mikal debuts on the label with his first solo release outside of his colab with nfm years back. both tunes dive straight in for that halftime tempo mikal does so well. crisp, engaging & deadly! we hope you enjoy!
* mikal takes his first bow for dust audio in the form of the spirited ep . the break and bass craftsman reigns down an assault of almighty weight for the imprint which holds no barred. * off the back of his critically acclaimed wilderness album on metalheadz, mikal continues to seek out the dance floor through his precision target and locks on for a serious assault of the senses. * the ep’s title track “spirited” see’s the sinister intro build up and transform into a bass laden drop. the stepping drums and jungle infused shuffles entwine with the ghost vocal, whilst the modulated bass will move even the harshest drum n bass skeptics. unrelenting throughout. * the flip sees mikal spread his considerable studio talent over two further tunes of constant surprise. low note wastes no time in getting to the drop before you’ve had chance to take a breath. a thunderous one note bass underpins the mid ranged reece and stabs whilst the chunky drums compliment the tidy percussion nicely. a haunting vocal then sets off another 16 bars of unclouded rawness. * linear finishes the ep with aplomb. synth chords open up into what you might expect to be a lovely liquid-esque style roller… think again! mikal takes that premise and turns it upside down and inside out before bringing the dirty funk. keeping in line with the 2 tunes before, this isn’t for the faint hearted. definitely one for the drum & bass purest, who may well be dancing, but will also be taking down mental notes!
mikal is a producer who has made a name for himself by making stand out drum & bass tracks that have caught the attention of djs and listeners alike, he has released on a multitude of labels but it is metalheadz that are releasing his debut album.
the album is called ‘wilderness’ and it was very much worth the wait. a no nonsense statement of intent from the bristol based produced who has been quietly working away in his studio and is now ready to show the world his work, collaborations on the album come from chimpo, xtrah, break, riot and sophie barker.
mikal & break - status low : the ep opens with the step out monster *status low* a south country collab between co- conspirators mikal and break, it is a dj tool that stops for no one. the breakdown rolls through with drums and fx and then delves into even lower bass territory. it is a classic mikal & break affair - steam train, screw face and stepping.
rooted follows the success of *cargo dub* with a remix from total science. total science have worked their magic on what was already a hard hitting dancefloor tune from ed:it.
mikals *kick back* is the perfect flipside, a fine example of this producer skills.
limited 250 press on a black vinyl.
dj support comes from hype, marcus intalex, krakota, doc scott, dub phizix, skeptical
mikals *spiritual* is inspired by the sounds of classic metalheadz. a relaxed atmosphere soon gives way to a thunderous kick drum and warped bass. it is easy to hear how this vinyl cut has been hammering clubs across the world.on the flip continues utopias desire to push for consistent quality. rido performs his remix duties of *the chant* most admirably. dream-inducing atmospherics introduce this one, lulling us as the break builds up from the back of the mix into a climatic drop of beat and bass weight combined with the most meaty bass stab for the turnaround soldiers. dj support from andy c, friction, goldie, break and many distinguished others.
the second utopia single this year comes from mikal fresh back from his outing on skreams disfigured dubz label. headbanger and the chant come out on vinyl on the 7th may and have already seen support from none other than rob da bank, kasra, ant tc1 and many more.the release in the words of label boss mako …
the chant - bass, hyper-snappy drums and a tight, energetic groove. badass.
headbanger - stomped-out beast. one for the 97 tech step headz.
while the world is still reeling from metalheadz boss goldies incredible fabriclive compilation cd, his world-renowned record label continues to unleash the finest drum & bass from some of the best artists the scene has to offer.
every drum & bass fan knows the names of these two producers by now. mikals inclusion on metalheadz genesis ep vol. 2 & 3 has cemented his position as one of the hottest producers around. whilst breaks production credits stretch around the d&b block and down the street, having worked with the biggest and best in the scene for nearly a decade.
here we see these two impeccable producers get together for the latest single on goldies irrepressible imprint. as you would expect, the standard of production and musicality is impossibly high and there is no doubt that fans of the label will count this amongst the very best in its catalogue.
nice price deal !!! the a sees a remix from rising star heist who rolls out the beats and adds his own bit crushed bassline to create a dancefloor roller which will work any dancefloor. solid debut release for this new label.
so, here we are at loch lomonds fourth album, dresses, and its a spectacular, moving piece of work. employing piano, cello, flugelhorn, vibraphone, dulcimer, banjo, belle plates and, perhaps most affectingly of all, some dazzling choral arrangements, dresses can be remarkably understated for an album flushed with so many orchestral characteristics
schaut man sich die stilistische vielfalt und ungebundenheit der phantom band an, erwartet man regelrecht, dass mindestens einer der sechs mitglieder noch ein alter ego (oder auch zwei) besitzt. im falle von rick anthony, dessen rick redbeard-doppelgänger sich seit dem 2009er debüt der phantom band eher im hintergrund versteckt hielt, ist man trotzdem zunächst überrascht von den ruhigen und introvertierten songs des schotten. *no selfish heart* ist eine warme und ergreifend düstere sammlung, die von universellen themen wie der liebe, der gegenwart und dem vergehen der zeit handelt.
