Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top Ten 2019 | Drum and Bass India

It has been another colossal year for Drum & Bass with groundbreaking music coming out every week from a plethora of supremely talented and accomplished artists across the globe. 2019 has seen arguably the most anticipated jungle/drum & bass album of all time along with some cutting-edge music from the up and coming artists in the scene.

To celebrate the year of some stunning music, we decided to give you our favourite Drum & Bass releases this year in no particular order.

Need For Mirrors – Lambo

Let’s be honest, No one is making Drum & Bass like Need For Mirrors at the moment and if you are an ardent follower of Drum & Bass, you would know that “Lambo” has been a staple in every other set across Europe. The tune is a perfect crossover of Drum & Bass and Techno packed in the most futuristic style by the V Recordings extraordinaire.

Sam Binga & Redders - Vandilero (Particle Remix)

A new member of the Critical Music family, London based producer, Particle has been smashing it since the release of his release on Critical Music’s Binary Series. Since then, he has been on a relentless of top notch releases with this refix of Sam Binga’s Vandilero being the best of the lot.

Camo & Krooked – Loa

The ingenious Austrian Duo returned to Hospital Records, after nearly 2 years after the release of their highly successful album, Mosaik. “Loa” follows the unique style of Drum and bass Camo & Krooked have championed over the years. The tune is inspired by the roots of Haiti combined with the duo’s forward-thinking Drum & Bass swing.

Satl - Bravehearts (ft. Dan Stezo)

“Bravehearts” by the Polish sensation, Satl remained to be a dub for the best part of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Finally, in May 2019, this track saw the light of day on SunAndBass. Featuring Satl’s signature dubb-y textures along with Dan Stezo-fronted fire-tongue magnificence, “Bravehearts” is the perfect set starter. 

J Majik – Serenity

One of the youngest members to have signed up for the legendary Metalheadz imprint back in 1994, J Majik is arguably one of the finest veterans of the scene. After delivering numerous bonafide classics like “Your Sound”, “Jim Kutta” and “Arabian Knights, the eclectic producer hadn’t released a full album for over 20 years. “Full Circle” which was released in May 2019, is J Majik’s first full album release after two decades and “Serenity” which is a dazzling tribute to the famous Good Looking Records sounds, is our favourite from the album.

UK Apache with Shy FX - Original Nuttah 25
(Chase & Status Remix ft. Irah)

It’s hard to believe that the genre’s most iconic tune is 25 years old and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Original Nuttah”, Chase & Status along with Irah delivered an absolute scorcher. Yet again, Chase & Status reminded us why they are the most celebrated producer’s in the scene by giving a fitting tribute to a timeless classic.

Sub Focus - Solar System

Probably one of the biggest releases of 2019 so far, if not the biggest. “Solar System” has Sub Focus DNA written all over it. To sum up this banger, we found just the right statement in the YouTube comments section; “This is what area 51 has really been hiding from us”. Absolutely, Sven Blake.

Benny L & Inja - Vanta Blackin

“Vanta Blackin” along with Inja is a sonic statement which is packed with marauding reese bass pressure, gushing pads, skippy hi-hats and funky little double kicks from the man on the moment, Benny L. Another contender for the tune of the year, Vanta Blackin is arguably Benny L’s darkest drum & bass offering to date.

Chase & Status - Program Ft. Irah

It is only fair that Chase & Status feature twice on our list; for one simple reason, “RTRN II JUNGLE”. Never in the history of the genre was an album anticipated and hyped as the trio’s ground-breaking RTRN II JUNGLE” album. It was incredibly difficult to pick a favourite from the album but after a lot of contemplation, we decided to go with “Program” which takes us back to the Champion Sound era of the genre. Certified Dancefloor demolisher.

Dimension - If You Want To

Any Drum & Bass top tracks list would be incomplete without a Dimension release. To give you a glimpse of the amount of damage this tune can do, head over to THIS link and fast forward it to 10.30. And yes, thanks us later.

