Big fans of the Diffrent label here at Robot Bodypop. The label bosses seem
to have a clear view of what they want to put out and whilst it may
be indulgent, the quality is always there. In their own words; “We believe theres a lot of soul-less D&B music
out there due to labels having to put out music that “HAS” to sell.
Ultimately we’re about making music fun, trying new things
& putting out music that we truly love!’ – Hunchbak
& Dexta The title track ‘Cutting
Edge’ opens the release off with its steppy breaks
and chopped vocal stabs. It doesn’t build so much as hit you in the
face from the off. ‘Lost’ opens with
some haunting synth’s and draws you in before the crisp break
drives through the cold vibes Diffrent is known for before it peaks into a breakdown that
runs with piano licks and twisted electronica. Followed by personal
favourite ‘Game Changer’ it builds
slowly before the lyrics force a key change and the bass wraps
around the vocals interspersed with killer soundbites. Badness ‘Serrated’ works on the low end right
the way through. Its a deep track. One for the heads. A strong release and out to
pick up now at Juno Records and all decent online
The ever ascending London artist Distinction is back with another mighty composition, this time we are treated to a remix of Jesse Ware‘s track ‘Devotion’, which features on her Brit Award & Mercury Prize nominated debut album of the same name. Check the original to get a flavour:
The vibe of the refix is much heavier, with turbulent synths and a heavily side-chained bass swelling under a striking vocal loop.
2012 has been a fulfilling year for IM:Ltd and with the sonic summer being definitively over, the French based label gets back moodier than ever with ‘Junction 12’, a collection of 6 meticulously picked Drum & Bass tracks from some of the hottest talents on board that comes in the form of a 3×12” vinyl series. Disc 1 sees Berlin producer Es.tereo going back to some of his darker playgrounds with ‘Junction 12’, an autonomic influenced stepper forged on obsessive robotic vocals and industrial klanks. On the B side, French techstep veterans Kantyze deliver a surprisingly uncluttered roller named ‘Tough Breaker’. Simple & efficient.
With releases on labels such as Goldie’s legendary imprint Metalheadz , 2012 has been a wealthy year as well for Mortem as he returns to IM:Ltd with ‘Converter’, another brilliant track that won’t contradict his well earned reputation for creating music that causes serious damages on dance floors across the globe. The flip consist of ‘Amour King’, the first vinyl effort from Quartz , a new duo hailing from Cardiff.
On Disc 3, Gerwin steps up his game with ‘It’s All In Your Head’, a seedy piece of minimal tech funk. Once again, his ease and versatility definitively makes him one of the name to be watched out for in the coming months.
Last but not least, Belgian producer Atmospherix teams up with S-Vb for some ‘Modular Revenge’.
Raw sickness. Bag It
Easy! Back in the lab with the Robot seeking out some of the finest bass music out there. Theres all styles on there from deep Panda cut, rolling jungle vibes from Phil Tangent and ARP XP right through to the sounds of fellow Mancunians Qualmsound and Earl Grey. All of this is capped off with the mighty Pawcut and a new badman track from RDubz. Dig it! Stream or download the 320 from the link below
Dub – Panda
Too Much War – RSD
Beat Of The Drum (Throwing Snow RMX) – Happa
Omun – Qualmsound
Beneath – Stiver
Romero (Earl Grey RMX) – Floral
Restitution – Phil Tangent
Surrealism – ARP XP
Shadowlands – Lynx & Hellrazor
Soul Truth – Gerwin
Elegy – Pawcut
Too Much Expectation – RDubz
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.