DRUM AND BASS BONANZA #03

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I’ve been out and about having a good time too much, and that’s why this month’s column is a bit later than usual. I was in Manchester last week saying goodbye to one of Manchester’s best friends, Salford John, who was killed in January whilst on a night out. Stories about John and people expressing sympathy for him and his family spread wide along the internet and if you still want to make a donation to the trust fund for his daughters you can donate on Dub Phizix’s page here.

http://www.dubphizix.com/salford-john/

March saw the triumphant return of Seba to the world of drum and bass with a new EP on his own imprint, Secret Operations. The EP is an effortless follow up to his album, Identity, which came out early last year. There’s all the trademark Seba elements, which make him such an absolute lord. It’s hard to pick a favourite of the four, but for me, it’s got to be Mesmerism.

Silent Dust’s label, None60, carried their February momentum through to March and brought us a Remix EP. Sina’s All Alone served as the foundation and they enlisted the help of Fybe One and Sin Glitters as well as themselves to rejig the original in three completely different ways. Silent Dust killed it with their absolutely mental remix, but Fybe One has to pinch it as the pick of the bunch. You just can’t say no to that shuffle.

Thrashpilot’s Manchester based imprint stepped up their game with the Nighstalker E.P featuring a whopping 7 tracks. The label is getting stronger all the time and there is no doubt about the fact that there are some cutting edge sounds to be found on the label’s growing discography. Binary 101 by Thrash Pilot is my pick.

Derrick and Tonika dropped what is probably my tune of the year on IM:LTD in March. It’s a bloody b-side as well. “Session” is just heavyweight.

Protect Audio went all rollery and summery on us for a change with a new single from Cruel Culture and Keosz. Get some pads in your spring. Reminded me of stuff by Seba, Synkro and Phil Tangent. Definitely worth grabbing.

Last but not least something different from French electronic aficionado, Pushy. He’s well respected in the French electronica scene and he’s recently released an EP on Parisian label, Kiosk Records, which draws from more genres than I care to list and spits out a pile of absolutely mental sounding music. Check it here. . .

Editor: mernywernz

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