Dubshun – Mind Games EP [Context Audio]

Mind Games EP cover art

Mind Games EP cover art

Masterful precision is the first word that came to mind where label Context Audio is concerned. Whether it’s the face melting belters of Dunk, the jungle explorations of Tyler Frost, the technical wizardry of Wingz, or the throbbing subs of Dan Structure, each release is on point with a clear cut drive towards releasing music from all corners of the genre. Solidifying this even further, the label links with Dubshun – a producer known for his innovative compositions and technical wizardry – to bring us the magnificent Mind Games EP.

“Try To Explain” begins with sinister blasts of synths and deep surging atmospherics, before the furious shuffle of the drums jet in. Fusing with melancholic and foreboding vocals, the song launches into the drop full force and delivers a true weapon of a bassline. A testament to the expertise this producer holds, it’s an epic number that feeds the mind as well as the soul.

A splash of a hi hat along with a heady dose of apocalyptic vibes drive the opening of “Iridescent Eyes.” Wasting no time in launching into the chunky rhythm, the gritty growl of the bassline offsets the rhythm perfectly and gives the song it’s striking energy. These elements create a tugging sensation, causing you to feel like your slowly sinking in quicksand and yet about to be launched into hyperspace at a moments notice.

Layers of foreboding squalls, glitchy FX, intense bass growls, and the subtle click of a hat build the overwhelming tension of “Mind Games.” This is a furious rolling number that pairs the toughest of vibes with a searing multitude of layers; one that shakes the earth as it delivers an addictive melodic motif. The track is a masterpiece of technical precision, creating a sprawling soundscape that surprises you at every turn.

Last but not least, the man known as Wingz steps up to the plate, with his remix of “Mind Games.” Delivering a powerhouse bass wobble that vibrates you to the very core, he tweaks the myriad layers with his singular sound design – it makes for a track that pays homage to the original while creating an almost entirely new track simultaneously. It’s an absolute sheller of a tune, exactly what can be expected with this heavyweight meeting of the minds.

Out now on the Context Audio Bandcamp, do not sleep on this one!

Nemy – Quire/Armbar [Vandal Records]

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Rising from the storied depths comes Nemy, a fiery producer notorious for his unique and highly creative brand of drum and bass. With releases on a wide range of distinctive labels including Context Audio, Counterpoint Recordings, RAM Records, and Delta9 Recordings, he never fails to deliver intricately crafted tunes that stretch the limits of the mind while shaking the body to its core. His latest release, Quire/Armbar, comes via Vandal Records – a label with an astonishingly diverse array of forward thinking artists – and results in a heady combination with lethal results.

“Quire” begins with deep atmospherics slowly creeping up in intensity, until the rolling rhythm charges in and grabs you with unrelenting force. Fading off momentarily, a perfectly timed vocal sample initiates the monstrous drop. This launches the song into a potent frenzy, with layers of murky bass growls and futuristic stabs of FX creating an unfathomable landscape of sound that is fearsome in it’s intensity. This is a tune you will obsess over, time and time again.

Blasting off from the very start, “Armbar” charges forward with a ferociously crafted beat. As the low end slowly rises, the song subtly increases in energy until the sub slides in with razor sharp precision. The hypnotic groove of the song overtakes the senses completely, with the high speed shuffle of the hat section melding with the scattered buzz of FX that give the song its sinister vibe. As each layer ebbs and flows, it reveals an endless depth of precisely sculpted sounds.

Out now via the Vandal Records Bandcamp page and other major outlets, cop it asap!

Klinical – Sinful EP

Klinical cover art

Klinical cover art

Overview Music continues its trailblazing quest to bring us the most forward thinking drum and bass, ripped straight from the dark side. This time, Klinical has crafted four exquisite tracks of dark dnb that will send shivers down your spine. The Sinful EP features intricately sculpted layers blended seamlessly with innovative vibes in his trademark signature style; this is a landmark EP that shakes the dancefloor as much as it sparks new pathways in the mind.

“Over” begins with an ominous atmosphere peppered with haunting splashes of FX, all of which builds in intensity until it winds you up like a tension filled top. Finally, it releases into the drop and the song launches full force – the driving rhythm dances with the otherworldly melodic motif in perfect unison, creating an intense spiraling effect that gives this track its unique sound. When the second drop hits, the sub is a gravity defying beast that is impossible to prepare for.

