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Tik&Borrow return to the imprint they founded, an imprint which is largely responsible for the renaissance in the Yorkshire bassline sound over the past few years; In:flux Audio with their first full length album, 'Neurality'. After the success of their 'Vision EP' back in February, the duo have been busy in the studio cooking up 8 tracks of Neuro-inspired Bass and Grime bangers that pack a punch on the dancefloor. To celebrate the release of the album we caught up with the duo who brought a long a couple of bad boy tracks for you to download for free. They have also recorded an exclusive 30 minute studio mix that is packing more energy than 6 cans of Monster with Red Bull chasers. Check it out!
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Tik&Borrow have had a very busy 2017, both on personal levels and as co-founders of label In:flux Audio. Most notably, they’ve released a steady stream of their own music, as well as keeping up with In:flux’s demanding release schedule and celebrating the label’s 4th Birthday. Somehow in amongst all of this, they’ve still found time to sit down and work on their debut LP, ‘Neurality’ – an 8 track release with influences spanning Drum and Bass, Dubstep, UKG and beyond. We caught up with Tik to talk about the album process, collaborations and what to expect next from both themselves as artists and the label.
You guys have been releasing music for a long time, as well as working hard behind the scenes on your label, In:Flux audio. How long has this album been in the works for?
We finished the first couple of tunes for the album in January of this year and we finished the last tune in September, so all in all it has taken 9 months to piece this all together. We’ve had a few other releases along the way this year as well on amazing labels such as Southpoint and Project AllOut Records, which has been really great for us and helped us to expand our horizons a little bit.
Did you sit down and decide to do a full length release or was it more something that ‘just happened’?
We finished the ‘Vision’ EP that went out in February towards the end of 2016, so as there was 9 months until the deadline for our next release on In:flux, we decided we really wanted to give making an album a try. We had a few tracks in the bank, so it really seemed like a logical move forward, especially with the fact our last few EPs on the label had all been really well received.
There’s obviously a huge amount of variety in the sounds on ‘Neurality’ – where did the inspiration come from?
Our sound has always encompassed a lot of different influences, but more so on this release than ever before. The biggest new influence to our sound for the album has been Grime and Dubstep, which was a welcome addition to our composition as the drum structure in those genres really went well with our Neuro-inspired synth design. Our sound has really come full circle now with the Neuro sound from Borrow’s DnB days now combining with my love of Dubstep. It was obviously meant to be!
What was the most challenging part of the album making process?
I think the longevity of the process was the most challenging part. Making sure tracks you wrote at the start in January stayed as strong as the most recent tracks written in August is always tricky, and it meant some tracks fell by the wayside along the way. It’s also important to make sure the sound across the album is consistent and tells a story, but we feel in the end we’ve put the best representation of ourselves out there in the 8 tracks.
There’s a big collaboration with Tengu featured, was it a conscious decision to not have more collaborations on the release?
We had more collabs lined up but they didn’t quite materialise in time for the album. We are however absolutely chuffed with the one we did piece together for it! The collab we had planned with Pelikann is on it’s way and will now be appearing on his ‘Presents…’ compilation in March and we’ve just lined up another load of collaborations with Sample Junkie, Hamdi, Pharaoh K, Ali McK & IYZ and Aerontonin. Will keep us busy for sure!
What’s your favourite track on ‘Neurality’ ?
I think both of us have different tracks for different reasons. The opening four tracks on the album are all solid for different reasons, but for me it has to be ‘Intake’ and Borrow it’d be ‘Wastelands’. The best part about doing the promo for this release is that everyone has come back with a different track that is their favourite.
After experiencing making an album, is it something you’d do again in the future?
It’s something we will do in the future yeah! It is a process that really helps you to develop massively as an artist and when finished is an amazing representation of yourself, something you can look upon with a good bit of pride because of the effort that goes into it.
What were your favourite studio snacks throughout the process?
For Borrow it was beer and cigarettes and for me it’s all about squash and crisps. We definitely lead very different lifestyles!
Which track took the most amount of time to wrap up and why?
The longest tracks were ‘Intake’ and ‘Wastelands’ for the very simple reason that these were tracks from 2/3 years ago that were originally Garage tracks we weren’t too happy with, but when we started on the Grime/Dubstep flex we had another punt at them and they’ve turned into absolute beasts.
