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Vykhod Sily – The New Order

An insight to Vykhod Sily

 

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Vykhod Sily is a brand you should be familiar with If you are into your beats more abstract, dark and meticulous. Launching in 2013 Rustee has been delivering specially crafted podcasts taking you on excursions through 85/170bpm electronica music and has a whole series of guests from established DJs all the way through to exciting underground live acts.

Fast forward to 2018 and with careful plotting VS has now released their 2nd project as they now have made it an imprint, bringing you the same ethos as the brand, solid top quality 170 from the likes of dreadmaul, Akinsa & Ghoulcut to name a few. We had a quick catch up with Rostislav (Rustee) the curator and mastermind behind everything.

DBS: Good afternoon and big thank you for your time today Rostislav, so let’s take it all the way back to 2013 with a generic ‘’how did the podcast start’’ question…?

VS: Ez. Huge thanks for having me on this interview. Let’s go back even a bit further in time. Just before the VS podcast started itself I had had a little mix series encompassing 85BPM dubby/tribal sounds called “Rusty Dub”. It was 5 mixes in there back in 2012 featuring the vibes of The Untouchables, Morphy, Thing and many others. So this very mix series shaped the future VS podcast concept as I was keen on dark and deep sounds in that vein. After closing the “Rusty Dub” I was still full of intention to keep on exploring those vibes and was also thinking of doing a podcast on a regular basis. Everything happened pretty quickly. I got a radio slot offering from my old friend and having already a podcast name in mind I launched Vykhod Sily on djstation.ru being aired weekly on Thursdays. In the very beginning, the podcast was strictly halftime dnb but the boundaries got pushed very soon.

DBS: What is your musical history/background, I know you have got a strong passion for funk and soul do you think if you weren’t doing 170 you would be going down those routes? Also, how has the Russian scene grown in regards to electronic music since you started?

VS: Have been a dnb head actually since 1997, following Metalheadz, GLO, Moving Shadow labels. So I’m calling them a “formative influence” to me as a listener. In connection to funk & soul music the more I was listening to dnb stuff in 90’s the more interested I got in samples and the sources for them. So back in 2005, I started buying 45’s records and playing out in my city. Actually, I still keep going 2 ways now, one is drum-n-bass in the shape of a blog and a podcast/label and the other is my soul/funk alter ego where I’m spinning vinyl on a regular basis in Yekaterinburg. Talking about the Russian scene evolving since 2013, yeah the movement has been grown significantly with all the new guys producing appeared on the scene. We have Torn being released on Horo, Dailiv, Hidden Tactics, Code 906, Protagonist, and my others as far as the new names are concerned. Those guys are getting recognized in the deep drum-n-bass circuits outside Russia and this is a wicked thing.

DBS: Now onto the label, I feel when someone builds a brand up it’s the natural progression to then move onto an imprint or events, how was the transition for you and what are your goals?

VS: I was often asked why we didn’t start a label. The time wasn’t right for that a few years back maybe. In 2017 we (with my fellow mate Virulent Green) launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on Patreon with the main aim to build up a community and to set up a label being supported by the people who have been following us. It worked quite well. Up to now, we have 2 releases which came into existence with the assistance of our Patreon heads. All the releases are given away for free. Download them in 320 from patreon.com/vykhodsily_podcast/releases.

DBS: Could you tell us anything about future releases?

VS: Yeah, we have the following roster for the next 6 releases:
VS003 – Ahmad & Akinsa
VS004 – Dailiv & Cryptographic
VS005 – DYL & Spiraal Aurel
VS006 – Entire & Istota
As you might notice all the releases will be the result of a collab work. We started with that concept and we will follow that way, connecting guys together and giving them new spaces to create.

DBS: Time for a quick top 5 now….producers you’re feeling?

VS: Andy Skopes, Dissident, Dubmonger, Owl, Blocks & Escher

DBS: Any Last Words?

VS: Big shout to the worldwide VS family, to the people who have been sticking with us for these 5 years (subscribers, DJ’s, bloggers). Maximum respect to all the artists bringing the new sounds and pushing the boundaries. The project is going on strong thanks to the constant dnb scene evolving. And I believe we are in for a long and joyful way to go. So hold tight.

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VS002 – GhoulCut & alg0rh1tm – Out now!

