Ly Da Buddah & Mystic Dan – High Peak (Free Download) [Real Vibes]

A storming free download marks the entrance of new label Real Vibes onto the drum & bass scene, peddling a heady blend of jungle and jump-up.

‘High Peak’ comes from label founders Ly Da Buddah and Mystic Dan, who have each been in the game for over 20 years, and they have used all that experience to unleash a straight-up bruiser. Jungle-scented jump-up is the order of the day, ragga-style vocals bringing some island flavour while a no-frills beat and gritty bassline provide the weight.

The label aims to release a free download a month from now until December 2018, so stay tuned.

Listen below, and grab the free download through the Real Vibes Soundcloud page.

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Hybris, Proxima and NickBee remix Moby

Moby goes drum & bass as three European producers remix two of the tracks from his Void Pacific Choir project.

The Void Pacific Choir came into being in 2016 as an outlet for Moby’s love of 80s punk and new wave, and now a pair of songs from this year’s record More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse have been given more than a little tweak for the fittingly-named More Fast Remixes About the Apocalypse.

Hybris, from the Czech Republic, flips ‘All The Hurts We Made’ into a dizzying techy monster, chopping the original into and between intricate percussion and precise glitches. Next up is NickBee’s remix of ‘It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye’, on which the Ukrainian producer hones in on the strings from the original and splices them into a menacing eddy of drum rolls and bass swells.

Finally, UK producer Proxima gets nasty with the same track, pitching things down amid scything half-time synth work.

Listen below or head here to buy.

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www.soundcloud.com/proxima-music
www.soundcloud.com/nickbee
www.moby.com

 

Wagz – ‘Exile’ / ‘Zodiac’ [none60]

The consistently brilliant none60 has been panning for gold and turned up Sheffield producer Wagz, who has just dropped his debut on Silent Dust’s label.

‘Exile’ and ‘Zodiac’ find the producer combining huge, rolling basses with skilfully-managed atmospherics and considered percussion to create two warm liquid rollers which hint that maybe less is more – there are no unnecessary sweeps and multi-layered synths cluttering things up here.

‘Exile’/‘Zodiac’ is out now on none60. Listen below or head to https://none60records.bandcamp.com/ to buy.

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www.soundcloud.com/wagz

RAE – Kingston Bass [Audio Danger]

The sonic equivalent of the heat from a rocket launcher, RAE’s debut EP mashes Jamaican clash culture with old-school UK drum & bass to add a distinctive flavour to a powerful, modern sound.

Pristine production keeps things razor-sharp, but Kingston Bass is constantly looking West to the Caribbean or back in time to 90s d&b raves. It all comes together nicely in the shape of four almighty tracks – Good Body Gal’, ‘Mad Ting’, ‘Hands Up’ and ‘Fireface’ – each with its own cataclysmic bassline.

Kingston Bass is out now on London-based label Audio Danger Records. Listen below or head to www.audiodanger.co.uk to buy.

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Om Unit and Digital remix Seba

Following the 2015 re-issue of Seba’s album Return to Forever, two of the veteran producer’s biggest tracks are now being offered on a remix single.

Om Unit and Digital are the chosen producers, and it is their razor-sharp remix work which takes ‘External Reality’ and ‘Day by Night’ into a new dimension. Om Unit tackles ‘External Reality’, gently taking some of the grit away and replacing it with lush synth atmospherics instead. On the flip, Digital gets tough with ‘Day by Night’, upping the ante of the original bass sound and getting busy with some breakbeats for good measure.

The remix single comes two years after the re-issue of Seba’s album Return to Forever. Listen below, or head to www.secretoperations.com to buy.

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www.soundcloud.com/omunit
www.soundcloud.com/digital-dnb

Thomas B – Augmented Place EP [Free Love Digi]

Thomas B takes the sub-bass seriously on his new record, the Augmented Place EP.

Elements of trip-hop collide with the half-time drum & bass for which the Arizona producer is known for four low-strung tracks of bare rhythms and dreamscape bass sounds. ‘Straat’ gets a little bit wonky and ‘Augmented Place’ bounces harder thanks to its breakbeat engine, but overall the record is an exercise in bass-led meditation.

Listen to the record below, or head to www.freelovedigi.com to buy.

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www.freelovedigi.com
www.soundcloud.com/free-love-digi

Kantyze – Mutation LP [Free Love Digi]

Marrying power and precision in a way only German car makers usually can, French duo Kantyze set everything to stun on Mutation.

Debuting with a nine-track LP on Quentin Hiatus’ notoriously forward-looking label Free Love Digi is a statement in itself, and from the urgent sonics of opener ‘Has It Ever Occurred’ to the straight-up half time of crumpled closer ‘The Bonus Song’ the view remains widescreen throughout.

Kantyze is the brainchild of producers Feubo and Knockoutz, who between them cite music as varied as US hip-hop, Swedish metal and jungle as influences. And this madly diverse playlist has given rise to an equally diverse record, on which twisted synths are made to fit into symphonic shapes where they really have no right to be.

Listen below or head to www.freelovedigi.bandcamp.com to buy.

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www.freelovedigi.com
www.soundcloud.com/free-love-digi

Melinki and Revaux – Totem EP [A R Records]

Drum & bass delivered with class and poise, Melinki and Revaux’s Totem EP is their first effort on Bristol-based label A R Records.

South coast producer Melinki and Yorkshire brother duo Revaux team were announced as new signings in the summer, and as mission statements go the Totem EP is very impressive.

The title track treads a line between delicacy and brute force, never overbearing but unquestionably muscular. The formula crops up again on ‘Swordplay’ which, if anything, kicks off more delicately before diving into a no-nonsense stomper of a bassline. ‘Unorthodox’ features Ozone on vocals, but the focus is shared between his bars and the relentless march of the drums.

Revaux get a chance to kick out on their own with ‘Overpass’, which combines twinkling piano with roaring basslines and pitchy percussion.

The Totem EP is out on A R Records as a double 12″ vinyl this month. Head to www.arrecords.co.uk to buy.

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www.facebook.com/revauxmusic
www.soundcloud.com/dj-melinki
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