Author Colin Steven

Week 51: Essential Releases [December 2014]

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NSD reviews the best of December’s Drum & Bass… Lynx – Where Are You? EP [Hospital] Lynx’s debut release on Hospital features four diverse and boundary pushing tracks. Title track Where Are You? has a funky vibe that’s pretty unique. Bee’s Knees is my pick of the release with its heavy rolling bassline. Hurting is a well crafted vocal track, stripped down and all the better for it. Finally Blue, from the beats to the rolling basslines, is pure funk. https://soundcloud.com/hospitalrecords/sets/lynx-where-are-you NickBee, Soligen & Type 2 – Iridium EP Part 2 [Citrus] Part one of the EP was good, this…

Mindscape Guest Mix

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When the original ‘Martian Chronicles’ was released on Commercial Suicide, the Budapest-based Mindscape quickly found himself launched into the stratosphere as the success of his sci-fi concept album took the scene by storm with its epic tech-step and neuro-funk sound. Now, two years later, the album resurfaces stronger than ever as eight tunes get the remix treatment from the heavy-hitters like Jade, Chris.SU, Nymfo, CZA, Optiv & BTK, Maztek, Klute, and Dose & Teknik. Continuing in the thematic vein of a futuristic interplanetary adventure gone bad, the ‘Martian Chronicles: Invasion’ LP project proves to hold its own both as a…

Skynet unleashes the Underfire Remixes

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Originally launched in 1997 as an outlet for the more dancefloor end of the Skynet and Stakka’s creations, Underfire Recordings quickly went on to earn a special place in the annals of drum & bass history as the foundations of what would soon to be called “neurofunk” were laid by the legendary duo. Seventeen years later, with the tunes sounding as fresh and forward-thinking as they did when they first hit the streets on vinyl, Skynet offers up the entire Underfire remix catalogue including a never-before-released Gridlok VIP of the futuristic sci-fi masterpiece known as “Altitude.” With other heavy remixes…

Top Free Tracks Week 51 2014

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Numa Crew – Chains Italian production collective Numa Crew round-off a great year that has seen them release the New Underground Massive Alliance album with this free track via Liondub International. https://soundcloud.com/liondubinternational/numa-crew-chains-liondub-free Various – Addictive Behaviour’s 1st Birthday Giveaway As you’ve probably gathered from the title, drum & bass label Addictive Behaviour are celebrating one year in business. They’re doing it in style too, with not only free tracks from L 33, TR Tactics and Artifact but also a special podcast. https://soundcloud.com/addictive-behaviour/sets/addictive-behaviours-1st/s-IYO0D Various – Sounds Of The Deep End The Deep End Collective is an event based in Perth, Australia.…

Doc Scott Interview

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A while back, Doc Scott was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding his artistic choices, Future Beats: The Album, and his label 31 Recordings in general. Ryan Origin: How did you go about choosing the tracks for Future Beats: The Album? Is there a theme? Doc Scott: I didn’t so much choose the tracks as choose the artists, I simply asked people whose music I like and respect if they would be interested in being involved in a 31 album project. I wanted it to be people who I respect from across the dnb spectrum and beyond…

Lynx Interview

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Over the years he’s been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge drum & bass creations that we’ve had the pleasure of listening to. After a slew of releases on various record labels, he’s now embarking on the next journey of his musical career – an exclusive signing to Hospital Records. Having recently released his ‘Where Are You?’ EP, we got in touch with Lynx to discuss it, as well as the prospect of a third album and what will now happen to his own label, Detail Recordings. You’ve been on the music circuit for a while, and have released…

Top Mixes Week 51 2014

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Break – MistaJam Mix Break in the mix for Mistajam, what more do I need to say?! https://soundcloud.com/realplayaz/break-mistajam-mix Hamilton Exclusive Moondance NYE Mix Ram badman Hamilton with a half hour mix to promote his appearance at Moondance at Scala, King’s Cross, London on New Year’s Eve. https://soundcloud.com/moondanceravers/hamilton-moondancenye Outlook Festival Sets Doc Scott and Grooverider’s sets from the Metalheadz History Sessions at this year’s Outlook Festival. https://soundcloud.com/metalheadz/sets/outlook-festival-sets-2014 System Shock Mix Series Vol. 9 Kitcha & MC Rafta For the ninth instalment of System Shock’s mix series, Callide enlists Kitcha and MC Rafta who have just released their Boss single on the…

Invaders Of Nine Free Tune

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It was a mutual love for drum & bass that brought this duo together. Based in North Wales, they have been producing together for the past three years – receiving plays from BBC Introducing, as well as being featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s playlist. Now having set up their own record label, ION Records, they aim to put out regular releases of their own music, with lots planned for 2015. We spoke to Danny from Invaders Of Nine about their most recent release, their future plans, and a free track giveaway of ‘Apocalypse’! You both started producing together in 2011.…

Vandal Records Guest Mix

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French drum & bass label Vandal Records are celebrating ten years of success by releasing the aptly titled Decade album. Vandal’s two head honchos,  SKS & Redeyes, tell us all about it and reminisce about their incredible journey… First of all, give us a little background behind Vandal Records… SKS: Vandal Records was created by me and owned by a hard tekno label called Freestylisten in 2004. After a few vinyl releases I eventually managed all aspects of the label. Why did you start the label? SKS: I was part of a rave crew named The Kimyst who played hip hop, house, d&b and…

Week 50: Essential Releases [December 2014]

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Kmag’s Ryan Origin talks about the most essential D&B releases for the 50th week of 2014. VARIOUS – FUTURE BEATS: THE ALBUM [31 RECORDS] I’ll come right out and say it: This is my favourite single D&B release of 2014. If anything deserves the descriptor “essential”, it’s this compilation. Diversity and style abound everywhere you look within this stacked 24-track album. The incredible hyper-Jungle, subterranean halftime, banging growl-fests, moody soul, and 80’s synth-pop found here all represent the many facets of what can only be “Future Beats”. I’m a long time fan of both Doc Scott and his label, and…

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