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SAM BINGA talks about his collaboration with RIDER SHAFIQUE on the Champion EP


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“I’ve said it before, but dancehall and its influence on UK music has been a massive inspiration for me, going way back to hearing Chris Goldfinger on Radio 1 playing music that was like nothing else I’d heard before. I love that fundamental rhythmic pattern, and I love how within the same world you can have some tunes that are built around the sweetest melodies and harmonies, and others that are built around super-tuff minimal drums and crazy squeeks and bleeps.

When it came time to build another EP for Critical, I decided to link up with my good friend and long-time collaborator Rider Shafique, who has a much deeper knowledge of this music than me, and together create something that references both old and new dancehall, while still being playable in the kinds of sets I’ve become known for. There’s no ‘halftime’ and no chopped-up jungle breaks here – we wanted to make something really focussed and even ‘disciplined’ – and hopefully we’ve succeeded.

 

 

Big shouts to the vocal collaborators – super hyped to work with Stush on a tune, Irah came through with the righteous fire, and Tiffanie Malvo absolutely bodied her beat – but ultimate biggups have to go to Rider. This wasn’t a project where I made the beats and Rider voiced them – for pretty much every tune, we worked and reworked the riddims together. We’re both stoked on the results, and it seems like people in the dance feel the same way.” Sam Binga

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Toronto Is Broken’s debut single from his Album is out now!


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Christian Hoffmann – aka Toronto Is Broken – is a name that’ll be on many a Drum and Bass fans’ lips this summer. Hailing from the UK, the producer is quickly gaining attention in the bass music world for his unique sound and experimental edge; not to mention his ability to conjure up a seriously club-worthy hit. Since his debut EP ‘Move It’ made a big impact in 2012, Toronto Is Broken’s already impressive track record has seen him garner support from some of the industry’s biggest names.

This year will see the release of the producer’s second album, following the huge success of his ‘Section Nine’ LP in 2015. Now, off the back of more recent tracks ‘Voyager II’ and ‘No Gyal Tune’, Toronto Is Broken releases the very first single from his upcoming LP on Viper Recordings: ‘Make Me Feel / Trying To Find Home’.

First up, ‘Make Me Feel’ wastes no time in giving us a taste of what this artist is capable of, blending together his trademark power-fuelled drums with a murky, tech-infused bassline. Dark and dangerous, it’s clear that this track will be blowing plenty of speakers over coming months.

On the flip, ‘Trying To Find Home’ highlights a softer side of the producer’s capabilities, merging atmospheric vocals with a euphoric, reflective composition.

With his album ‘You Are (Not) Alone’ set to drop later this year, stay tuned for more unique beats and bass appeal from Toronto Is Broken in 2017 and beyond.

Toronto Is Broken
‘Make Me Feel / Trying To Find Home’
1. Make Me Feel
2. Trying To Find Home (feat. Jodie Carnall)

Label: Viper Recordings
Cat# VPR113
Genre: Drum & Bass
Released: 2nd June 2017

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Toronto Is Broken

 

Christian Hoffmann’s initial venture into the world of music started out with a guitar whilst at school, and after various attempts attract bands with his passion, he went on a solo mission to produce electronic music after buying Enter Shikari’s first album “Take to the Skies”. After receiving a cracked copy of FL Studio 8 from his guitar teacher at the time, Christian went on to produce IDM, Glitch and Ambient music but had no actual knowledge about the genre apart from a minute handful of tracks. He decided to to do some research on Myspace into IDM artists which later led him to discover Spor, and his first ever D&B track: Spor’s remix of “Stompbox” by The Qemists. It was following this that Christian bought his first D&B album, “The Acts of Mad Men LP” on Viper Recordings which sowed the seeds for his passion of 174bpm.

 

Several years of work and perseverance later, Christian went on to be picked up by the UK bass label Sub Slayers, ran by former Kiss FM and Ram Records resident Jay Cunning. His first release “The Move It EP” received high praise throughout the scene which featured “Spirit Song 2012”, played by everyone from Paul Oakenfold to Sub Focus. “Spirit Song 2012” was also used as the main piece in the Arcadia Spectacular show at festivals all over the world. After several EP’s, remixes and singles on Sub Slayers, Christian went onto release his debut album, “Section Nine” that featured the tracks “A Place in Time, LV-426, Die for You and Field Of Poppies”. It was a concept record that tells the story of a civilisation that falls apart due to their dependence on technology and social networks. This opened many doors for him that led to releases on the prestigious Viper Recordings and Technique Recordings, as well as a wealth of DJ’s who continue to supporting his work in clubs and radio globally, especially his recent string of “post-Section Nine” singles “Original, Voyager II, No Gyal Tune, The Antidote & SXN”.

