10 years is a long time for any label, and throughout the past decade Repertoire has seen distributors come and go, vinyl sales plummet, and interest in the breakbeat-led drum and bass wane. But steadfast in its ideals, the label has never strayed from its roots, and today goes from strength to strength as jungle’s golden age influences a new generation.
To celebrate this landmark we’ve tasked some of the most influential producers on the jungle circuit with re-imagining classic tracks from our back catalogue.
This is Repertoire 10/20.
Featuring remixes from scene trailblazers such as Dead Man’s Chest, Sonar’s Ghost, Double-O, Friske, AU & Jesta, and more. Repertoire 10/20 is a broad look at underground drum and bass as it is in 2019 and beyond.
“Words” is taken from the forthcoming “Uniformity of Nature” EP on Prague based Detach Recordings. The release is a collaboration between Romanian producer DYL and Germany’s Senking.
Pulsating with wild creative energy, the EP features abstract excursions into 170 and a mixture of slower, murky electronica. Highlights include the savage opening track “Phrases”, an uncompromising and unrestrained adventure into dark industrial territory by DYL and “Destroyed City Lights” co-produced by Senking. This track features a strange brew of multi-layered synths, steadily building a futuristic soundtrack for a long-forgotten, dystopian location.
Our featured track, “Words”, treads the line between drum and bass, techno and electro. Thick atmospherics create an air of tension while tightly programmed drums balance funk with aggression. A sonic whirlwind of dark textures and deep bass complete the outing resulting in an energetic, yet overall, unsettling experience.
To complement the rich creativity of music on this release, the artwork has been affectionately created by Romanian artist Teodora Gavrila. Supplied in a screen-printed transparent sleeve, the 12” also contains a limited edition insert reflecting the many layers of musicality and production. A beautiful package of visual and aural artistry.
The “Uniformity of Nature” EP is available to pre-order now via Juno Records.
Buy: Juno / Redeye
“Black Sphere” by Sun People is taken from the four track “These Days EP”, forthcoming on Rua Sound, released on November 29th.
Born out of a love for progressive electronic music, the Sun People project fuses elements of techno, hip hop, footwork, jungle and rare groove. The resulting sound is a perfect alchemy of musicality, soul and carefully placed kick drums.
“Give It Up”, the opening track on the EP, sets the tone with its mutated rare groove sample, old school vocal and chopped breaks. What could easily lead to a vintage jungle rinse out, and a good one at that, instead heads for a classic Hidden Agenda sound evoking memories of “Get Carter” and “The Flute Tune”.
There is an excitement that runs through the EP with tracks morphing quite unexpectedly and samples finding new spaces to inhabit, often out of context but sounding perfectly in place.
Contender for EP of the year “Black Sphere” draws the release to a close, an elegant halftime exit awash with mystery and grace.
The “These Days EP” will be available on both digital and vinyl formats, mastered by Macc and featuring artwork by Arkof and Graphic design by Barry Prendergast.
The first release on a new sub-label from 7th Storey Projects sees two previously unreleased tracks by Model finally see the light of day. Produced in 1995 expect chopped amens and cosmic pads in a GLR style on the nearly 9-minute track “Jupiter” and a pure tribal work out of intricate panning drum edits on “Surroundingz”.
Sourced from the original DAT recordings these have been mastered by Beau at Ten Eight Seven then cut at 45 for a rich, loud 12″ with excellent clarity. With all 7th Storey Projects releases, attention to detail is paramount so this has been produced by Optimal Media (based in Germany) for a high quality pressing then packaged in a full-colour sleeve, designed by Model.
Check the Two Hungry Ghosts blog next week for an interview with Model where we find out more about these tracks and the story behind “Flight”, the holy grail of unreleased dubs played by LTJ Bukem back in 1995.
Vinyl only and available to pre-order now direct from 7th Storey Projects.
Buy: 7th Storey Projects
Next, on the Two Hungry Ghosts X Tell Me I’m Dreaming mixtape series we have American born, MC and sound explorer, Mattic AKA Dr Outer AKA The Ghost In The Machine, who now lives in the hills of Le Harve, France.
Mattic and I first met online in 2012 after the release of his debut solo album “The Abstract Convention”, since then he has released music under various aliases and guises with numerous appearances and collaborations as well as a second LP on Phonosauras titled “The Adventures Of Doctor Outer”.
What has always struck me about Mattic is how prolific and humble he is. A quick glance at Discogs will lead you to think he hasn’t released much music and a Google search won’t reveal much either. He will pop up on social media for a few weeks then disappear deleting any content. Our conversations often revolve around a shared vision of the world, a rejection of the importance of social media stats and sharing nerdy music knowledge, soundbites and sample sources. I’m privileged to be part of a small trusted crew who are allowed into his unreleased music vaults, covering countless full albums, mixtapes with bespoke lyrics, demos, collaborations and even a vocal reinterpretation of Madlibs “Rock Koducta” LP.
