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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.
Beatport Exclusive: 08/12/2017
Worldwide Release: 22/12/2017
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.
Its massive intro makes “Kaiman” a perfect set opener. Enter the swamp and witness that mean little bastard sneaking up on its prey, cold blooded and ready to strike. The drop hits just as ferocious, twisted and attacky all over the place. With a glitched-out percussive lead theme driven by whiplash snare hits, this one is going to take the crowds with ease.
“Hyperid” on the flip side drags you in with a tribalist percussion loop, building up in tension to burst off as a wicked chimera between Jump Up and Neurofunk that will get the heads spazzing out wild.
16 November 2017
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.
Hardheads watch out – TR Tactics are back on track! With releases on Citrus, Addictive Behaviour and Mainframe Recordings, the Austrian duo has created a devoted following and a trademark sound characterized by hard hitting drums and berserk bass lines, occasionally spiked with trancey arpeggios, dark and techy all over the place.
Notorious for inciting early morning riots when playing live, TR Tactics expose a deeper approach to their music as well: “We had the idea of taking something melodic, dive it into Chaos and pull it out again.”
“Vision” is about catching a glimpse on sinister times ahead that’s giving you the chills, and subsequently that fear turning into rage. “Unreal” ties up to the breakout theme and illustrates finding a new perspective on such dark premonition. Breaking it down, the EP’s main motive probably is the uprising, which finds its conclusion in the collab track with French Neuro-Don The Clamps. Both are known to take no prisoners, and “Maggot” is blowing down on us ignoble beings in a fury to teach us humble obedience. The final track, a collaboration with Mainframe Recordings Label Head DisasZt himself, won’t exactly fit into that story, but – for the sake of contemplation – think of “Fuck It” as a stray bullet heading right to the dance floor, just about to hit the crowd all of a sudden, and this is where the unforeseeable comes full circle with the vision.
Beatport Exclusive: 18/08/2017
Worldwide Release: 01/09/2017
Bass Infection is spreading out inexorably. Volume 3 of the album series launched back in June brings you another load of pandemic vibes and contagious beats from all around the globe – enjoy the outbreak!
On the opener, Nakwan & Kryptomedic are teaching a lesson in how to “Bring The Funk Back”. Kryptomedic’s instructions are carried by an atmospheric intro that’s constantly building up tension to burst in a drop unleashing some serious fire. After having gained attention with releases on Renegade Hardware and Kinetik recently, young talent from Bratislava Kutlo is marching in with “The Raid”, a merciless Stomper driven by pan-pot-percussion and earthquake bass lines. TR Tactics do what they do best – disassembling the system in a fury and shifting orderly conditions to a “Chaos State”. Better run for cover when you see “The Swarm” coming up – Body & Soul let loose the Killer Bees. Finally, Netics, newcomers from Belgrade, are making their debut on Mainframe with Dropship, a fierce roller resembling the vibe of late 90s’ Drum & Bass. Keep it coming!
NC-17, the Canadian daredevil, is giving us that clean but heavy, mind-crushing sound that he is the best at leaving us with an intense experience.
The distressing high notes, pulsating mid-range bass and the drums that accompany them certainly take us to the abandoned rainforest that keeps all kinds of surprises, then to the evacuated city hospital where there is very small chance of escape.
NC-17 teams up with KG & Emery to bring you Predator. They come from the world where there are no rules, they are the ultimate enemy killing for pleasure hunting for sport. This track raises everyone’s pulse gives the reality of the ultimate manhunt.
Side B in collaboration with Fade & Emery takes trudging sounds that animate zombie steps and mixes them with some madly stressful high notes and drums creating the illusion of the apocalypse. It is the Night of the Zombies!
Prepare for the crazy, prepare for the interrupted evil… These two new bangers will definitely hit the clubs hard!
Release: 02/12/2016 (Beatport Exclusive)
Darpa is a newcomer to our team, two very talented guys from Hungary, bringing a very unique, alternative, energetic sound into the scene.
…It’s here, it’s contagious, it’ll destroy you…Epidemic!
The symptoms include heavy breathing, goose bumps, fidgeting legs and the immediate widening of pupils.
The rules are simple…. Everyone dies!
The track nicely plays with an aligned set of drums, unique harsh stabs and eerie high-octane synths, but the real effect cannot be described in terms of drums and kicks.
Night King is an intriguing drum-funk-neuro mixture with a low base and heavy drums, creating trouble …he is coming…The Night King. The intro is scary, the track is dark and the beat is jungly enough to bring about the perfect vibe that transports you to the Haunted Forest and the Land of Always Winter…The Night King has found you…the only question is: Can you wake up from the dream?
These two tracks, although not the same pace, gender, style, go along really well with each other, one makes the other even stronger.