Monday, July 27, 2015

#BassMondays - July 2015 Favorites


#BassMondays is here with 5 favorite releases from the month of July.


 1. Technimatic - Flashbulb EP



A swirling warm breeze signals the welcome return of Technimatic who drop their first solo release since their critically acclaimed debut album of last year, ‘Desire Paths’. Picking up from where they left off, Pete Rogers and Andy Powell deliver a superb sun-drenched EP coupling sharp, pristine drum & bass with trademark musicality perfect for the summer months ahead.


Tracklist

1. Technimatic - Remember You
2. Technimatic - Dirty Hands
3. Technimatic - Secret Smile ft. Lucy Kitchen
3. Technimatic - Flashbulb

Released by : Shogun Audio

Release Date : 10th July 2015




2. Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2015





Viper Recordings annual "Drum & Bass Summer Slammers" series features over 30 of the biggest tracks from the hottest names in DNB from around the world. Now in its sixth year, the series has always marked the unmistakable sounds of summer Drum & Bass. Featured artists include: Matrix & Futurebound, Brookes Brothers, The Prototypes, Calyx & Teebee, ShockOne, Cyantific, InsideInfo, Smooth, S.P.Y, Rene LaVice, Metrik, Koven, Trei, BMotion, Mob Tactics, Maduk and many more.


Tracklist

1. Sigma feat. Labrinth - Higher (Sigma VIP Remix)**
2. Matrix & Futurebound - Glow Worm
3. Mike Mago & Dragonette - Outline (Cyantific Remix)**
4. The Prototypes - Pop It Off (feat. Mad Hed City)
5. Rene LaVice – The Calling (feat. Ivy Mairi)
6. Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto ft Ane Brun – Can’t Stop Playing (Makes Me High) (Cyantific Remix)**
7. Calyx & Teebee – A Day That Never Comes
8. Dimension – Whip Slap
9. BMotion – Chaos *
10. Hybrid Minds - Meant To Be feat. Grimm (InsideInfo Remix)
11. Mob Tactics – Zodiac *
12. S.P.Y – Cold Harsh Air (feat. Total Science & Grimm)
13. Enter Shikari - Anaesthetist (Koven Remix)**
14. Brookes Brothers – Anthem (feat. Camille) (Cyantific Remix)
15. Koven – More Than You (DC Breaks Remix)
16. Cyantific - High Water Mark
17. Pluton & Skyer - Pandorum *
18. Maduk & Champion - Love Like This
19. Kove - Stellar
20. Metrik – Nightdrive
21. ShockOne – Infinity’s Silence
22. Smooth – Moonlight *
23. BMotion – Something, Something
24. Trei – Bengal *
25. Smooth - The Black Hole
26. InsideInfo – The Plains
27. Tali - Forces - (Trei Remix)
28. Koven & Memtrix – Pessimist
29. Seismix – Reload
30. Cynematic – Daytona
31. Dossa & Locuzzed – Hollow *
32. Octo Pi – Matter *
33. T & Sugah – Alternate *
34. Dexcell – Terminus *
35. Summer Slammers 2015 Mixed by Mob Tactics (Continuous DJ Mix)

Released by : Viper Recordings

Release Date : 5th July 2015




3. Tremors (Original Remix)  - Delta Heavy
from GHOST/TREMORS EP




'Ghost/ Tremors' by Delta Heavy, feat. Zomboy and Infuze.


Tracklist

1. Delta Heavy - Ghost (Original Remix)
2. Delta Heavy - Tremors (Original Remix)
3. Delta Heavy - Ghost (Zomboy Remix)
4. Delta Heavy - Ghost (Infuze Remix)

Released by : RAM Recordings

Release Date : 17th July 2015



 

4. Document One - I Got A Fever / Follow Me



Since Document One stormed onto Technique's roster, this production duo have set about marking out their very own niche in the D&B spectrum. Songwriters' musicality and an appreciation for multiple genres, while still keeping focus firmly on the dancefloor, makes for a powerful combination. Now, with this latest release, they're back to consolidate their status and draw together some more threads in their ongoing multi-form musical narrative.