‘’Social Box’’  kicks things off with the pop-gun synth-bass, intricate percussion edits and looming pads, think of it as a journey through the underworld this track is bursting with emotion which keeps everything locked in nicely  A sublime, stripped back groove which pulsates with a technoid insistency

‘’Faraway Dreams’’ gets trippy with the drum space, haunting tribal soundscapes and live elements, The atmospheric susurration, the constant manipulation of that drum pattern, with a little distortion here or some glitching there. If you’re going to make a track with minimal elements those elements have to be perfect, and this is close to it.

 

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Free Download – Esskay – June 2018

Leeds based Esskay laid down a heavy mix of flavours recently we just had to share it some Sunday listening. Sam has played around the Yorkshire circuit a handful of times always lighting up dancefloors alongside the likes of Dj Hazard, Lenzman, Total Science & more. Check out his latest below.

Tracklisting:
Malicious – Hydro & War
Song and Dance – Break, Randall and DLR
Bagleys – Future Cut & Ulterior Motive
Aversive – Bredren
Brainwashed – Nymfo, Coppa & Zero Zero
Transmitter – Enei, Kara & Jakes
Africa – Klinical
Vlad The Inflator – T>I
Gas Dem – Traumatize
Let It Go – Damage Report
Creeper – Break, Critical Impact & Skibadee
Flashizm – Mefjus & Emperor
What You Say – Hoogs
Grub – Skeptical
Dust Me Off – Icicle
Centuria (Amoss Remix) – Mayhem & Logam
Anomaly – Noisia
D Day – Pleasure & Origin
Airshift – Current Value
Thor (Break Remix) – Dabs & Disprove
Count To Ten – Enei & DRS
Tank – Agro
Back Track – Submarine & Survey
Magma – Monty
Another Chance – DLR
Exhale – Levela
High Times (Dub Mix) – L-Side & MC Fats
Kronos – HLZ
Cabal – Marcus Intalex
Sykura – J Kenzo
Night Prowler – L-Side & Inja
Section VIP – Fierce & Vicious Circle
Tokyo Rising – Kumarachi & Section
Trunk – Alibi & MC Coppa
Muzzle – Dauntless
Sleeping Giant (Annix & Profile Remix) – Brockie & Ed Solo
A Day That Never Comes (Break Remix) – Calyx & TeeBee
Remedy (Serum Remix) – Dr. Meaker
Sinkhole – Mefjus
Rollcage – Alix Perez & Halogenix
Rude Love (Spectrasoul Remix) – Becky Hill
Southside – Oz
Buss It Up – Dub Motion
Scaredy Cat – Shimon & Trimer
On The Wire – Taxman
Sleazebag – Mefjus
Skyline – Command Strange & Alibi
RPM – Need For Mirrors
Who Can Draw? – Scar
Sharks – Benny L & Shimon
Time Tripping – Hazard
Chicago Outfit – Jam Thieves
Look Ahead – Enei & Kasra
Acid Fashion – Nazca Linez
Deep Inside – Serum
Air Guitar – Hazard

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Solace – Discern (Free Download)

Belgian producer Solace (Halogen Music, Ronin Ordinance, Lifestyle) has kindly given away a fresh minimal funk roller, check out his Soundcloud for more…

 

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Solace latest release ”Who Knows” available worldwide via Lifestyle Music’s ”Belgian Connection LP”

https://lifestylemusicuk.bandcamp.com/album/belgian-connection

Exclusive Guest Mix: Melos

Melos’ has been long-standing resident DJ of Lincolnshire for many years now, throwing parties and putting on events for nearly 25 years.

A true vinyl junkie at heart, he has also been hard at work in the studio churning out over 200 releases over the last 8 years on Baker Street Records, 22 Digit, Soul Deep Recordings, Deeper Vision, Vibration Records, Deconstructed Recordings, New Progress LTD, Liquid Brilliants and many others.

DJ support over the years has come from Laurent Garnier, Krysko, Slam, Brothers Vibe, Stacey Pullen, Iron Curtis, Vince Watson, Deetron, LTJ Bukem, London Elektricity and Annie Nightingale showing without a doubt that Melos is not a one trick pony.

Deep house and techno is a big passion for him but his roots in 90’s hardcore and ambient jungle always steers him towards drum & bass music in his DJ sets and production.

Melos is all about good music, no matter the style.

Plain & simple!

Links to Melos’ music production and previous mixes.

https://www.mixcloud.com/melosmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/melosrecordings

Check out Melos’ guest mix for Drum+Basics here.

