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.
In anticipation of the forthcoming ‘I Don’t Usually Like MC’s But…’ long player from DRS, Soul:R label boss Marcus Intalex teams up with the mic-man himself with a stunning mix featuring cuts from the album. An exclusive to the DataTransmission collective, its a showcase of talents from both DRS and the producers. The LP is set to drop at the album launch party at the ‘Bunch Of Cuts’ night on the 25th August where DRS will feature alongside Marcus Intalex, Dub Phizix, Calibre, dBridge and S.P.Y amongst others. A truly mouth watering line up which serves this release justice. Tune into the mix to see what all the hype is about.
Hotly anticipated on the Estate Recordings label, wordsmith Skittles returns with his second LP. The album features Skittles own productions alongside Chimpo, Dub Phizix and DRS alongside vocals from Mr Fox and Fallacy. A serious recipe for a long player. The album features cuts released previously as a taster such as ‘Tip-i-Cally’, ‘Boys In Blue’ and the monster ‘Dot2Dot’ as well as some fresh cuts like Robot Bodypop favourite, ‘Lying Here’. As Estate Recordings like to put it:
Imagine a piece of classical music, put it in a blender and add some reggae/ska to it, throw a load of broken instruments in the mix and a few proper cold rappers, sprinkle in some grime an a vinyl,add a bit of pop an pulse until smooth, an you will have nothing like what this album is.
Released on the 5th March in Manchester where you can catch the launch party at The Deaf Institute with a worldwide release following on the 12th March. Pick this album up. Don’t sleep.
Any fan of the Robot Bodypop show quickly realises this is a mouth-watering line-up for us. Alongside Kryptic Minds, Just Skank bring the mighty DJ Madd, Dub Phizix, Killawatt and the rising Compa. A serious line up staged at the Moho Live venue. Theres a second room featuring upcoming talent and the hosts for the night come in the form of Broke ‘n’ English wordsmith Strategy, GNI MC and Sin Seer. I hear Compa is going to be there selling whites of ‘Dem A Talk’ so be sure to get in early and corner him. Really looking forward to this one and it promises to be as diverse as it does upfront. Big up Just Skank for this
MAIN ROOM : Void Sound Sytem
► KRYPTIC MINDS
► DJ MADD
► DUB PHIZIX FT STRATEGY
► DJ FRED
Chances are if you’ve seen D-Bridge playing out recently you will have caught this deep number forthcoming on his Exit Records label and its arguably one of the tracks of the year. Absolutely storming. Production is held down by Mancunian soundboy Dub Phizix alongside Skeptical with Broke’N’English mic-man Strategy with a killer flow unlike anything you’ve heard in his previous work. It’s out on 19th December and all pre-orders of the vinyl version have already been snapped up! Check out the video filmed in and around Manchester and bag yourself a copy. On the flip is a track on a similar vibe named ‘Rags’. Incredible stuff.
Nights don’t get much better than this bill. Hit & Run is arguably the Norths greatest night keeping it tight and intimate on Mondays and now with the bigger events moving to Manchesters Ritz venue. Combined with Shogun Audio, this event sees Icicle, Rockwell, the mighty Break all playing alongside Manchesters Dub Phizix and Hit & Run head man Rich Reason. Hosts for the night are SP:MC, DRS & Strategy. Excited? You should be.
Hit&Run presents SHOGUN AUDIO @ The HMV Ritz, Mon 28th November
ROCKWELL (130-170bpm set)
Hosted by SP:MC, DRS and STRATEGY
Early Bird tickets are a mere £5, and there’s plenty of them (400). Normal priced tickets are £6.50…. it’ll be slightly more on the door.
Following on from Broke’N’English’s recent Umbro bursary, their versatile imprint Estate Recordings is back in business. Luckily for you, us and any other fan of upfront music, their first release is Mancunian wordsmith Skittles newest cut. Out on the 7th November, Dot2Dot is already on Radio 1 rotation and gaining airplay from Mary Anne Hobbs amongst others. Put simply, its a banger and with the release featuring remixes from Zed Bias, Dub Phizix and Joe Kalius its as fresh as you can get. Beats and lyrics come as good as it gets. Essential listening.