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Brand New Citate Forms Podcast


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Our good friends at Citate Forms have prepared their 8th podcast for your listening pleasure. Your selector  is the young and successful producer – Andrew Thematic. Andrew also is one of the owners of Citate Forms. Just check it!

 

 

  1. Bcee – Breath In
  2. Thing – Changing Lanes
  3. Brain & Novaglitch – Reason
  4. Bredren – The Legion (feat MC Swift)
  5. Andy Pain – Emptiness
  6. Bass Sheriff & ReEdit – Shapeshifter
  7. ReEdit – Run For The Hills
  8. Thematic – Headwind
  9. Enei & Kasra – Basic Instinct
  10. Dabs & Cern – Alter Ego
  11. Xtrah – The Embarkment
  12. Dub Head – Pulsar
  13. Osmas – Implant
  14. Alix Perez feat. Skeptical–Room 667
  15. Qbig & Zenith B – Impala
  16. Paramount – White Label
  17. Kaset – Substance
  18. Outer Heaven – Beneath The Surface
  19. Naibu – The Way You Turn

 

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Gold Dubs and 2017


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Growing up on breaks, garage and hip hop, Gold Dubs is now very much a staple part of the jungle scene than from where he was watching on the side lines growing up. From mixing on vinyl at an early age of 14, he may not be an original pioneer but he has definitely earned his stripes.

As well as having worked with A-list international artists and released music on top-tier record labels, Gold Dubs also sits on the board of directors as one quarter of the ‘Born On Road’ collective/label (alongside Aries, Kelvin 373 & Stivs) where they not only release top draw music but also tour the worlds clubs/festivals showing you exactly how it should be done.

For this weeks Jungle Special show, I interview him to showcase one of our shining stars and to talk about things that matter.

 

First off thanks for your time out, I know you have been incredibly busy these last few months, can you just recap how 2016 has been for you and what you have been up to?

No worries, always a pleasure! Yeah, 2016 has been pretty good, from what I can remember, seems like it’s gone in a flash! Lots of up and downs but generally loads going on and quite happy with the output, especially as far as the label and our individual releases have gone.

We have had a load of shows over the year and played on some amazing stages at some great parties and iconic festivals, as well as that I’ve done a UK & Dutch tour supporting UB40 which is always loads of fun switching up the style a bit to cater for a different audience but still with my own spin on it, and trying to keep it party and dance floor vibes.

 

For the people that don’t know… how did you get the DJ name “Gold” or also known now as Gold Dubs?

Hair dye went wrong = bad nickname which over the years became Gold.

 

Talking about dubs, the dubplate culture used to be something we all remember with fond love. Now with promo’s, how important do you see the exclusiveness of new music and people’s expectations?

I don’t really see it’s changed much, it’s just the format is different and while it was great to have a dub cut to plate that maybe you and a small handful had I feel that the new culture has opened the door a lot more and made it a lot easier for artists to get across to labels and put their music out. Also, we all still have tracks no one else has. But we don’t have to spend time, effort and money to cut them. I think it’s much better, i’ve cut plates in the past, played them once and wash’t happy with them.

Now we can tweak things to suit without breaking the bank, and to be honest I think that’s why the competition is so high at the moment, the grade is at the top and peoples mix downs are so clinical, if you haven’t perfected your mix, it’s probably not gonna cut the floor.

 

You see yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. You mentioned in an interview once you would be a cocktail waiter if you wern’t in the music industry. Just for the record, Miami, Thailand or LA?

Haha, Ouch.. don’t know if that’s the person I’d compare myself too! But yeah, none of the above, Antigua!

 

What’s your current preferred DJ set up when out?

I’ll play on anything as long as it’s Pioneer!

 

You have a new track coming out on Serial Killaz called Bad Boy Deya. Can you tell us about the Cheshire Cat link up, and how you work vocals in your music?

Chesh is wicked, absolute vocal don and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet! He’s actually an old family friend and used to live on the same estate as my Uncle. I have worked with him on a few projects in the past like the track we did with Chopstick Dubplate, but I didn’t do any of the vocal engineering on that, I had just made the riddim with Aries and Jacky. So when we got round to getting in the studio it was loads of fun. Managed to lay down about 10 ideas in a session then see how I could work them into tunes. I then began to rewrite the tunes, and work the track around the vocal. I’d like to think of myself as a quite versatile producer, and I think Chesh really complements this with his ability to change style in a heart beat. We have a load of different styles on the go and I’ve been working with a few choice producers to really bring the project round nicely. So we’re currently finishing up our EP for Serial Killaz and are really looking forward on dropping some of the tracks. It’s a Birmingham ting ennit!

