Marcus Intalex’s favourite new artist of recent times, Phil Tangent, returns to Soul:R this month with his second single. His debut, ‘Billie’s Smile b/w Lunar’, proved a discerning and unique musicality to Tangent’s sound and demonstrated a level of musical depth, which is comfortably at home in the Soul:R camp. SOULR59 will solidify the deserved recognition for Phil Tangent’s sound
Kicking things off with ‘Restitution’, its a soulful number and lends itself to the more musical side of drum and bass. Choppy kicks and snares with a mellow melody and weaving vocals. Love the vibe on this one
‘Squaring The Cirlce’ on the flip moves through blissfull moods before the track hits you with a depth drop while the female vocals backed by haunting bass take you off
Available on both vinyl and digital formats on 10th December. Essential music.
Having a reputation for razor sharp production and always pushing boundaries with his music, Lynx is no newcomer to the scene. With releases on some of modern days most seminal labels, Warm Communications proudly present their newest single.
With vocal treatments for well respected vocalist Kemo ‘Dive Deep In’ submerges itself in dirty, deep funk. A rock solid half time beat and punishing bass stabs keep the momentum while guitar strings weave in and out.
‘Shadowlands’ features fellow technician Hellrazor in an epic roller comprised of swelling strings, steppy drums and menacing bass.
Available worldwide on 3rd December and you can pre-order here now.
Always on the cutting edge of drum & bass, IM:Ltd returns with a pair of tracks filled with
soulful energy. Preferring to err away from the obvious, the new vinyl release from the
France based label teams intelligent lyrics with stepping rhythms and delicate
instrumentation, lifting the release above a scene saturated with dark beats. Gerwin & Nuage are one of Europe’s most prolific DnB collaborators and ‘Lying Portraits’ sees them team up with lyrical craftsman 2Shy to bring some beauty to the genre.
Sauntering through jazz influences it switches easily between a deep, emotive bass-driven track and a smooth, attention-grabbing stepper.
“Soul Truth” takes melodic textures and a smooth RnB vocal to create a track filled with
multi-layered beauty. A punchy 808 bass winds its way underneath, bringing warm depths to
carefully spacious percussion and interesting melodic snippets. A tune to relax to.
Gerwin’s ear for delicately devastating bass and percussion has been something of a well-
kept secret for too long. This release captures his need for elegance as well as depth and
rhythm. Listen and learn.
This month Manchester’s Soul:ution returns to Band On The Wall for the second instalment of the bi annual Exit Records residency. With residents including Calibre, Dub Phizix and Marcus Intalex and regular shows across the country Soul:ution is one of drum and bass’ most respected parties. This month sees dBridge, Loxy, Marcus Intalex and DRS taking to the stage.
In the meantime cop a recent mix from Marcus Intalex ft. DRS and Strategy recorded for Austrias La Boum de Luxe, FM4 Radio. Grab is here on Mixcloud or here for a direct download. It’s packed full of badman tracks.
From long time RBP favourite Geiom comes “Black Screen”, an inspirational new album out on the renowned Future Garage label Frisjfo Beats. Having heard little from him in recent times and knowing the skill of the man on the buttons we were pretty excited to pick this up and get it loaded into the player.
Starting with “Hem – 1 button”, stuttered percussion skips back and forth over the pitched synths nicely displaying the rough, staggered feel which prevails throughout the album. “Pucker Lips” stands out with an infinitesimally sliced flute breaking out over a crisp 2-step riddim.
Later on, 4×4/Bassline vibes push unhinged melodies on “Besk”, and “Adhafera” delves through classic bass synths which bound over a frenetic Drum & Bass beat. Eclectic in it’s scope and twisting each genre to fit, the album shifts direction ceaselessly with each listen bringing new reward – a worthwhile purchase for any bass music enthusiast.
Record labels are cropping up in abundance these days but you shouldn’t be excited about many more than new imprint Hocus Pocus. The label comes from the minds of Manchester based D&B producer combo Dawn Raid who are responsible for some of the more dedicated and true to form releases of the last few years with tracks appearing exclusively on DJ Vapours‘ 36 Hertz label.
In the words of Dawn Raid’s ADT & Kingsize, they are trying to create a sound that they felt was missing from modern D&B. This is staggeringly apparent in their string of singles and collaborations, most notably with Callide and Bladerunner.
Anyone lucky enough to catch these guys playing out will agree that their selection kills it but that’s no accident. These guys are committed to representing what they feel is the more core sound right across the jungle spectrum and their influences shine through with the rollers they effortlessly blend whilst retaining the musical aspect throughout.
The roots are deeply layed for Dawn Raid to add another aspect to their already solid base and Hocus Pocus promises to do just that. The first single, Hocus Pocus 001, will feature jungle don Bladerunner on production duties and their links to an untold amount of creative and forward thinking musicians only whets the appetite for further releases.
The energy from these two for the future and what they can do for the scene with the label is exciting not least because of the sound they plan to push but because it opens themselves up to getting their own unmistakable sound out there and serve them justice. A product of hard and meticlous studio work. Keep an eye out for http://www.hpocus.co.uk which is set to go live shortly with some goodies for you to pick up
In the meantime console yourself with having to wait for the project to kick off with Dawn Raids most recent studio mix. Its a badman selection.