This past Sunday I took myself and my 7D out to the newly opened Broad Museum. Needless to say, I was completely blown away by all of the art and exhibits on hand for the inauguration. I wont go into detail in this summary, and I will just keep it brief and let you move on the photos. ask google app If you find yourself in the downtown LA area, this museum would qualify as a MUST.


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YO! That shit was fun as hell! Here goes a little photo recap I whipped up. I brought my 7D pretending to be a real photog guy, but alas… My skills lack. For some reason I keep the focus at manual to feel like I’m doing something legit. But thanks goes to post for clearing up some of my shots anyway. I was definitely not confident enough to bring my camera with me to the nightclub settings, so these are mostly day-time/evening scenes. If you want to check out other shots at Ripping Club, peep the IG: @djdyer. Sardinia, Italy saw lots of smiling faces and world class DJs bumping those grooves we love. Had some great mates to share a villa with, shout out to Kenny, Strifey, Matt and Andy! I will never forget our time at the “Raver Olympics”, that it sure was! The beach parties remain the best of times. Really glad I got to meet the BZ crew at their first SnB also. Shouts to Level 2 and Chap especially. Not mad at the secret location where I got to see D-Bridge & Kid Drama doing Heartdrive, plus Marcus Intalex doing a special Trevino set at dusk. I suppose the Sardinian Flag will remain a mystery, and I think I like it that way. Our Scottish neighbor Stewart definitely thought us Americans were going to bomb the grocery store. Took a week to win him over, even though he broke our chair. Lenzman doing a hip-hop set just before Beatnuts and Jeru is definitely one of my highlights for the week. Although Jeru was kinda a dick to the crowd. Marky had the most energy of any DJ, as to be expected. Sweat dripping off that guy! Makes you want to dance for reals. Bal Harbor was another awesome venue. Die & Krust smashed it poolside, then to see it light up at night. All-n-all, everyone was pretty bummed that we didn’t get to experience Ambra Night, which according to all returning SnB attendees we were definitely missing out. Nobody was digging the smoke-filled Ripping Club, that’s for damn sure. Still had a blast regardless. Seeing DRS & Jenna G live was the best performance of the festival. Not to mention I got a shout out from the queen herself! Goodtimes indeed, the festival comes highly recommended. Hope you enjoy the flicks!




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Summer has come to its often bittersweet end folks. Don’t ask your thermostat just yet… but it’s most definitely a wrap for those summer vibes in 2015. But before we call it over and done with, many DnB heads are about to embark on a journey to San Teodoro, Italy for a festival experience of a lifetime. Now for once I can say that I’m one of them! For 12 Years Sun & Bass has been hosting the ultimate Drum & Bass vacation holiday for only the most elite of junglist. So as I prepare for my travels, you won’t have to guess what’s on my playlist. Allow me to share with you a few of my choice DnB cuts that I just know will be getting rinsed on a dance floor, or on a beach in paradise off the Tyrrhenian Sea.




Maybe I’m just a big sucker for Makoto’s lush vibes. But anytime he couples with A-Sides you know its gonna be golden. This release was particularly significant to me because they crowd-sourced the vinyl pressing. And I’m actually still waiting for it to arrive STILL! But thankfully they sorted the digi download to hold me over. Although now I’m seeing Juno will have copies, so I feel less special. Stand out tracks for me are ‘You Sexy Beast’ and ‘Simplicity’ Featuring Spikey Tee. Such a quality LP, that will someday be a classic.





Really annoying when you buy a heater LP and then its immediately followed up with even more heater remixes. Damn Headz is killin me! I had to pass on the vinyl purchase, because I bought the original LP, plus two vinyl singles! But damn Lenzman provided such an excellent LP and now with amazing remix work courtesy from the A roster. Stand outs include the Ivy Lab remix (of course) of ‘Paper Faces’, and for sure the Zero T remix of ‘Lazy Dub’.





