Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Andy C will host the next edition of his 'All Night' series at the SSE Wembley Arena.



With over 40 awards to date, Andy C’s career has been nothing short of a phenomenon. He’s sold-out Alexandra Palace and Brixton Academy with his own solo shows, played headline slots at the world’s greatest festivals including Creamfields, Glastonbury, EDC, and SW4.
As the owner and figurehead for Ram Records, which celebrated 25 years in 2017, Andy’s nurtured and developed huge headline artists such as Chase & Status, Wilkinson and Sub Focus, turning it into one of the world’s most respected independent operations across recordings and now festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and SW4 where Ram have hosted their own arenas and stages.
Andy’s main signature motif as a DJ is that he’s guaranteed to be packing tracks that no other DJ has. Hunting, digging, searching and signing: he is constantly immersed in new music. Andy C has now revealed another career milestone is in his sights with the first ever all night show at London’s iconic The SSE Arena in Wembley. ‘Andy C All Night’ will take place on Saturday 17th November and run from 10pm until 5am.
This is the first time an all night event has taken place at the SSE Arena throughout its long and prestigious history, and is the latest in a series of landmark London events that Andy C has played, ranging from Brixton Academy (twice) and Alexandra Palace, to his sold out 13 week residency at XOYO, and beyond. One of the world’s most respected DJs and producers, he’s played a vital role in the capital’s electronic music scene for over two decades.
Fans can sign-up now via www.andycwembley.com for exclusive access to discounted presale tickets that will be made available on Wednesday 27th June. ‘Andy C All Night Wembley’ tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 29th June.

Further details about Andy C All Night Wembley will be announced soon.

Monday, June 11, 2018

#BassMondays - Watashi (Interview + Dubplate 028)

He discovered Prodigy when he was 15, only to get hooked on to DnB and Neuro funk after a few years. A sound engineer by profession, he moved to Bangalore about six years ago and somehow got a little more involved with the nightlife and the music scene. Only for good, because now he is a name you now often see when we talk about bass nights in the city. From Dubstep to Metal to Chillstep, and now Drum and Bass, he has managed to tap into an array of genres when it comes to production. For our 28th Dubplate, we have our very-soft-spoken [contrary to his music] friend, Yogesh who goes by the stage name 'Watashi'. Know him a little more as you read this quick chat we had with him, and don't forget to press play and listen to this beast of a set that he has put together exclusively for us.



1. How did the ‘Watashi’ project come about?
A - I’ve been producing music for quite a few years and have gone through a lot of different monikers, Watashi being the last. I guess it all happened about two years back when I started playing live sets and taking music more seriously. Before that there was a lot of chaotic music and confusion regarding my sound and where I wanted to take my music. A different artist name each month, haha. It also marked my switch from producing mainly dubstep, at that time, to DnB.


2. How did your move from Delhi to Bangalore help in your journey as a Drum & Bass DJ and producer? Was the move also made with your career as an artist in mind?
A -  I moved to Bangalore about 5-6 years back to work as a sound engineer at a recording studio. And I’ve been extremely lucky to have met amazing people from day one. My colleague at the studio at that time played for a bunch of metal bands and through him I met so many other musicians, started attending a lot of gigs, both metal and electronic music, figured out how live music works and tried to incorporate some of it into my music. Whereas in Delhi, I had no avenues or prospects to be a part of the music scene. It was not so much the city as it was my mindset at that time, I was pretty anti-social. Bangalore has changed me for better. At that time, I made the move considering career as a sound engineering and a producer, not as a performing artist, but I’m happy the way things turned out.


3. How did you get into Drum & Bass?
A -  I’d say the my earliest introduction to aggressive dance music would be “The Prodigy”. Back when I was 15, my sister bought me their album “The Fat of the Land” and I was hooked. DnB and Neurofunk in its actual form happened much later, around 2008. Funny thing, it wasn’t a Dnb tune that introduced me to the genre. I think it was the Noisia song “Machine- gun” remixed by 16-bit. That song just blew my mind. The things these guys were doing with software-synths was mind boggling. Even though it was a dubstep song, it made me discover Noisia and other similar artists.


4. How would you like to describe your style?
A - I try to produce aggressive music that people can dance/mosh to. I’m generally a very calm person, I have to vent out the aggression in some way.
   So I try to channel it in the music. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. But, I’m always open to other styles and genres of music as well.


