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Guest mix: Drum+Basics Promo Mix – Missin Link

Drum+Basics Event Promo Mix: Missin Link – Flex Records.

Drum+Basics Presents

Line-Up

MONITA – Skeleton Recordings

FUTURE – 117 – Juice Recordings – AKO Beatz

STRUCTURE – Life Fm – Rude Fm

MISSIN LINK – Flex Records

CHIMERA – Ronin Ordinance

M_A – Drum+Basics.

Hosted By – SOPHEYE & VOICE MC

Tickets £5

M.O.T.D

Challenge 21 Bring I.D.

Free download: DJ Johnny 5 Presents The Amen One, June 2018

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12/5, Copenhagen, Denmark. OUTTA ENDZ 3 + Guest Mix

ROUND 3:
ORIGINAL DRUM & BASS PRESSURE AND LIVE JUNGLISM.

RUZ (LIVE)
SICKNOTE
KATA
ODD HARMONICS
MC DARK MATTER
Visuals: vvvlad & Spherical Abberation

@ Reffen209 – Doors at 21 – Entre 50 DKK

Immerse yourself.

Reffen209

Refshalevej 209a, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark

Listen to this: Monita – Digging (April 2018)

Catch Monita at our event on the 30/6 at Bar A Bar in London. Get your tickets here.

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Future.

Future started buying records 1989, started Djing 1990.

His early days of a DJ started on Trance-fm middle of 1991 moving onto Raw-fm which became Don-Fm.

 

Back in 1992/93 Futures first gig was “World Party” at linford studios in Wandsworth.

 

Future began working at Lucky Spinn Records in 1993/94,ran an event @ the Gas club called Tempest in 1994/95.

More recent Rupture, Jungle Syndicate, Technicality, Outlook festival Sydney Australia.

 

Then to the present Dream Fm, Life Fm & sets at AKO Beatz forthcoming set at our own event Drum+Basics presents real sound of the underground.

 

First record release was on Federation records 1999 with a track called “The Truth” & Neo on Compasite records.

 

Other releases on DSCi4, 117 records, Criminal records, Mute:8 records, Lost Dubs, Bustle Beats, Skeleton Records & with more to come on AKO Beatz.

 

It’s looking good for 2018 & 2019.

 

Hey Future,what a journey you’ve already had within D&B.
What’s been the biggest achievement so far?

Hey Mary-Anne, many thanks for asking me to do this interview.

My biggest achievement so far has been my E.P on 117 with Trax ‘ Is it safe? ‘ & ‘ Evil place ‘ which kicked off the record label 117.

Also my remix of Babylon which was nominated as ‘ Best Jungle Track of 2017 ‘.

Still being involved in the music which in my eyes is a big achievement.

 

Obviously there has been a lot of inspiration.
Anyone in particular?

The whole inspiration thing comes from so many different genres of music, off the top of my head my main influences have been a lot of electro Hip-Hop mid/late 80s obviously early 90s Hip-Hop.

There’s been too many influences but the main one for me that sticks out the most within D&B.

 ‘ GOLDIE ‘

Due to his early 90s influences with Reinforced Records & Timeless Album.
That album stands the test of time.

 

There’s a lot of mixed opinions on Jungle at present,most are quite negative due to misrepresentation on social media and on event flyers.
What’s your opinion on this?

I think the music is at it’s best all sub-genres of D&B.

It’s good to see the influence of breaks and amens, all the original elements of the early days influencing the sound again. The discovery of new talent is great aswell for the music and a lot of new artists coming through.

Jungle on the whole is getting a lot of attention which is great but for me a lot of people don’t know the difference between Jungle,Jump Up D&B due to poor media articles where you can tell that there’s been no knowledge/research where the music really stems from.

A wise man once told me in a conversation relating to this that there are plenty of mans at present on the band wagon, we will see what soldiers are still standing when the dust has settled.

 

Your music has been released on many record labels.
Is there any labels that you wish to release music on?

No I’m really happy with what I’ve got at present, being creative and expressing myself within my music is a blessing and anything more that comes about in the future will be even more of a blessing.

The labels I have already had releases on truly mean a lot to me.

 

Forthcoming releases?

AKO BEATZ – Dynamical Forces E.P Alongside Eric Electric

Pre – order 27.04.18.

http://akobeatz.com

JUICE RECORDS.

 

Which do you prefer Djing or Music production?

At present it’s all about the music production for me but I really enjoy doing gigs but my creativity is music production as the more I produce music the more i learn.

 

Any gigs coming up?

