Free Download: “California Love” (High Contrast Remix)

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

Fresh off his recent American tour, liquid drum & bass pioneer High Contrast shares his love for the West Coast by releasing his special re-lick of “California Love.”

Known for his timeless remixes of hip-hop tracks like “Gold Digger,” High Contrast spreads the love and creates a synth-laden, jump up bass version of the track. Lincoln (aka High Contrast) mentions this remix was specifically created for the enjoyment of the crowd at Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland held in Southern California.

Head over to, subscribe, and then download the track directly from his SoundCloud, for a limited time only.

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Fei-Fei: Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate

Posted: October 21st, 2014

Genre-bending bad girl Fei-Fei is slated to debut her first album, Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate, on November 4.

Fei-Fei, a self-proclaimed studio nerd, says the composed collection of tracks all reflect a little piece of each genre she has defined, from her early days on Armada to recent dancefloor bangers on Datsik’s Firepower. 

“I was never going to release any of this,” she admits. “I was going through a lot of weird personal stuff at the time I started all this. At the same time, I was struggling to find my voice as an artist. I took a break from everything and just began to make music for myself—weird and experimental stuff, stuff that no one was ever going to hear. It felt really good to be inspired again. I took up a few other instruments [and] I’ve and even began taking vocal lessons just for fun. It was extremely therapeutic.”

“Little White Lies,” the first single off her album, intricately ties up synths and ultra deep bass, creating a perfect atmosphere. Her ability to fuse trap, future bass, and surgical edits are showcased through out the album.

Fei-Fei’s Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate tour is currently in full swing with dates extending to December. Catch the album pre-party at The Lash in L.A. on October 25.


Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate Tour:

10/25  Feided @ The Lash L.A.

11/01  Riverside Complex - Chicago, IL

11/07  The Next Door - Honolulu, HI

11/08  Amethyst Club - Kona, HI

11/21  Feided @ The Lash L.A.

11/26  Cardinal Bar - Madison, WI

11/29  Studio 200 - Milwaukee, WI

12/05  Grasshopper Underground - Detroit, MI

+ more TBA


Pre-order Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate here.


By Amanda Ross

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Getting Trippy With Bass Music Legend Jakes

Posted: October 20th, 2014

Bass music legend Jermaine Jacobs (better known as Jakes) is fresh off the triumphant win of the Red Bull Culture Clash with fellow artists Pinch and crew, and has a new EP, Trippy, that just dropped on H.E.N.C.H. From the label’s Bristol HQ, he delves deeper into the subject of genre labeling, his favored US tour stops, the state of drum & bass, and his personal studio processes.


Tell us about how you and the Subloaded crew shut down the competition? Who was repping with you? Which tunes dropped the heaviest?

The crew consisted of Pinch, Joker, myself, R.S.D and Chef on the decks with Sgt. Pokes and Riko Dan and me on mic duties. All of us came with special plates specifically tailored for the situation. Pinch had plates with Riko Dan, R.S.D came with a special Dr. Who dub track, Joker had a “Brown Paper Bag” spesh—with Dyna calling out the other systems—and I made a dub of “3k Lane” (all 3 versions) mixed with Warface and Footsies’ “Certified” vox layered over it. I call it “3k Face.” Those were just some of the tracks we murdered the competition with. The other sound systems gave it a good go but ultimately we came ready for war! 


Tell us about your latest Trippy EP. Which of the tracks are doing the most damage on the floor?

The EP was a labor of love, really. I wanted to take a step back in my sound but still keep it current. I wanted to mix in what I’m listening to at the moment so obviously there’s a heavy trap influence, but I blended it in a subtle way with elements of D&B and ska. “What” seems to be the one in the lead on the dancefloor right now. It’s also my favorite from the EP, but all of the tunes do damage when played at specific times. It was designed that way. 


Can you tell us about the bonus track? Where can fans get a hold of it? 

