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Maztek – Grinder EP

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coverRumours of the infernal mechanism were rife amongst the population, that somewhere deep in the sublevels of the city it waited with the eternal patience that belongs only to machines. It was said that those people whom the system had broken, whose minds had snapped – ejecting them from the social architecture… were first incarcerated, analyzed and then taken to it to be erased completely. He was about to find out the truth of this, dragged from his metallic cell by those machine claws, his arms bound tightly across his chest and vocal chords paralyzed.

He wanted to scream, terror engulfing him and winding around his vertebrae, giving birth to a black hole within the pit of his stomach… but all that emerged was a whimper of despair. It was registered by the synthetic mind and catalogued in its vast archive of variations of this moment – its casual analysis of this journey to death. The chamber was incomprehensibly vast… and it was there waiting, reaching with its threatening appendages from the shadows, its diabolical jaws enshrouded in the dull green light of a vast viewing screen displaying the symbol of the architect. The teeth started that relentless slicing, the very ground trembling through the power of its mighty workings, the mechanism to be his absolute obliteration… those claws pulling him inexorably towards the end as the viewscreen changed and flashes the word ‘goodbye’. The GRINDER completes its work. In the almost oblivious streets above, a faint rumble is felt – knowing, fearful looks are briefly exchanged before the citizens hurry on with their business.

Leading neuro and tech producer MAZTEK arrives with his first full EP on leading d&b label, EATBRAIN. Following up appearances on the label’s Tales of the Undead and Mirror Universe VA LP’s, the GRINDER EP sees Maztek deliver 4 tracks of high-grade dancefloor weaponry, enwrapped in the kind of heavy sonic technology that his fans have come to expect. From the tear-out but tightly wound collaboration with with June Miller in BLAFFER, to the grime-influenced and glitched vocals of GOOD QUESTION that comes in heavy with the evil bounce of its bass – the EP runs a diverse and unique flex. Title-track GRINDER delivers an appropriately punishing assault, packed with sinister sound design and brooding, dynamic riff, whilst TANGLED delivers an edgy and lightly percussive shuffle to accompany its powerful bass. This is both an artist and a label at their best, delivering an overwhelmingly powerful artefact for the dance.

get it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/grinder-ep/1820925

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Mob Tactics – Get Dirty / Shark Tank

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VPR084_1500After the resounding success of their debut Viper Recordings single, ‘Neon God / Return of the Snitch’, Mob Tactics return with their latest offering, ‘Get Dirty / Shark Tank’. 

Mob Tactics is a name that is synonymous with high quality, tech-orientated Drum & Bass with a funky edge. Never to be pinned down to just one style, the South West, UK based production duo’s last offering, ‘Neon God’, branched out into the realm of big-room vocal anthems; whilst the flip, ‘Return of the Snitch’, showed their dark, techy underground side. 

The diverse single won them support from an equally diverse lineup of the scenes most respected DJs, including: Matrix & Futurebound, Wilkinson, Brookes Brothers, Ed Rush & Optical, Calyx & Teebee, The Upbeats, Optiv & BTK, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Fred V & Grafix, DC Breaks, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, Skism, and Jaguar Skills. 

Following the success of ‘Neon God / Return of the Snitch’, Mob Tactics returned with the aptly titled ‘Rave Weapon’, which the duo gave away as free download at Christmas. As the title might suggest, this one was aimed squarely at the dancefloor with frenetic, ravey stabs, reminding you of early 90s days gone by. Now that the Christmas turkey has settled, Mob Tactics are set to drop their second Viper single with the harder, darker and dirtier affair in the form of ‘Get Dirty / Shark Tank’. 
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‘Get Dirty’ does exactly what the name implies. You are going to have to take a shower after listening to this one. Filthy basslines and murky synths are underpinned by hard as nails drums and punctuated by expertly placed vocal samples. 

Next up, ‘Shark Tank’ keeps the pressure high with yet more growling, moody basslines, rolling kicks and razor sharp snares. This one will most definitely make you follow the lead vocal and “put your hands up.” 

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Mob Tactics’ Top 5 Weapons for NYE

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Mob Tactics talk us through their Top 5 weapons for NYE. Make sure to check out Viper’s annual compilation, packed with bangers to kick start 2016.

1. L 33 – Clublife

“This track is probably the best thing – in our humble opinion – that L 33 has done, and judging by the reaction it gets when we play it out I think many people are gonna agree! Chunky as fu*k and always seems to trigger a sea of screwfaces. Banger.

2. Mob Tactics – Get Dirty

“This is the lead track from our next single for Viper dropping next year. Relatively stripped back and very raw this has been going down a treat in the clubs – which is always reassuring! Anyone who’s seen us play the last few months may well recognise it as our opening track…”

3. The Prototypes – Hypercube

“One of the biggest tracks from our sets this year. Just incredible production and vibes from these two – they never miss. The awesomely anthemic yet melancholy intro always gets the hairs on our neck standing to attention, and the drop just does the damage each and every time. Essential.”

4. Prolix – Untitled

“Something brand new from Prolix and this one is taking no prisoners! Wicked intro that gives way to an ominous breakdown before the full might of the drop is unleashed. Been really going off in our sets with several people usually peering over our shoulders to see what it is! Set to be a biggie.”

5. Mob Tactics – Rave Weapon

“Well, we had to choose one more of ours, haha! The support we’ve been getting for this has been truly humbling, with Friction and Phil Taggart giving it a good hammering on Radio 1. As Friction said: “does exactly what it says on the tin!” Now available as a free download when you subscribe to the Viper newsletter *plug, plug*

Check out Viper’s annual compilation below and buy it HERE.

