There are amen breaks galore on the new record from the NexGen Music Group stable, the jungle-inspired Fear Nothing EP from Dubstitutes.
The duo is a collaboration between drum & bass veteran Rob Sparx and MC Task – who have released music on NexGen’s sister label Migration – and the four tracks that make up their EP wear ragga and jungle influences proudly on their sleeve.
Amen breaks are a constant across the record, which dives from catchy vocals on ‘Takeover’ to plunging basslines on ‘Another Future’. Check out the fresh tracks here, and head over to https://www.nexgenmusicgroup.com/ to grab the EP.
Freqax – Wrong World
Freqax – Sound of Fury
Freqax – Tear You Apart
Freqax & Counterstrike – Beneath Existence
Freqax is back on Algorythm Recordings with his new release, The Sound of Fury. The EP features 3 neuro infused tracks by the man himself and a collaboration with Algorythm label bosses Counterstrike. As with all Freqax material this release has it’s cross-hairs aimed straight at the dance floor.
Hailing from Bucharest Romania, Freqax launched into the scene in 2010 with his release, The Axe on Algorythm Recordings. Since then nothing has been able to hold him back and he’s seen the expansion of his vision on labels such as PRSPCT, Othercide, Forbidden Society and Yellow Stripe to name a few. He is no slouch in the DJ department either and has played on stages around the world with some of the biggest names in the industry.
New Release – BEAT ASSASSINS – Crazy ft Alex Holmes
A. ARTIST: BEAT ASSASSINS
Crazy ft Alex Holmes
AA. ARTIST: BEAT ASSASSINS
Crazy ft Alex Holmes (SKMA Remix)
05/05/2017 Beatport Exclusive
19/05/2017 Full general Release
LABEL: MOFO RECORDINGS
CATALOGUE NO: MOFO 041
There comes a time when an electronic music producer just want to make some filth and Crazy ft Alex Holmes is the result of just that. Crazy is by far the dirtiest track yet by Beat Assassins (BA).
“Yeah it’s a beast” explains Jimmy from BA. “But I wanted to make the kind of track you build towards at the end of your set. That 3am banger that roars from the rig and obliterates the club. The kind of track that gets played when the club is at its most intense. When the sweat is dripping from the ceiling. The rig is at its loudest and the crowd are screaming for the filth and the fury.”
Crazy does most definitely tick those boxes but let’s not forget those lush vocal tones from Alex Holmes.
“Alex nailed it,” says Jimmy. “That whole broken heart, female angst vocal over the piano, strings and arpeggios before the neuro bass drop always kills it for me.”
But not every DJ is looking for full throttle drum n bass so let’s cue the SKMA remix that takes Crazy to the far opposite spectrum of drum & bass.
SKMA’s interpretation of the original is just pure lush! Liquid drum n bass at its most fluid. It has an epic like, melancholy-movie-quality to it, as deep rolling subs, strings, pianos and pads all intertwine at the same time whilst bringing a dramatic, yet haunting delivery of Alex Holmes’ beautiful voice.
Indifferent returns to free-spirited US label Free Love Digi with another slice of mesmerising bass music which looks to creep up on drum & bass from the darkness just past its outer edges.
The New Zealander’s second outing on Quentin Hiatus’ imprint sees him throwing footwork head-on into a forest of jungle breaks and the result is as powerful as it is thoughtful. The Hip Hop Will Incarnate EP is five tracks strong and out now – locate it at http://freelovedigi.com/.
First track off the EP “Turn Up” feat. Jamaican Dancehall favourite Konshens, is an amped up high vigour powerhouse from the cut-up wasp’s nest of thrashing bass on the first drop to the perfectly weighted featherlight snares, fine-grained synths and oceans of space creating a whipping pace that never feels busy.
“Madness” drops in deep as the ocean slowly rolling waves of beats on a quiet day floats a huge melody spreading across a high production pitch-kick selection of liquid scything bass and velvety undercurrents of tech nodules across a deep ethereal soundscape, DnB vocal specialist Pat Fulgoni puts you under a spell with a spaced out heart felt vocal delivery explaining that what we are looking for is indeed Madness, all the elements wed together via a dreamy, weaving DNB aesthetic.
Driving a steam train of pure energy through the original “Madness” brings the drama of trumpet techy instrumentals that roll out into a powerful drumscape of snares over a tightly filtered bass line from DJ and producers K-i & Phuture Dee who wastes no time letting you know what time it is, to get on down to the floor! Amongst the breakdown and killer second drop makes this track a real hidden chest of treasure!
Last but not least “Turn Up” a weighty remix from label mate Loggi whose firing on all cylinders for this one, with an array of twisted liquid beats a sci-fi tech scudder suddenly emerges halfway through chomping at the ready, making way for a jungle amen adding a fierce fire in the mix.
D-Region & Code are known for their work in North America and on Kool London (Friday’s 6-8am), formerly Kool FM. The pair are highly sought after remixers and have worked with many well known artists including Sizzla, Meastro Fresh Wes, Elizebeth Troy, Lights to name a few and they’ve recently finished a rework for High Roll & MC Coppa. D-Region & Code are known for their original tracks “Fly Away”, “Only One” (100,000 you tube views of the video), “Say Goodbye” and regularly supported by Kiss FM, XFM, BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra. The duo’s last solo single was “The Kingdom” released in 2016 on Formation Records affiliate – Inna Rhythm Recordings.
Phuture Dee & K.i are an up and coming DJ & Producer collaboration who have been in the music game for many years. The boys have put in DJ time on stations such as Rough Tempo and London’s Wax FM. They have released with labels like Snatch & Run Audio, Reformed Recordings, Good News Boppers, Suicidedubz Digital, NWS Digital, Soul Trader Records and with a debut album hopefully out this year – the future for this duo is looking good.
Producer Loggi is an avant-garde maestro when it comes to creating music. His album “Back To The Jungle” garnered a lot of radio support with tracks like “Where’s The Love Gone” & “Shine Your Love On Me”. Loggi is also no stranger to releasing a hot track – recently releasing his own EP on M Ocean Records “Keep Shining On” Featuring the vocals of Pat Fulgoni. A template for great things to come.
Konshens is a top tier singer/songwriter and recording artist from Jamaica. His has hits ranging from 2005 to present and he is also featured on a remix of the Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down”. His last track had massive support from the likes of Radio 1 DJs Charlie Sloth, Annie Nightingale, Seanie B, Toddla T, MistaJam.
Pat Fulgoni’s list of who he has provided vocals for is endless: Dexcell, Hospital, BCee, Keeno, Teddy Killerz, Camo & Krooked. Outside the studio Fulgoni has toured the earth with various musical projects as far afield as China to the USA and throughout Europe.