Last year saw the release of Bop’s incredible debut album, Clear Your Mind. Minimal, anodyne and revolutionary, the record was a beautiful example of the fact that drum & bass still had boundaries to push. Of course, Hospital — being the friendly tycoons that they are — haven’t slept on the success and a couple of weeks ago dropped Remix Your Mind EP on Med School. Comprising 5 album track remixes by Blu Mar Ten, Lynx & Hellrazor, Unquote, Subwave and competition winner Thinnen, the EP is every much as enchanting as the source material. From the sparsity of Unquote’s re-imagining of ‘Enjoy the Moment’ to the snarling menace of Lynx & Hellrazor’s mix of ‘Tears of a Lonely Metaphysician’, the project has proved to be a fantastic concept brilliantly executed. There’s not a bad track on it.
Personally, I believe that’s down to the sheer quality of Bop’s music. It must be impossible to fuck it up. It’s like the musical equivalent of lego bricks…
Digitally empyrean and beautifully vaporous, the music of dBridge sounds like somebody jammed a drum machine down a drainpipe in an Eastern European red light district circa 2063. EXIT022, White’s eighth release on his own Exit imprint, follows this surreal model, comprising a duo of moody tunes in ‘Love Hotel’ and ‘Dim Light’. The first oscillates between a precarious line of calm and menace, lulling with canorous pads and frequently dropping into a threatening snarl. The latter, meanwhile, is driven by a detuned hook and swathes of background noise. Imagine looking through the end of telescope after being blind-folded and dropped in the middle of the ocean at midnight…that’s the kind of effect you should expect.
dBridge is a breath of fresh air and EXIT022 is, once again, a characteristically unique and intriguing release which should be played in a dark room with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a strobe light. Maybe…
This is Sub Focus’ drumstep remix of Rusko’s ‘Hold On’ and I’ve got to say, it’s a pretty delicious take on proceedings. Once again, Amber Coffman’s ’90s R&B vocals are smoother than George Clooney at an over 50s mixer and the whole thing is groovy enough to insight involuntary muscle spasms. For me however, even though it’s a decent piece of music, it’s still not quite as good as the original.
Circus mogul Doctor P has mentioned similarities to his own tune ‘Sweetshop’ but I think the comparison is a little unfair. The synths employed in that track are hardly unique and this is better anyway…oops.
Decent hip-hop is an increasingly rare occurrence at The Tuesday Club these days, so it’s sick to see that tomorrow, UK underground legend Rodney P and the equally revered DJ Skitz are gracing us with their hallowed presence. The pair most notably worked together on Skitz’s 2001 debut album Countryman, an indisputable masterpiece which displays the respectable face of British hip-hop and helps us all to forget the rise and rise of Chipmunk and the need for Wikipedia to have an article entitled ‘Electrogrime’. If you’ve not had a chance to hear it, I’ve uploaded ‘Dedication’, so have a goosey and get fucking loose.
Liquid d&b duo Brookes Brothers and beatboxer Reeps One finish off the line-up and it’s only £5.50 to get your arse through the door. Surely there’s no reason for you not to come!?
I haven’t been able to turn around for the last 6 months without someone trying to cram a sizeable chunk of Netsky down my throat and yes, whilst I admit he’s rather inspirational, he’s not infallible. His latest release, for example, is 50% genius, 50% “what the fuck?” RDR001 is the first release on Murdock’s new drum & bass imprint, Radar Records, and it’s a disappointingly double-edged sword.
A-side ‘Your Way’ is the usual strain of infectious liquid, with sweetly processed strings and a catchy vocal hook. Job done, excellent. ‘Daydreaming’, however, is a relentlessly looping puddle of shit. It’s about as pleasurable as a fire alarm in a prison cell and feels like Van Gogh and Mike Tyson tag-teaming your ears whilst Sir Killalot approaches from behind. Jesus, somebody must like this, who the hell decided it was good enough to release? Radar had better have some decent things lined up otherwise it’ll sink faster than…well, Sir Killalot.
Anyway, download ‘Daydreaming’ below and decide for yourself. I would advise that you spend your money on something else by Netsky or just purchase ‘Your Way’ on its own when it sees a digital release.
Marking their debut on Hospital Records, Austrian duo Camo & Krooked appear alongside Netsky on NHS136, the forthcoming Sick Music Vol. 2 sampler. Deserving representatives of a highly anticipated release, the Viennese twosome have been making waves for a while now, with tracks such as ‘Get Funky’ and ‘Tonight’ receiving some serious club coverage. Their contribution to the collection — ‘Turn Up the Music’ — is a percussive masterclass which smacks of Mendelayev, Mr Sizef and a number of other producers who appeared on last year’s insane Future Sound of Russia compilation. A sweet yet powerful vocal hook, courtesy of Pat Fulgoni, resonates alongside graceful synth, lending the track an impressive euphoria and complementing the intricacy of the drums. So too, does the mellifluous bassline which oozes under the surface and adds body without compromising the simple nature of the atmosphere. It’s all very inspirational anyway and stands as a promising indication of what to expect from Vol. 2′s release, which is due to feature the likes of B-Complex, Reso, Mistabishi, Cyantific and MRSA, amongst others. Exciting, no?