Not many except your event which I’m really looking forward to as the line up is really diverse and looking forward to playing out some hard breaks, testing new material.

Playing at a festival in Cambridgeshire in June.

I’m not really concentrating on that side of things at present just working on tunes.

 

Any final words, special thanks?

Big thanks to everyone who has been supporting my music in the last 7 years may it continue.

Got to say a big thanks to DJ Trace for believing in me back in the day and pushing my music through with the DSCi4 release and 117.

Monita Skeleton Records. Code Bustle Beats. Mark Fuller Mute:8.
Stretch AKO Beatz . Andy & Undercover Agent at Juice Records.

Essential links for more info on Future forthcoming releases.

http://akobeatz.com

https://www.facebook.com/GaryFuture    

Check out Futures Exclusive Guest Mix & what you can expect at our next event.

Exclusive Guest Mix: Mark Halflite – Sheer Velocity Recordings.

Brush off those Monday blues and start saying your goodbyes to  January 2018!

 

This mix from record label manager Mark Halflite will certainly help with its funky uplifting liquid vibes.

 

Sheer Velocity Recordings aim is to provide quality beats with real soul and pieces of music that will stand the test of time.

 

 To check out more on Sheer Velocity Recordings head over to their Facebook page..

https://www.facebook.com/SheerVelocityRecordings/

 

Listen back: Horrific James – 3 Hour All Vinyl Set

The new weekly fridays 6-8pm Horrific show on Rudefm continue with the third instalment of 2018.

2 hours 30 mins all vinyl set from Mr Horrific.

Features music by, Blame, Voyage, Dkay+Lee, D-Brigde, Digital, Break, Calibre, Flava, Horrific James + more…
Final 30 mins by Flava also all Vinyl Rude classics = new bits.

Peace
Horrific Crew
London 2018

Exclusive Guest Mix: Jungle Citizenz.

JUNGLE CITIZENZ

 A Jungle Crew Comprising Of Dj’s/ MC’s/ Producers / Remixes of Jungle & Dubwise based music .. They Have Vast Experience Amongst Them ..

 

CHRIS ROCKZ

20 Yrs in the scene,played for big events such as Fantazia//Eclipse//Milwaukees//Jungle Fever//Amazon etc

 

DJ BEADY

 10 Yrs producing everything from.. Hardcore ..DnB .. Breaks ..Dubstep .. and is the heart beat in the studio with his knowledge of music and technology.

 

LANGMAN

 Huge experience in the scene and seems to have always been around.

A member of the famous Starlight Pirate Radio station from way back and still to this day plays various radio stations and internet and certainly knows his music.

 

CHESHIRE CAT

Born and bred in Birmingham, started on the mic in 1982, for local sounds like ITAL WARRIOUR and NYAHTONE HI FI.

In 1988 he joined LOVE INJECTION SOUND.

Clashing with other sounds like SAXON, SIR COXSONE, V-ROCKET.

In these clashes CAT would hold the mic and tear up the dance also clashing with sounds from yard like STONE LOVE, GEMINI,SILVER HAWK, JARO.

In the 1990’s  CAT got a record deal with SONY MUSIC releasing BITE THE DUST, also worked with legendary dance act LEFTFIELD releasing RELEASE THE PRESSURE then CHANT OF A POORMAN for LEFTFIELD.

 

Here’s an exclusive mix for Drum+Basics: Langman – Jungle Citizenz.

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix – Headgear

Headgear is no stranger to Jungle / Drum and Bass; back in the 90’s he went under various artist names including Threshold.

Previous releases on Foundation X, Brain Records & Second Movement Recordings all under different artist names.

To save some confusion M_A decided to interview Headgear to get the facts & hear about his forthcoming release on AKO Beatz this month.

Was there any specific reason to change your artist name?

To be honest it’s not the first time I’ve changed or used different names.

Back in 93 I was featured on Plasmic Life Vol.2 (Brain Records – DOPE23) using the name ‘Alistar’. I was also part of ‘The TI Cru’ where I did the B-side for Tech Itch’s second release (TI002).

I then had a solo release on Tech Itch (TI005) and went under the name ‘Soundcraft’. ‘T.I.C’ was the next name I used with Mark Caro for our release on Back to Basics (B2B12023), I did the track ‘Rockers’ and Mark did ‘Too Fast’ on the flip.

After a short break from producing (can’t remember why) I got back on it and began using the name ‘Threshold’. I used this for my release ‘The Wire’ on Second Movement (SMR33).

I then did some work with ‘Ultravibe’ on some collaborative projects using the name ‘Logistics’. These tracks were put out on ‘Dubz’ (DUBZ001-3) a sister label of Back to Basics.

