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Back to the Beat Volume 1 [Technique Recordings]

2018 has already seen a series of landmark releases from Technique Recordings, including No Concept’s “Weirdo” featuring D12’s Bizarre, their always-heavyweight summer compilation, and the monumental “Technique Goes to Let it Roll” EP. But, now, there’s yet another twist to the tale with “Back to the Beat Volume 1”.

This release compiles two tracks from artists fresh to the label. A string of big tunes, A-lister deejay support, and some powerhouse collaborations mean that the names Kursiva, Isaac Maya, and Exile will already be familiar to real DnB heads though.

On the opening proceedings, “Mexican Gang” sees the collision of Kursiva and Isaac Maya’s tech and jungle influences. And they’ve spawned a monster. From the first G-funk broken piano chords, moving through the gorgeous licks of Spanish guitar, the deft musicality shines through. And then the devastating scythe of bass drops to provide a savagely raw counterpoint. Simultaneously melodic and vicious, this is a tune that’s going to find a home in discerning selectors’ sets from all corners of the scene.

Then, Exile comes through with “Listen & Run”. There’s no time wasted as we’re thrown immediately into a dystopian soundscape, twisted and warped vocal samples melding with reconfigured percussion hits. Gut-churning low-end signals approaching menace, and, as the beat drops, the tune becomes an asylum of bassline madness. Ever-evolving bass modulations carve across the two-step beat, to create an elegant, neo-classic darkside roller. Everyone, whether jungle purist or jump-up skanker, is going to be feeling this one.

So, this release showcases the sound of three DnB artists hitting their prime. We’re hearing distinctive production voices paying homage to the foundations while still delivering ultra-contemporary dancefloor drum ‘n’ bass music. And, let’s not forget, this is only Volume 1 of “Back to the Beat”. There are many more chapters of this story left to tell, and we can’t wait to see what’s coming.

A. Kursiva & Isaac Maya – Mexican Gang
AA. Exile – Listen & Run

Purchase Back to the Beat Volume 1 on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/back-to-the-beat-volume-1/2416047

Tapolsky & VovKING – The 2nd EP [Technique Recordings]

The first thing that strikes you about Tapolsky & VovKING’s new Technique Recordings EP is the title. The name “The 2nd EP” comes pre-loaded with expectations of a next step onwards. And, given that their last EP was the ground-breaking, not-quite-categorisable “Modern Innovations” four-tracker, we could be headed just about anywhere. So, what does the next step sound like?

“Talk to Me” wastes no time in delivering us into Tapolsky & VovKING’s strikingly individual sonic world. Euphorically melodic elements contrast with an unsettling glitchiness. And as the tune drops, the stark interplay between bass, drums, and synth-pizzicato is given depth and power by the stuttering and shifting rhythm of the modulations. This is altered state music, suited equally to early-hours raving and headphones-on intimacy.

The contrasts continue in “Cool ID”. The piano, plucked bass, and laid-back vocals of the intro seem to promise a simply silky liquid roll out, but we should know by now to expect the unexpected from these two producers. And you don’t get much more unexpected than the pitch-bent, twisted, artillery of riffs that they deploy to cut through the atmosphere. Unusual, and at the same time exhilarating, it’s a journey we haven’t quite been on before.

“Ledra” has its own share of surprises. Soulful chords and vocals immediately set the tone, but the next sixteen bars add some neuro seasoning into the mix. And then the drop offers even more revelations, as portamento and staccato touches of bass bounce off stripped-to-the-bone drums. And Tapolsky & VovKING still have more to show us, as the breakdown reconfigures into a head-nodding half-time section. For the mind as much as the rave, it’s yet another highly individual take on the DnB paradigm.

Finally, “Chase You Down” offers one more approach to vocal drum ‘n’ bass. And this one’s all about the rhythmic interplay between the beats and the bassline. Single-syllable lyrics match the off-balance juddering patterns as layers of percussion connects and disengages from the evolving low-end. Elements fall in and out of step with each other adding drama amid the sparseness. This is DnB made without reference to a formula.

To combine technical experimentation with emotion, and still end up with engaging and energising DnB music is an alchemy which eludes many. Tapolsky & VovKING seem to have made that synergy their primary focus, however, and they’re quickly building a discography of future-proofed drum ‘n’ bass science. So, can there be a next step beyond this? If anyone can find it, it’s these two guys.

Purchase The Second EP on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/the-2nd-ep/2406996

North Base – I’m Forgiving Love ft Ewan Sim [Technique Recordings]

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Been living under a rock? No? Well, in that case, you won’t need to be told about the achievements of Manchester’s North Base. Together, team members Silver, Splice, and Prophecy have released on an eye-watering array of the world’s biggest DnB labels, and appeared on stages most deejays can only dream of. Basically, they’re a big deal. And now, following up their almighty collaboration with Erb N Dub, Punk Rock, they’re back on Technique with some brand new dynamite.

Precision-engineered horns and the swell of pads set the tone immediately. Then as Manchester singer-songwriter Ewan Sim’s distinctive vocal rises over the horizon, I’m Forgiving Love takes on a character all of its own. It’s soulful, and at the same time draws on an almost folk-like heartfelt flavour. We get all of that, underpinned with North Base’s trademark ultra-clean synth manipulation and a build that’s going to cause serious levels of hype. This tune’s clearly going to grab people’s attention across raves and airwaves alike.

As I’m Forgiving Love drops, it’s that serpentine swirl of bass that grabs your attention immediately. Modulating and transforming from bar to bar, once this tune has you in its grasp it’s not going to let you go without a fight. Uppercuts of kick and snare drive the point home, and reverberating siren-calls and snippets of vocal repurposed as percussive fills keep the energy at maximum. A lighters-up breakdown gives the ravers a moment to catch their breath before the madness kicks back in once again. This is simultaneously a main-stage anthem and a high-calibre deejay weapon that’s going to be heard everywhere.

