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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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Drumsound and Bassline Smith - Thug Killer

New Release – Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Thug Killer

Drumsound and Bassline Smith - Thug Killer
Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Thug Killer

Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Thug Killer [Technique Recordings]

You’ve probably already heard Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s first Technique release of 2017, although you might not have clocked that it was them on the buttons. So, having chalked up Radio 1 airplay from behind the scenes on Youngman’s genre-bending Sorry, the label bosses are stepping into the spotlight themselves. And they’re definitely making their presence felt.

We step into darkness immediately. To be fair, you couldn’t really expect anything else from a tune called Thug Killer. As those dissonant pads and apprehension-building hints of mechanised percussion give way to the eponymous vocal clip, we’re left in no doubt that this is going to be a monster of a track. Then, that machine-gun staccato synth punctuated by gut-wrenching bass sweeps is an irresistible signal for ravers to step up.

The metronomic punch of drums and the lethal throb of sub-bass strikes in the drop, and we’re into full on screwface territory. But there’s more. A police siren breakdown adds a whole new dimension, and when that handgun-action sound takes us into the almighty build for the second drop, the levels are raised once more. Even in this era of quick mixing, the discerning selector might want to let this one play for maximum effect.

So, if this release has set out the template for 2017, we can expect big things. Drumsound & Bassline Smith closed off last year with an armoury-worth of releases across multiple labels, and they’ve barely paused for breath before going back in hard. This release is going to set some raves alight and it’s clear that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s to come.

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Document One – 7th Dimension EP [Technique Recordings]


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Document One had, to put it mildly, a pretty good 2016. Their unique blend of tech, hip-hop, jazz and funk influences have cemented their place among the elite of drum’n’bass producers. Their tunes are consistently at the business end of the DnB download charts and they’ve garnered support from some of the biggest DJs in the scene. So, this EP, their first release of 2017, bears the weight of a huge amount of expectation.

The title track, “7th Dimension” takes all the elements of an archetypal DocumentOne tune and presents them crisper and sharper than we’ve ever heard them before. There’s an almost liquid intro, peppered with shimmering brass and an atmospherically FXed vocal clip. But then there’s the eponymous MC sample, which cuts through the soundscape and prepares us for a switch up. The tune becomes a weighty, dark roller, with Doc One’s trademark funk in the seething and warping bassline supported by diamond-tipped drums.

Then “The Rhythm” switches things up. The intro gives no clue as to where we’re going with this one, as subtle percussion and one-hit sounds reverberate around a dialogue clip. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Where we’re going is into a land of indisputable filth. The driving, pulsing bassline has a serrated edge of distortion, and those neck-snapping, uppercut beats are going to do some serious damage whenever you drop this.

“Hypnotic” has something different to say again. This is where it becomes painfully blatant that Document One are never going to be easy to categorise. The fluid pressure of the intro builds into a stomping, grinding bass and beats assault to get the ravers moving. Amidst the percussive mayhem, however, there’s still that atmospheric melodic and harmonic subtlety. This could find a home in your set whatever your sub-genre.

In “It’s Alright”, yet more worlds collide. There’s genuine emotion in the intro and the beautiful breakdown in the middle of the tune, but that kick drum build signals something different entirely. The morphing bassline travels from low-end to mid-range and back again, while the restrained violence of the drums and classic-break fills provide the scaffolding. From one angle, it could look like a Document One twist on the jump-up formula, which is something we’ve never heard from them before.

Finally, “I Tried” gives us pure, dark, junglist soul music. Elegant pads, keys and sax back up that gorgeous vocal sample, which turns this tune into a guaranteed hands-in-the-air moment. Document One refuse to let this dissolve into sentiment, though. The drop is lethal, as precision-tooled drums drive the dance onwards, and we all know by now how these guys do basslines. This tune has that smoky jazz club moodiness while still being able to bring hype to a rave. It’s got instant classic written all over it.

So, it’s clear that Document One have lived up to their billing once again as forward-thinking dancefloor destroyers with soul and funk to spare. Many people bemoan the divisions between different sides of DnB, but in this EP, it all comes together. If the future of the music is going to take in the full spectrum, then these producers might just be laying out the blueprint.

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Technique Recordings sign T Phonic & Deadman


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Drumsound & Bassline Smith don’t open the books very often, but, fresh for 2017, they  have a brand new exclusive signing to report. For them to add to the elite Technique Recordings roster alongside artists like Tantrum Desire, L Plus and Document One means they’ve found something special. And, in this case, that something comes in the form of T Phonic & Deadman, about to make their mark with their debut release “Scare Tactics” / “Reflections VIP”.

 

Of course, the Technique faithful will already know this production duo from euphoric, sunlit tracks like “Show Me the Way” and the Radio 1-, Kiss- and Apple Music-supported “Reflections”. But, although those tunes mark the beginning of their collaboration, these two producers’ musical roots go a lot deeper, and way more eclectic.

 

T Phonic is only the latest in a long line of Doctor Who-style regenerations. Starting as a saxophonist and migrating to turntables in his teens, before making a name for himself as Kinetics, this producer has constantly evolved. Along the way, his accomplishments have been as diverse as collaborating with Sigma, releasing on labels like Viper and Titan, featuring on a 200,000-selling compilation, garnering support from deejays ranging from Hype to Fearne Cotton… And that only just scratches the surface.

 

Then we have Deadman, with another packed CV. Mid-nineties whistle and horn crew may well be more familiar with his hardcore alter ego, DJ Storm (or, more recently, Al Storm). Or, maybe you know him from his bass & breaks personae Eat Rave or Black & White. For some, though, his most iconic moment will be when he provided backing music for the BBC’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Taken altogether, it’s an array of credits to make any producer jealous.

 

 

So, even though the T Phonic & Deadman team-up is relatively recent, these two artists are proper, battle-hardened veterans. Excitingly, they’ve each carved their own path, and the the concoction of their disparate musical journeys is bound to be powerful. We’ve had a small taste so far, but now that they’ve signed to Technique exclusively the countdown is on. Get set for the detonation. T Phonic & Deadman are here.

 

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