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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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Exit Records presents: Aptitude

Dbridge rallied up the best of Exit Record talent and associated artists at the second session of the Aptitude series held, fittingly, at the Bridge last Friday 2nd June.

We got to the venue around 1 am and it was the first time we went there so we didn’t quite know what to expect. I’d say it was interesting. From the outside the place is very unassuming: no sign, no posters, no anything – all black. Once inside, you walk up some stairs and enter a rather small room, with sleek walls and shiny ceiling. It’s an odd little place, but the speakers are loud and have a good wobble to them.

Everyone that loves drum and bass knows that it was a sad week last week with the unexpected passing of Marcus Intalex. That’s why Exit records have decided to donate all proceeds from the night to Marcus’ family and help in this difficult time. Marcus Intalex was one of the great DnB producers, and a true pioneer. He has pretty much invented the sub-genre of liquid funk and his contributions to the world of music will live on.

Aptitude payed tribute to him and played his music. After some slow rollers, the night picked up pass with more experimental sets and more personality coming through the different tunes. Unfortunately we had to cut the night short as we had field day the next day and wanted to be as rested as we could have been given that we’ve just spent the last 3 or so hours on our feet taking in the music…

 

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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Spearhead presents @ Egg

Last Friday night, 19th May 2017, Spearheads records took over Egg for a night of uplifting drum and bass extravaganza with one of the most promising line ups I had seen in quite a while. Making it no surprise that I had it firmly booked in my calendar for best of 2 months, I mean, just look at this lineup:

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Big shout out to Spearheads for posting the lineup all over their social media a day ahead of the event, as there were some tough decisions and compromises to be made on who to see when in order to get the maximum raveisfaction out of the night. We were on a mission: starting off with how ever much we got to see of Dexcell, followed by the full set of Hybrid Minds, then down to garden for the second half of LSB, up again for the second half of Riya, followed by everything left to come in the garden: 2nd half of Makoto, full set of Logistics, and whatever we’d manage to see of BCee before heading back home.

And we even managed to stick to the plan the entire night! Naturally when the lineup is as good as this, there will always be a few acts you will have to sit out. I would have really enjoyed seeing a bit of Commix, Lenzman, Villem & McLeod, or Nymfo, but overall am very content with the choices we’ve made – especially Makoto, who is not over from Japan that often, so it was an easy decision really. I haven’t been to EGG in several years, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how it turned out after the big refurbishment they had since. It still is a maze to find your way around and the staircases turning into bottle neck situations between sets, but the old smoking area has been turned into another main room and there’s a new upstairs area as well now where the new smoking area is as well as another bar / small stage area.

It happens very rarely that one of the main acts I want to see start off the night. That was exactly the case with Hybrid Minds taking over the loft, and I could not have been happier. Since first discovering Hybrid Minds maybe two year ago, they have swiftly become one of my top DnB acts by continuously delivering deeply beautiful heartfelt lyrics, combined with soulful and melodic beats and a rolling bass.

Back to the night. Only a few caveats to note about the loft space: size, layout, and sound. Think of it as an upstairs area with low ceilings in the shape of a L. The problem about this set up was that the stage was on the short side of the L, with there only being enough spaces for maybe three or four rows of people – and even less as people were confused as to where the exit to the loft was, meaning they’d fight their way through the crowd in this small space only to go back again. All in all you can imagine it was bit of an annoyance. And lastly, the space was not equipped well enough to take the bass and energy radiated by Hybrid Minds.

The set started off strong with the Tokyo Prose remix of Touch, at which time we were still confined to the back area, and increasingly got pushed further and further towards the back where the room again got divided into a sofa and chill area – meaning even more limited space at the back as well. Downside of this spot was that, for one, we could not see the stage (which if you actually go out to see an act is quite the downer), and second I literally could not here a thing. Yes, literally – not figuratively. We did the only thing you could at that point and braced the crowds, made our way to the front, and found ourselves a nice little spot in the corner right at the front. From there on the set was one big magical dream. We were close enough to the speakers to actually hear the music, but even so it still wasn’t loud enough to overpower a conversation held at normal or bit-above-normal volume. The crowd was on point as well, and a few tracks in the loft soon turned into a stuffy sweat-box thanks to the low ceilings (I’m around 6ft tall and could easily touch the ceiling to give you a better idea of the situation). This unfortunately also meant that it became too much to handle for the already poor sounding speakers as all that humidity started to interfere with it before getting readjusted on several occasions during the set, but more on this later.

The biggest surprise of the set was when Charlotte Haining made a special appearance and performed Brighter Days live, the new track she is featuring on taken from the forthcoming Elements album which will be out on Hybrid Music! I can barely contain my excitement about the new album and really am looking forward to getting lost in their music once again. When I first heard Brighter Days I was at work, and luckily it was already late enough for there not to be too many people around, because it felt like I was having such an intimate moment with the song: it was almost as if there was nothing and no-one else around me other than being all encompassed by the music; every single hair on my arms and neck stood up from the goosebumps I was having… it was a real special moment.

The atmosphere during the set was one of a kind, but it was too much to handle for the speakers. So much so, that during the last track from Hybrid Minds’ set, the Nu:Logic Remix to Birdy – Wings, the speakers completely blew out and the final verse of the track got looped over an impressive 5 times before I stopped counting. The crowd did not seem to mind though, and everyone was having a blast. What a set! What a way to start the night! Anything from here onward was a nice little bonus to an incredible night. That’s what I was there to see, and Hybrid Minds once again delivered big times.