Take Time Ft. Rider Shafique / OpportuneIdle Minds WorkshopPlasma Audio
Introducing Idle Minds Workshop, a Melbourne based duo made of Hooves & JPS now debuting on Plasma Audio. Staples of the Melbourne music scene, they are now working together as the production outfit ‘Idle Minds Workshop’. Dropping with a slung half time beat 'Take time' features dubbed out lyrics from Rider Shafique, alongside ‘ Opportune' a driving dancefloor half time riddim. Original hand drawn calligraphy brushed by Akane Ito of QQQ Design brings essence into the package giving the feeling of beautifully crafted release.
Symbiosis Remixed Part 1 Deluxe EditionDroptekKorsakov Music
Reload: ‘Symbiosis’ dropped, April 2019. A deeply personal body of work for young UK artist Lewis Munns, the album was a bold statement of intent that galvanised his transition from 140-oriented music to something a little faster, spicier, slicker and deadlier and showed he was here to stay. It was a strong move for the label, too. At the time Korsakov Music were only four releases deep, but the label bossman AL/SO was so inspired by the album, he had to release it… And, more importantly, do it justice. Justice was served: Noisia, Mefjus, Koven, Camo & Krooked, Black Sun Empire, Muzz and Levela all hammered the originals, ensuring the album’s status as one of the most accomplished D&B LP debuts of the year. Now, 15 months later, it’s time for a whole new hammering. Once again, an all-star cast of D&B protagonists are involved. Nine versions heavy, ‘Symbiosis Remixed’ takes Droptek’s signature gritty, sharp-edged tech funk and places it in the hands of a wide-ranging collective of artists who are all in exciting, inspired places in their career. Joe Ford’s opening take on ‘Sentient’ is a perfect example as it sets the tone in that purring, restrained way he’s become loved for. Many more examples follow: Russian neuro royalty Gydra go all-out ruffhouse funk on ‘Devoid’, Skantia showcases his stripped-back techno tendencies on ‘Extrapolate’, Audio goes all halftime hurter on ‘Comply’ and InsideInfo blends about five fiery flavours on ‘Minutiae’ in that one-of-a-kind trip way only he knows how. The list goes on… Each remix capturing best essence of Droptek’s original while taking it in a whole new direction and ensuring his album continues to be done justice long after its release. Let’s hope this painful wait for that first post-lockdown rave doesn’t take as long. In the meantime, allow these precision remixes unleash a little frustration. And buckle-up; like all the best dream line-ups, this is only phase one! Two more remix bundles are set to drop imminently…
Plated BodyDuswunderAll Centre
The EP kicks off with Adorned, immediately introducing Duswunder’s characteristically complex sound design. Enchanting pads lay the foundation before giving way to a disorientating DnB-adjacent rhythm. From here refined, abrasive textures dominate whilst tender melodies lurk beneath. The track reaches its peak with a dizzying arpeggiated melody, eventually giving way to the subdued choral pads. The next track is Loccc, slowing the tempo but keeping the intensity strong. A range of meticulously manipulated percussive noises weave around intricate drum patterns. The track eventually breaks down, resembling something of a malfunctioning machine, as stunning melodic lines rise from the corroding rhythms. We then find ourselves with the interlude Sprung. An exercise in space and weight, the track contrasts moments of enthralling intensity and near-silence, punctuated by shimmering synths and affecting vocal samples. Duswunder closes the EP with Evo. The track gradually brings the energy back up to an apex with the introduction of driving kicks, accented by morphing percussion hits and alluring voices. Emotive melodic elements lie beneath the driving rhythms, brought to the forefront as the track breaks down, before closing out with another arresting rhythmic assault.
The Season SeriesJohn BeltranDelsin Records
Detroit composer John Beltran returns to Delsin with The Season Series. A collection of subtle and colorful compositions of beautiful synth melodies creating heavenly atmospheres. A blissful walk through breezy spring fields where the gentle sunrays thaw frosty winter scenes.
