Liquid Giraffe – Homeschool [Self-Release]

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Liquid Giraffe cover art

Hailing from Los Angeles, Liquid Giraffe is back with six fresh cuts which take you through a potent journey of bass and beats. As a long time player in the music world, this is a producer who consistently refines and hones his craft in surprising ways. On Homeschool, his talent for creating innovative vibes and expansive atmospheres is absolutely boundless.

“Midterminal” starts the album out, a soothing gem of lo-fi blends and hip-hop flavored beats. The simple repetitive flow keeps the momentum going as you fall deep into a daydream. The glossy sounds of the chords combine with the background vocals to evoke the feeling of a relaxing sunny day, one you wish would never end.

Changing pace comes the frenetic beats of “All Dem Graffiti Guys.” The rolling pulse of the drum section and the repetitive vocal sample create an addictive palette of sound that instantly gets stuck in your head. The jungle of sounds here reveals his penchant for intricate layers that tell a whole story, using each element to its maximum effect.

Exploring and pushing the envelope of bass music is a constant theme throughout the Liquid Giraffe discography; “Heyyy” blends a footwork style of rhythm with ethereal vocals that are a staple of electronic music. Combining them in an unpredictable manner, we get a satisfying track that fills the mind while vibrating the body simultaneously.

In the spirit of discovering new territories, “Domin8” is a mind-bending track filled to the brim with a trippy chopped up vocal sample and gritty basslines to boot. Backing this up is a heavy driving beat, and at its peak it builds up intense levels of tension before sucking you into the second drop. This is a song as infectious as they come, one that will stay with you long after it’s dissipated.

Keeping things rolling comes “Aristarrr.” This is a funky groove filled tune that gets the feet moving, willingly or not. This is a full-on odyssey of his technical prowess: from the clicking cymbals that dot the track, to the bubbly bassline, and even down to the rising melody, this is an evocative track – and getting lost in all the details is a serious pleasure.

Closing out the album is the absolute bliss of “Yo the 1.” With a busy hypnotic beat, Liquid Giraffe draws you into the deepest realms of his musical world. Bringing in his love of jungle style breaks, soulful melodic motifs, dynamic compositions, and hip-hop stylings, it’s a tune no one can resist, and will set any dancefloor ablaze.

Out now via the Liquid Giraffe Bandcamp, this is a must have for any music lover. His ability to pull from the past while keeping an eye on the future is what makes his style fascinating and one you will want to keep an eye on at all times. Cop it ASAP!

Rift – Suppress [Free From Sleep Recordings]

 

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Rift cover art

Free From Sleep has brought us some of the best live events in DnB, with lineups featuring stellar talent such as Skeptical, Loxy, Pola and Bryson, Break, and so many more. Even in the midst of this lockdown, they’ve refused to slow down, continuing to bring us live streams and DJ mixes to get us through the hard times. Their next step is releasing music themselves, and their first outing features two choice cuts from the man known as Rift. Well known for his beautiful liquid productions as well as hard-hitting deep workouts, he delves in and expands his style on his FFS release Suppress.

The title track comes at us first, beginning with a methodical click and ominous atmosphere that build into the driving beat. The tension it all builds is overwhelming, the drop coming in with earth shattering force. This tune recalls the rolling rhythms and choppy snares of Jubei and Metalheadz, and fuses that with the modern bass growls prevalent in darker styles of DnB. Brought together, it’s a deep and ferocious outing you’ll endlessly crave more.

“Back to You Feat. Elle Chante” sees Rift showcasing his liquid chops with a darker bent. Setting the vibe with an energetic drum pattern backed by ethereal vocals, the smooth production is perfectly counterpointed by the subtle gritty layers and blasts of bass distortion that dot the soundscape. As the tune progresses, it’s impossible to resist getting completely sucked into the world Rift has created in it.

Out now via the FFS Bandcamp, these are two tracks you will want to cop without delay!

Deviant – Silk Notes [The Chikara Project]

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Deviant – Silk Notes [The Chikara Project] cover art

Back with four fresh cuts from the deeper side of DnB, Deviant’s newest outing on The Chikara Project is exquisite: filled to the brim with the lowest of subtones, finely tuned snares, and expansive ethereal vibes, each track is addicting as the next and showcases the deft blends of styles routinely seen on the label.

