Parallel Action – Mini Mix (Featuring 10/10 W/ Charlie Boy Manson)

Today sees the debut release by Parallel Action, a new project led by multitalented creative ScanOne. A hard-working and productive artist, he is mainly known in the drum and bass community for his energetic DJ sets and running the graffiti splashed retro label, Modified Magic. While this new moniker will focus on slower tempos than we normally cover, the music packs no less of a punch.

The first release “10/10” (featuring Manchester MC Charlie Boy Manson) maintains key elements of jungle, namely an uncompromising anarchic edge paired with a wild bass groove.

We caught up with the producer to find out more.

Most readers of the blog will know you for your creations under the ScanOne moniker, what is with the change of direction from drum and bass to experimental hip hop?

It’s funny as I don’t see ScanOne as just drum and bass, I’ve always seen ScanOne as a myriad of electronic output, mainly breakbeat oriented bass music, from IDM, electro, breaks and jungle. ScanOne is a melting pot of all the faster genres I’m into. I wanted to create a new parallel journey for all the other types of slower music I’m influenced by, hence bringing Parallel Action to life. Just as I don’t see ScanOne fitting neatly into a D&B pigeon hole, I also don’t see Parallel Action sitting in a hip hop box.

A lot of 90s heads would probably expect you to opt for a boom-bap style of hip hop. Instead, you’ve gone for an edgy mix of psychedelic vocals and lo-fi beats. What inspired the production sound?

I first started getting into music in the late 80s so UK hip hop has always been a big influence, but so has brit-core, trip-hop, jazz breaks, psychedelic experimental stuff and film soundtracks. With Parallel Action I want to explore these types of styles with modern production techniques, I’m really into telling stories with my productions, journey tracks as I like to call them, I think this stems from my visual work.

I also want to collaborate more so you can expect tracks with vocalists, poets and storytellers along the way, each track complimenting the artist I’m working with. I can’t wait to share what’s brewing for 2021 though as you’ll start to understand a bit more about where I’m going with this direction.

UK hip hop continues to push barriers and experiment, with MC’s openly discussing their flaws and hang-ups making it honest and identifiable. What do you want people to take from it?

I’m really happy with this collaboration with Charlie Boy Manson, its totally the attitude I wanted for this first release, Charlie Boys lyrics reflect his own journey. From a production viewpoint, I feel this track is a reflection of what’s happening around us currently and I wanted to reinforce that in the sonic energy. Raw and gritty bass punk.

What can people expect from the full Parallel Action EP and where can they find out more?

The EP with Charlie Boy features the two tunes we made together, “10/10” and “Memories” plus both instrumentals by me, all the tracks are in this vein of psychedelic angst and dark twisted grooves. “10/10” is out today with the EP up for pre-order and will be out in January on digital and super limited vinyl. Plus, check out the video which will drop in the next few days.

Buy: Bandcamp

Also follow Parallel Action on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the next set of collaborations coming out early 2021, with an album to follow next summer.

Links: Facebook / Instagram

Exclusive Stream: Foul Play – Dubbing You (Sonar’s Ghost Exit 15 VIP)

To celebrate reaching 4000 followers on Soundcloud, here is an exclusive stream of a remix made for John’s appearance at Rupture in June 2019.

Fusing the original 92 track “Dubbing You” by Foul Play and an unreleased VIP of Dom’s track “Exit 13”, the end result is a dancefloor-friendly mash-up of the two tracks titled after the Motorway junction to Northampton.

Thank you for all your support.

Soundcloud: Two Hungry Ghosts / John Morrow

Premiere: Fushara Vs Ben Kei – Elevations (Constellations)

“Elevations” is taken from the debut release on new atmospheric drum and bass label, Constellations. The four-track EP is produced by label bosses Ben Kei (Dalston Chillies) and Fushara (7th Storey Projects). The digital files are on sale now, with a full vinyl release available for pre-order.

Heading into winter is normally a time for dark drum and bass to prevail, the harsh bite of colder climates and less sunlight personified perfectly by Reece basslines and tense strings. This year seems different, whether it’s the fact that the globe has witnessed so much tragedy and heartache or simply that producers are turning to the mood of Good Looking for inspiration in a time of eternal doom, the rise of atmospheric drum and bass heading into 2021 is an exciting moment in modern jungle music.

The launch release of Constellations is a perfect example of the GLR style of DnB done right. Ben Kei knows a thing or two about the golden years of drum and bass, running the popular Dalston Chillies label focusing on the sounds of the 90s, with releases by jungle luminaries Equinox and Tim Reaper. Fushara has been pushing the emotive side of drum and bass for well over a decade now, with music featuring on 7th Storey Projects, Pinecone Moonshine and Criterion to name only a few. This combination of producers resulting in the perfect pairing to launch such a project.

Featuring four tracks of finely edited breaks, warm basslines and melodies to soothe, the EP is perfect for escapism and inspiration.

Buy: constellationsdnb.bandcamp.com

THG X Noods – Room 2 W/ Digital And Outrage (Influences Set)

Different from other drum and bass shows, “Two Hungry Ghosts Present Room 2” will showcase a different guest each month with a multi-genre selection.

This will either be an hour of influences (from any genre) or sets where anything goes (except drum and bass).

The first show aired on December 2nd with Digital and Outrage (from the iconic and progressive Metalheadz label) to celebrate the release of their “Kingdom EP”, their first release as a duo on Headz.

The EP features three tracks of murky dub fused jungle, with the lead track “Kingdom” providing a rapturous explosion of perfectly programmed drums and low-end bass. Undoubtedly, one of my highlights from the 2020 Metalheadz discography.

In their Room 2 selection, expect a fast rotation of dub, reggae, early hip hop, bleeps and jungle…

Tracklist below.

Buy: backl.ink/kingdom

THG X Noods – Room 2 W/ Digital And Outrage (Influences Set) Tracklist

Digital

Big Youth – Tippertone Rocking
U Brown – Stop Them Jah
Junior Byles – Fade Away
Johnny Osbourne – Rewind
Little John – Yes Mamma
Flourgan – Hol A Splif
Sugar Minott – Cool Down
Audrey Hall – One Dance Won’t Do
Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping
Sugar Minott – African Dub
Schooly D – P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?)
Hasim – Al Naafiysh
Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be-Bop
Second Phase – Mentasm
Demonik – Labyrinthe
Photek – Rings Around Saturn
Tom & Jerry – It Comes A Dime A Dozen

Outrage

King Tubby – Rebel Dance
LFO – LFO
Phuture – Acid Tracks
Joey Beltram – Dominator
Frequency – Kiss The Sky
Hyper On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix)
Remarc – RIP (DJ Hype Remix)
Source Direct – Stonekiller
Dillinja – The Angels Fell
Dom & Roland – Iceberg
Jonny L – Piper (Grooverider Remix)
Digital & Spirit – Phantom Force
Bad Company – The Nine
Ed Rush & Optical – Bacteria
Konflict – Messiah

Premiere: Charly Says – Good In My Soul [Decibella Remix] (Disrupt Records)

The Decibella remix of “Good In My Soul” is taken from the second release on Disrupt Records, the “Decisions EP” by Charly Says. Released on both digital and vinyl formats, the four-track EP will be available on December 4th direct from the labels Bandcamp. The digital version also features an exclusive remix of “Right Decision” by Ben Kei (Dalston Chillies) and Pesk.

Disrupt Records was set up earlier this year by the crew at “The History Of Jungle Show”, a weekly stream on Dejavu FM where the team champion jungles rich past and air future music from modern producers. Recent guests have included Dwarde, FFF and Thugwidow.

The “Decisions EP” is jungle in a classic 94/95 style, with the two original tracks constructed around a solid collection of vintage sounds and samples, a nerds paradise of jungle history that will invoke hazy memories of nights past. “Right Decision” captures the spirit of the era perfectly with its rare groove and sax intro, before launching into frenzied chops and a ragga vocal drop.

The intro of “Good In Your Soul” opts for a dreamy approach with the think break, soft pads, Rhodes and RnB vocals. This soothing atmosphere is soon disrupted by fierce amen edits, which when combined with the pads and vocals later in the track create a beautiful balance of rough and smooth.

Artists on remix duties are FFF (7th Storey Projects/3AM Eternal), Decibella (Diamond Life/AKO) and Ben Kei (Dalston Chillies/Constellations) alongside Pesk (History Of Jungle/Disrupt).

Buy: disruptrecords.bandcamp.com