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Monday
Jul212014

Utah Jazz - Portfolio - Blissful journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass

Utah Jazz – Portfolio is a journey into Jazz and Soul inspired Drum and Bass.  True to his style Utah Jazz takes the mind and wraps it all in layers and melodic keys whilst underpinning all with some nice warm bass.  To pick a few highpoints we'd recommend getting your ears on January Silence, Heckless and the awesomeness that is Here today gone tomorrow.  Many of the tracks can be heard on this mix - Utah Jazz mix for Pandan DnB

Buy - http://spearheadrecords.bigcartel.com/product/utah-jazz-portfolio-lp-vinyl

The Album...

Endless – The album opens up with this dreamy composition, awash with ethereal vocals and underpinned by a deep warm bass.

We Rise we fall – The ethereal theme continues on this piece, with its rushing drums and enveloping layers accompanied by a steady piano.

January Silence – This one has been awaited for quite some time.  A tickling of mystical harp and strong building synth makes the intro to this piece another worldly experience.  On the break January Silence rushes into the Utah Jazz rhythm with pace, plunging the listener into warm bass lines, tinged with strings and the odd didgeridoo.

STR Piano – Utah Jazz plays with key formation on this one.  The cold ethereal piano dancing over the top

Live Your Life – Life your life seeks to wrap the listener up in a deep warm bass line to keep the cold away.  A snappy, earthy beat line seems to change the pace of the album with this one.

Clarity of Thought – On clarity of thought we can see the Good Looking Records inspiration Utah Jazz gets.  This piece merges a deep liquid bassline and an energetic drum line with the meditative overtones more memorable of the progressive Drum and Bass sound.  Real close your eyes and let it take you stuff ;-)

Roll that Blues – Rushing on rapidly from the meditation of Clarity of Thought Utah Jazz rolls quite nicely into Roll that Blues.  Jazz vibes are plentiful on this one, all sped on by an impeccable roller of a drum line.

The Record Business – Bringing it right down into some strong soul drum and bass pattern work, The Record Business is a pleasant little side track

Here today gone tomorrow – One of the hot tips for the album, Here today gone Tomorrow touches new layers of deep with it pit of the stomach baseline and classy little tribute from 90’s sampling.  

Neckless – Another beautiful intro from the Utah Jazz here, possibly the greatest on the Album.  Neckless breaks into a truly frantic rushing bassline, overlaid with orchestral notes and a bassline that truly drives the rhythm forth.

M.A.M – The first non 180bpm piece of the album, with some inspired percussion, all of cause tainted by jazz.  This piece paints the picture of slight melancholy with a tint of emotional regret, all wrapped up in some lovingly warm Utah Jazz composition.

Passage of Time – Utah Jazz makes use of the harp again on this stead breaks piece.  Packed with some snares which are a treat to the ears and given the Utah Jazz touch perfectly with the layer upon layer.  Watch out for the occasion deep sub bass.

You Walked Away – Hannah Eves loving vocals play over this rushing Drum and Bass, piano inspired piece. 

Love Everlasting – There’s a hint of old school on Love Everlasting, as the party ends we can think over no better track to end on then the amen inspired drum patterns and deep, deep bassline of Love Everlasting.

Tuesday
Jun172014

Tiiu & Faib - All Good Things / Be With Me on Blumarten Music

Blumarten Music bring the steady pace of Tiiu & Faib, with two laidback soundscapes awash with ethereal elements and deep basslines.  There's a wide frequency spectrum on offer here worth a sit back and listen. Buy direct from Blumarten Music: www.blumarten.com/shop

Tiiu - All Good Things

Mystery sounds this soundscape, as ethereal vocals wrap around a slowly pacing beatline interspersed with light percussive elements. A lowdown synth and pulsating bassline pin the track down only enhancing the otherworldly elements of this meditative piece. 

Tiiu & Faib - Be With Me

Tiiu & Faib take a switch for a darker vibe on Be With Me.  Sticking to the ethereal elements and laid-back dub tempo felt through All Good Things this piece drives in with a sinister underpinning on the break.  Although sweet and loving at times, Be With Me's edgy nature makes for a thought provoking soundscape.

