A heavy breakbeat workout with a series of hard-hitting mixes, Absinthe definitely lives up to the title. General Midi's mix chops up samples in a ruthless way, all the while letting synths bubble away over some chunky drums. Matos's mix takes a more disco approach and lets the vocal run, while System 22's mix is a white noise-fest complete with glitchy beats to ramp up the tension. Check out the mixes in full if you like a drop of the hard stuff!
A heavy-hitting new release from Nottingham's breakbeat champ Scott Reeder aka Hexadecimal, with the worldly vocals of ragga legend Percy Dread woven into the mix. While Hex's original is deeply spooked, reverb-laden and thumpingly half steppin', he provides a banging "breaks" mix that's supercharged yet also combines the haunting intensity of the original, while Pete Jordan, Retroid and Run Riot also cook up some seriously pumping mixes on the side.
"Back for more" is the third single to have been lifted from General Midi's excellent second album, Operation Overdrive. ?4 Million Ways? and "Get It Down," feat Whiskey Pete were the first tracks from the album that Distinctive Records decided to release. Now, the breaks imprint has also decided that "Back for more" deserves a piece of the primetime.
Huge, shouty vocals from breakbeat?s first lady, Odissi screech over electro bass and rock guitars. Like all things General Midi, the track has ran away with the normal preconceptions of breakbeat. "Back For More" hints at electro, punk, house and hip-hop within the same four minutes.
This release comes with two remixes, equally deserving of merit in their own right. First, General Midi remix for themselves, taking things down more of a dancefloor route. 'Taste Of Trouble' mix is a full on, high throttle serge towards the dancefloor, a perfect weapon for any DJ to destroy the room during their peak time set. The other remix comes from Odissi herself. Stripping her vocals down somewhat from the album version, her dark and moody remix is for the edgier clubs the world over. A dubby number, full of bass and FX, her remix reveals yet another talent that lies within this truly multi-talented lady.
After winning Best Breakthrough DjJat the International Breakbeat awards and rocking the best floors across the country over the last few years, Scott Reeder aka Hexadecimal's finally taken the plunge and produced his first full length album. It's impressive stuff, from the opening beatless "Intro" which drops perfectly into "Dead Moose", and sets the tone with lots of high energy breakbeat power. Reeder brings plenty of variety though on Base 16, with "Serious Action" featuring the soft, soulful vocals of Percydread and rocking some moody washes of synth pads as well as dub-style bass. "I'm Not Insane" also goes the vocal route, with Kurnel MC filling the breakdowns with a fast-flowing rhyme that builds in momentum. And for the ultimate bass hit, check out the enormous and appropriately-titled "Nuclear Sub" - probably one of the highlights of a classy and pleasantly-varied debut.
Dark Skies (Rennie Pilgrem remix) - (4:51) 140 BPM
Dark Skies - (3:57) 140 BPM
Dark Skies (Behind The Scene remix) - (7:21) 131 BPM
Dark Skies (ManOne remix) - (5:05) 129 BPM
Dark Skies (iDiJi remix) - (3:53) 140 BPM
Dark Skies (instrumental mix) - (4:01) 140 BPM
Ils aka Illian Walker's recent LP for Distinct'ive was a massively welcomed addition to the D&B world, and we're happy to announce that the label have decided to give the featured track "Dark Skies" a solo release with a handsomely picked squadron of remixers. Of course, the original breakbeat monster is there between Rennie Pilgrem's squelching jungle retouch; Behind The Scene's fast-moving ante-up; a housey refix by ManOne; iDiJi's broken beat re-interpretation and the original's powerful instrumental.
A class act ever since their debut album Wide Angle in 1999, breakbeat band Hybrid just keep getting bigger and better. Originally comprising duo Mike Truman and Chis Healings, they've been joined by singer and guitarist Charlotte James for 2010. Their sound has been expanded too, with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra even appearing on this wonderful new album. Opener Empire sets the tone for this audacious set as a huge string-drenched intro gives way to an exhilarating stew of acid-synths and big beats. Can You Hear Me Now is just as epic, combining operatic vocals with a huge chorus from James.
Where Hybrid really stand out from the crowd is in their incredible range of styles and true to form Disappear Here will keep listeners on their toes throughout. Green Shell Suit for example starts off as a dark and moody trip-hop beat before some warped pads get filtered up and usher in a cinematic key change and a host of new instruments. On a more raucous vibe, Take A Fall takes on dubstep beats but with live drums and their trademark cinematic washes of sound. City Siren is a tense, all orchestral number (similar to The Beatles' A Day In The Life) while Formula Of Fear is a rocking, electro-paced stomper with yet another perfect chorus sung by Charlotte James. It's rare to hear an album with such variety in songs, yet done with a distinctive attitude and sound. Hybrid are just a class apart and Disappear Here is deep and textured enough to withstand many many listens.