“Tales from the Darkside, Vol. 2” is a trip into the Unknown to the Unknown archives to unearth some absolute gems on the Bassline & UK Garage tip!
Out now exclusively via Beatport!
One of the world’s most revered drum & bass outfits SpectraSoul return with their third studio album ‘How We Live’, self-released on their burgeoning Ish Chat Music imprint. Turning back to their roots for a more hardened, underground sound, ‘How We Live’ pushes through the full spectrum of D&B showcasing once more that trademark SpectraSoul sheen and musicality that has won them legions of fans across the globe over the past 10 years.
“We saw from our first three releases on Ish Chat Music that there is still a very keen appetite for forward-thinking drum and bass music and that its home was once again showing itself to be a darkened room with a big sound system, full of people. Things have become really exciting again. The last few years of working completely independently has put us back in touch with the purity of drum & bass and the core ideals that are at the foundation of the genre – the independent, f**k you attitude that doesn’t conform to major label models, and isn’t all about profit — it’s about art, experimentation, and counter culture. We wanted to latch onto that ethos and run with it, trying to capture that vibe in an album.
We have tried to collaborate with people who also live their lives by these same ideals and who share the same values. From the musical collaborators to the visual artists we have brought in to work on the accompanying artwork, we have sourced our collaborators carefully; working with friends where possible and seeking out like minded, fresh talent where necessary.
As with every Ish Chat Music release, it’s been a really steep learning curve. But it’s this learning, the journey and the process that make the whole thing that much more enjoyable. The title of the album reflects this ethos. We have lived every part of the creative and manufacturing process, and that process, itself, is our lives. Every day we wake up to write music and to challenge ourselves in the studio. We are constantly learning and honing our craft; developing the rules and methods that determine ‘How We Live’.”
Currently a featured new release via Spotify & iTunes.
Mall Grab – Pool Party Music
Hot Haus Recs [HOTSHIT030]
Out now via Beatport: btprt.dj/2m3UtuI
“The prize for rowdiest track of 2017 so far has a winner.
Aussie producer Mall Grab has been behind most of the bossiest dancefloor moments of the past couple of years, ever since his simple-but-deadly ‘Feel U’ dropped on Collect-Call.
Following EPs for 1080p, Unknown To The Unknown and his own Steel City Dance Discs imprint, Jordon Alexander returns to DJ Haus’s ever-excellent Hot Haus Recs next month for an EP containing some of his biggest jams yet.
The functionally titled Pool Party Music brings anthemic horns on the rowdy opener, while Haus tells us to expect “low-slung crunk-houz” on ‘B.F.O.D.A.A.S.’. The EP wraps with the dreamy melody and ruff drums of ‘Catching Feelings’, which contains a little treat for OutKast fans”
Words via FACT
Released 23rd February via Railbird Digital Distribution.
Exclusive to Beatport:
|TRP||Gunz||Unknown to the Unknown||Buy|
|Mr. Frenkie||Respawn / Tire Fire||Concussion Records||Buy|
|Steven B.C. & VRRS||House Crime, Vol. 1||House Crime||Buy|
|Seriph||Demagog EP||Dubstar Records||Buy|
On General release:
|Distinct Motive||Cessna Riddim / Iron Lung||Navy Cut||Buy|
|SpectraSoul||Second Chance EP||Ish Chat Music||Buy|
|Jamie Lidell||When I Come Back Round – Live Version (Matthew Herbert’s Long Night Dub)||Accidental Jnr||Buy|
|Sub Drifter||Listen EP||Macabre Unit Digital||Buy|
SpectraSoul launch their “Ish Chat Music” imprint and release “Only You EP”
Railbird Digital are pleased to announce that we will be handling exclusive digital distribution for SpectraSoul’s new label Ish Chat Music.
Having previously appeared on such recognised labels as Shogun Audio, Metalheadz, Critical Music & Exit Records the Brighton based duo felt the time was right to branch out and launch their own imprint.
The result is their debut on the new label entitled “Only You EP” and it’s available right now!
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JoeFarr – RPM
Label: Bloc // Cat No: BLOC003
Release date: 29th January 2016
Farr has a diverse catalogue, with three well-received releases on Turbo as well as records with DSNT, Leisure System and Power Vacuum. Few producers can claim to have remixed Tiga and been remixed by Truss.