limitierte pressung auf schwerem 180 gramm vinyl, cd-version des albums inklusive.
the second single to come from miaoux miaouxs acclaimed >light of the north< album, the limited >autopilot< e.p brings us the original track backed with a heavy-duty line-up remixing select tracks from the album. the original title-track is a glittering synth-fuelled hymn to heartbreak, which incorporates elements of bass and hip-hop, while recalling the stylistic flourishes of boards of canada. reworking >hey sound!<, glasgows very own auntie flo and esa bring their exotic stomp to the table: a percussive journey soaked in dubwise holy water. tom furses remix of >stop the clocks< is almost like a reigned-in, beat driven version of john elliots outer space project, thick cosmic ritual elixir bubbling over the sides. already having made his name on skreams disfigured dubz, echo park takes on >autopilot<, turning the original into a cast-iron lesson in militant rhythm. echo parks real talent however lies with integrating elements of the original seamlessly with his own punishing sound palette.
hinter dem namen human dont be angry steckt mit malcolm middleton ein altbekannter schotte - ob auf solopfaden oder gemeinsam mit aidan moffat als arab strap. auf seinem gleichnamigen album finden sich neun tracks. insgesamt erwarten den hörer knappe 47 minuten pure brillianz, was sonst ist zu erwarten? ob man dabei von einem instrumental-album mit gelegentlichen vocal-tracks oder von einem vocal-album mit gelegentlichen instrumental-songs sprechen soll, bleibt jedem selbst überlassen. was wir aber mit sicherheit wissen, ist, dass malcolm selber von einer kreuzung aus jan hammer und iron maiden spricht.
the ghost stories, murder ballads, and grimoires on the new full length album >if then not when< by louisville, kys kings daughters & sons are haunting, spare and at times explosively un settling, part william faulkner, part led zeppelin. informed by, but not beholden to the history of its members (shipping news, rachels, the for carnation, shannon wright), their songs are singular, thoughtful and best heard on very large speakers.
heavyweight vinyl lp, including cd-version of the whole album.
so here it is then, everything s getting older : aidan moffat s first full length collaboration with bill wells and it is, in a nutshell, one of the best albums of his career. we ve long been harping on about aidan s skill as a lyricist but with this piece of work you get a real sense that he s really hit his stride: in the youth-obsessed bear pit that is the music industry nowadays, who better to ruminate on the ups and downs of approaching forty than aidan who delivers a set of songs that are as funny, poignant, filthy and insightful as anything he s ever written.
inhalt der limitierten deluxe vinyl-version:
- 1 x 180gsm heavy black vinyl
- lined inner sleeve
- gatefold sleeve im hochglanz lack
- komplette cd version des albums inkl. artwork in einer klarsichttasche
- nummerierte farbfotos der band, pers®nlich unterschrieben von iain cook and craig b.
for those of us fortunate enough to be acquainted with de rosas 2006 debut >mend<, the wait for album number two has been arduous and seemingly interminable, thirty months is a long time by anyone?s standards but given their lead singer?s aspirations, it was unlikely that the album was going to be rushed. finally complete and packaged with original artwork by glasgow?s literary titan alasdair gray, ?prevention? builds on the promise of their debut and goes some way towards establishing de rosa as one of the most accomplished and (dare we say it) cerebral bands writing today. it?s certainly been a long wait, but for many, ?prevention? will be one of the anticipated releases of 2009.
de rosa?s strengths lie in their ability to fashion unforgettable melodies from unconventional song structures, henry?s contemplative, vivid lyrics - often referencing local areas from his native lanarkshire ? tend to linger in the memory long after the music has faded, which, given the scarcity of genuinely affecting music nowadays, ought to elevate de rosa to the ranks of scotland?s finest songwriters. following the critical acclaim heaped on their debut (one of mojo?s albums of 2006), and the drafting in of an additional member, the band set about perfecting their unique blend of urban, parochial folk and angular, twisted guitar lines, enhanced considerably this time round with layers of keyboards and electronica.
the fruit tree foundation is an independent project that grew from the scottish mental health arts and film festival. ed by emma pollock (formerly of the delgados) and rod jones (idlewild), the fruit tree foundation also features james graham (twilight sad), scott hutchison (frightened rabbit), jill o sullivan (sparrow and the workshop), alasdair roberts, james yorkston, karine polwart and jenny reeve. the artists wrote and rehearsed the album over a long weekend in a remote perthshire farmhouse and recorded the final album in chem19 studios. the songs were written with a view to focussing on issues of mental health and wellbeing. artwork design by aidan moffat.