Patched in Visions EPSentic Cycleturbine music
Staying true to thier name, Turbine Music likes to keep moving and rotating, looking out for exciting new artists from around the world and bringing their music to you. After the successful release of The Works LP in May 2020, we present to you a new EP from Sentic Cycle. Vienna based DnB producer Sentic Cycle aka Theodor Sperl takes the music into halftime credibility. He is known for his modular synth expertise that he acquired as part of the Birdkids team. Sentic Cycle started out in 2017 and has progressed at a rapid rate. His signature bass-work takes the frequencies to lower levels juxtaposed effectively with thunder clap kicks. The young Austrian has masterfully nailed his colours to the Turbine Music mast. In the blink of an eye Sentic Cycle effortlessly switches BPM’s which he showcases on the title track 'Patched in Visions' alongside newcomer Sub Current. Theodor twists his trademarks into 140 beats per minute with expertise and gravitas. Trap music is pouring out of his fingers on ‘Bangz’ with lyrical flows from Flipz MC. ‘Off the Wall' spills the disjointed vocals over halftime kicks and claps, some impressive pad play and a brooding bass. Whereas 'Shack' is cool and spacious, it’s everything you want from a half time tune" Sentic Cycle style. We adore this EP and know that you will too.
All MassiveDJ MaddUnchained Recordings
“It’s not that shocking anymore when a Dubstep guy plays some Halftime, or a House guy closes his set with a couple DnB tunes.” Whilst many purists would object, Budapest-born Peter Simon, aka DJ Madd is passionate about the richness and diversity of modern electronic music. From UK Bass, Dancehall and Dub to his unrelenting spate of Halftime flips of tracks by artists such as Calibre, Flowdan and Dillinja, Madd’s output has come a long way since his first vinyl release in 2008. Attracting followers such as Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs and David Rodigan, Unchained Recordings is incredibly excited to be a part of the growth of Madd’s unique take on Jungle, Dub fusion and beat-driven electronic. His new All Massive EP is a three piece club-selection combination that carries heavy bass-freight across Drum & Bass, Halftime and 140. All three tracks are amazing and charged with heavy funk-etched 808s, Jamaican flavours, rolling percs and just enough darkness to fit like a glove with a well-tuned 3am club sound-system - whilst keeping the dance floor charged with full-dial grins.
The IdiotGlass RootsTriplicate Records
Bubbling up from the murky waters below, this sprawling and inventive side-project of Suncastle’s George Evans and Kristofer Thomas aka Paris Texas provides an amazing array of twists and turns. ‘The Idiot’ starts off with a mysterious haze which slowly rises to the surface as ‘Reds Blue’ unfolds and sets the pace for what will come. This 20-song electronic project, experimental in so many ways, still holds a melodic core throughout, that offers a delightful mix of wonderfully conceived and fleshed out sonic concepts. ‘Panther Loud’ enters with a jagged beat and soon overtakes with melancholy melodies and subtly edgy rhythms. The wholly experimental ‘Cease & Desist’, much like many of the other shorter tracks, are surrounded the more melodic fare…vignettes that loom and lurk. Each song is its own dusty gem that emerges in hugely clever treatments. This album works extremely well as a musical gestalt, and the sequencing of the tracks have been thought out with finesse, making it one of those albums that begs to be listened to in its entirety. The chilly refinement of the exquisitely blurry, ‘Basic Curses’, invokes cold reveries as it carries us to the warbled fever dream of ‘Name For Two’. There is a strange mysticism encapsulated in their productions, with each successive track drawing from what feels like the attempt to offer ever-building additions to their musical palette. Opening with some lovely congas, ‘Elevator Policy’ continues the search for that next electronic hook with transcendent grace. ‘Daily Male’ brings us minimalistic cascading tones that open up to the steady beat-laden, ‘Flat State’, with its aching electro-synth haze. Certain tracks revel in the glory of carefully manipulated percussive strategies…all delightful, especially when placed side by side with ideas that sound as they were excavated from the ruins of an early-'70s computer lab. The saturated beat of ‘Lets Get Into a Fight’ makes its way into the evocative and mournful, ‘Hang For Now’, an excursion of deep and dark colors, of languid memories. ’Spirochaetales’ offers a deeper, brooding menace that doesn’t necessarily take you back to a particular time so much as it takes you to some alternate, cryptic dimension. ’Stucco-lath’ feeds us more spectral machine music as ‘Beaconstown’ edges further into the underground world of experimental techno. ‘Little Island’ slowly steers us toward the future and we discover ‘Mau III’ looming on the horizon which provides more studies into electro rhythms and creative sound design intricacies. ‘The Nudge’, with its unsettled low end that wobbles and whirls encompasses a multitude of intriguing subtleties. Along with interesting bursts of higher frequency jabs, there is balanced nature to this journey. Another quick idea floats by with ‘Merchant of Menace’ as ‘Quizmaster General slowly evolves with it’s foggy gloom, enveloping all it touches. ‘Now Everybody’, brings us to the end of things, with its slow, evenly paced notes and a graceful tea-kettlesque synth moan that truly has an otherworldly cadence. The chilly refinements on this album make ‘The Idiot’ a true intellectual pleasure. A masterfully crafted work that underscores that this duo exists in their own world.