So, North Base have returned to Technique and, to put it simply, they’ve delivered a banger. Explosive bass and beats make this certified dancefloor material, tied together with a vocal from Ewan Sim that gives an extra emotional dimension. Manny’s in the house and they’re not playing.


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DBHQ Interview with Document One

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Document One continue to go from strength to strength and have created their own distinct sound which is well respected in the world of drum and bass.  Charting with all their releases and smashing dancefloors everywhere, we had a chat with the guys to talk about their latest release on label home Technique Recordings and also find out a little bit more on their journey to where they are now.

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1. Now your latest release Girl and How Low Can You Get are both amazing tracks, which one is your favourite of the two?

Matt) I suppose it would have to be “Girl”. At the time i was heavily listening to liquid and deeper vibes within DnB and wanted to make a cross bread of our jazz infused style and something laid back. We felt it was important to let the vocals take the lead role as it had been a minute since we’d done a proper vocal track, and we were really chuffed with the outcome as a peoples response.

Joe) My favourite would have to be Girl also. It was nice to work on a track with the emphasis heavily on musicality. Something for headphones rather than the club.

2. So if we go back to the start quickly, your introduction to DnB, where, when & how?

Matt) I suppose my official introduction was around the age of 14 when a friend used to bring jungle tapes over to my house and try to make me listen against my will. Things didn’t really click until i actually started going to clubs at about 18, and by that point I knew my musical taste was changing. As a musician and producer my style was always moving around genres but DnB seemed to be the one that stuck in the background the longest. We dabbled in making it over the years but it was until Simon at Technique heard our tracks and gave us the encouragement we needed to think we could actually do this.  Since then it’s been non stop and we can’t get enough of it… I don’t think its going to go away anytime soon.

Joe) The first two albums I got on CD were Portishead – Dummy and Roni Size – New forms, so I guess around the same age as Matt (early teens).

3. What kind of stuff were you making when you first started?

Matt) In terms of DnB, pretty poor stuff trying to emulate the heavy sound sound of the early 2000’s. Again our musical side always pushed through and regardless of the drop we always found some way of creating a more melodic tune than we set out.

Joe) I remember me and Matt trying to recreate Spor and Pendulum in the early days, we didn’t manage to achieve this but we learned a lot.

4. How would you describe your sound ? 

Matt) Jazz infused neuro funk i guess….. or maybe just jazz n bass lol!

Joe) I’d agree with Matt, Jazzy Neurofunk!

5. Now you are signed to one of the most highly acclaimed and respected labels, Technique Recordings but where do you think the turning point was for you personally when your production really got recognised and started to gain support?

Matt) Definitely “Jazz Club”. It wasn’t even supposed to be our last track on the 15 year comp LP, so I think it took shape by us not caring as much and letting go of what we thought we should be doing. I remember adding the double bass and things just instantly clicked. It sparked a million ideas for us and was the first tune where actual DnB heads gave us the nod of approval.

Joe) Yep Jazz Club was a big turning point, it was during that period where we really found our own sound. It was a moment that a lot of our influences came together and we found some identity within the scene.

6. The best piece of advice you’ve been given?  

Matt) You’ve got to go backwards to go forwards.

Joe) Reference other music when you’re in the studio and use a spectrum analyser.

 7. What’s your pet-hate?

Matt) Being late and hating on other genres, especially sub genres.

Joe) I’m a lover not a hater!

8. Any plans for a Document One album? 

Matt) Yeah we’ve actually been in talks about it recently and figure next year might be the one for us. Were currently working on an EP to see out the year then will make our plan for 2018.

Joe) We are really looking forward to working on the debut album but nothing set in stone yet. Focusing on the next release.

9. What is Technique Essential?

Matt) It was a preset/sample pack we put together in conjunction with Technique and Black Octopus. We thought if in any way we could give something back to young producers we’d have to put ourselves forward.

Joe) Xfer Serum presets

10. Gig wise, where you been recently and where u off to next?

Matt) Recently we’ve been doing festivals across Europe and the UK. Along side that we’ve just started to get into the club shows again, and have shows in the UK, Holland, Austria and Paris in the next few weeks ahead.

Joe) We’ve had a wicked summer, good festival season and some great club nights!

11. What’s your number one piece of software or hardware that you can’t live without?

Matt) I know its pretty obvious, but I’d have to say Xfer Serum. It’s so good and versatile that were both really comfortable working with it and feel if there’s a sound in our head we have a fairly good chance of achieving it with Serum.

Joe) Serum is fantastic! The cleanest sounding Wavetable soft synth available! And Ableton changed my life!

12. What is the one DnB tune you wish you had written?

Matt) Vault by Pendulum. That tune still smashes the dance floor and really twisted DnB on its head for a minute.

Joe) Stigma by Noisia, possibly my biggest hero’s!

 13. What’s your guilty pleasure music wise?

Matt) Motown and 70’s rock n roll.

Joe) Dubstep, there will always be a place in my heart!

 14. And finally where can people cop the latest release How low Can you Get and Girl?

Matt) Head to either the Technique website where you can find that release as well as all our others. Aside from that the obvious Beatport, iTunes, Spotify and all other digital outlets.

Joe) Book us through Urban Artists and we will come to you and play it for you!

 15. Where can our audience find out more about you?

Matt) Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re up to and where we’re next playing.

Joe) Google Document One and click your preferred Social network from there!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, hopefully we’ll speak again soon and I wish you all the best.

Thank you again!




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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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