“Echos” by Artilect is taken from the fourth release on UVB-76 offshoot, DROOGS. Backed by the devastating “Carrier Wave” by Holsten the 12″ and download are set for release on the 17th May.
“Echos” sounds like it was designed to summon a malevolent spirit. A vicious ode to the murky sound of the late 90s built around a tenacious combination of a tribal kick and piercing snare, reinforced with scattered Photek style drum rolls. Bleak atmospherics swirl around this fierce rhythm as an aggressive drone contorts full of hostility and malice.
It’s an uncompromising affair that while paying tribute to the late 90s takes full advantage of modern production techniques with its sonic clarity.
It seems DROOGS can do no wrong as the label continues to get stronger, darker and increasingly anarchic.
Another essential release fortifying its position as a label that is carving its own path seeking inspiration from the past while looking to overthrow the old guard.
“1238” is taken from the “Captivate EP” by Adred on Metalheadz Platinum. This track is a collaboration with Headz and Dispatch label manager Ant TC1.
It opens like a techno version of “Music Box” with its undulating drums and vocal loop. Steadily building, cinematic strings begin to shine and a delicate arpeggio starts to glisten over the tracks deep growling bassline creating a balanced and warm roller.
Elsewhere on the EP the late great Marcus Intalex remixes the title track “Captivate” which features the emotion-drenched vocals of Robert Manos reflecting on relationships and decision making. The funky two step cut “Happnast” is another collaboration, this time with fellow New Yorker Dave Owen.
The “Captivate EP” by Adred is available now from the Metalheadz Bandcamp store.
“Surely” by Necrotype is taken from the mini-LP “Necrotape” released by MJAZZ.
This release will available on limited edition cassette, digital download and two tracks will also find their way onto a mega-rare lathe cut vinyl.
The full eight-track album turns back the clock to a time when drum and bass was rapidly evolving and looking to the cosmos for inspiration. Pitched up vocals, house style keys and looped breaks evoke memories of 1993, the combination of Detroit style melodies and time stretched beats reminiscent of early experiments out of Dollis Hill. Uplifting and tender the LP oozes warmth and character as large vocal samples effortlessly merge with the music to give the songs both direction and meaning.
“Surely” will be available on a highly collectable eight-inch lathe cut record backed with the vinyl exclusive rave inspired “Chiggy Pig”.
This release will premiere at Clashmouth this Saturday with any remaining stock being made available on the MJAZZ Bandcamp after the event.
Ronin Ordinance follows up the wonderfully eclectic “Genso” compilation with two tracks of unadulterated mayhem by German producer, dreadmaul.
“Mercy Sound” and “Sabretooth Dub” are crafted to punish with thunderous amen edits and fierce bass lines. Add ominous chords, bleak atmospherics and dub vocals to the mix and you have all the ingredients for two Rupture style classics.
Not for the faint-hearted, this is rowdy drum and bass designed for the toughest dancefloors and most punishing sound systems.
“Mercy Sound / Sabretooth Dub” is released digitally on the 5th of April 2019.
Proximity is mostly known for featuring in two famous LTJ Bukem sets, the 1996 Essential Mix and Yaman “The Rebirth”. The track remains unreleased after both the DAT and Akai disks were damaged. We recently talked to G-Force about this before discussing how he got started, early productions, DON FM and the Reinforced Records family.
So, before we get into this is it really true that we have your jeans to blame for Proximity not coming out? You know a lot of people haven’t forgiven your washing machine yet, don’t you?
Yes, this is true! LOL, I made Proximity during the day then finished it early evening recording it to DAT, it was a night that Danny Bukem was cutting dubs so I went over to meet him in Fulham. I got in about 3 am and threw my clothes on my bedroom floor then went to sleep. When I woke up my jeans weren’t there, I ran downstairs and asked my mum where they were and had she checked the pockets? She said they were in the wash and no she hadn’t checked the pockets. The Akai and Atari Cubase disks, as well as the DAT, were all spinning around inside the washing machine.
Legend has it that no-one other than Bukem has a DAT or plate of the unreleased version. You ever tried to get it back?
Bukem may have a dubplate of the track but not a DAT. I’ve never asked him if he still has the dub or if I could get a copy. I’m sure if I did he would send it over. Continue reading “In The Proximity Of G-Force”
A staple of the Icelandic rave/jungle scene Agzilla has just released his debut LP “Cats Can Hear Ultrasound” on the pioneering Metalheadz label.
An eclectic mix of shades and tempos the album rejects the standard preconceptions of what a Headz release should sound like. Focusing on downtempo soundscapes and gritty techno, tracks gracefully flit between genre demonstrating that even after 25 years Metalheadz continue to break sound barriers.