Though Farr has an extensive history with Bloc, this will be his first outing on the label, a release that incorporates sounds that both Bloc and Joe are famed for.
The first track, ‘RPM’ features prominently in the Bloc festival trailer and is the soundtrack to the 2016 weekender. Hissing high hats and an atmospheric baseline quickly develop into an explosive anthem designed to get feet moving. ‘Rolling and Thatching’ conveys an immediate punch of 90’s acid, followed by techno heavy ‘Workout Three’ with crunching beats and an unremitting delivery worthy of the Berghain dance floor.
Here’s the lead-track from the mini-EP:
12″ Vinyl is available top pre-order now. The digital release will be out on Friday 29th January in all good retailers.
Ivy Lab – 20/20, Vol. 1
Label: 20/20 LDN Recordings
Release date: Friday 6th November
Formed by producers Sabre, Stray and Halogenix, Ivy Lab are a North London collective that is part of a nascent movement of bass music refugees cross- pollinating UK soundsystem culture with influences from Future beats, the Mo’Wax era and LA’s Low End Theory focused beat scene. Their debut album adopts a clan style approach where different configurations of members, and collaborators, might operate under the Ivy Lab mantle:
“This LP sits somewhere between a compilation album and a mixtape. The tracks are a mix of solo beats from individual members and collaborative productions between all three of us.”
Inspired by their enthusiasm for experimentation on the fringes of the drum & bass scene; Sabre, Stray and Halogenix joined forces through individual collaborations on their principle label Critical Music before expanding into the formal trio of Ivy Lab. A string of standout singles and EPs, additional support from Goldie’s Metalheadz recordings and remixes for acts and labels including Sub Focus (Universal), TC (3beat) and Anushka (Brownwood) have attracted a wealth of attention to the group.
With an anchored presence at the heart of the drum and bass community secured, the collective have now expanded into fresh territory under the framework of the “20/20” project. Initially established as a clubnight, the project is broadening its scope with the launch of a record label driven by the same raison-d’être as its live-event sibling. Namely to provide a showcase for the emerging landscape of sounds operating in the hinterlands between footwork, jungle/drum’n’bass, hip- hop and future beats – often referred to under the stop-gap moniker of ‘halftime’. Given this new movement’s proximity to Ivy Lab’s musical heritage as a drum and bass act, they view 20/20 as an expansion, rather than a change, in their musical output:
“We have no intention of turning our backs on drum & bass, but we have such a huge body of music in this style that it makes sense for us to create a parallel platform dedicated to this movement.”
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Ivy Lab – Shamrock [2020LDNSHAM]
Label: 20/20 LDN Recordings
The first preview taken from the highly anticipated debut Ivy Lab album entitled “20/20, Vol. 1” released on their fresh new imprint 20/20 LDN Recordings.
The LP is set to be released on Friday 6th November.
Killawatt – Émigré Reworked [OSMUK043EP]
Label: Osiris Music UK
Building on the success of the debut LP from Killawatt earlier in the year, Osiris Music UK assign three artists to rework three standout tracks from the album.
Tommy Four Seven takes the sub-aquatic techno roller ‘Zizi’ back to something dark, brooding and psychedelic using the original dissonant synth lines to create a real early set builder.
Eomac turns the dense and distorted ‘Spinal Swarm’ into a spacious sub centred UK techno cut that is more meditative rather than the unnerving aesthetic of its predecessor.
Finally Osiris Music UK label boss Mønic, fresh from his release on legendary Berlin techno label Tresor returns to do what he does best with ‘Excessive Hyperbole’ cutting out everything apart from the driving half-time basslines and eerie, dramatic atmospheres, dragging the UK based sound of the original kicking and screaming into the dark depths of the Berlin underground with great effect.
Naibu – Straight Lines [PM031]
Label: Paradox Music
Paradox Music welcomes a new and proven artist to the label with an impressive discography under his belt – Naibu (Creative Source, Horizons Music). ‘Straight Lines’ is a thing of beauty with its organic percussion, synths, pianos, brass, bleep and vocal hooks – and that’s just a small instrument percentage. Rolling b-boy breaks switch with escalating filtered pads and distorted bass snaps. A great debut from Naibu with ‘Straight Lines.’ Paradox Music Quality. PM031 worthy. ‘Replaced’ swings in with Rhode keys and bells flying on top of funky breakbeats for a high quality Drum & Bass number reminiscent of early Seba productions. Bleep pops and bass strums let the drums breathe whilst switching with the key changes. Impressive.
