Monday, June 24, 2019

Noisia have closed Invisible Recordings and to pay our tribute, we look back at some of the finest releases on Invisible Recordings.

Noisia’s Invisible Recordings imprint was always known for its cutting-edge outputs coupled with supreme creativity and finesse. The trio started the label in 2010 and the purpose of the label was to promote the darker realms of Drum & Bass music.

Starting in 2010 with Invisible 001 featuring Icicle, Engage, Subterra & Dekko, the label racked up some of the freshest and the most intricate Drum & Bass releases we’ve ever come across. However, couples of weeks back, the Groningen based trio revealed that the label will cease to release any further music, a decision which was consciously taken by Noisia.

The label shutting down means it leaves a host of groundbreaking music that was released, by some of the biggest names in Drum & Bass music and we decided to pay a visit down the memory lane and look back at some of the finest releases made by the label.

Noisia & Alix Perez – Underprint

Underprint featuring Belgian phenomenon Alix Perez was one of the initial tracks on the label but arguably it was one of the most solid Noisia outputs on the label. Dark, chunky and gritty was the name of the game for Invisible and ‘Underprint’ served to be the most perfect way to kick off.

Fre4knc – Spitfire

After cementing their name as a label with a penchant for the darker side of drum & bass, Dutch producer Fre4knc’s ‘Spitfire’ was a tune which brought the weirdness on the table. The tune is an immersive deep-stepper loaded with sophisticated rhythms and intricate drum patterns.

Sabre & Safire - Genie Method

If you were an ardent follower of Ivy Lab’s deep rollers, you will know what we are talking about. ‘Genie Method’ is a deep, moody liquid number with the atmosphere turned up all the way up. One of our personal favorites from the label.

Fre4knc – ‘Chapter 4’ EP

Yes, we have mentioned the entire EP because it’s hard to single out a track from this EP. This EP changed the way drum & bass is produced and the way it’s listened to. Listen to it if you haven’t already and you will know why.

MRSA - Bio Weapon

After the success of his seminal banger on Invisible Recordings, MRSA returned to the label and completely flipped the original on its head. The VIP turn he gave to the already anthemic “Bio Weapon” unfolds like an alien-triggered dream. Packed with stuttering breakdowns, the tune is an absolute monster. 

Do you think we have missed any tunes? Let us know your favourite releases from the label.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Chase & Status release their long-awaited album RTRN II JUNGLE.

No one’s making music like Chase & Status at the moment and if you are an avid listener of this beautiful genre, you will probably know why we are making this claim.

Rihanna considers them ‘the backbone’ of her record ‘Rated R’. The duo, who count Jay Z and Snoop Dogg as fans, as well as drum and bass’ finest in Andy C, DJ Hype and Pendulum. Will Kennard and Saul Milton along with MC Rage have been bossing the Drum & Bass scene for 2 years.

Chase & Status have released some of the most iconic Bass albums like “No More Idols” and “Brand New Machine” but those albums fall very short of what the duo had in their minds for RTRN II JUNGLE.

It all started 18 months ago when Chase & Status confirmed the news of their new album and that’s when the hype train began. Then came the release of Retreat2018, a track which dominated each and every Drum & Bass set across the globe. Since the release of Retreat2018, never before we had seen an album that was so eagerly anticipated in the jungle and drum and bass scene than
Chase & Status’ RTRN II JUNGLE.

The official release which was initially planned for the first week of 2019, was delayed and FINALLY…FINALLY, after 18 months, the cat’s finally out of the bag.

The album is exactly how Chase & Status promised; seminal, rustic and enthralling. They had already released a handful of tracks from the album and each one has proved to be an absolute banger. The rest of the tracks on this album are just as good…if not better!

And if David Rodigan’s vocals (Don’t go away, it’s not over yet) from, ‘Disaster’ which is the last track of album, are anything to go by, we can safely say it AGAIN, Let the Hype train begin!!!

RTRN II JUNGLE is out now and available to buy here :

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Promenade - The Longest Way [Ballads LP] | DnB India Premieres

Founded in 2011 in Italy and now based in Prague, BNC Express is slowly gaining reputation for being one of the finest underground Drum & Bass labels in Europe. Started by the Italian extraordinaire, DJ Promenade, the idea of the label was to provide a substantial platform for up and coming artists to express themselves freely and develop their passion and sounds without any barriers. 

Since its inception, the label has seen tremendous participation from different musical backgrounds giving the project a fresh sound and a diverse outlook towards making music. After championing a host of releases ranging from, liquid-funk to Jump-Up to Ragga Jungle to Neurofunk, it is safe to say that the label has stuck to its ethos of not paying too much attention to sub-genres and letting the creativity flow. 

Label owner Promenade’s take on Drum & Bass has always been about creating a stylish and defined sound by drawing influences from other genres such as Funk, Hip- Hop and his newest release which we are stoked premiere is a testament to the producer’s ability to combines different styles impeccably. Part of his “Ballads” LP, “The Longest Way” is a flawless unification of spine-tingling melodies, silky smooth soundscapes and deep basslines. With this tune, Promenade brings with him years of experience in his productions which evoke several emotions throughout the tune.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

#BassMondays - 2 A.M Talk (Interview + Dubplate 040)

For our June Dubplate, we have another Mumbai based artist, 2 A.M Talk, a Drum & Bass producer/DJ, who also operates as '4lienetic' which is the producer’s Future Garage alias. We recently premiered on of his latest tracks, Hades which is a beautiful number. With 'Spor' being one of the inspirations behind Sugam getting into Drum and Bass, he has been exploring and making multiple genres as 4lienetic for about 7 years now. Between making and teaching music, apart from also being a professional graphic designer, 2 A.M Talk came into existence only a year ago, with the idea of brining in fresh sounds while continuing to experiment with absolute freedom. 

