Archive for 07/01/2018 - 08/01/2018

Heavee Preps Teklife Records Album, 'WFM'

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In what's already amounted to being a dynamic 2018 for the footwork genre, we have Heavee, who's set to release his album WFM on September 7th, 2018 via Teklife Records. The eight-track opus features the Teklife familia, including two collaborations with Gant-Man, DJ Paypal, and Sirr Tmo, which includes the bright title track that you can hear below. It also includes Heavee's hypnotic collab with DJ Rashad, "It's Wack," which should sound familiar to fans of Grand Theft Auto V.

From his synthwork to his soundscapes, Heavee's been a footwork force to be reckoned with, and quiet as kept, this album should be surprising. Stream "WFM" below, and for more details on the album, head over to the Teklife website

Signs Delivers 'The Message' On New EP

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When SATURATE! puts their stamp on something, you know it's lit. Glad that they snagged a full EP from Signs, who has been dropping some fresh takes on dnb and beat-driven sounds. The Message dives into all of those sounds, plus more. I'd recommend you hitting up "Wood Anthem," Signs' collab with Shield. Stream the EP below, and grab it for whatever you want to pay via Bandcamp.

Jay Rock's 'Redemption' Gets Chopped Not Slopped

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OG Ron C and The Chopstars have been on a serious tear as of late, as has Jay Rock, who has dropped one of my favorite projects of 2018 in Redemption. Of COURSE I'm going to be excited with a Chopped Not Slopped version from Slim K. If it ain't Chopstars, you got SLOPPED UP and not CHOPPED UP. Press play, po' up, and vibe out.

The Perceptionists Release New Paten Locke-Produced Single "Bait"

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Last year, Akrobatik and Mr. Lif linked back up to reform The Perceptionists. Their album, Resolution, had a few songs produced by Paten Locke, who must have been on one, as he decided to go back in and remix seven of the album's songs. That release, Low Resolution: The Paten Locke Mixes, is eight-tracks long; that's right, the trio got back into the studio and recorded an entirely new song to include with this release. Listen to the track, "Bait," below, then cop Low Resolution when it hits on August 10th.

Preview Kyam's Forthcoming 'Underside' LP

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Bass lovers should remember the name Kyam; we featured a free album of his towards the end of 2017, and have been checking for him ever since. The Cardiff, UK-based producer is set to drop his next album, Underside, via Unbidden Audio on August 3rd. It's chock full of the kind of forward-thinking, bassbin destroying beats that wise junglists desire.

Preview Underside below, and keep an eye out for it when it hits August 3rd.

REKS x Short Fyuz - "Planz" / "Bread & Roses" (Video)

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Straight out of Lawrence, Massachusetts, REKS and Short Fyuz have linked up for a collaborative album, Order In Chaos, which is set to drop on September 7th (select digital retailers) / September 11th (worldwide street date). This MC/producer combo have dropped a video to give you a taste of what you can expect from this album. Watch and stream "Planz" / "Bread & Roses" below.

Kozee's Got the Beats to Keep You 'Thicc At Nite'

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If you rock with this site, you should be up on the left coast dynamo known as Kozee. When she's behind the boards, she's got some truly intriguing sounds dabbling in the 160 BPM lane that doesn't sound like most of the stuff in that lane. Just trust me. Back in June, she linked up with for a monthly radio program, Thicc at Nite. The first edition was lit, and the second one, which premiered this past week, is just as fiery.

With material from the likes of Roska, DJ Madd, Kastle, James Nasty, Gant-Man, and Gunjack (among others), this is the perfect Saturday night pre-game set. Stream and download below.

Profane Brings the Experimental Funk on 'Final Version 38' EP

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While Canada’s Profane has always delved into the breakbeat-heavy side of the drum & bass spectrum, his penchant for edited breaks have taken an interesting turn over the last few years. In August of 2017, his single “Drughms” sounded like a gospel band doing a number of different drugs during a recording session, but there’s was an off-kilter beauty to the subversive rhythms he employed.

Profane is riding that sound throughout his latest EP for Digital Wreka, Final Version 38. The opening track, “16 Bar Bullethell,” starts out unassuming enough, and while more understated at first, a guttural wail and an amen break falling down a flight of stairs summons a dynamic shift in tension for the track. “Laundromat Bees” is even deeper, with a thumping kick keeping the time for the lazy, drunken guitars and scattered percussion to fill in the dreamy landscape. The Twitch Mug remix of “Drughms” keeps the same energy of the original, with some more vibrant textures and fresher edits thrown in for good measure. A reprise of “16 Bar Bullethell” closes out the proceedings.

Ultimately, for a genre as progressive as drum & bass has been, Profane has found a way to take the sound back to the future, finding inspiration in the old to shape his sound for the aliens picking over our remains. Hopefully, they will see that there was indeed a soul in the machine, and it sho’ was funky!

Stream the full EP below, and cop it via Bandcamp today.

DJ Earl Puts His Spin on Danny Brown's "Lie 4"

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For those who don't remember, when the deluxe edition of Danny Brown's XXX hit vinyl, it was released with a bonus 7" featuring four acapellas from the album. That meant that nimble diggers have heard their share of "Lie 4" remixes, but they ain't hitting like DJ Earl's. The TEKLIFE repper dropped his frantic, pulsating remix, which has been causing quite a stir during recent live sets of his. He's only got it up for a limited time (aka however long it takes for SoundCloud to spot it), so grab the free download ASAP.

For more from Earl, hit up his Bandcamp page, and if you're wondering what Danny would sound like on an original footwork track, check out this cut he did with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn.