Velvet EPD-sensNCTRN Records
NCTRN Records is proud to present you the second EP of the label "Velvet"! With this brand new EP, NCTRN Records is showing us again their taste for heavy, hypnotic and rhythmically oriented Techno tracks. The original "Velvet" track by D-sens represent perfectly what we love about this talented producer : aerial atmosphere and crazy rhythmic parts but this time with a new approach on construction and inspirations, a solid dancefloor weapon! The "Velvet remix" by Binome, NCTRN's favorite duo, brings us a techno rework without concessions, a true hammer for every dancefloors, introduced by a rad intro. Bring it on NCTRN Records and welcome back D-sens! We can't wait to hear what you have up your sleeve!
Zero GravityVarious ArtistsInterchill Records
Chill, Downtempo, Recommended, Organic, Ambient, Deep, Psychedelic, Tribal, IDM, Vocal, Glitch Hop, Progressive, Experimental
Zero Gravity is the latest compilation from Canadian label lnterchill featuring 21 tracks from a stellar line-up of producers. The sounds are deep, lush and engaging, and being an extended release you get more time to enjoy where you're going. Some of the tracks have been previously released and others were made for the album. These artists have honed their skills over many years; so break out the pillows, lower the lights and get comfortable. Many of the artists here have had tracks or albums released on lnterchill before, and two of them (Adham Shaikh and Legion of Green Men) had tracks on lnterchill's first compilation "Northern Circuits" which was released 21 years ago. Others are new for the label. And there's a tune from Loop Guru that was released 25 years ago that made a deep impression then and still does now. Zero Gravity is meant for taking it easy, traveling without leaving your couch and for enjoying the healing and inspirational qualities of fine music.
In 2006 Salvador Breed and Stijn van Beek met while studying Sound Design and Music Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Ever since then the pair have been beavering away behind an arsenal of blinking banks in Amsterdam. The musical fruit of this twelve year friendship? Breek. A partnership that smears the boundaries of styles and sounds with festive flare. For their debut, a candy coloured cornucopia of elements are swirled and whirled. Braindance, electronica and neo-classical are festooned with dubby tones and underground grit in a unique sound of diverse textures and deep tones. Faster works, like the swooping joy of “Yokai”, are countered by more contemplative “Ama.” “Hang” is a whimsical dreamscape of squirming acid lines, crisp drums and angular notes that combine to produce a brilliantly bright piece. “Mu-Onna” and “Oiwa” are more abstract works that melt vocals with sweet strings before the final piano swells and ambient rains of “Burabura.” A daring and dynamic debut from this eccentric duo with stunning artwork from Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Rigning (2018)YagyaDelsin Records
Yagya's Rigning album from 2009 is the Icelandic producer's most acclaimed dub, techno and minimal masterpiece. Due to popular demand, Delsin are now re-issuing it! Previously only available as a double pack with eight tracks, the new re-mastered version features all 10 of the tracks from the original CD. Rigning is essentially one long track split into movements. It depicts a city sleeping as gentle rain falls and dubbed out grooves zone you out. Yagya's style is always patient and slow burning, his grooves are long and drawn out and his pads reach up into the heavens. This whole album in coated in a warm fuzz and is a real comfort on dark, long, cold nights. As insular and melancholic as it is, there is also plenty of beauty in the melodies and delicate keys. From dark and gloomy to more optimistic and meditative, there is a sophistication throughout this always cinematic album that continues to make it stand out nearly a decade after it was first released.
The FearNomineNomine Sound
Label head Nomine returns to his own Nomine Sound imprint with 'The Fear', the UK producers first solo release on the label since the supplying the inaugural release back in 2016. On 'The Fear' Nomine returns to his roots with four tracks of tribal, ethnic, meditative 140 bpm bass music.