 

What have been your most memorable gigs this year?

Far too many to mention, but the Born On Road show we did this year at Boomtown on Sector 6 was off the chain! Full family with Skibadee and Gardna on vocal duties on a lush stage in front of thousands of ravers with the sun blazing. That said, I do love a more intimate setting too. I just love playing music. Always love playing at PST in my hometown too as it’s always such an amazing intimate vibe there. The Ruffneck Ting night we did earlier in the year was one of the best nights I’ve been to/played at in a long time, BIG shouts to Jinx, Dazee and K-Jah. The label is on fire at the minute!

 

And your most memorable of all time?

Again, so many to pick from. Always love Glastonbury, really enjoyed my sets there over the years in the Common. I’ve played some great festivals across Europe too, love Fusion Festival in Germany, and also really enjoyed playing the Hard Rock on the beach in Ibiza. UK events has to be either Rumble in the Jungle in Bristol, Eat Your Greens in Liverpool or anything at PST in Birmingham. If you’ve not been yet, put it on your bucket list. Nothing compares!

 

Studio talk : What are your favourite synths?

Love Serum at the moment software wise then been getting more into my hardware, love the Moogs voyager and slim phatty and my Korg.

 

Do you have a preferred BPM you like to start tracks with?

Not really, I work all over the place and love just making groves on the Maschine by Native Instruments, I reckon it’s one of my most used toys in the studio. It’s a great way to be in the studio if you’re not really in the most productive place, I’ll load it up with samples and just make loops, sometimes under a time limit, make a loop in a minute then just move on and do another. Then when you listen back there might be one or two really good ones, I can then change the bpm up or down to make it fit. Also a great method for remixes, just drop the audio in and skip though my pre made groves.

 

What tips for studio mixdowns can you give the listeners?

Use your ears. So many people get distracted with lights and even just reading the screen, I always find it’s better to start at a low volume, otherwise your ears will naturally compress things. Try to go in straight too, Smoking and drinking may be helpful at creative times, but in my opinion doesn’t help at all when it comes to mixing. If that’s your thing, then do it last for that final listen, have a smoke or a drink then check it again. But don’t get caught in a loop. Also, take a break! There’s nothing more useful than stopping, giving your ears a rest and getting on with something else for a bit then coming back to it. Also, A/B your track with a track you know kills it in the dance. But at the end of the day, everyone will give you advice. I think the key is listen and take from it what you want and just do your thing.

 

The “We Love Jungle Awards” are open again for voting! What newcomers do you think have come through this year that you are supporting?

Off the top of my head. Loving Kumarachi, Think Tonk, Version, Leaf, Westy, RMS & Dcision, Rahmanee, Dubtime, Section, Agro & Galvatron. Then there’s a load of other people causing waves, though might not be what you would class as ‘newcomer’ material. People like J-Man, T>I, Fleck, Hybrid, Lost City, Benny L, Jinx, Vytol, Verdikt, K-Jah, Upgrade… too many to mention though, I could go on for days!

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and you only had 1 tune to listen to over and over again forever, dnb or jungle, what would it be and why does that music mean so much to you?

At the moment i’d probably pick MC dynamites new tune ‘My Sound’ because it samples so many classic tracks and would constantly keep me smiling and not going too insane! Though the one tune that still takes me back to day dot every time I hear it has to be Deep Blue ‘Helicopter’. Just love the rawness and simplicity!

 

Jungle is a big family but who are your closest family members?

Ahhh man, too many to mention. And I hate the fact i’ll remember 20 more after I leave. Not just talking the artists either, we have some amazing followers who turn up all over the country and beyond! And of corse a massive shout out to the promoters who really keep the sound alive as well!

 

What’s coming up in 2017 for you?

Super hyped about 2017, so much going on. I’ve got my debut ep on Serial Killaz with Cheshire Cat. Am just finishing up my next ep for Run Tingz. World tour with UB40, some big dates in the pipelines for our Born On Road imprint. I’m also looking at launching something slightly more alternative of my own to cater for the more ‘bashy’ releases.

 

Looking forward to the We Love Jungle Awards and any positive comments for it?

I’m full of positivity for it and even if I don’t get nominated, I will still support it 100%. BIG shouts to the guys at Jungle Jam for making it happen, think it’s long overdue and just makes me sad we have so many people hating on the whole thing, but allow it. Whatever you do you will get haters so just keep it forward and positive.