*Another feature with tunes from our Indian folks coming up in a few days! :)

And here's wishing all of you a very Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Zero State - Paradox | DnBIndiaPremieres

Sudip Mukherjee aka Zero State is an electronic music producer hailing from the land of wide smiles and happy hearts. Having completed his Diploma in Sound Engineering and music production from Arjun Vagale’s I Love Music Academy, Sudip’s influences in his DJ sets and productions span across the board. From swashbuckling sonic explosions of hard-edged dubstep and Drum & Bass to symmetric Bass House, the young producer has got it all in his locker.

For his first Drum & Bass offering, we are thrilled to premiere “Paradox”. The tune begins with a haunting into which leads us to the weighty and solid drum kicks. As the tracks builds, the tantalising breakdown allows us to catch our breath whilst we brace ourselves for the ferocious drop. Absolute stomper.

PS - By April 2020, Sudip is ready to release another tune with MIB crew [Europe].

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Monday, December 9, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 045 | Spikey Tee

Another year has almost come to an end, and as we prepare ourselves for the mighty sounding '2020', and hoping for things to only get better for all of us, we are super excited to share with you our last Dubplate feature of this year. One of the kindest souls we've come across and someone who is nothing short of a legend in the music industry - Spikey Tee. With almost 30 years of vested dedication to Raggae, Neo-Soul, Hop-Hop, and Jungle - Drum & Bass, he remains a pinnacle figure for the underground sound community. As a vocal artist, master of ceremonies and ISC awarded songwriter, his upfront stage presence has allowed him to host stages around the globe, for artists such as LTJ Bukem, DJ Marky, Morcheeba and many others. As a DJ, he has toured around the globe, with innumerable festivals in a bunch of countries. Spikey Tee's back catalog roots itself deep within sound system culture, with releases with Congo Natty, Liquid V, True Playaz, East Side Recordings etc.   

Read on to know him a little more and what his near future plans are, and do not forget to hit play and listen to this funky mix he has put together, exclusively for us and our audience.

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1. Starting at the age of 13, pioneering the UK Hip Hop scene and watching drum & bass grow at the same time. How would you like to describe your journey after completing 25 years in the industry?
A - If we are to count all of the years I've been involved in music publicly we're talking 30 plus years now and the journey has had it's highs and lows as to be expected in life. On pioneering the UK Hip Hop scene I'd say I was a fortunate participant during those formative years, but the journey is ongoing so we'll see where the twists and turns will take me.

2. You have MC-d with some of the biggest names in the drum & bass scene. How was the transition from DJing into MC-ing for you?
A - Again, I'm very fortunate to have had several opportunities to work with some great producers and bands throughout my career to date, but I've always done both because the many facets of music have always fascinated me so it wasn't a transition as such.. Just growing into each skill set and trying to maintain and improve to be honest.

3. Your first solo album this year. Early thoughts on the album?
A -  Yes My first solo album after years of features and giving to bands so it's a bit of a change to be doing something of my own with the help of some great producers. To work with Jim Dunloop and Suff Daddy was great and to work with Mark Pritchard, A Sides, Ritual and Wai Wan again is something I wanted for this record, also to work with an amazing talent in Setwun warmed the cockles of my heart. My thoughts? I just hope it resonates with who comes into contact with it.

4. You have seen the drum & bass scene grow over the years. What are your thoughts on the current scene and how you look at the genre considering the future?
A - Watching the music evolve over the years has been interesting to see how many sub genres have split off the one thing. The current scene is a kind of see saw in my eyes, there are lots of people who defend one style of the genre and many peope who can embrace the broader spectrum. I do however take offence to some bright spark somewhere coming up with DnB pop. This is not a pop genre. There has also been some disappointing racism from certain corners and it is good to see the community rail againts this element because DnB and music in general is about unity. The future is healthy because there are a lot of very talented producers and DJs out in the world who love this music.

5. What’s 2020 looking like? We’ve also heard that you are working on creating [and curating] a festival somewhere. So, what is planned for the forthcoming months?A - 2020 is looking like a different picture because I have the album coming out so am looking to focus on my other life again as it has been a while since working in a band setup. You heard correctly about the festival, the event is going to be held in Jamaica and we're working on delivering a great experience for DnB lovers around the world. I'm going to be touring New Zealand from new year's eve until the end of January, heading back to Jamaica, planning a spring trip to the states, a booking agent in Berlin is hatching a plot for shows for the record and Boomtown Festival have confirmed for August... Here's me saying I want to work less haha.