“I Got a Fever” wastes no time in laying out the formula. A swing-time low-end perforates smoky jazz club ambience, with loose percussion holding down the beat. The bass morphs between upright plucks and synthetic sweeps to neatly underline Document One's approach of providing a slick modern twist on foundation sounds. As the track builds, a vocal sample signals its time for the bass and drum to tighten up and drop into a cowbell-led funkstepping ride. This is summer music, as much about fun and partying with a smile on your face as it is about serious musicianship. Then there's a whole different take on the summertime vibe for “Follow Me”. Ethereal vocals float over crisp and punchy drums, accompanied by long liquid bass tones, delicate trumpet and laid-back keys. It's a gentle soulful roller... But then it's suddenly not that at all. Document One puncture the atmosphere like a sharp intake of breath and kick us with a boot made from filthy bass. And now the light and floating sounds from before just serve to accentuate the heavyweight drive of the rave engine this tune has become. When the dancefloor needs a kickstart, here's one to draw for.

So, Document One have proved once again that they not only understand the palette of sounds and textures offered by jazz, funk and soul, but they're also willing and able to twist them into their own paradigm. They make music to make musicians nod in appreciation, but to make everyone else rave hard.


Tracklist

1. Document One – I Got a Fever
2. Document One – Follow Me


Released by : Technique Recordings

Release Date : 24th July 2015




5. Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru - Sound A Sound (Killa Tingz)
from Future Prophecies - Dreadlock (Killa Tingz 2015 Remix) + Sound A Sound




To celebrate 5 years of the Jungle powerhouse that is Run Tingz Recordings, the Bristol based imprint presents it's 10th release on wax with a remix of Future Prophecies' seminal D&B track 'Dreadlock', by none other than 'Killa Tingz', the aptly named collaboration between label stalwarts Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru - the first appearance for either artist across any of the Run Tingz' sub labels in over a year.


The 2015 remix brings this undisputed Breakbeat Kaos classic into the present day with a intoxicating bass reese that will leave the dancefloor for dead. On the flip, the bonus track 'Sound A Sound' is another 'Killa Tingz' flick that has been doing the rounds in clubs and festivals worldwide in recent times. Expect to hear this battering speaker stacks near you.



Tracklist

1. Future Prophecies - Dreadlock (Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru Remix)
2. Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru - Sound A Sound (Killa Tingz)

Released by : Run Tingz Recordings
Release Date : 24th July 2015


Monday, July 6, 2015

#BassMondays - The Untitled One (Interview + Dubplate 005)




1. For those that might not have heard of you, can you give a short introduction?
A: I am a design graduate, now making and spreading Bass Heavy vibes around. A Dj with special love for Drum and Bass, one of the Co-founders of the community 'Drum & Bass India'.


2. What is the idea behind your name?
A: (Laughs). There is a funny story behind it. I used to call myself DJ D, like a short form of my name. It was something that I thought of during my school days and there was no such thought process behind the same. But when I started playing Drum and Bass, DJ D didn't go along at all! My manager, Ritu, and I couldn't think of anything for few months, and then we came with The Untitled One, the man with no name! Sounded good and unique to all of us and thus I went ahead with it.


3. How and when did you discover Drum and Bass?
A: Back in 2009-10, me and a very dear friend, Prateek Saxena, used to perform together (as Converters) and would often listen/exchange a lot of music. And I heard a few tracks from artists like Cyrus, Breakage, Bungle, Enei, Apex, Nymfo, S.P.Y, Flash, Twitch, Kila Mega Giga Tera and Caspa, just to name a few. And I grew fond of Drum and Bass and since then the love for this music has only grown stronger.


4. What do you feel about the Drum and Bass scene in India and what are your thoughts on its evolution?
A: There's a lot more than can happen with the current Drum and Bass scene, in terms of gigs, and more artists coming down to India and Indian artists entering the International Drum and Bass scene. 

About the evolution, honestly I am someone who hasn't been in the scene for so long to talk about it, but what I have heard of how it started in 90s and what its now, its going pretty great. Given that main stream festivals like VH1 Supersonic have dedicated stage for this music, I can happily say that its definitely growing and will hopefully make a massive impact that it deserves. It for sure is going to be huge very soon.


