Basic Biology – ‘Twilight’/’Sensational’ [Free Love Digi]

Basic Biology - 'Twilight'/'Sensational' [Free Love Digi]

Free Love Digi takes a left turn near Venus for the new release from Basic Biology.

The thoughtful EP is one of the mellowest the label has put out to date, and is the first FLD record to bear the Basic Biology name although one of the two men behind the duo is a veteran of Quentin Hiatus’ imprint – as a solo artist Thomas B has put out numerous EPs and tracks.

The two have fairly different musical backgrounds – Thomas Brinson (Thomas B) took up production in his 20s, whereas Matthey Cassidy is a multi-instrumentalist who started playing music aged 10. The pair came together through mutual friend and Free Love Digi bigshot Ghast, and on their label debut they look to the dreamlike rather than the dancefloor with two soft tracks of leftfield bass – ‘Twilight’ and ‘Sensational’ – which are raised even higher by the vocal work of Megan McKay.

Verging on trip-hop and bearing comparison to artists like Phaeleh, the EP is a breath of fresh air but one which can blow hard at times with some rock-solid beats.

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

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Digital, 6Blocc, Calculon, Shamanga, Fanu, Agzilla – Rogue Style 2 EP [Defrostatica Records]

Defrostatica Records doubles down on its Rogue Style series, which returns to pay tribute to the b-boy scene and its many strains of influence for a second time.

The first entry in the Rogue Style series saw Sinistarr, Kiat, Kabuki and HomeSick providing tracks inspired by b-boying and the lineup for this EP is just as international. Digital (UK), 6Blocc, Calculon, Shamanga (all USA), Fanu (Finland) and Agzilla (Iceland) are those responsible for the tracks, which kick hard and deep in all different directions, fanning out from the common ground of a respect for b-boy culture.

Digital provides a straight-up stomp through drum & bass for ‘Uprock’, a no-nonsense introduction to the four-track EP. He said: “Myself and my older brother have been into hip hop and b-boy culture from an early age. It showed me music wasn’t just something you danced to, it demonstrated togetherness, passion and the amazing life you can have through music.” 

At the other end of the record, Agzilla tortures breakbeats for fun, ramping up the bassweight on ‘Tesselation’ before a blunt-force bassline closes the track out. The Icelandic producer said: “The disciplines of hip hop, graffiti, turntablism, and breakdancing have been subtle undercurrents throughout my design and music. The era of discovering groundbreaking sounds, dancing, and style in the 80’s left a deep imprint on me. And out of that wellspring grew my journey into the liberating universe of electronic music. The aura of b-boy culture has been with me ever since and remains both fascinating and deeply inspirational.”

Sandwiched between these tracks is Fanu’s atmospheric tribute to the mechanics of the old-skool scene, ‘Machinedrummachine’, and the USA trio of 6Blocc, Calculon and Shamanga’s footwork-referencing breakbeat monster ‘Call Out’. Both tracks throw in vocal sample snippets for good measure.

Speaking about his track, Fanu said: “No-one can deny that drum machines did play a big part in creation of hip hop. In my song for Defrostatica, I wanted to employ my Machinedrum for the job. Those who know hip hop may spot a familiar sample or two there as well.”

And speaking about the scene as a whole and its influences on their musical upbringing, the American trio had a lot to say. Calculon, who has fond childhood memories of watching the Breakin’ movie, said: “As a teenager in San Diego I was later exposed to underground hip hop Kool Keith/Dr Octagon and DJ Shadow, and it was scratching that inspired me to save up and get my first set of turntables. I remember buying an Invisibl Skratch Piklz VHS tape from the local record shop and watch it at home, impressed to this day by their skill and dedication to the craft.”

6Blocc added: “The b-boy movement inspired me to push myself with my DJ skills and music production and mentally I’m still the same kid I was when I first started! I can’t imagine doing anything else in life than making music and adding to my huge vinyl collection. In the late 90’s I produced hard jungle vinyl releases under the name B-Boy 3000 because to me jungle music was hip hop fast forwarded 1000 years ahead in a time when lyrics no longer exist and all is just sample sounds modified by computers.”

And for Shamanga, B-boying has been a huge part of life since he was nine years old. He explained: “My older cousin was a DJ… I remember vividly when he played me this new sound. “This is scratching” he said to me. The tune was ’Looking for the Perfect Beat’ by Afrikka Bambatta and the Soulsonic Force. I was instantly hooked on hip hop. This was 1981. I went on to collect any rap record I could find.

“Throughout the 80’s, I would obsess on the beats, trying to get the hot tracks before the other kids in my neighborhood. Growing up in Southern California, I would go to the swap meet and get Rodeo Mix Tapes by DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, etc. I learned about Rodney O and Joe Cooley, KRS One, Mixmaster Spade, King Tee, Eazy-E, Toddy T, and more. I began DJ’ing in 1988.”

“One particular crew, 7A3 (produced by a mostly unknown DJ Muggs) inspired me to take my abilities to a new level. I purchased an HR-16 drum machine and bought a bass guitar. A few years later, a couple of the gangsters in my neighborhood wanted to become rappers, so they bought an Ensoniq EPS16+. Once they realized they didn’t want to learn how to program the machine, they gave it to me, with one stipulation… I was to produce beats for them to rap over. This was 1991. I have not stopped since.”