Flexible DisksZRYLCInaba Audio
Zrylc enters the Inaba books with a dark and rolling five track EP. Rich with atmospheres and textures, clean drums and big basslines across all five cuts; Zrylc really puts a stamp down on his sound. Progression throughout each track on the EP is well thought out with highlights such as the hand percussion and double bass work on ‘Sidekick’ or grooving bassline on the collaboration with Bizzmo, ‘Check It’ making this EP stand out.
Ligovkoi's new EP with remixes by Peder Mannerfelt, Abdulla Rashim, Polar Inertia and HBT. The duo Ligovskoi, between Bruxelles and Paris, has come up with five new pieces, bringing their craft to a whole new level. Their condensed and moving soundscapes are now heightened by narrative compositions and constructions. (Cross and Lethe for instance, will drag you down several routes...) Their hybrid sound-design and detuned, infra-thin arpeggios now also integrate free improvisations and breathtaking, melodramatic moments. Abdulla Rashim honours us with a third remix for the label, after his mind-boggling takes on Polar Inertia’s Black Sun and Ligovskoï’s previous EP with Labiate, he has given yet another thrilling, drone-synth-in¡ected treatment to the headlining Mana track. Peder Mannerfelt's “Power Ambient” stance and dizzying improvisations have inoculated Aures with a rare kind of dubby energy. Then there is a long techno epic by Polar Inertia, that builds delicately upon the sequences of Lethe towards its heartwarming pads. And last but not least, label’s co-founder HBT delivers a savage live-drumming and acid-drone jam - a reinterpretation of Cross, as if it had been understood as a “riddim” or a voodoo charm.
Yb ChainTrikayaStreet Ritual
Drawing on the Wisdom Traditions of the East and the technological innovations of the West, Trikaya works to explore and transmit awakening energies. This smooth and deep drum and bass journey takes listeners through varying audio atmospheres. This dynamic desert duo delivered on the crunchy, full moon stomp groove. dela Moontribe of Southern California’s Moontribe Collective brings a depth of experience gathered over many moons dancing and sharing her unique psychedelic tribal music with a joyful sprite-like subjugated fury. Brian Saitzyk with a life immersed in the meditative and artistic disciplines brought to the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche found a familiar community and unrestrained artistic energy in the Southern California deserts in the early days of the Moontribe Collective’s gatherings.
Acid Series Vol 4BMG & Derek PlaslaikoInterdimensional Transmissions
The Acid Series celebrates over 10 years of No Way Back, with music that directly references that experience. This is the fourth volume in the series, to be paired withVol 3 by Jordan Zawideh. This is the 3rd collaboration between BMG & Derek Plaslaiko, each collaboration has been inspired by No Way Back. For this one, BMG was working on a modular based acid live show for the No Way Back 10th Anniversary, and from that vibe they created these songs.
One of Melbourne's favourite natives delivers a new offering that weaves through sublime and squelchy synth tones, royally funked-up guitar and horn lines interlaced with irresistible lashings of exquisite bass. All entwined with that cheeky Spoonbill Wonkadelic Glitch Groove. Spoonbill’s distinguished brand of genre-bending musical amalgam has seen many transformations throughout the artist’s career, which spans almost two decades. In 2015 we were blessed with an all-encompassing exploration of temple-tickling downtempo music with “Tinkerbox,” the artist’s chef d'oeuvre. "Squawkus" followed, which was a complete 180 from it’s predecessor - a 4-piece selection of delectable dance floor ditties filled with relentless, atypical glitch and more intense wobbles than a San Francisco earthquake. Now the man has returned with “Crosshatch,” a highly palatable quintet of tunes brimming with smooth and calculated guitar riffs, invigorating horn work, and a colossal abundance of just what the doctor ordered - a hefty helping of GROOVE. The funk is seductive - it’s impossible not to cheese ear to ear with rhythm this infectious. The beauty of “Crosshatch” is that it combines the upbeat cavorting of “Squawkus” with the detail and careful intricacies of “Tinkerbox.” The level of complexity compared to Spoonbill’s previous release has increased, but the furious toe-tapping fervor remains. What "Crosshatch" does it does very well - it not only showcases the fun, quirky, danceable side of Spoonbill, but also appeases those who pick apart every last note, begging to find something new with each listen. This makes the EP a must-have for any collector of extraordinary music.