 

If I see you out, what are you drinking at the bar?

Depends what day it is!

 

Any shouts and thanks?

Massive shouts to all the artists keeping us all on our toes, all the ravers who put in countless amounts of hours on the road yet always put in 100% on the dance floor, the promoters for keeping everything alive!

Also massive shout to my Dog for keeping me company and constantly making me take those much needed breaks in the studio.

 

Interview By Aliina  Atkinson (Missrepresent)

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A Sides With Missrepresent


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DJ, Producer and Engineer, Jason Cambridge (aka A Sides) has been producing music since 1990 and has released well over 500 tracks to date across many of the scene’s biggest labels.

With tracks released on labels such as Metalheadz, Valve, True Playaz, Bingo, Innerground, Violence, Hardleaders, Allsorts, Grid, Reinforced, Advanced, Strictly Underground, Advanced, Just Another Label, Reel 2 Reel, Liq-weed Ganja, Clear Skyz, Spearhead, Human Elements, and Hospital to name but a few, A Sides has a discography of truly epic proportions.

A Sides established his own label Eastside Records in 1996 and has since put out over 85 releases, including two compilation albums (Eastside Jamz Volumes 1 & 2) as well as the A Sides 3 solo albums ‘Follow The Groove’ ‘Worldwide’ and “Mysterious Vibes’

Currently pushing his Quart Sector series, with Sector 5 upcoming for release, I stop by to have a chat about his life, music and thoughts moving forward.

Thanks for taking time out, and big up on your latest Quart series, some beautiful music coming out there. Can you go back to when you were growing up, what music you were into and how you found dnb?
I was born and bred in Dagenham which sits on the Essex / East London border and was raised on my family’s records which were mainly Rock, Reggae and some Funk & Soul. I discovered Old School Electro in the mid 80’s then progressed into old School Hip Hop and the journey continued from there.

Production has changed a lot since 1990, so 25 years in the game now… can you go back to what you used to produce on and what you’re on now?
I started production on a Roland W30 workstation doing everything inside the box then moved onto an Ensoniq EPS16+ and an Atari 1040ST computer running Creator with a Korg M1 keyboard, Roland Juno 2 keyboard and a Studiomaster mixing desk and some shitty Peavey monitors. That was the core set up for my early material before i began to expand.

Nowadays I am running mainly inside the box with Logic Pro X running on a Mac Mini Server with 16GB ram and SSD drives. I run an 8 core UAD system which is spread between an Apollo interface and a thunderbolt Satellite system. I monitor on Dynaudio BM15a’s and I also use Adam A3x for cross reference. I do have some outboard compressions and summing units but i’m enjoying using the software versions a lot more nowadays and it’s a lot less hassle 🙂

If I gave you £10k to spend on studio gear, what would it be and why?
I’d love to buy an new Mac Pro for more processor power. Then i’d take a nice outboard EQ like a Manley Massive Passive and a Manley Varimu Compressor to sweeten up my mixes with some decent analogue outboard. I’d buy a nice Rode Mic and a decent preamp for recording vocals and live instruments nicely and if there was anything leftover i’ll take a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano just because I want one 🙂

You have collaborated with the likes of Calibre, Makoto, Jenna G, Break, Deeizm, Peshay, Digital, MC Kemo, KJ Sawka, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dj Randall, Goldie, DJ Marky and Nathan Haines (under the guise of Sci-Clone)… that really is an epic list… is there anyone in dnb you would love to colab with?For sure I would still like to catch up with Total Science, Spirit, Marcus Intalex, Dillinja, D Bridge, TC, Alix Perez and Serum (Which is on the cards)

And anyone out of dnb to colab with?
Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Bernard Purdie, Carl Macintosh, D’Angelo, Pete Rock, etc. Anyone who I feel is great musically I could learn a lot from.

So your Quart Sector series ending in sector 5… can you tell us about the inspiration of this and how the idea came about?
The album is to celebrate 25 years since my first vinyl release in 1991. I though it would be adequate to have 25 tracks on the album including some revamps from producers who i am inspired by and also bring in some of the Old School crew too. As for the sectors i think it’s a great way to prolong awareness of the project and to give a little gradually rather than everything at once which nowadays is mainly forgotten about a week or so later.

You talked to my dear friend J Swif at DNBHQ recently that mixcloud ban any mixes or radio shows with more than 4 tracks on it, and that’s why you’re spreading it all out over 5 EPs… can you tell us about your positive experiences of soundcloud / mixcloud and youtube but also why these platforms can cause problems too?
It’s actually only an issue in the USA if you have more than 4 tracks on 1 mix by the same artist it’s not playable in the USA. That was nothing to do with the reason i did the LP over 5 sectors though and the reason why is in the answer of your last question.

