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0003_#FridayFilth – Joe Ford

It’s Friday, it’s Filthy, It’s #FilthyFiday! This week we’re turning our attention to no other than Joe Ford who is BACK with brand new music. Prepare for aggressive breaks and a saw like bassline. Make a Threat is out now on on Shogun and available to stream on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Give it a listen below

Peace!

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Review: Colourspace

Hugh Hardie’s debut album Colourspace has been out on Hospital Records for around a month now (about equally as long as this post has been sitting in my drafts). Hugh’s long awaited debut album perfectly showcases his talent, includes a wide range of styles, and features collaborations with Pola & Bryson and GLXY just to name a few (which also happen to be my favourites).

Throughout the entire album Hugh Hardie takes us on a journey of his progress and development as a producer. The first two tracks of the album, Love Troubles and Dusky Keys, have that disinct distinct Hardie-funk-and-soul-sound that made the City Soul EP so special.

The album is versatile and progresses to heavier basslines while continuing to have soulfulness to it. Transitioning from upbeat funk to nastier beats and bass with such ease, he reminds me of the sound of S.P.Y – who is a true chameleon in terms of style and who gives each sub-genre of DnB all the love it deserves. This, like S.P.Y., makes it very hard, if not near to impossible, to place Hugh Hardie into any specific box other than that of ‘amazing talent’.

Emerald City, featuring Pola & Bryson, is probably my favourite track of the whole album. It starts off with that distinct sound that is very similar to Love Troubles, but then swiftly moves into a soft, twinkling, and melodic roll until the darker bass kicks in – making it an absolute feel good song!

What I like most about the Colourspace album is that it gives you a listening experience that carries through throughout all tracks as well as taking you through sound that shape Hugh Hardie’s individual style.

Bottom line if you’re a fan of Technimatic or S.P.Y you will definitively enjoy giving Colourspace a spin.

 

Peace!

 

 

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05_Monthly Mixes

Right guys, it’s coming to the end of the Month. This means I’ll be giving you a monthly run through of the top mixes I’ve been enjoying this month (in no particular order).

#1 Dimension – MIX FOR BBC RADIO 1

Dimension put this 30 minute mini mix together for Annie Nightingales’ BBC Radio1 show and I am absolutely in love with this mix! Where to begin… For starters, it being a 30 minute mix means that you can expect the best of the best from Dimension’s current repertoire. He opens the mix with ‘Generator’, putting me in an instant throwback to his set at the UKF event for the DnB inauguration at Printworks, which is then intertwined with ‘Rush Connection’ by Culture Shock and Wilkinson’s ‘Tonight’ all while Generator keeps rolling on in the background and is brought back for the chorus. The best part of the mix starts at the 10 minute mark, when Dimensions’ UK leads into the Skrillex Edit, which then transitions into Dub Phizix Buffalo – OH MY GOSH indeed! The levels of energy this combination of tracks emits is perfect for the dance floor. And I think Dimension agrees with me on this, seeing that he dropped this killer combo last Friday during his set at Fabric. He ends the mix with his bootleg of Eric Prydz ‘Generate’, which again throws me back to the first time I’ve heard this track at his UKF set, and ending the mix just how it has started: on a high and leaves you wanting more. All in all, if you’re looking for a short mix to get you pumped before a big night out, this is the one for you. Dimension is one of the great, and this mini mix proves it once again.

#2 Makoto Human Elements #44

I’m a big fan of Makoto’s podcasts. He usually does his podcasts in Japanese, but in this months’ podcast he’s got A-sides co-hosting the show with him and they switch to English. This is the first time I’ve heard a non-Japanese podcast by Makoto and to be completely honest I got so used to there being Japanese banter going on in the background that I actually missed it in this time around! For starters I find there’s something soothing about Japanese intonations (think I can track this back to my mild obsession/fascination with Japan as a whole), and the other cool thing about it was that you’d always got the track names even if you weren’t paying attention to the conversation. Music wise, the Human Elements podcasts can best be described as laid-back, melodic, a bit funky, and overall incredible DnB.

