Fade: Urban Roots


Back To Roots ep has recently surfaced on Faded. Time to catch up with Fade himself and to go straight back to basics: to find out how he’s finding time to immerse in D&B considering life in his native Ukraine is in a state of constant, troubled flux.

With such a troubled time, is it had to stay on top of music?

Yes last 3 months I haven’t had time or been in the mood to produce or listen to new music. Now after all the things that have happened here I am slowly getting back to music with new ideas influenced that part of my life, my own experience.

Your own work appears here, the ‘Urban Jungle’ and a VIP no less!

I got so much huge feedback about Urban Jungle, so I decided produce a VIP version. I kept original vibe but the tune’s sounding much more hard now.

Also the Acid Lab is here! Acid Lab is a machine! We got two of his tracks here: ‘Concealed’ and ‘Rewired’.

YES! He is like a music factory. All his tunes like a time machine; when you’re listening to them it reminds you of the old good days.

Back to roots as it were…

He is the one to watch for sure!

Who else is here, could you break it down?

Also here is a super talented guy from Australia – KAI. Loving each tune he sends and his tune here is ‘Conversion’.

You can expect his solo EP on Faded Music soon. Also inside this EP is a very interesting, deep, drumfunk track by DJ Fox. His tune ‘The Eye’ is my favourite tune by him so far.

Your label gains widespread DJ support, so who’s playing and supporting your label?

Yes, it is. The Faded label is slowly growing and getting more attention. We are building core of artists now and will keep pushing their stuff. I am really proud that our label gets support from Laurent Garnier, J:Kenzo, Doc Scott, John B, INK and many many more. I want to thank all who are playing, buying and supporting us, thats means a lot.

For someone new to it, is it difficult to run a label? What’s a tip or two?

Yes it’s not easy, needs a lot of time to do all things correctly. There’s two things without which a label won’t work, they are: good quality and interesting music and powerful promo.

How do you battle people that just rip off the tunes, by piracy? Can you actually avoid this?

It’s horrible thing. I am definitely against it but nowadays I don’t see any ways it can be changed.

In troubled times I have to go back to basics: what music do you listen to if at all?

I haven’t listened to much lately.

But I love all types of different music. Jazz, techno, house, funk, classical music… but it all depends on my current mood.

Back To Roots

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Marcus Visionary: Heart Drive

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Huge jungle vibes? Check. Uniquly-realised and high-octane new album? Check. A love of many of the (possibly) overlooked strands that comprise jungle over time? You get the picture… time to talk about it all with Toronto’s Marcus Visionary, and to get heads down and dirty with five jungle killers from time.

Marcus, your music is full of the real, gritty reality of D&B/jungle. It makes me think of sweaty nights where people like Nicky BM, Brockie and the like would tear up the spot… is that a fair portrayal?

Massive respect to Nicky BM and Brockie as they have always pushed the Jungle sound from day one.

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Drum&BassArena 2014: Matrix & Futurebound

matrix healthyThe fourth and final feature in our Drum&BassArena 2014 series celebrates another one of this year’s most exciting D&B runaway success stories. From their club command to chart success, Matrix & Futurebound are repping hard on every level.

Drum&BassArena 2014 comes complete with their own STFU remix of the top 10-hugging Control. A kindly reminder of the long-standing partnership’s rolling rugged roots, we called up Futurebound to find out more… And find out what’s next in their hit cannon, what’s coming up on Viper Recordings and what his opinion is on drum & bass right now… Continue reading

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Roni Size: Evolution

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D&B evolution: 20 years and counting.

Driving the scene is an army of pioneers who push the sound and support each other in their endeavours; relentlessly experimenting with new sounds and ideas that ultimately helped shape the genre into what it is today. One of the most influential formative pioneers is Mr Roni Size.

An original player: He, along with his band Reprazent, was among the first to bring drum & bass to a stage show in live form. Their 1997 album New Forms won the Mercury Prize, making the possibilities for drum & bass seem limitless.