“Silk Notes” starts the release off; a collab with Sam Binary, it sets the stage for the somber yet soulful soundscapes that characterize the release. The energy builds step by step, as the melancholic keyboard motif and the hi hat pattern rise together, joined by the weighty kick and snare. That intensity builds until the drop itself comes in, and the track reveals its full nature. It’s a soothing yet driving track, effortlessly gliding between its dark and light sides.

Coming at us next is the murky yet funky rhythms of “Don’t Ask.” The bassline and the breaks work in perfect synchronicity to give this track its flavor. The sporadic yet consistent nature make it a dream to get lost in, as the mind ponders each layer while the body can’t resist rocking back and forth with the beat.

“Things You Do” is another collab, this time with Mystic State lending support. The song starts off with the bounce of the kick and snare, as the busy hi hats provide intricate support. As the drop hits, the tune launches into hyperdrive – the deep subs and the mind twisting FX perfectly counterpoint the lush atmospheres and soul driven melodies. Deviant and Mystic State prove what a fearsome team they are in the studio here, with every note masterfully designed and executed.

Closing the release out is the hypnotic vibes of “Radiate.” The surging drone of the keyboard motif overtakes the mind instantly, as the drums lay down the addictive groove. A track that revels in minimalism, the low sub tones of the bassline and the driving rhythms of the drum section dominate it. Through that simplicity, it effectively conjures the feeling of seeing beauty in a brand new and unexpected place.

Overall, this is a stellar release. The sound design as well as the composition of each number is absolutely breathtaking. Grab this one immediately from The Chikara Project Bandcamp page!

Fearful – FKD/XINF [Different Music]

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Fearful cover art

Different Music has been on the scene for over ten years and has never ceased in bringing out some of the most imaginative and creative tunes in DnB. This label is devoted to exploring the farthest reaches of not just DnB but all bass music. With output from Arkaik, Mauoq, Lakeway, Dexta, and many more, always expect the unexpected as they continually push the boundaries. Their latest release from Fearful, FKD/XINF, delivers another mind-bending journey through two tracks filled with the deepest sub tones and twisting beats.

FKD is a deep minimal monster of a tune: Starting out with ominous atmospherics that effortlessly blend with the surging beat that builds into the drop. The deep vibrations and growl of the bassline drive the track forward with a consistent intense energy, as screaming FX as well as the chatter of the hat section create warbling bringing out the minimalistic beauty of the track.

Fearful is well-known for his challenging and technical productions, with “XINF” delivering that in full force. With a subterranean bass tone that is overwhelmingly deep, and a chattering drum roll that weaves into your brain, it’s a workout in precision that he nails perfectly. This is a tune you will get lost in every time you hear it, as each time you will discover something new.

Out now, these are two fascinating tunes you will want to add to your collection ASAP!

GROUND – Ein EP [Overview Music]

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Overview GROUND Ein EP cover art

As one of the premier labels spearheading the deep and dark side of drum and bass, Overview Music continues to expand their diverse sound; this time bringing us none other than GROUND with his Ein EP. Well-known for his unique production style that features top notch sound design and creative beats, the four tracks on this release will blow your mind and possess your body.

“Ein” starts the EP off; using a blend of moody atmospherics, driving rhythms, and a vocal chant to create an intense build into the drop. The drop itself hits like a jackhammer, as he brandishes the rolling sound that dominates it. The second drop reveals the inventive drive he has, mutating the original pattern into a darker version of itself that leaves you in a state of awe.

The ominous opening of “Amnesia” drift in next, with a mind melting blend of elements which accompany the hypnotic motif that defines this track. GROUND reveals his production chops on this one: with lush soundscapes, a carefully crafted snare, deep subs, and the techy click of the cymbal section that are balanced and arranged in perfect sequence. This creates the spaced-out vibe that makes it so addicting.

“When I” makes use of a shifting drum pattern and a weighty sub to create an infectious hard-edged tune that gets the body moving. It’s easy to see this tune taking over any dancefloor, with its combination of energetic pacing and surging basslines. The myriad of elements which interplay throughout reinforce the quicksand nature of the track, swirling endlessly in and out of your head.