So BlessedMedisoundMedisound Music
Recommended, Vocal, Psychedelic, Organic, Tribal, Glitch Hop, Heavy, Progressive, Breakbeat, Hip Hop
With an electro-mystical pulse from the fringes of psychedelic world-fusion, Medisound instills the vibrant landscapes of visionary bass music with raw and emotional tones of conscious hip-hop in their debut album, ‘So Blessed.’ Built around a high-tech electronic framework from producer Tyler Gibson (Birds of Paradise, Gibson) and colored with the heart-drawn musings and instrumentals of Aum Prakash, this collaborative project explores the symbiotic spaces between worlds through its balance of futuristic bass elements, old-world instrumentation, and uplifting lyrical play. A powerful new chapter in the age-old tale of medicine music, ‘So Blessed’ proves the mutability of cultural boundaries and uses the magic of words and music to heal, uplift, and help guide us back into our hearts and oneness with all of life and each other..
Base2 has gone down a variety of audio rabbit holes throughout the last 8 years; from audio engineering, music production, and sound design, to audio production and design for film, television, and video games, his portfolio could hardly be more accredited. There's a certain mark of intense focus that has always surrounded his musical output, and that focus has rubbed off positively everywhere it's been channeled on stage. After several years of performances across the American touring and festival circuit, Base2 has the eyes and ears of his seniors and contemporaries across the spectrum of electronic music. Following a smashing album debut in New Orleans' Saenger Theatre back in January, he's given Colony Productions the green light to crack the tightly welded seal on his first full length LP, Lateral. Pasquale Zinna - 'The Rust Music'
Collisions EPFearfulDiffrent Music
Never a label to be pigeonholed, Diffrent Music returns with its first full downtempo release courtesy of label stalwarts Fearful and Mtwn. Having touched on UK techno, garage and ambient with his expansive 2017 album 'Interference', London producer Fearful joins forces with the Belgian duo for four tracks further exploring these concepts. From the deconstructed rave of opener 'Part 2', through sultry midnight viber 'Unknown', the sub-aquatic soundscape of 'Depths', right through to the eerie, jittering last track 'Verbunden', it's an EP that dives headfirst into that grey area of nostalgia-flecked progression once dubbed the hardcore continuum — and then pushes far beyond. A milestone release coming in Diffrent's celebratory 10th year, 'Collisions' not only continues the ongoing stories of Fearful and Mtwn, but opens a new chapter in the chronicles of the South London imprint.
Rhythm Code 5Various ArtistsShanti Planti
Psychedelic, Glitchy, Recommended, Glitch Hop, Heavy, Breakbeat, Organic, Tribal, Downtempo, IDM, Dubstep/Grime, Techno, Chill
The fifth electrifying entry to Shanti Planti’s annual compilation series, ‘Rhythm Code 5’ unites the musical visions of over twenty artists from across the globe in a tale of converging minds and shapeshifting realities. Drawing energy from a menacing fusion of dark, surreal, and heavy-hitting electronic styles, these protean creations speak to the essence of psychedelic music in their deployment of rapturous basslines, mind-bending melodies, and full-spectrum acoustics. Hitting on every tempo and extracting the raw essence of what those landscapes can offer, Shanti Planti and its expanding cohort of sonic mystics invite listeners to peel back the layers separating these realms and relish in the universal rhythms embedded within all creation.
Horizon BentSonic JunkieTime Resonance Music
Horizon Bent is the debut EP from Brooklyn-based producer, Sonic Junkie. It is the culmination of many hours of experimentation in an attempt to combine captivating melodies with machine-driven, mangled, poly-rhythmic beats and tweaked glitch effects, with a strong emphasis on maintaining balance between the two contrasting worlds. The goal was to infuse emotional beauty through melodies into the world of machines without disrupting the sense of appreciation and fascination associated with synthesized sounds and the world of machines in general.
LullabytesCraftalThe Rust Music
Recommended, Downtempo, IDM, Chill, Psychedelic, Glitch Hop, Glitchy, Heavy, Deep, Organic, Ambient, Drum & Bass
Brandishing cerebral glitches and phosphorescent tones, Craftal’s Lullabytes is downtempo electronica in the form of a berceuse. Leaving behind traditional dance-centric arrangements, Lullabytes is distinctly amorphic, with tracks ebbing and flowing into one another with marked fluidity. There’s a particularly granular approach to composition across the LP, and each arrangement resembles a circular journey, as opposed to a linear story. It’s the sort of musical odyssey that exudes narrative, sans any real words, immersing the listener in a potpourri of hues and emotions. From the precision sound design, to the various modalities and musical amblings, Lullabytes is sure to deliver a cranial massage on par with Craftal’s zeroed-in musicianship.
