Jack SpectraSoul has signed to Exit Records under his Workforce alias with an absolutely killer new EP, ‘Your Moves’.
Offering six tracks of versatile d&b, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here. From the growling funk of opener ‘Your Moves’ through the Calibre-esque liquid of ‘Doughy’ to the oppressive halftime bass of highlight ‘Make Me’, every cut here is solid gold.
‘See You Again’ is frosty, euphoric track that opens out with smoky bass plumes and a crisp rhythm. Check it out below.
London newcomer BrandNewTrumpets has signed to experimental electronic and d&b label, Diffrent Music.
Having met label co-founder Dexta under tragic circumstances, BrandNewTrumpets’ signing to the label proved to be the silver lining for all parties. Her debut on the label, ‘Ode To Olé’, is a sublime excursion through extradimensional electronics, dub and atmospheric d&b, with subtle nods to footwork and trip-hop.
Med School, the sister label of Hospital Records, is to cease operations after 13 years of releasing music.
The label has amassed 90 releases since it was founded in 2006, putting out music from the likes of Randomers, S.P.Y., Bop and Etherwood.
"We want to thank all the brilliant artists that created the Med School sound, our dedicated label managers, Ash Howard, Tom Mullett, Chris Walton and Chris Dexta, for their commitment and positivity, and every fan for the love and support throughout the lifespan of the label," said a statement put out by the label.
Beyond the sound, cohesion is extended by a strong visual look. Every piece of artwork, though often different in immediate style, is created by the design company UTILE, of which Fieber’s brother is one half. Fieber counts himself “super lucky” to have his sibling on board, and explains that “he is very much the designer. I might give him a brief here or a little idea there or something, but it’s all down to him really. He puts it all together.”
“I think if there’s one record that I’d play to someone from my label, who doesn’t particularly like drum & bass, or doesn’t know what drum & bass is, or doesn’t know what I am as an artist, it would probably be that record.”
Records themselves are a big part of the Astrophonica story, with every release currently pressed to vinyl, with unique artwork, which fans can buy bundles including t-shirts and risograph prints of.
Chris Inperspective will release his ‘Dragons In The World’ EP through his own Inperspective Records on 28th June.
Following releases on labels like Cylon Recordings, Renegade and Exit Records, the London junglist steps up with four cuts of expert and versatile d&b. From the clamorous and disorientating jazz breaks of the title track and rugged half-time of ‘Clock Tower’ to the atmospheric old school vibe of ‘Amber Rush’, Chris Inperspective runs the full gamut on this EP, showcasing his varied technique and knack for a subtle hook.
Every Friday, we invite the world’s best DJs to our London office for a #DJMAGHQ live stream to our Facebook and Youtube pages.
This week, we are delighted to welcome Jubei for an exclusive 60-minute set.
Valentine’s Day, for all our cynicism, feels like the perfect day to acknowledge our favourite records inspired by love, sex and romance. To rescue you from the saccharine, hackneyed ballads that will no doubt be filling the airwaves today, we’ve put together a playlist of 30 loved-up club tracks to soundtrack this most polarising of days. Love it or hate it, this should provide the ideal Valentine’s Day backdrop and, hey, you might even find the perfect cut to send to your crush, if you can’t quite find the words.
Few artists submerge you in darkness in quite the same way as Christoph De Babalon. With engulfing ambience, depth-charge bass drones and hyperventilating breakcore and jungle beats, the Hamburg-raised, Berlin-based producer has, for over two decades now, etched an unmistakable sonic persona onto an increasingly greyscale planet.
Christoph de Babalon isn’t interested in being a spokesman for doom. He apologises more than once when conversation steers toward his dour mythology. He laughs off the idea that his music is anything more than a necessary personal pursuit, and he certainly doesn’t think the world had to hit this particularly low tide to properly appreciate the 15-minute drone dirge of ‘Opium’ or the convulsive percussion of ‘My Confession’.
Few DJs represent the spirit of UK dance music like Jack Adams does. A lifelong student of hardcore, drum & bass and grime, he is utterly devoted to the culture, obsessive in his eagerness for discovery, and passionate in his want to share his knowledge with others.
Over the past decade, he’s had it all, lost it, and rebuilt himself in such a way that he’s now more confident, more creatively minded, and more comfortable with his art than ever.
“The John Peel show is what I used to listen to when I was young, ’cause it just used to baffle me. Hearing fucking black metal, then a techno track, then a drum & bass track, then some Motown. It made no sense, but perfect sense”
In the end, Jack put a stop to the series, as it had begun to take over his life. While not planned, each show took a solid two days of prep, and having gone head-to-head with some of the world’s best DJs, figuring out how to top those names was proving difficult. Radio has always been a huge part of Jack’s life, though, and he’s certainly not disappeared from the airwaves, now hosting a monthly show on NTS instead. The back-to-backs are something he’d like to revisit, he says, but on a less regular (and less stressful) basis.
Grime quickly became a new obsession, with Jack going to see crews like Roll Deep and Ruff Sqwad perform in Brighton, before following the sound to its roots in London around 2008. There, he got involved with MC and producer Jammer, of Boy Better Know fame. “I learnt how to make grime in Jammer’s basement, so I don’t think it can get more grime than that,” Jack says. “I had a very good grime education, directly from Jammer, and working with Trim and Badness and all the people like that. I feel very lucky that I was able to learn from the source.
“I’ve always liked collaboration, I love the collision of ideas,” says Jack. “I like the fact that you do something which is the sum of two people’s parts, it’s not one person, it’s not the other.” He also admits to getting bored when left alone in the studio for too long, and being liable to “piss around with something for fucking ages and not get anything done” — an issue most can relate to.