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Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Breakdown Magazine. With summer nearing and the bass-heavy sounds of dubstep and D&B so universally popular right now, we’re sure you lot have been looking forward to the festival season and your holidays abroad just as much as we have. And with Sun & Bass, Exit Festival and Outlook Festival all approaching, this is proving to be
one of the best summers yet. Breakdown will be bringing you the freshest news and information from the world of music, fashion, art and photography. In this particular issue we have special features on artists including Dexcell, AMC, Panik, Ben Jacobs and Gnarly Ink Design amongst other exciting bits and pieces. Quite some line-up, we know - if it was a rave, it’d be ram-out!
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Born and raised in Kentish Town, North London, Jack Murray began painting graffiti in 1999 at school age 12 under the name Panik, going on to form ATG with friends in 2000/2001. His move into illustrative, character based work came about in 2005, with his trademark faces first appearing on surfaces in and around the borough of Camden. Since then he has persistantly pushed his distinct style with energetic delivery, culminating in projects across the board and solo-shows for galleries in London and Amsterdam. Jack is continually pushing his work both on and off the streets into innovative new spaces and remains a driving figure behind the ATG movement
â€˜JACK MURRAY AKA PANIK
Recent Work HOT TEST S T R E E T A RT IN THE UK!IST
ABOVE: Had a sunny day out in Canterbury last week courtesy of Jack Wills. They invited me to come down and paint a wall inside a recently opened shop of theirs. Enjoyed it! BELOW: De Hallen Warehouse, Amsterdam. Had a lot of fun doing this privately commissioned piece as the people I was doing it for gave me a lot of freedom to work
ABOVE: The above piece was a very early creation of mine that I did on an old railway track. Itâ€™s something that I often look back on to reflect and let myself realise how far I feel Iâ€™ve come as an artist.
LEFT: Millbank Tower, SW1 2005. One of my first bits of graffiti where I really began to feel that people were taking notice of my work.
FROM THE VAULTS
INCASE YOU HADN’T ALREADY NOTICED SUMMER IS FAST APPROACHING US AND IT’S TIME TO GET PREPARED AND STOCKED UP ON SOME FRESH FOOTWEAR FOR THE COMING MONTHS. WITH THAT IN MIND WE’D BETTER SHOW YOU OUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE KICKS FOR THIS COMING SEASON. WE’VE PICKED OUT MODELS RANGING FROM VANS TO NIKE RIGHT DOWN TO THE BASIC, BUT STAPLE CONVERSE SHOE. ENJOY...
WORDS: ALEX GREENE
CARHARTT X VANS AUTHENTIC An interesting twist on the classic authentic shoe from Vans with some great suede and ripstop details . They come in 3 different colours,t including the lovely ‘wall’ colour featured in the right photo.
NEW BALANCE X NORSE PROJECTS M670 Streetwear brand Norse Projects hook up with the notorious sneaker legends over at New Balance to create an ultra comfy trainer ideal for running or even just to be used as a day to day shoe. Recommended.
MACINTOSH X CONVERSE JACK PURCELL Longtime purveyors of rainwear, Britain’s Mackintosh employ their timeless approach to design through a capsule of sneakers with Converse’s famous Jack Purcell model. In stock at select retailers now.
SUPREME X VANS OLD SCHOOL 2011 As part of a release in conjunction with Vans for Spring/Summer 2011, Supreme has updated several of the footwear label’s classic models, including the Old Skools. Available in six, different but fantastic colourways.
005 Finally, but by no means least is the classic Nike Blazer model. Available in 4 amazing and unique colours and now featuring a high cut with suede material they’ll fit right in to your summer get up with some shorts.
NIKE BLAZER HIGH SUEDE VINTAGE
Ben Jacobs is a 22 year old photographer residing in sunny St.Albans. He dropped out of university in Leicester a couple of years ago and has been working hard at his main passion ever since. Despite going to work for a low-wage in Snappy Snaps after dropping out of uni, Ben has been on the up and is now a freelance photographer and is in particularly high demand. His photo’s have a very distinct and unique feel to them which make him definitely one to watch. BREAKDOWN: What are you working on at the moment? BEN: I’m trying to balance working a 9-5 job alongside my photography work which gets particularly hard as it limits the opportunity for a good photo. Saying that I’ve got a few things in the pipeline. Watch this space.