Going all out on the last track, “DIY” is a menacing tune that takes no prisoners. The repetitive snap of the snare and growl of the bass set the perfect stage for the gritty, tripped atmospheres which populate the track. The distorted foghorn melts perfectly into the high-pitched drone that carries the break, slowly morphing back into the foghorn and leaves you reeling from the experience.

This is a massive release; four killer tracks that reveal a fresh take on the genre. Out now via Beatport, go cop this now!

Ink, Loxy, & Resound – The Eternals EP [I.L.R. Studios]

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Ink, Loxy, & Resound “The Eternals” EP cover-art

Three legends of jungle and DnB are back, with a killer four track release that will blow your mind and get your body shaking. Having established themselves with a long career of releases on everything from Metalheadz to Cylon Recordings and even Renegade Hardware, these three have always shown a deep love for pushing the envelope in fascinating ways. On this latest release, The Eternals EP, they continue to demonstrate their production prowess and why they are hailed as such innovative producers.

Kicking things off is “Frequency,” a heavy track that has a grimy bassline pulsing at its center. This is a track that goes full force, refusing to let anything stand in its way. Each element, from the tight snap of the snare to the metronomic click of the hats, are perfectly balanced and give the track its massive sound. The slow crescendo of the track builds slowly yet relentlessly, overpowering the listener with reckless abandon.

“Shodown” maintains the vibe but introduces a more diverse palette: the bouncing rhythm of the basslines reinforce the rolling feel of the drums. Employing a myriad of effects which ebb and flow throughout the track, the tune draws you in more and more as the song progresses. It’s a head bobber that satiates the need for sub bass, while taking the mind to unexplored regions.

Hypnotic warblings start off the title track, The Eternals, before the ferocity of the drums drop in. The fierce jungle of sounds that comprise this track is something these three producers are well known for; even here they find countless ways of calling forth the past while paving the way for the future. It’s a tune that showcases the intricate origins of jungle music and reminds why it has the staying power that it does, as well as its potential to constantly evolve into new forms.

Get ready to be propelled into hyperspace, as the frenetic rhythms of “Zoom” come rushing in. The wild, chaotic sounds of the drums are mind numbing, with a rumbling bassline that not only compliments them but is highly addictive. With echoing FX sprinkled precisely throughout, this is a track you will come back to time and time again to both study and enjoy.

It’s a true testament to both DnB as well as Ink, Loxy, and Resound to see them still going as strong as ever and continuing to raise the bar of production. Cop this one as soon as you can, directly through their Bandcamp page!

Various Artists – Raw Cuts Vol. 4 [Vandal Records]

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Raw-Cuts-Vol-4-cover-art

Vandal Records is a fascinating label to behold; outputting the whole gamut of DnB since 2004, it has demonstrated a keen eye towards dancefloor numbers that expand upon the genre in exciting ways. Whether it’s deep soulful liquid, hard hitting rollers, mind melting neuro, or the mutations of halftime, count on them delivering tunes that take you by surprise and turn your mind inside and out.

Launching things from the get-go is Arkoze, Interline, and MC Fokus with the vibrational rolling vibes of “Don’t Hold Back.” The powerful surging pace of the rhythm and the deft lyrical stylings of the MC create a writhing sensation that is impossible to resist. With myriad layers of FX coming at you from every direction, it’s an intense tune that stays true to the title of this release.

Synth Ethics takes things in a weird direction, with slow rising ominous atmospheres and a mutated vocal line. “Bad Attitude” takes pleasure in laying down the kind of minimal vibes that demolish a dancefloor, using a warped distorted bassline to hypnotize the listener as it seeks to control the body like a puppeteer.

Taking things even darker come Black Opps & Dunk with “This Feeling.” A wobbly bassline that meanders every which way dominates the track, working its way deep into your soul. The energetic rhythm of the drum pattern will have anyone stepping to it in a heartbeat, lost in the happy void of the tune.

