Premiere: Mikal – Scrapyard Dub (Metalheadz)

“Scrapyard Dub” by Mikal is taken from his second LP for Metalheadz titled “Metalwork”. The follow up to his debut album “Wilderness”, see’s the Swedish born producer deliver a further 16 tracks to the Headz archive with strong sonic clarity.

With such an extensive back catalogue, Metalheadz has been a trailblazer in the drum and bass scene for almost 27 years. During that time styles have changed as the scene has evolved, complex breaks that were so prominent in the early years of the label were, at times, replaced for weighty kicks and sharp snares. What people describe as the “Metalheadz sound” can vary from person to person, and what makes this album so good is that Mikal acknowledges this with a variety of Headz styles. For the old-school crew there are tracks like “Break It” and “Breaks And Pads”, not surprisingly heavy on drum edits and retro leanings. Cuts like “Magnetic Sound” and “3rd Eye” focus on obscene Reese basslines and snarling FX. While “Strident” returns to the Blue Note with a “Metropolis” style intro, twisted mentasms and a tough kick and snare combo.

“Scrapyard Dub” covers the cutting edge, experimental side of Headz. Distorted bass tones, filtered drum rolls and delayed vocals create a sinister Metalheadz take on dub, subdued but dangerous like a sleeping lion.

“Metalwork” is a well-rounded album that manages to deliver surprises while respecting the heritage of the label. Whatever your definition of the “Metalheadz sound” is, there will be something on this album for you.

The LP releases October 19th, 2020.

Buy: https://backl.ink/metalwork

Premiere: Eusebeia – Infinity (Earthtrax)

“Infinity” by Eusebeia is taken from the fifth release on Bristol-based label and sound system, Earthtrax. Both vinyl and digital versions will be available to pre-order from Tuesday 27th of October 2020, direct from the Earthtrax Bandcamp.

Featuring dubbed-out atmospherics and hardcore breaks, the EP is a blend of both modern and retro jungle. Covering a variety of BPM’s the 12″ challenges the notion that all drum and bass needs to be 160-170+

We caught up with Eusebeia for a quick chat on how he got started and his “Infinity EP” release.

So, before we dive into the EP, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started producing?

Sure, so I started writing music around ten years ago which came about as a natural progression from DJing and just being into music – from early on in life I knew music and art was something that had a profound effect on me. I came to realise it was the thing I wanted/needed to do so I just kept on that path.

Ah, what kind of stuff were you DJing back then?

Drum and Bass mainly at that point, I got my first set of decks in 2005-2006. I used to practice with my stepdads house and trance records, along with some jungle and hardcore I had bought and started playing parties and some events from 2008 onwards.

I’ve often wondered that as your music covers a wide range of tempos, and your production style often features techno style melodies. Did you like those house/trance records or only use them for practice?

Yes, I grew up hearing a lot of house, techno and trance.

What is it about those styles of music you find inspiring?

The free form nature of them, and that there’s probably more hybrids than any other style of music, the cultural aspects, and like with any music just how it can make you feel.

Does any artist, in particular, stand out as an inspiration?

Everything I’ve heard and liked has inspired me in some way so that’s a tough one, but if I had to say, I suppose Massive Attack have always been inspirational to me… “Mezzanine” was one of the first albums I heard that really had a powerful effect on me.

There’s a strong emotive current that runs through your music, I got quite disheartened at one stage talking to old producers I admired who told me there was no real message in their music.

Oh, that’s a shame to put it lightly, but unfortunately, some people make music with false intent and/or no real purpose which is kinda shit.

What’s music without a message/purpose?

Exactly, there has to be some kind of reason at least for doing a thing, even if it doesn’t make much sense or is somewhat unclear at the time.

So how do you go about capturing these emotions in your music, what’s your creative process?

First of all, anything done must be done as simply as can be, and with pure intentions, it must be honest. If I feel a particular way I will create a melody or a mood relative to that feeling and go from there. The tracks either stem from an emotional/personal thing or an intellectual idea or concept, but often the two are interlinked in some way.