BREAKDOWN: You’ve been in to photography for while now, what initially attracted you to it?
BEN: Even when I was young I was always messing around with my parents camera on holiday and stuff. I’ve also been in to art and drawing for a substantial amount of time and I believe the two are very closely linked as both are essentially still images. When I was about 15 I got (which back then) was considered a pretty snazzy camera and it just went from there I guess. Travelling and being in interesting surroundings helps as well.
BREAKDOWN: How do you decide on locations and subjects? BEN: I usually don’t, as such - when I’m not hired to be somewhere and shoot something in particular, I go wherever the mood takes me, depending on my finances and my ability/willingness to get somewhere at any particular time. My own fear is still the greatest limiting factor in where I go and what I do, over the years, but it’s been getting much better. Most of your photos are black and white, why is that? B&W is much more flexible to work with - you can bend the tones and shadows around in B&W in ways that you really can’t do in colour without it looking psychedelic. So in that way, while B&W may seem like a limitation, it’s quite the opposite - in colour I usually feel restricted, while in B&W I feel like I can get away with just about anything. But more than that, I think B&W has a far deeper emotional quality. B&W has a dreamlike aspect to it - in one way it takes us out of our everyday colour reality, in another way it’s stripping it down, it’s pulling away part of the surface of reality and showing it in a more basic, essential way. You can check out Ben’s work at: www.benjiphotography.co.uk
“ MY OWN FEAR IS STILL THE GREATEST LIMITING FACTOR IN WHERE I GO AND WHAT I DO “
RECENT WORK ABOVE & BELOW : These two shorts were taken at Glastonbury in the performers tent and I cosider this to be some of my favourite snaps.
TOP LEFT : This is probably my all time favourite photo as I love how it the captures contrast between the policeman and the youths. It was taken during Notting Hill Carnival last year and received great feedback on it.
N I A R G E H AGAINSDT TAHEAD’A THE AN
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FASHION FOCUS : ATG CLOTHING
PRICE CHEC TEES £25 K: SWEATER £ 45
SUMMER 2011 ATG are a London based graffiti organisation that have recently tried their hand at producing clothing. And by tried, we mean succeeded. Their is an array of high quality, screen printed tees available, along with an eye-catching maroon sweater and an assortment of lovely caps. The mix of colours used are perfect for summer and although this is just a taster of what’s to come, we’re really impressed with what we’ve seen so far from ATG. All clothing and caps are available online at: www.atgldn.com Prices and other relevant information is also on the site.
There is much to revel in from the debut outing bought to us by ATG, but we’ve singled out one key pieces that we feel should be the staple of anyone’s wardrobe this summer. The above shows it off perfectly and to break it down, it’s essentially a 100% cotton, hand screen printed, maroon sweater. Very limited numbers on this.
FOCUS : KEY PIECE
HEADWEAR SNAPBACK Snapback hats are very similar to camp caps in the way they sit on the head. But the main noticeable difference is that a snap back is a baseball style cap hat where the size of the hat is adjustable by a snap on the back.
SNAPBACK OR CAMP CAP
Snapbacks are very synonymous with skateboarding culuture and are often worn on the back of the head with the peak facing behind rather than infront. Another feature which makes them different from camp caps is that they are much more deeper on the head in terms of the fit. This basically means there is generally more room, suiting people with a larger sized head. To the right are 6 hats we’ve chosen that stand out to us as being the most popular choices for the summer season. Some of the brands chosen include, Hall of Fame, The Hundreds, Rebel Eight, OnlyNY, Supreme and Mishka. Below are some links in which you can cop the hats featured. Enjoy.
