Various Artists – True Dub EP

Last months have seen the emergence of a new trend in drum and bass music. Not combining dub influenced elements with fast paced beats or dirty basslines, which have be done for years already, but just modern dub music at 170 bpm.  As the rhythm is in half speed, it’s not that obvious the tempo is that of traditional Drum ‘n’ Bass…
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Play Apr 12

Dorian Concept – Her Tears Taste Like Pears

Dorian Concept’s first release on Ninja Tune is titled Her Tears Taste Like Pears, a statement that pretty much encapsulates the whole vibe of this EP – quirky, indie, bizarre, artistic, humourous.

Hailing from Vienna, the man himself (real name Oliver Johnson) has released many EPs on labels such as Affine and Kindred Sprits, perhaps best-known of which boasts the inspired name of Trilingual Dance Sexperience (2009)…
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Play Apr 8

Midland – Bring Joy

With various remixes over the past few years and a collaboration with Ramadanman, Midland is one of the stronger producers of the post-dubstep-house-future-techno-garage genre. Yeah, a firm genre name really needs to be decided on, but it goes to show the broad range of styles that Midland’s production draws from.
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Play Apr 7

FREE TRACK: Chase & Status – Time (Southbound Hangers RMX)

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Brighton’s top dubstep tag team Southbound Hangers have donned their remix masks and proceeded to smack Chase & Status’ new track ‘Time’ in the face with a sonic metal chair.

This straight up dubstep smasher vertical suplexes the sh*t out of the original – remember Bam Bam Bigelow? It’s like him, with more bass and less redneck facial hair…
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Play Apr 5

Kromestar – Mental Universe

Dubstep pioneer Kromestar graces Get Darker’s new label venture with a 12″ that captures both Kromestar’s diverse production ability and Get Darker’s commitment to spreading all types of dubstep.

 

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Play Mar 30

Nihon Kizuna

Compiled speedily after the catastrophic events in Japan, Nihon Kizuna (in English, ‘bond of friendship with Japan’) is the work of a small group of creators in Tokyo and a host of artists worldwide who donated their tracks to the project. The album costs £10 from its BandCamp site (or more if you elect to make a larger donation), with all funds going directly to the Japanese Red Cross.
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Play Mar 28

Various Artists – Cloud 11

Cloud 11 is a compilation album featuring various downtempo electronica producers, many from the roster of the label helming the release, Cartesian Binary. This Portland, Oregon-based label is the offspring of producer/multi-instrumentalist Rena Jones, who collaborates on several of the tracks here.
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Play Mar 21

Seba & Paradox – The Light/As If

The long-running collaboration between Seba and Paradox continues with the release of ‘The Light’ on Critical Music, a lighter vocal-based track that casts back to a similar ilk as ‘Move On’, which was released on Hospital Records in 2005.

These are two producers that have firmly stuck to their guns in terms of sound and production style. It’s still nice to hear musicians not getting influenced from what’s currently trending in their scene, rather being influenced from different aspects of old skool dance music.
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Play Mar 15

MJ Cole – Satellite EP

MJ Cole is a producer who has been around for a while now, enjoying perhaps his most mainstream success in 2001 with the Mercury Music Prize-nominated garage album Sincere. The new Satellite EP could be described as a culmination of his achievements since – stylistically independent, released on his own appropriately-titled Prolifc label, and boasting some of his most experimental music to date.
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Play Mar 11

Kahn – Like We Used To / Helter Skelter

Those who follow dubstep and especially the deep and experimental niche may have heard of Kahn lately. This guy is going strength to strength with remixes for Floetry, M.I.K and also his digital release, ‘Altar’ which came out last year on A Future Without.
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Play Mar 9

Icicle Featuring SP:MC – Dreadnaught

Icicle’s first releases started to surface around 2007 and it didn’t take long for the dutch based producer to establish his name in the neuro/tech drum and bass scene. The second single entitled ‘Dreadnaught’, taken from his debut LP ‘Under The Ice’, features the respected SP:MC laying down verses to compliment this track.
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Play Mar 7

