for the next vinyl instalment by fokuz recordings newcomers air.k and cephei return to the label with “just because”, an absolute face melter with cut up heavy delayed vocals and tightly processed breaks. on the flip need for mirrors and concord dawn take things down a notch with the hypnotic “willow grain”.
fokuz recordings makes its advance on the international drum & bass scene. already a quality, consistent label for the last couple of years 2015 is already looking promising with the opium dream ep by need for mirrors and hlz! both tracks are drenched with that distinctive nfm sound. its a hommage to the early tech step vibes from back in the days sometimes even comparable to grooveriders mysteries of funk album. the digital release will have two extra tracks for those that cant get enough, just like us here at fokuz hq. essential!
need for mirrors return to warm communications for another dose of tech fueled drum & bass. from the tech stepping chrome plated verve to the sinister dub movements of berners street dub.closing out the release is the digital exclusive of the jonny l inspired blue go purple.
need for mirrors head up horizons 078 with the *food ep*. a symposium of sound that grips you from the very start. an array of brutally hard hitting elements dominate the tracks, whilst not detracting from the musicality and invention of them. with plenty of nods to the past, in particular to the golden era of tech step tunes in the late 90s - this is a modern take on a classic recipe.
dlr has proved undoubtedly one of the stronger forces to emerge onto the d&b scene and onto the dispatch imprint since last year entirely in his own right as a solo artist, we hereby proudly present you with his next single. as a prelude to dlr’s own solo forthcoming dispatch album, we welcome two killer tracks as part of this single. led by a collab of colossal proportions, via a link up with dutch wizard nymfo and the groove masters need for mirrors + hlz, their individual talents combine to form *totem*. this is backed by a solo track from dlr *novate*, an all-out homage to a late 90s tech sound of old that is still clearly loved by many.
the nfm discography reads like a who-is-who of the cream of drum & bass, having released on pretty much every elite label you can think of – headz, playaz, shogun, digital soundboy, v ... the list goes on and on and on and on. they now touch down on horizons with the *rotor ep* which is some of their best work to date.
a warm analog exploration of the organic sounds of the late 90s, this new release voyages into the experimental, vintage side of the versatile need for mirrors sound. synonymous with consistent quality and attitude-laden beats, the need for mirrors name has become known for innovative, forward thinking tracks such as greazy, d.f.t.f, lofar and more recently the reset ep. drawing on influences and reflecting them back, need for mirrors rich yet uncluttered signature sound has seen releases on prestigious labels including metalheadz, symmetry, dispatch, shogun, zoltar and v recordings.
support: bryan gee, the upbeats, london elektricity, doc scott, random movement, bailey, dj flight, dj marky and more.
we are pleased to welcome back the extremely talented need for mirrors duo back to the dispatch camp. here they strike completely on the money with the hard hitting funk-led *sling blade* and backing up the a side we have a heavy slice of bristol themed flavour for 2013 with *grapefruit*. both tracks present a clear nod to the old school and inspirational late 90s sounds we always loved (but never left!). need for mirrors prove again with this release that they are quite simply on a roll both as individual artists that make up the nfm duo and in their own individual right, definitely ones to watch for the rest of 2013 and beyond.
what more can be said about need for mirrors? with a track record as long as my dick nfm have trail blazed through a veritable who s who of top d&b labels, including metalheadz, shogun, v recordings, dispatch, symmetry, clear skyz and their own imprint zoltar.
with *voltaire* causing upset with club sound system engineers worldwide as feral youths wile away into a sensory-overload downward spiral and *heron blue* making hints towards dillinjas take on strontium jazz this 12 inch is undoubtedly going to upset you. that is why we think you should take a punt and buy it.
manchesters estate recordings have switched up the flip side again with their next release. skittles – in for me (the remixes)! taken from his critically acclaimed album, poor with £100 trainers, released in 2012, in for me follows the storm whipped up by skittles collaboration with bad man of the moment dub phizix. metalheadz golden boy jubei has reworked the original into a dangerous dnb dance floor destroyer with nuff bass n ard drums, n a sick guitar sample n that! on the flip need for mirrors have gone in with a grimy drum driven fump festival of doom! both of the tunes are, of course, heavily laden with skittles trademark precision lyrics taking a bite out of the music industry! shadow!
after the stunning merk earlier this year on vs sister label philly blunt, the london based duo make the transition to v recordings for the innovative reset ep, the highlights of which make up this classic vinyl release. their previous release on v back in 2011, greazy, became a cult classic and a youtube favourite.
support: b traits, dj hype, jj frost, doc scott, dj marky, bailey, bryan gee, roni size, dj craze, dj ink and more!
