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This weeks new releases: IM:LTD, Samurai Music

Pennygiles & Phil Tangent - Stories Untold / We Don't Talk Anymore [IM:LTD]

Pennygiles and Phil Tangent have a nice little super combo going on here with their newest release on IM:LTD.

The single starts with Pennygiles' 'Stories Untold'. The track starts with some hazy pads and continues with a crunchy bassline. There are no big flips or tricks on it, but it works just as it is. Kind of reminds me of the hypnotic style of Big Bud. If you like the track, also make sure to check out Ebony Queen out on Rubik Records.

The second track is by Phil Tangent and it's also his second release on IM:LTD. 'We Don't Talk Anymore' combines two fairly important things you might find in a dnb track. The tune is a good piece of sound engineering, featuring a really punchy kick drum and a nice floating bassline. This is one of those tracks you can have on repeat for a good while and still keep on rocking.

IMLTD1213 is available as digital download on all good online musical data dealers.

Homemade Weapons - Kintaro EP [Samurai Music]

Here’s an interesting release from Samurai Music. Samurai Music has taken their sound back to the deeper end with this release from the Seattle based Homemade Weapons.

With the five tracks on this EP, Homemade Weapons invite you for a journey through an assassination, a dark alley with someone definitely following you, a battle of swords, to deep nightmares and finally back for some more chasing on the dark alley.

For people madly in love with Japanese art like the style of Hokusai, the release is available as a snow white 12" with an awesome cover art.

NZ024 is out now as a digital download and a 12" vinyl.

Creative Wax Unreleased Series Vol. 1

The news might come in with a bit of a delay, but better late than never, right? Creative Wax has started pushing out some quality 90's tunes that back then did not get released.

The first release of the series is from the famous cowbell connoisseur Wax Doctor and DJ Pulse. If you happen to like the mid-late nineties atmospheric dnb, check it 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.

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

Mako & Villem ft. Fields / Mako - Whatever, Whatever / I Used To Be Like You [WARM024]

It's relatively rare that only half of the year has passed by and you already know that a track you hear is going to be in the top releases of the year. 'Whatever, Whatever' by the power trio Mako, Villem and Fields is one of those tunes.

It's a very well composed mix of liquid vibes and old school jump up with a slice of some good old jungle music. The great thing about this track is that it will fit almost any situation. It works well on air, it works well in a bar and it works even better in a fully booked night club.

We've seen this tune make people go crazy on the dancefloor. And it's no surprise. Once the bass kicks in, not only will jaws drop, but the well crafted breaks will also get the listener completely lost in the music.

What makes this release even better, is that there is a great flipside to compliment the A side, "I Used To Be Like You" by Mako. The tune is more stripped and less hectic than "Whatever, Whatever", but still has some power to it. The atmosphere is quite smoky and even a bit melancholic, and there's some really great work with the detailed atmospherics and sound effects.

From this release the flipside here might be the one that endures more listening than the A-side, but so far "Whatever, Whatever" is definitely one of the biggest tracks for us this year.

Definitely a buy on sight release from the Texas-based label Warm Communications. Available both on vinyl and in digital formats.

Words by St. Laurent & Trisector

Science Interview: Furi Anga

We thought it's finally a great time to do a new Science interview again, and this time the victim is a Finnish drum'n'bass producer Furi Anga, who recently released an album called Omnipresence on Silk Recordings late February.

Furi Anga, or Antti Viitamäki, is drum'n'bass producer based in Riihimäki, Finland. For the global drum'n'bass scene he might be a relatively fresh name, but in Finland he's released several self-funded cdr-releases. After getting his first "official" release on Phil Source's label Vampire (a collaboration with Resound called Waterpipe), his music has been released by labels like Shadybrain, Translation and Med School.
Some could say his music like a mix of modern "minimal" drum'n'bass and 90's atmospheric drum'n'bass with a touch of idm, but that's just one of describing his style.

If you haven't yet, have a listen to the clips of the album from the player below, and view the full article to check the interview.

Tonight: Drum'n'bass show with Science Hki on Basso Radio

Hey ya'll! We are live today at Basso Radio 22-00 (GMT +3).
There will be a little Bristol dnb special in the show tonight, and there's also some new music to play. According to a scientific research, new music is good for your brain, so make sure you tune in tonight!

You can listen to us with your FM receiver or by going to Basso website and clicking PLAY at the bottom of your browser window.

FM frequencies:

Helsinki: 102,4 Mhz
Tampere: 103,1 Mhz
Turku: 101,9 Mhz
Jyväskylä: 99,7 Mhz
Oulu: 105,4 Mhz

Basso Web Site

V/A - Nostalgic Futurisms LP [MJAZZLP09CD]

Here's a brand new album from MJAZZ, a label that has been around "for a while". As the name suggests, the album is about the golden era of drum'n'bass, but with a modern approach. Some tunes in this album are actually from 90's, but many of the tracks are brand new and written specifically for this LP project, but with mid 90's drum'n'bass in mind.

The album contains tunes from the label boss Justice, and also from guys like Metro, Cuelock, Jason Os, Paranoid Society and many more, and you can check the clips from the soundcloud player below.
The CD album is limited to 50 pieces only, with each CD and sleeve hand sprayed and finished with unique artwork, and the package also contains the arrow stencil used in production of CD and stickers. Get your copy from Surus before it's sold out. And obviously you can get the digital audio files from any good shops.

While listening to the clips, check out Justice's interview with Organic and an album review by everyday junglist.

Nostalgic Futurisms LP Clips - Various Artists ***OUT NOW*** by Modern Urban Jazz

Martsman - Black Plastics pt. 2

Here's the 2nd installment of Black Plastics ep series of previously unreleased tunes by ze german bleepmeister herr Martsman. Check it out. Make sure you check out the first part too if you haven't yet. You can get the tunes with 4 euros, but if you are a good person you can pay more than that too if you want to.

Martsman - Black Plastics pt. 1 Out now!

About a month ago I wrote a post about Martsman's plans to release some previously unreleased tracks his bandcamp site . The first batch is now (or actually since monday) available for purchase and while listening to the tunes you can also check out an interview he did with kmag couple of weeks ago.

The next parts of the series will be released in September and October, and there may be even more after that.

http://martsman.bandcamp.com/

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