Review: New German label Dedicate debut with a 12-track compilation they describe as "a soundsphere from smooth, laidback grooves to funky uptempo beats". Studio Gruppe 1's opener 'Teletechnik Titelmelodie' - a fierce electro workout underpinned by organic funk drums - kicks off the collection in Chemical Brothers-like territory; Hans Nieswandt's 'Gl?cklich' is a dusty, Lemon Jelly-esque looper, Phonk D brings the uptempo soul vibes on 'Way Up', Kollege Schnurschuh's 'Fretless' joint will delight the jazzbos, and if you like the sound of all that so far then there are seven more leftfield funk jams to choose from before Studio Gruppe 1 play us out on a lounge-y tip with 'Vereinte Herzen'.
Review: It's been 15 years since Shogun Audio burst into life on the South Coast and under the watchful eye of Ed Keeley AKA Friction, as well as K-Tee, it's grown and grown into one of the best labels in the business, without a doubt. From the classics like Perez's seminal 1984, to more recent, futuristic numbers from the likes of Koherent and Document One, the label is truly diverse and that's represented extremely well in this 15 Years Of compilation. Featuring a litany of acts both old and new, including Technimatic, Pola & Bryson and Friction, this one is for the proper fans. Document One's 'Vibration' is a favourite of ours, with a stupidly cool, distorted bassline that packs a tasty hardware edge, undergirded by a click-and-snap drum line. Pure quality right here.
Review: Highly anticipated for longer than we care to remember, Friction's debut album was always going to be a full spectrum, widescreen affair. All corners covered with an energy and style we've become accustomed to from his DJ sets, this is the full Friction in more detail than he's ever displayed as a producer; highlights include the slamming choppage and damage of "Ultrafunk" (with Metrik) the slower tempo space rave UKG vibes of "Blue", the near Pendulum levels of euphoria and heaviness on "Running", the squidgy bass and roustabout riff of the appropriately named "Stinker" and the pure emotion and urgency of the album finale "All Nite". This is Friction at his most revealing and far reaching. Make a connection.
Alix Perez - "Down The Line" (feat MC Fats) - (6:27) 172 BPM
JO - "R-Type" - (5:51) 174 BPM
Subwave - "Think" - (5:58) 175 BPM
Shogun Audio Presents: The Classics (2004-2017) (continuous DJ mix) - (57:08) 174 BPM
Review: When a label as consistent and as well rounded as Shogun Audio announce a 'Classics' release it obviously sends shivers around the drum & bass community. It's hard to imagine condensing thirteen years of dominance into a minimized box of thirty classics, but just looking at the tracklisting is awe-inspiring. We see classic reappearances from the likes of Friction, Spor, Break, Icicle, Rockwell, Spectrasoul, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked and that's not even half of the names involved. To break it down simply, this compilation summarizes why Shogun hold such a legendary status within the scene, through incredible consistency and magnificent diversity of sound.
Review: The build up to Friction's debut album continues... Following the heavyweight "Mad In The Jungle" this summer, comes second LP single "Running". A heavyweight dancefloor banger that balances between slamming jumpy riffage, spacey peaktime euphoria and surging soulful vocals courtesy of Raphaella, this is Friction at his most playful and peaktime. Bring on the album!