Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spikey Tee's first solo album 'Between Wake And Sleep' is out and we pick our favorites.

A couple of months ago, we had the privilege of interviewing an absolute legend of the Drum & bass scene that is Spikey Tee. In the interview, Spikey Tee had spoken about his first solo album which was due for release, and he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from the interview.

Finally, after a slight delay, “Between Wake And Sleep” is out on Tokyo Dawn Records, and with the release, we have taken to the opportunity to pick our top tunes from the album.


• Spikey Tee - Back Off (feat. Ritual)


Spikey Tee was one of the pioneers of the sound system culture, and with this tune, he has intelligently weaved through his influences by converging his illustrious back catalogue in a single tune.


• Spikey Tee - Reminisce (feat. A Sides)


Another one that’s a bit inspired by the producer’s previous work and bringing A-sides’ dreamlike vibe and energy, with ‘Reminisce’, Spikey Tee has taken the album to a whole new level.


• Spikey Tee - Steel Doors (feat. Wai Wan)


‘Steel Doors’ is an example of a distinct quality Spikey Tee possesses; Creating ambient atmospheres and infusing them in seriously good numbers without losing its exclusivity. Genius Work!


• Spikey Tee - Rain (feat. Suff Daddy, Jim Dunloop)


‘Rain’ is by far our favourite from the album and it deserves special consideration. First few seconds in the track make you feel that you are in for something special; and yet again, Spikey Tee has dispensed his influences in the best way possible.


Not a full throttle drum & bass album, yes, but Spikey Tee has meticulously crafted and transcended the dance sub-genre and the end result is a wonderful emotive album that promises to be one of the notable releases of the year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Flava D signs to Hospital Records.


Over the years, Flava D has firmly cemented her place as the undisputed queen of basslines. Garage, House, Grime, Bassline, and recently Drum & Bass; she has done it all. After exclusively signing to Butterz in 2013, Flava D has seen her music take her to Europe, America, and Asia actively. 

Flava D has always been vocal in her interviews and her music, about her affection for Drum & Bass. The eclectic producer has had her track released on Hospital Records’ 2018 and 2019 edition of their Sick Music series.





And exactly a year after her Drum & Bass release, and after smashing Drum & Bass in her sets, Flava D has signed to Hospital Records by successfully adding Drum & Bass to her ever-increasing repertoire. To celebrate the signing, Flava D is set to release “Mesmerise” which will be her first standalone release as a Hospital Records release. The track will be out on February 14th so, you can pre-save the track keep your eyes peeled for Friday!



The last decade has been one of the most flourishing decades Drum & Bass has had as a genre and as a community, and with Flava D’s addition, it promises to be another successful year and a decade for the genre. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

#DnBIndiaDubplate 046 | Marble Elephant

After a short gap of a month [for reasons we shared on our Instagram], we are here with our February Dubplate feature. And this time we have a duo that's started their journey rather recently, and already have 7 fine singles out there - Marble Elephant. This couple [Christina and Baptiste] from France and Germany/England takes influences from various styles of music, including Techno, Dubstep, Instrumental Hip-Hop, creating different kinds of colourful vibes.

Hit play to this vibey set they put together for us, and read to know a little about their journey.

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1. How did the idea of Marble Elephant come about?
A - When we moved from Brighton to Devon, we stayed with Tina’s Grandad, inbetween places. When we moved out, we said a big thank you and gave him a card. He was so touched by the message in the card, that he decided to give us this adorable Marble Elephant as a thank you, for the thank you. We were so inspired by this, that we decided to adopt this name.


2. How would you like to describe your production styles?
A - We are very experimental with our style. At the moment we are focusing on making liquid drum and bass, and parallel we are also working on old school UK dubstep influenced sounds. We love all kinds of electronic music and are excited to experiment and explore every avenue.


3. We love “Don’t Lose It”. Tell us more about your experience of shooting the video and your thoughts on the tune.
A - We decided to collaborate with our friend Adam, who is currently building his filmmaking career. After a lot of planning and organising, we managed to get everyone together on a beautiful sunny day in July. Cam, the best skater of the group, was going to be in most of the shots doing his amazing tricks. However during the very beginning of the shoot, he was trying to land a kick flip over a set of stairs, and twisted his ankle, poor guy. Because of this, we had to improvise! Thankfully the skaters in the skatepark were really awesome and were up for demonstrating their tricks for the video. All in all, the day did not go as planned but thanks to everyone’s motivation and great input, we got some good results! Later that month we shot the scenes with the smoke grenades in the woods. We spent two hours practicing our moves for a total of four minutes, as we only had two smoke grenades. It was loads of fun!  
Don’t Lose It was our first decent drum and bass track, which we were happy to release. We love the vocal samples in this tune.


4. What would you guys like to produce other than Drum & Bass?
A - We would like to produce heavy, deep dubstep such as the likes of Kahn, Commodo and Egoless. Our goal is to make music which is suitable for some calm chilling but also heavy enough to get down to in the club.


5. What can we expect from Marble Elephant in 2020?
A - In 2020 we have big plans, such as another video clip with the same director as Don’t Lose It. Our first EP is also on its way, we are looking to release this in the beginning of summer. We have a few singles lined up as well, one will be released on the 7th February, so prepare yourselves! This won’t be a drum and bass track but we hope you will love it anyway! We are also hoping to play some shows in the summer. 


6. Five tunes you guys are digging at the moment?
A - Oh only five… tough choice but here you go: 

Data 3 - Tric City 
Grey Code - Ethics
Cyrax - Harmonia
Mefjus - The Sirens
Commodo - Sleepwave



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Dubplate #046 - MARBLE ELEPHANT



Tracklist

1] OaT - Confession [T3K]
2] Bredren - Backlash  [Demand Records]
3] Bou - Envy  [V Recordings] 
4] Kasra - Ski Mask  [Critical Music] 
5] InsideInfo - Whistler  [InsideInfo Music]
6] Ed-it - Nevermind It  [Shogun Audio]
7] Dawn Wall - Mantis  [Integral Records]
8] Data 3 - Tric City  [Flexout Audio]
9] Data 3 - Something Strange  [Addictive Behaviour Records] 
10] Survey, Amoss - Loose Change  [Flexout Audio]
11] Mefjus - The Sirens  [Vision Recordings]
12] Philth & Bredren - Butterfunk  [Flexout Audio]
13] Mefjus - Sinkhole  [Vision Recordings]
14] Fra4knc, Klinical- The Shaman [Flexout Audio]
15] Ground - Garden Peak  [Flexout Audio]
16] Grey Code - Ethics  [Metalheadz]