Release Date: 16th October 2020
Fresh off the back of his latest installation of rollers and heavy hitters, FD drops in for a welcome visit to CIA. Already a firm favourite of the label, the producer’s recent form has seen him consistently stepping up through the gears, firing off a volley of dancefloor weapons and soulful cuts.
FD’s latest offering sees the producer deliver three refined yet weighty DJ tools, as he helps to connect the dots between sound for the more daring listeners and selectors. As usual with his work, each track turns in different directions, thoughtfully yet powerfully constructed.
‘First Sound’ is a lesson in class and stripped back simplicity, rolling and weighty yet with a character all of its own, making for a classic DJ tool. ‘Timberline’ takes proceedings a little darker and more techno-tinged with it’s looped soundscapes and layers, while the latest collaboration between FD and Total Science, ‘True North’ brings things down a notch, yet is loaded with enough bassweight to do serious damage.
a1. FD - First Sound
b1. FD & Total Science - True North
b2. FD - Timberline
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
At this 3rd Park Sessions; we find some excellent deeper melodic and soulful tracks from Tommy The Cat. The cat opens with the "Park Sessions" title song - which has that soul in it we are used to hear at this serie. With "High Drama" the cat takes you back to the 90s with great melodic junglebeats. Then "In the Shimmering Sun" we finding ourselves on a nice beach and last not least; the cat introducing "NLS" to this EP with the excellent warm breakbeat track "Hazelnut" !! Not one to miss !!!
a1. Tommy The Cat - Park Sessions
a2. Tommy The Cat - High Drama
b1. Tommy The Cat - In The Shimmering Sun
b2. NLS - Hazelnut
Release Date: 27th November 2020
Exciting Bristol-based artist Myth debuts on Amsterdam's boutique imprint The North Quarter with his hard-hitting “Long Time Coming EP”. Both stripped-back and widescreen at the same time, the project captures the essence of the Dub & Jungle influences that are ingrained throughout the five-tracks. Myth's undeniable technical prowess and ear for an effortless groove are on display as he shows he's one of the the brightest talents in the scene today.
As Myth explains: “I think with any debut EP for a label your main aim is to showcase a spectrum of your sound and to try and make an impact so that you stand out from the other artists. With this EP I went for some straight forward club tracks with a couple of more abstract ones that still have enough energy.”
a1. Myth - One Note Funk
a2. Myth - Long Time
b1. Myth - Horror
b2. Myth - 3rd Time Lucky
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Childsplay presents The debut EP from mod-r. A 4track summary of the emotional state of youth 2day. equal parts breaks, acid, electro and angst. If you don't like it JUST FUCK OFF
a1. mod-r - Shegz
a2. mod-r - Thegeneralpublic
b1. mod-r - Unemployed
b2. mod-r - Shottaz
Release Date: 9th October 2020
The combined production powerhouse of Deekline, Ed Solo & Specimen A bring forth 10,000 blowtorches to celebrate the vibe that only music can create alongside the vocals of Jamaican reggae superstar Blackout JA.
If you were lucky enough to witness the burner cans of the original dancehall movement or the vast array of lighters flickering to ‘94 Amens, you know what to expect here. This is upfront jungle with a full canister of gas, one hell of a bouncy bassline and an excellent delivery of lyrical goodness. Blackout JA was certainly a fine choice to voice this beat, riding it effortlessly and requesting you all to “let the music play”.
You’re getting both the club mix and the slightly shorter and perhaps less aggressive original in this fine package from Jungle Cakes. Two for two as they say.
Fire in the basement.
a1. Ed Solo & Deekline - Have Some Fun ft General Levy
b1. Deekline, Ed Solo & Specimen A - Let The Music Play ft Blackout JA
Release Date: 9th October 2020
In what is proving to be a hectic year BTG are serving up a hectic EP from none other than the Dutch maestro TMSV with remixes from the currently prolific A.Fruit and BTG’s very own head honcho Bulu.
Ritalin Jam is just as frenetic as its name suggests and leads you on a twisted, ADHD riddled journey into cyber space. A.Fruit takes Ritalin Jam and makes it entirely her own with a deeper, darker but just as hyperactive feel.
On the B-Side we have Mountain (Wait Here) which is one of TMSV’s signature 140BPM bits that he’s known and loved for. Bulu then takes what was once a deep stepper and tears it up at 170BPM with a rolling yet broken feel.
