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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Drum&BassArena 2014: Exclusive Calibre Interview!

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To celebrate the release of our biggest spring collection to date, we caught up with one of the most respected – not to mention prolific – men in the game: Calibre.

His remix of Calyx & TeeBee’s Strung Out appears on the 50+ track/three disc album alongside the likes of Kove, Dom & Roland, Rudimental, DJ Fresh, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Calyx & TeeBee, Camo & Krooked, Taxman, Break, Rockwell, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Friction and Audio.

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Transparental advisory

Transparent have existed for a relatively short time, a quick trajectory initially consisting of (in their own words) ‘messing about on 1210s’ to completing a strong, seamless six tracker for Flexout. And it turns out that a parental figure may have actually AIDED them along the way in D&B: not obstructed. Read on…

Did the Concrete Jungle ep just happen all at once? All tunes, I mean?

All of the tunes where made at different times. Some of them where not intentionally made for the ep… but it all kind of fell into place. The Concrete Jungle ep was originally only going to consist of three tunes, but with (Flexout’s) Tom Bassi’s encouragement and optimism we pushed the boat out and turn it into six.

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Brain Crisis: Life of Brain

Brain Crisis. In the crazy current times it has to be asked: is there anyone whose Brain is NOT in Crisis?

Anyone? Thought not.

Brain in crisis or not, Pavel Khudyakov is composed enough to drop a big ep on Subtitles, also featuring Teddy Killerz. It’s due on April 14.

Let’s talk about the implications of your artist name later sir. First things: how do you actually organise your day? How’s it start?

Well, I usually wake up with difficulty. Then turn on the computer… I make music in the same room where I sleep. I monitor social networks, email, turn on some favorite music, and go have breakfast then come again sit at the workplace and begin to write something. If that doesn’t happen, then it’s time to go do something else.

And what comes first in the array of sounds?

It always begins with drums.

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