Chunky snares and growling bass lines form the opening of “Sinful,” before the bouncing rhythm and Klinicals inventive bassline rev the song up to a fever pitch. This track is a relentless force of nature; with constantly shifting subs, high speed shuffle patterns, and echo drenched vocal samples further drawing the listener even deeper into the cavernous soundscape. The flow of the composition itself is hypnotic, reverberating endlessly through the mind and leaving you obsessing over every detail encountered.

With melancholic harmonics and the cyclical pattern of the hat section, “In Vain” feeds off an ever increasing crescendo. As the song progresses, it slowly increases in intensity as it picks up layers along the way: absorbing the sub like a black hole, drawing in the steady snare that gives the song it’s rhythmic snap, sucking in stabs of melodic synths that burrow deep into your brain. It makes for a blissfully disorienting journey that leaves you dazzled and amazed at what you’ve experienced.

“My Number” contains an epic mystical intro of sad yet soothing pads that swirl about amorphously, leaving you weightless before the hyperspace launch of the drop. With deep and soulful vibes carrying a touch of darkness, it’s a beautiful blend that shakes your feet to action while pulling on the heart strings. Each layer ebbs and flows in perfect synchronization, stirring the deepest recesses of ourselves into bubbling forth with fiery excitement.

Out now on most major platforms, this is a must-have release for any music lover. Cop it ASAP!!

Lovell – Bag of Bones EP [Bare Necessities]

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Lovell cover art

Crackling with searing precision, Lovell has crafted a signature release detailing his inimitable vision of composition. Filled to the brim with intense warpings of sound, crisp attention to detail, and ingenious manipulations of rhythm, this is a weighty release that is impossible to ignore. Bare Necessity Records, a label notorious for its premium output of creative producers, serves as the ideal home for a release of this caliber.

The title track, “Bag of Bones,” opens the release in top form: a potent intro that hypnotizes you with a seductive deep vocal line that echoes for days in your head. The drop hits like a hammer, with a grave robbing sub that stuns the mind. When the frenetic shuffle pattern rushes in, it sucks you in far deeper than anticipated. A killer tune of this magnitude hits the body as hard as the mind with its surging rhythms.

“Cool Breeze” starts out with a classic weightless intro, driven by the click of the hi-hat. A solidly deep bassline slowly creeps in, but nothing prepares you for the force of the drop. The simultaneous hit of the rolling shuffle pattern and throbbing sub is completely overwhelming; with the addictive crunch of the snare sealing the feverish vibe of the tune, it’s a tune that seeps into the very fabric of your being.

Ethereal vocals and echo drenched drums opens up “Mirrors,” a track driven by lurching rhythms and swirling layers of sound. This creates a rocking sensation that is the perfect backdrop for the tension filled crescendos that form the backbone of the song. Combined together, it creates a fiery tune that evokes racing top speed yet floating in place at the same time.

With a tense and moody atmosphere, “Right Time” carries us into the far reaches of the genre. With a haunting soulful vocal and a meandering bassline, this tune hypnotizes you with its exploratory vibes. The off beat rhythm especially invokes the mind to drift off into the netherworld, even as the heavy tone of the sub anchors the body to the ground and leaves you craving more.

Out now on Juno Downloads, this is a killer release you do not want to sleep on!

Vulgarhythm – Diverted Directive/Monobe

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Vulgarhythm cover art

That moment when a sub hits deeper than what seems possible is pure bliss, creating an overflowing sense of excitement. This specific side of modern sound design is a defining feature of drum and bass, with every producer finding fresh and innovative methods of fusing past discoveries with the advances of studio technology – balancing melody with gritty textures, and forging ahead with sonic explorations that push the genre in groundbreaking new directions.

Modular Carnage are stalwarts of the deep and dark, releasing fierce tracks from the likes of Arxiva, Indukt, XOLYX, and many others. Their latest release comes from Vulgarhythm, delivering two tracks that create massively detailed worlds that take you to the furthest reaches of time and space.

Starting off with the hypnotic swirl of “Diverted Directive,” the tension builds to a fever pitch as the piercing synths, glitchy FX, and rolling drums gradually build together. Once the drop hits, you are thrown into hyperspace with waves of hat shuffles that harmonize perfectly with the hypnotic vibration of the sub. The myriad layers ebb and flow, creating a constantly shifting soundscape that seeps deep into your mind.

