Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jubei & Tyrone team up to drop the face melting 'Arcane' EP on Metalheadz.

Jubei is a name that is synonymous with slick Drum & Bass music. A no gimmicks approach to his work has earned him an unrivalled reputation as one of the most influential producers in the Drum & Bass spectrum. His production is clinical and his DJ sets feel like a technician at work.
His back catalogue speaks for itself and his collaborations with the likes of Alix Perez, Rockwell, Icicle, Ulterior Motive, Cern, S.P.Y, Lenzman, and Logistics, make him of the top tastemakers in the scene.
Jubei is signed exclusively to Metalheadz and he was the first artist on the label to release an unprecedented nine tracks in one year- a feat never achieved by a non-album artist up to that point.
After this it was only right that his debut album should follow- and indeed it did. ‘To Have & Have Not’ was received with huge acclaim across the board. Listeners and DJs praised the album for its soundtrack nature. The album included collaborations with Goldie, dBridge, DRS and Flowdan , showcasing his unparalleled production qualities.

Having released two stunning tunes in the memory of the late Marcus Intalex this year, Jubei has now returned to Metalheadz to craft five tracks in his typical streamlined fashion. Teaming up with Tyrone, an artist with whom Jubei collaborated with, for his ‘True Form’ EP, The London based don has delivered 4 face melters.
The EP starts off with ‘Stabs’ a simple yet effective roller potent enough to smash dancefloors. Moving further, we're whisked into a swirl of synths and textures on the rising, sweeping dreamer "Avalon”. "The Saboteur" pummels us into submission with its killer droned droned out horns, before being crushed by incredible breakbeat craftmanship on the Blue Note primed "Hoppers Theme".

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Nymfo returns to Dispatch Recordings with the gritty 'Twisted Funk' EP.

Weert based Nymfo is one of Netherlands’s finest Drum & Bass exports. A true DJ at heart with many years of experience under his belt, the Dutchman’s name is synonymous with tough, techno-tinged dancefloor drum & bass rollers. With standout releases for Commercial Suicide, RAM, Critical Modulations and many more, Nymfo is hot property and he is one the finest DJs and producers in the scene today.

With a huge reputation to live up to his DJ Motif, Nymfo’s production output has been of the same high quality that not only have they been picked up by major labels like, Renegade Recordings, Critical Recordings, Frequency Recordings and the huge Shogun Limited imprint but his tunes are in demand by all the established artists and DJs worldwide.

Nymfo started 2018 strongly with releases on Spearhead and RAM Records and now the Dutch phenomenon has made a return to Dispatch Records with a mind bending 4 track EP.
‘Twisted Funk EP’ is classic Nymfo; a potent substance, expertly balanced between the callous and the contained; crafted with unique precision like no other can.

Title track ‘Twisted Funk’ is a Funky, deep and groovy drum & bass number with soaring textures and a gritty bassline while ‘Bullet Train’ is pure drum & bass nostalgia which reminds us of the classic Dispatch Recordings outputs. Deep, dark rolling sounds all the way through. ‘Lemmings’ which is our personal favourite from the EP is an uncompromising drum & bass roller filled with some solid punchy drum work. ‘Drone Attack’ also involves some impressive drum with a mix of carefully arranged staccato hits which push the rhythm to a whole new level.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Overclocking - Noizbleed | DnB India Premieres

From a small school punishment leading to their formation, to destroying dancefloors with the high-octane style, Manipal based Noizbleed have come a long way. Joel, Sean and Sanath together known as Noizbleed are regarded as one of the most distinctive emerging acts to the bass music industry, their production quality is unique and consist of never-heard-before sounds and styles. The trio started off originally as a rock band based in Manipal back in 2012 when. Joel & Sean decided to start a side project to start producing electronic music and take over the electronic side of the industry.
After 3 years of a successful stint in the mainstream EDM realm, they decided to shift to the more Darker, underground and the ever-growing Drum & Bass scene which came to fruition after the inclusion of Sanath, who joined Noizbleed as a duo.

Since then, the trio has gone through a seamless cross-pollination in drum & bass and they have shifted to a more unique and challenging part of the Drum & Bass industry to prove their mettle to produce straight down the plate Neurofunk bangers. They have been supported by the acts of the drum & bass industry like TC, Redpill and and the Dutch extraordinaire, Monty and their new tune ‘Overclocking’ which we are stoked to premiere, explains why they are regarded as one of the finest up and coming artists in the country.
‘Overclocking’ begins with a dark intro and as the crunchy kicks emerge, the tune turns into massive wall of sound which has the ability to turn the dancefloor upside down, personifying the trio’s penchant for high syncopated Neuro sounds.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

#BassMondays - Rohan Kalé (Interview + Dubplate 031)

Adding to our forever expanding 'Dubplate' collection, this month we have 'Rohan Kalé'. A former Radio Program Manager at, [an online radio station focusing on alternative music and culture in India], he enjoys an array of genres [apart from DnB] like Jazz, Hip hop, UK Bass/Techno, etc. and also curates a fortnightly Jazz show on boxout called Reflections. Discovering an unfading love for DnB during his college days in London while first listening to 'Calibre', Rohan is a sucker for Liquid DnB. He strongly believes that for artists 'Experimentation' is the key to evolving and pushing the boundaries. With him starting a residency at 'Auro, New Delhi', with intentions to push the DnB sounds and growing the clan, we had a little talk with him to find more about his plans in the near future. Read and learn more about our artist of the month and don't forget to hit play before you move ahead, for you certainly don't want to miss this super smooth and groovy set he has put together for us.

