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RAGE - 30 year anniversary

New Release Forthcoming – RAGE PART 1 & PART 2 RELEASED FRIDAY 31 MAY

RAGE - 30 year anniversary
RAGE – 30 year anniversary

RAGE

A STORY OF THE BIRTHPLACE OF BASS MUSIC TOLD WITH TRACKS SELECTED BY FOUNDERS FABIO & GROOVERIDER.
FIRST & SECOND VINYL INSTALMENTS ‘RAGE PART 1 & PART 2’ RELEASED FRIDAY 31 MAY

VARIOUS ARTISTS
LABEL: ABOVE BOARD PROJECTS
4 2xLP, 2CD & DIGITAL RELEASE
LP1 & LP 2 RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 31 MAY
LP3 & LP4, 2CD & DIGITAL: RELEASE DATE FRIDAY 21 JUNE 2019
https://lnk.to/RAGE-LP

Above Board Projects has announced the release of ‘RAGE’, a story of the birthplace of bass music told with tracks selected by Fabio & Grooverider. The album celebrates 30 years since the launch of RAGE, the seminal weekly club night that gave a platform to the
emergent UK street sounds of acid, techno, breakbeat, hardcore, jungle and drum & bass.

The RAGE compilation, a 32-track album, released in a series of four separate double vinyl LPs, double CD, digital and stream, with all tracks available on vinyl and digitally, captures the energy of the halcyon days of rave with a collection of highly-influential, game-changing records famously associated with Fabio & Grooverider, who have been at the forefront of electronic music for over 3 decades. The two London DJs are part of the DNA of the global jungle/drum & bass movement and they have remained relevant, cutting edge, authoritative and essential to this truly underground artform since its inception.

The first and second double vinyl instalments of the album will be released on Friday 31st May. ‘RAGE PART 1’ and ‘RAGE PART 2’ sees selections from Fabio & Grooveriders’ groundbreaking archive including proto-jungle, breakbeat and New York deep House classics rubbing shoulders with acid house, techno and UK rave tracks. Each track is accompanied by liner-notes from Fabio & Grooverider that map out some of the intense musical journeys these tunes took the RAGE crew on. Highlights of the first brace of 2 X 12 inch releases include Wots My Code’s infamous ‘Dubplate’ bubbles nicely alongside Ritchie Hawtin’s Cybersonik motor city anthem ‘Technarchy’, 33 1/3 Queen’s technoid house banger ‘Searchin’ sits shoulder to shoulder with Tic Tac Toe’s monstrous ‘Ephemerol’. Truly a masterclass in the sound of the underground, from the inside out.

RAGE is an album of classic underground electronic tracks that rumbled and echoed through the dark, labyrinthine, cavernous halls of London’s Heaven nightclub, bringing an essential new darker alternative to club land and the global festival and rave scenes. Fabio & Groove rider’s RAGE was borne out of acid house and housed in the same venue that also hosted acid house clubs Spectrum, Land Of Oz, Garage, and Pyramid in 1988 with Future and Troll in its Sound shaft back room. However, Rage added an essential grimy, urban street credibility to the genre, creating a schism in dance music when house music separated from techno and its urban, bass-fuelled manifestation on the dancefloor, known collectively at the time as hard-core, which further developed into the faster jungle and drum & bass sounds Fabio & Groove rider also pioneered at RAGE, arguably the ground zero of jungle.

The party was started by Fabio & Groove rider in 1988, at the height of Acid House fever that was making it’s way up and down the motorways, slip-roads, fields and warehouses of the M25 and further beyond every weekend, troubling the nation, the police, your parents and the press as it went. RAGE was a different beast, it certainly channeled some of that Acid energy but pitted it against the new and exciting sounds emanating from Belgium, Amsterdam, Detroit, Sheffield, Essex and Hackney and in turn created a new style, a new sonic attitude and energy in the process. Rumbling bass-lines, narcotic synth rushes and roughly chopped and sped-up break beats all merged into a style that we now know as Jungle. Nothing like this had been heard before, this was a brand new style and it was coming out of London’s West End and Fabio & Groove rider were the people firmly behind it.