5. What is your studio / DJ set-up?
A: I haven't started producing professionally yet, but when ever I make some grooves, I use my laptop with Logic Pro 9 and my Numark HF125 headphones.

To DJ, I use 3 x Pioneer CDJ 2000s with a DJ 900 mixer (HID Connection), connected using a High Speed USB Hub with my Macbook Pro with Traktor Pro 2.6 running on it. I also use a LAN Hub to connect the 3 CDJs and the DJM on a single network just as a backup, if by any chance my HID connection stops (RekordBox link). I use 2 booth monitors at ear level and my Numark HF125 headphones to monitor my mixes. Some Mojito while mixing is always a good idea!


6. What can we expect in terms of future releases and what kind of sounds are you looking to produce?
A: As I mentioned before that I haven't started producing professionally yet, and as of now I have only made some samples that needs to be worked upon to be converted into tracks. I intend to make sounds around the likes of Neuro Funk, Liquid and Jump Up styles of Drum and Bass.


7. Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now (any genre) and give a short reason why?
A: 1. Ivy Lab - Sunday Crunk (Mefjus Remix) : I love Mefjus, his unpredictable pattern and the tight sounds, I absolutely love it. I quite like how he completely changed this Ivy Lab track into something else. It's a festival banger now!
2. Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Memories : I love D&BS. This particular track has this uplifting vibe that you cannot overlook.
3. Wilkinson - Half Light ft. Tom Cane : Totally love it. The video, the Lyrics, the Voice, everything about this track makes me happy. It works as a perfect mood brightener for me.


8. What is the best gig you have played so far. In terms of Sound Systems, Venue and Crowd Response?
A: Best Gig, Um, playing before Mosillator back in August 2014 at Bonobo for this tour managed by DnBIndia. The sound system - good. The vibe - great. The crowd - Knowledgeable and amazing. A perfect gig it was.


9. What's the funniest / craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a gig?
A: A lot of "funny and crazy" things happen to me as I play DnB. Haha. So there was this gig long back at Blimey, I started my set with some Liquid DnB, and I remember a guy coming up to me and asking me if I could play some 'fast' music, the place being a club and not a lounge, according to him. I nodded my head with a smile and went ahead with my set. But it didn't stop there, somewhere close to the end of the gig, while I was playing some Neuro sounds, he came up to me again and asked me to play some "EDM". I had nothing to say to him, and I and my friend next to me who heard him too burst into laughter.

Also seeing people doing "The Bhangra Step" on Drum and Bass, something that happens quite often, is quite interesting. 


Connect with The Untitled One :
 - Facebook 


Check out the Exclusive Mix Set I did for Drum and Bass India's Dubplate. 





Tracklist:

01. Ivy Lab ft Frank Carter III - Missing Persons
02. Hugh Hardie - Wide Eyes (Original Mix)
03. Command Strange - Overseas (Original Mix)
04. Rush Chimes - We Need Nothing To Collide (Logistics Remix)
05. Eastcolors - Toys
06. Survival & Silent Witness - Flecther (Depth Mode Remix)
07. Ivy Lab - Live On Your Smile
08. Allied - Heliox (ft Nphonix)
09. Friction & Dimension - Kinetic
10. Salaryman - Heart & Soul
11. Salaryman & Hubwar - Cold Fish
12. BMotion - Bear Hug
13. Instinct - Legacy
14. Friction & Ulterior Motive - Curfew
15. Cod3x - Must Die
16. Allied - Ataraxia
17. Allied - Universe
18. Cod3x - Space Gang
19. Instinkt - Cross Grain
20. Mefjus - Blame You ft Zoe Klinck (Ivy Lab Remix)
21. Ivy Lab & Emperor - Pepper
22. Salaryman - Unstoppable
23. Smooth - Saturn 3
24. T & Sugah - Canyon Dive
25. T & Sugah - Too Late
26. BMotion - Vice City
27. Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Primitive
28. Drum sound & Baseline Smith - Memories