Bristol-based Sofa Sound is a forward-thinking drum and bass label headed up by DLR. The label hones in on rolling drum and bass that pushes a deeper, more bassline heavy sound which has a lot of subtleties and progression. Since 2017, DLR has rattled out releases from artists close to his heart: Quadrant, Hydro, Black Barrel, Signal, Break, M-Zine, Trex… the list goes on! Sofa Sound continues to push boundaries, winning ‘Best Newcomer Label’ in the Drum&BassArena Awards 2020.
Review: Are you sitting comfortably? Sofa Sound don DLR most certainly is as he unleashes his third album 'Money Till I Got None'. Featuring the vocalist charms of Fox, Freddy B, Rider Shafique and Gusto, it's DLR's most forthright and firesome album to date. Focusing hard on the dance with some of his heaviest and thiccest productions to date, cuts like '1234', 'Money Games' and 'Scrimp & Save' all hit harder than a Happy Shopper value cola being dropped from a 40 storey building with 3 packs of unbranded mentos inside. Make no mistakes, this is a humungous album and yet another benchmark set by the Bristol end boss.
Review: Man like Zero T lays down a love letter to the foundations on the forever check-on-sight Sofa Sound. Five cuts in total, complete with collabs with fellow kindred jungle spirits Molecular and DLR and a VIP of the already massive 'Jazz Tone', it's yet another near-perfect workout from an artist who can genuinely do no wrong. From the opening (and highly infectious) Zinc-style bongo roll-out title track to the last gully croaks of the finale 'Drop With Me', Zero T has nailed it.
Review: Documenting where innovative, groove-based underground D&B is at AND making us say a cheeky swearword or two since 2019, 'Sofa King Sick' compilations remain one of the most exciting and must-check VA collections in drum & bass right now and this latest instalment is no exception. Loads of established donnies and a few brand new names join DLR as we tear through the dance in all shapes and shades and styles. Highlights include Kublai's deep swinging 'Relax', the rude buzz and swagger of Sam Binary & Myth's 'Headrush' and Quadrant, Iris & Ed:it's breath-taking 'Nord Alley' but to be real, they're all on-point. Sofa King awesome.
Review: Previously spotted damaging the dance on labels like Frontline, Ram, Sonix and Liqweed Ganja during the 2000s, Crystal Clear has returned in recent times via DLR's Sofa Sound. First on last year's Sofa King Sick collection and now with his first full EP since around 2013. Making up for lost time, he goes in on every direction; 'Woke' is a big stand out cut as it warns us of the dangers of the Tories and the toilet paper news rag that is The Sun. Elsewhere the legendary likes of Codebreaker delivers on 'Puppet Man', 'Full House' brings some seriously dark swagger to the mix while 'Slow Hand' brings the EP to a groaning close. Full vibes.
Review: Are you sitting comfortably? Then Thematic will be begin.... Following his various cameo roles on Sofa Sound Vas such as Singles Club and Sofa King Sick comes his first EP on the label since 2021's 'Lurker' EP. Still keeping things stripped back and stern, each of the four cuts here hits hard with bass weight and clear intention. Highlights include the trippiness and general sense of tension on 'It Began' and the slower groove and powerful soulfulness of 'Heartbreaker'.
Review: BANG! Sweetpea and Iris meet up for a Seattle/London clash in the heart of Bristol and the results will melt your face, your soul and your dancing shoes. Four cuts in total, each one tapping back to that Quarantine/Virus/DSCi4 style unrelenting techy vibe. Two solo cuts, two collabos; Iris gets fiery with 'Not Even A Big Up', Sweetpea goes quackers on the tense, rapidly rising 'Duck Funk' while the collabs roll out with a special shared energy and heavyweight focus. 'Fresh Cutz' is an absolute rip-snorter of a tune while 'DFS' will have everyone in a 20 mile radius drooling over furniture bargains. What an incredible EP!
Review: Breaking records and hearts, DLR's Sofa Sound crew present the 'Sofa Singles Club' concept whereby a bunch of dubs that were meant for release later this year have all come out early in to find some summer loving. Some of the label's most exciting names are on side along with the bossman as they get naughty, dirty and downright filthy with the wriggly basslines. Highlights include the Bad Company style reeses and massive bubbles of 'Figure It Out', the pure drama of 'Eagle Bomber' and the out-there funky freakery of 'Staying Up Late Making Music'. Don't be stupid... Do a Cupid!
Review: Developing sonic stature and amassing more supporters and selector co-signs with every dispatch he fires our way, Minor Forms is absolutely killing things right now. Especially with this pivotal Sofa Sound EP. One of his biggest releases to date, the vibes are timeless and nod in the direction of Virus and 31 for inspiration. Highlights include the stone cold rattle and blasts of 'Late Funk' and the immersive zaps and bubbles and ice cold pads and chords of 'Sinking Deeper' with Zero T. Minor Forms - major vibes. Don't sleep on this one.
