dRamatic & dbAudio – Far Away [MARS006]

We’ve been pushing the Mars sound on the Robot Bodypop show and blog for some time now and it’s when gems like this are presented before you that you realise a label has come into it’s own. dRamatic & dbAudio are both present for plate 006 and the title track ‘Days Running Out’ evokes memories of a late 90’s/ early 2000 vibe DnB track but kept upfront with some smooth production and use of vocals. It’s a beautiful track and the drop break firmly puts me back 10 years. It’s like a session with a badman psychologist who makes you regress to when your soul was controlled by the dancefloor. Very welcome anyway.
On the flip, personal favourites Total Science come with a remix of ‘Far Away’. On the build it creeps in like an old friend, the vocals make you wistfully ignore the the fact that the drums control this one. A beautiful track with a ridiculous key change some way through that brings the whole track up. Amazing work.

Out on the 29th October and available at all good retailers.

MARS Recordings

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Fields – Utopia Music 009

Utopia Music are set to drop their latest single on Monday 23rd July and the new release sees Fields on production. With releases on Mars, Symmetry and Ingredients already under his belt, Fields breathes life into D&B with this double A side.

‘Elemntal’ is a progressive roller with harmonic stabs that set the pace for a smooth vibe with atmospheric pads taking you up. The track builds beautifully and carries you right through. A head nodder and a dancefloor track.

‘BTC’ on the AA side is a dark and techy number that eases you in before attacking with sonic hits and twisted bass.

Label boss MAKO certainly knows what direction he wants Utopia Music to go in and its refreshing to know people still want to step outside the norm and formulaic to make drum and bass that sounds this good.

Bag it.

Fields on Soundcloud

Utopia Music

Mars002, Mute & Mako

Inspired by the soul and groove vibe found in the 90’s, label Mars hopes to re-establish ‘a sound almost forgotten’ in Drum & Bass. Mars002 comes with Mute and Mako on a double-edged roller. A-side ‘Essential Form’s keeps it bouncy with some smooth vocal stabs whilst the flip ‘Who Knows’ keeps the percussion tight with some punchy beats backed with a soulful energy perfect for the dancefloor.

Also celebrating 2 years in the game, Mako and his label Utopia Music offer up a free D&B stepper. A slice of future beats served up with some crisp drums and a side of twisted funk. Grab this while you can.