 

Exclusive Interview with Din Is Noise

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Din is Noise Records is a unique label based in Beirut, Lebanon which touches upon Dark 170, Experimental & Techno

”DIN (din is noise) is the start of a furtherance in the underground scene’s auditory evolution

We had the pleasure of catching up with Nadine Assaf the label founder & manager who launched DIN back in 2014 and has been growing to be go-to imprint for all your experimental needs.

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Hello Nadine, firstly thank you for taking the time to have a talk with us today. Could you tell us about your musical journey all the way up to discovering D&B and starting the Imprint?

Hello, thank YOU for the feature.
My musical journey! This might take an eternity to describe and I’d probably still won’t be able to put it into words. I had always been interested in music, I always felt that my ears are so keen that they can detect quality music from the very first beat. I don’t know if this has anything to do with both of my parents being musicians, but whatever, if it has, then I’m thankful :P

You’re gonna probably laugh at me now, but I tell you, when the DVD “Global” by PVD came out in 2003, I was 17 then, (i’m 32 today), it was love at first sight! it was what actually got me into wanting to delve more into the infinite world of electronic music.
To make a long story short, I had my generous share of electronic music in all its aspects and genres: house, minimal, trance, techno, drum n bass, IDM, alternative, and hip-hop…

But it wasn’t until the early 2000’s (2005, 2006, 2007 ) that I was introduced to drum n bass and hardcore music in general through a local movement under the name of “Kaotik System” that was the first to actually showcase, breakcore, drum and bass and hardcore music, back in 2003

Is there much of a bass music community in Beirut?

The bass scene in Beirut is currently not extinct but it’s not as large as what it used to be, however, the local crowd is always hungry for good music, but you can tell that the majority is geared towards more house and techno than drum n bass.
The case was a bit different back in early 2000, (2003) to be precise, it was when “Kaotik System” a local movement dedicated to promoting breakcore, hardcore, d&b music, started launching its series of secret parties, and they actually grew a fairly big crowd until they stopped in 2013.
Other promoters tried to take on the legacy, but things aren’t obviously the same anymore, especially that techno parties are way more accessible in Beirut nowadays than they used to be.

What would be the best way of describing Din Is Noise contribution and sound?

Din is noise was launched with many purposes;
– exposing the local scene to a new genre of electronic music, geared toward the experimental side
– showcasing different and left field music regardless of the genre focusing on its dark and experimental aspect, if you go back a bit with din’s back catalog, you’ll notice lots of experimental, dark minimal techno and some noise too. – offering the artists a free platform where they can expose their sound with no restrictions, and where they are offered free services as a sign of support from the label for their hard work
– Din focuses on the visual side by delivering solid visuals that contribute in bringing “sound” to life

So on the subject of music, I loved the Out of Fuel release it blew my socks off, could you give us a rundown of things coming up?

A joint compilation was actually released in collaboration with Onset Audio, right after Out of Fuel. Illuminate; a 13 track benefit compilation album, featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative bass and drum and bass music, where all proceeds go to families in Puerto Rico, it looks like a successful release so far and we’re quite happy about it.

2 forthcoming releases I can reveal now and I keep the rest on the down low.
A three track ep release with Tobe:n, a very promising artist, you’ll be surprised with what he has in store for you, including a remix from the boys who’ve been recently killing it “Out of Fuel”

And another release by “Lums”, really looking forward to this one, especially that it has both the jungle and autonomic aspects, very promising!

Who are your influences within this spectrum?

This is always a very hard question to answer for there are so many good artists out there, the deeper you dig, the higher the quality you find, I’m always influenced and inspired by so many artists on a daily basis but to be fair, I’m gonna say:
Squarepusher, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Gridlock, Kid Drama, Dissident, Instra:mental, Photek, Dillinja, Source Direct, Venetian Snares, Dom & Roland, Om Unit, Plug aka Luke Vibert aka Carrier District aka Wagon Christ…, Fanu, Felix K, Fis, Rockwell, Synth Sense, Consequence, Shackleton, Bop.. to name a few.

The female movement within the scene is becoming very strong and it’s really refreshing to see, what are your views on it?

To be very honest with you, I have never personally felt of any less important than men neither in the scene nor in life, instead, I’ve always felt responsible for making a change and taking part in the music industry in any and every way possible. Knowing that the scene being a male-dominated industry is a fact and seeing how so many ladies are stepping up, as djs, producers, promoters and label owners, it actually gladdens me to see us thrive, and would love to see more of that, for the scene needs this diversity, it actually makes it well-balanced and consistent.