01 Mishka, Cryllic Pro Starter - Spring / Summer 2011 02 Supreme Classic Logo - Autumn / Winter 2009 03 Only NY Candy Snapback - Spring / Summer 2010 04 Hall of Fame Red Snap - Spring / Summer 2011 05 Rebel 8 ‘Too High to Die’ - 2008 06 The Hundreds Piston Snapback - Spring Summer 2010 1
CAMP CAP Camp caps are the perfect hat for summer and as the warm months start to kick in you’ll be sure to see more and more cropping up, where ever you’re from. One of the great things about camp caps is 99% of the time they are ‘one size fits all’. Which is very handy when having to purchase, as sizing and measurements are never really an issue.
There’s a variety of different brands of camp caps available here for you to check out. We’ve chosen 6 stand out hats that we think are the ones to cop. Whether you’re planning to buy them for a holiday or even a festival, they are definitely a wardrobe staple for the youth of today.
Aside from the different brands here on show there’s also a mix of materials and prints which can make camp caps particularly unique and interesting. As you can see, there’s camo, leopard, suede, ripstop and cotton. Below are some links where you can purchase these hats and more! www.supremenewyork.com www.hipleeds.com www.havenshop.ca
01 Supreme Duck Camo - Spring Summer 2008 02 Norse Projects Hektor - Spring / Summer 2011 03 Huf Royal front - Spring Summer 2011 04 Supreme Leopard Camp - Spring / Summer 2011 05 Military 5-Panel Camo - Spring / Summer 2011 06 Supreme Lodge Cap - Autumn Winter 2010
MAKING A MARK 16
‘‘IT’S ALL ABOUT NEW CHALLENGES FOR US’’ Words: Alex Greene
BREAKDOWN: For people who’ve never heard any of your music, can you describe it for them? We like to make uplifting and energetic music. Artists like Sub Focus, Brookes Brothers and Culture Shock, who all share a similar style of melodic, dance floor driven drum & bass, have been a huge influence on us since we started producing, so we like to think a bit of their sound has rubbed off on us. BREAKDOWN: How long have you been producing together? About four years. We all started off DJing in 2001, which in 2007 eventually led onto production. We began to take it more seriously in 2009 when the noise we had previously been making started to sound like music and we then bought ourselves a desktop power Mac each. BREAKDOWN: What’s the drum & bass scene like where you’re from? MASSIVE! We couldn’t ask to be in better surroundings for drum & bass. There’s regular nights from Shogun, Hospital, Devotion, Frequency, Supercharged to name but a few and they all bring a wide range of the biggest acts to Brighton!
BREAKDOWN: Whose music are you loving at the moment? There’s a lot of good drum & bass out there at the moment by lots of different producers. We’re always feeling Culture Shock’s tunes and the rest of the Ram gang. We’ve been listening to Break’s album quite a bit, some great tunes on there. We’re looking forward to the Brookes Brothers album, should be some bangers on that! Also looking forward what 2011 brings for Grafix as we really rate his music! BREAKDOWN: What’s your production set up? We have a fairly simple set up, all software based. We work on Macs with Logic 8 and use various VST’s like Native Instruments Massive, FM8 and Kontakt, Lennar Digitals Sylenth, Rob Papen’s Predator and Albino and we have a huge sample collection. We have a range of different plug ins, we use Camel Phat by Camel Audio a lot and Alloy by Izotope. We both have Mackie HR824’s, MK1’s and MK2’s for monitoring. We didn’t realise how important good monitors were until we purchased these. Our production improved dramatically. BREAKDOWN: What’s the drum & bass scene like where you’re from? We have a digital release on Basher’s label Proximity coming soon and have some stuff in the pipeline which are keeping quiet at the moment. Going to keep pushing hard in the studio to improve our sound and hopefully have a few more tunes out by the end of the year. We haven’t got any gigs lined up at the moment, but we’re definitely keen to change that. So hopefully it’ll be a good year for us. You can check out Dexcell’s music at: www.Dexcell.co.uk www.soundcloud.com/dexcell07
Dexcell, aka Adam Smart, Sammy Stabile & Dave Wilson , are a Watford based trio of up and coming drum & bass producers. Their first vinyl single, Midnight Circuit, was released on Toungeflap records last year and received DJ support from Crystal Clear & State of Mind, to name a few. Also, armed with a huge back catalogue of digital releases we caught up with the trio to find out a bit more about them and their music...
