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Ekko & Sidetrack – Let the Light In/Melt


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Australian brothers Jeff and Jono Hansen, professionally known as Ekko & Sidetrack, are gearing up to release their second full single on Viper with ‘Let The Light In’ & ‘Melt’, following last year’s breaththrough hit, ‘Burgle / One Time’.

‘Let The Light In’ features the vocals of Reija Lee who has worked with ShockOne, Metrik, Fred V & Grafix, Zeds Dead, along with many other industry favourites, and who now lends her talents to her fellow Australians. This exhilaratingly powerful track is emotionally charged and ready to take on dancefloors everywhere, and will have you singing along after just one listen.

The other side of the single, ‘Melt’, is a serenade of sound right from the start, bringing in classic acid house style rave stabs and rolling drums for a truly immersive atmosphere before building up to one seriously funky breakdown. The brothers’ skills as producers really shine through on this one with mind-melting basslines and impeccable sound design from start to finish.

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Jaguar Skills unleashes ‘Riot Squad 2’


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International bass music legend, Jaguar Skills is gearing up to release a brand new EP, appropriately entitled ‘The Miseducation of a Hip Hop Boss’. Hot on the heels of the part one of the EP with the Grime single, ‘Air Pie’, comes the massive jump-up DNB anthem, ‘Riot Squad 2’.

Riot Squad 2’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to one of Jaguar Skills’ biggest tunes to date, a re-imagining of the original ‘The Riot Squad’ from Jaguar Skills ‘Ready To Rock’ EP from 2016 on Viper Recordings.

With the original being a staple in any drum & bass fan or DJ’s library, this rework takes the track to new heights. Featuring none other than Mind Vortex, ‘Riot Squad 2’ maintains the same iconic lead riff but injecting it with even more energy than the original. ‘Riot Squad 2’ is adrenaline filled jump-up from start to finish. It doesn’t get any bigger than this!

Jaguar Skills is renowned for his unique fusion of hip hop, grime, drum & bass, and a plethora of other influences in his production – a name synonymous with groundbreaking success, Jaguar Skills consistently pushes the boundaries of electronic music and has seen huge success with past releases such as ‘Reload That’ making it on the esteemed BBC 1Xtra Playlist.

Riot Squad 2 is available here and don’t forget to look out for Part 3 & 4 of the ‘The Miseducation of a Hip Hop Boss EP’ coming soon


 

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Cyantific feat. BMotion – Cyborg


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Two of Viper’s finest team up to bring you ‘Cyborg’, the powerful drum & bass tune that is gearing up to destroy dancefloors everywhere. Cyantific and BMotion are truly a match made in heaven!
With an artful opening that builds suspense, you know big things are coming from the moment you hit play. Strong synths steal the spotlight and infuse the track with a vivacious 80s feel.

‘Cyborg’ has a real power to it, the kind of track that owns the room as soon as it starts and leaves jaws on the floor once it drops.

The track transports us to a neon world of man vs robot, telling a story with every beat in a way only Cyantific is capable of. An adrenaline-packed tune from start to finish, ‘Cyborg’ perfectly weaves together both Cyantific’s and BMotion’s unique sounds into one powerhouse of a track.

Catch Cyantific alongside the Brookes Brothers, Koven, Majistrate, TC, and the Harry Shotta Show in 8 dates across the UK this winter as part of the Sound of Drum & Bass tour.

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Viper Recordings presents: ‘Bassrush 2.0’


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Viper Recordings are teaming up once again with esteemed American label Insomniac Records and Bassrush Promotions to bring the second installation of Bassrush, a massive compilation album featuring the best of Drum & Bass.

Representing the biggest names in bass on both sides of the Atlantic, the compilation features some of Viper’s best and brightest alongside other legends of the genre as well as a few newcomers. With 38 tracks, 14 new exclusives, and 2 DJ mixes from Consouls & Des McMahon and The Voss & NC-17, Bassrush 2.0 is a must have for Drum & Bass fans all over the world.

