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Youngman – Spinning (Sunset Mix) [Technique Recordings]


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There can’t be many DnB emcees and vocalists who’ve written songs for Britney Spears, released tunes on Digital Soundboy, V Recordings and Technique, and toured with Wilkinson. In fact, there’s exactly one. Youngman. And now he’s back on Technique Recordings to push the art of vocal DnB a few notches further.

We’ve already heard the first part of his Spinning project, where, over a series of releases, Youngman’s song, written in collaboration with Kai Smith, is taken in three different musical directions. This time, we’ve got the Sunset Mix and, as you’d expect from that name, things are getting a little darker. The foundations are laid with some eighties horror-flick vibes in the intro as reverberating synth-drums echo around the vocal, adding weight and depth to the already-emotive song.

As the bassline and beat surge into view, accompanied by a broken-chord riff in the top end, the tune becomes all about the almost overwhelming analogue warmth. Off set with layers of percussion, the tune keeps building as new verses ride over the top. Without ever sacrificing musicality or soul, the tune builds a black-shadowed soundscape for ravers to lose themselves in.

All in all, this is a totally new take on the vocal from the producers and Technique bosses Drumsound & Bassline Smith. We’ve heard it delivered as liquid, as this darkly melodic roller, and there’s still one more twist to come. Can there be another surprise in the third and final act of the Spinning story?

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Youngman – Spinning (Sunrise Mix)


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As one of the most versatile singer-songwriter-emcees the scene has produced, Youngman does a lot more than DnB. 2017, though, sees him prove his junglist credentials once again. He’s featured on huge tracks like Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Steal My Heart and Wilkinson’s Hypnotic, played huge shows, and, now, he’s dropped another solo release on Technique. His reworked garage classic Sorry has already hit Spotify’s Viral Top 20 this year, and he’s back with the follow-up.

The Spinning project encompasses three versions of the song, created with Kai Smith, a songwriter who’s worked with a string of A-listers including P Money, Dirtyphonics and Example. This first taste, the Sunrise Mix, takes Youngman’s vocal and wraps it in smooth, sensual liquid. Delicately silky pads and strings set the scene, with just a subtle touch of percussion to give the song room to breathe.

Then, as the molten, enveloping heat of the bassline drops, and the rolling beats get the dance moving, that “I’m still spinning” riff gets inside your head and stays there. This is hands-in-the-air sing-along material that’s got summertime anthem written all over it. It’s undoubtedly going to be blasting out across raves, radio and festivals everywhere this year.

This is one of that rare breed, a truly vocal-led DnB project. And, with Fred V & Grafix on the buttons, this interpretation of the tune seems so complete that it’s hard to imagine how another producer is going to twist it. With two more versions to come though, there’s more Spinning where that came from.

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Fliwo – Top 5 Summer Festival Tunes


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Fliwo is a familiar name when you think of Liquicity. This time think Technique Recordings as he drops his debut with the label on their Technique Summer 2017 compilation. Loads of festival bangers amongst the 51 tracks… and, 2 DJ mixes for good measure. This release doesn’t disappoint!!

So following that festival theme, Fliwo gives us his Top 5 Summer Festival Tunes.
 
1. Fliwo – Run Away

I produced this track with summer in mind and it’s great that it’s being released just in time!

2. Birdy – Wings (Nu:Logic Remix)
This tune always reminds me of summer – emotive and with incredible vocals, it’s still a festival favourite of mine.

 

 

 

 

3. 1991 – Dim Sum
So different, and goes off every time. Will still be a staple of my sets this summer.

 

4. Maduk – Not Alone
He’s the king of uplifting drum & bass – and this was a real anthem from Liquicity Festival last summer.

 

 

 

 

5. Fliwo – New Dimension
This got an amazing reception when I opened my sets with it last summer and the chords were inspired by the king of progressive house, Eric Prydz.

 

 

 

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Tantrum Desire – Gravitate (Technique Summer LP Sampler 2) [Technique Recordings]


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It’s official. Technique have already kicked off shorts-and-sunshine season with the first taste of their Summer LP, in the form of Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Holdin On. But, just in case you were still hesitating before drawing for the bikini and sun tan lotion, here’s the confirmation you were looking for. Summer’s here, and Tantrum Desire’s here with another slice of the album to prove it.Gravitate opens into a darker-tinged soundscape than you might expect from a tune from a summer album. Evolving pads punctuated by tension-building synth-pizzicato and hints of percussion establish a shadow-laden atmosphere. As a vocal melody filters in, though, we see a chink of light, with a sheen of soul layered onto the sound. Then the darkness all makes sense, as we’re delivered expertly into the red glow of festival-at-sunset vibes.

The drop gives us that Tantrum Desire goodness that we all love. Rolling drums and a bouncing bomb-burst of a bassline keep the party moving, with the eponymous “Gravitate” sample making this instantly recognisable. And then there’s the sophisticated subtlety of little builds and risers to keep the energy at maximum. When the pads come back in to lead us into the breakdown, there’s a whole new dimension of hands in the air euphoria added. This is a tune perfectly designed for those main stage summer-night moments.

We’ve been treated to two cuts from this year’s Summer LP now, and Technique have brought out the big guns early. If previous compilations are anything to go by, though, even heavyweight pieces like this will only be a small fraction of what the full project has to offer. So, whatever the weather, it looks like this summer’s getting a serious dose of heat.

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T-Phonic & Deadman – Scare Tactics / Reflections VIP [Technique Recordings]


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T-Phonic & Deadman are the most recent additions to Technique Recordings’ roster, off the back of their sunshine-drenched contributions to the label’s compilations last year. But those summertime vibes aren’t the only thing these two have to offer.

Way before they teamed up, both producers had racked up a list of credits to rival almost anyone. Across his many incarnations T-Phonic has chalked up support from deejays as diverse as Hype, Bobby Friction and Fearne Cotton, and Deadman, in his DJ (Al) Storm guise, has become a certified hardcore legend. So, which of their eclectic production angles are they drawing for this time?

Well, with Scare Tactics, T-Phonic & Deadman have wasted no time in making their presence felt. A sinister speech about humanity’s propensity to believe in ghosts sets the tone, underlaid with neuro (and neurotic) low-end twists of sound and just enough percussion to keep anticipation at maximum. Cinematic strings ratchet up the tension even further as the dialogue morphs into FX’ed insanity. Then there’s that drop. Ultra- clean and sharp beats, an irresistible arpeggio in the low-mid, driving instant-classic stabs and serpentine, writhing bass make this guaranteed reload material. This is going to become a deejay weapon of choice for a long time to come.

The second track is a VIP twist on Reflections, from Technique’s Summer 2016 album. The original took the tropes of old skool rave, the breaks, the keys, the euphoric chords, the soaring vocal samples, and reconfigured them into a perfect summertime roller. This version takes the same elements and does something almost completely different. The intro keeps that classic hands-in-the-air vibe, but as it builds you’d better get those hands down ready to shock out properly. The bouncy synth ricocheting off the funk- laden bassline is all new and is going to cause some serious dancefloor carnage. So watch out.

So, what have we learned about Technique’s new signings? Mainly that you absolutely cannot predict what angle they’re going to attack from. The one constant is their rock-solid production, giving us crisp-as-you- like beats and rib-rattling bass every time. But, as you’d expect from two producers with their backgrounds, they can deliver anything from soul to savagery on a whim. Just hold on and enjoy the ride. T-Phonic & Deadman have arrived.

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