What have you got lined up following the release of the album?
We’re going to take the next year to be a little more free with our production and try to write tracks one at a time rather than for a full release. We’ve got a nice little ditty called ‘Fision’ coming out on Southpoint: Introducing in January, and hope to be working more with those guys next year. We then have our beast of a collab with man like Pelikann coming out in March, and of course all our other aforementioned collabs we plan on starting in December. We also have a couple of compilation releases on In:flux lined up, a free Dubstep compilation that will be going out in the New Year and Get Fluxed Vol. IV that will be going out in June. Other than that, we’re interested in putting a few more freebies out next year so we’ll see how that works out in amongst all of this madness!
Tik&Borrow have pieced together a chart that shows the underlying influences behind the album. 20 tracks that encompass Grime, Garage, Breakbeat and everything in between - this is an essential selection for any DJs crate.
There are few success stories within the UK bass scene as potent as that of Bru-C, who has risen to the pinnacle of bassline MC status. With this EP he teams up with the infamous sounds of Skepsis and Darkzy for a destructive selection of four instant anthems. The whole project is spot on, from the catchy rhythms and harmonic vocal melodies on Take It Slow and the jump up stylings of Hide The Ting alongside Window Kid to the high pace skippy arrangement of ?Set Pace? and singalong vocals of Affiliation. Bru-C has outdone himself on this one!
Flexing between garage, house, bass and bassline, Daze Prism has been blessing us with some prime cuts for several years now but this EP is by far his biggest yet; "Lose Control" jacks and tickles with a cool twist on a classic mid 90s UKG vibe with warm, dreamy dulcets from singer Sabrina Gunston. Elsewhere both "Kraft" and "Wob" get jiggy on the classic breaks with insane, hype-fuelled results, "Slaps" lives up to its name with dark Headzy style pads, stuttering drums and crystal bars from Danny Jaqq and "Bad Fit" takes us on a twisted dance around the sharpest lasers in Daze's armoury. Remix-wise fellow Southpoint rising stars Freddie Martin and SaidWho deliver some utter gold: the former turns his sandpaper funk machine up to 11, the latter smashes every wooden block in a 50 mile radius. Ridiculously sick.
There are few labels under the funky bracket that have been holding the genre down to the extent that RKS has been over the last few years. We were super excited to see Roska make his return with his instant classic ?Feeline? along with 4 heavyweight remixes. First up Mark Force steps up with his samba infused relick, filled with relentless percussion and dubbed out synth work. Following this Murder He Wrote moves into play with his smooth moogy overhaul, hell bent on subweight pressure. Bash & T jump in next with their stripped back edit, focussing on distant spacious atmospherics and subtle delays. Finally Spectre puts together his techno inspired redesign, using a lot of the same original elements with a more electronic feel.
The infamous Saucy Records serve up another sumptuous slice of bass brilliance with this one as regulars Barely Royal team up with man of the minute Bushbaby on ?Light It?. Both production outfits bring their own selection of spices to the table, fusing lethal bass sounds and reeses with sharp drum patterns perfectly alongside sprinklings of vocal finesse from Dread and Grove. Fantastic stuff!
Bass music from a UK funky perspective, courtesy of Bristol's DJ Polo - who has had previous releases on authority labels such as Roska Kicks & Snares and New York City's High End Times so go figure! On the dubbed-out late night anthem "1 Triple 0" prepare to get that lighter in the air, featuring the mad vocal skills of Grim Sickers, while "Limonata" is the instrumental version. More of the same on "Multiple Palm Tree Emojis" (featuring a bit of help from Lobby) and tropical vibes abound assisted by those sweltering polyrhythms on the absolutely heaving "Swervin".
As a solidified bass music imprint, there's nothing more important than making a good start to the new year. Its safe to say that the responsibility was left in more than capable hands as Development team up with Tuff Culture for a weighty three tracker entitled "Time Away". The collaboration occurs on "Harmony" which is a straight 4x4 skanker, demonstrating very original bass synthesis and crisp drum processing blended with well sampled vocal sprinklings. Following this "Time" is a futuristic 2-step anthem, utilising creative vocal processing over skippy drum arrangements. The EP is then rounded up perfectly with "Away" which combines the themes of both previous, but repackages them for the dance with a classic UK bass breakdown. Fantastic stuff all around on this one!