Fable – ‘Deeper Than Roots’ EP

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1. Dub Fiend
2. Dynamic Vibrations
3. Home Dub
4. King Crumble

I’m sure most reading this have been familiar with Fable from his past releases with Loft Party Records and Phantom Hertz but, I haven’t seen anything surface from him in some time.  Needless to say, it was a very pleasant surprise when I discovered this release in my inbox.  Fable has been tasked with representing the inaugural release for Nottingham based label, Deeper Than Roots.  It’s great to see a surge of labels resurfacing the love for dub- and reggae-infused bass music, as, well…we wouldn’t be involved in the scene we love so much without it.  A bit of homage is always nice, in my mind at least.  Deeper Than Roots might appeal to many listeners out there who haven’t been able to own music due to many labels who have pursued this avenue sticking to a strict regiment of limited vinyl releases, and this can be both costly and impractical for some.  Now is your time.

Fable sets the tone for the label perfectly.  Capturing a nostalgic analog aesthetic, you can almost smell the dust plumes pouring out of the speakers.  The EP kicks off with ‘Dub Fiend’ and will surely satisfy the cravings of any dubhead with the prominent horn melodies and potent wall of sub-bass.  ‘Dynamic Vibrations’ carries on through a hollow abyss of drone basslines and reverb-soaked snare slams – it’s almost like having a dub party inside the hull of a submarine (?).  ‘Home Dub Zion’ is without a doubt the one for me.  The percussive variation and crisp swing of the drums get an astounding spliff in the air from me, while I nod my head to the rolling sub notes.  Fable ends the EP with ‘King Crumble’, which sends us off in a very suiting fashion as subtle pads and ghostly melody close the book.

RELEASE DATE:  1ST MAY 2014

FABLE || DEEPER THAN ROOTS || BUY LINK – JUNO

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Thanks for checking in, I’ll catch you lot next time.  One love.

– Kinman

 

Congi – ‘Tidal Fragments’ LP [Chord Marauders]

With the Chord Marauders having established a eminent presence as one of the more refreshing avenues currently pursued within the 140 template, Congi’s ‘Tidal Fragments’ surges track-by-track with reinforcement as to reasoning behind this stature.  The meticulously constructed drums hit with astouding clarity as they seamlessly swing and syncopate.  A sea of spaciously dubbed atmospheres blanket the album’s paradigm of soulful melody, paving avenue for an airy, almost celestial cover-to-cover listening experience.  While I dare not bore you with an exhaustive review of the entire album, there are a couple standout tunes I must bring into the feature.  Firstly, ‘Scales, Steps, & Intervals’ is an absolute gem.  Congi & B9 on the track together is never going to disappoint, but this one is truly something special.  Secondly, ‘Lost Path’ hits a deep nerve with me.  The melancholic atmosphere, the punchy sub notes, and off-kiltered snares all form a very cohesive and powerful message when in the presence of each other, and this track really grabs hold of mind and emotion.

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Release Date:  28 February 2014

CONGI || CHORD MARAUDERS || PRE-ORDER

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VA – ‘Bloodstock’ Mixed by DJ Foster [No.Mad Records]

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Ez everyone.  Hope you enjoyed the holidays!  I’m sure you’ve all seen the Dubstepforum 2014 Award results by now, whatever the f*ck those even mean.  Can’t ever seem to wrap my head around trying to publicly award people for achievements with any form of art, especially in such a procedurally flawed manner.  Anyway, big up to those who received the most votes and those who did not, you’re all equally deserving of praise in my book.  Special shout to Alastair, Brett, and the newcomer Jake at TRUSIK as I think they’ve done a fantastic job in taking the blog to the next level with class.  2014 is your year, boys.

In other news, the Italian imprint, No.Mad Records, has been pushing some serious sounds within the past year (and much earlier, too) with artists from all over the globe.  Graziano’s ‘Room 2’ EP, Piezo’s ‘Ptay’ backed with a wicked remix from Killawatt, and Matt U’s ‘Something About You’ EP have all garnered support and respect from various sectors of the deep scene.  The imprint has taken a giant leap with their latest VA compilation, ‘Bloodstock’, which brings a solid amount of new artists alongside some of the imprint’s staple musicians to curate and execute a diverse representation of both the label and the sound.  Everything from the minimal roots vibe of Occult’s ‘Rockers’ to pounding techno-esque percussion of Epitome’s ‘Shinbone’ – it’s all here.  A brilliant way for the imprint to hit 2014 with a running start.  Tracklist and previews below!

