1) VARIOUS ARTISTS – FOURFIT EP – SOUL:R
Marcus Intalex must be the grand master A&R. Not to mention a top-notch producer, Big in the game! Soul:R has consistently been among my favorite imprints in Drum and Bass. The Fourfit EP02 comes as a follow up to the solo Skeptical outing, and features a hand full of primarily unknown artists. I like to consider myself knowledgable, but am only familiar with Anile, and Kid Drama even more slightly so. FD and LSB are news to me, and a wonderful refresher at that. a lush release that still knocks where it need to. Vibes!!
2) EVESON & HALOGENIX – GREY DAWN – INGREDIENTS
Channel 82′s own Eveson teams up with fellow Londoner, Halogenix, for this deep and somber rhythm out on Ingredients Records in early July. The flanged-out male vocal sample rounds out the tune just right, while ‘Dystopian Romance’ growls bass over the running drums for the flip. Of course I assume this is going to 12″. It would be justified!
3) LENZMAN – THROUGH MY EYES – METALHEADZ
Lenzman’s debut ‘Looking At The Stars’ LP out on Metalheadz this month is poised to be the biggest Headz release since Platinum Breaks v4. This dutch wizard comes with a deep discog leading up to this point. I would strongly advise getting up to speed with the artists forthcoming material on his Soundcloud page here. Stand out tunes for me of course are ‘Starz’ Feat. Kevin King (a vocalist whom has done no injustice to a DnB lick ever in life) and of course the single ‘Empty Promise’ which features the vocal stylings of Steo. This is a definite MUST COP on vinyl IMO!
4) MALAKY – MY DREAMS/WHILE YOU SLEEP – PRESTIGE MUSIC
Out on Prestige Music Digital this coming Monday, Malaky has offered these two lovely bits for his debut release on Prestige. Judging by how much our Soundcloud page exploded after posting these tunes, perhaps we should have slated these for vinyl! Nevertheless, the tunes are a splendid showing of his versatility and craftsmanship when it comes to this DnB thing. Check back here on Monday for WAV & MP3 availability!
5) PHYSICAL ILLUSION – CONTROL – UNRELEASED
Speaking of Prestige Music, I’m hoping to get this tune out on the imprint in the coming months. Although Physical Illusion (Ukraine) has been pressing for the vinyl treatment, we’ll certainly see what can be arranged. But the last few demos he sent along were simply fire! This clip is as taken from Intelligent Manners’ upstanding broadcast entitled ‘Nightgrooves’. Big up the Eastern European Massive!
6) DJ CLART – CRUEL INTENTIONS EP – LUV DISASTER
This one went out under my radar evidently. The homie James Tan aka Clart came with the funk boots on this Luv Disaster EP entitled ‘Cruel Intentions’. Just released a few months ago, unbeknownst to me. Although some of the tunes have been circulating around the dub circuit for a minute. The title might be rather misleading, as these tunes might be considered more kind than cruel. Also not sure how they got around some of this sample clearance, because at first glance I would think it was a bootleg drop. Very Dilla meets DnB. Not mad!
7) CHROMATIC – CHROMATIC EP ? – INNERGROUND
Britain’s Chromatic is a production trio of lads steadily rising to the top of the game over the past 3 years. With releases out on a handful of major labels to this point, their most recent is this debut out on Innerground this month. ‘Senorita’ Feat. Micheal Lynch certainly fits the vibe of Marky’s Sào Paulo-based imprint, along with ‘Orchestral’ banging things out for the dancefloor on the flip. Again, I’m assuming this is also coming to single 12″ vinyl as a 3-tracker. Already available as a digital download at this moment in time.
8) FRICTION & TOTAL SCIENCE – SCATTER – SHOGUN
Friction is gearing up for a collaborative EP of course due out on his own Shogun imprint very very soon. The first offering alongside Total Science is dropping this coming Monday and is a dutty, dancefloor banger. The release comes as the first vinyl single of the project due out on an amazing-looking red picture disc. Shogun is definitely among my top 5 DnB labels over the past few years, and to all those that think Andy C is king, I say Friction should hold that crown. There’s the Executioner and then there’s the Assassin! Make a choice!
9) JOAKUIM – MILES AWAY EP – INTRIGUE MUSIC
I’ve got loads of respect for Ben Soundscape and the Intrigue Bristol massive. Always been a fan of The Insiders long before I could ever call the guy my friend. Intrigue Music is a label I look up to wholeheartedly as a model of success, consistency, and integrity as an blueprint for our own Prestige Music. Joakuim is a rising artist currently based out of Mexico City, but I believe he is originally French. Correct me if I’m wrong. Been in talks with Joakuim about a Prestige release but I guess Ben nabbed him up first! Big up! Tune with Collette is chopped full of summer vibin’ goodness!
10) NUCLEUS & PARADOX – THE RETURN OF.. – METALHEADZ PLATINUM
And before you say it… YES there are two Metalheadz tunes on my top 10. Don’t trip cause Headz Platinum is it’s own thing entirely. And how could Nucleus and Paradox NOT be on my list, if they have a new release out? I’m a sucker for drum funk and this tune delivers exactly that. Always top notch production with these two, and I’m beginning to wonder if Nucleus is just another alias for Paradox, as is Alaska. All amazing work nonetheless!