recording as lord cut-glass, alun woodward, formerly of the delgados, releases his first album since the delgados universal audio in 2004. extraordinarily ambitious, >lord cut glass< was written, arranged and in large part performed by woodward, recalling the orchestral grandeur of his former band whilst forging a style of acerbic, sardonic songwriting all of his own. lord cut glass features galloping percussion, waltzes, marches and promenades of male and female harmony: delicate and serene creations punctuated by casual profanity and shot through with brazenly hilarious words-to-the-wise.
support from dj s – hype, goldie, randall, calyx & teebee, marky and many others. *** symmetry is excited to present the first debut e.p. from vocalist and producer kyo. writing and creating the songs in her studio, kyo then developed the ideas of the e.p. further by teaming up with some of her favourite producers, break, total science, mikal and onemind. “who decides” is reminiscent of past break and kyo colab s such as “gave too much”, a soulful, punchy, uplifting and techy roller, weaved around a backdrop of floaty vocals and elevating pads. “murder tonight” with it s jungle backbone was the perfect choice for collaboration with total science. rare groove flavours and weighty bass, melded with cutting vocals and steppy old skool breaks, murder tonight has all the elements of a modern day jungle classic. “where i stand” brings jazzy liquid vibes to the e.p. leading mikal down a recently untrodden path of musical dnb was a fruitful excursion. this journey into a bittersweet and rhythmic production has created a deep and brooding song. “play to lose” is one for the headzy listener, with it s long atmospheric intro, abruptly cutting into a heavy and deep groove. morphed and echoed vocals combined with unsettling stabs, cinematic effects and trademark onemind engineering techniques, takes you on a voyage from beginning to end. released on a full artwork 12” vinyl.
adding to an already impressive collection of va albums, horizons music returns for another part of their ‘dream thief’ series. featuring producers both past and present, those who’ve already released on the bourgeoning imprint and those making their first debut, it’s an impressive portfolio of music.
limited edition of 500 numbered copies.
lord paramour is the unusual meeting between two of rennes city music activists, both of which are world sounds lovers. the overall result is a sexy masala mix of beats and ambience. an elegance of free style music, producing a euphoric piece of work. the psychedelic original soundtrack of a spicy and risky life, the fame of lord paramour.
metalheadz keep the quality coming with yet another all-conquering release for 2011. the third instalment of their genesis ep series, this latest batch of four tracks from the legendary label all act as perfect modern-day interpretations of the unmistakable metalheadz sound.
big buds fifth solo album, >kool beans< is coming soon, and this is 12 inch sampler. the old atmospheric influence is still there but mixed with some straight up liquid rollers, soulful, deep productions have been getting support from djs: marky / ltj.bukem / a-sides / makoto / nookie / random movement and more > big bud will be embarking on a european tour to promote this album and spreading the music and the love for the scene that he has been involved in for almost two decades.
metalheadz return with the 2nd of their genesis eps and they have got together some of the cream of new d&b talent to devastating effect.. data has given a whole new look to d&b with his focus firmly on groove and experimentation and its no wonder headz invite him back for another outing on the label. kiat makes his debut for headz and this certainly wont be his last! swedish born mikal represents the deeper side of dnb, having already released on nu urban and pristine apex, moving here seemed the natural progression for this fresh artist. last but not least, the final track on this already massive ep is delivered by the much talked about act ulterior motive who teams up with fd û this colab is a deadly combination and long may it continue!
in der fabric-reihe legt kasra mowlavi ein fulminantes drum & bass-set vor! der mann steht seit zehn jahren mit seinem label critical für innovation und integrität im drum & bass und fördert(e) die entwicklung junger new-school-produzenten wie rockwell, sabre, foreign concept oder enei. sein dichter fabric-mix beinhaltet viele unveröffentlichte tracks und reflektiert die geradlinige und unverwässerte einstellung dieses ausnahmeproduzenten/-djs!
im verlauf der letzten jahre hat break nicht nur eine vielzahl erstklassiger singles (auf labels wie metalheadz, ram, commercial suicide, soul:r, invaderz, subtitles, dn audio) und remixes veröffentlicht, er schuf auch seinen ganz eigenen, unverwechselbaren sound und steht nun vollkommen zu recht an der spitze der drum & bass-szene. enthalten sind zwölf herausragende drum & bass-tracks von break, ulterior motive & code-3, xtrah, octane, prolix, silent witness
goldie nutzt die einmalige chance und gestaltet seine >fabric live 58< als verkörperung des metalheadz-mantras: stets auf der suche nach neuen wegen und formeln, um drum & bass auf eine intelligente, tief-spirituelle und ursprüngliche ebene zu hieven, befreit von schnörkeln, immer konzentriert auf die natürliche substanz dieses sounds. anhand vieler tracks seines vorzeigelabels metalheadz sowie von seelenverwandten künstlern befreundeter, progressiver labels kreiert goldie hier ein mixset mit schärfe und vision, das der zeit standhält. einfach, grundlegend, unkaputtbar. ein zeitloses statement eines rastlosen visionärs für die ewigkeit!