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Friday
Jun062014

Platinum Breaks Vol4 - Metalheadz

The eagerly anticipated Platinum Breaks Vol4 is finally available for the minions to get their paws on.  For months many of these tracks have represented the highpoints of many a mix and set throughout the land.  Plenty of variety here for all ears, here’s a run by run walk through of each of the 18 tracks available.

Purchase - https://shop.metalheadz.co.uk/download/metacd002d

Metalheadz have pulled it off as usual. Metalheadz Platinum Breakz 4 is a perfect combination of Drum and Bass, to cover all the aspects of this legendary label.  Not only that but it’s hard not to except that almost every subgenre isn’t covered in this selection one way or another.  Fancy variety? then buy the whole package at less than two pints why the hell not.  If not there’s a certain favourite in there for all.

01. Om Unit - Timelines           

Om Unit shows a more intricate side to drum maneuvers on Timelines.  Paying homage to the Jungle sound this journey into the drum and pattern undulates into the deaths and punctures through with mid-range glory

02. Calibre – Archive

Tickling keys and deep intelligent basslines are the order of the day for this intelligent, chained piece.  Like a retrained killer dog on can never be sure this is about to break free         

03. DLR & Script - Blue Room (feat. Martyna Baker)

DLR & Script work up the drum patterns as their intelligent constructs hammer through this dark cold soundscape, all enhanced by the fear present in the vocals of Martyna Baker       

04. Ulterior Motive (feat. Will Manning) - Gods Neighbours        

Ulterior Motives – Gods Neighbours features metal work snares and a sinister bass synth all wrapped up in meek haunting layers

05. Digital & Spirit - Creeper   

An aptly named piece as creepers sinister bassline is relentless backed up by a lightly pacing drum work.  Sure to get the crowd down low.

06. Ivy Lab & Hydro - Make It Clear (feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika)  

Ivy Lab can’t go wrong these days.  This Hydro collab is no exception.  Following 5 comparatively dark pieces, this track represents a change of scene for the album so far.  Make it Clear is a chilled, vocal piece of drum and bass featuring a perfect vocal collaboration with Frank Cater and Lucy Annika and some elegantly light keys. 

07. SCAR (Survival & Script) - When       

Survival & Script get low down and dirty on this joint venture under the name SCAR.  A wet and squelchy bassline permeates this piece; prepare to get your face on.

08. Lenzman & FD - Joanie's Theme      

Two of the premier soul inspired producers get together on Joanie’s Theme to put together an deep piece of Drum and Bass.  Always a winner this, perfect warm up, fills the room with deep concentrated smiles.

09. Blocks & Escher - Madness  

Next up Blocks and Escher take the listener through a rushing piece of drum work on Madness.  A touch of circulating madness on the layer creates a caged in soundscape which releases before enveloping the listen again. #darkdrumpatternbusiness

10. Loxy & Resound - Paradigms           

Paradigms kicks off with light layers before launching into a driving bassline, massive kicks and well executed breaks , creating an immersive soundscape.

11. Artificial Intelligence - War Horse (feat. DRS)           

DRS builds up the vibe with some energy inspiring vocals before Artifical Intelligence unleashes a relentlessly ripped bassline adding layers only to heighten this raging stepper.

12. Jubei & Consequence - Black Hornet            

The album takes a more minimal stance at this point as the low sub bassline of Black Hornet shakes the ribs relentlessly as Jubei & Consequence join their styles to create a dark Drum and Bass moment overlaid with some crisp, pucnchy snare work.

13. Dub Phizix & Skeptical - Deeper Love         

Continuing the minimal agenda Dub Phizix & Skeptical collaborate on Deeper Love.  It’s easy to feel that this isn’t the most minimal these two artists have been as the piece features some warming layers which accentuate the piece on when the pair remove it to focus on the percussion.  A sublime piece.

14. Sunchase – 420

420 snaps right into an caged anger.  The piece feels stripped bare at first before Sunchase focuses on bringing in some subtle highs.

15. Heist - Great White

Heist halves the beats per minute on Great White and takes the different take on his usual sound to bring the listen a pleasant combination of brooding bassline and classic synth patterns.  Features one of my favorite deep sub pads, so it wins for me.

