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Smoke & Mirrors EP
SMOKEDIGI 014
28 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
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Mirrors - (6:11) 175 BPM
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Blow Out - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Empty Threats - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fear Nothing - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Review: Jaydan and Upfront are a monstrous partnership. Both highly skilled in the heavy, show-stopping jump up dynamics, the pair complement each other perfectly. "Mirrors" is a composition of true contrast as the floaty ravey synths give way to a crude, potty mouthed bass lick. "Blow Out" lives up to its name with a vicious midrange bass lead that swipes and swathes with undiluted menace and neat switch ups on the fills. Further on we hit "Empty Threats", a track that swings with more of a triplet flavour and a much darker, deeper bass texture that groans ominously over the funky drum dynamic. "Fear Nothing" finishes the set on a stark steppy note. Armed with yet another concrete-ripping bassline, the real action can be found amid the subby bubbles on the fills. Heavyweight.
The Link Ups Vol 2
SMOKEDIGI 043
28 Aug 17
Drum And Bass
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Jaydan & Upfront - "Rubbish" - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Jaydan & Klay - "Good As Dead" - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Jaydan & Lyfie - "Time To Pay" - (3:43) 175 BPM
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Aesthetics & Upfront - "2049" - (4:27) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Smokin' Riddims long success can be linked to Jaydan's keen ear for balanced tracks, every track cuts a fine balance between, noisy, bouncing, rough and rolling and that means great dancefloor music. This new EP is a collection of co-labs, three of which are with the main man himself. 'Rubbish' is anything but, the aggressive track uses swaths and a stabbing bass to create an intense atmosphere. 'Good A Dead' uses jungle breakdowns in-between more modern drum patterns with grinding metallics and shadowy pads. '2049's rumbling bassline is the star of the EP.
Wonderland
TZREC 014
20 Oct 14
Drum And Bass
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Wonderland - (4:31) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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He Haw - (5:30) 175 BPM
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The Chameleon EP
SMOKEDIGI 015
01 Sep 14
Drum And Bass
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Murder Squad - (4:57) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bru Dub - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Things You Do - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Skank Riddim - (4:46) 175 BPM
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Feel So - (5:14) 175 BPM
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Review: Featured on Haydan's Smokin' Riddim's podcast back in May, Edinburgh-based production powerhouse Upfront lives up to his name with an EP filled with shape-shifting, colour-changing d&b designed to move and abuse. After the wrecking effects of "Murder Squad" the release takes a spin down old-school avenue in the excellently-named "Bru Dub" with classic ragga sampling and scattered breaks laid out over darkly rumbling bass."Things You Do" picks up the vibe with an anthemic vocal and systematically drops into nowhere with the bare minimum of a backdrop to the clank and click of percussion and pulsating bass. "Feel So" is the EP's nod to neuro-tinged nastiness and finally "Skank Riddim" takes the lead on a jump-up track so perfectly honed it's like this comes easy to him. Mindblowingly diverse and accessible at the same time. Looks like the badmen have got some serious competition.
Parallel Worlds EP
SMOKEDIGI 025
02 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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Another Dimension - (4:55) 175 BPM
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Another Place - (4:33) 175 BPM
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Murder Squad (VIP) - (4:56) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sic - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Deep Intentions - (5:15) 175 BPM
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Played by: DJ Ollie, Zen Dub
Review: Scottish sonic sorcery: Upfront returns to Jaydan's Smokin Riddims with five more cross-section compositions. "Another Dimension" conjures up the ghosts of raves gone by with its planet-aligning pads, "Another Place" is a slice of cold soul that nods towards the work Artificial Intelligence have done with Steo, "Murder Squad VIP" sees him flipping is '14 Smokin Riddim anthem with even more menace, "Sic" takes the tech route with subtle alien-zapping neuro modulations on the low end while "Deep Intentions" closes the show with wafting pads and far-away vocals tied down by restrained growls. A comprehensive showcase.
Gully/Nostromo
SMOKEDIGI 031
23 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Gully - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nostromo - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Review: Razor-sharp Scottish steppery: Upfront and Aesthetics strip back the unnecessaries for two straight-up rolling damagers. "Gully" is reminiscent of Origin Unknown's mid 90s output with its crisp two-step, marshmallow subs and well placed (possibly Predator?) vocal sample. Keeping the mid 90s two-step vibe alive, "Nostromo" purrs a little softer with benign chemtrails of "Pulp Fiction" and a name that comes from Alien. Cool tracks and some nerdy film references... Upfront & Aesthetics know us all too well.
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