EVA808 – Bladed

“Rolling reese bass and soulful vocals done perfectly. EVA808’s productions are mad but this one takes the hat for me.”

D Base – Dreaming

“Another one for the long list of tracks I wish I’d written…”

You can stream “Pang” from the album below. “Halcyon Daze” is due for release on Sneaker Social Club at the end of August.

Stream: Soundbwoy Killah – Pang

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Exclusive Premiere: Wagz – Hyena (none60)

“Hyena” by Wagz is taken from the compilation LP “none of the above” released on none60 July 19th 2019.

In the past, the art of the compilation LP was a great way to expose people to a wide variety of artists and, perhaps more importantly, help demonstrate a labels style and direction. Mastered by the likes of Metalheadz, Moving Shadow and Reinforced these collections often captured pinnacle points in the scene and rounded up big or important tracks from their respective catalogues. The really interesting ones featured a handful of exclusive tracks or “dubplate only” mixes, this is the approach favoured by none60 today. It would have been easy to fill the track list with back cat highlights but instead, they present twelve new tracks from key members of the crew responsible for forging the labels sound. A bonus thirteenth track, the Dominic Ridgway remix of Sinistarr’s “I Am Not Invincible” is exclusive to Bandcamp.

From the slow-paced cosmic soundscapes of Lewis James to the menacing crawl of Hathor, the two-step techno sonics of Altitude to the classic Photek tinged melodies of Wagz the LP delivers a constant stream of tracks that further define none60’s commitment to forward-thinking drum and bass which they describe as “emotive, daring, intricate and sometimes challenging”.

The digital compilation is now available to pre-order from their Bandcamp which also features a super exclusive bundle containing the full thirteen track download and a highly limited lathe cut twelve-inch containing “Response” by Lewis James and “U No” by Oliver Yorke.

The two-track vinyl is limited to 50 copies worldwide and has been cut by Sicknote & Dexta from 1-800-Dubplate with artwork designed by Oliver Yorke. This twelve is available separately while stocks last but we would highly recommend spending the extra five pound to purchase the full LP.

“none of the above” stands by the core principles of the label and is all the better for it, if you’re after retro amens for the dance floor then this isn’t the album for you but if you’d like a collection of highly detailed tracks by some of the scenes most exciting experimental producers we’d highly suggest you give this LP a go.

Buy: Bandcamp

Rainforest “Jaguar Klan” (Next Phase Records)

“Jaguar Klan” by Rainforest is taken from the “Hard Times EP” released on Next Phase Records, a collection of four dub-inspired futuristic Drum & Bass tracks.

Injecting halftime rhythms with full speed breaks Rainforest creates a refreshing and captivating take on Modern Jungle. Tribal percussion and basslines that swell with an ominous vibrancy help build four distinct visions of the future. Pads are used to enhance this sonic landscape rather than dominate it as menacing synths battle against energetic drum edits.

The “Hard Times EP” uses this auditory arena to address current threats that affect our planet, most notably through the use of a vocal sample on the title track pointing out the “injustice, intolerance and huge environmental challenges” facing the globe. With this in mind, the productions still have a real positivity about them stressing the importance of hope and change in a fight to change the future.

Buy: Bandcamp

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Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (July 2019)

Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (July 2019)

Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse – Drowning In Her [VIP] (???)
DYL – CHORD1 (???)
Outer Heaven – Trapline (UVB-76)
Out Of Fuel – Fragments (Forthcoming Ronin Ordinance)
Acid_Lab – Reminder (Forthcoming Guerilla Bass Records)
Response & Pliskin – We’re All Disturbed LP (Western Lore)
Thugwidow – South East London Fantasy (???)
Missing – Dubplate Murderer (???)
Kije – Acid Drops (Forthcoming Sweetbox)
Various Artists – none of the above (Forthcoming none60)

Bonus Ten (Non DnB)

Various Artists – We Are Family [Volume 4] (WNCL Recordings)
Future Bumps – Future Bumps (???)
Soundbwoy Killah – Halcyon Daze (Forthcoming Sneaker Social Club)
Conformal – Fredag (Lima Express)
Daniel Maunick – Sombra Do Dragão (Forthcoming Far Out)
Unknown Artist – Bukem Danno (???)
Chavinsky – In The City (Sneaker Social Club)
Qindek – Come Closer [Original/Kuf Remix] (Dreiklang Records)
Gary Holldman – Celina EP (International Day Off)
Mighty Buha – Various Edits (???)

Compiled by Dave Sector