To celebrate the release of the “Hall Of Mirrors EP” by Quartz we asked the artist for a rundown of some influential tracks that have helped shape his distinctive form of drum and bass. Drawing inspiration from warped hip hop, subtle piano compositions and Metalheadz label boss Goldie this diverse selection demonstrate its melody, tone and texture that drive the Quartz sound.
Flying Lotus Featuring DOOM – Masquatch
“Something I never get tired of listening to. DOOM is on a tripped out vibe and the beat, IMO, is 10/10. Detuned, stripped and unexpected. If I need a boost of inspiration this is a go too.”
The Haxan Cloak – Excavation (Part 1)
“This tune takes me to another dimension, lost count of how many times I’ve listened to this. Mad Imagery. The whole album is so on point. Salute to HXC.”
Instra:mental – Rogue
“I still have my original copy of this somewhere. Played it to death. Ticks all the boxes for me. Crunchy.”
Trance Frendz — An Evening With Ólafur Arnalds And Nils Frahm
“This album is superb. Spent many evening with this album on loop. One to chill with and put you in a good mood.”
Rufige Kru – Beachdrifta
“One of those. Don’t really need to say anything else. Has to be in my top 2/3 Headz tunes.”
Yussef Kamaal – Joint 17
“Gave an extra because I’m in a good mood. This whole LP has been my number #1 album for the last 2 years. Absolute heat.”
Buy Link: Quartz – “Hall Of Mirrors EP”
60 minutes of Dark and Experimental Drum and Bass featuring forthcoming releases on Metalheadz, MJAZZ, Seventh Storey, Next Phase and a track from the forthcoming Fearless LP on Diffrent.
Two Hungry Ghosts – Noods (October 2018)
DYL – Space Programe (Alphacut)
Sonar’s Ghost – The Vernacular (Unreleased)
Quartz – Ghastly (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
Jubei And Tyrone – Stabs (Metalheadz)
Holsten – Abscess (DROOGS)
Fanu – Recharge (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
Mahakala – The Exodus (Not On Label)
Justice And Metro – Navigator (Forthcoming MJAZZ)
Fearful And Arkaik [Featuring Codebreaker] – Evangelist (Forthcoming Diffrent)
Justice – In The Beginning (Forthcoming MJAZZ)
JunglisMonk – Dark Dolla (Modified Magic)
Sicknote, Dissect And Justice – Swiftly (Forthcoming MJAZZ)
Fushara – Memories (Forthcoming Seventh Storey Productions)
Okee – Them Solutions (Forthcoming Next Phase Records)
2 Bad Mice – Hold It Down [Justice And Metro Remix] (MJAZZ)
Broadcast on Noods Radio 18/10/18 hosted by Dave Sector.
“Clart” by Yoofee is taken from the “Visualize EP” on Through These Eyes, a Berlin-based record label specialising in bass-heavy electronics.
Vinyl only and limited to 300 copies this hand stamped white label features four tracks designed for high energy dance floors.
Incorporating a dynamic range of modern styles injected with a healthy dose of nostalgia this collection of tracks represents the vision of the label perfectly. A landmark release for Through These Eyes and an exciting glimpse into Yoofee, an artist that is as comfortable performing in a jazz band as he is chopping breakbeats.
The “Visualize EP” also contains a high octane remix by IOTA and the sublime melodies of ambient fused “Blue”. An accomplished release that will appeal to both cosmic stargazers and jungle diehards.
Buy: Through These Eyes
The seventh release on Rua Sound sees the label deliver a further four heavyweight excursions into left field dance music.
A multi-artist EP this collection highlights the far-reaching influence of modern jungle containing contributions from across the globe and from both female and male musicians. This rich diversity shines through track by track as each producer adds their own unique style to the EP whilst remaining unified in their passion for bass culture and low-end frequencies.
Electronic hip hop and dance hall elements feature throughout adding a layer of depth and character that create a vibrant amalgamation of UK Bass styles.
On this track Cosmic Bridge producer and DJ edit champion TMSV remixes “Gonman” to devastating effect. Opening with an infectious melody it’s not long before a slew of kicks, bass and sirens take the tune into the darkest corners of the digital dancehall. The rugged vocals of D.E adding to the murky tone and atmosphere.
