“Hermanson” by Chet Matuto is taken from the second volume of the Context Audio series, “Per Ardua“.
Taking its name from the latin for “Through Endeavour” the “Per Ardua” series aims to explore different sonic territory from the labels usual mainstay, delving deeper into the rich strata making up 170bpm music.
Taking several years to curate, Context Audio have put together eight tunes that, while from different producers, all share strong thematic elements. All parts melodic, gentle and emotive, the eight tracks are each a celebration of everything that 170bpm music can acheive and a reminder that drum and bass doesn’t just have to be about processed breaks and huge basslines.
“There Is Nothing Else” by Barefoot is taken from the “Fulmar EP”, released on the re:st imprint out of Switzerland. This will be their first digital release available separately, with downloads previously only being available when purchasing the vinyl or messaging the label with other purchases.
The EP contains four ambient soundscapes by the UK producer. With previous tracks on labels including Med School and Literature Recordings, it will come as no surprise that he tends to focus on the deeper and more experimental end of the electronic music spectrum, building atmosphere and emotion rather than creating dancefloor anthems.
Compositions steadily build, with layers of synths, field recordings and bleeps constructing immersive environments for the mind to wander reflectively. A profound journey for the listener, the release conjures emotion and stirs memories of joy and adventure with its delicate melodies.
An important release for the label, and the start of a new chapter, as re:st is launched into mainstream stores and streaming sites, an exciting time and a great opportunity for one of our favourite labels to reach a wider audience.
The 12” is a limited edition of one hundred with the majority of the run being pressed onto standard black vinyl, a highly collectable orange version is also available. Purchases direct from the re:st website will come bundled with the digital download.
Release date: 21st February 2020
Originally put together for John’s Foul Play appearance at Rupture back in June, this VIP of “Being With You” was crafted by Sonar’s Ghost and myself as an exclusive for his set.
Also known as the Rupture mix this was made using stems from an old track we made for the blog several years ago, a remix of “Understand The Process” by Soza, and samples from different versions of “Being With You” including the Van Kleef mix John sent me on CD.
Essentially a rinse for a DJ set we hope you enjoy this exclusive stream as we celebrate 250,000 plays on SoundCloud and approach 3k followers.
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“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.
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“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.
Exclusive Premiere of “Taster” by Sicknote and Escher taken from the second release on the highly limited and ultra-collectible Stereocilia label.
“Taster” is based around a subtle drum machine rhythm, sparse and steady the beat provides the perfect back drop for twisted bass tones that snarl and gyrate their way throughout the track. At times upfront and prominent, at others quietly in the background menacingly filtering around gentle percussion like a shark circling it’s prey.
The true beauty of “Taster” lies in its natural arrangement, noises fade in and echo out, a held string causes tension then departs, drums rise and fall without a drop, mentasms pierce the track but only occasionally.
The track is haunting, not overbearing. An uncluttered masterclass in making the most out of a few sounds and a perfectly executed idea without an amen in sight.
Exclusive to the Clashmouth independent drum and bass label market in November this will be available as a highly limited lathe cut vinyl release backed with “Emerald Estate” by Sicknote.
“White Sky Nicotine Lips” by Nekyia is taken from the “Frames EP“, a vinyl-only release available on re:st. The small independent label was founded in 2014 as a platform for peripheral bass music.
A simple kick drum and bleak bass line mould to form a cast iron backdrop for reverbed sounds and grey textures.
Devoid of melody the malignant groove builds tension before an understated breakbeat is introduced in the second half. Powerfully effective due to the tracks tight, hypnotic arrangement this is modern drum and bass at its purest, and rawest.
At a time when the amen folder is still a producer’s best friend, it’s great to see the more experimental, techno-influenced approach gain momentum. This stripped-back style is gripping and visceral, helping to fuel a burgeoning scene of young producers taking modern jungle into a new decade avoiding worn-out templates from the past.
The “Frames EP” is released via re:st on 25th October. Vinyl only and limited to 100 copies, digital is included when purchasing direct.
“Kali Ma” by Shiken Hanzo is taken from the “Maya Warfare EP” released on Repertoire.
Experimental drum and bass from one of the scenes most reliable labels. The guys continue to push boundaries with this deep, tribal and futuristic take on modern jungle. A landmark EP for the Repertoire camp, a departure from previous releases perhaps, but still maintaining their vision of modern progressive jungle. Immersive and militant minimal that really comes to life when in the mix.
With previous releases on Samurai Music and Blackest Ever Black sub-label A14, the EP has gained support from drum and bass luminaries Om Unit, Outer Heaven and Dom & Roland.
The FFF remix of “Corals” is taken from the “Fish Lair EP” by Kuthi Jinani released on Beat Machine Records.
The releases on Beat Machine have been pretty diverse in 2019, from the devastating Fixate remix of “Fyah Burnin” at the start of the year to the recent broken beat soul of Daykoda.
This remix sees a return to the classic drum and bass style. An eerily hypnotic chime haunts chopped amen edits and exaggerated distorted bass. As the drums intensify the introduction of choral strings and dubbed out melodies add light to a rough journey.