16. Digital - Mini Cooper

Digitals Mini Cooper continues the half beat theme and strolls into the Dub arena.   A sinister track in feel, will keep you looking over your back.  No idea why Mini Cooper.

17. The Invaderz - The Ascent

Low down rumble underpins the wet basslines of The Ascent.  This frantic piece of Drum and Bass progresses through multiple sections, travelling deeper through an encroaching darkness.  Perfect naming section and

18. Bipolar – Interlude

The final chapter is offered up by Bipolar.  Interlude is a Jazzy little stepper.  Veering ever so slightly to Jungle and hailing praise to this particular subset of Drum and Bass which crops up every so often to accompany us.  Perfect for morning and after hours funs.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Royalston - OCD

Royalstons long anticipated album is finally here.  OCD is an 18 piece journey through the  meticulous mind of this Hospital records artist.  Featuring a bounty of incendiary tracks ranging across Drum and Bass, Drumstep and Dubstep with the token laidback piece, adding texture to the album.  Warning through - if you're going for a start to finish sequential listen your dipped straight into the action. 

Perfect for the party these pieces will be shaking dance floors the world over for sure although there are some gems in there from the progressive side of drum and bass which are an absolute delight.  Personally your all going to want to purchase the moment you get to Black Cloud, which I suspect is why it's at the end of the album.

iTunes - bit.ly/RoyalstonITUNES
Hospital Shop - bit.ly/RoyalstonSHOP

01 Jungle Gone Down feat. August Storm

Totally on fire, a blistering album opener. (SBM PICK)
02 Arps Of Fury

Drumstepping beats and glitchy synth weave through this piece.
03 Steeplechase

Steeplechase is full of acid vibes, not often heard on DnB, giving a it a different playful feel, which is quickly shattered by a grinding synth line.  This track is peppered with subtle manipulation, a testament to this artists attention to detai.
04 Stalking Stones

Stalking Stones eases in with nervous tones before dropping into some voodoo antics, this one grows on you - one of our favs. Choppy and topped up with energy
05 Keys

Eases in for a while as with the previous track.  Layers on piano keys before entering into a Drumstep rythum under pinned by a delicious running synth. Excellent piece. (SBM PICK)
06 OCD

Scary to say the least all minimalistic bold and punchy at the same time. CRACK
07 Kronos

An eeire, cinematic piece with a steady beat, looking to play on the craft of build layers and driving melody - Potentially going to shock a dance floor
08 People Who Look Like You feat. Victoria

Royalston gets playful with Victoria's vocals on this sinister choppy Drumstep piece. 
09 Modular Jam

Modular Jam is minimal piece, with a deep dark bassline a absolutely addictive combination of contrasting sounds - Making it all very hard to explain.  Just look at the album art and it should visualise the soundscape for you here - Sure a blessing of a track!
10 Lunar

It's good and will go down well in the mix but there are so many other strong tracks on this album.  The highlight for this track is the break before it plunges back down into the groove, a small part but effective.
11 Get Up And Growl

Love the syncopation in rhythm here as the listener is submerged in into a stepping rhythm, pattered full of the Royalston charm.  This is a hypnotic piece and excellent manipulation of sound. (SBM PICK)
12 Shark

Minimalist percussion led piece with a superbly sketchy synth, lead line. Desperate to hear this played out! (SBM PICK)
13 Slimebanks

Strong pulses puncture this rave inspired stormer, its going to mess up some places for sure with its playful percussion breaks and sketchy synth rolls
14 Black Cloud feat. Victoria

Here it is!! The one to grab.  A jazzy vocal from Victoria dances over a dark roller bassline, with some mood manipulating key shifts this will have you seeing shadows ;-) (SBM PICK) We can see why its at the end - It's VERY hard to follow
15 When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over

Good - but at this point I've rewound to Black Cloud about three times already and nothing compares - Sorry - Send any unwanted thoughts in a jar ;-)
16 Memory Jar 

A ripping bassline dominates this piece with some erratic snyth work on the break and rumbling, punishing sub-bass line
17 Days Go On feat. Bianca Calandra

Bicanca vocals wisp through this piece, one of the more laidback of the album. 
18 Geisha Rhythm

Royalston ends the album with a deeply intelligent drum driven track.  This is yet another journey into sound contrast and manipulation as the listener is taken trough tribal and alien sounds.

