|Erb N Dub & DisasZt – Stop (OUT NOW!)|
|Tapolsky & VovKING – Kaiman / Hyperid [OUT NOW]|
|DubApe – Unstoppable EP (OUT NOW)|
|Bass Infection Vol. 5 (OUT NOW)|
|Bass Infection Vol. 4 (OUT NOW)|
|TR Tactics – Vision EP (OUT NOW)|
Because they can’t, they won’t, and they don’t stop…
Fresh collab tune forthcoming on Mainframe Recordings sees DisasZt’s sense for raw impact and Erb N Dub’s rather playful approach to the rinse-out business come together in a perfect blend.
Hailing from Brighton, Erb N Dub has become a staple in the UK Drum & Bass scene, with releases on RAM, Technique and Playaz, remixes for DJ Fresh, Foreign Beggars and, not least, his recent joint with Krafty Kuts alongside Harry Shotta, which earned him heavy rotation on BBC Radio 1.
Likewise, Vienna’s DisasZt, the man behind Mainframe Recordings and one of Europe’s largest recurring event series under the same brand, can’t exactly complain about a lack of airplay these days. With decent tunes such as ‘Vogue’ on Viper, and ‘I Got U’ (in collaboration with Brazil’s Alibi) on V Recordings, he has recently surprised his followers by bringing deep vibes and melodic sweetness to the table. On ‘Stop’, he now recollects the tried-and-true heavyweight formula he is known and loved for.
Dark and doomy all the way, meandering synth lines and bleepy signals pile up into a throbbing wall of sound, subsequently being riddled by percussive drumfire and chain punch bass hits. Armed with some extra nasty Rave stabs and bass sweeps engaging in call-and-response with that notorious Beastie Boys sample, DisasZt and Erb N Dub are definitely rockin’ the sure shot on this one.
Beware of the Yacare Kaiman! Ukrainian hot topic Tapolsky & VovKING are back on Mainframe with a hard-hitting double set of dancefloor bangers.
Having become a staple in Ukraine’s EDM landscape over the past years, the duo has recently shifted its focus purely to Drum & Bass and entered the international scene with releases on high profile labels such as ProgRAM and Technique rightaway. Being known for their uniquely crisp sound, next-level production and a vanguardist approach to rather liquid sounds, Tapolsky & VovKING’s forthcoming single on Mainframe Recordings is definitely their roughest take on the genre so far.
Can’t stop the DubApe! Once a devotee to the broken beats at around 140 BPM, and enjoying prominent support from J:Kenzo, N-Type and Truth, the Austrian studio wizard has meanwhile fully dedicated himself to the techy side of Drum & Bass and is known for reconciling musical versatility with a distinct signature sound, characterized by decently sculpted soundscapes, powerhouse bass lines and crispy drums.
Enjoy some serious rinse-out on the opening track, “Delirium”, when DubApe’s dystopian signature rave sound is doing proper damage as it is known and loved for. On “Why”, DubApe is creating a dope atmosphere with nothing more than an enigmatic vocal sample, some squelchy bass sounds and sparsely set but still tremendously rolling beats. All minimal and stripped down to the bone, “Why” is a subtle banger for the sophisticated.
“One Year” is coming in just as deep, sparking an ambiguous vibe of stone cold funk and industrial soul. With a wildly disassembled vocal bending itself around swaying half-time beats, its wicked shuffle will put spines to the test – true neck snapper!
For the closing track, DubApe is teaming up with vocalist Patch Edison, who delivers both a soulfully sung Hook over catchy piano chords as well as bullet proof rap lines when the drop hits. “Unstoppable” is a deep Neurofunk infused roller, enriched with a nice pinch of anthemic pop appeal.
Bass Infection all over the world! With Volume 5 we are celebrating global contamination and proudly bring you a final load of pandemic vibes and contagious beats – mission complete!
“Flat Earth” sees Sheffield based duo Motional deconvolving the Earth’s surface and speeding towards new horizons, with the ride coming to a sudden end when the beats start hammering down.
“Berlin” by Manikin, fresh talent hailing from Perth, Australia, takes you deep down to the basements of the city’s former no man’s land lying waste after the wall had been taken down. This is how heads were stepping in the days before squatters and off-the-wall clubs had to make way for office blocks and chic boutiques – underground never dies.
“Follow Your Rules” by Nakwan is soaring up to ethereal heights, a call to unchain minds and see the world’s beauty glow, safely carried by a powerful Reese bass and percussive beats propelling forward through wide open space – let it shine!
Last but not least, Netics are back on Volume 5 with another crooked roller called “Vulture”. No frills in here, just a razor sharp Reese and tearing drums, plus a decent pinch of those wicked Belgrade vibes get the job done with ease.
Bass Infection keeps on spreading! Mainframe Recordings proudly presents another four freshly engineered strains from the world’s most clandestine underground labs.
After its thoroughly dark and heavy predecessor, Volume 4 of the mighty album series starts off with a comparably playful opener track by London based newcomer Kentro, who is taking you on a wild ride through the hazy streets of “Bangalore”. With a recent release on Renegade Hardware, and now on Austrian Drum & Bass’ flagship imprint, this talent has to be watched for sure.
On “Funk Off”, Vienna Residents Breakpitt & Tenchu take it a whole level deeper. Find a prime Tech-Funk roller here, garnished with a nice pinch of cool jazz reverberating from the days when Drum & Bass still was that mystical inner city thing Electronic Dance Music’s avant-garde was all hyped about.
Next up, and void of any kind of retro vibe, fresh talent from Switzerland Maverick is letting loose a modern day “Valkyrie”, but this one didn’t come to take fallen warriors to Valhalla, but rather to unleash pure Dance Floor euphoria. Back to serious business at the closing track – on “Kill Em”, Body & Soul are back with another hard hitter and again make no prisoners. To be taken literally!
HIGH MAINTENANCE (AUDIOPORN / DIM MAK – UK)
TAPOLSKY & VOVKING (PROGRAM / TECHNIQUE – UKR)
AKROM ( RED LIGHT / DRUID – IT)
KUTLO ( KINETIK / NEUROFUNKGRID – SK)
KENTRO ( RENEGADE HARDWARE – UK)
HIROGEN ( MAINFRAME REC – CZ)
ISEE (MAINFRAME REC- AT)
MC KRYPTOMEDIC (EATBRAIN / BLACKOUT – US)
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