The sonic and cultural legacy of RAGE is still being felt today, Fabio & Groove rider are still shutting down raves and festivals every weekend all over the world with their superior DJ sets and musical knowledge guided by their pioneering spirit. This musical selection you hold in your hands, the first of 4 parts, sees them delve into their prodigious memories and record boxes to select a true musical representation of the very beginning of one of the UK’s most unique and influential musical movements of the last 50 years.

Above Board are releasing the first two instalments of a series of four double vinyl albums ‘RAGE’ on Friday 31st May 2019, ahead of the second two vinyl volumes and full album release including CD, digital and streaming versions on Friday 21st June.

Exept (feat. Missin, Sulex, Sinic & Visages) - NEMESI EP MethLab

Exept (feat. Missin, Sulex, Sinic & Visages) // NEMESI EP (MethLab / BNKR)

Exept (feat. Missin, Sulex, Sinic & Visages) - NEMESI EP MethLab

Exept (feat. Missin, Sulex, Sinic & Visages) // NEMESI EP (MethLab / BNKR)
Soundcloud Playlist // https://soundcloud.com/methlab-recordings/sets/out-now-exept-nemesi-ep-feat
Buy Link // https://fanlink.to/NEMESI
Artists // Exept feat. Missin, Sulex, Sinic & Visages
Release // NEMESI EP
Label // BNKR (MethLab)
Release Date // Out Now

EXEPT return to the METHLAB RECORDINGS label with the release of their NEMESI EP, which stands as the ninth entry in the label’s BNKR series, exploring form and space within sonic and visual structures. NEMESI sees EXEPT return with the same devotion to sharp & uncompromising sonics that drove their powerful, and highly acclaimed first full release, the STRONGER EP, recently in summer. Sealed within the EP are four collaborative workswith artists MISSIN, SINIC, SULEX, & VISAGES. A series of relentless explorations of the deep, dark, & refined sonics central to the EXEPT sound and fundamental to BNKR, whilst also featuring the defining sounds of their contributors in a unique sonic synthesis.

EXEPT combine first with MISSIN on the shadowy SOMETHING YOU ARE, which sets off at a rapid pace through a sinister landscape of frantic synths and whispered vocals. KERNAL PANIC features the sounds of SINIC and is dominated by the attacks of a distorted snare that pulses above the track’s ascetic instrumentation. EXEPT & SULEX bring PYTHON, which features a serpentine bassline that quickly surges to the fore as it cuts through the spaces between beats. ROTARY, EXEPT’s collaboration with VISAGES, closes the EP with a steady stream of driving percussion obscured only occasionally by the chants of a distant observer.

With NEMESI, EXEPT continue their steady rise as one of the freshest pioneering figures in deep, technical drum & bass, a focus shared by the BNKR project, where Exept’s sound finds a fitting home.

Label Soundcloud //
https://soundcloud.com/methlab-recordings

Artist Soundcloud //
https://soundcloud.com/exept
https://soundcloud.com/officialmissin
https://soundcloud.com/sulex
https://soundcloud.com/sinicdnb
https://soundcloud.com/visagesmusic

Aeph x Kung // Fomalhaut & Unformed (MethLab)

Aeph x Kung // Fomalhaut & Unformed (MethLab)

Aeph x Kung // Fomalhaut & Unformed (MethLab)

Aeph x Kung // Fomalhaut & Unformed (MethLab)
Soundcloud playlist // https://soundcloud.com/methlab-recordings/sets/aeph-x-kung-fomalhaut-unformed
Buy link // https://fanlink.to/Fmlhaut
Artists // Aeph x Kung
Release // Fomalhaut & Unformed
Label // MethLab Recordings
Release Date // Out Now

AEPH & KUNG combine forces for the latest 2-tracker on METHLAB RECORDINGS, which sees the release of FOMALHAUT// UNFORMED. AEPH’s long-running career has displayed his forward thinking technical style across numerous respected labels, and KUNG’s quick and aggressive rise has brought him similar renown, with his fresh and pointed ideas making a strong mark in drum & bass. With this release, the pair unite on a pair of unusual yet devastating tracks that push forward with a powerful blend of their unique styles.

FOMALHAUT cinematic opening atmosphere offers false tranquility, with soft pads and dreamy arpeggios that quickly disperse to unleash a destructive triplet bass rhythm with hard-hitting percussive impact. UNFORMED’s angle is by contrast more irregular with its driving beat rising from similarly cinematic beginnings as it sheds impact of its predecessor in favor of a more thoughtful dancefloor.

