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Bay Area bass music stalwart, Janaka Selekta, has teamed up with the incredible Jahdan Blakkamoore to deliver an uplifting, melodic and very bouncy tune that radiates it’s namesake, Good Vibes. (more…)
Top 5 Mixes to Listen to on a Summer Day
1 – 15 Years of Technique Summer Selection!
2 – Melinki – HARDsoul LTD VOL 3 Summer Selection
3 – Lenzman & Riya – Reprise Podcast 2010
4 – Emma G and Tali – Soulside Sessions 3
5 – Melinki 1Xtra Access All Areas Mix
Top 5 Festival Headline Experiences
1 – Alix Perez at Outlook dropping his remix of ‘It’s Not Me it’s You’ at Outlook Festival, after playing loads of half time stuff, this classic Alix Perez low liquid roller completely transformed the crowd and turned it into a proper rave on the beach, magic moment!
2 – Calibre dropping mr Majestik in the Moat at Outlook Festival, amazing soundsystem, amazing setting, amazing crowd and amazing tune, will never forget that!
3 – Shy FX at Lovebox Festival with mc stamina, dropping a Benga tune, p****** down with rain, and making all the crowd do the robot in time to the tune, no one gave a s*** about the rain, thats how you control a crowd and keep the party going!
4 – Watching Doorly at Global Gathering, first time I’ve ever heard him dj, he went from Dr Dre, to Rusko, to drum and bass all within the space of about 2 minutes, scratching and cutting, making he crowd go nuts, wicked DJ!
5 – DJ Zinc at Outlook Festival again, finishing the set with a Jackson 5 track and seeing everyone loved up in the early hours of the morning on the beach, great moment, he absolutely smashed the set too.
Top 5 Summer Chill Out Tunes
1 – Commix – How you gunna feel
2 – Calibre – Its
3 – Alix Perez – Forsaken – Original mix
4 – Melinki – Summer Solstice (Technique)
5 – Melinki & Uks Apollo feat. Ben Beetham – Summer Jam I could go on forever, DRS The View, Ivy Lab the view, anything Ivy Lab!
Top 5 Albums to Enjoy in Summer
1 – Technique 15 Years Summer Selection
2 – Alix Perez – 1984
3 – Marky – My Heroes
4 – 213 – The Hard Way
5 – Ben att – Lazy Dog!
Top 5 Summer Tunes Outside of DnB
1 – J Dilla – Common and D’Angelo – So far to go
2 – 213- Another Summer
3 – Layo and Bushwacka – Love Story
4 – Finley Quaye – Even After All
5 – Shadow Child and Doorly – Piano Weapon
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Three men, eight albums, five hundred tracks, four labels, numerous aliases, myriad genres: One machine. (more…)
Having started 2015 in style with the release of the 3 track EP entitled ‘Last Call”. Dub Police is delighted to welcome back Notixx with another scorching release for the label. (more…)
Mark Heaney’s career has spanned a staggering 30 years. Having played with numerous bands including The Seahorses, The Shining and more recently post punk legends Gang of Four, as well as session drumming for some of the world’s greatest producers, working with the likes of The Stone Roses, Placebo, Dream Theatre and David Bowie to name a few.
Described by Rhythm Magazine as ‘one of the most jaw dropping drummers in the UK’, Mark is renowned for his aggressive style, frightening speed and flawless technique. He is also an established composer, having lent his services to various music houses including Sony and EMI.
Monument of Sound, Pt. I showcases Mark’s skill set as both a producer and a drummer. With beautifully composed musical backdrops, this collection of chilled tracks combine a cool blend of ambient pads and atmospheres with synths, lo-fi samples and of course, live drums. Pt. II will be an altogether more intense and uptempo affair, featuring Mark’s powerful trademark drumming style with an overall tougher sound. Monument of Sound, Pt. II will be released early October.
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From their Spanish base, Alerstorm and Ice Stereo have been scorching multiple labels across Europe for years with their individual brands of neuro-influenced music. Now their powers have combined. This is Gradual and it’s time for Ragnarok.
The first two tracks lay out the blueprint. The title track’s militant drums, portentous timpani, the sound of spent ammo hitting the deck and a cold front of low-end tell the story. The drop is total war as motifs shred among weighty kicks and warping synths. Then the follow-up punch of Devastation reinforces the vibe, raking over the remnants on the bloodied battlefield and reinterpreting the elements into a clinical, technoid format.
As Reaper begins, it promises respite from the screwface intensity. Evolving pads and a warm plucked melody offer a glimpse of euphoria, until building drums scratch that idea. The drop twists the track into a glitchy kaleidoscope of head-nodding percussion and ephemeral shards of distorted and manipulated sound.
The Escape takes things to the next level of complexity. Two rhythm patterns vie for supremacy, as the steady and the syncopated weave through each other. Just when Gradual have knotted things up to Gordian-form they break it down and show off each transformed element. This is deep musical construction without ever losing the drive and energy to smash it in the rave.
Then Ashes brings a new facet to the sound. There’s space in this soundscape for each precision-strike of bass to reverberate. The muted high-end punctuated by a doleful tambourine hit serves to emphasis the oppressive force of the low frequencies. This is a punchy, dubby four-in-the-morning tune to darken up the party.
Finally, Not Repetition takes things to full-on rinse out territory. The huge sweeping bass timbre, backed up by felling-axe drums, make this instantly recognisable and instantly danceable. This is where Gradual demonstrate that they can strip their sound back and deliver a targeted assault straight at the rave.
As an introduction to Gradual, this release does exactly what it needs to. It shows that these producers aren’t playing, they’re bringing it hard and dark and they know how to satisfy ravers and musos alike. This is the sound of Spanish D&B representing, and you know there’s more where that came from.
Available 25 September 2015 on Technique Recordings