The influential Dutch KORSAKOV event movement presents a breakthrough release of powerful proportions with the debut of THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1, the first release on their newly developed label KORSAKOV MUSIC. In celebration of their three year anniversary, the team behind KORSAKOV EVENTS is stepping into a new phase of their existence, not content merely to host artists at their incredible live events, but now also pushing to pioneer sound with a record label set to be a unifying force in DnB. Backed by the unstoppable force of KORSAKOV events representing every subgenre of Drum & Bass, KORSAKOV MUSIC now sets out to carry the same philosophy forward with their imprint. THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1 devotes itself entirely to this purpose with 14 tracks killer tracks produced by 14 established names within every sector of DnB, including liquid, jump up, halftime, dancefloor, and neurofunk.
TICK TOCK sees its glittering arpeggios paired with a running bassline, which carries the track forwards at considerable pace with effortless grace amongst the mistrals of distant yet impassioned vocals. TENSION flexes with the undulations of a deep rolling bassline, punctuated by the stabs of a tonal snare that takes its position high above the track’s murky depths. 0K11 exudes an experimental atmosphere as it hums with a frantic menagerie of glitched tones, all of which are swept away at the behest of its powerful kick & bass combo that roars with unrestrained intensity. VEKTOR contrasts the destructive force of its hard charging bassline with the bombastic energy of its impish melody, a dance that imbues each with the attitude of its partner in a unique synthesis of spirit. Building on a similar atmosphere of sinister intensity, RUN 4 delivers a relentless assault by way of its grinding bassline, explosive drums, and vocal sample tinged with a timbre of unstable psychosis.
With THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1, KORSAKOV presents an uncompromising compilation covering the full spectrum of Drum & Bass, yet unified in its resolute commitment to showcasing the best of each subgenre. As a result, KORSAKOV MUSIC is set to land with meteoric impact amongst the labels of the DnB scene, unique in their equal devotion to all of its many styles. With their first release, they deliver a fitting manifesto that is both unifying and powerful in its objective to move both mountains and the dance.
LOCKJAW brings his sonic expertise to bear with the release of the HUMAN RESEARCH LP, a significant moment for both artist and label that represents the first album released by both LOCKJAW and his LOCKED CONCEPT imprint. After delivering a taste of the LP earlier in the summer with the “Human Research Sampler EP”, which saw glowing reviews in DJ Mag and Mixmag, LOCKJAW is set to unleash the 12 track project in full, presenting a diverse array of individually unique sonic experiences for the listener. Though diverse, the LP is unified by LOCKJAW’s technically exacting style even as it crosses over into new sonic frontiers.
It is these unexpected turns into new auditory realms that most define the LP throughout its body. Whilst LOCKJAW still exhibits the expected full force of his ability within Drum & Bass on tracks such as PASSING FT. CURRENT VALUE, in which glittering cosmic atmospheres collide with mangled metallic bass, he further flourishes this same ability in a variety of unexpected areas. OPTIONS sees these same techniques put to use in a stripped down house track, causing it to reverberate with funk-filled warehouse atmospherics. The wistful aura of A THOUSAND REASONS sets the listener adrift in an experience of cathartic melancholy, as the strums of its guitar seem to tug physically at one’s nerves. Within its final two tracks, EMPATH & THE SPACE BETWEEN US, the album’s themes converge in their most triumphant form. Present here are the cosmic atmospheres of PASSING, the emotional response of A THOUSAND REASONS, and the innovative attitudes of OPTIONS, synthesized into a pair of cohesive audio sequences.
From this synthesis rises a final theme, one that pushes ever forwards with singular intent. The reflection provided by these final tracks serves to magnify this theme, as LOCKJAW looks forwards to further exploration within the sonic medium. With the HUMAN RESEARCH LP, LOCKJAW has displayed both his artful production ability and his desire to step beyond traditional bounds, a combination set to bring him to further heights as he continues researching its myriad possibilities.
For the first time Hybris has given another producer the nod for a release on his Pseudoscience Recordings imprint – MVRK from Hungary, whose Dots EP hits like a ton of bricks.
Label boss Hybris has this to say about the third release on his label: “When I started Pseudoscience, I wasn’t in a rush to sign other artists, as I only want to release music that I feel absolutely confident about, and I’m a picky bastard.
“But upon first listen to Voyage (on my phone speaker) I told MVRK to lock it down, and the rest of the EP soon followed. MVRK is an exceptional talent from Budapest, who perfectly represents the Pseudoscience sound, and I’m extremely proud to present his debut EP on the label.“
That track packs a devastating punch – technically as well as musically – while elsewhere the sumo-size swing of ‘Energizer’ and the eerie robot death throes of ‘Ghost Circuit’ elevate the record several storeys above your standard neurofunk.
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Quentin Hiatus comes up for air from his seemingly permanent deep-dive into his studio to drop volume four of the mind-bending I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus series of long players.
The Free Love Digi boss is one of the most prolific producers in the scene, and the amount of ground he covers on each release is so vast you wonder if he even has time to eat one square meal a day during the never-ending creation process.
I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus Volume 4 is predictable only in the sense that, like the previous volumes, there is genuinely no knowing what is to come after pressing play. It’s a seven-track immersion sparking with creative energy, looking down on the scene from an orbit which takes in, amongst others, the spacey breaks of ‘Sense of Loss’, the Martian half-time of ‘Electro Dynamics’ and the robot dreams of ‘To Be Red’.
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Translation Recordings are at it again with five more devastatingly dark cuts of drum & bass from the more experimental end of the spectrum on Bassment Beats Vol 3.
Label founder RogueState is on target himself with closing track ‘Origins’ which balances the label’s penchant for bassweight with a leftfield edge in the shape of surprisingly lush pads and staccato drums.
The four tracks that come before share the same love of the outer reaches of the genre, and in particular the darker side of that area – Akinsa’s opener is cavernous, echoey and full of withheld power, while ‘Tumbler’ by Fuj takes the torch and runs with it, unleashing some of that pent-up strength in the hardest track on the record.
Mark Kloud’s effort ‘Coplanar’ sits between tough d&b and spacey atmospherics, and Broken Promise takes a snarling bassline to an otherwise spaced-out track.
The record is out now, listen below or head here to buy.