“Observers” is a lo-fi ode to another seminal 90’s record label, Mo Wax. Cosmic chords ride a crusty drum loop in a dreamlike arrangement reminiscent of the era Source Direct and J Majik featured on the eclectic label.
An accomplished debut oversaw by Goldie and the Headz crew “Cats Can Hear Ultrasound” is out now on Metalheadz.
“Pathfinder Riddim” is taken from the “Patterns” EP by Crypticz, the self-released seven track mini album is only available to purchase directly from the artist via Bandcamp. In addition to the digital download, a small run of bespoke physical products have been handcrafted and assembled by Crypticz including lathe cut records and a limited edition CD with two bonus tracks.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Rollin Like Scottie” on Enforcers 3. It captured everything I loved about the music, abstract sounds, bass that made the walls shake, a rolling amen and a Jekyll and Hyde nature where the track flipped from nasty and evil to beautiful and uplifting. Originally by Agzilla and DJ LSK, Goldie helped revamp “Rollin Like Scottie” for inclusion on the classic Reinforced picture disc.
Now 26 years later Agzilla is about to release his debut LP on Metalheadz, we caught up to discuss Headz, Scottie, the influence of Goldie and the futuristic soundscape that is “Cats Can Hear Ultrasound“.
You started off, like a lot of us, listening to Hip Hop in the late ’80s then Hardcore in the early ’90s. Can you tell us a bit more about this time, what you were playing and any particular artists or tracks which got you into the early rave scene?
First of all, I’m incredibly grateful for having been there and that I got to take part and experience the whole thing. Magical times. We were sold on this and went all in. Considering the small population here, the scene in Reykjavik was electric and thriving. I had a store back then called “The Underground”, where I sold records and streetwear clothing. I wanted to share with the other kids what I had discovered in Europe. After the Hip Hop era, Dance music took over my world. We were throwing parties wherever we could (legally or illegally) and doing radio shows. We bought a bunch of people over to play and it was a regular thing. In terms of artists and labels, the material I was playing at that time included: Shut up and Dance Records, Ibiza Records, D-Zone Records, Think Tank, LFO, 808 State, N-Joi, 4 Hero, Egyptian Empire, A Guy Called Gerald, The Shamen, Quadrophonia, Altern 8 and all the old R&S stuff, tracks like “Dominator”, “Mentasm” and “Vamp.” Continue reading “Talking Headz, Scottie And “Cats Can Hear Ultrasound” With Agzilla”
“Empty Bar” by Sonic is taken from the “110174” EP on Western Lore. Due for release on 8th March 2019 on both heavyweight double vinyl and digital download, containing eight tracks the EP covers drum and bass, techno and hardcore in Sonic’s own unique style.
Split into two halves the first twelve “Serendipity” features the more subdued of the eight tracks, concentrating on ambient atmospheres and tightly programmed drum patterns. Highlights include “8082devast8”, a glorious 8-minute jungle techno opus with a pounding rhythm and heavenly melody.
Listening to the EP it’s no wonder that Sonic first began exploring music described as “on the boundaries of live and electronic” alongside Four-tet and Jas and James from Simian Mobile Disco as it draws inspiration from such a wide variety of musical styles. The track “Serendipity” (that also lends its name to this half of the EP) continues the techno theme but this time in a classic Detroit style, reminiscent of early Deep Blue this track has already been getting attention from drum and bass DJs that aren’t shy of pushing the more abstract styles with its infectious bassline and cosmic strings.
The second 12” “The Ruffneck” focuses on a more visceral sound including darker tones and yet more heavy techno kicks. Highlights from this plate include our featured track “Empty Bar” and the four-four intensity of “Volcon”, a track that has been destroying dancefloors for Western Lore label boss Dead Man’s Chest in recent weeks. It was also dropped by Coco Bryce at the recent 7th Storey Projects X Two Hungry Ghosts night at Aaja.
“Empty Bar” revolves around an enchanting chime loop underpinned by the classic “Demons Theme” bird sample, rugged amen chops and a heavy dub bass-line.
Buy: Western Lore
Next Phase Records are proud to welcome K3Bee to the label with this traditional take on atmospheric Drum & Bass.
No stranger to followers of the Irish DnB scene K3Bee has been heavily involved in supporting the music and promoting club nights for over twenty years. He has had numerous releases on Omni Music and also helps run the Treaty Treats imprint alongside fellow Irishman, jungle stalwart and Subtle Audio label boss Code.
As a DJ K3Bee has supported Drum & Bass luminary LTJ Bukem whose influence shines through here on all four tracks featuring a series of classic breaks smoothly processed and chopped under a sea of delicate chords and graceful pads. These cultivate a sense of freedom and weightlessness where the listener is taken on an audio journey drifting through time and space.
Release Date: 25/1/19
Buy: Next Phase