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Decoder and Substance - Red feat Susie Ledge and Jakes

Forthcoming DnB Release – Decoder & Substance – Red Feat. Susie Ledge & Jakes (Technique)

Decoder and Substance - Red feat Susie Ledge and Jakes
Decoder and Substance – Red feat Susie Ledge and Jakes

TECH119: Decoder & Substance – Red Feat. Susie Ledge & Jakes [Technique Recordings]

You’d be hard pressed to come up with a production team with as diverse a CV as Decoder and Substance. Part of the hugely influential mid-nineties Bristol scene, between them they’ve run labels, promoted events, run a record shop and produced a slew of cutting edge underground D&B. And that’s before we even get into what they’ve achieved with their worldwide chart-conquering band Kosheen. And now, for the first time in over a decade, we have some brand new Decoder and Substance material.

Red rolls in with a stripped-back rough-edged drum loop straight from the old skool. In the upper registers, Susie Ledge’s sparkling vocals meld with silk-smooth strings to hold a perfect counterbalance. Then there’s a hint of danger as bass tones rear their head, and the one and only Jakes steps up to the mic to signal the launch of a full-scale junglist assault. And better watch out for that second drop that takes things to a whole new level of filth.

Then Document One get their hands on the stems, and show how they do things. They open up with a pristine electro-tinged combination of percussive arpeggios and reprocessed snippets of Ms Ledge’s vocals to create a whole new vibe. The drop brings out a liquid side to the tune, adding the funk that Document One like to bring to the party. Tight drum programming, syncopated bass and builds reinforced with Jakes bars mean that this mix is aimed directly at the dancefloor.

Finally, LA’s in the house as Kronology bring their style to bear on “Red” too. They’ve deconstructed the track and scientifically re-engineered it as a DJ weapon, bringing energy straight from the word go. Rolling drums support the vocals in the intro, before a mighty detuned bassline drops. And the track keeps building from there, as additional layers of percussion raise the temperature. Adding in the extra ingredient of Susie’s vocals and modulating pads give an extra twist of euphoria to proceedings. This is one to keep the rave moving.

Red combines the dark rave elements of classic Decoder and Substance tunes with the sultry soul that made Kosheen a household name across the globe. Their road-hardened experience combined with two crews from the new generation on remix duties, means that this release is due for some serious rotation.

// LINKS //
BEATPORT (19/05) – https://pro.beatport.com/release/decoder-and-substance-red-feat-susie-ledge-and-jakes/1495329
ITUNES (03/05) – http://smarturl.it/TECH119 + Rest of World
SOUNDCLOUD – https://soundcloud.com/techniquerecordings/sets/decoder-substance-red-feat
FRICTION BBC Radio 1 – https://soundcloud.com/techniquerecordings/decoder-substance-red-feat-susie-jakes-doc-one-friction

O.T Quartet - Hold that Sucker Down 2015 Remixes

Forthcoming Release – OT Quartet – Hold that Sucker Down 2015 Remixes

O.T Quartet - Hold that Sucker Down 2015 Remixes
O.T Quartet – Hold that Sucker Down 2015 Remixes

Forthcoming Release – OT Quartet – Hold that Sucker Down 2015 Remixes

Mondays can either end up being complete shit, or…. they can bring some cool surprises!!!

Today is the second option !!! When I was a (very) young raver there were always some tunes that time would NEVER FORGET. Time passes, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years… and you dont hear anything…. 15 years, 20 years, and then 21 YEARS LATER one of those tracks that took the club scene by storm IS BACK AGAIN !!!

Yes it was back in 1994 that OT Quartet released the original of Hold that Sucker Down. Bad hairdos, slightly oversized mainly coloured vocalists, lots of breakdancing in the video, and maybe what most would say was a standard house beat that made 80% of tracks at that time a hit. BUT there was something about OT Quartet (one hit wonder from what I remember) unique. An IMMENSE reach for the stars track, some powerful vocals, and happy ravers that had every club you could find in UK, Spain, and probably the whole of Europe JUMPING LIKE HELL !!!

So… can that anthem of times past be beaten??

The official press release text :

Landing through Champion Records on 31st May is a sublime remix package of OT Quartet’s classic ‘Hold That Sucker Down.’ Stepping up to deliver reworks are Cera Alba, Damien Hall, Alex Van Alff, StoneBridge and Bruno Kauffmann.

Cera Alba’s Terrace rework is up first, taking down the intensity of the original and providing a groove-laden house beat. Damien Hall introduces some shuffling drum patterns whilst Alex Van Alff keeps his version bouncing and up-tempo. StoneBridge keeps to a progressive techno theme that is interspersed with vibrant piano chords and Bruno Kauffman rounds off the EP in suitably driving style, really drawing out the powerful vocals.