I think Mixcloud and Soundcloud are great platforms to expose your music. I put a lot of mixes on my Mixcloud page and have a lot of followers on there so i get good exposure. I don’t really agree with how there charting works at times as it seems to reset weekly so sometimes chart positioning can be strange too. I’m also not a fan of premium accounts either so i just have a standard Mixcloud account as I think the premium rates are too high for what they can offer me.

I never post my own mixes on Soundcloud as I believe it’s more of a tool for promoting your music. I wish we had more space on there to upload audio but last time I checked it was pretty restricted but again it’s a great promotion tool especially if you have a lot of followers on there like Makoto 🙂

Youtube is also great and I actually use it a lot for digging’ out samples sometimes i’ll listen to music on there and hear a sample and source the original track afterwards so for me it’s a great way to find inspiration. I’ve never really had any negative experiences with any of these sites though. The only thing that i don’t like is when some people think it’s ok to go and post your unreleased music on Youtube. I don’t mind if my old material is up there but please let the recent stuff do it’s thing first!!

You’re playing yearly in Australia and New Zealand, how do you find flying and how different is the scene there to here?
I really hate doing that flight direct it’s such a long way and i don’t think you can fly any further either. Most times i will break the flight up with a layover either in Asia somewhere or in California as they are both nice stopover locations and i can normally play a few shows en route too.

I feel like you are appreciated more in New Zealand and Australia as you come from so far away and people are really tuned into the music over there too. New Zealand actually has it’s own really great music industry and they stand behind there own out there. I would never ever consider going up against Concord Dawn or State Of Mind out there because it don’t matter who you are everyone will support the locals iv’e seen it happen many times and it’s a great thing!

You are so well traveled, where is your favourite place to play?
Sun And Bass Festival in Sardinia has to be the highlight of my year. Very special!

You did a USA tour this year! What areas did you hit and for the readers, can you tell us how different parts of USA vary completely different to here in the UK.

What is your favourite place in the UK to play?
Fabric is always nice but nowadays it’s all about Launch, Innersoul and Soul In Motion for me.

Sun and Bass BBQ in Dubai this year, can you tell us about that?
Delicat who is one of the founders of Sun And Bass wanted to try out some new concepts outside of the festival and Sun And Bass Recordings events so we came up with the Sun And Bass BBQ idea. There are a lot of crew from Dubai who come to Sun And Bass each year so we though it would be good to link up with them and try and do an event serving brunch on a hotel rooftop and then progressing into an evening club session. We had a great weekend there and was taken great care of by the Bassworx Crew.

You take your parents to Sun and Bass, so they love the music or just a bit of a holiday?
Yes I do and they are absolute legends there who will be seeing in there 10th Sun And Bass next year. The actually love both the music and the atmosphere and have made many friends there over the last 10 years. Sun And Bass is nice like that 🙂

You do A&R for many labels, including of course your own imprints Fuze and Eastside, and was among the first to recognize and nurture the talent of producers such as Break. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing him… can you tell us what he is like to work with?
Break is great and he is still a real humble guy and loves what he is doing. It’s been good watching his career develop and seeing him grow into one of the best producers in Drum & Bass and one thing i love about Charlie is that he never forgets where he came from. We sit on the phone talking for hours sometimes both geeking out lol. I was actually introduced to him from the Social Security guys and not long after that he made Cocktail which was his first release and featured on the Eastside Jamz compilation. I’ve not done a colab with Break for a long time but one day i would like to head up to Bristol and have another studio link with him. It would be educational for me for sure.

You added remix duties to ‘Lego’ for UK Rap sensation Lady Leshurr… shes just won a MOBO – you must be pleased to see people you work with containing to grow and achieve so much?
To be honest with you I never paid it much attention until you just mentioned it 🙂 I’m stuck inside my own box sometimes and it takes people to mention things for me to realise! However Lady Leshurr is great and I enjoyed doing the remix for her too. A good friend of mine Richie Montana works very very closely alongside Tinie Tempah doing his production and development and he used to work with Lady Leshurr which is how the project came about.

You have made so many tracks, what is your most memorable or favourite?
I would have to say Lucid by Sci-Clone as it helped me get through a pretty difficult part in my life. It’s a very personal track for me.