West Norwood Cassette Library – 5th Anniversary EP [WNCL025]
Label: WNCL Recordings
WNCL Recordings continues the 5th Anniversary celebrations with this appropriately titled 4 track EP of underground goodies from label boss, Bob Bhamra – a selection of unreleased and previously dubplate-only affairs from the Cassette Library vaults…
Blonde on Blonde: Original mix was the first release on Teal, Denmark in 2010. The label put on a night at the Dunkel bar in Coppenhagen so I made a VIP mix of the track for that night. I think the bar was also immortalised in an Elgato tune too
Say What?: Original mix was released on New Kanada in 2011. Adam Marshall told me last year that he was planning to release a digital only compilation called Ambient Parks where artists on the label were invited to contribute an ambient track reflecting the parks in their area. Adam liked my “Ambient Parks Reprise” but said it was a little on the dark side. I reminded him that he’d clearly never been to a park in West Norwood 😉
Think (It Ain’t Illegal Yet): Found this on an old mini disc marked “2003”. I’m hoping Doc Scott doesn’t get to hear it or he’s gonna send the boys round, demanding their riff back
Up Periscope!: I originally presented this to ST Holdings (you remember them) as the B side to WNCL001 (“What It Is”). I then got the Brackles remix of “What It Is” and promptly forgot all about it.
Young:G – Project Mohawk #4 [BRKN026]
Label: Broken Audio Recordings
As another Summer season of festival fun ebbs away into the memory banks, the Project Mohawk series moves into deeper territories with Part 4 making a firm statement on club dance floors around the world. Felipe Antunes is Young:G, the latest in a growing line of talented Brazilian music producers to light up the drum & bass scene. Having started out making his own beats in 2010, Young:G has come a long way in a relatively short space of time, steadily progressing with a host of respected labels and amassing production credits like a Philatelist would collect prized stamps.
Having reached the attention of us here at Broken Audio in late 2014, we are now ready to unleash Young:G’s first solo EP with us, and it surely marks his biggest release to date. With an opening track featuring the mighty vocal skills of true scene legends The Ragga Twins, backed up with a selection of cuts to showcase music as deep as it is uncompromising.
Thelem – We Aint the Same EP [ARTKL018]
Label: Artikal Music UK
Thelem comes correct with his biggest release to date via his new home Artikal Music UK. a 6 track EP with 4 Dubstep tracks and 2 Drum & Bass tracks to close the EP, featuring collabs with vocalist T-Man and D&B honcho Gremlinz. Huge DJ & Radio support on this one, Thelem has arrived!
Australian producers Tuff Sherm (a.k.a. Dro Carey) and Patch Free are set for their second EP, Dern Werk. The follow-up to their EP on Butter Sessions, four tracks arriving on DJ Haus’s Hot Haus Records label. Official video for the EP’s lead track ‘Zone 3’ streaming now!
Overlook / Deeperheightz – Gumshoe [RUPLDN008]
Label: Rupture LDN
A split single providing a new track from well respected D&B producer Overlook alongside a debut from new artist Deeperheightz. Overlook has been building things up on such respected labels as Dispatch, 31 Records, Samurai Music and it’s a pleasure to him appear on London based label Rupture having appeared at some of their recent nights, here both artists drop classic breakbeats for the true D&B heads.
Rumbleton – Vibration Centre [RUPLDN009]
Label: Rupture LDN
Canadian based Rumbleton and owner of fresh new label Stand Firm Hi-Fi launches a brand new solo single on London’s Rupture label. Tight breaks and spiralling amens from Rumbleton on a fantastic single, support from the likes of Loxy, Ink, Double 0 and Paradox!
The Push Button Orchestra – Still Beating On [CSRD165]
Label: Cross Section Music
A brand new release from Cross Section which has been producing quality house music since 1993, with support from a wide spectrum of world renowned and respected DJs including, Tony Humphries, Mike Huckaby, Todd Terry, Colin Dale, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, DJ Collette and DJ Heather to name a few. With countless productions under their belts for a host of underground house labels globally, this is the most recent collaboration between Magoo (Private Funk) and label boss Chris Simmonds, the combination of these producers goes from strength to strength with this raw club banger! “Still Beating On” has been exclusively featured on the Chris Simmonds podcast for DJ Sneaks’ Gangstercast with nearly 20,000 plays! This is the frst of many from this exciting new project. Play loud and watch the people get down!
