Fresh Releases: Coleco, Diffrent Music & Voyager

Coleco - Focus 10 EP [Runtime]

Runtime Records started as a dubstep label back in the day, and the label boss Elemental is actually one of my favourite artists in the genre. Recently Elemental has added Adam to his artist name, and has released music at 170 bpm on labels like Auxiliary and Samurai, and obviously on his own label too. Now the latest Runtime release is out, and it hits you at 160 beats per minute with two original tracks by Coleco, and remixes by Om Unit and the label boss himself.

The title track is a strange hybrid of deep "arabic" vibes and trap-like beats. I personally can't stand "eastern" sounds or trap music, but this tune is so rude that it simply works. Om Unit's remix of Focus 10 takes a bit more deeper approach. The tune builds nicely and my favourite spot is the breakdown around halfway through when the synth chords kick in for a bit. Awesome.

On the flipside, there's a track called Ambivalence, a hectic synth chord mayhem with footwork'ish beats (but without the 808). In the remix Adam Elemental replaces the beats with his signature sound chopped and twisted breakbeats. 160 is the new 140.

Focus 10 EP is out now on Vinyl and digital download. You can buy it from the labels Bandcamp page

V/A - Evolution Of Giraffe [Diffrent]

Label showcasing compilations have always caused a range of mixed feelings, from the late 90s monstrous 8 x LP boxed releases with the weirdest quickly thrown-together tunes to absolute classics that both shaped the future of dnb and offered the consumer more bang for ones buck. Today the 90s are long gone, physical releases are getting more and more exclusive and at the same time the amount digital releases keeps growing to the point you couldn't listen to them all even if it was your day job.

So in the current state of things, what does Diffrent Music?

They release a nifty eight track compilation, offer a quality sampler on vinyl, put some love into the CD release with two bonus tracks (ones that rock btw) and most importantly, follow the sound that they've built up their 20 release catalogue on.

The whole compilation is filled with all kinds of diffrent (pun!) headnodders, from the standard roller rhythm nods to really twisted neck tweakers. I love the amount of attention given to the rhythm section broadness, you really can't browse through thinking "but they all have the same pattern". The soundscapes are mostly techy with a couple warmer and more experimental sounding tunes, collectively quite stripped down percussions and enough room for the massive sub section.

Recommended as a whole package, I won't pick faves this time since I'm probably using a lot of them in diffrent (pun!) situations. The label is solid and doing their work with love, if the sounds feel like your cup then you have some following up to do.

(Oh and check the FB and their site for freebies!)

Evolution Of Giraffe is out now as a CD and digital download.

Voyager - FAQ [Tempo Records]

Voyager is one of those artists who have been doing music for as long as I remember. And now he's back with a quality release on Tempo Records.

The first track, "FAQ" features some frequently asked questions (no pun intended), accompanied with the kind of atmospheric soundscapes, rolling drums and intense basslines you might expect from the master of those things. This track really takes you back to the good old nineties!

The release then continues with "LuvBLoved", which goes to the same category with FAQ. It does go even deeper though with some heavy choppage. If I had to pick one of these to play for a full dance floor, this would be the one.

As a little extra, there's also a mellow downtempo/ambient track to end the single. "Big Picture" is a lovely piece of music and something I'd like to end or start my day with.

More of this please!

FAQ is out now as a digital download and on clear 12" vinyl later this month.

Words by Trisector, Axu & St. Laurent

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

Science Helsinki on Basso Radio, December 13th 2013

The last Science Helsinki show on Basso for the year 2013 is about to air tonight! We're prepared to play some dope beats as usual and we've also got an artist feature coming up. You can make some wild guesses from the picture above.

The show is airing at 22.00 as usual and in case nothing seriously bad happens (read: submarine tragedies, sudden medical conditions etc.) we're pleasing your musical need for two hours.

Tune in for the show tonight at 22.00 Finnish time. You can go to Basso.fi and click the big ass play-button in the middle of the screen, or tune in with these FM Frequencies:

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

Radio: Drum'n'bass Show with Science Hki @ Basso Radio 29/11/2013 feat. Defence

It happens a few times every year that there's a fifth Friday in a month. From the 4 DnB Show crews we covered this one and invited the guys from a production/promotion posse called Defence to join us in the studio.

Lots of rolling liquid dnb was played as well as some not-so-liquid tunes. Anyway, here's a recording of that, so in case you've already done listening to the newest podcast and missed the show, have a listen.

