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Friction's 5 Essential Shogun Releases

Posted: October 30th, 2014

Friction is a busy man, releasing high-caliber drum & bass on not only on his own Shogun Audio imprint, but on other major labels via remixes for artists like Wretch 32, Chocolate Puma and Stylo G, to name a few. His award-winning remix of “3005” by Childish Gambino was certified gold in the US, with over 20 million listens on Spotify.

The man known to his mum as Ed Keeley spoke with us about what’s next for him creatively and what he’s looking forward to at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve.

You’ve done a number of remixes this year. What’s been coming out of your studio? 
I’ve done one remix called “6 Words” for Wretch 32, who’s really big in the UK. I’ve also done one for Chocolate Puma (“Step Back”) and Childish Gambino (“3005”). Just full-on with remixes this year. I’ve also been writing collaboration projects for Shogun at the moment called Friction Vs., which are different collabs with other drum & bass artists that I’m a fan of. I’m going to do a mini-LP for that.

What’s the idea behind that Vs. series? 
It’s really just proper underground drum & bass. I wanted to do a load of tracks, work with some friends, and work with some producers that I get on well with in the studio. I’ve got half an actual artist album written, which I’m looking to finish next year. I’ve got too many projects! [Laughs] I’m just trying to keep up with it all.

What can fans expect from your upcoming set on the Chopping Block at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve?
I was at Bassrush earlier this year with Andy C, Alix Perez and Bro Safari. I loved the venue—it was a wicked, wicked place, and I can’t wait to go back. The Cali crowd is always up for it, which is what you really want.

 
Friction’s 5 Essential Shogun Releases

1. Spor – “Aztec”
2.
Icicle (feat. SP:MC) – “Dreadnaught”
3.
Jonny L – “Back To Your Roots” (Friction & K-Tee Remix)
4.
Alix Perez (feat. MC Fats) – “Down The Line”
5.
Break – “Let It Happen”

 

By Amanda Ross

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J:Kenzo Announces North American Tour

Posted: October 23rd, 2014

Bass-minded dubstep producer and DJ J:Kenzo announces his North American tour, kicking off October 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His Artikal Music UK imprint releases a 14-track, various artist’s compilation of the same name, presenting a concept album of future-thinking, previously unheard dubplates to the massive. Deciding not to leave out fans of other formats, the heady bassline rollers are available on vinyl as well as digital and CD formats.

140 aficionados will not be disappointed, as UK-based Kenzo is inviting friends like Thelem and US dubstep mainstay EshOne for the Artikal Music UK North American Tour. Check the tour dates below and download the compilation here.

 

10/30 Kings – Raleigh, NC

10/31 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC

11/1 Studio B At Skyway – Minneapolis, MN

11/2 Dragon’s Den – New Orleans, LA

11/5 The New Parish – Oakland, CA

11/6 Red Room – Vancouver, BC

11/7 Ten Nightclub – Calgary, AB

11/8 Jewel’s Catch One (MASS LA) – Los Angeles, CA

11/9 Barcelona – Austin, TX

11/11 The Other Side – Denver, CO

11/12 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

11/13 Plush – St. Louis, MO 

11/14 The Works – Detroit, MI

11/15 XL Nightclub (Gritsy) – Houston, TX

 

 

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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 www.highlycontrasting.com, 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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