Technical brings out “Switch,” a tour de force of precisely textured layers with an undercurrent of hypnotic drums. The repetitive crash of the ride creates a swirling sensation, while the clanging of the otherworldly effects reaches far into the psyche. The many motifs which run around the tune are the perfect balance between musicality and experimentality, creating an experience hard to forget.

Objectiv and Haribo team up for “Broken,” a serious banger of a tune that hits all the right buttons. Overwhelmingly heavy subs, growling basslines, a thrashy drum section, and hard-edged lyrics are all combined with the mastery each are renowned for. Each layer draws the listener in time after time, while as a whole it pulses through you like a shockwave and leaves you craving for more.

“No BBQ Sauce” closes out the release, crafted by Brain and Hazey. A stuttering rolling bassline forms the backbone of the track, creating a high energy vibe to die for. As the variations of the bassline make itself known, the metronomic click adds even more energy to the track. It’s a killer mix that is sure to destroy any dancefloor it comes into contact with.

Out now on your favorite platforms, Raw Cuts Vol. 4 is a killer release you’ll want to cop ASAP!!

Grey Code – Masque/Curve [DIVIDID]

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Grey Code cover art

One of the premier sound design technicians on the DnB scene at the moment stands Grey Code. Known for his epic intros, lush soundscapes, and his creative take on the genre, he has released on some of the most seminal labels around: Metalheadz, Dispatch Recordings, Demand Records, Music Squad, and Skankandbass. Now he ventures over to ABIS and IMANU’s label DIVIDID for two tracks that push even further into the farthest reaches of the genre.

“Masque” starts off with high pitched eerie synth vibes backed by his trademark swirling orchestral sound, building and building into the drop. This is a massively fierce drop, accompanied by chopped up breaks and a steady minimalistic rhythm. As the song progresses, the distorted bassline roars and counterpoints with each individual layer in unique and interesting ways. This is a precisely crafted tune; using the contrast between noise and musical elements, he creates constant shifts in mood that defy the senses and leaves you in a state of pure awe.

Cross pollination among genres is a staple throughout music history, and on “Curve” Grey Code pushes into this territory full force. There is still plenty of his ethereal atmospherics and intricate sound design sprinkled throughout the track, but this is a tune that seeks to challenge what is possible. Elements of the free form experimentalism found in bass music form the backbone of this track, as it bounces from four to the floor DnB to the expansive bass modulation seen in dub music. The roar of the crunchy bass and the melodic motif are treats for the ears, reminding us to always expect the unexpected.

DIVIDID has given us another stellar release and cements why Grey Code is such a sought-after talent. Out now via Beatport and Bandcamp, pick this release up as soon as you can!

Various Artists – Spectrum LP [Subplate Recordings]

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Spectrum LP cover art

Exploring the farthest reaches of the dark side of DnB lies the label Subplate Recordings: operated by Typecell, with a keen focus on the minimal and experimental side of DnB, it has built a formidable repertoire of artists and releases which continue to push the boundaries in every way imaginable. They just dropped a massive release entitled the Spectrum LP, a various artists compilation that is chock full of genre-bending tracks the likes of which have never been heard before.

Starting off the release is label boss himself Typecell with the tune “Observer.” It introduces the LP with an ominous tone that perfectly sets the stage, building intense levels of tension that ebb and flow as you try to anticipate what comes next.

VRUM picks up where the previous tune left off on “Oracle,” continuing the sinister undertones as it brings in hypnotic effects that hint at the radical diversity contained within. Rumbling bass, distorted chords blasts, and dub influenced beats creep slowly into your brain.

On “The Devil Wears Nada”, Hickupz brings out the deep DnB vibes. With an emphasis on the metronomic click of the snare and the heavy thump of the kick, he creates a track that explores the limitless potential of drum and bass by using a mutated bassline that does whatever it wants.

Bringing out chopped up drum patterns, Exsitu showcases his adept skills of crafting challenging beat patterns with “Unfold.” Deceptively simple, each layer interacts in unexpected ways that give this song a compelling flavor that takes you by surprise.

Driving the listener onwards with reckless abandon is Surgence and Noir, delivering the energetic mood of “Enigma.” This tune layers mind boggling techy drums with a bouncy, vibrational bassline. This makes for an insanely heavy tune which infects the body as well as the mind.

