Drumsound & Bassline Smith are back with this amazing mini mix, jam packed full of bangers!
The drum and bass scene is looking strong. From the sweaty recesses of the grimiest jump-up raves to chart-topping, ad-soundtracking mainstream acceptance, 2015 has shown that this music has the full spectrum covered. And Technique Recordings, as always, has been up there at the forefront of the movement. This compilation, drawn from Technique’s releases over the year, is here to confirm that point.
Gradual talk us through their Top 5 tracks of the year to celebrate the release of ‘Drum & Bass Annual’ by Technique.
Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit
A track that should be in all the top lists. It’s incredible, perfection does it for us right now and it’s definitely our number 1.
InsideInfo & Mefjus – Leibniz
We love how they make these incredible tracks with a distinctive sound with a such simple drum patterns, and saturated bass. Amazing!
Neonlight & Wintermute – Influx
Beep Beep Beep. Nice introduction that falls on a terrible stab bass and pure neonlight drums style. Definitely one of our favorite artists!
Misanthrop – I Need More
We need more of this! Amazings tracks! Incredible sound that fits perfectly into any mix.
Piano chords turning into a malefic arpeggiator, till the drop sets in with kicks and claps. Amazing sound, amazing design, amazing track.
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We caught up with TiB to find out what tracks float his boat outside of the Drum & Bass world
Drum and bass has grown up a lot since its UK-centric formative days. You’ve probably noticed that, over the last few years, Technique Recordings has been instrumental in bringing a host of international talent to wider prominence in the scene. Names like L Plus, MaxNRG, Spectrem and Document One are now regular fixtures on the track lists of top echelon DJs for raves and radio alike. So, fresh for 2015, here’s the latest addition to this fast-expanding global operation. Meet Gradual.
If you’ve been paying attention to the tightly-knit Spanish D&B scene, then you’ll already know about the DJs and producers called Alerstorm and Ice Stereo. And you’ll know they’ve been steadily building their skills and profile for around seven years, dropping heavy releases on multiple imprints across Europe. If, however, you haven’t been paying attention then you may have formed your own misguided idea of what Spanish D&B is all about. Maybe some laid-back, sun-kissed Mediterranean vibes with a bit of classical guitar thrown in? Well, check your prejudices and think again.
These two have been ripping things up with their own brand of dark, deep and complex tear-out neuro-influenced drum and bass. They’ve given us force-laden rhythmic motifs folded and reshaped into multiple forms with layers of effortlessly technical bass and devastatingly powerful riffs. They’ve given us tight and aggressive drums that punch right in the solar plexus. That’s the style that’s seen Alerstorm and Ice Stereo cement their status in the world of D&B. When, three years ago, they recognised their complementary perspectives and began collaborating, it was clear that this team-up had the potential for even bigger things.
And those bigger things have arrived in the form of a signing to Technique Recordings. Gradual, as the duo are now known, are now trained and ready to flex their skills for a wider audience than ever before. Here are two producers who’ve paid their dues and are prepared for Technique to take them to the next level. It’s time for Spanish D&B to take its place on the big stage and show us all what it’s really made of.
Summertime, and the riddims are breezy. When the warm weather heralds the arrival of festivals, carnivals and poolside raving, it’s time to break out the new season’s collection of beats. And, celebrating fifteen years deep in the game, Technique Recordings are dropping a “Summer Selection” album to soundtrack the sunshine properly. This first taste of the album comes from label bosses Drumsound & Bassline Smith who, judging by their show itinerary, know a thing or two about hyping a festival crowd.
It’s time for the ravers to raise up their hands immediately as “Memories” floats in. A rising chord structure delivered by a subtle combination of keys and pads provides a foundation for an elegantly percussive synth melody. Add in a ghostly vocal sample and this tune casually casts a cloud of euphoria over the party. The deal is sealed when the drop provides the weight of bubbling bass and effortlessly punchy drums to the mix. This is a tune that’s as uplifting in the midnight haze as it is under blue skies.
Then there’s a different mood for “Primitive”. Dramatic stabs kick a hole in the atmosphere, punctuating a pattern of ever-rising arpeggiation overlaid with a suspense-laden dialogue sample. And that’s just the intro, before sirens signal a build into a high-voltage drop made of a taut razor-wire bassline and uppercut-force kicks and snares. Rolling high-end percussion and those blockbuster synth-strikes keep the energy at IMAX dimensions. When it’s that time for the carnival crowd to properly let loose and go just a touch grimy, this is one to draw for.
So, Drumsound & Bassline Smith have shown us two angles on the sunlit rave experience. And with a decade and a half of experience feeding into the “Summer Selection” album, this is clearly just a small taste of what’s to come. Better grab your shades and your sunscreen, because Technique Recordings are about to light up the summer.
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