I write notes and keywords which I use to help me express ideas, and I tend to work quite quickly to get things out while they’re fresh.

Alongside the music you also create art, including the design work for this 12″. Do you adopt a similar process?

Yes absolutely, with the visual art it’s just more hands-on and practical like I won’t write any notes for that.

I think of your collage work like visual music production, fusing images and textures like audio samples

Yes definitely, what I’m doing with images and audio is essentially the same.

Onto this EP, what moods and emotions are explored throughout the four tracks?

I wanted to make it feel quite expansive and all-encompassing, it definitely embodies both the dark and light, and above all else, the balance between the two. In some places, it feels so certain and triumphant, jovial and clear, and then at other times it’s very unclear and uncertain… it kind of mirrors life in that way, the constant changing of things, the ebb and flow.

The track we are premiering today is titled “Infinity”, what’s the story behind this one?

This is the title track of the EP and ties the other tracks together nicely. It references the Infinity symbol which is the symbol for eternity, the cycle of life, death and rebirth, and the seemingly boundless nature of the universe

Last thing… where can people get it?

Direct from the Earthtrax Bandcamp, and usual stores including Redeye, Disc World, Juno etc

Links: Bandcamp / Eusebeia

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Premiere: Lo Chi – After Effects (Dead Trax)

“After Effects” by Lo Chi is taken from the forthcoming compilation “The Grooveyard: Volume 1” on Dead Trax. Featuring thirteen tracks in total, the collection covers Garage and Hardcore sounds in the first half and Jungle/DnB in the second. The release will be available in digital and physical formats, with a limited edition cassette tape now up for pre-order containing a bonus track and stickers.

Lo Chi is a DJ/Producer from Bristol, UK, the home of jungle luminaries Roni Size and Krust plus more recently pioneers Om Unit, Pessimist and Vega. He opts for a vintage dark 90s sound for his contribution to “The Grooveyard”, with chopped Apache, Life Could and Amen breaks, menacing strings and Kung Fu samples all adding to the hostile nature of the track.

The compilation is a far-reaching and refreshing combination of sounds influenced by the 90s, ranging from 125-160+ BPMs and featuring retro artwork by BARE1 & Nathan “Boris” Carr. Other contributors to the compilation include Local Group and Margari’s Kid.

Head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the release now.

Buy: deadtraxuk.bandcamp.com

Various Artists – The Grooveyard: Volume 1

Tracklist:
A1. Earthnut – Even
A2. Hartta – Aku Dub (Ten Levels Remix)
A3. Grave Grooves – 66
A4. Hartta – If You
A5. Local Group – Fire
A6. D. Perignon – Glow Worm
A7. Agora – Reach 4 The Lasers
B1. Digital Diógenes & Hartta – Running Wild
B2. Margari’s Kid – Serotonin
B3. Grave Grooves – Fuel
B4. San – Everybody Out
B5. Lo Chi – After Effects
B6. Occitanie – Homecoming

Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (October 2020)

Various charts covering forthcoming promos, new releases, forgotten gems and timeless inspirations.

Dave Sector – Two Hungry Ghosts (October 2020 Chart)

J Majik – Your Sound [Photek & Digital VIP] (Infrared)
Source Direct – Street Wars/Diamonds [Previously Unreleased] (Self-Release)
Venom – Dreadnox (AKO Beatz)
DYL – Acvatic LP (Forthcoming Diffuse Reality)
Karim Maas & Outer Heaven – The Force (Forthcoming UVB-76)
SK-1 – Shockout Fass [X-Altera Remix] (Forthcoming Sneaker Social Club)
Dominic Ridgway, Stratowerx & Magugu – When I’m On [Constrict Remix] (Forthcoming Regression Media)
Margari’s Kid – Serotonin (Forthcoming Dead Trax)
Kyam – Duplicity [Homemade Weapons Remix] (Forthcoming Unbidden Audio)
Forest Drive West – Para (Forthcoming Sneaker Social Club)
Type – Cola Cube (Forthcoming Sweet Box)
J Majik – The Whistle Song (Infrared)
Eusebeia – Infinity (Forthcoming Earthtrax)
John Rolodex – The Rainmaker/Interdimensional Espionage (Metalheadz)
Friske – Untitled Killa (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
Mikal – Breaks And Pads (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
4hero – Universal Love [Previously Unreleased Internal Affairs Remix] (United World Music)
Martyn & Om Unit – The Passenger EP (Forthcoming 3024)
Hagan – Ultra (Gobstopper)
Hartta – If You (Forthcoming Dead Trax)