Buy: Rua Sound
Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (October 2018)
Dead Man’s Chest – Lo-Freq Soul (Forthcoming Foundation X)
Quartz And Gremlinz – Oblong Druid (Forthcoming Metalheadz)
J Majik And Sense – Originate (Infrared Records)
Dust E 1 – Sun Dials (Lobster Theremin)
Yoofee – Clart (Forthcoming Through These Eyes)
Law And Kola Nut – Out Of Fokus (Sonic Force)
Fushara – Angles (Forthcoming 7th Storey)
Dr S Gatchet – Remember The Roller [Necrotype Remix] (Unofficial)
Response And Pilskin – Middle Class Cocktail Stick (Forthcoming Western Lore)
Commix – Cherry (Metalheadz)
Compiled by Dave Sector
“Endless Depths” is taken from the forthcoming Books LP “Station”. It also features on the three-track album sampler alongside the mechanical sound of “Block1” and the ambient soundscape of “Anomie (Melody Of The Infinite)”.
“Endless Depths” is a brazenly dark and haunting modern jungle. Scratchy textures and grey industrial rhythms create an intense expedition into cloudy thoughts and personal insecurity. An understated yet compelling trip into the mind the track will resonate with anyone who has felt at times that the path ahead looks bleak. It’s aura perfectly encapsulated with the powerful vocal hook “In the other direction is an endless depth of black and forever”.
The “Station” digital and vinyl album LP sampler are released October 5th on Detuned Transmissions.
“Another Sunlight” by Silent Dust is taken from the album “Listen To The Night” on none60 Records. The LP features contributions from DRS, SelfSays, Illingsworth, Jon1st, Sina and Zilla Rocca.
“Another Sunlight” is a beautiful combination of an electro sound palette and half time drum and bass. A poignant instrumental which sits among the albums many vocal tracks “Listen To The Night” addresses topics such as relationships and a desire to push forward in life and succeed. It’s an open and honest LP with vocalists telling tales of perceived failures from the past whilst delivering a message of positivity for the future.
“Listen To The Night” is released on the 28th of September 2018 and is available to purchase from the none60 Bandcamp.
60 minutes of Industrial Techno and Dark Atmospheric Drum courtesy of Holsten representing DROOGS and UVB-76.
Two Hungry Ghosts – Noods (September 2018)
No tracklist provided.
Broadcast on Noods Radio 20/09/18 hosted by Dave Sector.
Reviews of new releases and fresh promo’s.
X-Altera – X-Altera (Ghostly International)
The debut self-titled album by X-Altera (otherwise known as Tadd Mullinix or Dabrye) is a perfect example of reflective yet entirely modern composition, a digital love letter to the ghosts of 20 plus years past.
Fusing jungle and techno elements in a 93-95 style will draw obvious comparisons to Jacob’s Optical Stairway (a 4 Hero project for R&S) which whilst arguably justified overlook the influence of other artists on the album. These range from high profile protagonists Alex Reece, Wax Doctor, Justice and A Guy Called Gerald through to the 96 excursions into techno by Photek, the early 90’s breakbeat experiments of The Black Dog and Reinforced releases by Covert Operations, Tek 9 and Project A-KO.
Richly electronic this LP references an era when drum and bass pioneers were injecting a fresh vibrancy into techno. Jungle producers were replacing their Detroit record samples with hardware and synths to craft their own melodies. It was this period of creativity that led to some of the scenes most forward-thinking experiments, much of which were neglected at the time yet revered today.
The album has many stand out tracks including the opening song “Compound Extraprotus” with its alluring build and unexpected piercing stab centerpiece, the 2018 equivalent of Rufige Kru’s “Manslaughter”. The juxtaposition of heavenly atmospherics and nasty bass of “In My Life” and the elegance of “Parallel Rites (Kepler-452b)” and “Holotyd Neo-Optika”.
Whilst heavily influenced by the mentioned producers X-Altera successfully takes this inspiration and crafts a sound truly his own. The LP works in part due to the individual quality of the tracks but its the overall structure of the album that makes this a modern classic. Harmony, balance, rhythm and character are abundant throughout its entire sonic journey. More than a collection of tributes this is a beautifully constructed debut that is polished, adept and an essential listen for anyone who coverts their early Rivets. Continue reading “Under The Counter (Volume Four)”
Two Hungry Ghosts Chart (September 2018)
RQ – Interplay (Forthcoming Blu Mar Ten Music)
Q Project – The Guitar Thing (MJAZZ Unreleased)
X-Altera – Check Out The Bass (Ghostly International)
Mahakala – Volume 1 (Forthcoming)
Sicknote, Dissect And Justice – The Promise (Forthcoming MJAZZ)
Holsten – Abscess (Forthcoming DROOGS)
Etch – Groove Control (Forthcoming Sneaker Social Club)
Ornette Hawkins – Bitch Is Blue (Unsigned)
Sonar’s Ghost – Processing Time [Amen Mix] (Self Released)
2 Bad Mice – Hold It Down [Justice And Metro Remix] (Forthcoming MJAZZ)
Compiled by Dave Sector