In the vein of more amazing LPs from some of the most well established names in the game, this Marky LP does not disappoint in the slightest. The single ‘Silly’ is such a feel good jam, coupled with a very legit video featuring a mob of quad-skaters rolling through the streets of London. The tune is simple and very effective for that swingy jazzness. I’m actually quite bummed that the single didn’t make it on to the LP, which was a must cop for me as an Innerground collector. Excited for Marky’s SnB set for sure.





What a sick EP from Eveson, now with plenty of time to marinate with it. It’s plain bangin’. Both Eveson & Ingredients staying consistent. Bums me out cause we had a release lined up from Eveson for Prestige and it seems to be on the fence at this point. Well regardless of wether or not dude will return my emails, I’m hella impressed by another strong release that flexes versatility, artistry, and craftsmanship. Bringing back the true jungle sound in high form and fashion. Salute where due!





I’m about as avid a collector of V Recs as I am with Headz or Soul:R or only a few other imprints to speak of. But V Recordings is just one of those labels that plainly set the blue print for labels like Prestige to aspire toward. Bryan Gee holds down a solid roster of both young and mature producers alike. Heaters for me on this compilation, Bailey out of somewhere with this ‘Sugar’ tune sounding like right where I want to be.  Random Movement & Jaybee team up with Adrienne Richards for some magic as we might come to expect. Chap with the heavy roller, and damn Dave Owen with some deep deep!  Ooooo Weeeeee!





I know I already included a Metalheadz release on this list, but can you really blame me? The answer is no. Halogenix with the most incredible music on this EP I swear I was blown away, and made the vinyl purchase immediately. Makes you wonder who’s been doing the heavy lifting over at the Ivy Lab camp. Ha! (j/k, don’t trip). Title track with Cleveland Watkiss is a soulful clapper, that just oozes with that appeal. Can’t put my finger on it. ‘Shores’ is most certainly the other R&B nodder. I get lost in these sounds. So so so damn. Good. Nuff said.





Sometimes MCs and Vocalists can make such a standout impression, that an LP project garners the most amazing collection of producers. Just reading the tracklist and you know this is a very special debut from this beautiful voice. Over the past 2 years or so we’ve all been hearing more and more from Riya and her body of work has shown be a passionate expression over a variety of rhythms. ‘Confessions’ Featuring Frank Carter III & Maverick Soul shows off some excellent vocal duet. Other big tunes of course ‘I Don’t Need’ w/ Break will be undoubtedly be smashing up things for the duration of the year. Congratulations to this young lady.





This four-way collaboration effort gracing a 3-track vinyl single on Integral right now is a classy affair. A-side tune is the key to everything, shouts to Sevin on this. Hoping to line up another Prestige release from the likes of Sevin in the not-too-distant future. Tune is on the Calibre tip to a certain degree if I do say so. I’m in love with this one.




Soul Intent has got some straight banger beats housed on this Commercial Suicide EP for this series that Klute is up to. ‘Funk Lick’ reminds me of some Trace or Matrix stylee and makes me wanna shake my head clean off the neck hole. Then ‘Move Yo Body’ hits you with the crazy amen breaks with key chimes, sweeps, delayed vocal snips. Shit is amazement. Bravo!





And last but not least, our latest 12″ offering for Prestige Music. This comes to life courtesy of Ali Taher, currently residing in Dubai. What has bummed me out about this release is that it really has just taken ages to actually get pressed. Times are hard for a small label like ours, and this release has been slated for a long time now. Finally it will see vinyl coming to shelves at the end of this month. And now we’ve published the tunes as an online exclusive in the webstore HERE with MP3, WAV, and Vinyl availability (I have 1 TP for the first person to place an order for it). Hollerachee!










