I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect after hearing his remix of Half The Sky, but Run Ames and Eclairage are both excellent.
I genuinely love the xylophone sounds and nursery rhythm of Eclairage…it did a great job relaxing me after I sat waded through a mountain of garbage promos this morning. Run Ames is much steppier with a stand-up bass line and Robert Manos’ vocals moving the tune along with a be-bop pace. Classy as fuck.
For years I had this mix tagged as Kenny Ken & GQ – Studio Megamix Vol. 1 (1994), but I finally found out that the mix is actually an A.W.O.L/World Dance live recording that was included on a double CD set called Hardcore Junglistic Fever Volume 1 on Strictly Hardcore Records. And really isn’t that title the most cliche mid-90s jungle CD name ever? It’s glorious.
I miss the 90s.
Mefjust is such a badman. Here’s the video for Suicide Bass.
Enter The Invaderz.
I have been a fan of The Invaderz since 2001’s “Rocksteady” and immensely love the sound they bring which leans heavily on funky vibes and drum work…though they, honestly, do any style well. Following appearances on labels such as Metalheadz, Commercial Suicide, and their own Transmissions imprint, The Invaderz have now arrived with their debut long player, New Found Dialect. The album comes by way of Klute and his much much-respected brand, Commercial Suicide.
I have been absolutely blown away by this release. I did not anticipate these guys coming through after 10 years deep in the game with an album of incredible vibes, energy, and a return to styles that many people thought were done. At times, drum & bass gets ahead of itself in the studio wizardry department and many producers are sound design geniuses but lack the ability to get a tune rolling and putting some “stank” on it…like some serious stank funk! Invaderz comes through with flying colors on New Found Dialect, laying down the proverbial stank!
The album’s rolling opener, “Addicted,” features Deeleela dropping a nice vocal on a tune set to loosen you up for an album that’s about to get you moving for over an hour. Things are paced very well and get further fired up with techy bangers like “Bonesaw” leading you into the long-missed sound of a good ol’ amen rinseout “Burning Book!” I love a good amen rinser and “Burning Book” had the voices in my mind screaming MC GQ’s AWOL-era “HEY!” and wanting to signal for the reload. Tracks like that are such a welcome moment. More standouts include the deeper and funky “Getting So”, beautifully musical “Jazz Club,” “Love Vibrations,” and SB crew favorite, “Dream Is Over.” That last track is absolutely the epitome of robotic funk with basslines specifically created to get your butt on the floor. Fans of V, Dope Dragon, Full Cycle and the like will especially be feeling “Jungle Life” (another SB fav) and “Double Think”, both of which are modern takes on sounds that put the aforementioned labels into the buy-on-site category. The only off moment I experienced in the album was “Feel The Same.” It just seemed out of synch to me compared to the rest of the LP, but hey, that’s just my opinion…
This album was absolutely refreshing! New Found Dialect is easily running with Ulterior Motive’s recent album on Metalheadzs, The Fourth Wall. They’re polar opposites in terms of sound but bring top notch production and unique vibes all their own. The Invaderz work a musical and jazz tinged side to New Found Dialect that has been missed by many of us and is very welcome. In an age where drum & bass is beginning to take chances with vibes and energy again rather just coming through with high-end sound design.
Check the Commercial Suicide Facebook page for more audio previews as the release date gets closer.
I saw this track pop up in my Soundcloud stream and decided to check it out. KTN and Bro Safari were both superb drum and bass producers before they dove into their new projects, so it was cool to hear them go back to their roots with this one. KTN has nearly 3 millions Soundcloud subscribers which is just mind blowing. He is in the position to turn lots of people onto dnb and they might actually listen!
Hope you enjoy the tune.
This post isn’t music related. As everyone is all too aware Robin Williams took his own life months ago and that hit me a lot harder then than I ever expected it to for a myriad of reasons. I held off on posting this for a long time just to get passed the outpouring of memorial posts immediately following his passing and because I just couldn’t do it.
I’ve enjoyed watching, hearing and reading every single piece of Robin Williams career that I could. He always made me laugh even if I didn’t wholly understand the material as a little kid or I had seen the same piece a thousand times. When I found out he’d hung himself I was especially devastated, it was like a piece of my childhood died.
Anyway, Robin’s performance at the Metropolitan Opera House isn’t new (it was recorded in 1986), it isn’t rare (there are thousands of clips on youtube), and it might not be his best work but it means the most to me (especially that bit at the end). Hopefully the DMCA demons leave it be for just a little bit. Enjoy.
I love it when a promo slides into my inbox, I pop it into Foobar, and it makes me smile. It’s like rediscovering a little bit of sunshine…even if the music it contains is moody, foreboding or has a touch of nasty.
That’s exactly what happened when Protect Audio sent me Survey’s new EP, Object Relations. Sure, I’ve featured the German duo and their music before, including their recent Steam Berlin podcast. They’re kinda blowing up now, with forthcoming releases on Noisia’s Invisible label and Trace’s DSCI4 too. But Object Relations has done my head in and even I can still be surprised at the craftsmanship of an EP when it jams my earholes. Is that hyperbole? Maybe, but I don’t give a fuck. I’ve had this EP in a constant rotation since it arrived.
I’ll stop yammering, but if you want to know more about Survey or their current/future plans, you can head on over to DnBA and read their interview with them. In it they discuss the meaning behind the EP’s title, Object Relations, state of Berlin, its drum & bass scene, and Hardy’s propensity for excessive gas.
I have raved on Shadowboxing on how AMAZING Ivy Lab is and the incredible material they have been releasing. I am also a huge fan of the Ivy Cast they do and the newest edition has landed for you all to enjoy. You can expect to hear classic hip hop (BCC WHAT?!?!) as well as some of the freshest DNB out there and it is a pure treat. Seriously for heads in Hip Hop and DNB, not that you need any incentive to listen. ITS IVY LAB!