 

Thursday
Dec262013

sbm mixes 2013

It's the close of another year for sub-bassmusic.com, time to reflect back on the 33 rich soundscapes which where featured during 2013.  Here's a quick run through the mixes featured this year, hurdling the highlights in Drum and Bass, House and Garage. Looking forward to a busy 2014, rich in musical style and evolution.  

Sun and Bass

The Sardinian Drum and Bass festival really excelled itself this year, a rich variety of sounds on its Podcast series.

- An unmissable mix for Sun and Bass from A-Sides

- Chris SU drops some sweet, sweet candy for mind and foot on the Sun and Bass Podcast Series

The Magician and Le Visteur all played a part in bringing us their House and Disco sounds through their individual, unmissable podcast series.

- The Magician - Mix Tape 34 - Instant house classic

- The Magician - Going deeper but still keeping the House fires burning

- Le Visiteur - Happy days and some expert Disco selection - Le Cinquieme Mixcast

- Dip into some guilty Disco pleasures - Le Visiteur

Fanu waved the flag for Jungle this year and getting back to the grittier, organic sound within Drum and Bass.

- Fanu - Breaks 'n' Beats Podcast 4

- Fanu - Making the play - Refreshing the sound

- Broad Drum and Bass brushstrokes from Fanu - Mixmag Mixcast

Royalston and Villiem stood at the forefront of Medschools releases this year, constantly pushing the Drum and Bass sound.

- Royalston - Sound of the Rain Mix - Incredible selection for the Royalston sound

- Villems sound twisting Drum and Bass treasure box

Lenzmans partnership with MC Dan Stenzo was one to keep the liquid and soul DnB heads ears on.

- Rolling on through the decade with Lenzman and Dan Stezo - Border to Border

- Deep Drum and Bass for 2013 - Lenzman and MC Dan Stenzo

Flight Facilities launched their absolutely inspiring music through the decades series. 

- Flight Facilities reviews the decade with an Unmissable House soundscape - 2002 to 2012

- Who said anything bad about the 90's!! - Fight Facilities Hip-Hop/Breaks tribute

- Through the 80's with Flight Facilities

SBM Mixcasts launched

We launched the SBM Mixcast series with some cracking House from Rich Williamson and The Uncouth Gentleman - WHAT A START!

- sbm mixcast - Rich Wills

- sbm mixcast - The Uncouth Gentleman returns

- sbm mixcast - The Uncouth Gentleman

- sbm mixcast - StylopHone - Ramblings of a madman

Future Garage emergence

Future Garage mixes are abundant as this musical genre looks to find its true identity amongst the Ambient and Dubsteps of this world.  A handful of mixes poke through as special.  However, when coupled with House this genre really comes into its own, adding spice to the mix...

- Classy Future Garage selection from 8-bit Girl, crafted by Naza

- Deep House/Garage blending from Robosonic - Electronic Groove Podcast

- Yasmin - Lovingly blend of House, Garage and Tribal

- Future Garage from Submento

More - Future Garage

 

Bondax had a good year across the podcast world...

Blended Soul and House from Bondax and FADER

The many shades of Bondax - XLR8R Podcast

 

It was not such a great thing to lose DJ Mehdi, a rock within House

Tribute to DJ Mehdi - Mad Decent

And there was more...

DnB

- Adam Elemental - Infectmix 001 - Deep Ambient Dub and Drum and Bass

- Nu:Logic celebrate the launch of their 'What I've Always Wanted' album with a deep dive into their sound

- Kove rampages through the DnB soundscape

- Code Recordings launch mix from Bachelors of Science

- Moment of adrenaline! with DJ Original Sin

- Calyx and Teebee - Bring a classic work of mixology to the Data Transmission Podcast

Dubstep

- Bathe in the Deep Dubstep sound of Kito and lose yourself in the vocals of Reija

Garage

- Inspired House and Garage mix from Justin Jay 

House

- In the woods with Rich Wills - FARR 2013

-  Cassian mixes an honest selection, across deep and vocal House

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