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V Recordings Re-Releases Seminal Ed Rush & Optical Single

Posted: January 27th, 2015

Hard to believe it’s been 17 years since Ed Rush & Optical first graced the likes of V Recordings with the classic cuts “Funktion” and “Naked Lunch.”

Released months before their Wormhole LP that would help change the face of drum & bass forever, this seminal single serves as a timely reminder of the ways in which the forward-thinking vision of the duo was also firmly grounded in the timeless roots of funk and soul.

It’s no wonder then that V Recordings has selected this groundbreaking single as the first in a series of limited edition colored vinyl represses that will be rolling out in the coming year. Presented in a clear PVC case with a double-sided card insert displaying the original single artwork, this limited orange vinyl release is an essential addition to any self-respecting drum & bass collection. You can pick it up here.

 

By Chris Muniz

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Kennedy Jones Reveals #KJPayday Initiative

Posted: January 26th, 2015

Beloved on the festival circuit for his energized DJ sets, diverse production, and occasional MC duties, the irrepressible Kennedy Jones may add the title of philanthropist to his bass music resume. 

As a token of his appreciation to his many supporters, Kennedy (KJ) has organized a fun monthly program with a simple goal: randomly select one fan per month and pay a bill of their choice, freeing up money and alleviating financial burden. KJ hopes this gesture will help his fans pursue their goals or merely enjoy a night out with their friends.

Look for the hashtag #KJPayDay & #TeamKJ on Twitter and Facebook to get involved!

 

By Amanda Ross

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Atlantic Connection Departs With Inspired Final LP

Posted: January 26th, 2015

With an expansive back catalog spanning various spectrums of electronic music, Atlantic Connection (aka Nathan Hayes) has proven himself to be a valued American DJ/producer. Having announced plans to move away from original material, Hayes closes his Atlantic Connection chapter with the sentimental Human, his final LP.

Complete with an introduction, interlude, and ending, Human offers an impressive assortment of deep and rattling cuts, revisiting old skool warehouse vibes, footwork, future bass and neo soul. Vocal tracks are also abundant, with top notch wordsmiths like Tunde Olaniran on two beats (“Geppetto” and the cerebral “Go”), drum & bass MC Tali on “Gratitude,” and Jarell Perry on “360.” Human plays like a film score, and is a fitting departure for an accomplished and celebrated producer. Grab AC’s Human LP on Atlantic Connection Music here.

 

By Amanda Ross

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Mayhem Shows Love To Fans With New Mix Series

Posted: January 25th, 2015

Seasoned producer Anthony Rotella (aka Mayhem) drops a new series for true trap heads entitled Trapanese Vol 1. The virtual mixtape is led by Hoodrich’s Snypa and celebrates Mayhem’s 70k follows on the cloud. 

Find Atlanta-flavored beats with verbal assault from Lil Silk, Migos and Rich Homie Quan. Download Trapanese here.

 

Tracklisting

01. TK N Cash – “Mind Right” (produced by Stooopid Beatz)
02. Migos – “Take Her” (produced by Phenom Da Don x Dee Money)
03. Rich Homie Quan – “Water” (produced by London On Da Track)
04. Bankroll Fresh – “Hot Boy” (produced by Cassius Jay)
05. MACTurnUp x Lil Silk – “Geekin” Remix (produced by Mayhem)
06. Sonny Digital – “Good” (produced by Sonny Digital)
07. Snypa – “Bounce That” (produced by Mayhem)
08. Migos – “All Good” (produced by Cassius Jay)
09. Rich Gang – “Keep It Goin” (produced by London On Da Track)
10. Lucci – “Know No Better” (produced By J. Caspersen)

 

By Amanda Ross

 

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Brillz and Snails Drop Crazy Bootleg

Posted: January 24th, 2015

Unless you’ve been hiding under a shell, you know that “Crazy” by Lil Boosie has received a brutally sick remix from the twonkalicious pair Snails and Brillz.

What’s more, the two were kind enough to give away the trapped-out bootleg for free via SoundCloud. With a blend of each respective artist’s style mutated into one giant track, the remix lashes out with chunky bass stabs and jungle-styled drum shuffles. Check out the tune below.

 

By Amanda Ross

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Interview: Audio On Living The Inked Lifestyle

Posted: January 23rd, 2015

Still buzzing from the success of his hard-hitting Nil by Mouth EP for Ram Records, the drum & bass powerhouse known as Audio is a formidable presence both in and outside the studio. Covered from head to toe with an intense assortment of tattoos, Audio’s physical presence seems to reflect his no-holds-barred approach to the genre, as well as the anti-establishment ethos that drum & bass has come to represent.