Fuelled by a strong passion to create and a desire to be “close to a few rather than part of the zoo” its rare these projects see the light of day, locked down to personal Dropbox folders with rare WeTransfer shares via DM’s and email exchanges. It’s with great pleasure I can bring you this mixtape of Dilla and Madlib beats complete with original rhymes, skits and vocal sound design crafted by Mattic. Made purely for pleasure, not for profit and out of deep love and respect for the producers enjoy this rare glimpse into the creative world of Doctor Outer…
Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (November 2019)
Model – Jupiter/Surroundingz (Forthcoming 7th Storey Recollective)
Dokta Venom – Suspicions [Various Mixes] (???)
Drummotive – Petulia (Subtle Audio)
DYL – VAIO (???)
RQ – Tombstone Chips (???)
Kyam – Sigh EP (Subtle Audio)
Sun People – These Days (Forthcoming Rua Sound)
Dead Man’s Chest – Lo-Freq Soul (Forthcoming Western Lore)
Sicknote And Escher – Taster (Forthcoming Stereocilia)
Fine Feline – The 9 Lives [Remixes] (Forthcoming Parallax)
Thugwidow – Tortured Soul (Forthcoming Two Hungry Ghosts)
Sicknote And Dissect – S.A.L Jazz (Forthcoming Two Hungry Ghosts)
Tim Reaper And Yorobi – DISCWORLD001 (Forthcoming Discworld)
Eusebeia – Experience Shapes You (Western Lore Limited)
Unknown Artist – White Label (Bassweight Operations)
Compiled by Dave Sector
The THG Mix Series continues with this selection titled “Tales Of An Onna-Bugeisha” by Yorobi. Sixty minutes of intricate, eclectic and emotive drum and bass featuring new and unreleased music by Om Unit, Ricky Force and Sun People.
A resident DJ on Jungletrain, Yorobi meticulously blends new styles of modern jungle. Yorobi is also a producer, with forthcoming releases on Parallax and Disc World, alongside Tim Reaper.
This mix is more of a drum and bass selection than what she would normally play, taking an opportunity to craft a set that people may not expect from her.
You can catch Yorobi playing at Rupture when the iconic club night visits Amsterdam on 27th December performing alongside Loxy, Sully, Mantra, Double O and Coco Bryce.
Featuring in the mix is “Drum Tree” by Tim Reaper and Yorobi, an exclusive vinyl release, only available as a reward to backers of the Disc World crowdfunding project on Kickstarter. The campaign is the brainchild of Lewis “Sicknote” and Chris “Dexta”, aiming to raise funds to open a record store and Dubplate cutting studio in Lewisham, London.
THG Mix Series Volume 3: Yorobi – Tales Of An Onna-Bugeisha (Tracklist)
Sun People – Black Sphere (Forthcoming Rua Sound)
Atiq & EnK – Relativity (Forthcoming Mindtrick Records)
Jaskin & Uneven – Safe Edge
Resound – Forgot Why [Stone Cold Mix]
Pessimist – Burundanga
Outer Heaven – The Last Men
Shiken Hanzo – Maya Warfare
Om Unit – Timelines [Mahakala VIP] (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
AQXDM – The Good Days Are Tomorrow
Rainforest – Nine Nine Riddim
Cool Hand Flex – Hardline
Ricky Force – Make It Right [Dead Mans Chest Raw 94 Remix] (Forthcoming Repertoire)
Tim Reaper – Second Chance [Sonar’s Ghost Remix] (Forthcoming Repertoire)
Sicknote – Grand Luce (Forthcoming Sonic Force)
Special Request – Stairfoot Lane Bunker
Hoover 1 – 2b1
Boddika – Soul What [Sideswipe VIP]
Sam Binga x ONHELL – A Mighty Quest
Wheez-ie – OG Deth
The Juke Of Juke – High Plains Trouble Maker
Tim Reaper And Yorobi – Drum Tree (Forthcoming Disc World)
Selecta 5-7 – Dubplate Special
DLX – Sumtin Like This
Fine Feline – Weekend [Ricky Force Remix] (Forthcoming Parallax Recordings)
Globex Corp – Vol. 6 A1 [Equinox Remix] (Forthcoming Globex Corp)
Links: Mixcloud / Soundcloud
“Fools Wisdom” is the title track from Necrotype’s new EP on Taiwan based label, Mettāsonic.
Interweaving an abundance of classic breakbeats, “Fools Wisdom” is a reflective take on the iconic 90s sound. Occupying a space somewhere between uplifting and melancholy, the track switches between energetic drum sections and chilled moments of ambience. A melodic horn sample brings both styles together in a cohesive fusion of dynamic bliss.
Necrotype has had recent releases on Ortem, 7th Storey, Diamond Life and MJAZZ with new music signed to Repertoire and Amenology due for release over the coming months.
In the spirit of Metta, meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings, Mettāsonic is in the process of converting to an official non-profit project, a concept we wholeheartedly endorse.