UnrealDoctor JeepUnchained Recordings
ith a release trajectory spanning Global Bass, UK Funky, Halftime, Dubstep and more, Doctor Jeep has repeatedly proven himself a versatile artist over the years, with releases on tasteful imprints such as Bun The Grid, Tumble Audio, Aufect and his own label DRX. Unchained is excited to be pushing forward his new direction in sound from literally the opposite end of the globe in Asia. Doctor Jeep’s Unreal EP, consisting of three raw energetic dance floor tracks could be one of his broadest statements to date, serving up a blend that tastes just as much of Grime and Jungle as it does Drum & Bass. The title track, “Unreal", a two-stepping vocal-hook gem, has already caused a commotion on Boiler Room and Rinse FM. Attracting the support and praise of Sherelle, Fixate, J:Kenzo, and Jon1st to name a few, expect to hear this track echoing across bass scene on the regular. “Clarity” is a collaborative project with Canada’s Tamarak (one half of Daega Sound). Whilst the track’s unmistakable 'dirty roller' aspect will satisfy Drum’n’Bass purists, its sonic elements ooze Grime and Jungle. Be prepared for a musical journey layered with it’s evolving grimey wobbly bassline, 3-step kicks and jungly rhythms. "Angel VIP” weighs in at 164 beats per minute and flows with a buzzing energetic bounce, breakbeat and vocal hook to round off an EP with more dance floor brilliance of the "Jeep” variety.
Don't Speak EPMumukshuAddictech Records
Mumukshu's patented brand of subterranean bass music takes on new, brutish mutations in the Don't Speak EP. "Whatever it's Worth" and "Don't Speak" smash through the stereo field like a pair of tactical ICMBs, pushing precision percussion through its paces in tandem with vicious breakdowns and tactile sound design. Reinventing the EP's sonic impact under the same umbrella, both tracks also feature fleshed out halftime remixes, showcasing a potent production versatility, and setting up the release for any number of mixing combinations. As with all other Mumukshu releases, the Don't Speak EP should be your absolute next stop for high fidelity, rib-shaking system music.
Come CorrectDRMWVRMuti Music
DRMWVR’s debut EP on Muti Music, takes the listener on an otherworldly journey, where cultures have fused, there is universal adaptation of Hip Hop and Dubstep beats and people are possibly tripping balls or otherwise uniquely open minded, with a common grasp for melody and funk. We are really excited to hear a lot more from DRMWVR, his fresh and playful way of working with urban genres is both uplifting and inspiring. DRMWVR is a Santa Cruz based music producer, DJ, and multimedia visual artist. His creations blur the lines between many styles, cultures, and times. Somehow DRMWVR manages to weave together an aesthetic and sound that feel both dreamy and dark, tribal and futuristic, earthy and otherworldly. By drawing people into these liminal spaces, his art invites others to walk between realms, and to cultivate their dreams into their lived reality.
NodesMindtalityBlack Moon Syndicate
A soupy, slurky, expedition into thoughtfully crafted psychedelic bops. Mindtality brings the vibes proper in his newest 4 track EP on Black Moon Syndicate! Grab it now and add it to your collection for free.
IS IT YOU: Beat Tape (Full Circle)Conrad CliftonInfinity Pool Recordings
After receiving valued tastemaker support from The FADER, Magnetic Magazine, Acid Stag, BBC Radio 1xtra, Kitsuné and others on his ‘Get Your Whole Life’ album, Conrad Clifton returns with a new full-length project, expanding on one of its central themes. 'IS IT YOU: Beat Tape (Full Circle)' is a 10-song concept that's built around a selection from his previous album, and serves as a bonus offering to fans. While 'Get Your Whole Life' is arguably Conrad’s most dancefloor ready project to date, he was able to leave space for one tune that stood out in the collection - a rare, sample-heavy hip-hop instrumental called “Is It You?”. Here, we got a glimpse of some creative origins, similarly heard on Yelawolf’s “Down” (Shady Records, 2014). The listeners wanted more, and Conrad doesn’t disappoint - adding 9 unreleased head-bops, that cohesively glide into one another with a perfect flow. Musically, Conrad always wants to give more insight into his life, and journey as a creative. From project to project, the genres are fluid, and he's never been limited to one style. With the Beat Tape, he brings us full circle, to the history of where he started as a beatmaker. Some of the songs were developed 13 years ago, like “Hi, Still Here” - while others are fresh-made, like “dreambutdontsleep”. Each track displays his obsession with intricately chopped samples (also sourced from varying genres). A true nod to the greats like Madlib and J Dilla (“High.” is a tribute to “Hi.” from Dilla’s ‘Donuts’ album). All tracks have been updated and remastered, in the interest of creating something timeless. “I've been impatiently sitting on a few of these tracks for years, waiting for the perfect time to share them. I felt that the start of a new decade was fitting. This is also, officially the 20th release on Infinity Pool - which comes in 2020, so it really feels like a milestone," says Conrad. "I'm trying to connect those dots and close the gap between my global listener base, and the people who knew me before, as HeadROC from the beat battles in Atlanta. I want to share all of the creative aspects of myself, and this Beat Tape is like the foundation to everything.”