This unmissable remix collection highlights the true caliber of the original whilst giving each artist the chance to shine with their own take on it.

My review :

It would be a miracle in my eyes to beat the original, but with 5 remixes then maybe some could come close… i was hoping….

Attempt 1 by Cera Alba – Sorry to say it wasnt a good start for me personally. A regular semi minimal house track that you can hear anywhere. Sure someone who hasnt heard the original will probably like it, but Im not one of those people

Attempt 2 by Damien Hall – Once again didnt work for me. Sure it has a deeper bassline which is fine, but only small samples of the original like an afterthought from a child who didnt understand what made the original so good.

Attempt 3 by Alex Van Alff – First few seconds of the soundcloud cut I was airing on the negative sound… but then at the first drop this guy light up my eyes, the full intro and build up with a modern touch thrown in, AND the vocal as well !!! Even now listening to it again its still working for me.

Attempt 4 by Bruno Kaufmann – Instant vocal which held promise for me. The impact of the first drop however left me disappointed as it sunk back into any other house track with nothing exciting to keep me listening. I waited for the second drop but was once again let down so its a no from me.

Attempt 5 by StoneBridge – The familiar intro I needed this one to make up for the disappointment of attempt 4, and it was starting on the right foot. First 30secs i was happy, but not amazed. It was still building (like a Skyscraper as the original was subtitled). The breakdown was almost entirely the original i almost cried !! My hands in the air (like i just dont care…), this guy had 100% captured the imagination of the original and had brought back an anthem from the past and brought it up to date!

Summary :

Think its clear to say I have 2 favourites in this Remix EP and thats StoneBridge in first place, followed by a strong effort by Alex Van Alff. None of them are the original, but fair play to those 2 who should be proud of their versions!

Before ending this (very long) review I have to share the original video with you all so you can make your judgements yourself :

Take a listen to the remixes, AND the original, and make up your own minds. The whole remix EP gets a 7/10 from me, the 2 versions I rated highest get 8/10 each from me.

ENJOY !!!!


Pushy – Take It EP – Kiosk Recordings – March 2014 – Updated with Preview


Pushy – Take It Ep – Kiosk Recordings – March 2014

Pushy, real name Christophe Bergeron, defies classification. He is a french electronic music composer, who since 1983 has experimented with his music in theatre, cinema, contemporary dance and of course on the club floor. Considered a stalwart of the French electronic scene his music, which takes influences from environmental sounds, breakbeat and just about any sort of experimental music out there. His unorthodox methods of experimentation and adventure have brought him to a crossroads of the past, present and future. This EP, forthcoming on french imprint Kiosk, takes the listener on a sonic journey through the mind of Pushy.

We are a little bit early on this one so keep checking back for more info, previews, and maybe a video or so as well !!

UPDATE – We have a preview of one of the tracks here :

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Dion Timmer’s Aggression Part 1 EP

Dion Timmer – Aggression Part 1 EP – 20th January 2014

Dion Timmer’s Aggression Part 1 EP
Dion Timmer’s Aggression Part 1 EP

Dion Timmer’s Aggression Part 1 EP is an explosion of Dubstep growls stolen straight from the mouth of a futuristic robot demi-cat, the ferocious punches and pleasing lasers are more than enough to keep you enticed from beginning to end.


1. Dion Timmer – Let’s Do This! (Original Mix) Free Download.
2. Dion Timmer – Hit Ya (Original Mix)
3. Dion Timmer – Cleopatra (Original Mix)
4. Dion Timmer – Aggression (Original Mix)

Find the release HERE

More from Squirrel Records HERE


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Gamma Plasma Audio

Forthcoming – Icicle, Safire Amoss, Gamma – 4th State (Icicle Remix) – February 2014

Gamma Plasma Audio
Gamma Plasma Audio

Icicle, Safire Amoss, Gamma –  4th State (Icicle Remix) – Plasma Audio

Plasma Audio mark the first step in their record label’s life with a huge remix of Safire & Amoss’ track “4th State feat Gusto”, from the Dutch production lord, Icicle, of Shogun Audio fame.

“Straight Up Like A Harrier”. Gusto’s words are not used lightly as Icicle’s remix wastes no time in warming up before firing itself straight upwards into a cloud of Neuro swirls and unrelenting synth stabs. A tune that guarantees to lay waste to any dance floor in its vicinity.

Safire and Amoss take the controls back again for the release’s flip side. After the dramatic entrance of the “4th State remix”,  “Gamma” shows another glitchier and more minimal side to the Plasma imprint. Take a ride with the tune as it flows over peaks and troughs of progression and breakdown.

Preview :

We will have the full release purchase links for you very soon but in the mean time check out more releases by Icicle HERE

Plasma Launch Sequence – 13.12.13 from BBA on Vimeo.

And…. the Plasma Collab website HERE


Enjoy !!!

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