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Mixes for your weekend

Here's a little selection of some nice dj mixes for you to get your weekend started with. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.

Cern - Dispatch Recordings label mix March 2014

New Zealand's Cern, who's residing in London these days, provides us a bad ass mixtape. He's been working on his 2nd artist album, which will be released on Dispatch later this year, and I guess is some kind of teaser of what we're going to be hearing in the future from him. There's some old shit, and then there's some never heard before shit, and mostly the shit is some real dark shit. Check it out.

Adam Elemental - Solid Steel mix

Adam Elemental's shit is not dark, it's deep. This is a mix which he recorded for Ninja Tune's legendary Solid Steel radioshow. One hour of deep beats, for example some forthcoming Alpha Cutauri from Adam himself, but also some surprises like classic Future Sound Of London.

Mirage Man - Dept Mixtape #1

Dept. Music is a Helsinki based music collective specializing in house and techno music. One of the crew's artists, Mirage Man provides us a funky/deep house mixtape, which is a little taster of Dept Showcase night pt 1 which will be held somewhere in Helsinki early April.



Thing - Kmag guest mix

Estonian producer Thing is releasing an ep next week 31 Records, and because of that he did a little interview and a guest mix for Kmag. Check them out here. Deep, dark, tribal vibes as we've come to expect from the man. Thing is also playing in Finland this summer. Watch out.

This weeks new releases: Ingredients, Through Sounds, Dispatch

There's plenty of drum'n'bass released every week, and we thought it might be a good time to have a look what's going on. Here are some great releases that were just released on Monday.

Dominic Petrie - Tomorrow Now EP [Ingredients]

The latest release from Ingredients brings us some deep beats from a "newcomer" who goes by the name Dominic Petrie. He has released music previously as Y2D on labels like Lifestyle and Nerve, but Tomorrow Now EP is his first release under his own name.

The EP has six tracks in total, and the reason for that was that the label couldn't decide which tunes to pick for the release, so they picked them all. And it's not exactly a surprise. It's hard to pick a favourite tune out of these 7 tracks.
On one day it's the liquid roller "Riverside Blues", and on the next day it might be the stripped down automonic'ish sounds of "Ephemerol Test" or the growling halfstepper "TMA1".

Tomorrow Now is a good "debut" from the Scottish producer, and we're looking forward to hearing more.

inZtance & Definate - Weightless / Timeless [Through Sounds]

We wrote a little post about Through Sounds around the time of the label's first release. The label boss inZtance has been keeping busy, as it hasn't been that long from the first release, and now the label has already released its fifth single, where the boss teams up with another Estonian, Definate.

And what a release it is. The "a-side" is called "Weightless", which is a nice melancholic liquid roller that has been in my bag for a while now, and it's good to see this tune finally get released. But for me this release is all about the "flipside". Timeless is just fucking badass. Great sample selection of strings, rhodes and whatnot make the tune sound light and airy, but there is a contrast provided by the hard hitting drums and a dirty, growling, twisting and turning bassline. It's a perfect intro tune for your sets, but you really don't want to mix the next tune in before the breakdown and 2nd drop. Definately (ba dum kssh) one of my favourite tunes from the last few months.

And by the way, keep an eye out on Definate. I heard he's got some serious sickness cooking in his home studio.

Various Artists - Transit 2 LP [Dispatch]

Despite having a busy release schedule with his label Dispatch, and while also being involved in running one of the greatest drum'n'bass labels Metalheadz, Ant TC1 has had time to compile a new album showcasing the sounds of his label. Transit Two LP is Transit One compilation album which was released early 2011.

As you might expect, the overall tone of the album is dark and moody. Styles range from the dirty late 90's techstep vibes of DLR & Kyza's "8 bits of 16" to IDM-like approach to drum'n'bass demonstrated by Gamma in his track "Don't Go Away". And there is also a little dubstep special in the middle of the album: "Trojan" by Sleeper.

Transit Two is a great compilation of different kinds of tunes, but despite the variety of styles, all of the tunes have that Dispatch sound. It really shows how the label has found it's distinctive sound without repeating itself over and over again. My favourites from the album at the moment are the dub mix of "8 Bits of 16", and "Raya VIP" by Halogenix, but well, you have a listen of your own and pick your favourite.

All 3 releases are out now, some on vinyl, some only digitally.

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