Could you give us a quick top 5 producers for you at the moment?

So many good producers out there…
Pessimist
DAAT
Overlook
Entire
Dyl
Alg0rh1tm
Not to mention that all the artist are doing a great job with every release.

Any advice to those wanting to get into forging a label of their own?

Know your sound, have a goal, let your passion lead you, make sure you contribute to making a change in the scene, most importantly, build a name that will always be remembered.

Last thing, what do you want to see more of in D&B?

Quite happy with the amount of quality music that is currently being released. So keep it coming! Would probably like to see more of the artists that have been quite absent from the scene.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of the year…any last words?

Thank YOU for the feature again :) Good luck with Ronin Ordinance and full support!

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Support the latest offering from DIN & Onset Audio as mentioned above…
Illuminate, A 14 track Benefit Compilation LP featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative drum & bass, bass music, and ambient.
All proceeds will go to Puerto Rico disaster relief via the grassroots, community-based charity, “Friends Of Puerto Rico”.
Purchase the album here: goo.gl/KSsRGq

 

Free Download: Different Drumz DnB.

 

A selection of our favorite free track downloads from various artists.

This playlist will constantly be updated with new tracks as and when we find them… Enjoy!

 

Featured Event: Diggin In The Crates Presents Memories.

 

Diggin in the crates is a facebook group for people to share their memorable DJ sets and enjoy everything D&B with like minded heads.

 

This April the Diggin in the crates founders have put together an event to remember their brother Karl Ahern who was a dedicated D&B head.

 

Memories is a definitely an event worth attending!

 

For more info click on the link..

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/904974939601426/members/

 

 

 

 

 

5 Essential Labels

Repertoire

Heavy on their ethos of ”Contemporary Jungle” Repertoire go from strength to strength each release. Starting out in 2015 they have been releasing quality, hosting artists such as Tim Reaper, ILK, Mantra & Artilect. Music they release locks in influences from Jazz, Detroit Techno and Ambient, allying them with rapid-fire breakbeats. In 2018 it will go without saying that this high level of character will progress so they qualify perfectly for being essential to your record collection

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2o2kATd

 

 

Eternia Music 

Lithuanian imprint Eternia are no strangers to pushing the boundaries and taking you on musical journeys. They have built a rep for brooding, atmospheric very well thought out year 4000 style D&B, while remaining very elusive within the scene they have been lurking since 2012 with a strong roster compiling of Loxy, Antagonist, Survey, Sam KDC & Overlook.

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2t4370P

 

 

Rua Sound

Straight out of Ireland this solid label brings the best fusion of Jungle, Hip-Hop, Footwork, Drum & Bass and Grime. Flavours from all over the spectrum align with artists like Sully, TMSV & Lewis James. There is more coming from them as they have bought in a Jungle only sub-label Foxy Jangle also they are set to be causing ripples for music lovers and collectors. 

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2F9kIb7

 

 

Delta9 Recordings 

German/Italian exports Delta9 Recordings have been flying low releasing solid full spectrum D&B now since 2012. Whether you are looking for tech rollers, halftime, liquid and breakbeat infused sounds, then they are for you!. Key artists include Mystic State, Conspired Within, Sl8r and Sentic Cycle

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2EwAj7y

 

 

The Dreamers 

 This imprint definitely holds their own when it comes to consistency, putting out some of the most forward-thinking artists and tracks since their debut. Focusing on the wholesome side of the drum & bass scene, they have been causing a bit of a stir. The fact that The Dreamers has such a well-rounded roster, yet everyone still occupies their own spaces, is key. The roster includes HLZ, Corrupted, Kiril & Neve check out their new VA below.

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1UsNK7K

Mark Halflite – SVr Mix (February 2018) – Free Download

In-Deed – How You Feel [Sheer Velocity]Paul SG + Salem – Jazzstrophobia [Jazzsticks]
Subsid + mSdoS – Soul In December [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Redeyes + Lenzman – High + Low [Integral]
DRS – This Ain’t Love feat Calibre [Soul R]
Submorphics, T.R.A.C. + Satl – Whatchudo [The North Quarter]
Calibre – Release feat George Levin [CIA Deep Kuts]
Tim Cant + Greekboy – Deep Screams [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Alias – Admit To Love [Critical]
Pulsar – Melting Pot [forthcoming DNBB]
soulTec – Artform [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Atlantic Connection – The Johnsons [CIA Deep Kuts]
Flaco – Isla Verde [Innergorund]
Calibre – Go Back To Go Forward [Signature]
Andrezz – Happy As I Can Be [Liquid V]
Furney – Strange [Sheer Velocity]

Mark_Halflite Social

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Exclusive Interview: Subtle Audio.

