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

Krust – The Edge of Everything (LP and Remixes)

The Edge of Everything” by Krust has undoubtedly created a rejuvenated interest in drum and bass. What makes it more exciting is that the furore centres around the return of a pioneering artist from the 90s, not the sound of the 90s or a perceived jungle resurgence (we all know it never went anywhere). Catching the attention of the media, with positive comments in publications diverse as the Metro (a daily London newspaper) and “rock’n’roll” focused magazine Mojo, “The Edge of Everything” has once again put drum and bass firmly in the spotlight.

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For hardened fans of 170 BPM sonic experiments “The Edge of Everything” may not go far enough, a contingent of the 90s crew may be left thinking “where are all the breaks?” after the rolling intro of “Hegel Dialect” might give the impression the LP was going to lean to a more retro sound. As a drum and bass fan who has a passion for both of these styles, it’s when you except that the album was never going to be as straightforward as a continuation of “Coded Language”, or was ever going to contain an unreleased 90s VIP of “Jazz Note” that the LP really comes to life and can be enjoyed in all its cinematic glory.

At the end of my first listen, I wasn’t really sure what I thought about the album. I’ve since played “The Edge of Everything” a number of times and still manage to discover new things I like about it (the spoken word and ambient sections particularly striking a chord). For a long time, I’ve said drum and bass shouldn’t always sound like the golden years of 93-96 and this collection of moods and soundscapes certainly lives up to that mantra. A lot of 90s producers have been vocal over the last couple of years about making a return or producing new music, often never materialising. Krust has achieved what I always hoped, a return to the ethos that made him such a pivotal player in pushing drum and bass forward, without returning to the sounds we all know and love.

I’d urge anyone who has played the clips and thought it wasn’t for them, to play the album through in its entirety, once, twice, three times… the more you invest in the album the more you’ll get out of it. It’s a luxury a lot of artists can’t afford, I’m sure if one of the less established producers from the burgeoning 170 scene had crafted this it wouldn’t be up for DJ Mags “Album Of The Year” award for example. “The Edge of Everything” rewards research into its origin and is best approached with an open mind, if ever a modern drum and bass album warranted sleeve notes this would be it.

My hope is that it introduces people from outside the scene to artists like DYL, RQ and ASC as well as labels like UVB-76 and Pinecone Moonshine who have been pushing the more experimental side of DnB for a number of years, largely unnoticed by the mainstream.

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The list of artists on remix duties is exciting but perhaps not quite what you’d expect, featuring pioneers from the electronic music scene rather than modern jungle luminaries. Masters At Work craft an early 2000 style broken beat version of “Antigravity Love”, complete with bonus KenLou dubs. Batu delivers a suitably out-there take on “Space Oddity”, resembling a wild journey through the cosmos and Crosstown Rebels label boss Damian Lazarus weaves a mystical cosmic tapestry of 4/4’s and electronic bass to create a hypnotic take on “Keter The Heavenly”.

The real highlight of the first remix package comes from Four Tet and his first drum and bass production. Beginning with a mystical chime melody, this optimistic and melodic spin on “Negative Returns” slowly builds layers of looped drums to create a funky and organic roller. As the remix progresses, the instantly recognisable riff from the original takes the track on a more electronic path before the chime melody returns with added PFM style pads. Its been a great year for music, and the arrival of Kieran Hebden to the 170 landscape might just have resulted in my favourite remix of 2020.

As mentioned earlier, I’d highly recommend listening to the album in full. Ideally with no expectations as to where you think it might go. With that in mind, one last bit of advice, avoid the edits of “Antigravity Love” and “Constructive Ambiguity”. The original versions of those two tracks deserve to be listened to in full and in context of the LP. The fact they don’t follow an easily consumed template arrangement is a strength, not something that should be dismantled.

Buy: Krust – Edge of Everything / Antigravity Love (Masters At Work Remixes) / Edge of Everything (Remixes)

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

THG Mix Series Volume 5: Daniel Maunick – Forgotten Worlds 93-96 Jungle

The fifth volume of the THG mix series sees a welcome return to Daniel Maunick, aka Venom. After the rapturous response to his “Late Nights At Speed 94-96” mix last year, Daniel once again fixes his gaze firmly on the past blending a fine selection of 93-96 jungle.