Tune Balloon EPElucidateThe Great Magnet
Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Garth Winter; better known as Elucidate is absolutely no stranger to the bass music scene. With major releases on labels such as Wormhole Music Group, Digital Whomp and Glitch Hop Community; this midwest native has been paving his own wonky lane of drippy melodic beats for many years. Today we bring you his next adventure into sound titled ‘Tune Balloon’; a two track EP that sends you on a cosmic journey through crunchy bass lines, hard hitting eccentric drum patterns and melodies that guide you off to a distant land of sonic vibrations. Elucidates signature sounds jumps out at you right away as his title track ‘Tune Balloon’ begins the EP. Seamlessly following it up is his circus like finale titled ‘Blowin Smoke’; which sends the listener through a psychedelic carnival like adventure.
Grid LikeQuantaShanti Planti
Quanta enters 2020 with the vibratory 5-track EP, 'Grid Like.’ With a mesmeric tone overlaying the collection amidst elegant instrumentals and a spirited blend of psydub, deep dub, and drum ’n’ bass, Quanta’s shapeshifting style draws upon a legacy of sounds from the Shanti Planti universe and beyond. Featuring heritage remixes by American dub wizard Pathwey and U.K. psychedelia duo Illusive Tuna, ‘Grid Like’ opens new portals into the vast expanse of kaleidescopic sounds that is modern bass music.
Wiggle Bin EPResonant LanguageAddictech Records
We've had our eye on Resonant Language for a while now. Establishing himself early on as one to watch, he returns to Addictech Records to easily exceed our expectations with his latest release the "Wiggle Bin EP". Throwing around sound design and perfectly textured bass like a ragdoll, he dances around the system with smacking percussion that wrestles with tweaked out edits and psychedelic mayhem. Each tune is an expression of his distinct audio graffiti as he bombs it across your mind. A one man band, he not only produces the music, does his own mastering, and generates his own artwork, we've heard he rolls one of the finest blunts in Colorado. Enjoy another serving of this gourmet glitch.
Nosorog EPMindexTime Resonance Music
Bursting from the undergrowth of exotic bass music, Mindex enters 2020 with the six-track ‘Nosorog’ EP: a blistering selection of mind-bending tracks aimed straight at the heart of sound system culture. Uniting the verocity of neuro-styled bass music with the dark and cerebral atmospheres of experimental psychedelia, Nosorog brings a physical and fiersome shape to what lies within the shadows. Through twisting synths, luscious effects, and trampling basslines, Mindex’s shadowy conjurings bridge the carnal and spectral and invite listeners to explore the seldom-seen dark spaces within all things. (Review by Christian Cortes aka SoundScrybe)
SymbolsJonah K, Paige Julia, HNGVRSamsara Beats
Jonah K is a sonic artist specializing in deep, bass-driven electronic music based in Canada. In his latest tracks, ’Symbols’ and ‘Unearthed’, you will find complex Halftime and D&B rhythms, textured bass, and eerie atmospheres, all blended together to create 2 energetic dance-floor tools. As usual, Samsara Beats asked some good friends to reinterpret these tunes: the first remix is by Paige Julia, who twisted the title track creating a unique heavy-bass-banger with hip-hop influences. The second remix is by label’s head HNGVR, who flipped Unearthed into an introspective Halftime tune. Enjoy!
Beckoning listeners into the antipodes of mid-tempo bass, New Zealand producer sub.conscious unleashes his unmistakable blend of intoxicating melodies and surging basslines in the three-part EP, ‘Jouska.’ Melding the elaborate instrumental play of global psychedelia with the chunky, low-end rhythms of experimental bass, the collection explores the intangible balance of harmony and disorder amidst a blooming panorama of glitch-riddled textures, hypnotic effects, and groovy, heavy-hitting beats.