Review: Kolectiv on Sofa Sound? Now this is a treat! The London duo have pulled out all the stops as they run through a whole menu of gritty funk. 'The Blocks' is a like a late 90s Ram banger, big booming bass and no nonsense. Keeping that foundation timelessness vibe running throughout the EP, 'Teflon' recalls the tech step funkery of Virus in its prime while the EP title track 'Stacked Deck' has a deliciously mild whiff of Soulr to it. Finally we have 'Muffin Business' which ends the EP on a Breakage style rattly breaks and cantankerous bassline feel. Yummy.
Review: Have a word son! DLR's 'Sofa King Sick' series continues with another breath-taking collection of thumpers, bumpers and grumpers from an outstanding roll-call of talents. 14 cuts in total, highlights include the creepy tension of Industry's 'Chronic', Sweetpea's classic stepper 'Munka', the real stinky, swampy funk on DLR & Script's 'A Different Style', the stripped back drama and growling subtleties of Kyrist's 'Underfall' and the outstanding tear-up from Trex & Freddy B - 'Go Mad'. Fitting title for such a powerful display of leftfield D&B funk. Sick indeed.
Review: Calling all couch slouchers and settee Bettys, Sofa Sound are about to drop another one of their mighty 'Sofa King Sick' VA compendiums and if this sampler is anything to go by then it's going to be another scorchio session. Molecular takes the lead with a VIP twist on his Sofa Sound debut from a few years back, 'Skank', while Sweetpea follows with the wonderfully brutalist 'Munka' that hits the feels with a Virus-like sense of energy and groove craft. Sick!
Review: Duck and cover! The unstoppable Submotive takes a moment from his moves with Goldie to make an appearance on DLR's Sofa Sound. Four tracks in total, complete with two big collabs, Subby delivers serious goods. 'Cold Shoulder' slices like a cutlass, chopping heads left, right and centre while 'Slippin' slithers like some type of bass snake made out of greased up chainmail. Elsewhere DLR joins on the eerie, slightly off-beat 'Accidental Funker' while Soulvent's Vektah brings up the rear on the chunked up, early 2000s flavoured sci-fi slap-about 'Groove Control'. Cold as ice!
Review: Sofa Sound head to Holland for their latest missive courtesy of the sleek and hairless sonic polymath Nymfo. 'Crush' says it all - stripped back and barking with such finely tuned restrained. It's backed up by three more lean, mean workouts: 'Endless' is all about that pared-back sense of tension, 'Follow The Leader' sees Flowanastasia adding a sense of purring soul to his dark funk formula while 'The Flow' finishes the EP with a savvy slap of savagery. We got a crush on this EP.
Review: Stick your tongue out and say 'ahhhhh'... Hungarian trio Spinline return to DLR's Sofa Sound with two prime tabs of lysergic funk. Stripped-back and savage, 'We Love Acid' does everything its name suggests - all 303 venom and dark, dastardly funk, it's every bit the eye-opener. 'Return' plays the consummate flashback. All gritty and sludgy and eerie, just like a post Woodstock 50 year hangover. Get trippy, don't be a hippy.
Review: From Brussels with love: M-Zine returns to DLR's Sofa Sound with this full-flavoured reminder that it's okay to quit something again even if it didn't work out the first time. Musically-speaking, it's another pure gold session as he flips between the tones and textures, styles and sonics; 'Re-Quit' carries a jazzy edge while hitting hard with the kickdrum arrangement, 'Proceed' has an almost techno-like charm about it with the keys while 'Glitch In The Stars' (with bossman DLR) takes things right back to basics with an old Dispatch style grit to the groove. Elsewhere 'No Yeah' continues that tense techno flavour with big space and reverb around the drums while 'XP' carries so much sub bass pressure it causes you to reinstall windows... And we're not talking about the PC kind either. M-Zine you absolute monster!
Review: Following two EPs with Sofa Sound, enigmatic producer Thematic now finds himself firmly couched in the Bristol label with a third standout EP. Deep seated sounds as always, Thematic delivers Lurker, featuring the one collaborative cut with Sofa Sound mainstay DLR. "Repeating Cycles Of Funk" turns in a deeply reflective, minimal and stripped back groove that's full of gnarly distortion and subtle atmospherics. Sparse, floating and trippy rhythms define the title track "Lurker", with "Rail Gub" fusing sweet post dubstep strings with tighter beats and more of that distorted wobble, while "Lost In The Hush" gets haunted in a true drum and bass sound. Couch crasher!
Review: Hello! DLR's Sofa Sound returns to the 'Sofa King Sick' series for a brand new chapter comprising 19 cuts from some of the brightest young minds and established talents across the jungle D&B spectrum. As always with the Sofa gang the vibe is warm, raw and very groove focused and the whole album is loaded with stark, dark contemporary treats. Highlights include the stern grit and drama of Submotive's 'Snowed In', the brazen futurism and moodiness of 'Uppin' The Ante' from Ill Truth, Defex and Bluejay and the siren-raising hype and soundsystem ruffage of 'Live Till 86' from ZeroZero. But that's just three of many many many killer tunes on here. Dig deep and sit comfortably!