Subtle Audio began back in 2005.

A record label dedicated to Breakbeat D&B,Jungle & Drumfunk.

This record label hosts shows on http://jungletrain.net

There has been some serious releases from producers like Equinox,Senses,Fracture & Neptune plus many more talented producers.

Here is a detailed Q & A with Subtle Audio manager Conor O’Dwyer

 (aka Code)

 

 

Well over a decade the record label has been treating us to some great releases…Since 2005!
How did it all begin?

 

It all began long before that really – back in 92/93 at the beginning of my teenage years when I began to hear dance music on Irish radio and got a loan of The Prodigy Experience album from a friend at school.

This was exactly the music I had been waiting for – electronic sounds and strings over heavy, energetic beats.

I cained the Prodigy album for the best part of a year before eventually getting 4th or 5th hand copies of sets from the likes of LTJ Bukem (Dreamscape 5), Dr S Gachet and DJ Monk from the same friend (a friend of his had a cousin who lived in London or something!).

The music on that bunch of tapes was a step beyond what I’d heard on the Prodigy album and was even more alien and mysterious – that was it for me.

I began a mission to find out more about the people behind the music and after picking up a few editions of Generator magazine and reading an interview with Goldie, I had a list of names to go on : Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Doc Scott, Kemistry & Storm etc etc …

Luckily I came across a Reinforced tape mixed by Randall in the local music store and followed that up with a few really good compilations of hardcore / jungle on Kickin Records.

I was quite influenced by those label compilation albums from Reinforced, Kickin and some others like the XL Recordings 2nd Chapter / 3rd Chapter series etc.

I guess the strong label logos stuck with me as did the ideas of curating music and presenting a collection of tracks in an interesting way with an overall theme.

I got my first set of turntables at the end of ’95 and once I was old enough (in ’97) I started going to clubs and trying to get involved with the DJ’ing side of things.

I got a few gigs and eventually hooked up with some other local D&B Dj’s and after doing a few one-offs we started our first regular night early in 2000.

Fast forward to 2003 and I’d made quite a few contacts both in Ireland and internationally with people who were making really good beats – unfortunately, a lot of this music wasn’t seeing a release as it was to breakbeat heavy and ‘choppy’ for a lot of the established labels at the time.

I was still highly influenced by the beats I’d heard all the way through the 90’s and wasn’t quite feeling the new direction in D&B since the turn of the century. So I thought, why not start my own label and help to get some of the unheard gems out into the public domain?

I started work on the label that year and 2 years later we were ready to go with the first vinyl releases by Alpha Omega and Equinox / Senses.

 

Whose involved?

 

In the running and promotion of the label it’s mainly just me.
I do all the A&R and have an input in the art side of things.

I’ve always sold the Subtle Audio releases directly from the website but we always had partnerships with distribution companies as well – Nu Urban (2005 / 2006), ST Holdings (2007 – 2014) and we’ve been working with Unearthed since 2015 now.

Stacks (Conor O’Riordan) does all the artwork for the 12″ singles on Subtle Audio and then Louisa (my missus) does all the cartoon drawings for Bustle Beats (she also does the album / EP sleeves and any CD releases on Subtle Audio too).

The local Wardance crew in Limerick are a great help whenever I need to do a release party or label showcase – we’ve collaborated on a few events in our hometown of Limerick.

Tamen does some overseas promotion for the label – he was Dj’ing and representing D&B / Jungle in Barcelona for many years and has recently re-located to Australia where is he’s active on the Melbourne circuit and represents the breakbeat side of things when he plays out, including plenty of Subtle Audio material.
He does some distribution of the releases too.

Artist wise, some of the main contributors over the years have been Equinox, Alpha Omega, Enjoy, Dissident, Macc, dgoHn, Nebula, Sub, NCQL, Nic TVG and Irish artists such as Polska and Mecca.