John Rolodex – Machinist/Metalheadz (October 2020 Chart)

Dioptrics – Kirin (Forthcoming Machinist)
RMS – Leaving (?)
SDS – Black Water (Forthcoming Machinist)
Sureshock – Heavy Metal (Forthcoming Machinist)
HLZ – Polar Dreams (Metalheadz)
Mikal – Metalwork (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
Friske – Untitled Killa (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
Goldie – I Think Of You [Digital And Spirit Remix] (Metalheadz)
Hex – Slug Proof (Free Love)
John Rolodex And Embers of Light – Fever Dream (?)

Mister Shifter – Artikal Music UK/Skeleton Recordings (October 2020 Chart)

San – Half In (Forthcoming Rua Sound)
Sully – Memories (Astrophonica)
LSN – Join Em [Mister Shifter Remix] (Forthcoming Artikal Music UK)
Tellus Featuring Akuratyde – Down River (Modern Conveniences)
Blind Prophet X Mister Shifter – Nice Now (Forthcoming Aufect Platinum)
Pete Cannon – It’s Like Ecstasy (AKO Beatz)
J Majik – Your Sound [Natural Born Killaz & Digital Remix] (Infrared Records)
John Rolodex Featuring Khadija – The Rainmaker (Metalheadz)
X Nation – Lightning Message (Self-Released)
Quartz & Patwan – Brass Knuckles (Forthcoming Metalheadz)

Rawtrachs – Futurepast Zine (October 2020 Chart)

Between Walls – Somewhere Else (Futurepast Zine & Modern Urban Jazz)
Wooda – Revive (SYN12)
Sun People – Hyph Mngo [Edit/Booty] (?)
Aybee – Wind Speak (Deepblak)
Skin Teeth – Saxon Street (Club Glow)
Zeki 808 – Live Wire (Illian Tape)
dYstance – Let’s Go (Top Drawer Digital)
Dark0 – Evisu (Gobstopper Records)
SLVJ – La Charca Dub (SLVJ)
Abra – Pull Up (True Panther)

Selectabwoy – Mixtape DJ/Sample Digger (10 Tunes That Helped Me Through 2020)

Pure Science – Drifting (Strictly Jungle)
Senses – All Over (Subtle Audio)
G-Force – Proximity [ASC Remix] (Free Download)
Ilk – Future Shapes (Self Released)
FFF – It Began In Man’s Mind (Myor)
Dan Curtin – Parallel (Peacefrog)
AFX- tha2 [World Scam Mix] (Self Released)
Apogee – Inside Above (Peacefrog)
The Black Dog – 4.7.8. (GPR)
Merking 9-5 – Biggie Smith X Robert Smalls [The Cure Done Changed] (Unofficial)

Dominic Ridgway – Regression Media (October 2020 Chart)

Sicknote – Coiled Miracle (RGNMLTD003)
Sicknote – Set The Pendulum (RGNMLTD003)
Jaskin & Uneven – Kaleidoscope (none60)
Antagonist – Through The Ages (Discipline)
Wagz – Lotus Flower (none60)
Lakeway – Crystal Waters (Diffrent)
Brand New Trumpets – The Workers (Diffrent)
Grappa – Stoneface (Stereocilia)
Zych – Die Wilden [Broken Promise Remix] (Urban Poetry)
Itti – Facts (A.W.R.A)

Tom – Resonant Frequency (October 2020 Chart)

