Ogonek – Too Loud EP [Estética Cibernética]

Ogonek - Too Loud EP

Dark as a black hole and dirty as a Victorian abattoir, the new EP from Bulgarian legend Ogonek is taking absolutely no prisoners.

The Too Loud EP is just that, a sadistic exercise in synth torturing drum & bass. Whether it’s the conventional, but impeccably executed, neuro of ‘Radio Noise’ and ‘Breathless’ or the boundary-breaking industrial mechanics of ‘PA23’ and ‘Vall’, Ogonek is on fine form – if by fine form you mean fucking up speaker cones.

A leading leader in the Bulgarian drum & bass scene, Ogonek has been operational for nearly 20 years, and since falling in since 1996. In the mid 2000s Ogonek hooked up with the biggest music movement in Bulgaria – HMSU – has rubbed shoulders with the genre’s big dogs – the list is the length of a large intestine, but includes the likes of Noisia, Black Sun Empire, Roni Size and Goldie.

30% of the proceeds from this EP will be donated to RAINN, the largest nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization in the United States.

The Too Loud EP is out now on Estética Cibernética.


Mitad and Alexis K vs Unsub bend genres on NexGen Music

Big things are happening over at NexGen Music, where two new records are taking a blowtorch and bolt cutters to genre boundaries – it’s all gone a bit anarchy, and that is absolutely okay.

Fighting with Fire is the debut EP from international duo Mitad, made up of Sal Lo Cascio on production and Katherine Downham on vocals and formed after the pair were brought together by an online talent website. Mitad means half in Spanish, so Fighting with Fire is mitad drum & bass and mitad house – both genres are lovingly hand-crafted, expertly represented and perfectly timed ahead of festival season, with the record dropping in May on NexGen Music.

Click here for more info and to hear the tracks.

Then in comes the cavalry in the form of the expansive The Misadventures of Pilbourne Delaney by Unsub vs Alexis K, the first record released on NexGen sub-label Pure Heart Dirty Mind Records (PHDM). This new imprint is run by Lily Luck, who also masterminded the whole of its first release – Unsub and Alexis K are both aliases she uses (as is n0isemakeR).

The result of this self-collaboration is a whirlwind of genres thrown together and ripped apart – wonky basslines go up against jazz-fuelled drum & bass one minute, heavy metal guitar riffs drive dubstep tracks the next and antidotes are provided in the shape of ambient downtempo – it’s an intense 13 tracks, put it that way.

The Misadventures of Pilbourne Delaney is out now on Pure Heart Dirty Mind Records.

Dushi – Love & Happiness Remix EP [Urban Wildlife]

Dushi - Love & Happiness Remix EP [Urban Wildlife]

Dushi’s soulful track ’Love & Happiness’ gets the remix treatment after stealing the show on Urban Wildlife Vol. 3 earlier this year.

The compilation, put out by German label Urban Wildlife in May, ran the gamut of drum & bass and amongst a churning ocean of 170bpm gems ‘Love & Happiness’ proved the biggest hit – and now it’s been handed over to three producers for a remix EP, released at the end of November.

The EP gets underway with Dushi’s magical original, before the track gets deconstructed and rebuilt as a liquified half-time banger by Smuskind. Next up, T:Base runs with the original’s sky-high approach, opening things out further with lush pads and atmospherics, then Ly Da Buddah shuts things down with a no-nonsense minimal jump-up take.

Listen below…


Dushi: https://www.facebook.com/dushidushidushi/
Smuskind: https://www.facebook.com/smuskind.music/
Ly Da Buddah: https://www.facebook.com/LyDaBuddah/
T:Base: https://www.facebook.com/TBaseMusic/

Jaskin & Uneven – ‘Woodlands’/’Lost Ends’ [none60 Records]

Jaskin & Uneven - 'Woodlands'/'Lost Ends' [none60 Records]

Jaskin & Uneven announce their arrival on none60 Records with the cavernous double-hit of ‘Woodlands’ / ‘Lost Ends’, two sophisticated low-down rollers bristling with might and muscle.

‘Woodlands’ is all taught power, as much about what’s happening below the surface as it is the unfolding atmospherics up top, while on the flip ‘Lost Ends’ opens things up with a freshness which perfectly counterbalances the darkness on side A.