limited to only 250 copies, hand stamped white label. the 6th release and first e.p on need for mirrors own affiliated imprint zoltar.
deity features the vocal talents of nik toots, with a rich british rock voice this track has set its self apart from anything else currently available in drum and bass and has a heavy valve influence.
broken britain is a cinematic stepper, drenched in strings and drones and guitars. one for those who love the late 90s sound of dj krust.
with a discography spanning over 19 years, philly blunt is a name synonymous with the classic sound of drum and bass/jungle. featuring some of drum and bass most important producers, the philly blunt back catalogue is home to the likes of roni size, dillinja, pleasure, serum and heist.
now one of drum and bass’ seminal labels is proud to present a brand new release from london-based duo, need for mirrors. one of the biggest new acts to appear in recent years, the groundbreaking production have experienced a meteoric rise, quickly earning releases on prestigious labels such as shogun, playaz, digital soundboy and symmetry as well as goldies metalheadz and bryan gees v recordings. serving up two cuts of their fresh, precise style of dnb, need for mirrors debut release on philly blunt is already smoking the dancefloor.
championing original and interesting drum and bass is integral to the ethos at playaz recordings so it should come as no surprise that we have snapped up a gold medal winning release from chart toppers need for mirrors with their double a side vimana/snubnose. dj hype and pascal are proud to bring you this release on their seminal label, once again pushing boundaries when it comes to new music. need for mirrors have been establishing themselves as a production force to be reckoned with and this time have teamed up with the mighty playaz recordings for these exclusive tracks.
limited too 400 copies each, individually designed and shrink wrapped. finally the missing zoltar003 release has be found and is ready for release. finishing off the first series of releases on zoltar from 1>3 with the collectable tryptic sleeve. need for mirrors are supporters of vinyl and zoltar will have a heavy art & design aesthetic. each 12 inch will come in a collectable foil card outer sleeve and bespoke printed & hand drawn inner sleeve.
yabai 84 is a brand new label out of tokyo, japan promoting fresh sounds in drum and bass music. their first release bring together the forces of need for mirrors, heavy1 and p fine with two bass weighty dance floor killers.
siren records second release keeps the pressure high with a massive double dose of diverse drum and bass. the stunning collaboration with need for mirrors entitled >eyes wide shut< is a track on everyones lips right now. it stirs your emotions with its vintage lick and sultry vocal hooks, accompanied with some old skool funk breaks and a mesmerising bass riff.
dj support from friction, goldie, bailey, alix perez and spectrasoul to name just a few!
badfellaz a track people have been waiting on for some time is finally unleashed with a fresh re-work for 2012! we re excited to be releasing this from the guys with the huge donuts on the a. both tracks capture the dispatch sound perfectly on what is a hugely varied and interesting release from 2 of d&bs hottest producers. extensive dj support on this release from the likes of: goldie, hype, teebee, dj marky, break, marcus intalex, skeptical, hybris, kasra, ebk, doc scott, safire, ant tc1, octane & dlr, artificial intelligence, bailey, xtrah & spinline
limited too 400 copies each, shrink wrapped. the 4th release on need for mirrors own affiliated imprint zoltar. zoltar will be a platform for need for mirrors to release music quickly to its fan base. need for mirrors are supporters of vinyl and zoltar will have a heavy art & design aesthetic. each 12 inch will come in a collectable foil card outer sleeve and a full printed inner sleeve.
dj support: bailey (1xtra), storm (ministry of sound), flight (rinse), krust, s.p.y, john b, lynx, break, craggz & parallel, lenzman, foreign concept, vicious circle, need for mirrors ...
nice price deal !!! having jumped back in the d&b saddle towards the end of last year with their stunning album >turn the page< there has been no turning back for craggz & parallel who have immersed themselves back in the depths the studio that they share with d bridge and kasra. with an array of beats lined up and ready to go c&p decided to let a couple of friends loose on two killer jams from said album, need for mirrors and jubei, please stand up!
limited too 400 copies each, individually designed and shrink wrapped. the 2nd release on need for mirrors own affiliated imprint zoltar. zoltar will be a platform for need for mirrors to release music quickly to its fan base. need for mirrors are supporters of vinyl and zoltar will have a heavy art & design aesthetic. each 12” will come in a collectable foil card outer sleeve and bespoke printed and hand drawn inner sleeve. zercon the synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors on planet x. smack a broad stroke made with the open hand or claw.
on the a side of this release we are pleased to welcome 2 guys to the label that both need no introduction! need for mirrors get deep and pretty grimey on the low end with >lowalk< mastered at exhale audio, and as ever sounding superb! the sheer power of the bass on this track is quite simply astounding. on the flip sees bazil also debut on dispatch ltd with what we feel is one of his best pieces of work >traction<, being someone to watch bazil quite simply put presents some real dance floor done best with some clever arrangement start to finish and a drop that will blow your socks off!
