Beats & Pieces – May 2015

This week’s releases are big, bad, and heavy…New Kimyan Law, new Symmetry LP, new Survey LP, SoulTrader001.

As always you can click OUT NOW to be taken to the various sites where you can purchase the tunes. Please support the artists and labels.

Kimyan Law – Daimyo VIP/Lavish/Chai – BMT Music – OUT NOW
Lush, luxurious, lavish…three “L” words that describe Kimyan Law’s soundscapes and all produced using tiny little in-ear monitors. Maybe it’s that closeness to his music that helps him produce these mini-orchestral tunes. Anyway, enough words…dig in and listen to more of Mr. Law’s work.

Break presents Symmetry Sessions 2 – Symmetry Recordings – OUT NOW
Break’s Symmetry label follows up the success of Symmetry Sessions 1 with the second release with tunes from Mako, Need for Mirrors, HLZ and Detail & Against highlighting the compiliation. The badman tune for me is Atlas Shrugged. It’s a group effort from Break, Need for Mirrors, and HLZ that, simply put, belongs in the ultimate drum and bass steppers compilation. Totally firing! Not to be out-done, Mako takes a left turn compared to there rest of the compilation on the appropriately named, The Space in Between. If you purchase the vinyl release of the comp, you’ll get a drop card that includes the full digital release, plus Detail and Against’s deep and dark flavour on Probel Man. Not bad for a few bucks!

Survey – Chop Chop EP – Translation – OUT NOW
$5…that’s all it takes to get a copy of Translation’s newest bit from Berlin-based duo, Survey. Acting Post takes a bass cannon and aims it right at the fuckheads that act like they’re the baddest mans in the place. The EP’s eponymous track, Chop Chop, is a nasty two-stepper with roots in Germanic techno…relentless and daunting. Paperhands is a neurofunk joint that feels like it actually relieves the pressure built up by the first two tunes.

Pennygiles – Looking In EP – Tempo Records – OUT NOW
Rotterdam’s Tempo Records is putting out quality drum & bass tunes and all of them have been released on super-high quality 140g clear vinyl and Pennygiles work is no exception. Looking In, a track co-produced by Ed:It, is a tasty start with crisp breaks and a descending sub that tickles. I really enjoy Without Worry for it’s horns and house music sensibilities. As with most vinyl releases, if you grab it you get the digi-album for free.

AudioSketch – Resolution (Orig. & BCee Remix) – SoulTrader – OUT NOW
Speaking of tickling my house music sensibilities, Audiosketch, successfully melds and morphs them on Resolution. It reminds me of the type of liquid funk that was Hospital Records signature sound…smooth, tinkling rhodes piano work, guitars, and a sparkly vocal make me bite my lip and shake my head. West London’s SoulTrader Records scored a coup on their first release.

Double Helix – Engine EP – Ammunition – OUT NOW
Adrian and I are big fans of Double Helix. His first release on Deep Field Audio (Wellenkammer/Delusion) was one of the better neuro releases in 2013 and it helped elevate the Austrian label to new levels. This time Double Helix has left the nest (momentarily) and signed the Engine EP to Ammunition recordings. So good…

Digital – Catch A Fire EP – Function Records – DUE MID MAY
After a long time gone, Digital has returned with a vengeance. With multiple new EPs on Function (including that Dub Phizix Deadline Remix), Metalheadz, and a host of other collabs floating around, he seems to be hitting the streets with a full frontal assault. This time he’s dug down into the roots of dub and reggae as inspiration for his Catch A Fire EP. Named for Bob Marley’s famous quote, “At a time when more and more people are rejecting this system created and sustained by a corrupt political elite and greedy corporatocracy it seems we’re light years away from a solution – We say “Catch a fire – The tables are turning.” Very fitting given the vibe of the tunes. Give a listen and support Digital’s signature dub-like sound.

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