What the HELL is that devious, wobbly, criminally-infectious thing doing the rounds? ‘Lineformer’ by the interestingly-monikered Tom SMall. That’s what.
As unshakable and un-put-downable as any good paperback and as weighty as a stack of them… turns out there’s a story attached to the tune too.
Time to catch up to talk about the super-slick, slightly ‘sci-fi’ Lineformer EP not to mention the line between the Arctic Monkeys & Dvořák!
I was pretty hurt the first time I heard ‘Lineformer’ and Bailey’s been featuring it a lot. But first things first when did you get bitten by D&B?
Well, it started like five or six years ago. I tried to mix music together with my friend and after a while, I became interested in production, because I wanted to make my own sounds. So I produced music for about five years and at the start of it, I produced kind of techno or tech-house, house stuff, something like that.
As it’s International Women’s Day today we figured we’d take any excuse to shine a spotlight on one of the most hardworking women in the scene. Although she doesn’t need it… She has been doing that brilliantly herself, and it’s all thanks to her sheer passion and drive.
And let’s not forget talent, obviously. Elizabeth Welch, aka Liz-E, is a force to be reckoned with in drum & bass. Fresh from winning Best Female Artist at the National Drum & Bass Awards last weekend, it’s no wonder why. Continue reading
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‘Head-nodding unstoppable marching dancefloor fun’.
Have you heard a better D&B description this decade?
Berlin’s mighty MachineCode – AKA Current Value & Dean Rodell – give us the measure of Velocity, tell us what they get up to after hours and – considering they’re so technically-savvy – how they’d react if actual machines were banned in the studio? But first things first… Continue reading
Empty Your Mind! demands NickBee, as his album of the same name (minus exclamation mark) drops on Dispatch and gears up for a profound chat with us.
First things first: you do realise he’s based in the Ukraine? Continue reading
As well as Drum&BassArena turning 18 this year, our long time amigos at Viper Recordings are celebrating a massive milestone themselves: ten years of forward thinking drum & bass… And we’ll be streaming the celebrations live to you, wherever you may be! From the bus to the bedroom… Even your bathroom. We want you to join us, no matter where you are!
Live Stream: Friday 7th March: 11pm – 6am GMT at live.breakbeat.co.uk
When it comes to spotting new talent, Viper have it nailed: responsible for launching the careers of Continue reading
Here at Drum&BassArena HQ we’ve been hyping ourselves up for the World Cup, and whilst scrolling through football related news, we came across a special project set to do big things in 2014.
Since introducing itself in 2010, Street Child World Cup has endeavoured to unite street children across the globe through football, art, and campaigning, challenging negative perceptions in the process.
In the run up to Rio 2014, the unique project has secured the backing of d&b heavyweights Hospital Records to help raise awareness. The partnership between the two forces resulted in the creation of the official anthem of the Street Child World Cup: I Am Somebody. The track borrows its name from the global campaign, and features the ever skilled production talents of Hospital’s London Elektricity and S.P.Y, as well as vocals from Diane Charlemagne, and the children of Brixton’s Corpus Christi School. Continue reading
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Last week saw the release of Addictive Behaviour‘s second platter. Boasting the incredible skills of Russian artists Eastcolors and Noel, it’s an accomplished release that tickles every possible drum & bass’s ever-expanding underbelly within the space of two crucial tracks: Electronica and Mudguard.
Let’s have a listen shall we? Continue reading
For a short month February sure was jam-packed with interesting stuff! It’s time for our monthly wrap up, taking a look back at our hottest releases and top write-ups.
It’s no surprise The Story Behind… The Nine was amongst your Continue reading
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OCD. Probably not good to think about that album title too much. Could become an obsessive habit. Damn: can’t stop thinking about it.
Royalston, when did that album title come about
The album was named nearer to the end of the process. ‘OCD’ summed it all up pretty well.
Was OCD’s album form a realisation that here were some songs of a common character, that needed to be in a home? Continue reading
Plasma Collaborative are a music, art and digital media collective based in Melbourne, Australia. That’s what they are officially, but once you wrap your head around where they’re heading and what they’re trying to do- you realize they’re so much more than that. Enabling artists and musicians to express their creative works to the rest of the world, they are pushing for a movement through their record label, apparel, digital media production and a studio facility. Phew.. these guys truly have all bases covered. Continue reading