‘GNARLY INK DESIGN
CHLOE BARBIEUX AKA GNARLY INK DESIGN IS A 23 YEAR OLD GRAPHIC DESIGNER WHO’S WORK IS ALREADY AT SUCH A HIGH STANDARD SHE’S ESSENTIALLY, ALREADY STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS AND HAS BUILT UP A HUGE ARRAY OF CLIENTS. BORN IN FRANCE AND HAVING LIVED IN A NUMBER OF PLACES INCLUDING THE USA & SWITZERLAND, CHLOE HAS DRAWN A LOT OF DIFFERENT INFLUENCES WHICH IS REFLECTED IN HER WORK. HER BRAND NAME, GNARLY INK DESIGN, HAS DONE WORK FOR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND ARTISTS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND CONTINUES TO DO SO, DESIGNING FLYERS, WEBSITE, BUSINESS CARDS AND MY SPACES ON A REGULAR BASIS. KNOWN FOR HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND UNIQUE USE OF COLOUR CHLOE IS CERTAINLY A RISING STAR IN AN EVER INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY. SHE IS CURRENTLY STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRODUCT DESIGN AT LEICESTER DMU UNIVERSITY WHERE HER WORK HAS BOUGHT HER ATTENTION FROM A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CLIENTS AND COMPANIES HOPING TO WORK WITH HER. HER UNMISTAKABLE STYLE ALSO CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF US HERE AT BREAKDOWN SO WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE SOON TO BE LONDON BASED DESIGNER FOR A FEW QUICK WORDS...
LEFT, ABOVE, TOP RIGHT : These are 3 of the illustrations I did for my editorial project, Persona.
BELOW : I was asked to create & brand a fruits company last year. I’m pleased with the outcome.
How did you get in to designing? “When I was younger I was travelling around a hell of a lot and to be honest there’s only so many films you can watch! So for Christmas my mom bought me a copy of Photoshop and a new laptop when I was about 13 and I guess it just went from there, I was instantly hooked. Nothing I was doing was amazing or anything at that point, it was more a case of me learning the program and getting to grips with it’s functions and whatnot. It wasn’t until I moved to the UK in 2007 that I began to build up a substantial and consistent client base.”
How has your university course helped you develop your understanding of what is required of a designer? Well as my course is product design and photography combined I’ve learnt a fair bit split over those two subject areas. Although I always had a slight advantage with the design aspect of things as I got in to it at such a young age. If I’m honest my course and tutors are great for feedback on my work but I’m not really taught a great deal on the technical side of things. Which is fine as it keeps me on my toes and motivated to do tutorials and develop inspiration from different places.“
How would you describe your work to someone hadn’t seen it before? “I dunno, it’s quite hard to pigeon hole my work in to a specific category, as despite designing for nearly 10 years I’m still finding my feet. In addition to that I still believe I’m continually developing my style. My early work when I was designing myspaces for people involved a lot of work with photos and the manipulation of them. I’m now focusing my work more towards illustrations as it allows me to go in to more depth. Saying that next week I’ll probably be doing something completely different!”
Where do you hope to be in another 10 years time? “It’s my main aim to take Gnarly Ink Design to the next level when I leave university. Probably not straight away, but after I’ve gained some work experience in another company in the media industry I’d like to turn it in to a proper business. I think that’s the next logical progression to expand my name and get out there.” Chloe’s work can be found at: http://www.gnarlyinkdesign.com/#all http://gnarlyinkdesign.com/PortfolioandCV.pdf
ABOVE & RIGHT : This project required me to brand a childrens vending machine. I found it hard to get going during the initial stages of the project but as time progressed and with a lot of sleepless nights things finally began to come together. I did a lot of research in to packaging and typography to make sure the final outcome was how I envisaged it.