On deck for Prestige Music Digital and quickly coming up the ranks, the one like JOAKUIM.  Due out by the beginning of September with all fine digital retailers worldwide, ‘Spring Roll’ b/w ‘Cant You See’, shows off a versatile selection from this surprising young producer.  Spring Roll delivers the classic vibin’ roller, with stark vocal snips rounding out very crisp yet casual drum edits.  Classic key strokes echo through the lush sweeps, making this not just your average liquid filler. Even more exciting perhaps, is the low-key AA tune, ‘Cant You See’, which utilizes a slight half-step rhythm delivering quite the punch.  Tune will knock your subs for a loop, and although the tune is on a deep and dark note, the high hats sound bright as can be.  Peep below for the SC clip files:







Joakuim aka Joaquim Plossu, was born in Toulouse, France 28 years ago and grew up in a small city in the south of france called La Ciotat, a beautiful little town on the sea near the city of Marseille. Joaquim began his career in music over a decade ago when introduced to a promoter group throwing illegal raves deep in the forest with massive bassbins. Sound systems and Analogue drum machines became his lifeblood. Synths and a laptop became his heart monitor.  After much knowledge expansion, Joaquim up and moved to Mexico City, Mexico to expand horizions.  During these years, he made the switch from Techno to Drum & Bass music. Early influencers included Alix Perez, Zero T, and Redeyes along with many other deep DnB pioneers.  After completely falling in love with the genre, Joe was producing on an obsessive basis. Eventually the passion brought him to London to start a new life.  Yet the weather combined with cost of living, caused him to retreat back to Marseille temporarily to set up shop. But after much personal hopscotch, Joakuim end up moving back where the heart is.. Mexico!  In love with the vibe and how magical and beautiful the country is, It’s Mexico City where he feels absolutely comfortable and happy pursuing his passion.  With releases on a variety of labels up to this point, (shout out Intrigue), we now are thrilled to be releasing his music within our own Prestige Music catalog.






Just spent the 4th of July holiday in the Bay with my main man LT. Smash. The host with the most took me all around the SF and Oakland areas and beyond. We whined, dined, thrashed and dashed, and I couldn’t be more stoked with the experience. Here are a few of my snaps from the DSLR and I hope you enjoy. Photos include Napa Valley, a few well known observation spots like Twin Peaks and Dolores Park. Little stroll thru the Fishermans Wharf and a romp through Soma Skatepark under the bridge. All around great time, Thank you Francis and Amy for the hospitality!


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Our little label project that could has been on the scene for about 8 years now. What started out as a passion project has evolved from a radio show, to a clubnight series, and then on to a fully-fledged record label. It’s not about money, props, or even gigs –and it never was. Actually not many true heads are into this DnB thing for the loot. Just about each and every one of us have day jobs with adult responsibilities. It’s always been about contributing to a culture that we’ve grown to love so much, creating a platform, and facilitating advancement. The sound represents us and we want to properly represent the music. But what has become obvious to both LT and myself, is that we want to see the label grow and gain momentum as a sought-after imprint that can be a home for many great artists across the globe. We’ve decided that in order to go from being a hobby-type label to a more consistently-releasing endeavor, we needed to enlist support. Fellow LA-area junglist, Gabriel Barrere (DJ Habit) is a skilled and passionate producer/DJ from around the way, and we are more than stoked he is joining the squad to help push the effort forward. We’ve been seeing Habit around the scene for years, he’s always been supportive of what Prestige has been up to. With his help we will begin to step things up on all fronts. So far this year has been dreadfully slow. We’ve only had one release hit stores so far (Level 2), and our first plate for 2015 will drop next month, hopefully (Altitude). But to be a reputable contender in this music thing, we are going to need to step it up a few notches. Expect to hear much in the way of updates from LT Smash, Gabriel Habit, and myself before the year is through. On the immediate horizon we’ve got Eveson, Random Movement and Nymfo all scheduled for 12″ release. For PMD, we’ve got Chap & Andrezz, Satl, Flaco, Joakuim, Physics, and many more slated. So here’s to stepping it up! Gabe, welcome to the Prestige Music Group my man!