Covering an eclectic array of tracks, “Forgotten Worlds” captures the exhilarating sound of the 90s. Confirming to this day there are still new tracks to discover (or rediscover) and plenty of unheard dubs still to draw.

Including classics by DJ Ron and Foul Play, groundbreaking releases by Deep Blue and Krust right through to unreleased curiosities like the Dubplate Rollers Mix of “Say It” by Photek and the V.I.P. of Hidden Agenda’s “Flute Tune”.

You can check an interview with Daniel here, covering early jungle, broken beat and his productions.

THG Mix Series Volume 5: Daniel Maunick – Forgotten Worlds 93-96 Jungle (Tracklist)

DJ Ron – Mo Musik (African Lover Mix)
Sounds Of Life – Currents
Deep Blue – Thursday
FBD Project – She’s So (Revisited)
Funky Technicians – Day By Day
Dance Conspiracy – Dub War ’94 Remix (DJ Pulse & Professor Stretch Remix)
Roni Size & DJ Die – Agility Remix
DJ Ruffkutt & Bizzy B – 100 Degrees
Fast Floor – Timeless
Unknown Face – Step Down
Jammin’ Unit – Totally Unintelligent (Plug Remix)
Photek – Say It (Dubplate Rollers Mix)
Jonny L – Sam
DJ Pulse – Let You In (Wax Doctor Remix)
Baraka – I’ll Be There
Essence Of Aura – Northern Lights
Heavyweight – I Start To Cry
Danny C – Gamblers Deal
Dillinja & Mystery – Moods
Simon Bassline Smith – Midnite
Peshay – Endless Thoughts
PFM – Dreams
Foul Play – Being With You (Remix)
Hidden Agenda – Flute Tune (V.I.P.)
Dillinja – You
Krust – Jazz Note
Universal – Live Session
Octave One – Chillin Out (Deleted Mix)
Cold Mission – Dreamers
Rogue Unit – Dance Of The Sarooes
DJ Crystl – Give It Up
System EX – Say It
Flatliner – No Boundaries
Lucida – Tunnel Vision

Links: Bandcamp / Interview / Speed Mix / Broken Beat Mix

Krust – Constructive Ambiguity (Crosstown Rebels) And LP Info

The first single from the forthcoming Krust album “The Edge Of Everything” is now available to stream via YouTube and other digital streaming services.

His first solo album since 2006 sees Krust deliver 11 brand new tracks, described as exhilarating, standout music of depth and substance. Those that have heard “The Edge Of Everything” have been talking about it enthusiastically online, with Jumping Jack Frost calling it “a masterpiece of artistic work”, Rob Booth from Houndstooth tweeting that the album “was worth the fourteen-year wait” and Om Unit declaring that, to him, “it’s the sound of a master transcending the genre”. With praise coming from such well-respected people, it suffices to say that this is one of the most highly-anticipated releases from one of the scenes early pioneers for some time. And based on these two tracks, the early signs are that it’s looking like it will live up to expectations.

Krust has always been versatile as a producer, a quick flick through his back catalogue will demonstrate how eclectic his tracks have been. From the pioneering jazz, house and jungle fusion of “Jazz Note”, to the edgy blend of political spoken word and sci-fi electronics that make up “Coded Language” (arguably one of the best vocal drum and bass tracks ever made), right through to the devastating dancefloor bomb that is the Steppa Mix of “Warhead”. Krust has delivered anthems for seemingly most areas of the drum and bass scene.

I’m glad to report, based on these two new tracks, that this album will once again see Krust return to the raw sound and experimental nature of the seminal Coded Language, released back in 1999 on Talkin Loud. In an era where a lot of people view drum and bass through the lens of a seemingly neverending avalanche of four-minute two-step releases with exaggerated foghorn bass lines, I’m hopeful “The Edge Of Everything” will alert electronic music fans from outside the drum and bass community to the vibrant 170 scene and the emotive, forward-thinking nature of producers like DYL, RQ, Shiken Hanzo and labels like One.Seventy, re:st and none60. It’s a healthy time for experimental modern jungle and, with a bit of luck, this LP may just help those often overlooked producers, who were regularly inspired by the likes of Krust and other jungle luminaries, to get their time in the spotlight too.

