Review: Misanthrop is best known for giving a one fingered salute with his brash, wily, almost punky techy drum & bass. Until now... Analog, his second solo album, shows a completely different, much deeper and thoughtful side to the German producer. Coming on strong like a Bodzin or Huntemann record, this is a proper opus that celebrates drum & bass music's deepest and most cosmic aspects. The staccato drama of "Deus", the techno pace and energy of "Heute Nacht", the intense delivery, arrangement and narrative of "Plastik" and "Space Station". The list goes on. We're not messing around here; this is one of the best drum & bass albums of the year, hands down.
Review: We're up to Part 3 of the Neosignal X EP series, a set of original tracks that aim to celebrate 10 years of the label doing some of the dirtiest bits with the dirtiest artists in the game. Phace, Mefjus, Black Sun Empire - you get the picture. All of the EPs so far have tended to have one standout tune and this release is no different. Proxima has been handed the keys to the legendary 'MPD' and he's absolutely smashed it, retaining the melody and grunge of the original but flipping it into a fresh, modernised stepper. Properly good stuff from the Dutch crew.
Review: Neosignal is celebrating 10 years and they're doing so with four instalments of remixes and brand-new originals. This is the second part and it's just as big as the first, with five stellar remixes from Mefjus, Yunis, Culprate, Joe Ford and Buunshin. The former is the standout, unsurprisingly, with the Austrian giving Phace's 'Basic Memory' a onceover that'll leave it permanently improved. A glitchy, spacious structure gives Mefjus' arrangement room to breathe and you can soak up this tune in all its technical wonder, each phrase bigs up the last and the whole experience gets progressively more intense. These tunes are all huge - go cop em.
Phace - "Interplay" (Kimyan Law remix) - (4:13) 172 BPM
Review: Neosignal is a Dutch imprint that's currently celebrating its tenth anniversary of distributing hardcore, Neurofunk sonics to the masses. They're celebrating with a three-party remix LP that revists some of the best cuts from the label's history, and this is the first instalment, featuring Levela, Halogenix, Kimyan Law and more. Halogenix's remix of Misanthrop's 'Deadlock' is our favourite, a deeply minimal depiction that has Neurofunk overtones, a techy monstrosity that shows off his production prowess. Kimyan Law contributes with his usual creativity as well. We look forward to parts 2 and 3.
Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!