Rogue Style EP 2 is out now – click here to buy.

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Kachina – Ayahuasca EP and FREE DOWNLOAD [Affectionate Grooves]

It’s business as normal for Kachina on their new EP, ‘Ayahuasca’, and that can only be a good thing. The Leicester trio have lift-off with five powerhouse tracks destined for festival glory, and have thrown out a free download too, just for good measure.

The title track swoops through the outer reaches of UKG, ‘What Kind’ throws a smattering of dub wise rudeness into the mix and the thunderous ‘Maasai Mara’ builds from tribal drums into a certified window-shaker.

And considerable support from across the scene – airplay from the likes of Marcus Nasty and Toddla T and features in Mixmag, Crash magazine and more – is only fuelling the Kachina fire. Grab the free download here – https://soundcloud.com/nexgenrecs/agrooves009-bonus-kachina-sun-is-shining – and head over to https://www.nexgenmusicgroup.com/ to buy the EP. Listen below.

Seba – ‘Nobody Knows’ / ‘Implosion’ [Secret Operations]

Seba strikes again with the first release of the year for his own Secret Operations label, and it’s one with some serious club pedigree – one track made it into every one of his sets in 2017, and the other is a drum & bass tribute to minimal dub techno.

Swirling pads top off frantic breaks on A-side ‘Nobody Knows’, a regular weapon in the Swedish DJ’s sets which picks up serious momentum with a frothing bassline that swoops down to the brink of something darker.

Second track ‘Implosion’ hits like the first breath of cold air on an icy December day, a sharp kick of reverberating, swirling vocal pads and stabs which form a dense atmosphere driven by urgent, precise drums.

Listen below or click here to buy.

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Quentin Hiatus – ‘Clever Girl’ / ‘Orange Dreams’ [none60]

No stranger to taking drum & bass to the very edges of its definition, Quentin Hiatus takes an outing on none60 for a mesmerising new release.

The record leads on the stratospheric ‘Clever Girl’ which flies on a joyous synth line while bass frequencies ebb and flow beneath it. If ‘Clever Girl’ sails close to the sun, second track ‘Orange Dreams’ burrows underground, packing weight and taught drums into a small space for a heavyweight exercise in neuro-tinged production skills

Released on February 16th, ‘Clever Girl’/‘Orange Dreams’ has been hailed by DJs and producers across the scene. Listen below or head here to buy.

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Out of Fuel – Isolation EP [Translation Recordings]

Out of Fuel are back on Translation Recordings with a frozen slice of sci-fi half-time straight from winter on Mars.

With rumbling bass throughout, the Isolation EP is an exercise in atmospherics with stormcloud pads swirling around skittering, urgent beats programmed with frosty precision – four tracks of it. The record is brought to a sinister close with Hypersensitivity’s remix of the Finnish duo’s 2016 track ‘Ghosts’, a fitting end to a titanic EP.

Isolation is out now on Washington, DC-based label Translation Recordings. Head to https://translationrecordings.bandcamp.com/ to buy, or listen below.

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

Ly Da Buddah and Mystic Dan are back to bless us again with more industrial-grade junglist drum & bass, and as ever it is available as a free download on their Real Vibes imprint.

With a free release planned every month until December this year, it’s not exactly a surprise that ‘Rollin’ can be grabbed straight from Soundcloud but it is always a treat to get something for free that is so good you would have paid for it

‘Rollin’ kicks with a sliding bassline thrown over the top of frantic breaks, with a couple of jungle-style verses spat for good measure.

Listen below, and pick up the free download from the Real Vibes Soundcloud page.

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The Corpus – Cult X / Sinistarr Remix [none60]

Silent Dust must have entered the new year with huge grins on their faces, not because they were particularly enjoying Jools Holland but because they knew what they had in the works for their first release of 2018 on their imprint none60 – the label debut of The Corpus, with a Sinistarr remix thrown in for good measure.

A Lithuanian collective of producers, The Corpus announced their arrival with ‘Cult X’, a bare-bones half-time stomper which growls into life with some madcap digital sounds.

Sinistarr returns to none60 for the remix, which is typically leftfield – starting out with a harshly-clipped bassline before opening out into a propulsive, melodic take on the Lithuanian original.

Listen below, or head to www.none60records.bandcamp.com to buy.

www.soundcloud.com/the-corpus
www.soundcloud.com/sinistarr
www.soundcloud.com/silentdust

 

Nuaru – Like In A Dream EP [Free Love Digi]

Free Love Digi ushers in another mind-expanding talent in the form of Dutch mastermind Nuaru, whose Like In A Dream EP is his first for Quentin Hiatus’ inimitable label.

A gentle, lush intro ushers in the title track, which expands into a widescreen half-time roller with definite liquid tendencies. Second track ‘She Blends In With The Ocean’ keeps the focus wide open but toughens things up a bit with a laser-beam bassline and ever-increasing atmospherics.

Nuaru played his first show back in 2014 at the Amsterdam Dance Event, going on to sign to Basserk Records. He has also seen his tracks put out on other labels, appearing on compilations alongside the likes of Deon Custom, Arts the Beatdoctor and Pete Philly.

Listen below, or head here to buy.

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www.soundcloud.com/nuaru

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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