 

Following the success of “Section Nine” it wasn’t long until Futurebound snapped up Christian exclusively to join the already mighty artist roster on Viper Recordings and set Toronto Is Broken to work on his second album, and sequel to his first album entitled “You Are (Not) Alone”. “YA(N)A” tells the story of an individual’s personal struggle with depression and isolation, trying to find their place in a world that was collapsed in on itself after the events of “Section Nine”.

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RONI SIZE ANNOUNCES UK DATES FOR GROUNDBREAKING NEW LIVE SHOW


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  • Groundbreaking new production show debuts at London’s Oval Space this week.
  • Further shows include Moovin Festival, The Downs Festival, and Hospitality In The Park.
  • Roni confirms DJ dates at Glastonbury, Fabric, Greenman, and more.

 

Roni Size has announced UK tour dates featuring his groundbreaking new audio visual live show, and revealed plans for more shows later this year. Debuting at London’s Oval Space on 28th April, the new hardware show will also hit Moovin Festival in August, and The Downs Festival and Hospitality In The Park in September.

 

The combined live instrument and hardware show features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping in the form of the ‘light box’; and will be the first time Roni has performed the Mercury Prize winning album ‘New Forms’ as a solo performer. Roni will be playing both originals and remixes from ‘New Forms’, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. The Oval Space performance marks his first return to the British capital since selling out the Roundhouse weeks in advance. Roni will be joined by fellow Full Cycle co-founder DJ Krust.

 

Forthcoming UK and European DJ shows for Roni include Glastonbury, Fabric, Greenman, Soundwave, D Festival and many more (full details below). US shows will take place from the end of June and throughout July (details to be revealed soon).

 

Roni recently announced a new radio show on Worldwide FM; every first Thursday of the month he’ll curate a six hour Sound System Special focusing on drum n bass.

 

2016 was a vintage year for Roni Size. Live shows included Ram Records’ NYE show at O2 Academy Brixton, a headline show at the BBC 6 Music festival in February, and a summer festival season that began at Love Saves the Day with a curated Full Cycle Stage Takeover for Arcadia Afterburner, and included Secret Garden Party, Evolution, Glastonbury (Glade headline performance), Blissfields, NASS, EDC, Dour, Boomtown, Frequency, Lowlands, Creamfields, SW4, Outlook, and many more.

 

Roni relaunched Full Cycle Records with fellow co-founder, DJ Krust, the releases drawing praise from The Wire, Dummy, UKF, Mista Jam, 6 Music, Gilles Peterson, Radio 1, 1Xtra, DJ Mag, and beyond. The label’s return in February coincided with a spring tour including packed out shows at the BBC 6 Music Festival Rampage, Band On The Wall, Village Underground and a 9 date North American Tour, with shows in Toronto, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.

 

RONI SIZE LIVE SHOW DATES

28th April                               Oval Space

26th August                           Moovin Festival, Manchester

2nd September                       The Downs Festival, Bristol

23rd September                     Hospitality in the Park, London

 

RONI SIZE DJ DATES

Fri 28 Apr 2017             United Kingdom           London                        Oval Space

Fri 05 May 2017            France                         Lac de Serre-pançon    OutDoorMix

Sat 06 May 2017           United Kingdom           Bath                             The Nest

Fri 26 May 2017            United Kingdom           Bedford                        Esquires

Sun 28 May 2017          United Kingdom           Portsmouth                  Mutiny Festival

Sat 03 Jun 2017            United Kingdom           Cambridge                   Junction

Sun 04 Jun 2017           Reunion                       Sakifo                          Festival Sakifo

Sat 10 Jun 2017            United Kingdom           Bristol                          Hospitality BBQ @ Motion

Fri 16 Jun 2017             France                         Tours                           Aucard De Tours

Fri 23 Jun 2017             United Kingdom           London                        Fabric

Sun 25 Jun 2017           United Kingdom           Shepton Mallet                        Glastonbury: Arcadia

Fri 14 Jul 2017               Macedonia                   Dorjan                          D Festival

Sun 30 Jul 2017            Croatia                         Tisno                            Soundwave

Sat 12 Aug 2017           Germany                      Saalburg                      Sonnemondsterne Festival

Fri 18 Aug 2017            United Kingdom           Brecon                         Greenman Festival: Far Out

Fri 25 Aug 2017            Czech Republic           Vroutek                        Rock for Churchill

Sat 26 Aug 2017           United Kingdom           Stockport                     Moovin Festival

Sat 02 Sep 2017           United Kingdom           Bristol                          The Downs Festival

Sat 23 Sep 2017           United Kingdom           London                        Hospitality in The Park

 

 

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Bop – Not Your Cup Of Tea EP


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Bop stays true to form with his latest offering on Med School; the uncompromising ‘Not Your Cup Of Tea’ EP is an electronic escape into a mystic matrix of computerized trills, robotic drum dances and deep cosmic bass.
 