1. We all know how passionate you are about Drum & Bass. Tell us how did it all begin for you?
A - I went to college in London and it all started there for me. Initially I was more into the UK house/UK Funky sound and actually disliked DNB whenever I went to Fabric and experienced it. Then one of my housemates introduced me to Calibre and his music just connected with me instantly. After rinsing a few of his albums, I got the opportunity to experience the Music Man play a phenomenal set in Room 3 at Fabric - that was the turning point. He just did his thing and won me over effortlessly. I returned in October 2013 and started DJing house music and such. It wasnʼt until 2015 that I rediscovered DNB and I havenʼt looked back.

2. Q2 - Your inclination towards Liquid Drum & Bass is evident and itʼs refreshing at the same time because of how Drum & Bass listeners tend to get drawn towards the heavier Neuro sounds. What was your inspiration?
A -  Phew, where to start. I could write a thesis on Liquid DNB but Iʼll keep it short and simple. I like my music with a heavy dose of soul in it, something that comes from deep within and plucks at your heartstrings. Liquid has all the elements you need for a great song - Tight drums, beautiful vocals, ethereal soundscapes, melancholy chords and soulful pianos. It instantly puts a smile on my face, makes me feel hopeful, feels like love, you know. Like falling in love over and over again.

3. We have seen the way Drum & Bass has evolved from the conventionalities of Neurofunk, Liquid, Jump Up and Halftime. What are your thoughts on the experimentation the genre has gone through?
A -  I absolutely, 100% support it.
I think as artists we should never stop experimenting. We work in a creative field, so why be mundane and churn out no risk music.
Experimentation is the key to evolving, creating new sonics, pushing/breaking boundaries. It also leads to learning new skills/methods.
This is what music should be about, it is to me.

4. We hear youʼre starting a DnB residency at Auro, New Delhi. Thatʼs huge for the scene in India. How did the idea of a residency come about and how do you plan to take it forward?
A - It actually started as an Instagram chat between me and Sanil Sudan. I was posting about how we need to push DNB forward in Delhi/India now that Techno and House have been established. He DMʼed me with a proposal to start a DNB residency. I didnʼt have to think about it much because it sounded perfect - so we had a 5 minute meeting few days later and decided a date and that was that! The best part is that I am handling every aspect of it, from decor to placement of the DJ to the creatives and so on. It really gives me a chance to experiment with the space too and my plan is to have a different environment for each night. For the launch I collaborated with a friend and an exceptionally talented 3D artist Adhiraj Singh (@adhiwave). He created all the visuals from scratch and VJed for the first time and absolutely nailed it. The launch was a success and gives me hope for the future.
The main aim is to push the sound and grow the listenership of DNB. Once the residency is a bit more established Iʼm hoping to start booking DJʼs from all over India that are pushing the same sound and eventually, if all works according to the plan, book international artists under the same property. Good luck to us!

 5. Do you ever see yourself producing something really different from your signature style? If yes, would you like to release it under the same banner?
A -  I always like to experiment, itʼs the key to continuously evolve and keep it fresh as a producer. Sometimes drifting away from your signature style helps when you come back to it!
I have produced some hip hop/jazzy beats kinda stuff. If I ever do release it, itʼll be under the same banner indeed. Iʼm also starting work on an Ambient/ Experimental concept album which I hope to release in 2019.

6. Time for some fun questions : 
A -   I donʼt like choosing nor do I like favourites but I guess Iʼll have to play along.
• Calibre or LTJ Bukem?
- Calibre

• LSB or Tokyo Prose?
• The North Quarter or Integral Records?
- Canʼt answer this. There is no comparison as Integral is 10+ years old and they have many more releases to their name than TNQ which was established late 2016.

7. Genres you dig other than Drum & Bass?
A -  Jazz (I curate a fortnightly Jazz show on called Reflections), Hip hop (Jazzy, boom bap kind of stuff not todayʼs lame trap shit), UK Bass/Techno, Ambient, IDM.

8. Five tunes you are feeling at the moment?
A -  1. Rainforest - One with the Universe
2. Sara Mitra - She Moved Through The Fair
3. Hailu Mergia - Yefikir Engurguro
4. Julianna Barwick - Nebula
5. Bop x Subwave - Clair De Lune

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Dubplate #031 - ROHAN KALE


1. Commix - Time Has Come [Metalheadz]
2. S.P.Y - Midnight Blue [Hospital Records]
3. Frame - Primitive Jungle [The Dreamers Recordings]
4. Ulterior Motive - Jungle Jam [Shogun Audio]
5. Quadrant, Method One & Iris - Airbrake [Vandal Ltd]
6. Hugh Hardie feat. Maverick Soul - Camera Obscura [Hospital Records]
7. Ricky Force & Mecca - The Essence [Jungle Syndicate Recordings]
8. Ricky Force & Mecca - Youʼll Never Know [Pressinʼ Hard Records]
9. Fushara - Pathway [Next Phase Records]
10. Frame - Nerina [The Dreamers Recordings]
11. Gremlinz & Jesta - Untitled (Responsable) [RuptureLDN]
12. Ricky Force - Celestial [Pressinʼ Hard Records]
13. Earl Grey - Rain [Inperspective Records]
14. Ricky Force - The Touch [Pressinʼ Hard Records]
15. Photek - Consciousness [Metalheadz]
16. MAC-V - Junglistic Matter [Next Phase Records]
17. Seba feat. Blackeye MC - War on Music [RuptureLDN]
18. Reso - Echo Loss [Hospital Records]
19. Ricky Force - What To Do [Pressinʼ Hard Records]
20. David Louis - Crystalize [Mettasonic]
21. Maverick Soul - Chandra [Emcee Recordings]
22. Om Unit - Twilight [Cosmic Bridge]
23. Reso - Coming Back To You [Hospital Records]