“Monobe” begins with bubbling FX and a frenetic light speed shuffle, backed by heavy ominous atmospheres that pulls you deep inside the drop. The sheer weight of the sub drags you to the ground like quicksand, with the fingersnap clack of the snare and click of the hats keeping you hurdling forward. The rhythmic melodic motif that wafts in expands the dynamic range to the limit, showcasing the layered power of the track.

Out now on Beatport and the Modular Carnage website, this is a killer release you need to cop now!

Tephra- Procceses EP [InReach Records]

Tephra - Process EP cover art

Tephra – Process EP cover art

Emerging from the murky depths comes Tephra, bringing three cuts straight from the deep side of drum and bass: The Procceses EP on InReach Records. Effortlessly blending creative beat patterns with his signature sound design, Tephra solidifies his reputation as a pioneer in the genre. Bringing new talent along Paolo, each track is densely layered in fresh and creative ways that take the genre in exciting new directions.

The title track “Processes” opens the release, with a choppy rhythm fine-tuned to perfection that gives the song its unique surging vibe. Once the throbbing sub enters, the track becomes a hypnotic wall of sound that overtakes the senses. A haunting FX-laden motif swirls throughout the song, bringing out the ominous mood that bubbles incessantly in the background.

The first of two collabs featuring Paolo, a soothing yet melancholic atmosphere dominates the beginning of “Never Look Back.” Metronomic clicks of a hat and a pulsing kick ebb and flow, building the tension into the drop – and this one hits with the force of a black hole. With an airy vocal that perfectly offsets the earth-shaking bassline, this one is an addictive adventure you will want to go on again and again.

“Rotation” features the bass warbling’s, chunky drums, and intricate shuffle patterns that are hallmarks of Tephra’s sound with Paolo adding his own deft touch to the mix. The tough rhythm of the tune is a force of nature, with plenty of echo drenched vocals and shifting layers that are bewildering to behold. The song is relentless in its pacing, cementing its singular sound that echoes in your head long after it over.

Out now via the InReach Records Bandcamp and most major platforms, cop this one stat!

Compiler – Return [Lost The Plot Recordings]

Compiler "Return" cover art

Compiler “Return” cover art

Seeing the next wave of ingenious producers create fresh tunes that defy logic is mesmerizing. Whether it’s a gritty evil bassline that makes the hair on your arm stand up, to clever ways of fusing disparate elements you never expected to sound good together, there is always something on the horizon ready to subvert all expectations we have. Compiler is one such producer with a proven track record of putting out tracks that sound like nothing you have heard before; his latest, Return on Lost the Plot Recordings is three mind-bending tracks of massive proportions.

The title track opens up the release, with waves of warbling atmospherics blended into the rising rhythm of the drums. The drop hits with the force of a black hole, instantly sucking you into its wobbly orbit. The hard snap of the snare and the fuzzed out staccato motif fling you back and forth like a rag doll, with the repetitive vocal refrain cementing the vibe even further.

“Do While” forges into a totally new direction; it starts off with an ominous character and driving drums reminiscent of the previous tune. But it takes a left turn as it lays down a fierce broken rolling rhythm that has all the weight of a jackhammer. There is no doubt that everyone on the dancefloor will be headbanging to this tune.

Delivering the final blow is the shellshock of “Break.” There is no way to prepare for the gravity defying weight of the sub or menacing thrash of the drums. Underlying all of this is expertly crafted bass howls and gritty textures, with intricately designed hat shuffles that drive the mutant explorations deeper into unknown territory.

Out now via Beatport, this is a release you definitely do not want to sleep on!

Dedman & Sudley – Kazuki/Untouchable [Subconscious Audio]

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Dedman & Sudley-cover art

Refusing to let anything stop them, modern day producers push the limits of sound design in every imaginable direction. From hazy atmospheric lo-fi to the heavy subs found in bass music, there seems to be no limit to what is possible. Subconscious Audio is a drum and bass label that recently exploded onto the scene who fervently pursue this concept; having dropped a massive VA comp showcasing a wide variety of fresh stylistic approaches, the label now brings us a devastating release from badmen Dedman and Sudley.

