OUT NOW – Kronology – Timelapse EP

April 13, 2015 - 4:56 pm No Comments

Kronology Timelapse eP

If you’ve been keeping your eye on the Los Angeles D&B scene, then you’ll know all about Slogun and iOh. Hailed as “Ones to Watch” by Kmag in 2013, their deep respect for junglist history and culture has fuelled a steady rise to prominence both as DJs and producers. Now, they’re ready to take the next step, and make their mark on the international scene as part of the Technique roster. So, after the warning shot of Razor Sharp on the 15 Years of Technique LP, it’s time to welcome the team now known as Kronology with their first full release.

You & Me kicks off proceedings in an unmistakeably US style. Evolving house keys establish the percussive heart of the track as classic synth tones add a touch of euphoria. Then a rising siren provides a call to action, delivered on by a funk-filled pizzicato bass and ultra-crisp drums. With this one, Kronology manage to balance an effortless, liquid vibe with rolling rhythms that aim straight at the dancefloor.

On Submerge, Kronology team up with some fellow Los Angelians, the DJs, live performers and producers Divine Elements. The result is some highly grimy bass and mightily hard drums all topped off with some finely chopped samples. At its core, this track is all about that rhythmic motif in the low-end, an irresistible rave engine which this production supergroup constantly disassemble and re-engineer to keep this fresh from beginning to end.

Then Kronology recruit the singer-songwriter known as Without My Armor, to show a whole new facet to their work. Monster opens into a claustrophobic atmosphere, with dark pads vying for space with the vocals and creating a level of tension that begs for relief. And that relief comes as the bassline and counter-balancing mid-range bursts onto the scene. The contrast between the constricted metal influence that weaves through the track and the open, big-room sound gives this a vibe all of its own.

So Kronology have arrived, and they’ve got some flavours that you might not have heard before. While fully immersed in drum and bass music, they’ve brought their own influences of American EDM, house, punk and metal to work into the formula. Straight out of the San Fernando Valley, here’s something new for the D&B scene, encapsulated in their first release, the Timelapse EP.

Tracklisting

1. Kronology – You & Me
2. Kronology & Divine Elements – Submerge
3. Kronology – Monster feat. Without My Armor

OUT NOW – 2DB – Check Out The Bounce / Quaalude

April 13, 2015 - 12:10 pm No Comments

2DB Check Out The Bounce / Quaalude

 

When the mighty Drumsound and Bassline Smith adopt their 2DB persona you know there’s some serious rave destruction coming. While the label bosses have played an integral part in the rise of the big-room D&B sound, they’ve still got their roots in the underground. This raw and gritty guise recently surfaced on the monumental 15 Years of Technique album to deliver the vicious Terrahawk, and now there’s something new for filth-connoisseurs to get their ears around.

As we get into Check Out The Bounce, we’re left in no doubt that this is meant to raise the temperature in the rave. A gangsta staccato synth pattern, undercurrents of squelching bass and an eponymous vocal sample signal that it’s time to step up on the floor. The drop delivers a powerful dose of twisting and fluctuating bass, emphasised by a sparse and insistent beat. This is music to move to, pure and simple.

Quaalude is anything but a sedative. A seductive cloud of atmospheric strings creates a hands-in-the-air vibe, punctured and reshaped by a synth riff in the high end. This riff drives us all the way into the drop of serrated bass, reforming again into part of the rhythm pattern. This track takes sounds on a journey, recontextualising them along the way. And the party is taken along for the ride, effortlessly gliding from laidback to rave-mode.

Here are two more reasons why the 2DB name is an undisputed seal of dancefloor quality. This production team is constantly able to modulate their formula, creating multiple vibes and moods to reinterpret their genre. In short, if it’s 2DB, you know it’s going to be big.

Tracklisting

1. 2DB – Check Out The Bounce
2. 2DB – Quaalude

OUT NOW – 15 Years of Technique

February 24, 2015 - 11:48 am No Comments

15 Years of Technique

Yes, it really has been fifteen years since Future Tech (aka Drumsound & Bassline Smith) signalled the beginning of the Technique Recordings odyssey with their eponymous debut collaboration. Since then, the drum and bass sound has spread its tendrils from the dark corners of the underground into the limelight of mainstream appreciation. And Technique has been at the forefront of that evolution all the way. So, here’s an LP to show the world exactly what a decade and a half among the top tier of D&B labels sounds like.