We had a chat with Sugam, to know more about his journey, work methods and future plans. Before you start to read further, don't forget to hit play and listen to this brilliant and exclusive mix set he has put together for us.

1. How did the idea of 2 A.M Talk come about?
A - 2 A.M Talk was a youtube channel way back in 2014/2015, if I remember correctly. Me and a couple other producers thought of starting this to promote future garage, ambient and music with a night-time/dark vibe, hence the name. That idea died very quickly, we had a couple mixes up on that channel and neither of us took it forward after that. Last year I thought of using that name to experiment with different styles and genres and eventually settled on DnB. I really liked 2 A.M Talk when thought of as an artist name, especially since it fits and describes my atmospheric style pretty well.

2. How would you like to describe your style?
A - I feel my music is atmospheric and emotive, those are two words I feel attach really well to the stuff I make. Even with DnB I see myself subconsciously using my experience in creating atmospheres and highly melodic music & translating that over to the work I do on 2 A.M Talk. Going forward I do want to change this slightly and kill the influence my ambient music has over 2 A.M Talk but that's a slow, gradual process.

3. How was journey as 4lienetic and when did you decide that it was best time to switch things up and explore Drum & Bass?
A - My journey as 4lienetic so far has been incredible. Grown my music a lot in terms of production quality over the years, found a unique sound/indentity for myself, learnt from the bad experiences, had the good ones motivate me to aim higher, the whole process of just growing as an artist. Of course there's still a lot to learn and a lot further to go, I'm nowhere yet compared to where I aim to be. I decided to switch things up about early last year, I felt myself boxed in and my music becoming stale. That was one of the main reasons I started 2 A.M Talk, so I can have the freedom to experiment and do what I please without having to worry about what the audience on 4lienetic expects of me. I feel at times with trying new things and new genres you might or might not be able to keep up the same production quality that you had with your main genre, that's one thing I didn't want to worry about. Also I make a lot of music, a second alias will keep me from over-saturating both of them. 

4. Your recent premiere [Hades] with us was a gorgeous piece of work. What are your thoughts on the tune?
A - Thank you! I loved working on that track. End result turned out pretty good but as it is with all music I make, I feel I can do better. 2 years down the line as 2 A.M Talk I hope to look back at Hades and cringe the same way I do when I listen to old 4lienetic stuff haha.

5. Which artists inspired you to make drum & bass?
A -  I used to listen to a lot of Spor, he's definitely one of the reasons I was inspired to make DnB. As to why I actually ended up making DnB, that would be because of a friend I met through music, Josh. Used to make DnB and chillout music under the alias Aux.Verba. Eventually him and his friend 'Greed' ended up making an alias for their music together, In:Most. The first DnB track I ever made was a collaboration with him. I just continued on from there.

6. What’s next for 2 A.M Talk?
A - I just plan to continue making music under 2 A.M Talk for the rest of this year, improving myself and growing. Like I mentioned earlier, I want to keep trying to reduce the influence my ambient music has over my DnB and that's gonna be the focus for the rest of 2019.

7. Your top 5 drum & bass tunes this year?
A - Hajimari's recent releases have been amazing. Gifted producer. Direct's new release with Telomic & Matt Van was sick as well. I loved Aeon Waves' new EP. Halogenix- Line B from his new Gaslight EP is incredible, on Critical Music. I also liked Degs' new release 'Killer'. Love his voice.

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Dubplate #040 - 2 A.M Talk

1. 2 A.M Talk - Hades [Blue Lies]
2. Aeon Waves - Genesis [TAABIR]
3. Halogenix - Line B [Critical Music]
4. Hajimari - Decompress [Self Released]
5. 4lienetic - Zeus [Blue Lies]
6. 2 A.M Talk - Nyx [Blue Lies]
7. Andy Leech - The Hallows [Self Released]
8. Sublab & Azaleh - Continuum [Self Released]
9. Visages - The Moment [Flexout Audio]
10. Hajimari - Omen [Self Released]
11. Invadhertz - If You [Skankandbass]
12. Karma - Submerged [Skankandbass]
13. Invadhertz - Everything I Need [Skankandbass]
14. Karma - Pulse Waves [Skankandbass]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Andy C delivers a stunning Essential Mix to pay homage to his XOYO series.

A globally respected artist and one of the most iconic figures in Dance music, Andy C has never known when to stop. Be it smashing clubs around the world with his pulsating DJ sets or his swashbuckling releases on arguably the biggest Drum & Bass record label in the world, Andy C is always a notch above the best.

Andy’s main signature motif as a DJ is that he’s guaranteed to be packing records that no other DJ has. Hunting, digging, searching and signing: he is constantly immersed in new music. 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 and EDC.

After a gigantic 2018, Andy C returned in 2019 with his hugely successful XOYO series with some of the biggest Drum & Bass DJs around the world. His first series with XOYO London was so successful that he became the first artist to be invited back to helm of the club’s much-loved residency series.

While doing the residency series at XOYO, Andy C recorded a cheeky little mix with Pete Tong’s Essential Mix and the mix, quite frankly is BONKERS. The mix was recorded with Tonn Piper on mic duties. This is Andy C’s fourth Essential Mix outing and his first full two-hour mix since 2005.

Covering more than 100 tunes, the mix features some of the best Jungle and Drum & Bass numbers, and it perfectly encapsulates the raw and intense nature of Andy C’s sets. The mix is also a testament to every style and era of the genre delivered in the most industrious and ferocious manner.