Squane – Totemic EP (Artifice)
Non Gravity Area – Bell / Sonar 51 / chant (Murali)
Fujin – Crow (Grndwrk)
TSVI – Sacred Drums (Nervous Horizon)
Artifice Give Away “Cabasa – Kidjo EP”
After the success of Nuvaman tarring apart the “Strength EP” last month, the South based label seem to be getting to grips with scheduling this year, each release growing in status and generating a further underground following.
With this comes Artifice’s 2nd free download in their series, dedicated to bringing through new talent from across the globe.
PR NEWS: Kaiju – Seven Sins (Deep Medi Music)
Kaiju are excited to announce their debut album dropping on the mighty Deep Medi Musik.
Kaiju, have been running dub plate dance since early 2011 with a string of releases dropping on the legendary Osiris and recently signed exclusive to Deep Medi Musik, where they’ve flourished over two insane release “Justice” & “Burn Down Babylon”.
Not quite content with their workflow Kaiju have just announced their debut album “Seven Sins” which features the likes of Gantz, Total Science, Jack Gates & Riya.
Kaiju & Jack Gates kick start with “Envy” a great way to begin the album with Jacks smooth vocal tones and a hypnotic synth pad that resonates in the background. The soft intro is underlined with a heavy bottom end but never takes over the intended mellow vocals and jungle like atmosphere.
“Greed” starts to turn up the energy levels with a more dance floor focused bass rumble, accompanied with an onslaught of 90’s jungle stabs and midrange bass tares that would intrigue any Dub-step fan.
“Pride” definitely turns up the terror levels with a sound that could only be described as a syncopated industrial sounding machine on the move through a moody salvage yard. The chugging of movement conjures up a story in your mind where you’re strapped in for a head-nodding ride.
“Sloth” takes on a more stripped back approach with percussive elements surrounding a big kick drum, which hugs the sub bass. As described in the title “Sloth” trundles through with a lazy chilled feel.
“Gluttony” which features the sounds of Gantz steps back into a more tare out sublow style of Dub-step, increasing the intensity with a drum pattern switch halfway through changing the pace and style.
“Wrath” takes you on a space walk around a deserted space station while treating you to a drunken jazz ensemble. The snare becomes an integral focus while the soundscape continues to stay allusive and eerie.
“Lust” by far the lead track on the album comes from Kaiju & Total Science, along with the beautiful vocals from Riya. Although not quite recognisable, Riya’s vocals have dropped a few semi tones so meld into the hypnotic production both Kaiju and Total Science have created.
The percussion and lead pad throughout the track holds the attention while Ryia’s true vocals are slowly unveiled and filtered in to create a moody but blissful finish to the whole album.
Top 5 Summer Releases
01. ARMA “Safari Tools” Prjkts
We have an exclusive premiere of his new song Safari, taken from his forthcoming release with the Bristol-based PRJKTS crew. True to Marco’s ability to create rhythms with more shuffle than Dynamo – you can practically hear the MP3 file begging to get dropped at the club. With the EP carrying a September release date and featuring a remix from Foxmind, we shouldn’t have to wait long to hear this heater on the dancefloor.
02. Liar & Mutual Friend “Sidewinder” Tessier-Ashpool Recordings
03. PHRIXUS – CJAW004 (Circular Jaw)
04. Sapyens Vol 1 – Various (Sapyens Records)
Debut from Sapyens Records “Sapyens Vol.1” Now available on digital format.. 10 solid club bass bangers!
05. Nuvaman – Strengh EP (Artifice)
Nuvaman teams up with Bournemouth’s girl of the minute Charli Brix on the title track “Strength” You would have heard Charli on various Drum & Bass tracks of late including 2 tracks on the album from Eni “Ritual”.
“Strength” Kick of with Charli Brix laying down the mood with her sultriest tones while Nuvaman gears up for an absolute tear out drop accompanied with jungle breaks. The Bassline cuts through like a gem taking it back to the 90’s rave while the reverbed snares and rims roll out in the background.
“Bada” comes in roaring with an infectious bassline from start to finish, turning and groaning through a filtered modulation. This one is for the head nodders for sure.
“Throttle” lays on a more UKG flavor with synth nods and vocal chops to the early 2000’s. Nuvman’s drum sequencing shines through on this track, delivering a trippy 2-step flavor bringing UKG through to 2016.
“Mutu” Starts of with an eerie setting laced with sick percussion and a funky beat that builds into a lovely bass drop with an interesting binaural Soundscape. The energy created on this one is definitely going to be the dance floor favorite.