ROLL OUT’ AMC Words: Alex Greene Photos: Chloe Barbieux
‘‘EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO BUT NOT EVERYBODY BELIEVES IN THEMSELVES. I’VE ALWAYS CARRIED MYSELF IN A MANNER AS IF I WAS ALREADY DOING WHAT I WANTED, BUT I’M NOT DELUDED; I KNOW WHERE I AM. I KNOW I’M NOT ANDY C, OR WHERE HYPE OR FRICTION IS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I’M DOING WELL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY I’M DOING MY THING, MY WAY. AND I’VE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT EVEN THOUGH I’VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE I’M MENTIONED IN THE SAME BREATH AS SOME OF TODAY’S DNB GREATS. WHEN I ACHIEVE SOMETHING, I’VE GOT TO SIT BACK, HAVE A CUP OF TEA AND APPRECIATE IT. TAKING THE FUTURE IN MY STRIDE IS IMPORTANT TO MY PROGRESSION.” The last eighteen months have seen the quite brilliant, people’s dj and DNBTV resident, Alex Mark Calvert aka AMC really come in to his own and is slowly becoming an ever increasing dominant force in the drum and bass scene. His fast paced mixing style and unique stage presence have shot him to fame and he is now regarded as one of the best dj’s around with an abundance of skills. Aside from Alex’s 10 years of djing experience he is now taking the next step, in to production where some of his most recent output has certainly hit the nail on the head. Since then, the London based dj/producer has kept his feet firmly on the ground along with a steady head and is now working hard on a number of different projects, so watch this space. Now having achieved a level of success that’s been simply unrivalled in terms of profile and reputation, the first time AMC came to our attention was a barren and somewhat uninformative Myspace profile in January of last year - the same time he played London’s forwardthinking Bangers and Mashed party. Even from his dj demo clips and rough tracks, it was obvious his take on music as a individual was interesting. ‘Despite being in to mixing for so many years I would of never predicted I’d get to where I am today’, he told The Breakdown while leaning against a brick wall in South London ahead of his live Wednesday night performance at DNBTV. ‘I guess those sleepless nights practising in my room have really payed off!’, he laughs. ‘I remember sending out dj demo mixes as a youngster and never being personally happy with them but always receiving good feedback. I guess I’m just my own worst critic as since then it’s landed me countless great gigs that I’m so so greatful for. ‘
‘The reaction to my djing is something I could of never imagined. I just go out there and do my thing and strive to always learn and improve. There’s a lot of different people in the scene that have influenced me and probably some without knowing helped me to get to where I am today.’
Witht a strong ethos that could verge on perfectionism, Alex is starting to reap the benefits of his hard work. Even though he is heavily into producing these days, the main focus is still on his dj sets: big combos, astonishing double and triple drops, speedmixing and combining classics and dubplates: he does it all. ‘Although our styles are very similar I know I’m never going to be the next Andy C. He’s an undoubtable legend and a true pioneer in the scene. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say no one will ever quite match what he’s achieved in such a relatively short space of time. It’s just phenomenal.’
As his profile has rapidly risen, AMCs dj schedule has filled up nicely too, with plenty of UK and also European gigs in the diary. Quickly earning a reputation for smashing the production side of things as much as the djing, we ask which artists’ music he’s’ playing in his own sets right about now.