Review: Incoming! DLR's Sofa Sound reveal yet another serious 'Sofa King Sick' VA compendium and these are the first two tracks to sample. DLR takes the lead with his distinctive baggy groove. Laidback but dark and tense at the same time; no one has that groove science nailed quite like DLR. Next up we have a complete switch-flipping piece from Sweetpea and Iris. A tense, almost psychedelically edged piece with its modulating bassline and twisted layers, 'Revolution Not Televised' is strong enough to cancel all your streaming subscriptions and getting out to experience real life again. Stay tuned for more.
Review: Boom! One of the most hotly discussed and fervently entered remix competitions in dnb in recent times, DLR presents the talented winners. All exciting new-gen acts, some a little more familiar than others, each of these interpretations hits a different sweet spot. Highlights include the technoid tension of Liohness's deep and intense remix, an addictively bouncy twist from Wingz and a massive cyborg funk rendition from man of the moment Molecular. Each one of them a winner. Sound as many pounds.
Review: One of drum & bass' premiere rolling kinds, DLR is back on his own Sofa Sound imprint exploring the contours of 174 with a furious feeling of experimentalism only created in the depths of his audio laboratory. The title track is an atmospheric masterpiece in dancefloor focused sound design, with rippling arrays of bouncing bass nodes that slam through the air in perfect choreography, the dancing partner to DLR's dastardly ambitions. 'Sufferation' is possibly the evilest on the EP, a twisted fluctuation of sound that carves a cavern through the frequency range with palpable hatred and anger; a truly scary piece of production. This EP is honestly unbelievable, and cements once more why DLR has the reputation that he does.
Review: Revan, AKA one-half of Ill Truth, and Parallel Identities, have joined forces on this mighty fine single for Sofa Sound. It's a tight, gritty release that takes the fractious ethos of DLR's imprint and injects it with tumbling tech textures, a venomous combo which is dying to be heard over a system. The B-side is the major standout, as 'My Reality' shapeshifts in form, morphing and moving with clear sophistication, a stunningly well-produced track that dives deep only to resurface with your head in its jaws. Big.
Review: Does it get more legendary than DLR and Break? Not really, to be honest, and the pair have honed their rough yet precise, energetic dancefloor sound over a decade plus of hard work. DLR's Sofa Sound label has carved out its stylistic niche with aplomb since it was launched and this single is bang on the money, with the man himself dropping a single that's just as good as you'd expect. Break features on the a-side - 'Hit The Target'- which layers deeply satisfying rolling percussion over a choppy, jump-up infused bassline which oozes character and funk, an extremely hard balance to pull off and one that's been perfected here. They've also managed to incorporate the sounds of the German Stuka dive bomber from WW2, the instantly recognisable siren from which injects that extra element of aggression and fear. The b-side is even more venomous, with a spiralling bassline that twists in the knife with every turn, angled in its sharp edges and moody in its attitude. Unbelievable, Geoff.
Review: The mighty Trex returns to Sofa Sound with some cold hard truths. "Do Nothing" sums up the apathy and darkness of our times thanks to its curmudgeonly bassline and nasty stabs. It's backed-up by three more curt messages: "Don't Think" follows the title track with a sewer-style bassline gurgling beneath icy shards of rave, "Hustle Bustle" throws a whole new chainsaw in the knife fight with its alien rasping low end revs before "Corner Story" brings the tale to a squidgy, messy weirded-up end. Right from the left hand side with sounds from another planet, once again Trex reminds us what's important in life.
Review: DLR's Sofa Sound label has become a pillar of the scene in barely a handful of years, and this week they're following up their previously successful Sofa King Sick compilation with a second edition, this one equally packed to the rafters with both new and old school talent. It's a tour-de-force of the tough side of the genre and it's exemplified by 'Baja', courtesy of Scepticz, a Belgian producer who knows his way around the controls and who proves it once more, as jagged synth lines cut across its snapping, two-step arrangement with all the force and subtlety of an underground train. Kodin makes an appearance on the superbly gruff 'Chronic', whilst The Sauce get deeper than usual on 'Ultrasonic'. Quintessential drum & bass that makes for essential listening.
Review: M-Zine is a Belgian producer who has been popping up in all the right places for a number of years now, building his profile up and raising the bar of his production capabilities. Dispatch, Utopia, Lifestyle and more lie in his past and now Sofa Sound is in his present, DLR's imprint and one which just gets it right, time and time again. Fractals is bent, broken and ragged, a forceful expression of tangled sonics and a three-tracker which starts hard and doesn't stop. 'Axiomatic' is relentless and pounding, a tunnel of blackish movement which you travel down at full speed, with the lights off and the seatbelt round your neck. There's something satisfying, almost Techno-esque, about tracks which are this consistent and it's a highlight from an absurdly good release.