Release Date - 21st December 2018
Here comes the blast off: Brand new label Space Cadet propels itself into the ether with their launch release. Bursting through the ozone, destined for your own zone, DRS’s new spaceship sets coordinates to stun with a valiant V/A mission that takes us to the furthest peripheries of the drum & bass solar system.
Captained by co-pilots GLXY, Artificial Intelligence, Skeptical and Dogger & Mindstate, the four-track trip guides us through emotional and conscious star clusters as the label’s chief astronaut DRS lays down four new narratives. Distraction, temptation, frustration and confused affection are just some of the themes the Manchester MC parlays with resonance over crisp, forward-thinking productions from a vital range of kindred bass spirits...
Shogun stars GLXY live up to their name as they shake and stir us with a piano cocktail on ‘Rain Dance’ while long-time planet boundingexcursionists Artificial Intelligence lay down a stark step blueprint for ‘Overdose’. Elsewhere fellow cosmos enthusiast Skeptical delivershis first production since his album ‘Enjoy This Trip’ with the glacial soul of ‘Forget This All’, a track you may well recognise from Space Cadet’s prototype quest; LSB’s ‘Space Age Volume 1’, a mix that’s soundtracked trips over 40,000 times and counting.
Finally rising rocketeers Dogger and Mindstate provide the essential happy landing; ‘Falling For You’ is the deepest, most delicate cut of the crusade. Not only does it bring you back to an emotional reality that every single one of us humans with souls can relate to, but it also sets the scene for the next Space Cadet voyage.... A brand new DRS artist album.
You read it here first and you won’t have light years to wait for it, either.
Stay tuned for more astronomical transmissions very soon...
a1. DRS x GLXY - Rain Dance
a2. DRS x Artificial Intelligence - Overdose
b1. DRS x Skeptical - Forget This All
b2. DRS x Dogger & Mindstate - Falling For You
Repress Release Date - 14th February 2020
Long distance mission manoeuvres: DRS digs out the keys to his shiny new mothership for the second ever Space Cadet voyage. Once again there are seats on board for everyone. Buckle up and bring supplies, this one goes deep…
Guerrilla-dropped with no hype, build-up or blaring pregame klaxons, ‘From The Deep’ is the Manchester MC’s most raw, honest and revealing album to date. File under switch-flipped; Delroy Pottinger’s third solo artist LP takes us right back to his hip-hop foundations as he sets the coordinates for Planet Roots and gives us a classic vibe time trip that’s every bit as personal as it is gilded; soulful, stripped back, soaked in positive messages but shadowed by a bleak demons, ‘From The Deep’ is the sound of a man hauling his way out of a black hole with pure hope.
Produced with rising Manchester beatmaker Pitch 92 over the course of an inspired two week writing exploration, ‘From The Deep’ is DRS’s first hip-hop LP since his debut post-Broke N English solo album ‘Grown Man Biznizz’ in 2010 and tells the story of a man with a painted on smile and a barbed soul behind the bars. His own personal way of dealing with tragic losses, knowing his heart that will never fully heal, each track on ‘From The Deep’ is Delroy’s message to himself and anyone who’s suffering that things will change.
A way of returning to reality and putting inner demons on blast, this is less of a trip into outer space but more of a safe landing back to earth from outer space where it’s easier to hide from the truth. It’s a toolkit that reminds you that life is turbulent and seriously shit sometimes, but there are priceless factors that make it worthwhile; family, friends, love, music, adventures, real connections and reliable high grade weed vendors.
It also reminds you how funky, soulful and versatile DRS is. Renowned for his skills at both true blues and raw doubletime brutality across the drum & bass spectrum, ‘From The Deep’ flexes back to Delroy’s most craft honing chapter as an artist and as a founding member of Manchester hip-hop trio Broke N English. A groundbreaking act in Manchester’s music scene, the fact all three members - DRS, Konny Kon and Strategy - have gone on to set next level benchmarks and inspire the city’s next generation speaks volumes and continues to echo in the city’s next generation.
Rooted but not nostalgic. Emotional but not sentimental. Deep but more focused than anything Delroy has ever created to date. No hype, build up or klaxons are necessary for a body of work as honest as this; long distance mission manoeuvres are ultimately timeless. Stay tuned for the next astral transmission.
a1. DRS - Clipping my Wings
a2. DRS - All Time High
b1. DRS - Serial Escapist
b2. DRS - Irreplaceable
b3. DRS - Closer I Get
c1. DRS - Chill Tonight
c2. DRS - A Little Too Much
c3. DRS - Space Cowboy
d1. DRS - How Sweet It Is
d2. DRS - Better The Devil You Know
d3. DRS - Still No Good