Summer 2011 is, then, shaping up to be AMCs time. He’s got a huge arsenal of tracks that he’s ready to release which is being supported from some of drum and bass’ big dogs, Goldie, Friction, Vicious Circle but to name a few. ‘To help my production develop I think colloborating with other artists is very important as if you’re both at the same level then it’s great to bounce ideas and work together to create a tune. You get a different feeling from a studio session when you’re in with someone else, and it can be more fun than solo work at time if I’m honest. Having said that, solo work allows you to explore avenues without losing the vibe of the session. Right now I’m just going to play my gig at DNBTV then head off home straight back to the studio to finish my first collab with one of my favourite producers at the moment, Subterra.’ With so many new djs and producers seemingly attracted to dance music for all the wrong reasons these days, it’s great to meet an artist with a real affection for the music he plays and releases, and a genuine pride in how each set is constructed and each track is made and sourced. If AMC’s not playing to thousands at D&B nights, he’s working hard at home in the studio trying to better himself in that department, or just checking out new tunes and generally planning his future. Overall we’d say Alex Mark Calvert aka DJ AMC is truly a DJ’s, DJ. It’s such a breath of fresh air to see an artist so passionate and dedicated to what they do. Accompany that with an abundance of enthusiasm and energy and you’ll find it hard to disagree that this young man is certainly one to watch. With the music definitely ‘in’ him, don’t be suprised to see another feature on this man very soon, with new projects and requests coming in from all over the place. AMC is clearly a very busy man, catch him if you can! You can check out information on AMC at: www.facebook.com/DJAMC www.soundcloud.com/a-m-c
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‘‘ I KNOW I’M NEVER GOING TO BE THE NEXT ANDY C ’’
‘As standard the Ram Records camp have been consistently smashing it recently. Not only do I own pretty much every vinyl release they’ve put out but even to this day I still follow what they release and I play at least a few tunes from that particular label in my sets. In terms of individual artists, Alix Perez is killing it at the moment. I’m really feeling everything he’s putting out, he just goes from strength to strength with every release.’ Also, the main man Break is always coming with fresh and exciting material. I’m a big Critical fan as well, I think it’s fantastic what Kasra has done there. To be quite honest I love all types of drum and bass and do my best to support it all to the fullest. It’s very important for me to do that.’
UP AND COMing
What’s your story? I’m a 25 year old drum & bass producer from Brighton and have been djing and producing for a number of years. I’d describe the type of music I produce as uptempo dancefloor drum and bass. Although I’m a fan of trying out different styles and broadening my horizons.
What’s your story? Been in to drum and bass since I can remember and got my first pair of decks when I was about 17. From then on I’ve done alot of practising and spent a lot of money on vinyl! Probably too much if I’m hoest. It’s all worth it though, I just love it. More recently I’ve been focusing my attention on producing, which I feel is coming along very nicely.
Inspirations? I’ve drawn a lot of different influences over the years from all over the place which can be heard in my music. I quite in to very electronic sounding music so I’d say some of my influences have to be, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Sub Focus, Culture Shock and many more.
Inspirations? In terms of djing, I’d have to say Andy C. I find it fascinating when I go and watch him play, his enthusiasm remains the same whether he’s playing in front of 200 people of 2000 people. It’s very refreshing to see.
What’s the best way to get on in life? I think, although it sounds like cliche’, it’s important to treat people how you would like to be treated.
What’s the best way to get on in life? Stay true to your team, amd remember what got you in to music in the first place.
Proudest moment to date? Releasing a single on Crystal Clear’s label, Cold Blooded.
Proudest moment to date? Playing infront of about 500 people with Funsta MC on the mic. Was a great, memorable experience.
What’s your ideal night out? Good music, good mates, bad kebad.
What does the future hold? Hopefully releasing lots more music and playing more gigs! www.myspace.com/mattixandfutile
What’s your ideal night out? Usually a D&B night with some mates. What does the future hold? Hopefully lots of success! www.facebook.com/djnuera
What’s your story? I am a 3-deck DnB dj specialising in fast mixing, double and triple dropping. I love up front and commercial DnB and have just entered the world of production and after getting a full studio set up I am now beginning the long but enjoyable process of learning Cubase. I am also Winner of the 2010 multi genre, multi heat DJ competition for Bass Kitchen in Bristol.
What’s your story? I am a UK Based DJ & Producer known for using multiple turntables and mixing Hip-Hop & Accapellas into my Drum&Bass sets. I began djing at the age of 14 when I purchased my first set of belt drive decks. Since then I’ve been making waves in the scene playing sets all over the UK & Europe.