This one comes with a warning, proceed with caution.
a1. TMSV - Ritalin Jam
a2. TMSV - Ritalin Jam (A.Fruit Remix)
b1. TMSV - Mountain (Wait Here)
b2. TMSV - Mountain (Wait Here) (Bulu Remix)
Release Date: 20th November 2020
Jack Stevens aka Sully has become somewhat of a cult figure in the jungle world with his output being in high demand. His work is unmistakable. It’s always true to it’s origins while simultaneously adding new takes and juxtapositions in palette and composition. A true artist that excels in his field.
Stevens returns to Astrophonica with Swandive, a body of work presented in dual energies - dark & light, body & mind, Yin & Yang. In Werk you’re put to the test physically as es- ki-like percussion stabs grab the attention and demand a response. A staple in Fracture’s DJ sets for the last year or so.
Poison demonstrates a side to Stevens’ production that is harder, meaner, cruder and all together more brutal than he is known for. The result is an infectious mix of venomous bass and corrupted drum breaks fit to kill any dance.
The title track Swandive begins to counterbalance the fierce energy and bring some har- mony opening with calming strings and trademark icy melodies before elevating to an intense state of amen divinity that twists and turns in a story like fashion.
Memories completes the balance with euphoric bass stabs and emotional strings culminat- ing in a searing and conclusive anime-like solo. Some of Stevens’ most daring work. The cycle is complete.
a1. Sully - Werk
a2. Sully - Poison
b1. Sully - Swandive
b2. Sully - Memories
Released 9th October.
The recent data dump from DJ house get the remix treatment from Coco Bryce & Desert Sound Colony - "breaks-jungle-house" in the mix! Pressed on limited 12" vinyl [300 copies Worldwide].
a1. DJ Haus - Bleep Bots (Desert Sound Colony Remix)
b1. DJ Haus - Catch Your Breath (Coco Bryce Remix)
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Toulouse's master craftsman Redeyes delivers his fourth album “Selfportraits” on Amsterdam imprint The North Quarter. Known for his deeply detailed, emotive take on Drum & Bass, the French pioneer has a career spanning over 15 years. After three previous projects on The North Quarter – including 2018's opus “Broken Soul” - he now returns with the profound “Selfportraits”. Written almost exclusively during the Covid-19 crisis, this album captures a time spent in sheltered reflection. Drawing on both musical influences and personal beliefs this album is both deeply personal and touches on important issues of our times.
“The album was made during the lockdown and it all came together quickly. I was just spending time at home with my kids, splitting time between making music and home-schooling. It was just a time where I felt sheltered and comfortable with the music just flowing naturally,” Redeyes explains. “My music is not just dance music. I've always seen my art as something that transcends the dance-floor, and all the greatest artists in the world - from painters to singers to actors - have always been engaged in important fights. So why don't we do it, why are we not as engaged as our favourite artists from other genres are? Its time to make the difference, its time to be the change. This album is musically what reflects the core of my Drum & Bass sound. But this album is not just my own self-portrait - it's also the one of the guests. They speak the truth from their hearts out loud.”
This album is a journey through vintage soulful Drum & Bass, soundscapes and beats and sees Redeyes at his most inspired. Through ten carefully pieced together tracks, the listener is transported through a mosaic of influences and emotions. With featured artists such as [ K S R ], Lovescene, Juga-Naut, DRS and DJ Flight, an important narrative is added to the warm and serene instrumentation. Redeyes continues to uplift and inspire: a soft spoken, gentle soul with a clear vision of music.
a1. Intro / Thousand Times ft [ K S R ] / Colours ft Abnormal Sleepz
a2. Carry Me Home / Never Learnt ft Juga-Naut & Victor Gould
b1. Belong ft Monty / Running
b2. Outside ft HMD / Dad’s Hand ft DRS
b3. Delicate / Between The Waves
c1. Low Key / Slow Pace (Prelude) ft DRS
c2. Change.Illusion / No Way ft DRS
d1. Glowin’ / Lazy Flow
d2. All The Reasons ft Lovescene / A Lifetime
d3. Slow Pace / Outro ft DJ Flight
Release Date: 4th September 2020
Mani Festo yet again shows his versatility with 5 blistering DJ ready tracks. There are no limitations to Mani Festo's productions His music pays homage to the golden years of UK Rave music. taking in House, Breaks. DnB and Jungle - releasing across labels as diverse as Rupture LDN, Sneaker Social Club, CLub Glow and Warehouse Rave.
a1. Mani Festo - Continuum
a2. Mani Festo - Baltic Sea
b1. Mani Festo - Full Circle
b2. Mani Festo - Explorer
b3. Mani Festo - What You've Done Me