On deck for Prestige Music Group is another new addition to our artist roster. Ali Taher aka ALTITUDE, hailing from Dubai, UAE, makes an exceptional contribution to the Prestige catalog with ‘Wounded/Closer’. Of course, both tunes are on the deeper end of the spectrum as we tend to gravitate toward. But Altitude is no stranger to these soundscapes. With an already impressive discography, Ali thoroughly displays his prowess and production skill set on a number of reputable imprints.  Altitude first came to the attention of some of the most experienced and well-revered names in Drum & Bass late in 2011. LTJ Bukem was the first to snap up “Early Days” & collab with Paul SG “Stay Strong” for his legendary Good Looking Records. A flurry of releases followed on Dutch imprint Fokuz as well as sister label Celsius and IM:LTD amongst others. Keen to stay away from being pinned to one “sound”, Altitude experiments with a range of flavors which along the way has gained him DJ and radio support from some of the scene’s biggest names as well as some impressive collaborations and remixes.


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2015 saw things really begin to pick up when ‘Make Believe’ caught the attention of Exit records’ boss D-Bridge, who regularly supported the track in the clubs and on his Rinse FM Aptitude show. The track was subsequently signed to Clive Broe’s Ingredients label for the ‘Substance’ album released in May 2015 to much positive response across the scene. Meanwhile “Cotton & China” was included on Fokuz’ beautifully packaged ‘Source of Life’ LP and conversations developed further securing more forthcoming music on Ingredients, Warm Communications and now with Prestige Music. For the rest of 2015 and beyond, Mr. Taher will be one to watch with close attention.










As I often do, here are a few of my choice events on the immediate radar for the summer times. Loads a’gwan, not just for the bass-heads. Does anyone else think its funny that certain big tours don’t make web adverts anymore? Just like how ticket stubs are a thing of the past it seems. Maybe I’m the only sentimental twat that keeps a shoe box of flyers and stubs? Oh well! Here’s to building memories y’all. Catch you in the dance.


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Art shows seem to happen every single weekend here in our city of Los Angeles; Many per week in fact. They can get overwhelming and redundant at times, but every so often we stumble on an exhibit that can leave a lasting impression. That show is entitled ‘Manifest Justice’, and it’s a politically significant exhibit, being that it covers multiple issues that plague our once-great nation. Topics include police brutality, the prison-state, discrimination, pollution, immigration, racial profiling, obesity, and general inequality in all its forms. Manifest Justice is being conducted for only a short time period and features interactive events, panels, discussions, and workshops, all aimed at sparking dialog around issues. The show began on May 1st and will continue until the 10th, so there is still time to go see it before it concludes on Sunday evening. I strongly encourage everyone in the area to visit the exhibit this weekend. It would serve us all well to get involved, plus there’s no cover. For those not in the area, enjoy the photos, share, and start a conversation amongst your peers. I also heard that this show may travel so head over to their website for the details.


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TOP 10 – MARCH 2015


EYo!  As we sometimes do about this time, here goes a list of some of the choice cuts to drop in the past month or so.  Some might not exactly have released to date, but on the coming horizon.  Others might be old as shit, but we are just catching wind.  Whatever the case, these are the jawns and y’all can enjoy these highlights while you are procrastinating at your desk or whatever it is yall do (not like me – HA!).


1) Mark System – Final Approach LP – Exit Records



2) DRS – Mid Mic Crisis LP – Soul:R



3) Physics – Long Road LP – Influenza Media



4) V/A – Source of Life 7xLP Box – Fokuz Recordings



5) Total Science – Walk The Same Line Feat. Riya – ???



6) Glen E Ston – On & On – Think Deep Recordings



7) Nymfo – Floating – Spearhead Recordings



8) Bredren & Philth – Ghost Palace – Blendits



4) Mefjus – Blame You Feat. Zoe Klinck (Ivy Lab Remix) – Critical Music



10) Eveson – Holding On Feat. LaMeduza – Prestige Music