Week 40: Essential Drum & Bass Releases [Sept 2014]

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DJ and producer Nultiply takes a look at ten new and forthcoming drum &bass releases. This week’s picks include the likes of Calibre, Zero T, Blu Mar Ten, Eveson and more.

Gerra & Stone – Too Deep EP (Dispatch)
South coast duo Gerra & Stone drop a solid four track EP on the ever impressing Dispatch. An impressively high standard throughout with clean rolling tracks makes it a must-buy for this month particularly title track Too Deep. On this evidence we’re going to be hearing a lot more from these two.

Blu Mar Ten – Famous Lost Words Remixes Vol 2 (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Blu Mar Ten prove yet again they have the right numbers in their phonebook when it comes to getting remixes with three wonderfully reworked tracks here. First up we have Anile’s version of Remember Her Wrong giving it a deep rolling twist. Then we have Kid Drama reworking Thin Air with his signature Autonomic sound and, finally, a remix from from Conduct that won our very own remix competition a few months back.

Zero T – Roundwood / Hurricane Charlie (Prestige Music)
Two fantastic tracks from one of my favourite producers that have slid straight into my recent sets. ‘Roundwood’ is a lovely deep atmospheric roller whilst B-side Hurricane Charlie goes slightly darker but still with bags of atmospheric synths and sounds. Another must-buy for this month in my opinion.

Denial & Shiva – Don’t Forget About Me (Furney Remix) (Soul Flex Digital)
Denial & Shiva’s track Don’t Forget About Me gets a re lick from Liquid drum & bass veteran Furney on this single track release from Soul Flex. Exactly the kind of quality roller you’d expect and another solid release for this up-and-coming label.

Ena – Dirt EP (Samurai Music)
Japanese producer Ena returns to Samurai Music and it’s a beautiful EP packed full of soundscapes, deep bass and minimal drums. You can tell Ena has a unique production style and this definitely shows when you listen through the whole EP. As you can probably gather it’s not one for the dance floor but a great listening experience throughout. Keep an eye out for Ena’s new album Binaural dropping soon.

MS Dos & AKA – Barra Da Tijuca / It’s You (Sheer Velocity)
Vibes ahoy here! Summer may have come to an end but this release definitely has that good time vibe about it! Fantastic drum work and great samples all round. Sheer Velocity is another label to keep an eye on.

Various – Seems Like Evolution (Absys)
I’m a sucker for nice piano driven liquid rollers and that’s exactly what we’ve got here from Arp XP with title track Seems Like.  Glymph and Gremlinz then take over for the B-side on the much darker and techy side of things. Two completly different tracks but both solid.

Calibre & Marcus Intalex – Run Away ft. Fox / Something Heavy (Signature)
Exactly the kind of top quality you’d expect from Calibre and Marcus Intalex, two legends of the drum & bass scene. Run Away is on the smoother side of things with nice vocals from Fox whilst Something Heavy, as the title suggests, is on the harder side with crispy heavy drums and bass.

Eveson – Archangel / Tempest (Mars)
Another producer I’ve been following for a long time follows up his awesome release on Ingredients a few months back with this release on sister label Mars. Rolling drums and big bass lines throughout here. Basically another solid release from a guy that never disappoints!

Paul SG – Stay Classy ft. T.R.A.C / Lady (Liquid V)
Paul SG makes his debut on Liquid V with two great tracks. Hip hop meets dnb for Stay Classy featuring the vocals of T.R.A.C and some lovely jazzy samples. On the flip we have Lady, another solid rolling liquid number.

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Colin Steven co-founded Knowledge Magazine in 1994. He also runs a book publishing company called Velocity Press specialising in electronic music and club culture.

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