6. Your five favourite tunes of all time?
A - Now this is a hard one because there are so many that I love, but I'll pluck a few.

Shape your mind to die – Leon Thomas
Paradise – Leroy Hutson
Warm – Change
Love has found it's way – Dennis Brown
Chase Scene – Ram Trilogy.

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Dubplate #045 - SPIKEY TEE


 1] Spikey Tee - Fuckry - (unreleased) 2] Samurai Breaks - Anti Social Club - Halogen Music 3] Hathor - Harm Attempt - Silent Dust/None60 4] Samurai Breaks - Loose Control - Halogen Music 5] Sam Binary & Deviant - Traverse - In Reach Records 6] Fuj - Cordon - Translation Recordings 7] Alibi - Vintage - V Recordings 8] Adzzy - Alternate Universe - Monk Audio UK 9] DJ Trace & Emery feat Sofia Mari - Elation - V Recordings 10] Dramatic & Command Strange - Try To Understand (L Side Remix) - Planet V 11] Kiat - Stranger Things - Function Records 12] Ewol & Nami - Enemy Is The Timeline - Plasma Audio 13] Mystific - Had It All (Simplification Remix) - Liquid Flow 14] Nautic - FBM (Original Mix) - Profound Beats 15] Mystific feat. Zara Taylor - Try To Understand (Original Mix) - Just Lab Records 16] Sceptre - Physical Reality (Original Mix) - Forbidden Frequencies 17] Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Gods Never Die - Function Records 18] Taxman - All For Nothing (feat Diane Charlemagne - DnB remix) - Playaz 19] Taxman - Beyond The Black Rainbow - Playaz 20] Taxman - Telepathy (Original Mix) - Playaz 21] Need For Mirrors - Lambo - V Recordings 22] Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Everyman Remix - (Dub)

Picture credit - Misa Fasano

Monday, November 11, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 044 | Ransom David

November Dubplate features one of our city boys - Ransom David. From being forced into taking piano classes as a kid, to exploring & producing a wide array of genres, while also being equally great behind the console; he has come a long way. Over a span of about a year, he has done a few experimental singles, apart from an EP he launched in March, this year. 

Read on, but only after you've hit play for this groovy mix he has put together. Also, don't forget to support, share and show some love.

1. Tell us about how and when you started your journey of music [DJing/Production] as ‘Ransom David’?
A - At the age of 9, my mom forced me to take piano classes and sing in church. At first, I wasn't really into it. But over the years it grew on me. Back in 2012, I was introduced to this DAW called FL Studio. I started learning and producing Orchestral music. I thought I would grow up and compose music for Hollywood movies like Hans Zimmer. I released a five-track Orchestral EP, which did pretty good on YouTube. Eventually, I gave up on that and took a long break to complete my education. In 2017, I decided to give electronic music a shot. Since then, I've never stopped.

2. You like to experiment with Dubstep, Drum & Bass and Electronica in general, how has your taste evolved over the years since you started?
A - My taste in music has not changed a lot. I've always been a massive fan of Dubstep and Drum & Bass. Even while I was producing Orchestral music, I was listening to Skrillex, Virtual Riot, Delta Heavy, Dirtyphonics and many more. I'm fascinated by the amount of work that goes into designing these weird bass sounds. So, I try to infuse both of these genres in my productions to create unique and heavier tracks.

3. You’ve produced a few singles in the past and also did an EP this year, tell us more about these?
A -  Well, these tracks are pretty much experimental. This was the first time I tried producing Dubstep and Hybrid Trap. I know it's not the best, but I released it anyway. I just wanted to have the feeling that I can produce these genres and motivate myself to improve.

| Listen to the tunes here |

4. Tell us a little about ‘Screech’, the group/collective that you co-run here in Bangalore.
A - Screech is a bass event that I and two other friends started this year. This is something we wanted to do for the bass culture. As we all know, Bangalore's bass music scene is really weak compared to other states in India. So, we took this initiative to start hosting our gigs which are solely meant for Dubstep and Drum & Bass.