#3 Camo & Krooked – Essential Mix

Coinciding with the album launch of their new Mosaik album, C&K’s 2 hour essential mix provides the perfect bridge until the album finally drops on the 23rd June 2017. Their intro game is strong, using snippets of some of their songs while Ember is rolling in the background. The mix starts off fast, with frequent track changes, and settles into tracks being played a little bit longer than at the beginning, but either way the track list is still very impressive in length. The mix contains lots of new tracks, making me very thankful that C&K took the time to provide a track list – taking a lot of guesswork out of the game and making it easier to know what to look out for in future releases.

#4 Metalheadz Podcast 57 – Om Unit

In this months’ Metalheadz podcast Om Unit steps up to the decks to give us just under an hour and a half of progressive minimal DnB goodness. What I like about this podcast is the slow progression, so you could actually think of the first 30 minutes as sorts of an introduction, after which Om Unit starts adding several more layers of sound complexity, depth, as well as turning slightly darker – giving it that distinct Om Unit sound. But the last half hour of the mix is really where Om Unit is showcasing his skills, speeding up the tempo and dropping some 2012 classics.

# 5 XLR8R Podcast – Goldie mix

A very laid-back melodic hour-long mix courtesy of the one and only Mr Goldie. It sounds surprisingly mellow for a Goldie mix, but in this case that is not necessarily a bad thing!

#6 Pola & Bryson – Influences Mix

Pola and Bryson have consistently upped their mixing game since I first saw them live at their album launch last August. No wonder Friction moved in quickly to get them to join his Samurai Squad at Shogun. The mix is the perfect soundscape for a summery evening of rooftop chilling. The mix starts off strong with Technimatic’s ‘Looking for Diversions’, a top track in my books, and that already sets the scene nicely for great things to happen during this mix. Throughout the entire mix you will hear a lot of Technimatic, so it probably comes as no surprise that P&B signed to Shogun seeing that one of their top influencers is signed there too – hopefully making it only a matter of time until we get to hear an epic collaboration between them!). One of my favourite parts of the mix starts at 21:15 with the Calibre remix of Garden, which I absolutely adore, and the transition to Forsaken which flows like water. Another mention worthy transition is Icicle’s ‘Dreadnaught’ to Commix’ ‘Be True’ – they work together so nicely, and I’m a big fan of the percussions, the piano, the soft vocals and the ‘true-true-true-true-true’ that stand out in the track and make ‘Be True’ a one of a kind. That being said, the entire mix is a pleasure to listen to and I have already lost track of the times I gave it a listen.

 

#7 SPY DNB60

I couldn’t find a good link for this one, so listen back to the entire show or fast forward to the 2hrs mark for the DNB60

You can always count on S.P.Y to deliver above and beyond and his DNB60 for Frictions’ Drum and Bass show on Radio 1 is no exception. He is one of the most diverse artists in the Hospital camp – in my opinion at least – and is a true chameleon in terms of versatility of styles. Ranging from uplifting liquid, to minimal, and jungle or increasingly darker and more aggressive basslines, S.P.Y’s selections will always combine the best of the best as he switches between the styles in the most natural ways, making it sound easy and effortless. I would definitively say he has found his distinct sound, with a dark roaring, even saw-like sounding, bass.

And this concludes this months’ monthly mixes. To be fair this is more of a 2nd half of May mixes, as I only started writing down what I was listening to once I’ve decided to start the blog in mid-ish May… More next month!

Peace.

 

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0001_#FridayFilth – Tantrum Desire

This weeks’ summery #FridayFilth is ‘Gravitate’ by Tantrum Desire, taken from the forthcoming Summer LP on Technique Records. While the track does not fall into the ‘dark and filthy’ category per say, it is on the dark-er side of things for a summery track, making it the perfect choice for a hot start to a bank holiday #FilthyFriday!

Give it a spin here

 

Peace

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YouTube DnB Radio Live Streams

Drum and bass all day, every day!

I am lucky enough to have a job where its socially acceptable to listen to music all day long. Needless to say I take full advantage of the situation, and depending on the kind of work I need to do each day, I usually switch things up between Liquid and Neurofunk (a general rule of thumb I have is that the more focused I need to be, the darker and nastier I need my music). And of course it also goes without saying that I am constantly on the hunt for new music to listen to.

This is where YouTube radio live streams come into play! I’m not entirely sure when YouTube radio started becoming a thing, but I have noticed more and more pop up over the past few weeks / potentially coming up to a month now. They are great as they provide a constant flow of music, meaning you don’t have to waste any time anymore on deciding on what to listen to next and can stay fully in the zone. The other benefit being that it helps discover and rediscover little gems that have somehow managed to slip right to the back of your go-to selection, but now that you’ve rediscovered them it’s like why have you ever stopped listening to them??

