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: 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.
Review: Coming in hot on DLR's Sofa Sound, the duo of the moment that is Ill Truth, fresh off the back of their Flexout EP, are landing with a proper stomper. Combining the Sofa Sound mantra of hard hitting, funky beats with their own tendency for low-frequency oscillation, Jay & Haden have smashed this one out the part. The title track features DLR & Gusto and is excellent, but it's on track three 'The Syndicate' that the release hits its peak, as riotous percussion murders its way through bars of pure energy to hit its optimum conclusion. No doubt this one will be getting played a lot across the airwaves.
Review: Sofa Sound specialises in raw percussive power and stripped back, barebones vibes that are best experienced in a dingy, packed out basement. Those are the only environments in which the utter dirtiness of DLR's curation properly hits you, dirtiness like that offered up by the Ukrainian Dub Head on this stellar single. 'Jelly Fish' is classic Sofa Sound, with a funky yet powerful drum line that skips and sslides through a murky undercurrent of basses, constructed with a groaning, wobbling sense of intent. 'Bass Face' is aptly named and you can expect to be pulling one when you hear its jagged edges and cutting, biting progression. More excellence from the Bristolian label.
Review: The Sauce are one of the most exciting production outfits to emerge for a while, probably because they're not new at all: instead, it's DLR, Hydro and Spinback from Total Science. These three have decades of combined production experience between them and it shows, with both cuts just rolling out in bloody sublime fashion. 'Mr Robot' has been doing the rounds for a while and was featured in the recent Sofa Sound promo mix, its twisting tendrils of force spinning in unmistakeable fashion. 'The Click' is spookier and more stripped back, with ghostly basses that wobble in all the right places. More classic Sofa Sounds from the Bristol crew.
Review: DLR is having an absolute tear this year, and Sofa Sound seems like it's certain to be one fo the genre-defining labels of the next several years. His own productions are the bedrock of its success and he's back on his own imprint with this delicious single, the A-side of which features Hybris. 'Terminal Madness' is glitchy, precise and futuristic with a stuttering drum pattern, whilst the flip is classic, rolling and murky DLR - a torn, ripping bassline and crispy drums. Unreal.
Review: Signal, DLR and Abis is an absolutely vicious combination that blends sparse rolling funk and frenetic neurofunk, with fantastic results. This might be the techiest release so far on DLR's Sofa Sound label and we're loving it, with both cuts packing a mix of penetrating synth lines underpinned by pulsating low frequency action. 'Artworld' is the heavier of the two but it doesn't feel overproduced, instead it feels clean, powerful and incredibly precise with everything exactly where it should be. 'Deeper Understanding' rests more on DLR's stylistic base, with one of the best second drops we've heard in ages. The Sofa strikes again...
Review: Getting you to more places than the Docklands Light Railway ever could, DLR takes his Sofa around the world and stops off at the homes and studios of some of the most exciting new generation artists. Every direction you check its severe roller situation as each participant step up with their finest. Highlights include the outlandish grizzles of Submarine & Scepticz's "Shingoki", the hair raising wriggles and flabby funk on Ill Truth on "Catch A Break", the infectious steppy late 90s buzzes of bossman DLR and Script's "El Mosquito" and the lush jazzy flurries of Trex's "Falling Down"... but that's just scratching the surface, the whole Sofa king thing is immense.
Review: DLR's Sofa Sound imprint has been taking the D&B world by storm the last year or so, his penchant for rough sounds and deep scene links making him the perfect curator for a vision of his own. Helping him out in this endeavour are a range of artists, many of whom are on the forthcoming Sofa King Sick LP which this single is giving you a taste of. Ill Truth step up with 'Catch A Break', a weirdly futuristic track with a bouncing, bubbly bassline that feels submerged yet powerful in all the right ways. Finishing off the sampler is the dream team - AKA DLR, Black Barrel and Hydro - with 'Things Change'. This track is off the chain good, with snapping drums and a distorted yet precise back end. Just go listen to it.
Review: Fresh from celebrating their first year of business, DLR's Sofa Sounds settles into another cosy year with Toulouse roller merchant Mateba. Adding to the legacy of mates such as Redeyes and Monty (and many other on point Toulouse talents) Mateba cuts straight to the chase with the glitchy, twitchy guitar plucking wriggler "CTS" before sending us deep down the bruised bass rabbit hole on the tunnelling viber "Condensed". Watch out for those delicious old school pads midway... Sweeter than condensed milk (and a million times healthier). Sofa so gosh darned good.
Review: We're pleased to bringing you this pack of drum driven weight as the epic trio of DLR, Hydro and WAR who combine courtesy of Sofa Sound for a bass heavy showdown. The first of the two tracks involved is a certified roller by the name of 'Not Too Late'. This one is packed to the brim with lethal electronic synth expanses and drum designs. On the flip, the pressure doesn't let up as 'Trick' strips the compositional styles back into a super groovy bag of creativity, with original synthetic sounds flying left right and centre. Excellent work!
Review: For this electric two track, Dub Head joins forces with Worm Sofa Sound to great effect as he brings two heavily percussive twists to the table. We begin with the extremely subtle reese textures of 'Meltdown' which glisten in and around the mix amidst a showering of haunted arpeggios, sharp drum processing and expanding bass patterns. On the flip side we are given the more stripped back landscaping of 'Space', which through its more minimal texture allows the crispy rice cymbals and siren like leaf synth sounds to apparate amongst the mix, providing some spicy flavours.
Review: One of the most respected producers in the game, Bristol-based DLR joins the new label community with his own signature brand. With a distinctive imagery complementing his singular, snub-nosed signature, this launch release is a perfect statement of intent; "Ghostfish" worms with rasping bassline menace that refuses to quit in a way you might have expected to hear from Die around the late 90s. "Don't Make Sense" takes us down a more twisted path with rising FX and a twisted bass tones and drums so well chiselled you could save a layer of skin of your face just by reading this description. Sofa so good, right?