01. Dubapes – Forgotten Concept
02. The Dub Mechz (K Man) – Bad Dreams
03. Arp XP – Someone Else
04. Konvex – The Fight
05. Numa Crew feat. Jaja Kisses – I Do
06. Occult – Rockers
07. Content & Mesck – Sweep & Clear
08. De Niro & Ezra feat. Talabun – Man Down
09. D-Operation Drop – Ambivalence
10. Quantum Soul – Timeshift
11. Fable – World Dub
12. Baitface – Nothing To Lose
13. Sparxy & Format – Mutation
14. Von D & Riskotheque – Needed Someone
15. Piezo – Pink Foot
16. Pressa & ARtroniks – Echelon
17. FNC – Quarantine
18. Epitome – Shinbone
19. Seth – Phorte
20. J.Robinson (WhoDemSound) – Lions in Croatia
21. Distal – Light Speed

RELEASE DATE:  4TH FEBRUARY 2014

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || WEBSITE

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While the official release date is set for February 4th, you can pre-order the CD from the NoMad website NOW (limited to 100 copies).  Don’t sleep on your chance to get the CD and digital copies of this release before anybody else!

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Thanks for stopping through, I’ll catch you next time fam’.  One love.

– Kinman

Direct Motion – ‘Those That Lead/Part Of Me’ [DIFF017]

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Bless up fam’.

I’ve got some sounds with a bit faster formula for your dome pieces today. If you’ll recall a couple months back, our good homie – Begrim – featured the Diffrent Music crew as part of his ‘Audiovisual Spectrum’ piece that aimed to highlight a collection of sounds, each representing an associated color within the sound spectrum. The Diffrent crew, headed up by Chris Dexta, has utilized the past three years to build a culture/brand/sound that they can call their own. Something that denies the listener the opportunity to toss in a pile of generic and oversaturated sounds. The ‘Diffrent Sound’, now what does that entail, you ask? It entails militant drum productions, strict adherence to the power of sub-bass and a philosophy of minimalism that allows the space within the mix to cause an uncontrollable nod in the heads of listeners. Now, of course, these guys didn’t pioneer the halfstep sound, but they have certainly injected a flavor into the formula that can be spotted by many a seasoned listener. With a back catalog hosting names like Arkaik, Stanza, Beezy, Fable, Dexta, and many more, the imprint has solidified a prominence among the underground drum and bass community.

For the label’s 17th installment, Direct Motion is brought on board to provide two absolute stompers, furthering the label’s mission. Falling into theme with the label’s name, mission, and achievements, the opening track’s title of ‘Those That Lead’ is no coincidence. Audio bits questioning authority add thematic expanse to the track’s superb utilization of cinematic programming as the prominence of the drums weave in-and-out of the low- and mid-frequency basslines employed. ‘Part Of Me’ is my personal favorite from this release. The vintage-sounding female vocals and the jungle aesthetic apparent within the drumwork immediately caught my ear, and I’ve found myself rinsing this one nonstop.

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The release is available exclusively through the Diffrent Surus store until it’s official release date of Monday June 10th, at which time it will be available at all fine digital shops. If you’re feeling the sounds, make sure to support the artists and BUY THEIR MUSIC. These guys aren’t Rolling Stone cover rockstars who make millions off touring and merchandise sales – these are everyday Joe’s, like you and I, trying to spread their musical talents through to the masses.

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Stay connected with the Diffrent crew via the links below:

DIFFRENT MUSIC || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

DIRECT MOTION || SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

I’ll catch you next time. Be on the scout, I’ve got some very serious interview/mix features in the works right now that will be sure to put a big, stoned smile on your faces 🙂

One love.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget: “Great minds don’t think alike, they think diffrent.” Follow the pink giraffe.

– Kinman

Coasting w/ Fable, Kenzo, & EAN

Wag wan fam.  It’s Friday which means for most of us no work, and endless possibilities of how we can take the time off.  Many of us will take the time to party and link with friends, and hopefully head out to support our local music scenes.  This weekend in LA we have Antiserum and Roomate making an appearance so we’ll have to see what kind of vibes they bring to the decks.  Anyways, as always on Fridays going to keep it short and let the tunes do the talking.

First up is some soulful new J:Kenzo tuneage.  Some nice vocals on this one accompanied by a steady back riddim.

J:Kenzo – Human Love Remix

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Next up is a recent track posted by Fable.  Track is titled ‘Oscillating Dreams’ and it puts out some truly soulful vibes.  Fable is definitely another artist that you want to keep your eyes on the upcoming year as his sounds are steadily progressing and gaining attention from many ends of the game.  Big up to Fable!

Fable – Oscillating Dreams

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Next up we got a big tune buy a producer that goes by EAN.  Hard to put into words what this tune encompasses, but I could definitely seeing this on a massive system in a rave like setting.  Big sounds for sure and FREE download.

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That’s all we got.  Have a good weekend and stayed blessed.

Big up.

-Lowkey