Crude TracerTourist KidMelody As Truth
Tourist Kid's "Crude Tracer" – their first release on Melody As Truth – was recorded in Perth and Melbourne between 2016 and 2017. Though the idea of movement between two places could be a somewhat romantic afterthought, a more palpable sense of dislocated unease creeps up on the listener throughout the album. Tourist Kid's production encompasses all manner of tangible and otherworldly sounds as a vehicle to explore something far more intriguing than a simple instrumental fetish – so much so that the overwhelming sting of blasted detritus or a broken and bent vocal is capable of eliciting such delicate impulses as glistening, heart-wrenching piano chords. It's a unique – and very special – kind of beauty that Tourist Kid gracefully achieves with "Crude Tracer”.
Climbing Himalaya: Part IIFeralHypnus Records
As the first part took us floating effortlessly toward the peak we now drift downwards passed enchanted forests and shimmering lakes. The record comprise four deep and dubbed out techno grooves filled to the brim with the inimitable sound of Feral.
Everything Is TemporaryAmossDispatch Recordings
The highly anticipated debut album from London based duo Amoss is finally here; we are pleased to introduce ‘Everything Is Temporary’! Backing an impressive run of Dispatch EPs and singles, ‘Everything Is Temporary’ is the culmination of Amoss so far; written alongside heavy touring, through years of scrutinous, hard graft in the studio, the album is a snapshot into their progression. Pressurizing themselves with the concept of what an ‘album’ should entail, it was Codebreaker’s monologue ‘Everything Is Temporary’ that changed their view on the project, inspiring them to stick true to themselves and deliver raw, unfiltered material that would be an honest reflection of Amoss over the years and today. “When we heard that lyric 'everything is temporary' it was like “yeah it fucking is temporary, so why are we worrying about this, what's the point? Let's just do what we've done all along, it hasn't failed us yet.”
So you want to know more about Mefjus? Wise move. Let’s talk... Based out of Linz, north Austria, Martin Schober is a singular protagonist at the forefront of this beguiling game we call drum & bass. He likes hip-hop, skateboarding, schnitzel, Leibniz biscuits and long walks in the sunset, but he’s most respected for how he traipses across electronic music’s wildest terrains with total boundary abandonment… And is regarded as a leading influential new-gen figure in the genre. We will use his words to describe his latest release on Vision Recordings: “This new album is the product of a 2 year process. The LP reflects what I love about the diversity of drum & bass and all its sub genres as well as what I enjoy playing at clubs and festivals. It was crucial to me that this new chapter was a step up in content, sound design and song writing which influenced the decision to include only solo material and even master it myself. Manifest is Mefjus 2.0” – Martin
Elemental GearsLOKShanti Planti
Recommended, Organic, Heavy, Deep, Psychedelic, Downtempo, Dubstep/Grime, Glitch Hop, Glitchy, Tribal, Ambient, IDM, House, Chill
LOK is a side project of Xsetra, expressing the psychedelic dub influenced music of his sound. LOK's first release on Shanti Planti is a perfect example of this vibration, and his production prowess from him many years in the studio proves that he's here to stay!
FragileVarious ArtistsNutek Chill
Nutek Chill proudly presents an Amazing new album by Earth Child - 'Fragile'. Nine tracks that build up one story, involving all the 'chill out' genres like Psy Chill, Dub, Reggae, Downtempo and Ambient. Emotional and deep with lots of fresh ideas and great balance between the elements in each track, Earth Child stays close to his unique color and production while adding new perspectives, modulations and collaborations.
Splayed Out .KarmasynKC4C Limited
In this fifth installment C4C Limited turn their attention to San Francisco based producer KarmasynK. Since June 2016 KarmasynK has been working as a sound designer, his work has been licensed for big budget films like Fifty Shades Darker, Transformers - The Last Knight and HBO’s TV series Scandal. Now turning his talents to Drum & Bass he has supplied an E.P. packed full of freshness.