Also on general release from today:
Bleaker – Hype (Funk) [UTTU055]
Label: Unknown to the Unknown
Scottish Gang Fatale member Bleaker’s ‘Hype (Funk)’ has been doing damage on radio and clubs all year. There’s nothing subtle or clever about the track: it takes a classic sample, adds some classic drums (including a hi-hat which is so obnoxiously loud in the mix that you can’t help but grin when it comes in) and basically just bangs for five minutes, which is perfect. It’s all you’d ever want from it, and it’s all that Unknown to the Unknown ever want from anything – which makes the label the ideal home for it. UTTU will be releasing it backed with ‘Jam’ and a Helix remix of ‘Hype (Funk)
Hostage – Tetralogy EP 
Label: 877 Records
Hostage is back on 877 Records following the success of his last EP on the label. From the Disco/Grime/House fusion of “Grunt” to the infectious vocal track “Bang Bang”, Hostage is not a man to be confined to one style and this EP truly showcases what a lean mean production machine this producer really is.
DJ Madd – Peng Teng EP [RNF004]
Label: Roots & Future
Hungarian-born Peter Simon has been writing music since his early teens, scoring his first vinyl release in 2008. Highly acclaimed for his WAR series of white label releases, he quickly made the connection between underground bass music and the Jamaican reggae sound. His music has been supported by UK tastemakers such as Toddla T, Mary Anne Hobbs and David Rodigan.
The Aliens UK & Badklaat – Aliens Gone Bad [DS069]
Label: Dubstar Records
The Aliens UK have teamed up with the mighty BadKlaat (Never Say Die) for their latest EP, by their own admission they’ve ‘Gone Bad’, expect trap, deep vibes and some lazer-bass, this is other-dimension business.
Subtifuge – Ganja Dadda 2015 (feat. Mr. Williamz) [TDWR008]
Label: Totally Dubwise Recordings
For our 8th release of the year we are going in with a update of the massive Ganja Anthem from Subtifuge & Mr Williamz which has been played none stop since it dropped in 2013. This one is sure to hot up the dance and get the Ganja heads bouncing. We have gone all out in this release, covering all bases from laid back Roots to Digital Dub then upping the tempo for a few Dubwise Drum & Bass and Jungle mixes from some of the scenes hottest producers. With the likes of Subtifuge, Dubmatix, Marcus Visionary, Blend Mishkin & Audiomission this one is guaranteed to be a sure fire hit, so sit back light up, and get to know about the Ganja Dadda.
DyAD – Cyclic EP [MUD032]
Label: Macabre Unit Digital
“I don’t get gassed. but these boys DyAD will soon be making music that you might envy…if you ain’t already…Raise your glasses to the production junkies…” – Demon
“DyAD are a two man-strong production and DJ alias making sounds that seem to represent an entire army.” – Korrupt (FatKidOnFire)
DyAD is comprised of two forward thinking Dubstep producers from the U.K.
Having seen releases on Annihilate Audio, Abyssal Audio, Sub:Concious, Mindstep and Pressed Records, the duo have already solidified their position in the 140 scene over the past couple of years. They strive to bring a unique blend of dancefloor bangers and deep, evocative compositions to a sometimes over-saturated and stagnant genre. Alongside these releases, their music has also featured on some of the most popular blogs in the scene such as FatKidOnFire and KeepDeep (EDM.com). Their remixes of Matt U’s “Danger” and Sick ft. Talabun’s “Virus” have been doing the rounds amongst many of the underground’s top producers for some time now; add to that the steady flow of free music and showcase mixes the two have put out and it’s not surprising the name DyAD is sticking in the minds of real 140 heads.
Vaun & Jafu – In Pieces [ALBION001]
Label: Albion Collective
Newly established Albion Collective label are proud to present their first release from Vaun & Jafu. Having worked with renowned artists like El-B, Quest, Bunzer0 and Phaeleh. Albion has become a recognised brand across the bass music spectrum and launching a label was a natural progression. On remix duties is DEEP MEDi’s very own Jack Sparrow a well renowned Dubstep producer/DJ and Black Butter’s Sly-One who go from strength to strength.