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This weeks new releases: Utopia Music, Symmetry, Translation, Exit

There's a lot of good new drum'n'bass floating around, so we thought we'd cover a tiny fraction of the good stuff that's out now. Here are some new singles we thought were worth a mention.

Andyskopes - True Chord Redux VIP / True Human Emotion [Utopia Music]

Hailing from the stables of Utopia Music, Andyskopes must've felt that something essential was missing from 2013. To fix this void, he went all the way down the road to his chop shop and returned with two numbers filled with relentless drumwork.

The A-side, labeled 'True Chord Redux VIP', starts up with long lush pad intro that makes possible to switch pace inside a mix, brings forth properly crafted choppage with interesting palate of drumfills and finishes the soup with a gnarly second drop that would make papa Equinox and whole team Inperspective proud.

B-side, 'True Human Emotion', is an eerie atmospheric number that offers a first drop causing an instant knee-jerk reaction to all the fans of 'punchy-ballsy-ouchy-me-nutsy' track starts.

The recipe is quite similar to the A-side but a tad darker and grittier, amen sound is proper dusty and effects squeeze the last bit out of the chop storm. Second part throws in nice little ravey touches and progresses eventually into something bit brighter.

Break / Fields, Hydro, Mako & Villem - Music Is Better / Celestine [Symmetry]

Run by Break, it shouldn't come as a surprise Symmetry Recordings is once again pushing out a smashing 12".

The A side, "Music Is Better" by Break himself, could be categorized as a dirty yet soulful dancefloor roller. My feet started moving pretty much instantly. If a bad thing has to be said, it does start to sound a bit like most of the rollers that have been released from him lately. Then again, it works very well. If it ain't broken, don't fix it, eh?

The B side by Fields, Hydro, Mako and Villem (that is a whole bunch of artist to list!) is called "Celestine". Compared to "Music Is Better" this one's much deeper and heavier in a sense. For me this one's the better tune of these two. It's got this nice rolling vibe with some of those nice rhodes (?) being thrown in to add some of that mystical atmosphere to compliment the crunchy bassline.

SYMM14 is available pretty much everywhere you would expect it to be (for those who haven't given it a thought, head over to Redeye Records for the vinyl or Digital Tunes for the digital release).

Minor Rain - Biomechanics / Monoscope [Translation]

Translation is one of my favourite labels and Minor Rain is one of the hottest "new" producers at the moment, and when these guys team up, the result is a damn good single.
Biomechanics is a deeper track with wide atmos and idm'ish clicks'n'crackles drum programming, while the "flipside" is a more "tradinitional" drum'n'bass track with breaky drums and a growling, yet subtle bassline.
You can get the tunes from Translation's Bandcamp site or any good digital store.

V/A - Mosaic Vol 2 [Exit Records]

Here's something we've been waiting for a while to drop: the follow up to Mosaic vol 1 compilation album that was released some time ago on Exit.
The release kind of caught me by surprise, as i was somehow thinking the release date was supposed to be much later. I haven't actually listened to the album yet either, so I'm a victim of the hype. I've only been drooling over the preview clips on the Soundcloud page. There are definitely some damn good tunes on this album.

Frederic Robinson - Theme Park / Off Topic [Blu Mar Ten]

Ok ok, this one was released a week ago, but we thought this could be worth writing about anyway. This is Frederic Robinson's first single from his forthcoming album "Mixed Signals", which will be coming out later this year on Blu Mar Ten Music. These tunes don't exactly fall to the category of dj friendly bangers, they actually sound like music.
This single really made me look forward to the album.

Words by Axu, St. Laurent & Trisector

LIGHTLESSFREE001: Fanu - Trouble / Desert

Now this should be good news for friends of chopped breakbeats: Fanu has decided to give away 2 brand new tracks on his website. His original plan was to build an ep around these tracks, but things happened and he decided to give these tunes away for free. And as the catalogue number suggests, this might not be the last free Lightless release.

Do we mind? No we don't. These tunes are dope.

FREE EP 001 (LIGHTLESSFREE001) by Fanu

Fanu presents: All Fanu mix volume 7

Fanu mixing some Fanu tracks, moving from lower tempos to higher tempos. Includes tunes from his latest album "Serendipity", and some fresh remixes he's finished recently.