Aver – An Ode to Joey Deez LP (Village Live)
Noya Rao – Stay EP (Self Released)
Richard Spaven and Sandunes – Spaven X Sandunes LP (K7 Music)
Eusebeia – Methods of Revival (Cymbalize)
Boddika – Walk Talk EP (Nonplus)
Ego Ella May – Honey For Wounds LP (Upper Room Records)
Funkonami – Deep Into Space LP (Village Live)
Jaskin And Uneven – Ashes/Kaleidoscope (none60)
Mark Kloud – Moonquake LP (Exkursions)
Neil Landstrumm – Chincy EP (Exit Records)

alg0rh1tm – Onset Audio/Din Is Noise (Eclectic Chart)

Valance Drakes – Led By The Beheaded One [Feast On Your Hopes] (laaps)
Mark Kloud – A Matter Of Time (Exkursions)
Eusebeia – Revival (Cymbalize)
Books – Mech (Fight Or Flight)
wb41 – Night Shift (Self Released)
Molez – Tiszta Emlék (Self Released)
Big Brave – Sibling (Southern Lord)
RQ – Interplay (Blu Mar Ten Music)
IRAH – Siu Hinama (Tambourhinoceros)
Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones – Le Implacable Gentilhommiere (Denovali)

Aaren – AGN7 Audio (October 2020 Chart)

dgohn – Tinsle (Analogical Force)
Nikitch & Kuna Maze – The Leak [Domu X Sonar’s Ghost Epic Remix] (Tru Thoughts)
Calculon & Rainforest – Homeboy Jungle (Forthcoming Shoot Recordings)
Indigo Virus – Oblivion (Forthcoming AGN7 Audio)
Indigo Virus – Resonance Cascade (Forthcoming AGN7 Audio)
Kamikaze Space Programme – Broken Glass (System Revival Recordings)
X-Altera – New Harbinger (Sneaker Social Club)
Trinity Carbon – International Bassline (Art-E-Fax)
Sully – Memories (Astrophonica)
Krust – Constructive Ambiguity (Crosstown Rebels)

J Majik – Your Sound (Remixes) Including Photek & Digital VIP

There aren’t too many words that will get 40+ junglists more excited than “unreleased 90s dubplate”, other than dropping the names Photek and Digital into the same sentence.

The two artists, who worked together on Digitals debut release “Touch Me” on Timeless back in 1995, also created a special VIP version of J Majik’s “Your Sound”, destined only for the dubplate boxes of the scenes ultra-elite… until now.

Due for release on J Majik’s Infrared label as both a limited edition coloured vinyl and regular black 12″, the VIP has been respectfully mastered by Stu at Metropolis (responsible for some of the most iconic cuts in jungle). The result is a bright and clear master, highlighting the sheer power of the iconic amen edits and heavy-hitting punch of the bass, which is pretty much still unequalled in drum and bass even to this day, here given extra vitality by Rupert and Digital.

Like Internal Affairs, the pairing of 4 Hero and Goldie, the combination of J Majik, Photek and Digital resulted in one of the most quintessential examples of 90s drum and bass recorded, with the “Your Sound” VIP fusing elements of each producer’s distinctive style into one perfect alchemy. This was no doubt partly due to the fact that the artists were spending so much time together, whether in the studio, performing or out on the road with Rupert, Source Direct, Peshay and J Majik virtually always being together.

Not much is known about the origin of this mix, other than J saying he used to often swap samples with Photek and this was made one night “off the cuff” as a special that never made it past dubplate. Even Digital wasn’t 100% of the origins of the track until a DAT was discovered labelling it as the Natural Born Killaz (also used as the name of the classic Photek EP on Metalheadz) and Digital remix.

With a seemingly constant stream of unreleased music now seeing the light of day and formulaic amen cuts the norm, a release like this reminds us all of the unrivalled energy of 90s drum and bass and gives us another glimpse into what it must have been like to be one of the scenes top-flight DJ’s able to draw for an exclusive Photek dubplate.

Now finally freed from J Majik’s coveted silver briefcase of DATS and backed with a new remaster of J’s own “Your Sound” remix (previously released on Razors Edge) which adds extra bass and additional warmth to the original cut, the 12″ and digital download will be available to pre-order direct from the Infrared Bandcamp from Friday 2nd October.

Buy: https://infraredrecords.bandcamp.com/music