Bop has been spearheading the Microfunk movement since its foundations were built back in 2009 with his influential ‘Clear Your Mind’ LP. His artistic vision of crisp clicks, swoops, bites and beats creates a minimalist elegance that’s given Russia it’s own homegrown style of drum & bass.

 

 

His eccentricity doesn’t just reach as far as unusual track titles; Bop’s DJ sets are eclectic as they come. When joining the Med School family at sold-out Roxy Prague shows, Outlook’s festival stage or their 2017 London Residency he reaches for the intriguing, capturing crowds with his diverse 174BPM selection.
 

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Brian Brainstorm and 2017


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Brian Brainstorm is hot on everyones lips at the moment in the jungle world… and we’re about to tell you why!

Missrepresent has taken some time out to do some more investigation work… prying on another young jungist’s life

Q: Thanks for your time out!! Can you go back to how it all started for you and how you found jungle and drum and bass?
A: My first contact with Jungle was in the late 90s when “Circles” by Adam F was played on the radio. I was about 12 years old but really liked that kinda vibes and started using my pocket-money to buy some records by Adam F, LTJ Bukem and Roni Size. But then I fell in love with Hip-Hop… After many years I rediscovered Drum & Bass on an outdoor rave. The DJ played a lot of Jungle records and the vibe was overwhelming. From this night on my heart beat is 175 beats per minute.
Q: Why the name Brian Brainstorm?
A: To be honest I really don’t know. 😀 Probably just because I was brainstorming to find an alias for this Drum & Bass project and thought it was cool to use an alliteration. Now I know sometimes it can be difficult for promoters to design a flyer with such a long name. 😀 Apart from the fact that something like “Brian Storm” would probably be much more catchy. 😀
Q: You were nominated for “Best Breakthrough Jungle DJ & Best Breakthrough Jungle Producer” this year, you must be super stoked?
A: I absolutely am. It’s a great honour for me to be nominated in these categories along great artists like Fleck, Jinx, K-Jah and more. I don’t claim to win one of those awards. But it’s definitely a good thing to vote just to support the international Jungle scene and the guys at We Love Jungle.
Q: What DAW are you producing on at the moment?
A: FL Studio 12. I’ve always worked with FL.
Q: If I gave you £10,000 to spend on studio equipment what would you buy and why?
A: 10,000?? I’d probably rent a small studio just to have seperate places to work and live. And i’d build a booth for vocalists. Although I’m known for using a lot of shouts from Jamaican soundclash recordings and movies it would be awesome to invite some vocalists and record some customised vocals in my own studio… Plus i’d just upgrade my existing equipement.
Q: You worked with Kenny Ken around 2014, with releases such as “Shock Out / Soundbwoi Killa” on Mix & Blen. How did that link up come about and any plans for more in the future?
A: In 2013 a friend of mine and a veteran of the german Drum & Bass scene, Judge D, sent a few of my tunes to Kenny and a few weeks later I received a message by Kenny himself who asked me for my number to speak about an release on his label. This single release was very important for my career. Last year I finally had the chance to meet Kenny in person. He is such a nice guy and definitely a role model for me. Although he doesn’t release music very often on Mix & Blen I’m pretty sure we’ll work together again soon.
Q: You’re working with Erik (Liondub International) since 2015 and have had far 2 EP’s, 2 tunes (Jungle To The World Vol. 2 compilation) and a few remixes (for Numa Crew, Navigator & more) on his label. I know you have had some support from him can you expand on that?
A: I think Erik took notice of my work for the first time as he reveiced the Mix & Blen promo. He contacted me and I instantly started working on my first EP. Thanks to his and Marcus Visionary’s professionalism all those releases in the last 2 years really helped me to step my game up a lot. Some of the biggest Jungle and Drum & Bass DJs now support my music because Erik & Marcus put so much energy into promoting my releases. Both EP’s reached chart position No. 2 on Juno Download and No. 1 on Track It Down, my remix of Numa Crew’s “Impossible” and “Big Tune” ft. Ricky Tuff even hit the Beatport Top 40 for a few weeks. I’m really happy I’ve found a very well-known label which always stands behind me. I’m currently working on my next EP.
Q: And you have had some involvement with Technique recordings?
A: Yeah, in 2015 Simon Bassline Smith asked me to send him some tunes. It was pretty much the same situation like with Kenny. I was totally excited that he hit me up and I knew beeing involved in a release on Technique Recordings would be a very important milestone for me that I shouldn’t miss out. In 2015 and 2016 I got featured on their Technique Summer LP’s (“Pon Di Streets” & “Badman Selector”) and I just finished some brand-new material for the next one.