5. What is your opinion on the bass music scene in Bangalore/India?
A - Compared to the last 5 years, I think the bass music scene is gradually improving in Bangalore. There is more young audience who listens to Dubstep and Drum & Bass. I think if we produce good content and keep pushing these genres, I'm sure more people would come to the gigs and support artists and the scene.

6. What's next for you, in terms of gigs and music production? How’s 2020 looking?
A - I'm currently working on a Drum & Bass EP. I'm so excited to release it next year, this is the best work I've ever done! 
Speaking of gigs, it's really hard to host one or to get one at the moment. Haha! I hope the situations in Bangalore change soon.  I will be doing a few gigs by the end of this year, probably.

7. 5 tunes you are digging at the moment?
A - Sub Focus - Siren
Bredren - Inferno
A.M.C - Nitro
Reid Speed - Gwaan
Crash Comet - Save Me

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Dubplate #044 - RANSOM DAVID


 1] Nemy - No More [SkankandBass]
2] Invadhertz - If you [SkankandBass]
3] Anile - Allergens (Bop Remix) [Hospital Records]
4] Monty - Decisions [1985 Music]
5] Confusious - Smoking Aces [SkankandBass]
6] Missin - Flux Quality [Vandal Records]
7] Bredren - Swayed [1985 Music]
8] Circuits - Microdose [Critical]
9] Nymfo - Count Em Off [Vandal Records]
10] Monty - Legion [1985 Music]
11] Hyroglifics & Visages - Searching [1985 Music]
12] Hybris - Timeloop (Original) [Invisible]
13] Gerra & Stone - The Curve [Vandal Records]
14] Bou & Unglued - Ascendant Man [Hospital Records]
15] Was A Be & Synth Ethics - Roughmouth [Vandal Records]
16] Survey - First Encounter (Original) [Invisible]
17] Scepticz & Lavance - Flatline [1985 Music]
18] Monty - Spatia [1985 Music]
19] Submarine - Grunge [1985 Music]
20] Fracture feat. Alix Perez - Realise [1985 Music]
21] DJ Limited & Sub Zero - Can't Go to Sleep [Playaz Recordings]
22] Arkaik - Severance [Vandal Records]
23] HLZ - Hyperion [Metalheadz]
24] Operate - Chambers [SkankandBass]
25] Jack Mirror - Assimilate [Viper Recordings]
26] Bredren feat. T-Man - Inferno [1985 Music]
27] Break & Total Science - Dog's Dinner [Symmetry Recordings]
28] Des McMahon - Tipping Point [Trendkill Records]
29] Reid Speed - Gwaan [Viper Recordings]

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Drum and Bass India X Boxout Wednesdays | Staple tunes [October 2019]

We're back in Delhi tomorrow, with 'Boxout Wednesdays' 131. The last time was nothing less than a absolute banger of a night, and this time we've a whole new line up, including our very own 'The Untitled One', along with DJ Uri, Paper Queen and Rewind Selecta. And to prep you for the same, we've updated our Spotify playlist with the favorite tunes by these artists.

Event details here.

Monday, October 7, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 043 | Ravana

Our October Dubplate feature, we have 'Ravana', an artist whose music is synonymous with infusing traditional Indian music with his production styles in the most intuitive manner. DJing since 2002, he has released 25 albums in the last few years. That's something, isn't it?Read on to know more about him, after you press play to this funky mix he has put together for us and our audience, you guys. Check it all out.

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1. You had previously mentioned that you were a part of a band, Kali Death and eventually Drum & Bass became your go-to genre. Can you tell us more about the transformation from the old skool styles that you explored, to Drum & Bass?
A - 1. No, I had mentioned that we had a hypothetical/imaginary band called Kali Death. And us teenage boys used to shadow practice and do mock concerts with the music playing in the background. This was the time when I was devoted to Heavy Metal music.

But even in those times I got to listen to The Prodigy and got instantly hooked onto the breaks present in them. In the meanwhile I also liked listening to, Rage Against The Machine, Biohazard and Dr. Dre and ofcourse Enigma and them bests, ufffff, which kind of helped me in my transformation from metal music to Electronica.

