dnb

Halftime Mix Jan’19

Halftime simply refers to 85bpm (half of 170) and strictly speaking doesn’t mean a style or type of dnb.
However, a lot of 85bpm tracks, probably more so in the earlier days had a somewhat minimal sound, primal and often tribalistic rhythms. So a lot of ppl in dnb including myself, use the halftime term to refer to this style of dnb, tracks being 85bpm is irrelevant, just so there’s no confusion!!
I’ve watched this mix more times than most, not because its a great mix or anything, just simply because a few of my favourite tracks (in this style) are in it.

Scepticz – The Host (Free DL)

Smooth vibes from this free track (thx!) from dutch producer Scepticz, enhanced by those eastern sounding vocals, usually found on more trancey records.

Miss Red – K.O. Dubplates

Big thx to the Pressure label for these freebies.

From the labels page :
“It’s been a thrill to start up the PRESSURE label in 2018.
Beginning with my FLAME 1 collab with the incredible
craftsman Burial, via Miss Red’s reign of fire, and ending with
Jamaica’s dread poet Nazamba, and Japan’s underground militants G36,
it was truly a pleasure to globally spread the dub, dancehall, bass and dirt…

I decided to pass these dubplates (which had previously only exclusively featured fleetingly on my FACT magazine ‘PRESSURE’ mix), as my way of saying thx to all those that have supported my label throughout the year, and my club nights that inspired me to set up the label…
Right now, with so much dull club music clogging up eardrums and charts, its a joy to spread these fierce, feral fresh, dubplates.”

Major props to Trigga and Jamakabi for becoming PRESSURE fam…
And large thx to Nick Sayers for the Miss Red cover pic.
Lastly big bug hugs to Abdullah, Matt and Conal for the invaluable help…
credits
released December 19, 2018

Ezor – Storm (free download)

Ezor – Storm by Lifestyle Music
Stumbled upon this freebie this morning from the Lifestyle Music label. Techy sounds, check it yourself.

Before I joined BC several years ago I was probably only familiar with the more well known labels/artists. It had never occurred to me to look a bit deeper. So many. And not just quantity, quality too. At first I didn’t recognise any of Lifestyle’s artists and almost ignored the whole label. What a mistake that would have been because some of them, such as Revaux, Klinical and Objectiv to name a few, are now amongst my favourites.

Kings of the Rollers aka Bladerunner,Voltage b2b Serum (17.08.2018)

It’s bassline heaviness from start to finish. A lot of their other mixes and shows are more full-on jump-up style. Really like this one though, more of a vibey jungly flow to their mixing, which is always top quality imo.

(This was a friday night guest mix on Kiss FM (London) ).