Earth SeedsAlecs DeLargeCollective Resonance
Collective Resonance and Alecs DeLarge are excited to present this brand new release titled 'Earth Seeds'. Here are some words about this new LP from DeLarge himself: "This is a culmination of my best work cooked up over the past two years on my AKAI samplers. My previous EP ‘S950 Bumps’, is a prelude to this release, featuring outtakes and cuts that didn’t make it from this album. The production on Earth Seeds is more technical than previous releases, using multi-layered samples to create deep textures and sonic landscapes." This album is a 25-minute ride through the mind of Alecs DeLarge, consisting of a batch of 12 bit, blunted, jazzy beats that were cooked up between 2016-17 on his AKAI S900 and MPC 2000 samplers. A slight departure from his signature SP-303 sound, Alecs pays homage to his main production influences coming up such as Lord Finesse, Q-Tip, Buckwild, The Beatminerz, Havoc and Pete Rock. DeLarge elaborated on his earlier comments by saying: "Growing up, I always wanted to create an album that could have dropped during the New York Hip Hop renaissance of 93-97, an instrumental version of what could have featured gritty street tales from my favourite rappers including Big L, Prodigy, Smif-N-Wessun and the like. After numerous financial and life hiccups, the album is finally here in all its glory. Mixed and mastered on vintage analogue gear - so expect plenty of crackles, machine hum and grit. Play this at night and play it loud."
Callous Vibrations EPRizzleDispatch LTD
After debuting on Dispatch last year with the ‘Ascension EP’, Bournemouth based Rizzle returns on a new flex, with the ‘Callous Vibrations EP’. Turning up the pressure with four hard hitting productions, Rizzle transmits his unique groove to a dance floor friendly format, cleverly combining vibe with vigor. A milestone 50th release on Dispatch LTD, we are blessed to showcase emerging talents and producers like Rizzle are a true testament to the growth of the label. With a new release in the works, we are excited to see Rizzle’s continued progress in 2018!
Hello BossProc FiskalCosmic Bridge Records
Cosmic Bridge kicks off 2018 with an energetic four-track EP full of fresh ideas. Proc Fiskal is the alias of 21-year-old Joe Powers, an Edinburgh native who fell in love with UK dance music and the various strains of the hardcore continuum thanks to YouTube. He refined these inspirations at 160 bpm and began to receive airplay from the likes of grime veteran DJ Spooky. A debut EP for Hyperdub followed in 2017, speeding grime to jungle tempos for fascinating results. These unique tracks caught the ears of Om Unit leading to the Hello Boss EP, on which Proc Fiskal further explores the sweet spot between dark garage, grime and ragga jungle. The tracks on Hello Boss were produced with DJs in mind. They’re energetic, versatile, and above all highly contagious in the dance. “A Fragrance” imagines Potential Badboy hanging out in the studio with Osmosis. The result is a fresh combination of mid-’90s jungle and UK garage with tightly-edited breakbeats, snapping drums, and a dark bassline clashing against flutes, sirens, horns and vocal samples. “Hello Boss” was inspired by a stand-off scene in a Bollywood movie, drawing its main sample from it and a tension that plays out in the interaction between drums and bassline. This is peak time dancefloor action, a dark roller to shake out the demons. Can you dig it? “Who Can’t Hear” is the most direct jungle production on the EP and shows Proc Fiskal for the dutiful student he is, able to tame the undiluted power of classic jungle with a modern touch: resonant bassline, smooth breakbeats, floating percussion, uplifting pads and a flurry of samples for a pure blast of junglistic joy. “Window Cat” closes the EP with a grime touch as icy, angular melodies rub against a robust bassline and sharp claps. Hello Boss highlights the ingenuity and energy that can be found in the cracks of 160 bpm dance music, a space with enough room for innovation. It’s a natural fit for Cosmic Bridge, a label that has made its name by celebrating the weirdness on the fringes of genres. As Om Unit puts it, “Proc Fiskal’s sound fits sonically as well as logically alongside some of the pioneers we have supported over the years.”