01. DJ Shadow - "Scale It Back" (Fanu's Lightless coffee remix) [dub]
02. Pilvien Päällä [Lightless]
03. Paras Ystävä [Lightless]
04. Rave Like It's... [Lightless]
05. Animation - Spanish Key (Fanu's Lightless remix) [RareNoise]
06. ZZYZZX - Battle Anybody (Fanu remix) [dub]
07. Shatner Rap (feat. Greenleaf) [Lightless]
08. I Can't Sleep [Lightless]
09. Jupiter 2011 (feat. Mineral) [Lightless]
10. Nuku [Lightless]
11. Dawn Joseph - Something Beautiful (Fanu remix) [dub]
12. Beauty [Midnight Sun Recs dub]
13. Ane Brun - Do You Remember (Fanu remix) [Balloon Ranger Recs. dub]

Fanu presents: All-Fanu Mix Volume 7 by Fanu

Fanu - Cold Coffee DnB Mix

Fanu is doing some real pushing as his album release closes. Here's a mix full of dope dnb tunes from various artists.

FANU - Cold Coffee dnb mix by Fanu

01. Parallel & PshyKo-Logik - Critical Sound (dub)
02. Blu Mar Ten - Sweet Little Supernova (Blu Mar Ten)
03. Joakuim - Never Been To NYC (Totaal Rez Recs)
04. Fracture & Neptune - Music Ya'll (forthcoming on Astrophonica)
05. Fanu - I Can't Sleep (Lightless)
06. Fanu & Mineral - Jupiter 2011 (Lightless)
07. Outrage - Darkest Fear (Backlash Music)
08. Cartridge - Beat Crazy (free download)
09. Fistfunk - Rebellion (Lightless dub)
10. Trisector & Infader - Does Not Compute [Amoss Remix] (Hustle Audio Dub)
11. Naibu - Use Of Weapons [Fracture & Neptune's Astrophonica remix] (Warm Comms.)
12. Fada - Tone Def (Omni Music)
13. Fanu - Nuku (Lightless)
14. Fanu feat. Dawn Joseph - Something Beautiful (unreleased)
15. Infest - Blue Nature (Omni Music)
16. Fanu - The Circle Of Sycamore Trees (Warm Comms.)

Fanu - Cold Coffee Mix Artwork

Fanu - Breakbeat Liberation Army [Mix]

Well well well, a new mixtape from Fanu. This might come as a surprise but it contains some breaky and chopped jungle and drum'n'bass.

Fanu presents: “Breakbeat Liberation Army” dnb mixtape by Fanu

LXC - Alphacut Mix 2011

100% Alphacut mix by the German label's boss LXC. Awesome.

alphacut mix 2011 by alphacut records

Mineral - The Focus [Free Tune]

A sick free jungle tune by Mineral. Some breakbeat choppage action.

Make sure you check out his EP on Lightless Digital too. Somehow we forgot to blog about it earlier. Oops.

IDJRFREE029: Mineral - The Focus by In Da Jungle Recording

Polska - 2nd Rate

Being a big fan of good old 90's atmospheric drum & bass and also really liking jazz, Polska's newest album from Subtle Audio really works for me.

Combining future jazz and drumfunk into the same package, this album is a nice step out of the ordinary releases these days.

Check out some samples at Soundcloud or head over to the digital store of your choice. Available as 2xCD and download.

Polska - "2nd Rate" D&B CD :: SUBTLE003CD1 - Out Now! by subtleaudiorecordings

Fanu - Leave This World Behind

Well well well, a new drum & bass mix from Fanu, and looks like it contains a lot of fresh tunes, also something from his new label he's setting up; Lightless Digital.

Tracklist:
01 - Blueprint - Lost Notes (forthcoming on Plush Recordings)
02 - Mineral - Other Life (In Da Jungle)
03 - K Dan - Heal Us All - Naibu remix (forthcoming on Hustle Audio)
04 - Greenleaf - Take You Back (dub)
05 - Sub - Skadi - Nebula Blue Note remix (Subtle Audio)
06 - Paranoid Society - White Lies (Alphacut)
07 - Below - The Post-Junglist Syndrome part 2 (dub)
08 - Dejaru - Black Mask (Alphacut)
09 - Ibunshi & Indidjinous - Swamp Funk - Equinox remix (Pinecone Moonshine)
10 - DJ Trace - Final Chapta - Tim Reaper remix (DSCI4)
11 - Sub - So Finster Die Nacht - Fracture's Astrophonica remix
(Pinecone Moonshine)
12 - Fracture & Neptune - The Limit (Astrophonica)
13 - Dak - Coffee (forthcoming on Lightless Digital)
14 - Jiva - Paramatma - Fanu remix (Pinecone Moonshine)

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