We thought it was about time we start cataloging our podcasts properly – No better time like the present so here we go with RBP001 – 45 minutes from myself 1nejack showcasing the best of bass from the last fortnight. Most of the playlist is featured on the posts below so whilst you are listening have a scroll down and read up on some great music.
Featuring free downloads from Gravity, Venture and Jacm, we are also proud to present a couple of weighty previews from the Slime and Mars labels. More than enough to keep you bouncing into November. Stream or grab the 320 from the button below.
One Of These Days – Memory9
Rage (Badklaat & Requake Remix) – Gravity
Hollow – Stiver
Loft – REKchampa
Autumn Sun – Venture
Feel (Congi Remix) – FullCasual & Brais Larkin Ft. Da Kooka
Rainy Thoughts (Ollie Macfarlane Remix) – JacM & Zoe Phillips
Glacier – Bhok
Down Boy – Soaka
Far Away Ft. Grimm (Total Science Remix) – dRamatic & dbAudio
Deep Heads come through with a frankly unfathomable amount of quality free music making you wonder who the hell they are sleeping with to be giving away so many tunes from such extraordinary talent. This half step drum and bass joint from Venture is one such tune. Somebody got some seriously deep heads for this..
Next up on the Slime Recordings assembly line comes another multi-faceted release, this time from heterogenous London button master Retrospekt.
‘Rolling’ starts with an arpeggiated bassline swiftly breaking off into a delicious electro synth lead, backed by opulent eastern vocal samples and unfaltering 4 by 4 percussion. ‘Rebuilding Dreams’ begins in a mellow jazz climate until jagged electro vibes kick in, dripped with soaking wet FX-heavy vocals. Keeping with the EP’s electro theme Resketch does a faithfully funky remix of ‘Rolling’ before Livewire ups the tempo with a slick liquid Drum & Bass version.
In their third release for None60, production mates Dan Blishen & Andy Hobbs (Silent Dust to you lot) continue in triumphant form. The one thing you can be sure to expect is that they will surpass any expectations.
Immediately ‘Love Sundered’ throws you off. An alarm sound is swiftly smothered by lustrous synths and an unexpected yet well placed 808 snare. Soon we are whisked off into space by climbing pads and a dainty reverberating vocal sample.
On the flip, ‘Tell Me’ is just as beautifully laid out, beginning with a church-like drone that palpitates under a heartfelt vocal. Arpeggiated melodies dance along the higher frequencies to give the track a heavenly atmosphere.
In the eyes of the Robot these cats can do no wrong. Bag it on release from all good digital stores, 8th October 2012.
Our favorite paragons of deep, dark and minimal drum and bass are back with a fresh batch of releases for their resident label None60 this September.
The first of these, catalogued NSY004, is a two track voyage through an epic galaxy of futuristic hip hop and breakbeat. ‘Martyrs’ is breath-snatchingly deep with spaced out samples that bounce off into the ether as the track gradually builds and develops to an epic conclusion. The flip – ‘Population Me’ – is a warm and twisting future hip hop head nodder which features the rythmic poetry of US lyricist Selfsays.
Thankfully Silent Dust are not the types to employ generic production tricks to pull you in – Their compositions have a tempered style and graceful execution that will have your head moving before you even know it yourself. No jarring drops or maximised-to-the-limit repetitive drum programming here, thankyou. Subtlety is key. They skilfully tease your ears until you are ready for the climax, which never fails to satisfy. And there is more to come; Keep your eyes on Robot Bodypop for further releases!
Extent Recordings have been a formidable force on the DNB scene for a good while, gaining plenty of respect over the years and with releases of this quality its easy to see why. Harking back to the old school yet keeping the formula up to date throughout – Featuring tracks from Stranjah, Gold, Darkhalf, Gappa G,, Centrik, The Last Hero and Beat 70, Terminus and Sub:Stance, this is not a release for DNB heads to sleep on. Click below to preview and buy.
Silent Dust is the project of UK duo Dan Blishen (originally from Manchester) and Andy Hobbs (hailing from Kent), who produced Drum & Bass together for years under the respective monikers Zyon Base and Hobzee.
Their self-titled debut, ‘Silent Dust,’ brings their signature D&B sound into a different light, drawing from a wide range of influences – ambient, drum & bass, garage, dub, breakbeat and soundtracks. The result is a collection of deep, bass-laden productions that sound like absolutely nothing else, filled with lush arrangements, an array of found sounds (‘footsteps, vinyl crackle, sellotape stretching’), cinematic vocal samples and glitchy, idiosyncratic drum programming. Though it’s driven by experimentation, this is a D&B record at heart: even the ambient tracks were written at 160-170 BPM.
We are well impressed by this debut. Personal favourites are ‘A Million Words’ and ‘Shadows On The Wall’, which features in this weeks podcast. Check previews of all the tracks below, then click a link to buy.