We’ll have to wait until early November to hear the complete album, and we’re certainly looking forward to checking it out in full, but until then the two new tracks are available to stream below.

Buy: https://lnk.to/CRM240

Krust – Constructive Ambiguity (Crosstown Rebels)

Krust – Tree Of Life (Crosstown Rebels)

Blame – Visions Of Alpha [Unreleased] (Free Download)

This week, Blame very kindly released this previously dubplate only track as a free download. Highly in demand, “Visions Of Alpha” fuses two of his most celebrated tracks from the Logical Progression/720/Good Looking era, namely “Visions Of Mars” and “Alpha 7”.

The download can be accessed via Google Drive now.

Many thanks to Conrad for allowing us to upload this stream, feel free to give him a shout/follow to show your appreciation.

Youtube: youtube.com/c/Blame720
Facebook: facebook.com/conrad.blame
Instagram: instagram.com/blame720
Twitter: twitter.com/blame720

A THGXTMID Mix: Haze City – Calling Planet Earth (Cosmic & Deep Jazz Mixtape)

The Two Hungry Ghosts X Tell Me I’m Dreaming mixtape series continues with sixty minutes of cosmic and deep jazz, selected by producer Haze City (Cassé Records, Bristol).

The first to admit “he’s not a club DJ” this mix has been carefully designed to create a space for thought and reflection. Tracks are neatly interwoven into a natural and balanced journey. Spiritual messages and joyous melodies fill the selection in an uplifting celebration of planet earth and it’s creation.

Featuring Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lloyd Miller, Horace Trapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, drop out and lose yourself in this deep, cosmic journey.

Haze City is a resident on Noods Radio, with a show every second Sunday of the month, where he plays inspirations and new discoveries, from Spiritual Jazz to Broken Beat.

Check out the Cassé Records back catalogue for a range of Nu-Jazz and Future Soul.

Haze City – Calling Planet Earth (Cosmic & Deep Jazz Mixtape)

Carlos Nino – “Friends”
Sun Ra – “Calling Planet Earth”
Art Ensemble of Chicago – “Mama Koto”
Dorothy Ashby – “Wax and Wane”
Ohio Penitentiary Jazz Ensemble – “Psych City”
Erick Cosaque – “Kominike”
Lloyd Miller – “Gol-E Gandom”
Mulatu Astatke – Yekermo Sew”
Fitz Gore – “Gisela”
Obie Jessie Quartet – “Black King”
Horace Trapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – “Peyote Song No iii”
Andrew Hill – “Illusion”
Pharoah Sanders – “Astral Travelling”
Lonnie Liston Smith – “Sais”

Links: Haze City Bandcamp / Tell Me I’m Dreaming

A THGXTMID Mix: Luís Barata Da Rocha – Fechando O Verão (Brasil Mixtape)

Two Hungry Ghosts and Tell Me I’m Dreaming team up for a regular series of Sunday Morning mixtapes.

Inspired by their work together on BS1212, an online Radio Show that featured guest mixes and regular selections from Neil Sherwood (Tell Me I’m Dreaming), Dave Sector (Two Hungry Ghosts) and good friends Black Classical and Sonar’s Ghost, this series of mixtapes will set the tone for lazy Sunday’s and provide a soundtrack for those after-party recovery sessions.

First up is Luís Barata Da Rocha with 70 minutes of music from Brasil, a regular listener to the BS1212 show this mix so impressed jazz authority Black Classical we knew it would be the perfect way to launch the series.

Sit back and close the Summer with Luís Barata Da Rocha’s enchanting and uplifting mix.

Luís Barata Da Rocha – Fechando O Verão (Brasil Mixtape)

01. “A Última Sessão de Música” (Milton Nascimento)
Milton Nascimento, “Milagre dos Peixes” LP
XSMOFB-3762 / 1973 Odeon

02. “Águas de Março” (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
João Gilberto, “João Gilberto” LP
2451 037 / 1973 Polydor

03. “O Sol Nascerá” (Cartola, Elton Medeiros)
Cartola, “O Divino Cartola” 7” EP
‎3087 / 1964 Mocambo

04. “Barracão” (Luiz Antônio, Oldemar Magalhães)
Pernambuco do Pandeiro e Seu Regional, “Batucando No Morro” LP
LP TR – 002 / 1958 Tiger Alta Fidelidade