Wildcookie – Cookie Dough

Brighton’s ever trustworthy Tru Thoughts has just released Cookie Dough, the intriguing debut album from Wildcookie – a fortuitous collaboration between existing signee Freddie Cruger (AKA Red Astaire) and American session singer Anthony Mills. And what an album it is – a varied but reliably soulful experience, combining elements of hip hop, R&B and occasional latin and afro beats.
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Play Mar 4

Amit – Never Ending LP

British Drum and Bass producer Amit is one of the leading pioneers of half-step, or should that be dark-step…? Whilst people may argue over the exact genre of his work, there is no denying that what Amit does is simply exquisite.

For this review we revisit this classic and now re-printed release, Never Ending, out on Commercial Suicide. Amit is able to bring haunting, moody soundscapes to a whole new level drawing on a number of influences from Joy Division through to his Indian roots whilst never forgetting his love for D&B.
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Play Mar 2

Ill Blu – Meltdown EP

Meltdown is Ill Blu’s debut EP for the Numbers imprint. The 3-track dubstep influenced release is aimed straight at the dance floor. These are upfront tracks that combine sneaky atmospherics with interesting synth sounds, creating busy sounding rhythms with melodies directly influenced from more dancehall based music.
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Play Feb 28

Enzo Siffredi – G Swing Remixes

Anyone who has ever attended the Minimal Kids night at Brighton’s Audio will be familiar with the tone of Enzo Siffredi’s fun, minimal and distinctly European brand of house.

This release features two remixes of his track G Swing, (the original mix released back in November ’10) which was a typical Siffredian affair – a bouncy, revolving groove coupled with a warm, ancient-sounding horn sample to provide the quirky melody and gypsy jazz vibe.
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Play Feb 25

Mosaic – Exit Records

Mosaic is the last project from Drum and Bass legend, dBridge, pushing the autonomic sound a step further by making it available to a wider audience as it’s the first various artists release entirely dedicated to this genre.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the main keys are depth, space, atmospheres and, this release, is a perfect introduction…even if you’re not into Drum and Bass.
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Play Feb 23

Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie XX – We’re New Here

It is unlikely nowadays that an album will be released without several amateur dubstep or remixed versions popping up over the internet. The majority are not worth listening to, however occasionally you stumble across something special.

Jamie Smith, of The xx fame, has remixed the whole of Gil Scott-Heron’s critically acclaimed 2010 come-back album, I’m New Here. Smith’s previous releases have seen him build up a name for himself having success with Florence and the Machines – You Got The Love and Adele’s – Rolling In The Deep…
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Play Feb 21

Julio Bashmore – Everyone Needs a Theme Tune

Julio Bashmore is one of the most exciting house producers at the moment. Bashmore has managed to etch himself a groove in the scene by writing tunes that take strong influence from classic electronica, garage and in some cases even his bass lines make one think back to old skool Drum ‘n’ Bass.

Everyone Needs a Theme Tune is his latest 3-track EP released on PMR Records and encompasses the unique approach he’s taken to writing house music.
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Play Feb 17

Current Value – Hitman/Target

Current Value has been a firm fixture in a lot of DJs record boxes for the past few years. His style is darker than the average tech producer – much darker – and in most cases verges on Breakcore. His latest 12″ release ‘Hitman’ and ‘Target’ gives us more of his signature style – which although is nothing new, is still a brutal pleasure to listen to.
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Play Feb 15

Sepalcure – Fleur EP

Following their debut EP entitled ‘Love Pressure’ that came out last year, Sepalcure’s new EP entitled ‘Fleur’ is now available in all good record shops and digital download platforms. The new yorkers grace us with 4 well produced tracks influenced by the garage, house and dub genres.
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Play Feb 13