Sometime in 2000 I was introduced to the sound of Aphrodite (dnb) and I also had a job with a corporate and super fast internet connection to explore my wits end.

And through internet my full transformation happened from a metalhead to an electronic buff, especially drum n bass. 

2. What's your opinion on the different styles of Drum & Bass that have evolved in the last few years?
A - To be frank I have lost connection with what has happened as far as Drum & Bass music is concerned after 2005 and that is the reason all my dnb mixes and shows still contains artists and/tracks from those times. I think my last new genre that evolved from dnb was trance & bass. I m still a lover of that raw sound which used to be prevalent in the old skool dnb of Ray Keith, Aphrodite, MC Det, Congo Natty, Mickey Finn to Bad Company, Ed Rush & Optical, Decoder, Tech Itch and Roni Size.

3. You had also mentioned about your own style of productions in your previous interview with us. We never got a chance to ask you about how you like to go about your projects?
A -  Since my days from a dnb DJ I have also moved on to become a total DUB producer, concentrating on the Politics of India and the mismanagement of Power abuse by the Elite and Powerful. Anything that goes around in the country which has had a tragic effect and created huge ripples in the lives of the common citizens will have their voice in the form of bass heavy and content driven music through my aliases RAVANA and recently evolved DRAAMA.

4. Lately, More and more artists are taking inspiration from the signature jungle undertones and they're producing groundbreaking music. What's your take on how the scene is bubbling at the moment?
A - Yes, in the last 2 decades the growth in technology has made a lot of non players, people who like to make music but are not capable of playing any instruments (people like me) a chance to explore sounds and produce music. Not only Jungle, majority of the sounds that we hear or produce has got its roots in Africa or the people who belong to that diaspora and the scene is exploding like never before.

5. Five tunes you are digging at the moment?
A - Uffff, there are too many tracks that I'm digging these days, especially desi rap tracks. 






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Dubplate #043 - RAVANA


 1] Natural Born Chillers – Rock The Funky Beats (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 2] Natural Born Chillers – Rock The Funky Beats (Remix) Urban Takeover 3] Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass (Remix) Urban Takeover 4] Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 5] 2Vibe & Eps - Hype The Funk (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 6] Aphrodite & Micky Finn - Drop Top Caddy (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 7] Lemon D - Urban Style Music (Hidden Agenda Remix) Metalheadz 8] DJ Hype - Ready or Not (jungle remix) EMI Music 9] Aphrodite - Style From The Darkside Aphrodite Recordings 10] DJ SS - The Lighter (Original Mix) Ministry Of Sound 11] DJ SS - Sound Of The Future (V.I.P. Mix) Formation Recs. 12] Adam F Feat. LL Cool J - The Greatest Of All Time' (Ray Keith VIP Remix) System Recordings 13] Amit – Swastika Commercial Suicide 14] Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - Alien Girl Prototype Recordings 15] Hive - Ultrasonic Sound (Dillinja Remix) Vortex Records 16] Ice Minus – Clones Tech Itch Recordings

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Gasherbrum Project - Align [Sepoys DnB Reshape] | DnB India Premieres [India]

Formed in 2018, Antariksh Records is a Delhi based label focusing on the underground realms of electronic dance music in India. Since their inception, the label has been successfully dishing out quality releases from artists in the South Asian subcontinent. No genres barred is the label’s mantra and they have established their ethos by offering the masses quality underground sounds irrespective of the genre.

Sticking to the label’s values, Antariksh Records has stepped into the Drum & Bass world and they have done it in style. “The Gasherbrum Project” is a sample-based breaks and techno jazz initiative from New Delhi. The first instalment of the project featured two delicious groovy cuts; Align and Fursat, which revolves around the universe of breaks infused with thrilling vocal samples each setting a different mood.

For the project’s remix compilation, we are stoked to feature a rework of Align by Rohit Tandon aka Sepoys; an Indian talent based in Vancouver; who has employed his signature intricate touch to “Align”. Sepoys’ Drum & Bass reshape of the track is an immersive deep-stepper with snappy breakbeats and a scorching mid-bass. Loaded with sophisticated rhythms and intricate drum patterns, Align’s Drum & Bass reshape is Sepoys’ best work till date.