Tracklist:

01 B-Key - Alchemy
02 Nebula - Aquatic Groove
03 Seba - Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
04 Paul SG - The Last Ceremony (feat. Undersound) (Big Bud Remix)
05 Brother- Distance Between
06 Nookie - See (Furney Remix)
07 SpectraSoul - Hearts
08 Mako - A Break From Ritual
09 DJ Hybrid - Badboy
10 Brian Brainstorm - Badman Clash
11 Chroma - Haunted Dancehall
12 Critical impact - Specialise in Love
13 RoyGreen & Protone - 2 Hours
14 Blu Mar Ten - Motor City
15 dRamatic & dbAudio - Got Feeling
16 London Elektricity - I Don't Understand (CPF Remix)
17 The Insiders - Fantasy
18 Rowpieces - Unknown Intentions
19 Nookie - Rebounded (Jrumhand's Aint Broke Remix)
20 Aquasky - In the Zone (Instrumental 12" Mix)
21 Phil Tangent - Giving Up the Ghost
22 Total Science - Searching
23 Bredren and Tom Small - Sixth Sense
24 Keosz & Fearful - Scars
25 Loxy & Isotone - Ancients (Skeptical remix)
26 Detail - Eight
27 Break - End of Time
28 Hybris, Quadrant, D-Struct and Iris - Graphene
29 Homemade Weapons - The Gauntlet VIP
30 Phil Tangent - Billie's Smile

Science Helsinki Podcast #49 - St. Laurent

Science Hki #49 - St. Laurent

01 talvin singh : traveller - island records
02 blocks & escher : embers - narratives music
03 sunchase : nathnennia - utopia music
04 chimpo : all over - soul:r
05 leonux : fusion - criminal records digital
06 ryuichi sakamoto : execution - kab america
07 heavy1 : ongaku (calculon & austin speed remix) - rubik digital
08 break & xtrah feat. drs : always new - symmetry recordings
09 blanca : inner spatial complex - subculture music
10 alix perez & misanthrop : burn out - shogun audio
11 foreign concept & stray : bang it - critical music
12 bayou feat. hysee : deterrence theory - bnc express
13 ryuichi sakamoto : gohatto: end theme - kab america
14 rufige kru : beachdrifta - metalheadz
15 andyskopes : true human emotion - utopia music
16 critical impact & komonazmuk : translation - metalheadz
17 fanu : poltergeist - lightless recordings
18 trash pilot : red moon - killscreen
19 a.m.c. & dbr uk : quiet storm - icarus audio
20 cutworks, bulb & julia marks : against the grain (cutworks dub mix) - occulti music
21 stray & frederic robinson : thumbprint - blu mar ten music
22 boards of canada : over the horizon radar - warp records

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.

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!

Radio: Drum'n'bass Show with Science Hki @ Basso Radio 11/08/2013 feat. Entropy organizing

Yes yes. This time we had some special guests from Entropy organizing to chat have a little chat about their organization and also to drop some of their favourite dnb tracks.

Our special featured artist this time was Dom & Roland, who is the DNB headliner of Entropy's 20 year birthday party which will take place in Helsinki in 22nd and 23rd of November. Find out more about the event at www.e20v.ug

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Tracklist:

Theory - I Saw You Girl [457 dub]
Digital & Spirit - Original Rockers [Phantom Audio]
Coleco - Focus 10 [Runtime dub]
Chopstick Dubplate - Soundboy Gone [Chopstick Dubplate]
Jazzatron - Starving [Break-Fast Audio]
Squarepusher - Smedleys Medley [Rephlex]
Om Unit - Governer's Bay [Civil Music]
Dominic Petrie TMA1 [Ingredients]
Hidden Element - Fakefunk [Break-Fast Audio]
Furi Anga - The Unquiet Universe (ASC remix) [Silk]
Jonny L - 2 Of Us [XL]
Trace & Nico - Cells [No U-Turn]
ENA - Dipterian [Samurai Horo]
Marcus Intalex - Gripped [Exit]
Klute - Gaze Into Your Eyes [Commercial Suicide]
Dom & Rob - Distorted Dreams [Moving Shadow]
Dead Calm - Identity (Dom & Roland remix) [Moving Shadow]
Known:Unknown - Rollers Edit [Moving Shadow]
Dom & Roland - Imagination [Moving Shadow]
Dom & Roland - Krunksnatcher [Dom & Roland Productions]
London Elektricity - Song In The Key Of Knife [Hospital]
Octane, DLR & Ant TC1 - Jazz Club [Dispatch]
Cause 4 Concern - Peep Show (Audio remix) [Virus]
Marcus Intalex & ST Files - Dreamworld [31 Recordings]
Future Prophecies - Magnetic [Subtitles]

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.

Free Download: Jason oS - Love And Hate [DTNDFREE001]

Montréal-based label Detuned Transmission recently released their first 12" which also released some love from the scientists some time ago.

The label has now released a free mp3 download from Jason oS, who is also 50% of Daat. The track, which is called "Love And Hate" continues on a similar more chilled and atmospheric path as "Crashes" from the first single. Mellow pads, stripped drum machine beats and synths that for some strange reason remind me of 80's action films.

To download this track, you need to like Detuned Transmissions facebook-page and then you'll be able to download the tune from there.

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