The next batch of releases on Subtle Audio will introduce new artists that we want to spotlight such as Drummotive and Scale and I’m also launching a new label for hometown Limerick related beats called ‘Treaty Treats’ (Limerick is known as the Treaty city).

The music on this imprint will mainly come from myself and long-time friend and increasingly prolific producer K3Bee.

How did you make the decision to run a record label mainly focusing on Breakbeat D&B, Jungle & Drumfunk?

Well, that was easy – it’s the music I love.

As I mentioned already, the early nineties hardcore / breakbeat / jungle style was a huge influence on me and my favourite stuff from the mid to late nineties was a continuation of that sound.

The decision to focus on this style on my own label was made easier with the direction the scene took in the early noughties, that made me even more determined to try to represent my favourite style and help to bring the breaks back.

 

The location of Subtle Audio is in Limerick Ireland.
Due to your location does it have any negative effects on how the label performs due to majority of producers being based overseas?

 

No, I don’t think so.
I grew up in an era when flights were becoming much more affordable and Ireland is only an hours flight from London.

I made the trip plenty of times back over the years, especially between 2000 and 2010.
I was already in touch with quite a few producers online before I met many of them in person at different nights over the years.

One of the main meeting places was the Technicality night run by Chris Inperspective.
I first went there to hear Breakage, Senses and Bailey play around the end of 2002.
I got talking to Chris on the night and told him I’d bring him and a few others that were playing Technicality over to Ireland for a show.

In the end I booked Chris, Equinox, Breakage and Senses.

One of the tracks I got on a demo CD from Equinox when he came over ended up being on one of the first Subtle Audio releases 2 years later – ‘The Phantoms’.

I was able to catch up with artists fairly regularly by booking them to play our night (or when playing abroad or catching a show in London).

There are only a handful of artists on the label that I haven’t met in person.
The only draw-back over the years has been not having as much presence in the UK clubs as I’d like – especially since I was living in Canada for 4 years between 2011 and 2015.

I’m working on that though, so there might be some kind of Subtle Audio night in the UK soon all going well.

 

 

 Has the use of social media made it more easier?

 

Yes, definitely !

Social media is a good platform for promotion – especially for a label like mine where we do most of the distribution ourselves.

Even before the likes of Facebook and Twitter, internet forums were a good place to post mixes and release info.

Have to give a big shout to the Subvert Central forum (which is still going strong!) – A lot of positive things happened because of online interactions within that community.

It was a great place to throw out ideas and to meet like-minded artists / Dj’s etc.

Subtle Audio has a great reputation, providing unique releases from talented producers.
How do you find these producers for forthcoming releases?

Well, sometimes I find them and sometimes they find us!

I mentioned earlier about the hook up with Equinox and how that came about – that first release led on to many more and we’ve become good friends over the years.

It’s funny because one of my favourite compilation CD’s from the early days was ‘Jungle Dub 5’ on Kickin Records – it had a track by Bizzy B & Equinox on it called ‘Brain Records Crew’. Little did I realise at the time that we’d become good friends and that I’d get to release his music on my own label years later.

A similar scenario played out with Enjoy – I played at his night in Italy early in 2008 and he was playing me some demos that sounded really good.

We were on the same page musically and now, ten years later I’ve put out quite a few tracks by him and I’m just about to do an album release for him on Bustle Beats.

I got to know Macc initially via the Subvert Central forum and then eventually met him in person at Technicality – he ended up playing his live drum set at our night in Limerick in 2004 (with his good friend dgoHn in tow). They both became a big part of the label in the years that followed.
At this stage, now that we’re more established, a lot of producers know what we’re about and come to us if they think their style fits.

I get a lot of demos sent via Soundcloud / Facebook etc.
Other times I’ll hear an interesting track from a producer on another label and I might approach them about doing something for Subtle Audio.

 

There’s been plenty of releases on Vinyl now I’ve noticed you’ve began releasing more on MP3.
Is this due to more high demand and quality purposes?

 

Actually, we’ve always done digital download releases – usually a few months after the vinyl release, but we’ve done them since the early days.

I kicked off a sub-label for digital only releases back in 2006 – Subtle Audio Digital.
Time and financial constraints mean it’s impossible to get every track onto vinyl, so it’s good to have the option of just doing a digital-only release sometimes.

Even though I love vinyl myself, I acknowledge that not everyone wants to listen this way.
As for the sound of digital VS vinyl, that’s a subjective one – I’m not getting into it, haha.