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* Releases on 22nd September 2019.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

1985 Music return with the second installment of their 'Folio' series featuring Alix Perez, Hyroglifics and many more.

Since making their debut in 2016, Alix Perez’s 1985 Music Imprint has taken the Drum & Bass world by storm. Since their first release with DRS and Spectrasoul, the label has built their own brand of Drum & Bass which is heavily influenced by Alix Perez’s adventures in a variety of genres and the label has been successful in promoting all things Drum & Bass and everything in between.

Releases from the likes of Eprom, Fracture, and Alix Perez himself for himself for his Shades alias with Eprom are a testament to the label’s penchant for venturing into different genres of bass music.

Along with releasing groundbreaking music from the finest by the finest Drum & Bass artists, the label has also thrived on releasing diverse compilations from the artists on their roster and they have been very successful in delivering cutting edge music in all the compilations released until now.

The label released Folio 1 back in 2017, which included tunes from the likes of Halogenix, Monty, Submarine and the head honcho himself. 1985 Music has returned with their second installment of the ‘Folio’ Series and this time they have done a one up on their previous edition.

‘Folio 2’ is another full throttle Drum & Bass compilation featuring tunes from label regulars like Submarine, Hyroglifics, Visages, Scepticz and Lavance. First track ‘White Lies’ by Alix Perez is signature Mr. Perez featuring minimal territories of Drum & Bass with haunting basslines. ‘Grunge’ by Submarine is another rumbling low-end blooter aimed at the dance floor. Scepticz and Lavance have returned to the label with ‘Flatline’ which is a hefty industrial roller filled with clacking rhythms dextrously rippling over beams of aggressive dark side bass. ‘Searching’ by Hyroglifics and Visages is the signature sound the label has been championing since their inception; rolling, sleek and cutting edge.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Chase & Status deliver a skull shattering remix of Original Nuttah for its 25th anniversary.

If there is one word to describe Chase & Status right now, it would be, Relentless. The London based trio have been on a complete rampage in 2019. Releasing their groundbreaking RTRN II JUNGLE album which is arguably the best album of 2019 and touring the globe in the process, there is no stopping these guys at the moment.

Never in the entire history of Drum and Bass and Jungle music, there was an album which was anticipated and hyped like RTRN II JUNGLE and boy did they deliver. The album is Chase & Status’ own take on the Iconic UK genre that is Jungle music and every tune from the album knocks you in the head.

Just when we thought it was over, the trio have dropped another bomb on us and this time, they have remixed the genre’s most iconic tune ever. Original Nuttah is a bonafide Jungle classic and no other act until now had dared to remix the tune because of the tune’s stature in the scene. But for an act who have transcended Drum & Bass like no other artist and the act who have turned more people on to Drum & Bass than any other act out there worldwide, we knew that the outcome was going to be colossal.

The original as we know is an absolute scorcher and to celebrate the tune’s 25th anniversary, Chase & Status featuring Irah, have delivered a rework of the original which will definitely, as some guy once said, turn Hare Krishna into a bad boy. :P

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lynch Kinglsey returns to Rua Sound's sub-label, Foxy Jangle for two Jazz-influenced Jungle numbers.

Hailing from Rome, Lynch Kingsley is a Jungle/Drum & Bass producer who is known for his intricate take on his music. Since making his debut in 2013, Lynch Kingsley has produced his music with a sense of emotion coupled with his signature rustic and intimate style of Drum & Bass. His music surrounds the drum & bass palette, but incorporates an extremely wide array of musical influences, such as the more experimental fringes of rock, metal, folk and exotic ethnic music.
Lynch Kingsley has released several EPs presenting his unique sounds on labels like Alphacut, Flexout Audio, Inperspective Records, The Dreamers and Beat Machine Records and his music has been championed by the likes of Doc Scott, Noisia, London Elektricity, Fracture, Chimpo, Om Unit and many more.
Having released his music on Rua Sound for his ‘Echosystem’ EP, the experimental producer has returned to Rua Sound’s sub-label, Foxy Jangle for two more intricate Jungle numbers. First tune, "Astral Pulse" takes us on a journey with those subtle sax tones, shimmering keys and ghostly reverse vocals.