I than stepped away from the music for 15 years until a friend encouraged me to listen to Rupture Sessions on Jungletrain.net (Big up Rondema). I realised very quickly that I wanted to get back into making beats.

Anyway, to finally answer your question hahaha (sorry, it needed explaining.). I couldn’t go back to the name ‘Threshold’ as a certain someone (Forrester) had started using it. Funny thing is me and Forrester (new Threshold) are now good friends and we’ve collaborated on tracks since meeting at Rupture.

So now I’m HEADGEAR and I think I’m sticking with it….for now.

So you used to be part of Tech Itch in the 90s. Are you still in contact and will you be producing music together again?

I’d lost contact with Mark Caro (Tech Itch) around 95 after he moved from Birmingham to Bristol. Then, after nearly 20 or so years he gets in touch and is keen to work on something in the future. Watch this space, time permitting.

Do you personally think that you should have continued or has the long break served you well?

I definitely needed to step away when I did, I’d lost my love for the music, plain and simple. I wasn’t enjoying it and had many external pressures and responsibilities that needed my attention.

I’ve now come back to the music feeling excited like I did before. I’m not putting pressure on myself, I’m doing it for the love of doing it, and if any music opportunities come my way then it’s a bonus.

I never thought I’d get back into producing after such a long time, so to have a number of digital and now vinyl releases recently gives me the confidence in my own ability which helps give me the drive and motivation to continue. The only problem I have is the lack of time I get in the studio. Life just keeps getting in the way haha.

Now to the present..

So Headgear you’ve only had a handful of releases since your gap in music production.

There’s a great forthcoming release on AKO Beatz.

Tell us more.

This forthcoming release is a nod to just some of my favourite producers that rekindled my love for this music – you can definitely hear their influence across all 3 tracks. I’m not going to say who they are… I’m sure you can figure them out.

Will you now continue producing music with no long breaks and get the releases flowing again?

I certainly hope so, I’ve got that music making bug again.

You’re obviously known to collaborate with other producers… Do you prefer collaborations or solo music production?

It’s hard to say which I prefer but I think at the moment I want to concentrate on getting some more solo work under my belt, mainly because my time is very limited so any time I do get in the studio I want to build up my own portfolio a bit more.

However, I do like the idea of working with other artists just to see what can come of it.

Anything in the pipeline?

Got some remix projects coming up which I can’t really talk about as well as a follow up to my release on AKO. I’m also working on something for the forthcoming AKO Album ‘Unknown Elements’ due in 2018.

Have you noticed any major changes in Drum & Bass from the 90’s to now?
i.e production, social media, the way releases are planned.

Where do I start? Haha.

It’s crazy to think how things have moved on since then. You now have almost limitless possibilities when it comes to sequencing and sound manipulation. This is obviously a good thing but can also be daunting.

Back in the early days having technical limitations shaped how you worked and what you produced. These constraints made artists really push their equipment beyond what was thought possible.

I still can’t believe how patient I must have been to produce tracks on Amiga’s, ST’s and hardware samplers. You had to make do with what you had until you got your hands on the next piece of tech.

Social media has become integral to the scene, it’s made the world smaller. Lets just say things are much easier now lol.

Any special thanks & final words?

Much love to all that have supported and believed in me over the years. There’s too many people to mention so I wont reel off a load of names plus I’m pretty sure I’ll forget someone. Near and far you know who you are, Big up.

P.S. thanks for the interview Drum + Basics.

Many Thanks Headgear…

Headgear  – Planet03EP ( AKOBO11 ) Release date: 1st November 2017 click the link for more info… 

http://akobeatz.com

Also many thanks to Thumbs Footage Photography.

 

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: ‘ Ricky Force ‘

Drum+Basics first exclusive interview & a guest mix of 2017 comes from Ricky Force.

Ricky originates from Dublin, Ireland.

 

Director of Pressin’ Hard Records.

Has had many previous releases on Skeleton Records, Mac 2, Flex & obviously not forgetting Reinforced.

 

This year we have already seen Ricky nominated for the Jungle Awards.

A lot more is forthcoming for Ricky, so lets find out more!

 

1999 You became part of the Bassbin Crew in Dublin playing on pirate radio.

 How did you get onto playing pirate radio stations?

I began Djing properly in 1999 however I didn’t start playing with Bassbin until I had a few nervous sessions on Power Fm with Don Rosco.

Power Fm was a truly great station with such a great spectrum of music..

 Did the regular slot on pirate station help you gain residency at events?

