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Mako - A Break From Ritual / What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Mako has had a busy year running his own label, Utopia Music, and in the meanwhile producing one banger after another. Next up is his second release on Warm Communications (see WARM024), A Break From Ritual / What A Little Moonlight Can Do.

A Break From Ritual certainly lives up to its name. If you’re into tunes with heavy drums and a bassline coming out of the mouth of a monster lurking in the forest, this is for you. Kind of reminds me of the early Metalheadz sound, but still manages to bring in new vibes.

The B-side starts with the infamous cowbell drum loop found on an early GLR release. But that’s really all the tracks have in common, as What A Little Moonlight Can Do turns out to be a tune produced in the darker end of the room. It’s got a smooth, yet crunchy rolling bassline, complemented with some well thought of atmo pads. Another thing to notice is the second part of the track, where heavier breaks and a nice synth stab pattern kick in. This is one of those tunes on which you don’t start blending the second track in until in the very end of the track.

WARM027 is out now on vinyl and as digital download.

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.

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.

InZtance - "This Is Where" / "What Must I Do?" [THRU001] + Free Download

Villem "InZtance" Hion, an Estonian drum'n'bass producer these days based in London, launched his own label Through Sounds this week. The label uses the same name as his self-funded debut album he released in Estonia in 2007, and since that album he has released music on labels like Med School, Vampire and Hustle Audio.

The first release just dropped yesterday, and it features tracks from InZtance himself.
The A-side "This Is Where" is a stepping dancefloor drum'n'bass track with some uplifting brass stabs, chunky drums and a dirty bassline. The "flip", if you can use that word about a digital-only release anyway, is a track called "What Must I Do?" which is rolling techy drum'n'bass track with some great atmospheric sounds. And it has chipmunk vocals too.

But that's not all. You can also get a free track from the label boss called "One Step Closer". All you need to do is go like the label's facebook page, click "free track" and you'll have this monster of a track downloaded to your hard drive in no time.

You can check out all the tracks from the soundcloud players below, and buy the first 2 tunes from your favourite mp3 store. Keep an eye on the label btw, there might be some collaborative efforts by yours truly released in the future too.

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

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