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Mob Tactics – Rave Weapon

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Release: 18th December 2015

Label: Viper
Fresh off their first Viper single ‘Neon God / Return of the Snitch’ since signing exclusively with the label, Mob Tactics are back with the aptly titled ‘Rave Weapon’. As the title might suggest, this one is aimed squarely at the dancefloor with frenetic, ravey stabs reminding you of early 90s days gone by.


The word on the street is that this will be a free download so watch this space!!

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FABRICLIVE - Mob Tactics - Promo Mix (May 2015)


Unusual I know but for the May FABRICLIVE event we have 2 promo mixes !!! Check out Stealth mix HERE, and here is the second one by MOB TACTICS !!

FABRICLIVE - Mob Tactics - Promo Mix (May 2015)
FABRICLIVE – Mob Tactics – Promo Mix (May 2015)


Mounting up a reputable release portfolio across the board of drum & bass labels such RAM, MTA, Playaz, Trendkill and more in the last few years, the Cheltenham based duo, Mob Tactics, are already renowned for the power house tech funk sound. Luke Budgen and Mark Sims’ studio collaboration has already yielded a brace of high energy, progressive dancefloor belters such as their latest ‘Frenzy’ and ‘Wolf Trap VIP’, which were both released on the inimitable Ram Records as part of their recent RAMLife and Ram Miami compilations respectively.

In lieu of their upcoming appearance at FABRICLIVE for Viper Live in Room Two on Friday 5th June, we caught up with Luke and Mark to discuss their music, the scene, their forthcoming set to better introduce them and frame the exclusive promotional mix that they’ve just this minute delivered to us…

Easy guys! What has been going on of late in the Mob Tactics world? Is there anything forthcoming in the pipeline from you two?

Mob Tactics: Hello there! Yeah, we have lots on the go at the minute which is just how we like it. We’ve just signed our next single to Viper which we literally couldn’t be any happier about. The lead track is called ‘Neon God’ and features a singer called Joell Fender who just has the most amazingly soulful voice – we’re both really pleased with how it came out. The other track is a techy little stepper titled ‘Return of the Snitch’ that’s been getting really good reactions in the clubs – which is always reassuring!

We’ve also got another track called ‘Zodiac’ – which we’ve included in the mix – coming on the Viper Summer Slammers 2015 album which also happens to feature a 60 minute mix from us. There’s also a few remixes that are pretty much tied up including one for Renegade Hardware that we’re pretty excited about too.

As followers of your music may have come to realise, you’re capable of switching up the style quite noticeably. Is this down to a natural convergence of both of your influences or a conscious decision not to be pigeon-holed into one sub-genre of drum & bass?

A bit of both I guess. We’re both heavily in to lots of other styles of music and tend to listen a lot of metal, hip hop, house, classical -anything with a hook or melody really – and that can often bring out the more musical side of us in the studio which invariably manifests itself in one of our more anthemic, not so in-your-face tracks. I think we’d probably get a little bit bored of just writing the same stuff over and over again; variety is the spice of life as they say!

How do you like to execute your sets? Do you mould your sets around the vibe of the line-up you’re playing or just go with what feels right on the night?

We put a lot of time in to finding nice mixes and putting sections together for gigs and we’ll flit between different groups of tunes depending on the crowd and how things are going down. We’ll always look at the style of the night but generally speaking we tend to just play what we’re feeling at the time and what we’re predominantly known for, which is a mixture of techy and vocal stuff, and we’ll always try to draw for a few classics here and there!

Who else is doing it for you guys in drum & bass at the moment?

People like Audio, Prolix, InsideInfo, June Miller, Mefjus and Emperor are constantly bending our tiny little minds with their production skills. Those guys just know how to inject vibe and attitude into a track. Huge fans of Ed Rush & Optical too, it’s always an exciting moment when you get your mits on one of their new tunes!

As a successful collaborative duo, do you have any pointers or words of wisdom for up and coming would-be production duos?

I think the most important thing is to try and have fun. If you don’t get on with the person you’re stuck in a studio with for hours on end it’s unlikely you’ll ever get anything done. It’s also very important to be respectful of your partners ideas or thoughts about the direction of where a track might be going – it’s all too easy to be dismissive of their input if you already have a predetermined idea set in your own mind about how you want things to progress. But we can’t stress enough just how many times one of us had an idea that the other hated that turned out to be the very thing that made the track in the end!

Viper Live at FABRICLIVE is set to be a smasher! You must be excited… As a raver, what’s been your most memorable fabric moment to date?

We’re so, so excited to finally be playing at fabric! It seems like we’ve been waiting forever to get booked to play there so we were absolutely stoked when our agent told us Viper wanted to book us.

Our most memorable fabric experience to date?

Luke: In the late ’90s/early ’00sI was working for Massive Records in Oxford and the entirety of the staff were in to either progressive house or drum & bass and we used to make regular pilgrimages to fabric for a night out. One particular night we saw Sasha play and it was literally incredible – like really, really incredible! The vibe was just electric, Sasha smashed it – like he always does – and the crowd were just completely in tune with him. A night I’ll never forget. A close second would be a Virus night I attended around the same time; ridiculously massive lineup where I heard more dubs played than I thought humanly possible in one night. Good times!

Mark: My most memorable fabric experience stems back to 2005-ish. Pendulum were playing and me and some mates had arranged to go, it was set to be our first time there. We got there around 11pm and the queue was like nothing I’d ever seen, it literally looked like some sort of march was taking place! Anyway, we were obviously well too late to the party, we queued for hours but it was one in/one out and we never actually made as far as 20 metres from the door [laughs]! So this is actually set to be my first time inside the club. I can’t wait…