Last weekend a new collaboration between Bristol legends DJ Die and Addison Groove was revealed on Skream and Benga’s Radio One Show.
Titled “Standard Affair”, and soon to be released on DJ Dies multigenre label Gutterfunk, it is far from standard. Taking influences from footwork, with 808’s, stuttering vocal bits, jazzy jungle-styled synths and an almost bashment flavour, all at 130BPM, it almost defies description, but definitely brings the groove. Check it out for yourself below…
DJ Die & Addison Groove - Standard Affair
As half of former drum n bass outfit Instra:Mental, behind the influential Autonomic podcasts, club night and label with dBridge, then becoming techno influenced alias Jon Convex (With a recent release on Civil Music including a remix from dBridge), Damon Kirkham has had a strong role in driving drum n bass’ evolution in recent years. This year has seen Damon launch two new aliases, Kid Drama, and a new production outfit/podcast series with dBridge, Heart Drive, whose first podast in the series, featuring material from Kid Drama, Heart Drive and dBridge alone can be heard here.
We were first introduced to the Kid Drama moniker on the Exit Mosaic 2 compilation with “One 6 Eight”, quite a minimal and dark drum n bass peice, but on 18th November the release of the “In Mind” EP, again on dBridge’s Exit Records, has turned our heads to a very unique sound. The EP demonstrates some beautiful analogue sounding synth work, with analogue-esque distortion giving the productions a warm feel. This is combined with emotive melody lines to stunning effect in title track “In Mind”, and “What do You See”, which also features tuneful guitar licks alongside a swelling bassline and rolling drums. There is also a nod to the darker, heavier aesthetic of earlier Kid Drama, particularly within the collaboration tracks, first “Retract” featuring Hands Like Crime with it’s distorted growling bassline and eery guitar line, and the dark synth stabs and powerful pounding kicks of “Grind”, a collaboration with Om Unit.
The EP continues to drive the drum n bass evolution forward with interesting use of percussive sounds in place of the usual kicks and snares, dancing to rhythms that are part autonomic/half time dnb, part racing fills as seen in genres such as footwork, with even the odd 808 thrown in in “Grind”. We look forward to seeing where the pioneering dBridge and Kid Drama plan to go next.
Kid Drama - “In Mind” EP
Buy the “In Mind” EP here.
We have been waiting for a new release from Moresounds since the “Ghetto Dub Volume 1" EP from summer this year, then lo and behold, like buses, we are spoiled by three at once! In less than a month his discography, already including a release on Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label, has been topped up with a remix of Machinedrum’s “Don’t 1 2 Lose U” given out free via the “Vapor City” mailing list and the junglesque remix of Pawns “Your Words” for Shoot Recordings’ second release. To round it off the hotly anticipated “Moresounds EP” was released on Fracture’s Astrophonica label on 18th November.
You can see why he is in such demand, he has a unique style blending dub, jungle, dubstep and footwork that brings something for both fans of racing 170bpm beats and half time skanks, sometimes even combined in the same tune, as perfectly demonstrated in his remix of Machinedrum’s “Don’t 1 2 Lose U”.
A highlight track of his recently for us has been “Flocon” from his Astrophonica release, the “Moresounds EP”. It is a dark brooding dub affair with a marching and rolling interplay of sub, jabbing lead line and infectious rhythms utilising 808s, sauve clicks and a powerful kick that pulls the listener into the groove. Not to mention the beast of a reece at 4 minutes in! Another highlight on the EP is “Riddim Again”, an inventive combination of the best elements of trap and jungle, with a driving baseline, half hip hop, half jungle inspired rhythm and trappy “heys” interspersed with “Think” break vocals that make for an energetic ride. The whole EP follows suit in Moresounds’ unique, innovative style, with support from some big names, including Machinedrum, Om Unit and Mark Pritchard, and demonstrates perfectly why Moresounds is one to keep an eye on in the future.
Pawn - Your Words (Moresounds Remix)
Moresounds - Flocon
Moresounds - Riddim Again
Buy the Moresounds EP on vinyl with a gorgeous handstamped sleeve, or in digital formats here.
Buy Shoot Recordings 002 here.
Join Machinedrum’s Vapor City mailing list for loads of great free music and more here.
Ital Tek's “Control”, the mini album, is out today via Planet Mu. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the talented Brighton based Alan Myson, full of his masterful synth work, reminiscent of sci fi/fantasy computer games, and energetic rhythms that take the half time sway of dubstep and combine them with faster paced beats from footwork and jungle. His loose rework of the 80s classic Moments in Love, track titled “Violet”, is a definite highlight.
Buy Ital Tek “Control” as vinyl or digital release via Planet Mu here.
If you haven’t caught Jim Coles’ debut album as Om Unit (fourth overall, with three as his previous alias and DMC finalist 2Tall), be sure to get your hands on it, as it’s surely one of the defining albums of the new uptempo movement. One gets the feeling that it is pulling together the ‘threads’ of the musical lineage that have come together to form the Om Unit sound.
From his 2tall hip-hop roots to his influential Philip D. Kick jungle footwork edits, whilst also including elements of dubstep, drum n bass and electronica. All this is pulled together into a well thought, and felt out conceptual whole, including poetic insights to boot. It’s beauty to behold, whilst retaining dancefloor energy, and we feel honored to be allowed such insight into the multifaceted elements of Jim Coles’ creative world.
Buy Threads on vinyl, CD or as MP3 from the Civil Music store here.