‘Woodlands’ / ‘Lost Ends’ drops in the wake of the new album from label bosses Silent Dust.

Listen below and head to none60’s bandcamp to buy.


Silent Dust – Listen to the Night [none60 Records]

Silent Dust - Listen to the Night [none60 Records]

The new album from Silent Dust has finally arrived – seven years after the last one – and it’s another deep dive into the bass music cosmos.

Silent Dust, who run none60 Records, give drum & bass a slightly reduced role on Listen to the Night, instead moving through experimental half-time and atmospheric quasi-trip-hop on the way to painting in a new colour over the course of some six collaborations with vocalists – including DRS, Terror and SelfSays – which introduce hip-hop elements into an already intoxicating Silent Dust mix.

Head to www.none60records.bandcamp.com to buy or listen below.


Chilling on the Couch .03 [Scientific Records]

Chilling on the Couch .03 [Scientific Records]

Pulling together 15 glacial tracks from the likes of Bungle, Mav, Parheila and Eissi, Scientific Records are back with another Chilling on the Couch compilation.

The Dutch label is no stranger to dishing out 170bpm massages for the brain and it’s another stellar selection here, each track a deep dive into oceanic bass swells flecked with atmospheric sonics and downtempo beats to blur the lines between drum & bass and trip hop.

The Chilling on the Couch .03 LP dropped on 7 September – head to www.scientificrecords.bandcamp.com to buy, and listen below.




The Death Beats – Streets of Rage (Featuring Little Panda) [Urban Sickness Audio]



Available 15th October 2018 on Urban Sickness Audio.


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Lynx ft Master X – Deep Deadly [Detail Recordings]

Lynx ft Master X – Deep Deadly [Detail Recordings]

Lynx isn’t messing about on latest track ‘Deep Deadly’ which brings drum & bass back to everything it should be – no racing stripes here, just straight up power and punch.

With Master X on board delivering a timeless drum & bass vocal, Lynx sets his sights on the sort of infectious old school vibe which makes Jonny L’s ‘Back to Your Roots’ such a classic track – a devastatingly simple bassline, and one tailor-made for DJs.

Lynx explains “When writing the track and arranging it I wanted a song that DJs could splice their own favourite version of the track together. For exampled, you could re-edit the arrangement as a deep minimal DJ and lose the heavier sections. Or, if you prefer it to be a banger, you could lose the minimal parts.

“Or if you feel like it just loop the vocal and double drop your favourite tune over the top. It’s a very versatile DJ tool and a tune I think DJs will have loads of fun mixing.”

‘Deep Deadly’ is out now on Detail Recordings.


Wagz – ‘Whiplash’ / ‘Grey & Blue Skies’ [none60 Records]

Wagz - ‘Whiplash’ / ‘Grey & Blue Skies’ [none60 Records]

Wagz returns for round two on Silent Dust’s none60 Records imprint with new single ‘Whiplash’ / ‘Grey & Blue Skies’.

‘Whiplash’ is a real damager, slowly ramping up the tension with airy percussion and misty pads before dropping into tough, plunging basslines. But this script is shredded on the flip, where ‘Grey & Blue Skies’ takes to its wings on a delicate liquid roller; the sub sounds remain, but they massage your brain rather than landing punches between your eyes.

Listen below or head here to buy.


Kusp – ‘Moments’ ft Edward Oberon / ‘Shadowed’ [Detail Recordings]

b2287cd8c456b892d2fee8b9ae166376d1ec9bf4Kusp drops the first Detail Recordings release not to come from the studio of label owner Lynx – and the result is a shapeshifting double-punch.

Liquid roller ‘Moments’ kicks things off, Edward Oberon’s soulful vocals pushing through pinpoint arpeggios and soaring melodies, before things take an unexpected and wonderful turn on the flip.

‘Shadowed’ is an angular, heavyweight half-time cut which takes no prisoners with solid square-wave bass frequencies and bruising percussion – it’s a totally different flavour to ‘Moments’, and simply shows that it’s futile trying to predict the sound of Kusp’s LP, scheduled to drop on Detail Recordings later this year.

Listen below or head here to buy.