It’s that time of year again when tickets for Outlook Festivals boat parties are released. This year it seems harder than ever trying to decide. Especially when Critical, Exit, Metalheadz, Dispatch, Ram, Symmetry and Dnb Arena are all offering 3 hours of epic music in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. Tickets are available from the Outlook Festival website from 8pm!
"I won't make too many speeches 'cos it's all about the music" (Sir David Rodigan)
Release day rolls around once again, but today is a rather special day for Shogun Audio, Signature and Critical.
Alix Perez is back with his second LP “Chroma Chords” It has been nearly 4 years since his debut “1984” was released and that is what you should bare in mind with his new album. A lot of people have been speculating whether it would match his debut efforts which is regarded as one of the most innovative albums of the decade by many. “Chroma Chords” is more of a progression and it showcases the sounds of now, which may not be to everyones taste. However if you look past that, it is still a remarkable LP made by one of drum and bass’ most talented producers.
The next big release comes from the music man, Calibre. “Spill” has been kept firmly under wraps apart from a couple of tasters on Soundcloud. But to be honest, he never puts a foot wrong so it is inevitable that it will be great.
Also Stray’s latest hit “Ginseng Smash” is out today which has been on heavy circulation in many sets recently.
All available from the usual music outlets…
Stray has always had a unique approach to production which is why his tracks always sound fresh and exciting. His latest release on Critical Modulations is no different. You may have heard “Ginseng Smash” already on recent mixes, it effortlessly fuses old with new with jungle breaks alongside mashed up vocals that brings it back up to date. An infectious track that will resonate in your ears throughout the Summer and beyond.
“Akina” takes tribal to another level, whilst it draws on the steppy half time beat, it also has a slight trap feel (in a good way) Although chaotic, you can pick out all the intricate little sounds. All these elements make it an impressive piece of music and once again proves why Stray is one of the most innovative producers in the scene right now!
Out on Critical Modulations on the 20th May!!!
Yes, there are some great releases available to purchase today. However, if there was one in particular it has to be Gerra and Stones phenomenal new EP “Crimson”. Grab it now from Beatport!
Random Movement provides the guest mix on Frictions Radio One show and with the ever improving weather, this is a great way to begin the week!
Finally just about recovered from the Exit Records 10th Birthday in London on Friday night, and what a night it was! I’m not going to drone on about how crowded it was or the fact that there were many time clashes because it will draw away from what was achieved that night for the label especially, It was a remarkable night in all aspects. I pretty much stayed in room one for the most part, mainly because we were lucky enough to secure a prime spot on the front row early on.
It is hard to pinpoint the highlights of the night seeing as the line up was out of this world but it was a great representation of what Exit is all about. However, as a die hard fan of Calibre, I must say that he truly smashed it from start to finish, him and DRS are the ultimate dream team in my opinion. As are dBridge and SP:MC who also provided an epic hour long onslaught of quality drum and bass. Then it was time for the main event, Bad Company. The energy in the club was electric and when they dropped “The Nine’ the club erupted. Although I have heard that track a million times before, it was all the more special hearing it being dropped by the Bad Company boys. Definitely a highlight of my raving career so far!
As I mentioned before it is hard to decipher the best moments of the night but it proves that Exit was and always will be at the forefront of drum and bass. dBridges Facebook statement after the event shows how passionate he is about the music after all these years in the game and also how it wasn’t just a great night for the ravers, but for the artists too. I feel blessed to have been a part of it as this night will go down in history as one of the best raves of all time!
Metalheadz are offering the Subwave remix of Lenzman and Riya’s hit “Open Page” for free. Haven’t heard much from Subwave lately and he has smashed it with this remix, the punchy drums and synth give it a new lease of life just in time for the Summer. Go download it now via the Metalheadz Soundcloud page!
This track is purely sublime… No need to say anything else really!