While, ‘Capricorn’, fires all cylinders right from the word go for one of the most startlingly rude amen-jungle compositions.

Monday, August 12, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 042 | Ankan Chowdhury

For our August Dubplate feature, we have this terrific producer-DJ from Pune, Ankan Chowdhury. Co-running 'SoundsForTheSubs', he has been pushing this sound for a while, apart from also working in design/art. With an EP and a short film in the pipeline, Ankan has a lot going on at the moment. We had a quick conversation with him, read on to know more about this young talent, and press play to this outstanding mix he has put together for us and our audience, you guys. Check it all out.

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1. For the guys who are new to Ankan Chowdhury, tell us something about yourself!
A - Hey guys! My name is Ankan Chowdhury, I am a beat maker/producer based out of Pune, India. Apart from making music I love to work on films doing sound design and film scores, this is because of studying in a media & communication college and watching such a diverse range of films. Since my childhood, I've always been intrigued by music. I remember my first ever exposure to beats was when I got a tabla set at the age of 3 ½ years, and at the age of 9, I got a small synthesizer. I’m always listening to different kinds of music - so many different genres, and love to exchange songs with people, so if you ever recommend me a song, I really appreciate it. :)

2. You like to experiment with a lot of styles/genres, but what's Ankan's Forte?
A - I usually produce dubstep/drum&bass/jungle , and its mostly inclined towards tribal textures but I’m also experimenting with different kinds of sounds to give it a more organic touch using recorded samples from nature and other sounds created from recording samples from different objects, again over here it’s just experimenting with different kinds of objects making different kinds of sounds.

3. We're digging the recent mix you did for Samsara which had tons of unreleased gems from artists across the country. Tell a little more about it?
A -  I’m always checking out new music on different platforms but mostly on soundcloud for some reason even right now, spotify is also a great platform to explore new kinds of tunes with playlists updating every day. But yeah whenever I like track, I’m always checking out the profiles i.e the artists profile or the record label profile of that tune. I heard this track from Jonathan Thomas who is the co-head of Samsara Beats, then just started checking them out and heard so many insane production from different kinds of artists.

So when I was making the guest mix for them, I thought of playing some of my favourite tunes from homegrown artists and artists abroad - but kept it till the genre of footwork.

My main idea was to play some unreleased tunes mostly from homegrown artists which no one has ever heard before, to engage our people as well as putting ourselves out there. Whenever I’m making a guestmix, I’m always thinking of putting out music from homegrown artists :)

4. How did the idea of SoundsForTheSub come about and how you plan to take it forward?
A - SoundsForTheSub is a culture centre pushing forward underground bass music and sound system culture & bringing the bass community together from across the country. Our aim is to push music ranging from deep dubstep, dub, jungle, drum&bass, footwork, grime, etc. Our basic idea of forming this collective was to bring awareness to these genres and exploring more of its sub-genres, trying to get to know as many artists/people as we can.

At the start it was just about writing content & making blogs about recent bass music events happening around. But then later on we decided to make to make our own content with guestmixes from homegrown and international artists, hosting our own events and build a culture centre where we bring in artists across the country here in Pune for our SoundsForTheSub showcase/events.

5. What is your opinion on the bass music scene in Pune?
A - Pune bass music scene is growing gradually. I’ve been here in this city for like 4 years now and it has been a great experience for me witnessing some of the best acts from artists i’ve been looking upto and getting inspiration from when I had started listening to bass music and producing. There are not a lot of events happening where you can just go for the gig, only a few ones happen once in a while. But I’m really glad that these events are happening, especially when Krunk is getting down any acts. Otherwise I don’t see anyone else then them hosting any for now (i.e dubstep/drum&bass/jungle). My first ever bass music gig was Bass Camp Festival 2017 and I had witnessed such amazing sets from Om unit, Kutmah, EZ Riser, Midland Sparks & Nikki here in Pune.

