This is it: The final Drum&BassArena blog post of 2013!
Not ones to shy away from the festive spirit we’ve hooked up with Xtrah for something fittingly seasonal. Not only has he allowed us to gully his artist pic with a badman Santa flex, but he’s in the spirit of giving himself.
Christmas starts right now… With this very special free track from the London producer. All hail Soundclash VIP!
It’s free to everyone who’s liked him on Facebook and marks an apt end for another killer year for Xtrah. From his Shogun appearance this spring to his recent role in Andy C’s massive Nightlife 6 with releases on Symmetry, Critical and Subtitles in between, it’s been another big year for the X-man. From what he tells us, though, the best is yet to come… Continue reading →
Few scenes are powered and inspired by creative competition as electronic music. Inherent in D&B since the dewy eyed days of dubplates: like-minded souls showing off their latest inventions, inspiring their peers to step up and create.
We know this is the case in the UK, and it’s more than evident in the current dominance of the eastern European D&B scene, but does such a hive-minded approach exist elsewhere in the world?
Well it’s certainly happening in Australia, and Plasma Collaborative are the crew behind it. With roots as the country’s largest D&B promoters Broken Beat Assault, they’ve imported the world’s talent to floors and fields all over down under, now Safire and Finna are about to go next level… Continue reading →
Fourward are an Austrian fourpiece breaking through after support from the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, Trace and Noisia… but hold on, rewind: did someone say ‘Breaking’?
I see a Breaking Bad shirt on one of your press shots. Top right. That leads to my first question: what do you follow Breaking Bad with, viewing-wise, now it’s finished?
There’s loads of interesting shows out there at the moment, like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, a long list to be honest.
That’s not answering the question…
Haven’t found anything that’s on the same level as Breaking Bad though.
OK. Breaking Bad leads to ‘Bad’: in D&B that can only mean BAD Company. & there’s not too many four piece D&B acts such as you. Did you want to achieve a similar four-strong assault as Bad Co?
No not at all, actually. In the beginning of Fourward there was no plan at all behind all of it. We where just four friends making some beats after a day at the skatepark.
We had no idea where it would take us, we didn’t even think someone would ever sign our tunes, we only loved D&B.
And here you are: how does it feel to be part of the Shogun gang?
Oh it feels great, we all were proper fans of the label for the last couple of years, so many modern day classics have been released on Shogun.
We couldn’t think of a better home to release our tunes on.
Tell us about your inclusion on the mighty Way of the Warrior 2 album, ‘On a Knife Edge’?
When Friction asked us to make a tune for the album we were super excited, but we only had a week or so to nail it. ‘On a Knife Edge’ was completely last minute. We banged this one out in about five or six sessions from start to finish.
Think we even stretched the deadline for a few days, sorry guys!
And the album as a whole?
The great thing about the Way of the Warrior 2 album is that each track is great in its own way. You got the tear out dancefloor tunes, you got some rollers and you got some very deep stuff as well.
Rockwell’s track is absolutely smashing it in the clubs, DLR’s ‘Sleep Talk’ is very very good, as are all of the others. Can’t pick one fave here.
Fourward means four individuals, so what are your respective strengths and talents?
Hard thing to talk about your own strengths really, but Lukas is definitely the tech wizard of the gang. Whereas I (Ludwig) am very good at making coffee and so on!
We hardly play b2b sets these days really; most of the time you’ll see one DJ at a time. Everyone in the group has his faves and plays whatever he feels like
I feel like D&B is on fire in your part of the world, so much going off. Double Helix, C&K, Dossa, Body & Soul…
Yeah man, Austria always had a strong D&B scene, loads of good producers, loads of good events, quite a big scene over here. Hopefully even more talented guys will break through in the years to come!
The UK will definitely get to see us live next year, that is for sure, long overdue!
What are your plans for 2014, going Fourward (sorry)
At the moment we’re working hard on our first solo release for Shogun of course. After an extremely busy year and a half – I think we released almost 20 tracks in that time – we wanted to take our time to come up with new ideas, new ways of sounddesign and we really want our next releases to be the best tunes we ever made.
Was there something unique about your production you’d share?
We don’t really ‘test’ our own tunes much in the club before finishing them. Don’t think we need that to judge the sound of a tune. Is that weird?
Introducing Addictive Behaviour Records, a brand new label dedicated to supporting the most exciting new talent and pushing D&B creativity to its furthest extremes.
Established by a collective of devout drum & bass fans who’ve contributed to the scene as DJs and promoters, Addictive Behaviour isn’t just a new label but a way of life for the men behind it. With big plans lined up for 2014, a new chapter in their story starts today with their massive launch release: High Rollers EP. Continue reading →
Deep, driven and dedicated D&B? On demand? Certainly! Step up Demand records which has recently delivered Drum & Bass on Demand 2 and our spokesperson du jour was Pennygiles talking about one of his contributions, a collab with Mr Joseph. STRAIGHT into the deep end as you’ll see from the track title… Continue reading →
Peshay! He’s funking well back. But not donning his D&B hat right now; he’s returned with the 70s-meets-the-noughties funk stylings of Generation out on Tru Thoughts. Wait a second: there’s a rumour that Peshay once had dealings with the legendary Mo’Wax label in the 90s. So I asked if Generation was a nod back to that mysterious encounter, what with a shared ‘street soul’ sort of vibe. The slower tempo, the gritty artwork too? And was told… Continue reading →
Despite the blazing array of Diffrent’s roster, they may – inexplicably – not be on everyone’s radar. Yet. How can people not love a Giraffe-centric take on D&B? But all is about to change. Put it this way: it’s like walking into a strange store and seeing some unfamiliar names on the shelves. You approach with trepidation to start with but something tells you to stock up. The locals smile approvingly when you take your laden basket to the counter: A good choice! And now’s the perfect time actually as the Diffrent comp Evolution of the Giraffe has dropped. In the wake of a recent ON FIRE launch, we were not only given the lowdown by label boss Dexta… he gave us the nod on a mix! Talk about sticking his neck out. Continue reading →
Got any Christmas rave plans in place? If you’re in London look no further than Fabric. On Boxing Day the Rinse massive will hosting their annual indulgence-burning festive free-for-all. Repping more sonic shades than a consummately decorated Christmas tree, whatever your flavour, Rinse have your tastes catered for.
While Room 1 and 2 will be home to the likes of Skream, XXXY, Bodika, Ben Pearce, Zinc and Roska, you’ll find us in Room 3….
Hosted by Youngsta’s Contact, the line-up is saturated future-focussed bass. Youngsta will be joined by J:Kenzo, Klax, Seven, Ben Verse and, most importantly for D&B lovers, Amit and Loxy. We caught up with Loxy to find out his views on D&B past, present and future… And grab an exclusive mix!
FD is long established as not only a far-ranging D&B producer, but as a super-collaborator – note his recent excursion with Lenzman premiered on Friction’s recent Radio 1 show. He’s recently delivered The Visits ep with Script which continues not only his stream of full-blooded & unique D&B but with, well, visitations by some other welcome names: notably the mighty System. First things first… Continue reading →
This evening the drum & bass scene’s great and good united to celebrate another hugely successful year. From the artists and to the shadowy behind the scenes movers and shakers, Electric Brixton lived up to its name as it buzzed with D&B’s most successful creative and business minds. Joined by hundreds of enthusiastic music lovers who’d used the complementary free ticket they’d received for voting, everyone in the building was there to hear Charlie T and Dynamite MC definitively answer this question… Continue reading →