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IHR- IKIGAI EP [Methlab]

Inward, Hanzo & Randie // Memory Check – Video Teaser from MethLab on Vimeo.

Italian Drum & Bass trio INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE debut their newest EP “IKIGAI” on METHLAB RECORDINGS, featuring the specialized vocal timbres of THE SCIENCE. A rising sonic force in the DnB scene, INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE have seen their tracks featured on labels such as Red Light Records, C4C Recordings and Blackout, continually exemplifying a raw but refined sound with their production. With IKIGAI, the trio continue to pursue this aesthetic whilst incorporating new and experimental approaches to sonics that install additional vivacity within their work. The resulting four track EP features hard charging tech dnb beats and halftime alongside soaring vocals, an effortless combination that creates a uniquely animated atmosphere on the dancefloor.

MEMORY CHECK opens the EP in full force as the impassioned cries of its soulful vocal echo amongst a syncopated salvo of kicks and neon bass, creating an air of fervent & energized desire. LIBERATE features the striking vocals of THE SCIENCE, which yearn for vibrance against a dystopian backdrop and above waves of reese bass, breaking upon powerful kickdrums in a malstrom of sonic force. SPACEFUNK’s cosmic atmosphere quickly intensifies as a funk fueled guitar riff sends its components rocketing forwards at breakneck pace, bringing the funk back to neurofunk. Its percussion and basses imbued with outlandish vitality by the frantic vibration of its steel strings. THE BITE moves by contrast in murky depths, but is soon transformed as its lumbering gait gains sinister weight with every beat, with percussion entwined by a serpentine bassline that moves divinely between impactful dynamic sonics.

IKIGAI shows INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE in true form with four tracks that illuminate the trio’s singular dynamism, merging technical ability and creative prowess in a harmonious opus roiling with living energy. One of the most remarkable and rising talents in bass music, featuring on the relentlessly exploratory MethLab platform.

Buy IKIGAI on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/ikigai-ep/2410307

Mindscape- The Reanimator LP [Eatbrain]

One of tech-injected dnb’s greatest heroes, MINDSCAPE,  unleashes the limitless power of his fourth full-length studio album “THE REANIMATOR LP” on the by now ravenous and vast pack of the EATBRAIN audience. Having vigorously prepared for them for the full onslaught of his album with a series of advance EPs that effectively unveiled the scope of imagination from one of neurofunk’s seminal producers, ravers and listeners are strung in high anticipation for the dark aural pleasures set to unfurl. Featuring a blinding array of some of the best vocal talent in the drum and bass genre, with COPPA, FEDORA, HIJAK, KRYPTOMEDIC and MISS TROUBLE on the mic, this is jacked-up tech with a killer party vibe, raised from the kind of horrifyingly good carnage that one can only find on the Eatbrain dancefloor.

Support THE REANIMATOR on Beatport:
https://www.beatport.com/release/reanimator-lp/2399961

Krakota – See For Miles EP


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Krakota, one of Hospital Records’ most electrifying DJs, returns to the fold after his incredible debut album ‘Strange System’ with his long-awaited ‘See For Miles’ EP. More than ever before, his production provides a versatile set of drum & bass styles with a devilish 5-track concoction of upfront danger and liquid grace.

Kicking the EP straight into gear is the absolute screamer ‘Hot Rain’. Prepare for this track to steamroll through a system with its relentless bassline and rare vocal feature from Reprazent legend and Hospital hype-man Dynamite MC.

A turbo-charged thunderbolt strikes with ‘Mismatch’ proving once again, more cowbell is always a good decision. This smorgasboard of bass sonics is Krakota’s peak-time dancefloor filler. On the flip-side ‘Call Back’ rolls out smoother than butter, adding funk flavours to the EP and makes for the perfect juxtaposition to his full-throttle bangers.

Keeping up the tempo is another weapon for the club ‘Fever Dreams’. Wobbly sub and rugged mid-range bass notes work together in this up-front stepper. The final and title track ‘See for Miles’ sees this release home with elegance and grace. Depth, musicality, exquisite progression and a humming bassline.

Krakota has received support on UKF editorial and was chosen for an exclusive mix for UKF x Serato, joining the ranks of legends DJ Randall, DJ Marky and Friction. This summer he has performed on the main-stage at Hospitality On The Beach and has another main-stage slot to come at Hospitality In The Park.


 

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CHASE AND STATUS OFFICIALLY UNVEIL THE FIRST SINGLES FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING RTRN II JUNGLE PROJECT


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RTRN II JUNGLE , the forthcoming album from UK DnB heavyweight trio, Chase and Status, is a cultural movement – inspired by British music and fashion of the golden years of Jungle music from the mid-late 90’s. The two opening singles speak volumes on the project’s ethos – with the hard hitting Retreat ft. Cutty Ranks echoing in your ears long after hearing and the euphoric “Heater” taking on the role of a single that already has the makings of a classic – with additional vocal support from General Levy.

 

The sound, accompanying documentary and installation, will draw on Jungle music whilst also transporting it into the present day, and re-vamping the genre for the modern day music fan. “We will be representing DnB at it’s most soulful, raw, and uncut level.” [Will Kennard]

 

The news comes with a brand new documentary from the trio, filmed in Jamaica earlier this year. Speaking on the visual, Saul states:

 

“In May we spent a week in Kingston Jamaica, predominantly at Big Yard studio. We went there with Seani B to record tracks from our new album RTRN II JUNGLE. What we wanted to do was to create authentic, new, Jungle – and go to the source; where the culture and all the inspiration came from.”