Label heads Drumsound & Bassline Smith take pole position, dropping straight into the drama of the Friction- supported Spring Heel Jack. Then comes another of Technique’s most recognisable acts, Tantrum Desire with the low-down funk of Shuffle, followed by another Friction-favourite from the bossmen with Sputnik. The big names keep coming throughout the album, as Crissy Criss supplies the VIP of his monumental Create the Future and the mighty Digital goes dubbed-out with a remix of Phantasm. Plus Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s alter-ego 2DB pass through with the highly-grimey Terrahawk and L Plus delivers two precision-engineered killers in the form of Red Planet and Going Down.

Flipping the script, Technique new boys Document One strike from two angles with the laid-back Jazz Club and the dirty dancefloor uppercut of Body Like Wow. TREi takes us to the big room with Here & Now, and the ever-individual MaxNRG shows off his ability to combine energy with melody on Far Frontiers of Space. Erb N Dub and Skope recruit Mr Dirty Smirks, MC SMK himself, to bring some typically hard bars to Pull it Back. Kronology does what it says on the tin with some Razor Sharp technoid-jungle vibes. And Aussie badman Spectrem brings some hands-in-the-air euphoria with Say Goodbye and then roughen things up with The Future. Infrasonik keep the temperature rising with Bricks Breaking, before the closing Tantrum Desire onslaught of Human Mind. And finally, Drumsound & Bassline Smith step back up for a lap of honour with a mix of all the tracks from the LP.

From the veteran headliners to the breakthrough talent, from the filthy rave-wreckers to the stadium-sized anthems, this album demonstrates the versatility and innovation that has kept Technique Recordings’ status for all this time. So, better get set, another fifteen years at the top of the game starts right now.

Tracklisting

1. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Spring Heel Jack
2. Tantrum Desire – Shuffle
3. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Sputnik
4. Document One – Jazz Club
5. L Plus – Red Planet
6. TREi – Here & Now
7. Erb N Dub & Skope ft. SMK – Pull It Back
8. 2DB – Terrahawk
9. Document One – Body Like Wow
10. Digital – Phantasm (Remix)
11. Spectrem – Say Goodbye
12. Crissy Criss – Create the Future VIP
13. MaxNRG – Far Frontiers of Space
14. L Plus – Going Down
15. Kronology – Razor Sharp
16. Spectrem – The Future
17. Infrasonik – Bricks Breaking
18. Tantrum Desire – Human Mind
19. Various Artists – Continuous Mix by Drumsound & Bassline Smith

OUT NOW – Crissy Criss Trinity Vol 2

February 14, 2015 - 10:11 am No Comments

@CrissyCriss Trinity Vol 2

 

OUT NOW – @CrissyCriss Trinity Vol 2

With the conclusion of Crissy Criss’s ground-breaking, genre-defining 1Xtra show last year, the obvious question is, what’s next? Well, what’s next is the continuation of his international DJ career, dubstep production and DJing as part of Dead Exit and work with his own label The Zooooo. But what’s next for Crissy Criss the drum and bass producer? Answer: this is.

Go Hard sets out Crissy’s statement of intent. An expansive soundscape of pads and subtle percussive hits is ruptured by a warning of imminent danger provided by siren tones, a layer of jagged bass and a march- time arpeggio. This all sets the mood for a stomping militaristic beat, but then Mr Criss wrong-foots us and switches up the timing to give us some downright funky syncopation instead. These contrasting rhythmical flavours, delivered with typically tough drums and basslines make this one that’s bound to set the dance alight.

Then Monday brings a darker hue. A grinding drill-bit tone in the mid-range instantly penetrates straight through the gloom of the intro, setting up for a stripped-back drop that’s all about the basslines. Interplay between Crissy’s expertly-manipulated low-end sounds and higher-register staccato hits is mirrored by the call and response of chest-vibratingly hard kicks and snares. This is raw, screw-face music for when the ravers want to get grimey.

Finally, we’re treated to a Dead Exit relick of Everybody from Crissy’s More Than Ever EP. They’ve taken the component elements of the original and reworked them into multiple layers of percussion, rebuilding them into a dubstep framework. The slower tempo and more minimalistic form allows some of the savagery of the original to be channelled into more intricately-designed programming without sacrificing any of the pure dancefloor appeal.

So, with Trinity Vol 2, Crissy Criss shows that even alongside his hectic schedule of DJing, dubstep and label- running, he’s still showing no signs of letting his drum and bass production skills slip. He’s still representing for multiple flavours of bass-heavy music, and there’s plenty more where that came from.

Tracklisting
1. Crissy Criss – Go Hard
2. Crissy Criss – Monday
3. Crissy Criss – Everybody (Dead Exit Remix)