My main objective is to make sure the music is available to whoever wants to listen, so we’ve always catered for vinyl lovers, the CD fans and the digital download crew.

To my knowledge there hasn’t been a Subtle Audio Tour for a very long time.
Will you be planning one in the near future?

Yeah, you’re right about that and yes I am looking into the possibility of doing something in the UK soon.

Apart from Limerick, I got as far as Dublin to do a ‘Decade In Breakbeat’ party at the end of 2016 – we had Equinox, Mecca, Earl Grey, Aroma Nice and myself on the bill, but that has been about it.

Before that I was in Canada, so the opportunity to do a tour on this side of the world hasn’t been there.

The release schedule on the label is quite full for 2018, so it would be good to get out there to promote the sound a bit.

I have some ideas, so lets see what happens.

 

Any big forthcoming releases we need to know about?

 

We just did a collaboration release called ‘Elysian Boundary’ with 7th Storey Projects and Scientific Wax which (at the time of writing) is still available from the 7th Storey Projects website.

All profits go to charity.

Apart from that there are 3 new releases in the works at the moment – I just got the testing pressings back for all 3, so things are on course for a late April / early May release via the Subtle Audio site.

Have a few digital only releases lined up too which should be available via the Subtle Audio Bandcamp site a few weeks before the new vinyl bits go live.

The next release on Subtle Audio itself is from a Dutch producer called Drummotive. A very talented guy who has had a few releases on Infest’s Next Phase label already.

It’s a 3 track vinyl – with 2 D&B / Drumfunk style tunes and 1 live sounding jazz track.

I’m very happy with how the tracks work together (it’s always an important consideration for every release) and I think it’s something a bit different to what’s doing the rounds at the moment.

On Bustle Beats there’s an album project by Enjoy due very soon – it’s a 3×10″ release with 6 tracks.
Being on Bustle Beats, it’s got more of a oldskool / jungle sound to it with strong grooves for the dance floor.

I’m delighted to have the honour of releasing an album for Enjoy – he’s a great talent and it’s great to see him getting more recognition these days, he’s also had vinyl releases on AKO Beatz and Transmute in recent times.

I’m also kicking off a brand new sub-label called ‘Treaty Treats’. This is for music made in my hometown of Limerick or by producers that have some kind of connection to the place.

The first release features something from local producer K3Bee and then there’s something of mine on the flip-side.
We’ve been working on remixes of an Irish indie act called Audrey & The Icons and those should see a release in the future too.

There’s even a mad (non D&B) remix by Naphta (he’s not from Limerick but we’re thinking of giving him a pass as he lived here for a few months and he DJ’d in Limerick before!)

 

Obviously last question from us here at Drum+Basics..
Any special mentions, thanks?

 

My main thank-you goes to the supporters of the label who have kept us going for over 12 years now.

Many of them have been with us since the very first release and without that hardcore support, there would be no Subtle Audio.

Thanks, of course, to the artists – again, without them, there would be no label.

Want to give a big thanks to Beau and Bob Macc who are the nicest and most accommodating mastering engineers you could hope to have – they’ve both really helped to make us sound good over the years.

A huge thank you to Conor (Stacks) and Louisa for their great artwork over the years.

Big thanks to Manny (Deepcut) in Limerick who has been really helpful with promoting and staging Subtle Audio related nights in Limerick over the last few years.

Shouts to all the regular listeners to the Subtle Audio Show on Jungletrain – they’ve put up with countless technical issues over the last few years but still come back for more – lol.

Really though, the chat-room crew make it much more fun to play and because they are so into their beats, they help to remind me that there is an audience out there for this stuff.

Shouts to Chris Inperspective, still soldiering on after all these years.

Shouts to Simon @ 7th Storey Projects and Marlon (Equinox) @ Sci Wax – was great to collaborate on the 3×12″ release recently – respects.

Shouts to all the local Limerick crew!

Big thanks to Drum & Basics for doing this feature on the label and big shout to anyone I’ve forgotten.

 

Many Thanks Conor.

Check out these links for more info & releases you need to purchase from Subtle Audio…

Subtle Audio Recordings
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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/

 

Exclusive interview: Kalm & Spindall

Kalm and Spindall sat down with us to discuss their new release and the hard work behind it…

SleeveHello Kalm and Spindall! Thank you for answering our questions.