 5. What are your thoughts on Drum & bass’ progression in India? How do you see the scene shaping up?
A -  It’s still in its infancy when we compare it to the scene in, let’s say in UK, isn’t it? I do feel that people can connect easily to the genre because it’s catchy and funky. There’s a bit of something for everyone to relate to, it’s just the initiation process that’s hard. It’s definitely the kind of music you grow into.
    In Bangalore we do have a crowd of 50-60 people who really dig it, I’m not so well informed about other cities. When you talk passionately to people about the little nuances and elements of DnB, I’ve witnessed that they do notice and are fascinated by it, and that’s one of my favourite things to do.
    I, also, do feel that music scenes develop when people start producing music, adding their own style and twist to it. That’s how you influence the younger generation to pick it up. That’s what House and Techno are like in Bangalore, isn’t it? A community of DJs and producers. We need the same.


6. We are really digging the vibe of your recent productions and they seem to be on the grittier side of Drum & Bass. Do you see yourself producing some Liquid numbers in the future?
A - Sure, why not. In fact, I’m actually working on a few liquid DnB tunes. I’m getting old and mellowing down. Watching other artists go about their set and noticing what works, these things influence me a lot, this includes all the artists that I’ve played with. But at the end of the day, I love distortion and gritty tunes. Haha. It’s something that I’m comfortable with, although, a lot of work needs to be done in polishing my production skills, I mean, DnB is one of the most complex forms of electronic music, I gotta work a lot to reach the standards that I eventually want for my music.


7. How do you go about your sets? Is Neurofunk your stand out genre or how do you like to experiment?
A -  Yeah, Neurofunk is definitely my stand out genre but I am delving into other genres of bass music as well. I’ve produced a footwork track which will have a release soon, and a bunch of dubstep tunes. Lately, I’ve been really digging half-time as well, it’s a perfect mix of DnB and hip-hop, I feel. Ivy Lab is killing it at the moment.


8. Five tunes you are digging at the moment?
A -   Mefjus - Sinkhole
    Ivy Lab - Jet Lag
    Fre4knc - Crustacean
    Stoner & Dottor Poison - Planet War
    Monty - Sleepless


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Dubplate #028 - WATASHI
  

Tracklist

1. Watashi & Sepoys - ID
2. Monty - Hypnotize [1985 Music]
3. Friction, Jakes, Fourward - Battle Scars (Alix Perez Remix) [Shogun Audio]
4. L33 - Teknology [Rise Audio]
5. Detail - Human Trust [Horizons Music]
6. Mefjus, InsideInfo - Repentance [Critical Music]
7. Halogenix - Maniac [Critical Music]
8. Enei - Cracker VIP (Feat. Eastcolours & Noel [Critical Music]
9. Emperor - Precursor (Mefjus Remix) [Critical Music]
10. Rawtekk - Photone Recruits [Hospital Records]
11. Watashi - ID
12. Signal - String Theory [Critical Music]
13. Mefjus & Bowsar - Primal Instinct (Feat. Maksim)
14. Cruk - Shalebridge Cradle [Dispatch Recordings]
15. Circuits - Drench [Critical Music]
16. Shyun - Pinball [Critical Music]
17. Hybris - Beetle Bag [Pseudoscience Recordings]
18. Mefjus - Sinkhole [Vision Recordings]
19. Cruk - Cold Top [Critical Music]
20. QZB - Nobunaga [Critical Music]
21. Fre4knc - Red Shadow [Invisible]
22. Kiril - Fenix [Invisible]
23. Shyun - Digital Circus [Critical Music]
24. Culprate - Fester [Open Outlets]
25. Synergy - Dark Machine [Eatbrain]
26. Klax, Kyrist - Regulus [Critical Music]
27. Fre4knc - Crustacean [Invisible]
28. Instinkt, Humanon - Mindbender [C4C Limited]
29. Synergy - Process [Eatbrain]
30. L33 - Drop It Down Low (Joe Ford Remix) [Eatbrain]
31. Mefjus - Continuous [Critical Music]
32. EiZO - Issues [Hyperactivity Music]
33. Break - All That’s Left [Symmetry Recordings]
34. Hybris - Garbage Truck (Misanthrop Remix) [Invisible]
35. Emperor - Monolith VIP [Critical Presents : Modulations]
36. Enei - Two Faced [Critical Music]
37. Emperor - Foxholes [Critical Music]
38. Moscow Death Brigade - Boltcutter [Rebel Sound Records]
39. Watashi - Marauder [Unreleased]

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Belgian trio Bredren return to Flexout Audio to deliver 'City Clan' EP.