 

The announcement comes in the wake of the opening of Saul Milton’s second installation – Super Sharp Reloaded, at Selfridges. Speaking on the installation, Saul explains: “The queue was the catwalk.” Super Sharp Reloaded, once again explores the appropriation of Italian designer brands in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage.

 

A huge moment for the trio, RTRN II JUNGLE marks fifteen years since the group started releasing music and touring the world. With this land-mark moment in mind, Chase and Status have gone back to their roots and their passion – Jungle music. The genre that sculpted their career in the 90’s is back, and will be re-crafted in an authentic way. Instead of sampling Dancehall, the group have gone back to Jamaica – creating their own new music to sample, and forging an organic and irresistible sound.

 

Now is time to look forward to the future – we want to create and spearhead a new cultural movement.” [Saul Milton] Through periods of social and economic downturn, great music and fashion is made, and in the past year, the UK has seen a throwback to the 90’s hey day. After Saul Milton of the group showcased his ‘Super Sharp’ exhibition with his own collection of vintage designer pieces an important observation was made: “The 90s designer label trend was all about wearing your wealth, showing other people how much money you had. In times of economic insecurity, the wearing of flashy designer labels is a rebellious statement.” [Tory Turk]

 

Chase and Status are Will Kennard, Saul Milton and MC Rage. They are one of the most successful British bands of the past decade. Their ground-breaking debut album ‘More Than A Lot’ is certified Gold, and was followed by sophomore album ‘No More Idols’ – the second best-selling UK album by a British band in the year of its release. Having now surpassed double platinum status, ‘No More Idols’ included the smash hit UK top 5 single ‘Blind Faith’ featuring Liam Bailey, as well as UK top 10 ‘End Credits’ featuring Plan B. Chase and Status’ third studio album ‘Brand New Machine’ debuted at no. 2 in the album charts and spawned two top ten singles for the band.

 

Going full circle with fashion to how we were in the 90’s, 2018 sees the youth flashing designer labels, and listening to music that elevates their image further. Jungle is at the forefront of that, and Chase and Status’ RTRN II JUNGLE is set to floor fans and critics alike.

Get Retreat2018 Here

 

 

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ALESIS® ROCKS DRUMMING WORLD WITH AMAZING NEW NITRO MESH ELECTRONIC DRUM KIT


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New 8-piece Mesh Kit brings “Mesh to the Masses” with unmatched playability, response and versatility combined with amazing value.

Alesis the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musicians, today announced the introduction of the new Nitro Mesh kit. The Nitro is an 8-piece kit (5 drums, 3 cymbals) with incredibly responsive nextgeneration Alesis Mesh heads on all drums for a playing experience that far exceeds anything else in its class.

This is the ideal set for any beginner-to-intermediate drummer looking for a realistic, responsive playing experience in a compact set that’s easy to transport and set up. These drummers haven’t had the opportunity to experience the superiority of Alesis mesh kits. Until now. The Nitro Mesh Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit centered around next-generation Alesis mesh head drum technology. Mesh heads are the overwhelming preference of drummers for their natural playing feel and for their ultra-quiet response when not disturbing others is the priority.

 

This kit has an 8″ dual-zone mesh snare drum and (3) 8″ mesh toms. It includes everything drummers need for a complete drum kit: (3) 10″ cymbals, custom designed Alesis hi-hat pedal and kick pedal, and a durable 4-post aluminum rack. Also included is all the cabling, the power supply and drum key.

It all connects to the legendary Nitro electronic drum module, which has hundreds of drum and percussion sounds, 40 drum kits, and 60 built-in play-along tracks. And, as all drummers demand, it has an aux input to connect a smartphone or music player for instant practice and accompaniment.

Features:
Nitro Mesh Drum Kit
• Mesh drum heads for a quiet yet natural response
• 8″ dual-zone snare pad, (3) 8″ tom pads
• (3) 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
• Kick drum, kick pedal, hi-hat Pedal
• 4-post aluminum rack—super solid for stability and flexibility
• Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key, and power supply included
Nitro Drum Module
• 40 ready-to-play classic and modern kits—385 drum and cymbal sounds
• 60 built-in play-along tracks, sequencer, metronome, and performance recorder
• CD/MP3 aux input to play along with your own songs

“Alesis is well-known for its responsive, realistic-sounding electronic mesh drum kits,” said Tim Root, Director of Global Percussion Products for Alesis. “Our new Nitro Mesh kit delivers the amazing playing experience that only mesh heads can deliver. But now with the Nitro Mesh, that experience is available to an entirely new category of drummers. We are incredibly excited about the Nitro Mesh!”

More Info on The Nitro Mesh Kit

About Alesis
Since the 1985 unveiling of the affordable XT Reverb, Alesis (alesis.com) has led the charge to create inventive electronic products that benefit every stage or studio musician. Alesis innovation continues with electronic percussion, keyboards, monitors, recording gear, amplifiers, as well as professional products based on
Bluetooth technology and Apple’s iOS platform. Alesis is a proud member of a premier family of brands known as inMusic.

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