Yes, it did both on Power FM and Raidio Na Life,however there wasn’t that many decent events about.

Bassbin were at the top so I was happy enough to have a regular slot there.

After that you began running your own events many years back, alongside like minded friends.
Whats your view on the whole promotion game?

The people I ran the events with were somewhat like-minded at the time but that all changed as time went on.

Events became quite difficult and taxing on the pocket.

Let alone the cold nights handing out flyers to drunken ravers..!

We would book artists from overseas and lose lots of money sometimes,empty rooms were frequent.

Saying that we had many serious nights..

One of the best events I attended was one of our own parties with Randall, Kenny Ken and Criminal K,it was incredible, all worth it for those ones..

It takes a certain person to promote and do a great job at it, I have the utmost respect for them as they are essentially the door for people to access the music.

Would you start running an independent event again?

No, definitely not in Dublin.

 I don’t  have the time to invest in what’s necessary but also the scene is somewhat divided and different here now, the same age-long rules of respect don’t apply anymore.

There are lots of established artists living here from the likes of my good friend Beta 2 (Metalheadz), Mecca + Code (Subtle Audio), Jet Li (Phase 2), Genetix (Basic), Calibre (Signature) to name just a few.

They don’t get booked here, be it at clubs or festivals and if they do it’s extremely rare, including myself.

That attitude puts me off the scene here and has done for many years.

It’s definitely an unfortunate one as there is so much talent here.

There is really only one or two decent promoters, one being Jenni,she has a good eye for booking quality acts as she has passion for the music.

 

 2005 is when the production started.

Why wait so long to start producing music?

Being the worlds best procrastinator, had a part I think.. I wanted to make tunes for years,I knew exactly what I wanted but took me a while to get into it.

Thankfully I had people like Elmo, Naphta and Beta 2 of Bassbin to guide me,starting on their hardware, then on to software.

I have so much respect for those guys,I was very lucky to have them around.

Big up!

What was your first release?

My first release was digital on Exegene recordings.

The Aerial EP.

Cube from Subvert central (the place where I could nerd out before social media) was the man behind it.

Any past & present influences within music?

My influences come from everywhere.. Not really within music..

I’m quite a nostalgic person (surprise). I get influenced by my surroundings and the seasons also obviously relationships, like any musician I guess.

I’ve just had the most difficult heartbreaking 3 years of my life.

Wasn’t able to write anything for a long time.. That influences me about 80% if I’m honest.

Soon you’ll be visiting the South of England for Brighton loves Jungle showcasing Dj Stretch record label AKO BEATZ..

Yes! Brighton Loves Jungle, I can’t wait to play there again.

Last time I played there was 2013,such a killer night.

This time along side legends.. FBD Project and DJ Stretch.

 More info here.. https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?917994

 

Have you any forthcoming releases on AKO BEATZ?

I have a new 12″ on AKO coming in the next couple of weeks. Pre orders have gone live

! I also have a track which features Mecca that may make an appearance on AKO soon.

Noticed you will be heading out to the USA.
Will you be touring anywhere else this year?

Yes, I’ve just returned from a tour in the US Oct – Dec ’16.

This year I will hopefully be returning for 2 more,provided that idiot in charge over there gives me the okay!

I have a few other events lined up this year, Dublin, Galway, Leeds, Bangface and Boomtown so far.

Possibly Australia too.

 

Any other achievements you wish to accomplish this year?

A couple!

I’m planning to get into some serious sound design work this year,I also want to take up Aikido and get a license to train dogs.

Final words?

I want to thank Reinforced, Flex and AKO for getting me on board,It means a lot to me.

Randall, L Double, Stretch, Remarc, Equinox and Marc Mac, props to you guys.

Finally to everyone who had the patience for my music over the last few years.

A lot more coming your way!

Check out Ricky Force Exclusive Guest mix for Drum+Basics.

 

Drum+Basics Exclusive Guest Mix from : Rivmic.

Rivmic has been around D&B for many years but sadly private life can sometimes take over & stop fanatics from pursuing & bringing their talents forward.

 

Next year we will be seeing Rivmic come back & do what he does best.

 

Here’s Rivmics Mix & Blend to bring 2016 to an end!

 

Resonate DnB : Triptik.

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Triptik, a DJ and Producer who is finally making his debut into the DnB scene after being discovered behind the decks at an after party.

 

Hailing from Maidstone, his preference for a deep, layered mix of bass driven, rolling DnB, with a musical edge, is what his sound is about.

With his own music in the works, I’m sure you will see Triptiks’ name more frequently from now on.

 

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Here’s a promo mix.