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Calyx & TeeBee – Crusade / Warpath


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For the final part of Calyx & Teebee’s ‘Let it Roll EP’, they’ve delivered a double-sided offering which features the final two tracks presented in the festival’s opening ceremony, after being asked to commit to such a colossal task and orchestrating an authoritative take on the drum & bass mecca’s dramatic introduction. And following the releases of ‘Immortal’ and ‘Shiver’, which have once again immersed you in the sounds which made Calyx & Teebee rise to prominence, both ‘Warpath’ and ‘Crusade’ bring the same relentless streamlined production, highlighting two more reasons why the duo were asked to do the honours.

‘Crusade’ is yet another undeniably huge record. As can be expected, its introduction is one of the most overbearing, drawing you towards the finish line with bleating instrumentals and crushing LFO bass. Each colossal break draws out a composition which is intimidating and meticulous, whilst still pushing forward a frenzied musical attack. As well as progressing into a dancefloor-felt hook, prepare to be doused in the world of Calyx & Teebee for yet another snippet of their ceremony, one that’s been constructed for over two decades.

And then we have ‘Warpath’ bringing four tracks of audio annihilation to the ultimate conclusion, a track which is reminiscent of Calyx & Teebee’s seminal ‘All or Nothing’ LP whilst still channelling their more contemporary, hard-hitting engineering. With quaking bass shivers, rolling layers of heavyweight drums and flurries of stabbing beats, they take you deep into the sonic abyss. ‘Warpath’ stretches out a soundscape filled with sharp, snapping metallics and throbbing layers of bass, the type to create a top line which submerges you deep within its mix. ‘Warpath’ draws out the epitomic blow… With their imprint Ram Records entering their twenty-fifth year and Let it Roll gearing up for an additional year of chaotic certainty, there’s still more to come from both the imprint, producers and drum & basses biggest global gathering.


 

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RAM Records – RAM25 Album


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Standing as one of the most resounding electronic music labels in history, Ram Records has finally hit its 25-year milestone. Established by Andy C and Ant Miles in 1992, the label has boldly placed itself on the forefront since its inception, acting as a foundation for the drum & bass genre and seeing through its development from the very beginning.

Once heralded as a platform for Andy C’s own productions, the imprint expandedmassively, becoming a world-renowned hub for some of the biggest drum & bass artists to ever hit the scene. The label has gone from strength to strength, helping to pedestal house-hold names such as Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Wilkinson.From the charts to the radio airwaves, they’ve continued their crossover success.Receiving daytime airplay and top ten positions unceasingly over the last decade, the producers have enabled Ram’s influence to seep into every corner of dance music.

Alongside support from BMG and current label manager Jim Gash, 2017 has seen Ram Records ascend to new heights. And to celebrate their twenty fifth year, Ram will be rereleasing twenty five original remastered classics from their definitive back catalogue as well as seventeen remixes, including reworks from Chase & Status, Killbox, DC Breaks, Frankee, Concord Dawn, Benny L, Kasra and Enei, Ant Miles and Shimon, Bladerunner, DJ Marky Calyx & Teebee, S.P.Y, Sound in Noise and Metrik. All in, it’s Ram’s most ambitious project to date.

The 25th year of Ram’s history is looking to be its most memorable yet. Both musically and through their major city UK tour dates, Ram’s versatile roster is still being pushed to new borders. Quarter of a century on and the record label is as strong as ever.

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Calyx & TeeBee – Shiver


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The second part of Calyx & Teebee’s forthcoming Let it Roll EP reiterates exactly what the pair achieved with the festival’s opening ceremony. Diced into four parts, the release takes you through a journey of every sound they’ve mastered since the early days, brought together for a ritual which opened the biggest drum & bass festival across the global circuit. And following the release of ‘Immortal’, which features the more orchestral renditions within their repertoire, they’re about to unleash its nastier counterpart.

‘Shiver’ is bold, slick and reminiscent of the outfits’ roots. Building on crunching distortion and a bassline which begins to quiver through its descent, Calyx & Teebee push through with breaks that clash against one another in quick succession, lending themselves to the era which made drum & bass such a revered part of dance music’s fabric. A breakbeat style roll out is present following each chaotic break segment, drawing you in and then giving you a brief respite before the record ramps up for a second time. The switches are hard and unapologetic, proving why Calyx & Teebee were brought on board to provide Let it Roll’s cinematic introduction.

With more digital offerings forthcoming from the duo’s Let it Roll showcase, you’re about to be reminded why Calyx & Teebee are veterans within their field; that’s why they’ve been given pride of place in Let it Roll’s decorated history.

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RAM Records release – Loadstar – ‘Run Down’ (Control)


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This year, Loadstar have shown exactly why they’re one of the hottest d&b outfits in the game, releasing a slew of singles in the run-up to the release of their sophomore album, ‘I Need The Night’. The latest cut is the epic, peaktime banger, ‘Run Down (Control)’

‘Run Down (Control)’ follows 2017 singles ‘Give Yourself’, ‘Diamonds’ (feat. Takura), and ‘I Need The Night’. These album tracks have so far been hammered by the likes of Target, Friction, Danny Howard, Annie Nightingale, Julie Adenuga, and many more, setting the groundwork for the release of their eagerly-anticipated new album.

 

 

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Sound In Noise – Duppy Bass / Rising Up Feat. WGW


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After gracing the Ram Records back catalogue with his addition to ‘Ram Records Goes to Let it Roll EP 2.0’, Sound in Noise is moving through the ranks alongside his first standalone single on Ram’s definitive platform.

Twenty five years in the making, Ram’s reputation has pushed itself into dance music’s forefront, with it becoming one of the most exceptional imprints to push the drum & bass sound worldwide. And their roster has developed beside the genre, with exclusive signings and special guests helping to diversify the set of releases Ram unleashes onto its huge fan base. And Sound in Noise adds his twist to an already impressive back catalogue of cuts with his forthcoming single; his unforgiving, sonically charged records bring Ram into the contemporary era, providing a jagged edge to a history which has spanned over quarter of a century.

A-side ‘Duppy Bass’ begins with creeping atmospherics, and rolling breaks which make themselves gradually known. A smashing, jungle-esque drop and pumping drum patterns pull you deep into a reverberating, metallic bassline which pulses and stands out prominently against the mix. The added snipped up, distorted ragga samples only add to the dancefloor appeal against its throbbing stabs. The Estonian producer nods to the old-school whilst adding a new flavour with his incredibly powerful engineering, presenting himself as a hard-driving yet multi-faceted artist.

On the reverse, Sound in Noise presents the other side of his musicality with ‘Rising Up’. Featuring female vocal talents and electronically tuned notes, it’s vastly different from its forerunner but still hits just as hard with every stab of euphoric synth. Each layer of melody carries the track forward, providing you with the perfect soundtrack for a slowly diminishing summer. Together, Ram Records and Sound in Noise yet again push forward their commitment to drum & basses many dimensions, with both sides continuing to prove their longevity.


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