And without further much ado let’s get straight into it! Here are my top picks:

UKF Drum & Bass 24/7 Mix – Liquid Radio

This was the first radio live stream I’ve discovered. It includes the likes of Etherwood, Lenzman, Technimatic, Hybrid Minds, Dawn Wall, and Keeno (in no particular order). A sweet sounding combination of deep, soulful and mostly vocal DnB. The only downside is that the stream sometimes crashes. ‘Sometimes’ is actually a bit harsh; it only happened twice so far whilst I was listening, but when you’re left in uncomfortable silence for too long as you’re eagerly awaiting the stream to pick up again, and you actively have to start thinking about what to listen to next, then it becomes a problem for a 24/7 Radio stream…

 

Drum&BassArena 24/7 Radio – Laid-back & Liquid D&B mix

And the title means business. Including tracks from the likes of Icicle, Commix, and [], the DNBA liquid radio is quite different to that of UKF. As some of the purists out there might agree with me, we can probably put this down to the different approaches the two of them have to drum and bass. As such expect less vocal DnB, and overall more minimal liquid DnB goodness. The one downside I can think of, which has nothing to do with the music, is the constantly moving background image. I find this very irritating as I always tend to have my music visible in a small screen to know what I’m listening to and the moving blocks in the background.

 

Drum&BassArena 24/7 Radio – Heavy-Hitters & Neurofunk D&B mix

You gotta leave it to the guys at Drum&BassArena to come up with fitting titles. The stream punches way above heavy hitters weight including, but most definitively not limited to, bangers from the likes of Spor, Noisia, Emporor, Mefjus, Audio, Enei, Mefjus, Black Sun Empire, and many many more. The stream provides banger after banger, making it the perfect soundtrack to any Friday! The transitions between tracks are really smooth and keep up with the tempo of the previous track so it always has a consistent flow to it, and you’re not left subjected to the randomness of YouTube’s ‘up next’ auto-generated playlists.

 

What are your favourite YouTube radio live streams to listen to? If you know of any other ones please please please let me know in the comment section below.

Peace.

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Review: Synergy EP

Alix Perez joins forces with the boys from SpectraSoul to bring us four new tracks nicely wrapped into the Synergy EP, which dropped little over two weeks ago on both their respective labels 1984 and Ich Chat music.

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I for one can’t get enough of it, and to be completely honest there have already been a couple of days where I’ve listened to it nonstop on repeat, as I find it perfect to work to. The rolling bass carries through nicely throughout the whole EP, accompanied by melodic piano and soulful twinkly chords, giving it the perfect summer vibe and overall just combines the best both Alix and SpectraSoul bring to the table in terms of production. You can still hear out both their unique sounds, but together they work oh so beautifully!

It is no surprise that this collaboration sounds as good as it does. One only has to think back to ‘Forsaken‘, which – I think – was the first collaboration of Alix and SpectraSoul. Taken from Alix Perez’ debut album on Shogun 1984, Forsaken had a Calibre-esque highly melodic and somewhat melancholic sounding feel to it that I love so much in liquid DnB.

If I had to put down a wild guess, I would say that the track ‘So Close‘ was more heavily produced by Alix Perez, while ‘The Need‘ was more on the dynamic duo that is SpectraSoul. The soulful intro to ‘The Need‘, as well as the piano and distorted-flute-like-sounding components give it that certain SpectraSoul ring to it and reminds me of their work such as ‘The Mistress‘ and ‘Shelter‘. ‘So Close‘ on the other hand pays more attention to beats and breaks, is generally a bit more fast paced than the other songs, and has less coherent vocals that drift in and out of focus – perfect for a wondering mind. Last but definitively not least, ‘Undone‘ again more on the melancholic side, with fast snares and slow melodic piano setting the scene for DRS’ heartfelt lyrics.

All that being said, the title of the EP really could not be more fitting as it does exactly what it says on the box: ‘Synergy’ is the combined effort greater than that of separate effects and, to me, showcases a homage to melodic liquid drum and bass.

 

Give it a listen on SoundCloud

 

Peace.