New music from Manchester, as Chimpo releases his first solo LP on his recently established Box N Lock label. In true Chimpo style, HIA is an eclectic blend of styles, with the overarching electronic vibe complemented with bursts of live instrumentation. Plenty of switches in tempo too, from the more mellow cuts like the previously released single, Name Your Price, and the bluesy Rolla-assisted, Nothing Good, to the DnB rush of Get So Mad and the obscenely funky Like I Luv U; it’s a perfect reflection of the label as a whole and their ethos – go with what feels right. There are features too, including the aforementioned Rolla verse, plus appearances from DRS, Chunky and Slay. There is a stream available below and head to the label’s Bandcamp to cop a download. Continue reading “Chimpo: HIA (Stream)”
It’s quite common to see producers online asserting the fact that you do not need fancy equipment in order to make good music. The strength of the results lies within the talent and skills you possess, not the amount you’ve spent on your gear. If anyone needed proof of this, they need look no further than Pete Cannon, a producer who not only gets the most banging results from working with this older equipment, he actually prefers them over their more modern successors. This has never been demonstrated better than on his latest release, the 8-bit Only EP, which includes four new tracks that were all created using classic Amiga and Octamed equipment. The tracks all seize on that 90’s hardcore-jungle-DnB sound that Pete has been perfecting over the last few years, which anyone who follows him on social media will no doubt be familiar with. You can hear the EP for yourself below and there are also vinyl options available, including a limited edition bundle that comes with a sample pack on floppy disc. All of which can be found via the N4 Records Bandcamp. Continue reading “Pete Cannon: 8-bit Only EP”
Manchester favourite, Chimpo, recently started his own label, which aims to free itself from the restrictions of genres, by simply releasing the music he loves. The label’s first release is a perfect example of this, as he teams up with fellow Manchester sons, DRS and Slay, for Hurt Someone. The horns-laced jungle track is the perfect antidote to this cold, grey post-Brexit misery, as you can hear for yourself below. Downloads are available via the label, Box N Lock. Continue reading “DRS x Slay x Chimpo: Hurt Someone”
Short burst of DnB to propel you into the week ahead, as Dub Phizix and Strategy join forces once again for Calm. The video shows Strategy, among others, looking increasingly beaten up as he remains calm in the face of all the problems the world is experiencing right now. You can watch it above, plus the track is also available to stream and download.
Tasty bit of liquid DnB for your Friday, as Aperio drop their latest single, Days & Nights. The track also features GingerSlim favourite, Maddy, as she continues to spread her vocal excellence far and wide. Days & Nights is also available to stream and download in all the usual places.
Lively DnB collaboration from Caxton Press MC, Amy True, as she unites with one of the leading lights in the UK jazz renaissance, Nubya Garcia, for this Sleepy Time Ghost remix of her track, Changes. The video was made by Global Faction.
DnB producer, Lenzman, reunites with Manchester duo Children of Zeus for a new cut. Rain is lifted from Lenzman’s album, Bobby, which is due for release soon on the Metalheadz label.
Absolute beast of a video from Dirty Dike as he celebrates the release of his latest album. Rex 01 features a whole lot of talented cats, as the Dikestar calls up Inja, Killa P and Foreign Beggars to get busy over a DnB tinted banger from Pete Cannon. It’s one of many gems to be found on Acrylic Snail, Dike’s first proper release in three years and probably my favourite album of his (I’m calling it already). You can experience the album in all its glory below and you can grab a physical over at the High Focus store. Continue reading “Dirty Dike ft. Inja, Killa P & Foreign Beggars: Rex 01 + Album Stream”
In a slight departure from my usual musical themes, today I’m sharing the most recent release from drum’n’bass pioneer, DJ Die. Having grown up in one of DnB’s birth places, DJ Die appeared regularly in my early clubbing days, both behind the decks or just attending the same clubs. This new collection goes back to that time, as Die has chosen 12 of his most definitive and influential tracks to remaster. They were all made between 1995-2000, in Bristol’s DnB golden era and helped shape the scene as it stands today. As well as the digital version, there will also be a vinyl run which will feature eight tracks on four records, alongside some previously unseen photographs. You can listen to the digital version in full below, with downloads and vinyl available via Die’s GutterFunk label. Continue reading “DJ Die: The Archives 1995-2000 (Stream)”
Inja recently released his debut album on Hospital Records and in short, it is a triumph. It perfectly demonstrates not only his dexterity on the mic, but also the different styles that drum & bass can encompass within its own parameters. Her Room is just one of the gems to be found on the album and is one of a few produced by fellow Hospital resident, Pete Cannon.
Inja said of the track, “When you realise you’re living a lie and the only escape is to completely escape. Exit, run get out, go missing, whatever. Sometimes we all have to lock off the past, live with the memories and fly. Change the locks and don’t turn back.” Blank Pages is out now on all the usual platforms.