Tracklist:
1. Original Sin vs. Jaguar Skills – Vandals Back (feat. ELE)
2. The Prototypes – Pale Blue Dot (Calyx & Teebee Remix)
3. J Majik vs. Jonay – Reptile *
4. Matrix & Futurebound – The Wall
5. Aktive vs. Bad Syntax feat. Krime Fyter – Like This *
6. Jaguar Skills – The Riot Squad (feat. Mind Vortex)
7. Replicant – Upside Down Cross *
8. InsideInfo – Renegade (feat. Jakes)
9. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – I’m Gone (feat. BullySongs)
10. Cyantific – Fade Into The Night
11. Varcity – Joy In Me (Ekko & Sidetrack Remix)
12. Consouls vs. Zeal – The Atlas *
13. Moby – A Simple Love (BMotion Remix)
14. Matrix & Futurebound – Fire (feat. Max Marshall) (Killer Hertz Remix)
15. Des McMahon vs. not sorry – Shadows *
16. Dub Elements – Fire Power
17. Dilemn – Night & Day *
18. Blaine Stranger – Mesmerise
19. Kallan HK – Slow Motion *
20. Toronto Is Broken – Make Me Feel
21. Cyantific – Back Off
22. Murdock – Make Me Stronger (feat. Jenna G) (Murdock’s Brass Balls Remix) *
23. Blaine Stranger – Into You *
24. Killer Hertz – All Out
25. InsideInfo – Revenants (feat. Scott Kennedy)
26. Ekko & Sidetrack – Melodic *
27. Original Sin – Expansions
28. Brookes Brothers – Good To Me (feat. Majesty) (BMotion Remix)
29. Dossa & Locuzzed – Larry
30. Trei vs. Insomniax – Pulling Teeth
31. Mob Tactics – Welcome To Your Nightmare (feat. Nuklear MC)
32. Blaine Stranger – Rock With It (feat. Coppa)
33. The Voss vs. NC-17 – Psycho *
34. Dub Elements – Drakul *
35. Theatrix – Trojan (feat. Siege MC) *
36. Blacklab – Crowd Control *
37. Bassrush 2.0 Mixed by Consouls & Des McMahon *
38. Bassrush 2.0 Mixed by The Voss & NC-17 *
*New, unreleased track

Released September 1, 2017 on Viper Recordings

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BMotion’s Top Tips for Remixing


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Just as Viper Recordings release the amazing  BMotion remix of Moby‘s ‘A Simple Love’ we caught up with the man himself BMotion to get his top five tips for remixing, check it out!

 

1 – Don’t stray too far from the original.

This one has been said a million times but it’s easy to forget when you’re excited about getting stuck into a new tune! Especially when, as it’s a remix, the  musical ideas are all ready and in place and it’s easy to get carried away morphing and messing around with things eventually turning it into a completely different track!

 

2 – Follow the brief 

A pretty obvious one, but if you receive a brief along side the parts that says “we would like this to have a commercial sound” don’t give them an underground minimal roller. On the other hand , if you don’t get a brief , go for it!!

 

3 – Leave the vocal processing alone. 

By this one, i mean the main chorus / hook sections. A vocalist won’t be happy if you hand something back having changed the melody or used auto tune everywhere on something they spent months working on. This also applies to the mix down of the vocal part, make your track fit around the vocal and not the other way around, after all, the vocal is the main listening point.

 

A cool thing to do however, is take little chops / snippets of words, mess with them and have them repeating in the background as ambience or weird effects every so often. I use a plug-ins called Glitch 2 and Fracture for this quite a lot

 

4 – Make sure time stretching doesn’t affect the audio quality.

Similar to point 3 , you don’t want to ruin the vocal. A good tip for doing this is break things into small chunks, that way computers seem to deal with stretching and squashing things a bit better. This took a bit of time with the Moby remix, as they didn’t send any details on the original Bpm and there was a fair bit of vocal to go through!

 

5 – Try and retain your sound. 

 

This is probably the hardest one whether it be a remix or an original track. Trying to put your stamp on something that’s plastered with someone else’s parts is hard! I normally go through a tonne of ideas before settling on the final version. Calyx and Teebee are really good examples of this across the board, they’ve developed quite a unique sound. But as mentioned in point 1 , this may not always be what’s wanted, so striking that balance is key!!


 

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