6. What's next for Ankan Chowdhury?
A -  Currently I am working on a short film, will be doing the sound design/film score, we are right now in the pre-production stage. I'm also working on releasing an EP, but not very soon, most probably it will be experimental jungle/halftime.

7. 5 tunes you guys are digging at the moment?
A -  1] J Robinson - Congoman
2] The Untouchables - Baiana
3] Ego Death - Run It
4] Aztek - Ionized
5] TMSV - Fm Dream

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 1] The Untouchables - Bushi Ronin [Samurai Music] 2] Shiken Hanzo – The Centipede [Independent Release – Centipede EP] 3] Overlook – Former Self [Osiris Music] 4] Outer Heaven – Still Waters [UVB-76] 5] Homemade Weapons – Tantrum ( Red Army Remix) [Weaponry] 6] Antagonist – Temporal [Independent Release] 7] Ahmad – Blackout [Repertoire] 8] Dreadmaul & Ahmad – Levitation [Paradise Lost Recordings] 9] Personnage – Burden [Independent Release] 10] Ankan Chowdhury – Tribe Wars VIP [Independent Release] 11] Ankan Chowdhury – Stranger Danger [Unreleased] 12] Mani Festo – Awake [Rupture] 13] K3Bee – Bristle [Next Phase Records] 14] Samurai Breaks – Tommy 2Fast [Halogen Music] 15] Yoofee – Clart [Through These Eyes] 16] Johney – Leave It [Samsara Beats] 17] Acid Lab – Retrograde [AGN7 Audio] 18] Jonathan Thomas & Tokyo Noir – Out 19] The Crow Knows – J Majik [Infrared Records] 20] Ricky Force – Plastic Mentality ft. Tamen [Repertoire] 21] Dub one – Brothers Unite [Foundation X] 22] Skanna – Find Me (MAC-Vs Tribute Remix) [Independent Release] 23] Nebula – Artcore [Scientific Wax] 24] Champa B – Movin [Scientific Wax]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Samurai Music announces a new Japanese drama-inspired series called Samurai Hannya.

Samurai Music is arguably one of the most important labels in the history of the genre. Since their launch in 2007, Samurai Music has consolidated its name as one of the most respected labels in Drum & Bass who are known for consistently delivering quality music with every release. 
Owned by DJ Presha, an acclaimed name in the scene, the New Zealander has always ensured that Samurai releases are distinctive for their high-quality artistic direction and highly collectable vinyl packages. The label historically, has always been careful with their approach in every release whether the artist is a newcomer or an established name. Samurai Music is responsible for giving the scene some seminal releases from the likes of Klute, Dub Phizix, Calibre, Tokyo Prose, State of Mind and many more.
Continuing their trend of pushing experimental Drum & Bass, the label has released a new series of 12"s called as Samurai Hannya. The series is based on the mythical masks of a Noh drama (a form of traditional Japanese theatre). Hannya masks capture the stages of transformation of a female character as she undergoes a metamorphosis into a demon/ogre.
The 12”s for the series are named after these 3 stages/masks and feature all new tracks from the Samurai Music roster created specifically for this project. The series also introduces a new Russian artist Roho with his tune “Totemz”, two collaborations from the label head honcho DJ Presha (with Homemade Weapons & Ancestral Voices) alongside label regulars Homemade Weapons, The Untouchables, Torn, Artilect, Last Life, Antagonist, and for the first time on Samurai Music, Weaponry artists Torana.

Listen to the series here : 


12” Tracklists 
Hannya White (Ghost) | 葵上 
01. The Untouchables - Bushi Ronin 
02. Ancestral Voices & Presha - Niflheim 
03. Last Life - Rotterdam 
04. Antagonist - Ministry 

Hannya Red (Snake) | 道成寺 
01. Artilect - A Message 
02. Presha & Homemade Weapons - The Claw 
03. Homemade Weapons & Roho - Kifuka 
04. Torana - Amok 

Hannya Black (Demon) | 黒塚 
01. Homemade Weapons - Omen 
02. Torn - Dance On The Bones 
03. Homemade Weapons & Torn - Isolation 
04. Roho - Totemz