Fast forward: Roni Size is due to return with a new album and a new label, Mansion Sounds, plus he and Reprazent have a new album currently in the works along with a very special live appearance in front of an intimate audience at Metropolis Studios on June 13. Along with the live show, Roni will be holding an exclusive production masterclass on June 14 for only 55 attendees, where he’ll be going through original multi-track masters of some of his classic tunes and an in-depth interview.

We caught up with Roni to chat about the motivation behind the live show and masterclass at Metropolis, and about his thoughts on the state of drum & bass today… Continue reading

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WARNING: GODZILLA has arrived… And it’s destroyed our speakers!

godzilla_singleAddictive Behaviour returns this month with yet another speaker-shattering showdown. Three releases deep and it’s clear the London-based label is finding its pace and distinctive place in the never-ending release marathon drum & bass fans enjoy each and every week.

Out today, their latest destructive dispatch comes from two incredible young talents. Hailing from Bulgaria and Ukraine respectively, both L 33 and Detail remind us just how fertile Eastern Europe is for agenda-setting, concrete-melting drum & bass right now. L 33’s Bring Down is an industrial strength roller that growls with the iciness of scorned polar bear while Detail’s Godzilla lives up to its monstrous name with roaring proportions and seismic sonic shocks… Continue reading

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Let It Roll Festival 2014

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Let It Roll is back in the Czech Republic this year and judging by the line-up released so far, it’s set to be a good ’un! With Drum&BassArena hosting the 2nd stage, and with over half the line-up still yet to be announced, anticipation for the event is spreading like wildfire. There to make your Let It Roll experience an extra special one will be acts such as Netsky (Live), Camo & Krooked, Wilkinson, Loadstar, The Upbeats, Dirtyphonics, Etherwood, Ed Rush & Optical and more!

Set in the impressive military area Benesov, the festival runs from the 1st-3rd of August and if last years attendance is anything to go by (with 15000 visitors per day) these are not tickets you want to hold off buying.

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Run with A.M.C in the mix

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Running. Oh that old chestnut. With the London Marathon kicking off this Sunday we figured we’d give you some listening material courtesy of A.M.C to push you that little bit further.  It also got us thinking about this peculiar practice and what motivates us to keep moving our bodies in such a way.

Humans have been running ever since… Well.. ever since we physically could. Think about it: hunting, avoiding predators, and escaping weather events; those two big logs supporting our torso have gotten us out of many sticky situations and helped us evolve.

Then there came a time where we figured out there was more to running than getting us food or escaping predators and/or that crazy ex-girlfriend/ boyfriend. We discovered the countless health benefits associated with moving those two big logs at a rapid pace. We discovered Continue reading

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5 Minutes With MC Johnny Kash

5 minutes with Johnny KashA typical middle aged man’s country pub isn’t the type of location you would expect two junglists to meet for a cheeky mid week pint but that’s the exact location of the meeting as Jamie S23 talks to Johnny Kash about his life in the scene to date. From illegal raves in the depths of the woods to tearing up main stage at the UK’s biggest club nights, this is the life and times of one of East Anglia’s biggest MCs. Continue reading

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Aeph: Night Vision

Aeph. The name needs to be in neon. 30 metre high letters. With women from Tron flanking.

Sorry, was drifting off into Personal Video Land there, inspired by the new Enter the Vision ep… we all do that from time to time. Maybe I was Entering The Vision? Aeph was forthcoming about his new ep, and was candid about the past few years too…

Aeph, why the title Enter The Vision? Are we entering YOUR world, is it an invite to enter your dimension?

Or… maybe it’s everyone’s?

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Get To Know: Xanadu

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Despite being relatively new to the scene, North London’s Xanadu has been making a lot of noise recently; making a name for himself as an exciting new talent rapidly rising in the d&b scene. Exploring the darker, more experimental side of drum and bass, the weight of Xanadu’s productions have helped him gain early support from Dispatch’s very own Ant TC1. 

Such is the talent of the young producer, he has been picked up by non other than drum and bass top boy, Dom & Roland. Xanadu is currently honing his studio skills underneath Dom’s watchful eye, creating new music set to be released under Dom & Roland Productions. Continue reading

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