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Silent Dust - Listen to the Night [none60 Records]

New Release – Silent Dust – Listen to the Night

Silent Dust are back – seven years on from their self-titled debut LP, the duo behind none60 Records bring their lunar production to bear on their second full-length, Listen to the Night.

The record pushes far beyond the duo’s drum & bass roots – although tracks like ‘Another Sunlight’ show that they are a sturdy as ever – as the production pair explore mellow half-time (‘Waiting on You’), spacey future-bass (‘Myths’) and even ditch percussion altogether on the tranquil ‘Puppet’s Dream’.

Over half of the tracks feature guest vocalists, and it is here that the record takes on a new dimension entirely as Silent Dust race onto fresh terrain to give the man on the mic something fresh to get his teeth into, touching US hip-hop on ‘$$$’ ft Terror and mangling breaks for SelfSays on ‘No One Man’.

Head to www.none60records.bandcamp.com to buy or listen below.

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Chilling on the Couch .03 [Scientific Records]

New Release – Chilling on the Couch .03 [Scientific Records]

Scientific Records hits a quarter of a century with the third instalment in the Chilling on the Couch series.

The 25th release from the Dutch label pushes a heady mix of deep, atmospheric tracks orbiting around the outer reaches of drum & bass, featuring the likes of Brazilian legend Bungle, Scientific Records founder Mav and Microfunk Crew (Bop and Oak), who turn in a blissful remix of Naibu’s ‘Fighting for Attention’.

The Chilling on the Couch .03 LP dropped on 7 September – head to www.scientificrecords.bandcamp.com to buy, and listen below.

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Lynx ft Master X - Deep Deadly [Detail Recordings]

New Release – Lynx ft Master X – ‘Deep Deadly’

Lynx winds it up into the red on latest track ‘Deep Deadly’, which with Master X on vocals is a drum & bass weapon crafted for the dancefloor.

Everything about ‘Deep Deadly’ is devastatingly simple – its two-note bassline and straight-up vocal are streamlined for maximum damage, and the result is a high-energy banger which will be clearing a space in sets across the scene.

Lynx explains “When writing the track and arranging it I wanted a song that DJs could splice their own favourite version of the track together. For exampled, you could re-edit the arrangement as a deep minimal DJ and lose the heavier sections. Or, if you prefer it to be a banger, you could lose the minimal parts.

“Or if you feel like it just loop the vocal and double drop your favourite tune over the top. It’s a very versatile DJ tool and a tune I think DJs will have loads of fun mixing.”

‘Deep Deadly’ is out now on Detail Recordings.

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New release – Dissident – Apnoea/Anabasis [none60]

Dissident balances late-night darkness and morning light on his none60 debut Apnoea/Anabasis.

Silent Dust’s label has a long-standing reputation for atmospheric cuts of drum & bass and Dissident takes that torch and runs with it – although so deep is A-side ‘Apnoea’ that the flame gutters in the face of ominous sub-bass tones with taught atmospherics layered on top.

Dissident emerges from the dungeon on ‘Anabasis’, lifting the mood and dropping the tempo for some airy relief which nevertheless still shakes the window frames.

MVRK - Dots EP [Pseudoscience Recordings]

New Release – MVRK – Dots

For the first time Hybris has given another producer the nod for a release on his Pseudoscience Recordings imprint – MVRK from Hungary, whose Dots EP hits like a ton of bricks.

Label boss Hybris has this to say about the third release on his label: “When I started Pseudoscience, I wasn’t in a rush to sign other artists, as I only want to release music that I feel absolutely confident about, and I’m a picky bastard.

“But upon first listen to Voyage (on my phone speaker) I told MVRK to lock it down, and the rest of the EP soon followed. MVRK is an exceptional talent from Budapest, who perfectly represents the Pseudoscience sound, and I’m extremely proud to present his debut EP on the label.“ 

That track packs a devastating punch – technically as well as musically – while elsewhere the sumo-size swing of ‘Energizer’ and the eerie robot death throes of ‘Ghost Circuit’ elevate the record several storeys above your standard neurofunk.

Listen below or head here to buy.

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