Inspirations? Probably quite a common answer, but Andy C is a big inspiration. I look up to a lot of other legends as well such as Goldie, Fabio etc. What’s the best way to get on in life? Don’t be an idiot. And as a far as djing, play what you want. Proudest moment to date? Winning the Bass Kitchen DJ comp last year. Very proud of that. What’s your ideal night out? I love djing but I also like spending time with my wife. What does the future hold? Hopefully get signed when I start sending my tunes out and generally just keep working hard at what I do and hopefully be rewarded in the long run. http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-JOYC/103697483704
Inspirations? Pretty much everything from early pioneers such as Goldie, Massive Attack, Roni Size, The Prodigy, Kosheen and current legends such as Friction, Hype, Sub Focus and Fresh. Proudest moment to date? Winning the DNBTV dj competition in 2010. What’s the best way to get on in life? My mum has always said the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. I reckon that’s a good starting point! What’s your ideal night out? Some quality pints at my local, and some loud beats at a club with huge bass. What does the future hold? I’m realy hoping my production takes off soon as I’m hard at it and I feel it’s slowly (hopefully) coming together. www.mistanoize.com
REVIEWS ALBUM OUT JUNE 23RD
Icicle - under thE ice ep
The arrival of an artist album from Shogun Audio is not always a note-worthy event, such is the quality present in Brighton-based label’s stable of talent, and this long awaited long-player from Dutch producer Icicle is no different. One of the most technically skills producers around, Icicle’s music harks back to the golden age of tech step with it’s deep, twisting subs and militant drum patterns. Fans of his sound will not be left disappointed by this album, which manages to be both dark and minimal, yet also warm and highly detailed at the same time. Featuring collaborations with, Robert Owens, SP:MC, Proxima and DRS, Icicle delivers 13 tracks of his trademark sound, taking in dubstep on ‘Breathing ‘Again’, techno on ‘Hidden Track’ and of course plenty of D&B, including the much hammered ‘Dreadnaught’ and ‘Arrows’.
Spectrasoul - lost disciple
SigMA & DJ FRSh - LASSITude
Lenzman - masquerade
One of the most interesting and exciting pieces of dance music we’ve heard in a long time, this is what the ex BC man is calling ‘future jungle’. And while the name’s a bit lame the music here is not. ‘Gatekeeper’ is one of the tunes of the year for sure.
Spectrasoul remind everyone just how good they are once again with this latest 12” for the ever on point Shogun Audio. Both tracks feature the duo’s halltmark production weight, atmospheric depth and razor sharp beats. Pure bliss from the winning duo.
Taken from DJ Fresh’s recent ‘Kryptonite’ album, ‘Lasitude’ sees the Breakbeat Kaos boss link up with his label’s most promising young talents Sigma for a trademark vocal slice of D&B aimed straight at the dancefloor. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
Any release on Metalheadz elite imprint carries with it a weight of expectation. In the case of this track from Dutch producer Lenzman, that expectation is well and truly met. This vocal led summer smasher is a track that’s had raves in raptures over the past year
SPY - By your side
Break - Resistance
Hazard - food fight
SPY & KAsra - Surface
Brazilian D&B producer SPY is one of the most exciting artists working within the scene today. ‘By Your Side’ is easily one of the most emotional pieces of drum & bass we’ve heard in a long time. Cinematic strings and lush house vocals create simple perfection.
Break returns for his second solo album on his own label Symmetry and this one is definitely iller. With an array of collabs on the album it really offers another dimension. Standout tracks include, ‘Slow Down’ and ‘Too Much’. An overall amazing album.
Hazard, the man imitated by many raises the bar yet again with this dancefloor smasher. It’s diversity has been widly appreciatedand Hazard has got the whole scene playing his latest bass heavy stepper. This is one tune that you’ll hear in the clubs for a while!
The main man at Critical, Kasra collaborates with D&B hot-shot SPY on this eerie stomper of a tune that is guarenteed to give your speakers a work out. Progressive cords and tight drums slowly build up perfectly. A staple in any DJ’s set right about now.
Andy c - nightlife 5
As drum and bass compilations go, they don’t come much more essential than Andy C’s ‘Nightlife’ series. As head of the mighty Ram Records, which launched and developed the careers of Chase & Status & Sub Focus, Andy C knows a thing or two about spotting talent. And for the 5th installment of the hugely successful mix series he’s done just that by signing up some of the scenes hottest new artists. ‘Nightlife 5’ is packed with exclusives that make this mix really stand out from the crowd. After the slight dissapointment of the previous outings, we’re pleased to say volume 5 is the best of the bunch by far.
Fresh - future junglE EP