Spindall: Hi guys cheers for having us.

Kalm: EZ

Let’s start from the beginning. How did you two end up working together and producing this EP?

Spindall: Kalm and I are good friends and have worked together since around 2009 having met on rude FM a few years before. When we started the label it was always a plan to do an EP together for it.

What’s with your artist names?

Spindall: haha I’ve had mine since I was 13, I’m not even sure how I came up with it. I thought it sounded good at the time and 20 years later, here I am still using it !

Kalm: I was so excited about D&B as a youngster, everyone (inc. some fairly well know dnb artist’s) at the time kept on saying “Calm Down” cos i was always asking about the titles of dubs etc .. It just seemed logical one day.

Very exciting release! What can you tell us about Cataclysm EP?

APPS PHOTOGRAPHYSpindall: thank you! It’s the result of a lot of hours and hard work, and we feel it’s a very 360 display of what the labels about there’s something on there for everybody who likes the deeper end of the genre. There’s a roller, a dark side minimal aspect aswell as liquid & upfront minimal elements. I’m proud to be part of it.

Kalm: Very pleased with how the whole ‘Cataclysm ep’ has come together we just did tunes for fun, then one day we looked up and saw it had become a full grown ep.. which was great.

My favourite tune is definitely Destiny – really feeling that one! All tracks are quite different from each other in a sense, did you have a theme or are they all separate?

Spindall: thanks again. There wasn’t theme as such we just wanted to make something solid & lasting. The tracks were all wrote at different times and stages so we was on different vibes each time we sat down, guess that’s why it’s so diverse.

Kalm: Yes agreed, I think it does cover all sorts of dnb angles, and as Spindall said on different days we felt like getting on something distinctly one style etc, so it was purely organic how we reached the final tracklist, but in a way it feels like it came out better than if we had contrived the same idea prior.

Talk us through the process behind the EP!

Spindall: normally when we sit down to work on a Track we get an idea going from say a sample or idea for the track then take it from there, it’s all about creating the right vibe.

11178383_10152842484678596_2084727625_nKalm: Every process is unique for a start, so making tunes with Craig is very different from doing tunes on my own, or with my Kolectiv bro’s …  and same goes for all other collab’s i do, with all other people. For these tracks and working with Craig, it was a case of: I know Craig’s DJ style so i made things that represent the common ground we have in taste that would also fit in both our sets, and with Craig letting me know when we were getting closer I think it worked well as a system for this ep, but as I said: its always different depending on the crew!

Do you share a studio or is everything made online? What equipment do you use?

Spindall: the EP was actually written at 3 different locations, it was a project that lasted over a 2 year period and Sam actually moved house in that time. All written on the same equipment which belongs to Sam. The project started in Manor House and was finished in letchworth!

Kalm: a mac with Logic, monitors, few handy plug ins, nothing fancy really.

You both are DJs as well, does this mean that we will see you both behind the decks as a back2back anytime soon?

Spindall: We’ve actually done many b2bs at our event over the past 3 years aswell as on RudeFM. The recordings can be found on my soundcloud as well as the Nurtured Beatz soundcloud. There will be more, no doubt!

What’s next for you guys?

Spindall: Firstly getting the EP out to the masses! Then this summer we are teaming up with Proximity recordings for the 2nd time this year and taking the event to Bristol. In terms on the label there’s exciting projects and eps coming out from C-Side, Mystic State & more as well as some top secret remix projects from the likes of Kolectiv, fearful, Tephra & Arkoze + others.

Kalm: Plenty of exciting events and material on the way, so no snoozing…

Any famous last words…?

Spindall: Please keep supporting the label and coming to the events.

Kalm: Wanted to say thanks for the support to our genuine friends that really have been on our side massive love and respect to y’all. Please come find us we have a bandcamp store with bonus and free material, Give it try you might find its better than the bigger flashier “names” but without the cheese, spam and ego-overloading hype machine style; bigger band marketing fakery. SUPPORT THE GRASS ROOTS UNDERGROUND LABELS! (not just the ones who have loads of cash it doesn’t mean they love dnb more or are better! just cos they have had loads cash since day one) we still get about exactly nothing from this, AND take a lot of knocks cos we dont have all the same expensive stuff as everyone else, but stay ahead day by day working on the “art form”, I guess we’ll have to keep on using our imagination :) … the only REAL way.

Spindall: thank u and big ups

Thank you guys!

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