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Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Wardance LP

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When artists with the pedigree of Drumsound & Bassline Smith drop an album, it’s big news. With roots stretching back to the absolute foundations of rave music, this production team has legendary status. While keeping their underground credentials intact, they’ve been able to achieve mainstream chart success, perform on some of the biggest stages this music has to offer,and bring through many other monumental artists in their role as bosses of Technique Recordings. So this brand new collection of material is, no doubt about it, going to create waves.

With the first assured, slick bass tones and the eponymous vocal in the intro of Come With Me, we’re delivered straight into the big room sound that has set parties alight across the world. As the tune builds and drops, though, it becomes something di erent. There’s a dirty, grinding mid-range bass to get that screwface going. There are sonic references to other Drumsound & Bassline Smith tunes for the real fans to spot. As soul, filth, and production flourishes combine, we’re being shown the blueprint for the rest of the album.

You see, there are hints at a junglist past in tunes like Warrier and Ouija, but combined with the huge sound that the DBS studio is capable of creating. That collision of old and new comes to a head most clearly in the Brinsley Forde-laced Beautiful Danger, as gorgeous reggae vocals blend into a tear-out bassline-led rave-wrecker.

And then there are the nods to Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s history in the recon gured versions of Odyssey and Outlaw Renegade. These tunes, originally released a decade apart, both share the distinction of crossing sub-genre boundaries, and are as likely to be heard in a jump-up party as on a festival main stage. The inclusion of them here provides a marker of just how representative of the whole DnB scene these producers really are.

Of course, this overview barely scratches the surface. There’s the cinematic majesty of the collaboration with Prolix, Welcome to the Machine. There’s the gangsta funk of Roadblock, and the skank-out call-and-response of Technique Badboy. There’s the skippy syncopation of Control. There are subtleties and gems to be discovered throughout the whole album, as much a treat for the listener as for the raver.

So, this, their third LP, is like a gallery exhibit of the many facets of Drumsound & Bassline Smith. Their past, their present, and maybe their future, is laid out in intricate detail and with the sheen of sheer production class which marks them out from the crowd. Every tune on this album tells a chapter of their story while simultaneously being a straight-up banger. There aren’t many producers who could pull that off , but this is Drumsound & Bassline Smith were talking about here. So, of course they can.

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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 - Rub the Block & Small Steps

New Release – Document One – Run The Block / Small Steps [Technique Recordings]

Document One - Rub the Block & Small Steps
Document One – Rub the Block & Small Steps

Document One – Run The Block / Small Steps [Technique Recordings]

It hasn’t taken long for Document One to define their own niche among the Technique Recordings roster. Brimming with multi-genre experience, this team has come well-equipped with a fresh and clean production style, overt musicality and uncompromising levels of funk. This release reasserts their commitment to the dancefloor while showing off yet more colours from their palette.

“Run the Block” takes the tough but smoky sound that Document One has made their own and adds a layer of East Coast hip-hop flavour. The rap-along vocal, that trademark upright and synthetic bass fusion, the popping drums and live-instrument arrangement combine to make this tune a definitive statement of Document One’s musical heritage. And of course, that means it has that jazzfunk dance floor energy in abundance.

Then “Small Steps” flips the script, darkening things up in a way you might not be expecting from these guys. The intro is the sound of approaching menace, as military drums call the dance to order. An eerie dialogue sample ratchets up the tension, before a building kick pattern is deployed as a call-to-arms. Then the drop is all about those twisted tendrils of bass, snaking around techstep drums and ghost-in-the-machine stabs. This is what happens when musicality meets aggression on a hell-bent mission to mash up the rave.

So, as well as keeping a firm grip on their low-down dancefloor funking credentials, this release has proved that Document One have a love and talent for all sides of this music. As their track titles declare, they “Run the Block” in the funk neighbourhood and they’re making “Small Steps” into the shadowy technoid realm. Now they’ve shown they can kill the dance in both, it’s clear the Document One operation doesn’t believe in boundaries.

// LINKS //
Beatport: http://bit.ly/DocOneTech128
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TECH128
Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/TECH128-SC
Technique Podcast – http://bit.ly/TECH128-Mix

Melinki’s Top 5 Tunes of the Year

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We caught up with UK producer Melinki to hear his Top 5 tunes of the year.

1 – Ivy Lab – 21 Questions

2 – Dawn Wall – Between The Sheets (ft. Artificial Intelligence)

3 – DRS – The View

4 -Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit

5 – Xtrah – What Would You Do?

Technique 2015 Drum & Bass Annual LP

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Document One - I got a fever and Follow Me

New Release – Document One – I Got a Fever / Follow Me

Document One - I got a fever and Follow Me
Document One – I got a fever and Follow Me

Document One – I Got a Fever / Follow Me

TECH122: Document One – I Got a Fever / Follow Me [Technique Recordings]
Since Document One stormed onto Technique’s roster, this production duo have set about marking out their very own niche in the D&B spectrum. Songwriters’ musicality and an appreciation for multiple genres, while still keeping focus firmly on the dance floor, makes for a powerful combination. Now, with this latest release, they’re back to consolidate their status and draw together some more threads in their ongoing multi-form musical narrative.

“I Got a Fever” wastes no time in laying out the formula. A swing-time low-end perforates smoky jazz club ambience, with loose percussion holding down the beat. The bass morphs between upright plucks and synthetic sweeps to neatly underline Document One’s approach of providing a slick modern twist on foundation sounds. As the track builds, a vocal sample signals its time for the bass and drum to tighten up and drop into a cowbell-led funkstepping ride. This is summer music, as much about fun and partying with a smile on your face as it is about serious musicianship.

Then there’s a whole different take on the summertime vibe for “Follow Me”. Ethereal vocals float over crisp and punchy drums, accompanied by long liquid bass tones, delicate trumpet and laid-back keys. It’s a gentle soulful roller… But then it’s suddenly not that at all. Document One puncture the atmosphere like a sharp intake of breath and kick us with a boot made from filthy bass. And now the light and floating sounds from before just serve to accentuate the heavyweight drive of the rave engine this tune has become. When the dance floor needs a kickstart, here’s one to draw for.

So, Document One have proved once again that they not only understand the palette of sounds and textures offered by jazz, funk and soul, but they’re also willing and able to twist them into their own paradigm. They make music to make musicians nod in appreciation, but to make everyone else rave hard.

// LINKS //
Beatport (24 Jul) – http://bit.ly/DocOneTech122
iTunes (7 Aug) – http://smarturl.it/TECH122
Soundcloud – http://bit.ly/1MRnBd9