Having earned his stripes on major imprints ranging from Freak to Virus and now Ram Records, the South Londoner seems to revel in conjuring up deadly dancefloor-killers that reflect the equally dark and twisted ink he is known for rocking. The past two years in particular have seen Audio gaining momentum in the studio—most notably when his monstrous “Headroom” knocked Avicii off the Beatport top spot in late 2012, going on to dominate the chart for the next three months.

We zeroed in for a chat about the intersection of ink and music, and how the two have become intertwined in both the private and public personae of one of the most exciting drum & bass artists around.

 

Let’s step back to your very first tattoo. Tell us the story behind it.
My very first tattoo was pretty shit, if I’m honest. I was 17 and working at a flooring company. One Friday, after getting my wages, I decided on the way to the pub to stop and get a tattoo—which of course the older guys I worked with were well up for! So 10 minutes later, I'm getting a British bulldog tattooed on my arm.

Was your interest in music connected in any way to your decision to get that first tattoo?
No, music wasn't linked at that point—even though music was all I did outside of working.

You may not be proud of it now, but admit it: At the time, you were showing it off every chance you could get!
Yeah, of course! I rocked the sleeveless T-shirts for a while, showing off this tiny picture of a dog!

Was it all downhill from there, or did it take some time to start adding more ink? Any tattoos in particular that stand out for you or signify an important moment in your life or career?
It still kind of took me some time. I was slowly getting tattoos periodically, but then I got the Virus Recordings symbol on my wrist just after [Ed Rush & Optical’s] Wormhole LP dropped. That's probably the tattoo with the most meaning for me, if I’m honest. That LP changed my life and pointed me in the direction that I still go in today.

The ink on your knuckles reads “drum” and “bass” respectively. When did you get these? Was there a particular release you were celebrating?
I just wanted my knuckles done real bad, so I spent ages trying to think of two four-letter words that I would be happy to rock. I feel stupid now, but my wife was the one to point out the fact that “drum” and “bass” are two four-letter words… I've had them touched up three times; they just didn't want to stay on my fingers, but my regular tattooist smashed them in the last time I had them retouched… They’re good now.

Speaking of which, your tats are very public; there's no hiding the hand and throat ones, no matter what you wear. Is this a way of committing full-bore to music and living what some might consider an “alternative lifestyle”? In other words, there’s no chance of you settling down and becoming a banker or schoolteacher anytime soon, is there?
There's definitely some sort of anti-establishment sentiment to my tattoos. It’s a way of reminding me that I never want to work for anyone in this world, and now I have no choice but to go even harder at keeping that musical lifestyle. Tattoos are something that I will continue to get until I can't get to the shop. 

What sort of advice would you give to anyone out there who may be considering getting some ink? At what point should they commit to a neck piece?
I'd say, do what you want to do! That’s a philosophy I’ve lived by my entire life… As long as you’re willing to work hard, you will be successful at whatever path you choose to take. I do think that a lot of kids maybe think that if they get covered in ink or live that lifestyle, things will happen for them. But I say, put the work in first—then enjoy the rewards.

As you've matured and the tattoos have become part of your visual identity, do you see them reflecting who you are as an artist? When I think of your music, I think of massive percussion and sort of a powerhouse of raw energy. Is that reflected in your body ink? Do the two go hand-in-hand?
My ink is definitely part of me as an artist. People recognize me in clubs and want photos with my knuckle tattoos, and it absolutely matches the type of drum & bass I produce: loud, in your face, and coming in full-throttle. I kind of like being known for it, if I'm honest. 

Hard D&B was getting a bad rap for a while, but it seems to be on the upswing. Now that you’re getting asked to play festivals, do you find yourself having to tone it down a bit, or can they take it as hard as you can dish it out?
The festivals I've played seem to get the style OK, but for me, the music suits dark, loud clubs—so that's where I prefer to play. Festivals are great, don't get me wrong, but it's hard to get a real vibe going, as you’re so far from the crowd. Having said that, the amount of people you can perform to at festivals outweighs clubs hands-down, and that makes for some exciting energy. 

With your looks, you can fit right in on a proper action flick. Do you have any aspirations in that arena? We’ve seen you in the “Heads Up” video, and you’re a natural!
I'd love to do films, so if there are any directors reading, it's definitely something I’d love to get involved with if the opportunity came up. Filming the video for “Heads up” was a great laugh. The SWAT team with me are my best mates, so filming was amazing from start to finish. Plus, the guys filming had come up with a great story and great props, so it was a lot of fun. One thing that wasn’t fun was hitting a deer on the motorway at 90 mph on the way home… very scary! 

Before we go, hit us with your favorite ink shop or artist you'd like to shout out, and let us know what and where you’re considering your next tat to be.
My favorite ink shop is Kids Love Ink on Brick Lane in East London. A very good friend—Charlie Shazer, who has done a lot of my work—runs it. The next tattoo for me is my chest piece, which we’re planning at the moment.

 

 

By Chris Muniz

 

This article originally appeared on Insomniac.com.

 

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