“Kazuki” begins with a massive buildup, composed of a raucous drum pattern, an anthemic vocal sample, and piercing atmospherics that come crashing together into the drop. The tune then launches into its fury full force – a powerful driving rhythm that blends perfectly with the melancholic beauty of the vocals. There is no doubt this is one that will ignite any dancefloor.

Delving into deeper and darker territory, “Untouchable” opens with an ominous backdrop and a chaotic hat pattern. All of this fuses into the heavy rolling sub, launching the listener into a fathomless pit of sound. Solidifying the heady vibe with intricate layers of FX, this is a furious number that uses gut wrenching bass growls and throbbing subs to insidiously invade the mind.

Out now via the Subconscious Audio Bandcamp, cop this one immediately!

Acid Lab – Funk Tune / Nero / Say What [Counterpoint Recordings]

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Experimental tendencies are a defining aspect to the world of bass music. This is a genre devoted to pushing the limits, exploring new sounds, and fusing disparate elements together in order to create fresh tunes that take your breath away. Counterpoint Recordings is fueled by this drive, routinely delivering releases that defy expectations in a whirlwind fashion. Their latest release brings the experimental flavorings of Acid Lab, with three sprawling tracks pulling from elements across the history of music.

“Funk Tune” opens the release with rich atmospheric pads and a rising drum pattern, carrying us into the earth-shattering drop. With a hard-hitting melodic hook and addictively deep bassline, the driving energy of the tune is infectious. Pulling from the past and fusing it with the future in one fell swoop, this is a serious smasher you can’t resist stepping to.

Taking things into darker territory, the blasts of gritty bass and choppy rhythms of “Nero” enter next. Acid Labs jungle chops are on full display here, with a heavy alternating bassline perfectly counterpointing the wild abandon of the hat section. This creates a push and pull effect with extreme dynamic range, from the crisp snap of the snare to the insanely deep bassline that overtakes the senses.

Last comes “Say What,” a haunting tune filled with meandering atmospherics and mind-bending rhythms. The surging vibe of the drum pattern drives the song forward, with layers of vocal samples and ghostly harmonics dotting the soundscape. Colliding together, the intense vibe of the song launches the mind into outer space while weighing down the body like lead.

Out now on all major platforms, grab it ASAP!

Invadhertz & Ephyum – Eidolon EP [Dispatch Recordings]

Eidolon EP cover art

Eidolon EP cover art

There is power in music; it has the ability to completely alter one’s mood, or blow the mind wide open with its possibilities. Drum and bass occupy a unique space in this regard due to its twin pursuits of organic sounds and technical precision. At the forefront of this stands Dispatch Recordings, a label that has consistently delivered on this through releases by heavyweights such as Amoss, Black Barrel, Fre4knc, Kid Drama, Philth, and so many more. With the Eidolon EP by Invadhertz and Ephyum, we get a rewarding journey deep into the heart of the genre.

Starting off the EP is the melancholic beauty of “Escapism,” a driving number that reaches deep inside your soul and takes it on a wild rollercoaster ride. With the hypnotic shuffle of the hat section driving the song forward, the bass and synth motifs dance around each other with reckless abandon. A longing soulful sample adds even more depth, creating a shifting soundscape that give the song its signature character.

Ominous sub bass opens up “Deadlock,” as it methodically amps up the tension into a fever pitch. Featuring a hard rolling vibe, the intensity never lets up; instead, the rhythmic backbone keeps the energy surging as melodic growls and sudden stabs of FX create a nonstop torrent of sound. While always on the verge of overwhelming the senses completely, it rides that line with extreme precision that reveals intricate attention to detail.

“Eidolon” itself rears its massive head next, a massive force of nature designed to rip apart any sound system. Every element of this tune is directed towards this end, from the subterranean sub bass that grips the body to the incessant slap of the warbling FX. Even the crack of the snare further compounds the feeling that a monster from the deep has been released into the world.

Closing out the release is the infectious groove of “Lantern.” Bringing out their minimal chops, this is a heater propelled by otherworldly synths that slither into the brain as the sinister force of the bassline invades every cell in the body. The producers have crafted an impressive tune that permanently seeps in your memory and won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Out now on all major platforms, this is one for the books you need to add to your collection today!