Release Date: 10th May 2019
"Dutch drum & bass artist Nymfo has firmly established himself as both a DJ and producer. Since 2007 he s found himself in the libraries of essential imprints such as Commercial Suicide (where he released his debut album Characters ), CIA Records, Spearhead, Metalheadz, Hospital Records, and Ram, stretching his energetic, brilliantly crafted music throughout a variety of sub genres. And since the beginning of his career, he s helped to expand the formidable reputation which Dispatch Recordings have built for themselves over the span of decades. Joining Dispatch for his next release, Nymfo offers up a variety of flavours through his forthcoming Pictures of Silence LP, adding another trophy to their cabinet of historical releases.
The Pictures of Silence LP spans a weighty number of tracks, with each demonstrating the echelons of engineering which Nymfo is capable of. Whilst never trying to fit a commercial paradigm and instead paying reverence to the roots of a genre which has become of dance music s biggest exports, Nymfo has yet again set the bar high across an entire album. From beginning to end, Pictures of Silence is a homage to what Nymfo s expert skillset is capable of.
The LP begins with its title-track and Pictures of Silence is a slamming roller, one punctuated through stabbing, metallic bass notes. Then you re introduced to Enforcer , dropping through with skittering samples and slamming kicks. Memory Lane nods to its namesake through scuttling breaks and Sense joins Nymfo for the sweeping sounds of Hopeless & Free . That Bongo Track focuses heavily on its drum work, Murphy s Law growls with its techy prowess and Arkaik comes in for the following collaboration alongside Nymfo - Curry . tzi the Iceman is next up with a crashing, lumbering rhythm then Jarhead offers its chaotic bassline. Finally, Cold Sweat is dropped with Fuji, against standalone Nymfo tracks Hide & Seek , with its deep underscores, and A.F.C with its juxtaposed harmonies. It s a titanic LP from Nymfo. One which identifies him both as an integral part of the Dispatch Recordings roster, as well as the wider drum & bass market. Dispatch Recordings, lead by Ant TC1, have fine-tuned their A&R, something they ve become notorious for.
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a1. Nymfo - That Bongo Track
a2. Nymfo - Memory Lane
a3. Nymfo - Enforcer
b1. Nymfo - Pictures On Silence
b2. Nymfo - Jarhead
Release Date: 15th March 2019
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Many labels have prided themselves as being specialists within the field of drum & bass, however not all of them can boast the background that Dispatch Recordings have built for themselves throughout its development. They've never shaped their sounds or artists to fit any one popular model and have instead shifted their focus to providing music which is ingeniously written, whilst also being engineered for speaker stacks. The output on Dispatch has been continually of a high caliber and difficult to match since the label was first launched, yet they still manage to find artists who fit these standards. Even in recent years, they've helped shine a light on many producers who were not only beginning to establish themselves, but also to make these figures become buy-on-sight; whether that's exemplified through Black Barrel's "Last Frontier" LP through or the "In Life" EP from Tephra & Arkoze.
Their next concept album comes from Italian maestro Dabs. His tech-funk layered drum & bass has often provided stand-out selections, with his name becoming a staple at parties across the likes of Europe, Australia and South America. The high-energy, technically trained producer has offered up a massive package of tracks to capitalize on Dispatch's colossal audience. As well as debuting his music on Eatbrain and Horizons, whilst having his own Avantgarde podium which gave him full creative control, he'd already firmly established himself within the back catalogue of Dispatch. With support from title-winning names such as Andy C, Ed Rush & Optica land DJ Hype, his remix of Octane & DLR's "Back in the Grind" saw him step further into the roster of Dispatch Recordings alongside Cern, after the pair came under the label's radar in 2010.
The "Wormatic" LP draws many other like minded individuals in for the ride with collaborations alongside the likes of Nymfo ("Walkman"), Illaman & Kwality ("Got the Message"), Quadrant & Iris("Adenosine") and Wrath ("Last Note"). His standalone cuts are also just as impressive, with the sweeping breaks of "CWM", the throbbing electronic drums of "Buntlack" and the gritty LFOs of "Eardrum" all making themselves heard. Tracks such as "Martini", "Granulair", "Sleepless City", "Tempra", "Shape of Things", "Wednesday" and "Got the Message" are all just as diligent in their manufacturing. From beginning to end, the album is a stunning display of diversity and it's an aspect which is heralded by the Dispatch Recordings camp. They've never had to surrender to any commercial appeal and for this, they still provide an outlet for the drum & bass world's underground.
a1. Dabs - Eardrum
b1. Dabs - Buntlack
b2. Dabs feat. Quadrant & Iris - Adenosine
c1. Dabs feat. Nymfo - Walkman
d1. Dabs - Shape of Things
d2. Dabs - Sleepless City