In the very earliest days of Space Pirateering, rocketbuilding and asteroid mining in the BE-32 nebula, only a
select few were already firing breakbeat arrays and bass cannons at the humanoids on this mud rock. That
they were carving the first signs of a path many would walk behind them, they did not know.
Both Sikey & Speedwagon have been at the forefront of Belgium’s (the local designation for the BE-32 nebula)
drum & bass scene since the last turn of the centuries. After having served the deities of 170BPM as solo
buccaneers and in different formations, they teamed up to form a production unit that would honour the
vibrations brought forth by the earliest of Pirates. Not having traded their organic limbs for the powers of the
plasma snare or the quadruple frequency modulated, planet-core-melting reecelines, the duo’s output vibes
like only a real mud rock can.
Misty Eyed Dub is their ode to the sacred tree they originally needed to destroy during the “Planet 47 Heist”
mission. However, upon learning that this tree was the original source of life and vibrations on Planet 47, these
space pirates decided to put the sustained existence of the sacred misty eyed tree above their own interests
and left it to flourish so the planet would continue to be a sacred home for all lifeforms on the rock.
Get Vile is the musical counterpart to Misty Eyed Dub. Although consistent in dubby vibes and rolling rock
formations, Get Vile paints a slightly darker picture of the very same mission. Initially composed as a song of
war, after first contact with the strange life on Planet 47, its message became redundant, although the music
itself did not and now serves on many Space Pirate ships as a reminder to above all learn and not assume,
despite whatever their initial mission targets were so to adhere to the Space Pirate credo: “Good Pirates Break
TIDE returns to LOCKED CONCEPT with the follow up to his CLAPPER//FEVER EP released on the label in February of 2018 with widespread support, even featuring on Noisia’s radio show. Entitled CLOAK & DAGGER, the EP sees TIDE expanding on the themes of his previous LOCKED CONCEPT release as he delivers four sharp edged cuts imbued with his acute sound, including a VIP mix of the much loved CLAPPER from his previous release on the label.
CLOAK & DAGGER provides a classic slice of jungle as the EP’s basis, its nostalgic style accentuated by modern production which subtly places the track in a timeless realm. STAUNCH BEAT fulfills its name as its precise and powerful beat stomps forwards through a cold atmosphere inhabited only by a distant bass and the interjections of a bold vocal sample. CLAPPER VIP builds upon its predecessor, slowing the former’s frantic pace to a half-time measure punctuated by the methodical hits of a distorted snare before setting once more into a familiar flurry of claps and rapid four beat kicks. The syncopated drums of WAR close the EP as they ring out across a dark soundscape, wherein kickdrums burst with explosive energy in tandem with a sibilant bassline.
With the CLOAK & DAGGER EP, TIDE continues to pursue his singularly stripped down sound, crafting it with precise focus across four tracks which each embody one of its facets. With LOCKED CONCEPT’s similar commitment to uniquely defined audio sequences, such a combination is one sure to surge forth once more onto a multitude of sonic shores.
Purchase Tide’s Cloak & Dagger EP on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/cloak-and-dagger/2433006
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.
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.
Real Vibes keeps the pedal to the metal with its third free-download release, the irresistibly powerful ‘Rollin’.
The label, founded by veterans of the scene Ly Da Buddah and Mystic Dan, only launched at the tail end of last year but is already on its third neck-snapping free download as it pursues an ambitious release schedule which aims to drop a new free tune each month until December this year.
‘Rollin’ is the latest effort, and just as before is a fat slab of junglist jump-up bossed by landslide basslines and with more ragga-stye vocals tearing through over the top.
Listen below, and pick up the free download from the Real Vibes Soundcloud page.