Yea BoiOvoidAddictech Records
Ovoid is one to watch. As he constantly evolves and morphs his glitchy hip hop sound, we scoop a two tracker from his prolific output in the Yea Boi release. This is glitch hop how it was meant to be, psychedelic and groovy, with proper bass! Without taking obvious cues from his inspirations or imitating anyone but the man he sees in the mirror, he impressed us with these original jams. As he sprinkles guitar throughout these tracks, it gives them a nice organic feel while keeping it hype. We've road tested these tunes, and can tell you that they deserve a place in your collection! Welcome Ovoid to the Addictech Records family!
Aerial OnegriffCorymbia Recordings
Australian sound-sculptor griff has a proclivity for combining technological experimentation with warm and intimate acoustic instrumentation. With each consecutive release since his debut EP Elwood in 2009, griff has moved further and further away from an inherently “digital” sound, carefully skirting the line between electronic and organic. With Aerial One, we see griff continue to incorporate a multitude of acoustic elements while still soothing synapses with clean, undulatory resonance. The album flows mellifluously in an illusory seamlessness not unlike a dream. The frequent inclusion of delicate melodies from a variety of string instruments melds in harmony with the alluring cadence of authentic percussion. However, vivacious bass is not neglected; peppered throughout the release is a viscid layer of low end sound design. That juxtaposition of grit and the grace is a large part of the charm of griff’s music. This is an album for those unfamiliar with the sonic sweet spot that is acoustically-driven electronic music, and for the intransigent characters who dismiss electronic music for its supposed lack of instrumentation. The distinguished musicality presented in Aerial One is instantly apparent and undeniable, and the experience of meandering through each of griff’s latest works is a treat all it’s own.
Bass heads don’t need any an introduction to Andreilien, whether it’s his current moniker or the past beats as Heyoka, his signature style is on full display. Andreilien’s crushing baselines sit ever so well on the bedrock of Blues and Dub that are always been present in his tunes. On Fragment, the deep dubbed out interludes and builds have an even bigger impact with the EP geared towards Halftime DnB and Hip Hop. The beats echo and dub out while baselines rumble and filter through psychedelic soundscapes. Andreilien will no doubt be initiating many dancers and listeners into an altered experience once again. Andreilien contemporaries recognize his talents alongside the likes of Tipper and Spoonbill, also having toured alongside Bassnectar and featured on some pretty interesting rosters, he is one of the west coast ‘Bass Musics’ most dancefloor energizing performers. Andreilien’s production quality continues to elevate and surprise even the most sophisticated electronic music ears.
Rhythm Code IIIVarious ArtistsShanti Planti
Recommended, Glitchy, Heavy, IDM, Glitch Hop, Psychedelic, Chill, Downtempo, Breakbeat, Deep, Organic, Funky, Ragga, Dubstep/Grime, Drum & Bass, Techno, Tribal, Midtempo, Disco/Nu-Disco, Vocal
Transporting us to vibrant new depths in the ever-expanding world of psychedelic music, Shanti Planti’s mind-bending “Rhythm Code III” is a chimerical and mesmerizing exploration of dream, memory and the influence of sensation upon the mind. Conceived by an artist collective united across the globe by its hallucinatory and hypnotic approach to high-tech sound design, this curated compilation album draws upon primitive roots to create an intoxicating blend of sounds that refuses to be contained to a single genre. From start to finish, listeners are guided across the sonic sphere in an sensory dive into spacious downtempo, organic dub and rhythmic glitch juxtaposed with a beat-rich array of menacing bass, mid-tempo dub and swanky psychedelic funk. Enhanced by the beatific qualities of conscious bass—ethereal transitions, rising and falling energy peaks and deep, textural atmospheres—this concise and powerful arrangement is a vivid memento of musical heritage that can be enjoyed in a single sitting or separated by track.