Q: BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra have also been giving you a lot of support?!
A: I wouldn’t say “a lot” but yeah, a few years ago Etherwood unexpectedly played my tune “Hand Inna Di Air” in his guest mix for Friction’s show (which was actually the moment when Simon took notice of my work for the first time) And due to Liondub’s and Technique’s substantial influence on the market my tunes got played by TC, Mistajam and Annie Nightingale over the last years. It’s such a great feeling to hear your own tunes on Radio 1 or 1xtra. Especially when you’re just listening to Annie Nightingale like you do every week and suddenly she plays your new tune. Amazing!
Q: So where has been your favourite place to play in the UK so far?
A: I played my UK debut last year at a Sub-Woofah night in Manchester. That was such a wicked night, I really enjoyed my time. Actually I couldn’t believe that the Manchester junglists know all my tunes, even the unreleased ones I only played in studio or radio mixes before. Lovely vibes, lovely people!
Q: Is there much going on in your hometown?
A: Yeah, the Drum & Bass scene in Cologne is pretty strong. We’ve got some very promising talents like VOID https://soundcloud.com/voidmusicofficial who recently released 2 EP’s on Radar Records, SUBMARINE https://soundcloud.com/SubMarineCGN who’s had releases on Demand Records and Cyberfunk, but there are also veterans based in Cologne like THE GREEN MAN who runs Basswerk Recordings and produces for Dread, Santorin & Sudden Def. The list of talented producers goes on and on. If you’re looking for good Drum & Bass events in Cologne, you’ll be spoilt for choice aswell: Promoters like Play!, Requiem, Pathfinder, D:Frnt and Bassliebe run well-organised all-nighters regulary with great bookings. There’s something to suit all tastes. From Neuro to Jump Up to Jungle.
Q: You played in France last year…. how was it and do you speak any French?
A: It was fun! I played alongside Ganja White Night and the french ravers are totally into Dubstep. They went mental. 😀 After two hours of Dubstep I entered the stage and played my usual mixture of Jungle and Jump Up and I think they loved it! It was just the right time to switch up the tempo. I was really happy to see that I’ve got some fans in France. Big up the Paris crew! But no, I don’t speak any french. I mean I know a few words and sentences but thats’s definitely x-rated. 😉
Q: Have you played anywhere else in Europe yet?
A: Yeah, back in 2014 on an outdoor rave in Tenerife. Back 2 back with Ricky Tuff. That was insane!
Q: You played at a UKF event too…. was it a good turn out? (Maybe mention venue size / crowd numbers)
A: Yeah, this one was definitely an important experience. Aswell as the Let It Roll On Tour event I played last year. I mean there’s a difference between playing in a small club with 200 people and in a big venue in front of a few thousand ravers. The promoter who organised both events is also based in Cologne and I have to say big up for constantly booking local artists like me for events like this.
Q: And you have some exciting news for us from the Serial Killaz camp?
A: Yeah, they doing a label compilation this year and 2 new tunes by my humble self will be featured! Really looking forward to this release.
Q: So what else is up for you in the next 12 months?
A: I’m pretty excited to see what 2017 has in store. At the moment I’m moving into another place and I’m gonna invest more time to produce new music, especially for Liondub International. Also I’m really looking forward to play my next UK gig at the Junglism event in Edinburgh on February 3rd. Also I’ve got a few more already confirmed gigs this year in Brunswick, Berlin and other german cities and there are a few releases in the pipeline on Type G Audio, Ghetto Dub and a new brand-new label from Berlin called Higher Ground Recordings.
Q: And if I see you at the bar what are you drinking?
A: Oh, I really hope to meet you at the bar someday, would be a pleasure! I’m really into long drinks so I’d say let’s have a Cuba Libre. 🙂
Q: Any shouts and thanks?
A: Yeah, I’d like to give a big shout to my homeboys from Cologne, especially the Bassliebe crew. When I started DJing 5 years ago, I became a resident at their events and thanks to all the experiences I made in the first few years I was able to develop my own style very quickly. They really helped me to push things forward. Also I’d like to thank all the people I met over the last years who supported me. But there’s one very special person in my life who’s support in literally everything I did but especially the music thing has always been the most important. Without this kinda support I wouldn’t be there where I am today. I’m infinetely greatful for that.
Thank you for your time and all the best for 2017 and beyond!!
LINKS
TUNES

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