All posts by James Mernagh

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.

www.soundcloud.com/pseudosciencerecordings
www.pseudosciencerecordings.bandcamp.com

Quentin Hiatus - I'm Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus Vol. 4 [Free Love Digi]

New Release – Quentin Hiatus – I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus Vol. 4

Quentin Hiatus comes up for air from his seemingly permanent deep-dive into his studio to drop volume four of the mind-bending I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus series of long players.

The Free Love Digi boss is one of the most prolific producers in the scene, and the amount of ground he covers on each release is so vast you wonder if he even has time to eat one square meal a day during the never-ending creation process.

I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus Volume 4 is predictable only in the sense that, like the previous volumes, there is genuinely no knowing what is to come after pressing play. It’s a seven-track immersion sparking with creative energy, looking down on the scene from an orbit which takes in, amongst others, the spacey breaks of ‘Sense of Loss’, the Martian half-time of ‘Electro Dynamics’ and the robot dreams of ‘To Be Red’.

Listen below or head here to buy.

www.soundcloud.com/free-love-digi
www.freelovedigi.bandcamp.com

Urban Wildlife Vol. 3 [Urban Wildlife]

New Release – Urban Wildlife Vol. 3

Urban Wildlife steps back into the ring for the third instalment of its all-powerful drum & bass series, serving up another 24 trans which run the gamut of the genre from blissful liquid to rough-and-tumble bass business.

The label’s expansive view of drum & bass seeks to connect artists with a shared love of life at 175bpm, offering a platform to newcomers who are just tapping in to the d&b matrix. It’s a true labour of love that spans the globe – and that diversity shows up on each track.

Listen below or head here to buy.

www.soundcloud.com/urbanwildlife_dnb
www.urban-wildlife.com

Schmeichel - Alteration EP [Defrostatica Records]

New Release – Schmeichel – Alteration EP

Leipzig label Defrostatica backs some more hometown talent with the debut EP from Schmeichel, the Alteration EP, which builds from a footwork foundation into five tracks of stellar atmospherics and genuine bassweight.

The producer has a background as a rock drummer but here is pulling influences from all sorts of bass music, unleashing a flurry of hi-hat shuffles and air pads and turning them into a unique bass-heavy storybook of an EP which fits perfectly into the current scene of new-generation Leipzig producers.

Click here to buy or listen below.

www.soundcloud.com/defrostatica
www.defrostatica.com