With FOMALHAUT//UNFORMED, AEPH & KUNG deliver a fierce two track release on METHLAB RECORDINGS, placing diligent focus on the unsparing commitment to technicality & forward thinking sonic textures of the artists.

Social Media //
https://soundcloud.com/aeph
https://soundcloud.com/kung-music

Jungle Demon - bc9 and invalid

Premier – Jungle Demon – BC#9 & Invalid

Premier – Jungle Demon – BC#9 & Invalid

Jungle Demon - bc9 and invalid
Jungle Demon – bc9 and invalid

We are very happy to be PREMIERING the first release for Drum and Bass United Records of 2019. BC#9 returns in partnership for this release with INVALID to bring Jungle Demon to the world.

INVALID BIO

INVALID Profile Pic
INVALID Profile Pic

Dirty drum breaks and filthy synth bass lines smoothed over with spacial textures; these are some of the traits that define the DNB entity known as INVALID. Southern California native turned Colorado resident Jonathan Loeser, a/k/a/ INVALID, is a rising producer with plans to provide the global drum and bass community with original releases indefinitely. Over the past decade, INVALID has acquired the skills and equipment that modern caliber drum and bass demands, both as an avid drummer and as a live audio engineer. Jonathan is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). With the support of music lovers worldwide, INVALID has plans to offer digital downloads, CDs, and limited edition vinyl runs on all future releases.

The Video and Release

We are putting the video up here first because personally we really like it !!! With clips from various creative commons sources, put together by BC#9 himself it sets a great backdrop to a great track.

Two Drum+Bass producers come together to create the story and sound of Jungle Demon and Selecta, the galactic DJ. The video and the track tell the story of Selecta and Jungle Demon as they ride through the lost city. The video was created by Jason Bakes a/k/a BC#9, using clips created by multiple artists . The voice of Vincent Price is featured in a clip from the film “House On Haunted Hill”. The artwork for the release was created by Xtene Sixtene & INVALID . Video clips courtesy of Alberto Mielgo, Beeple and Ash Thorp. Jungle Demon was Produced and mixed by Jonathan Loeser a/k/a INVALID @invalidproductions.

Mastered By Nik Hrycyk @Amethyst Studios UK. 2019.
Video created by BC⚡︎➒ Jason Bakes.
Video clips courtesy of Beeple, Ash Thorp Cornelius Dämmrich, Alberto Mielgo, used under the creative commons license, Studios UK 2019. Video created by BC#9.

We think this track has both a modern, as well as a classic feel to it, with an energetic vibe that takes you on a journey. The video helps to project that alongside the music. But if you just want the soundcloud link then here you go –

BC#9 Profile
BC#9 Profile

As for BC#9 you can keep up with everything that is happening with DnB United Records over on their site HERE and check out the latest podcast by Invalid and BC#9 here –

This release hits all major stores in the NEXT FEW DAYS so keep an eye out for it !!

Current Value & MISSIN- SENTINEL 001 [Methlab]

MethLab proudly launch the first advance single from their upcoming SENTINEL VA LP, a release that encompasses almost the entire MethLab roster, plus some special guests, and serves as the companion to MethLab // SENTINEL Tour, recently announced by UKF. Leading with an immense pair of tracks from veteran CURRENT VALUE and highly exciting newcomer MISSIN, the first single from an LP that’s set to be unforgettable, lands with a mighty bass shock, setting the scene for the audio voyage that’s yet to come.

Methlab brought Drum & Bass fans a present for Christmas with the release of the first single from the upcoming SENTINEL VA featuring a pair of powerful tracks by CURRENT VALUE & MISSIN. ISOTROPY features CURRENT VALUE’s distinctive & dynamic sonic palette, contrasting a beautiful & gliding melodic section with a furious flurry of sonic force as it shifts between the two extremes in an instant. MISSIN’s SPLIT is by contrast more direct with its intention, maintaining an ominous atmosphere which builds into a powerful halftime drop so characteristic of his sound.

Together, the two tracks are an exciting taste of what’s to come on the full SENTINEL VA, which is due out in 2019 on METHLAB RECORDINGS, featuring the talents of the labels roster nearly in full across its full breadth.

Purchase SENTINEL 001 here: https://www.beatport.com/release/sentinel-001/2468383