05. “Vim de Sant’ana” (Theo de Barros)
Quarteto Novo, “Quarteto Novo” LP
MOFB 3503 / 1967 Odeon

06. “Trupe” (Amaro Freitas)
Amaro Freitas, “Rasif” LP
FARO205LP / 2018 Far Out Recordings

07. “Sanfona” (Hermeto Pascoal)
Hermeto Pascoal, “Made Of Music” 12” EP
20180415 / 2018 Budweiser

08. “Embolada das Meninas” (Tradicional)
Beija-Flor e Treme Terra, “Música Popular do Nordeste 4” LP
403.5004 / 1973 Discos Marcus Pereira

09. “Esquenta Mulher” (Sebastião Biano)
Bandinha de Pífano, “Zabumba Caruaru” LP
104233 / 1972 CBS Entré

10. “Xeêm” (José Clementino, Luiz Gonzaga)
Camarão, “A Bandinha do Camarão” LP
CALB-5171 / 1969 RCA Camden

11. “Ritmo”
Sadao Watanabe, “Sadao Meets Brazilian Friends” LP
XMS-10003-CT / 1968 Columbia Takt Jazz Series

12. “Naturalmente” (Caetano Veloso, João Donato)
Fafá de Belém, “Êmoriô / Naturalmente” 7” Single
2171138 / 1975 Polydor

13. “A Gira” (Beto Scala, Umberto Silva)
Trio Ternura, “A Gira / Last Tango In Paris” 7” Single
2171075 / 1973 Polydor

14. “Batá-Cotô” (Hélio Rocha Filho, Paulo Sales Galvão)
Free-Son, “Banguelê” LP
SFC 371.001 / 1972 Solar Fidelity

15. “Baianá” (Maria do Carmo Barbosa de Melo)
Barbatuques, “Brasingles Vol. 2” 12” Maxi-Single
OMSD004 / 2018 Selva Discos

16. “Boa Noite (Tahira Rework)” (Traditional)
Baianas de Ipioca / Maceió / Alagoas, “Baianas / Alagoas – Documentário Sonoro do Folclore Brasileiro Nº 21” 7” EP
CDFB-021 / 1977 Funarte

17. “Cavalinho Cavalão (Tahira Edit)” (Sebastião Biano)
Banda de Pífanos de Caruaru, “Batuki / Cavalinho Cavalão” 12″ EP
TJ001 / 2016 Tiff’s Joints

18. “O Galho da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree) Part II” (Paschoal José da Costa, Vergelina Eulália de Oliveira)
Airto, “Seeds On The Ground – The Natural Sounds Of Airto” LP
BDS-5085 / 1971 Buddah Records

19. “Selim” (Hermeto Pascoal)
Miles Davis, “Live-Evil” LP
G 30954 / 1971 Columbia

20. “Sim” (Cartola, Oswaldo Martins)
Cartola, “Cartola”
MPL 9302 / 1975 Discos Marcus Pereira

Link: Tell Me I’m Dreaming

Goldie “Demonz (Gremlinz & Jesta Remix)” 2019

It’s been 25 years since the inception of the Metalheadz label and 21 years since Goldie released “Saturnz Return“, the follow-up to 1995’s “Timeless” (which is still seen by many as the pinnacle of progressive 90’s drum and bass albums).

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Saturnz Return” famously spawned the crossover “Temper Temper”, with Noel Gallagher from Oasis on vocals, but more importantly unleashed the tearing amens of “Chico – Death Of A Rockstar” and the alternative version of “Fury”, entitled “Fury – The Origin”. The original mix of this appeared on the Moving Shadow release “Two On One (Issue 1)” credited as Rufige Kru in 1994.

The LP is being reissued described as a “Remastered and Expanded Anniversary Edition” including new remixes from Gremlinz & Jesta, Martyn, HLZ, DjRum and Dengue Dengue Dengue plus other rarities and classic remixes. The album also features new sleeve notes from Carl Loben.

The Gremlinz & Jesta remix of “Demonz” can now be streamed below, its a subtle and sharp update demonstrating the impact of fierce bass tones and a swarm of stabbing melodies.

Buy: Goldie Store