The bonus track, “Trees,” is available exclusively on the D-Style website.


How do you feel about the labeling of specific styles in dubstep? Riddim seems to be quite the buzzword these days. What’s your take on that?

It’s all dubstep, end of! 


Now for a bit of a history lesson for the newbies. When did you first break as a vocalist?

1999 was when I stopped working a 9 to 5, but I’d been bubbling before then. At the time I was E-Z Rollers’ front man alongside the Lady Roller. [I was] also working with General MIDI, Starecase, Timo Mass, and of course Tech Itch. 


What vocal productions are you working on at the moment?

Recently I’ve teamed up with Negus over at Power Of 3 Records. We’ve had quite a bit of success with what we have done so far. “Walk the Walk” and “One Man army” are anthems. Both had the full treatment. Deadbeat came with two amazing videos that have received a lot of praise. The next installment, “Hit Me With It”—featuring Ayah Marar of Calvin Harris fame—is ready. I see it getting some attention. Also in the pipeline are collaborations with my bro TC, something with [longtime friend] Loco Dice, Loadstar, and a couple things I can’t really talk about right at this moment.


Coming from a drum & bass background, how do you feel about the closures of many UK-based D&B radio shows? Where do you see that genre heading? 

It’s happening worldwide and not just to D&B. Dance music on a whole is feeling a little peak right now. That being said, the amount of D&B that is getting mainstream success is on a level I’ve not seen until now. I used to front Pendulum for a minute and I got to see a lot, but right now the doors are wide open. Sigma just had two #1 singles; something as a D&B head I’m proud of and we should all be. It’s all one big circle. Times it’s hot and times it’s not.


Where are some of your favorite places to visit in the states?

L.A, Denver and New York are my top three. 


Any forthcoming H.E.N.C.H. material we should look out for? 

The Chronicles compilation that we are putting together at the month is worth a mention, as is the fact that a couple new people will be coming on board and there will be singles, collaborations and remixes from people in the scene that I think can bring something to the table. 


By Amanda Ross

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Audio’s Nil Of Mouth EP On Ram

Posted: October 20th, 2014

Dancefloor-destroying sounds radiate from Audio’s new EP Nil Of Mouth. The release offers only the darkest of beats, exactly what you’d expect from the South London producer Audio, aka Gareth Greenall.

Ram Records releases four tracks: the heart-pounding “Nil Of Mouth,” the scientific neuro scorcher “Ultron”, “Break It” (with its epic intro and splashy percussion), and the decadently dark and deep “Gotham.”

Find it on vinyl and digital here.


By Amanda Ross

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All Trap Music Volume 3

Posted: October 17th, 2014

Trap lovers rejoice! All Trap Music Volume 3 is landing in digital outlets and stores worldwide. JiKay presents his third compilation, laced with some of the freshest picks of 2014.

The album boasts two discs containing 40 different interpretations of the genre. From trap bangers to slower more experimental vibes, it’s an international affair with a plethora of producers from both sides of the pond. Some of the more well-known names include Toronto’s Keys N Krates, trendsetting Flosstradamus, Pusha T, Diplo, Bro Safari, Paper Diamond, Vaski and Kill The Noise to name just a few.

The founder of the brand, known as JiKay, started his empire in 2012 via the popular YouTube channel that promoted the emerging 808 craze. According to JiKay, fans of the All Trap Music sample series can expect to see another volume in the near future, along with more material from his own Hot Damn imprint.

Download the album here.


By Amanda Ross

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Delta Heavy Gets Reborn, Releases Remix Package

Posted: October 16th, 2014

It’s time to get Reborn! Delta Heavy’s new premier remix package includes cuts from June Miller and Spoils, as well as the massive original single. Hosting label RAM Records announced the recent work of the London duo, which includes well-known and respected heavy hitters like Simon James and Ben Hail. Pre-order the release here.


By Lori Denman-Underhill 

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