Black Opps delivers a fierce workout of a tune on “Metal Advocates.” With relentless drumming, foreboding atmospheres, echoing vocal motifs, and a haunting bassline, the tune demonstrates the power contained in richly designed sound textures.

Keeping things rolling along is “Valve” by Nobiz, creating one that revels in repetition. He deftly weaves a track that seems to contain endless layers and movements, yet it’s glued together by familiar components that weave themselves in and out of the tune with their own otherworldly elements.

The grimy sounds of neurofunk grace the next track, “Delirium” by Parasite. Just like the name implies, this track evokes the chaos one would find in the netherworld. The grinding buzz saw sounds burrow deep into your brain, yet the vibe-heavy beat has you loving every second of this track.

Stuttering basslines, high octane cymbal work, and hypnotic drum patterns comprise Resslek’s tune “Picanha.” A whirlwind of a track that grabs you and carries you off before you even know what’s happening, it leaves you fiendishly craving for more.

Voortrekker and Cling bring out “Chafe” next. It employs a constantly shifting bassline peppered with creepy effects and metronomic drumlines; these create a feeling of shadows creeping in, instilling a desire to let them flow into you.

With “Asmodeus,” Mew Zu brings us an absolutely evil bassline that sucks you into the underworld. The sucking sound of the vocals sound demonic, playing with your mind in a sinister way that you can’t help but get infected by.

Get ready for a truly wild ride on “Omen” by Nodsy. The rollicking sub bass of the track defies the senses, as the melodic stabs and precisely crafted beat carry you away. Brandishing all of his production power, each layer stacks ever so subtly and coalesces into the huge sound which defines the track.

Building a tech lover’s dream is the trifecta of Against Odds x Hewson x Jaise, bringing us “Cylinder.” Just like a whirlpool, this song spins you around relentlessly as you gladly give into it. The closer to the center you get, the more you realize the freedom of losing yourself in music.

“Thunder” by Demented closes this LP out. It possesses an addictive rhythm you can’t help but step to. Even during the break, it refuses to let up, keeping the momentum at full drive. Finally, it clobbers you over the head with a massive drop, pulsating with wave after wave of sub bass.

This is an album not to be missed; from its experimental approaches that create addictive tunes to reveling in the wild frenzy DnB offers, it’s a real eye opener on what the future holds for this genre. Available on Beatport, scoop this one up immediately!

FD First Sound EP

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FD “First Sound EP” cover art

Get ready for another exquisite offering from the master beat smith known as FD. A legend in the world of drum and bass, his prowess in creating rolling beats, lush atmospherics, and thundering basslines is unmatched. Having released everywhere from The North Quarter to Symmetry Recordings and even Sun & Bass, he has cemented his reputation for precision with every tune. He is back for another round with CIA Records, bringing three fresh tunes on his First Sound EP.

Starting things off with his trademark elements peppered with vocal stabs is the title track “First Sound”. A rollicking beat drops in, building up the momentum until the drop hits with the force of a high magnitude earthquake. In no to time flat he gives us the ideal template of a roller, defying expectations with the intense production on it.

For “True North,” he joins with legends Total Science to create a dark and deep banger like no other. Right off the bat, the surging rhythmic interplay between the kick and snare gets you locked in tight. Noisy FX and a vocal sample come together to highlight the dynamics of the drop, and with the song fully underway, the heavy vibe of the song makes it impossible to resist stepping to it. Bringing in ethereal atmospherics during the break is like a breath of fresh air, before diving back in with reckless abandon.

“Timberline” is our last outing on this EP, beginning with a haunting crackling backdrop reinforced by a deep and chaotic drum section. The rumbling bassline in this track is one to die for, containing a hard-rocking rhythm that is so singularly focused you won’t realize you’ve been bobbing your head to it since it started. Never letting up, this is one fierce tune that is destined to decimate any speaker system or dance floor it comes into contact with.

FD demonstrates why he is one of the most sought after and revered producers in the DNB genre, fusing his distinguished sense of melody with hard hitting challenging beats that are out of this world. Head over to CIA records Bandcamp and cop this ASAP!