Hailing from different backgrounds and outfits in Dubstep and Drum & Bass, three friends joined forces in 2011 to form Bredren. 7 years later, the Belgian trio have consolidated their place as one of the most forward thinking producers in the circuit.
The trio have racked up releases on some of the biggest drum & bass labels like Dispatch Recordings, Critical Music and Hospital Records while gaining support of the likes of Noisia, S.P.Y., Alix Perez, Skeptical, Doc Scott, Kasra, Ant TC1 and many others. Bredren’s sound is deep and dark with elements of Funk, but instantly recognizable.
After delivering the ‘Solid Surface’ EP on Dispatch Recordings, the trio is back on Flexout Audio with ‘City Clan’ EP. Bringing their A game to the table, the EP features 4 deep, dark and minimal numbers from Bredren.
‘Line Art’ and title track ‘City Clan’ brings out the trio’s penchant for transforming half time tunes to deep low-end drum & bass numbers. ‘Whose Rights?’ and ‘Hemlock’ in another example of Bredren’s proficiency in delivering dark 87 BPM butchery.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Mystery producers Nazca Linez have delivered the hottest drum & bass number of the year, on V Recordings.


The brainchild of Bryan Gee and Jumping Jack Frost, V Recordings is one the most important labels in drum & bass. Started in 1993, V Recordings is one of the oldest drum & bass labels and they have shaped the way we perceive modern drum & bass. V Recordings was born with Bryan bringing through some more fresh talent now well known to the world as Roni Size, Krust and DJ Die.
V Recordings is characterized by variety of sounds ranging from "shallow" sounds of Artificial Intelligence to the swashbuckling sounds of Dillinja and Lemon D.
The greatest purveyors of forward thinking drum & bass have stamped their authority on the scene once again by delivering the hottest drum & bass record of the year so far.
After Dawn Wall, Nazca Linez has grabbed the headlines puzzling listeners about their identity. Even Google is stumped, asking, simply, "Did you mean: Nazca Lines?" What we do know about them (him...her...it?) comes from their music. Reminiscent of those classic, benchmark-setting V Recordings rollers, their sound might reference the past, but, equally, it couldn't be more cutting-edge.
Nazca Linez have/has delivered two brain melting numbers on V Recordings with ‘Acid Fashion’ rolling out at a refreshingly stately six minutes, with a power packed bassline that warps and gurgles beneath spacey dubbed out overlays.



‘Silly Putty’ continues that raw, warm, distorted feel, switching out the acid for a much more drawn out bass texture. On-point and future-focused, this is up there with the work of Dillinja or Spirit.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Spirit makes his first ever appearance on Dispatch Recordings with the 'Fourth Cycle' EP


Spirit barely needs any introduction. With production partner Digital, Spirit has been the pioneer of the dub-wise side of drum & bass. Much of Spirit’s early 2000s output was built on the subwoofer-melting basslines that were reminiscent of the dub producers of old, bringing in a different mentality to the drum & bass scene.
Along with Amit and Digital, Spirit also helped usher in the halftime drum & bass beats, putting an spin on the whole idea of what a drum & bass drum pattern should be. Effortlessly fusing techno, trance and electro influences, with deep, driving bass, Spirit reflects drum & bass in its purest form; his music holding sublime longevity.
Few can match Spirit’s quality and consistency and his recent release on Dispatch Recordings explains why. The ‘Fourth Cycle’ EP is a perfect balance between soul and grit; iridescently delivered with tantalising progression.



Both ‘Interval’ and ‘Setting Sun’ tend to take the listener through a musical journey with simple drum grooves married with hypnotic pads, techno synths rounded off with classic mid 90s bass.



While ‘Buzzed’ and ‘Intoxication’ are the signature techno infused dance floor numbers you would expect from Spirit.





Instantly transporting us back into any number of nostalgic periods from this scene, Spirit is the early contender for the top drum & bass Eps this year.