What studio tips do you have for our readers that you can give us on mono and stereo, and also on any eq frequency’s?
Kick and bass down the middle – Golden Rule

Try and use a spectrum analyser too and look out for those highs and lows that you can’t even hear but can’t create havoc with your mix and EQ in moderation. Never too extreme!

Top 5 tracks in your bag at the moment?
Calibre – A Sides (Spirit VIP Remix)
No Light – Alibi, T.R.A.C & MC Fats
Monsters – Benny L & Shimon
Thunder VIP – Emperor & MC Fats
This Is Your Time – A Sides & Vanessa Freeman (Break Remix)

Top 5 all time?
You And Me – Goldie
Champion Sound – Q project
Babylon – Splash
Circles – Adam F
Roll On – Andy C

And from that, what goals do you now have over the next 5 years?
To continue to keep making and playing music that i love and to stay inspired and enjoy what i do.

What’s up next for you?
A Serum Colaboration and to head to New Zealand at the end of the year to wrap up a new Sci-Clone ep for Metalheadz.

Any shouts and thanks?
Thanks to mum for being guarantor for my first turntables when i was 15 years old. Shouts to all my friends and family throughout the world and sending big ups to anyone who has brought my music, payed to see me play or booked to dj me over the years. it’s all appreciated <3

Many thanks for your time!

Interview by Aliina Atkinson (Missrepresent) 2016

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North Base – Drum and Bass show on Unity Radio


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Having been in the game for six, successful years, North Base have built a legacy of their own with the producer trio sharing lineups with Chase & Status, Andy C and DJ Hype. Their cutting edge production, combined with their knowledge and dedication to to the world of Drum and Bass, has bagged them their very own radio show exclusive to Manchester’s flagship station, Unity Radio. North Base & Friends will bring listeners a huge variety of content. Expect guest appearances, interviews, live and guest mixes, and an hour dedicated to Jungle.

 

Having been a true tastemaker of the Dance scene, North Base also aim to showcase the talents of emerging acts and they will provide them with the space to get exposure by creating tracks and mixes, as well as getting interviewed. Keep your eyes peeled for the array of guests that they will be featuring on their show, which is already set to include Matrix & Future bound, Kitcha, Miss Anthrop, Bass Jedi’s Shimon and many more.

 

 

North Base set the airways on fire when they featured on MistaJam’s Radio One show with their remix of Craig David & Big Narstie’s huge tune “When The Bassline Drops”. They have also provided their North Base touch to a number of high calibre remixes for the likes of Example, Laidback Luke, Sander Van Doorn, Ms Dynamite and Labrinyth.

 

With 2017 being on the horizon, North Base are ready to take it to the next level! Tune into Unity Radio and become part of their movement every Tuesday 11-1am.

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Citate Forms Podcast # 6 Mixed By Duoscience


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It’s been a while since we released any podcasts and we suspect that you guys must be hungry for some new, creative breakdowns! Today, Citate Forms label, would like to present to you our sixth podcast by a Brazilian producer whom you have all heard before – Duoscience! Over 30 top rated tracks will leave you wanting more guys! Enjoy!

Tracklist:

01. Duoscience – Clarity
02. Sublimit – Motion
03. Duoscience – Morning
04. Joint Stock Galaxy – The True Meaning
05. Duoscience – Hope
06. Silence Groove – Allright
07. Whiney – Monty Zoomers
08. Duoscience – Wicked Back
09. Command Strange – Can’t Stop
10. Duoscience feat. Newsean – Other Chapter 2 V.i.P
11. Think Tonk – Magnificent
12. Brian Brainstorm – Final Round
13. Kumarachi – Sun Bomber
14. Sam Binga – Mind and Spirit (feat Rider Shafique) (Breakage Remix)
15. Navigator – Meditation Time
16. Ed:It-Babylon Step
17. Dub Motion – Off The Record
18. Arkaik – Chu Kou
19. Fre4knc – Tradecraft
20. Serum – Dark Clouds
21. Mr Joseph – Heartless feat Identified
22. Subtension – Hi There
23. HumaNature – Binary
24. Spyre – The Last Episode
25. Duoscience – You
26. Duoscience – Find Way
27. Seirious & Kelayx – Second Sight
28. Joint Stock Galaxy – Disappear
29. Dramatic – So crazy
30. Dumb-O – Josue Funk
31. Phat playaz – Tall & Beautiful
32. Dave Owen & Jaybee – Come Runnin
33. ModeFunktion – Kissing U
34. Duoscience – Indiferenc?as
35. Duoscience – What I Need

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