support from doc scott, ai, goldie, ant tc1, calyx, survival, subterra, dose, octane and dlr, sabre, vicious circle to name a few…
limited too 400 copies each, individually designed and shrink wrapped. >alabama< is a state located in the south eastern region of the united states of america. it is also known as the river state. >erotic relapse< occurs when a person is affected again by a condition that affected him, or her, in the past. this could be a medical or psychological condition.
break & dies >slow down< is undoubtedly one of the most played and best loved drum & bass tunes of the past 12 months, and following on from the enormous success that was break’s 2nd album >resistance<. symmetry recordings returns with a special vip mix of the track, backed with a debut on the label for need for mirrors. the long anticipated >slow down< vip has everything we loved about the original with a whole lot more. with its unbeatable intro, breaking into the familiar deep and dark roller, there is something about this tune that others are yet to touch upon. the vocals guide the way accompanied by a heavier take on the drums that provides a new and exciting alternative. on the flip is >skip rope< by need for mirrors (mosus & hlz), taking depth of bass to a new level. the clean-cut bassline keeps the energy high and fast paced, while the simple yet effective use of drums makes the feet bounce. creating anticipation with dark and atmospheric interludes with tech-tribal fx create an almost mystic mood – this is drum & bass wizardry at its best. the high expectations for the return of breaks symmetry label have unquestionably been met. watch out for release number 8 coming soon
after their recent samurai red seal debut, mosus and hlz aka need for mirrors return with yet another diverse duo of tunes further displaying their confident versatility. >fishscale< is disturbingly heavy in the low end, so much so we advise planning your sets around it as it makes most other recent drum and bass tunes sound like the bass kill switch is on. the tunes strident step and familiar vocal connect the dots between vintage jonny l and doc scott productions and the year 2011. >retrograde< is the darkest tune to ever be released on samurai red seal. its ragged beauty caught our attention instantly though, and many a crowd has fallen victim to its cute malice. dj bailey (metalheadz / 1xtra) has been one of this tunes strongest supporters.
extremely limited - limited to 500 copies worldwide - first come first serve! commix are talented, experimental and outspoken about their chosen genre and now, having recently released >recall to mind<, a delicious reworking of 2008s intensely satisfying album >call to mind<, they are ready to whet your appetite for their drum & bass just a little more.
fresh from the success of >clock out<, need for mirrors make a quick return to inneractive music with one of its most awaited releases. originally released in 2001 on phantom audio, ten years later and the duo bring spirits >three in one< to a new generation, keeping that irresistibly funky flow while toughening up the groove with some killer bass work and thumping beats, already gracing the sets of dj hype, goldie, storm, raiden, tc1 and a host of others. spirit himself gets deep and dirty on >juggernaut< with its sparse drums, deep subs and growling synths, creating a groove that just cant be stopped.
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bringing the heat to the table once more are the need for mirror boys with their third and heaviest outing yet on sgn:ltd, one thats sure to make even more of a mark than usual. dj demand on its own dictates this to be a biggie! if rolling vibes of the bristol sound of yesteryear are your thing then put this on and you may think you have just landed in heaven. >pitchfork< is a pure unadulterated, bass-fiends wet dream, simple, tough and ready to skank out any dance floor. a stepping break underpinned by the large falling lo-fi b-line is all it takes to create a proper d&b bubbler. perfectly formed.
inneractive music starts out 2011 on a high note, bringing its debut release from the highly talented and heavily in-demand need for mirrors, having already amassed a perfectly formed catalogue on high quality imprints such as shogun, v recordings and footprints, as well as forthcoming releases for samurai and doc scotts 31 records. check >clock outs< insistent stepping rhythms and subtle tonal interactions ride a hugely infectious bassline while >shuttle music< continues the future funk with its deep subs, mystical washes and growling tones. with heavy support from the likes of krust, dj hype, storm, bryan g and bailey, this is one of our finest releases yet and it doesn’t end there for need for mirrors, having just laid down a spanking new rework of spirits classic >three in one<. watch this space …
following nfms superb debut 12 inch on nu directions in the spring, their sophomore release on the label offers something for everyone. mosus and hlzs collaborative project has born fruit since its inception at the turn of 2010 with releases on some of the scenes premier labels. sgn:ltd, 31 and v recordings are some of the imprints that have showcased their creations to date with many more in the pipeline. the >super earth ep< is a collection of the duos most creative work to date. a soundscape of musical textures, >panoramic views< and >screenplay< explore the drum & bass boundaries, while >moving pictures< and >medallion< are snappy bass-driven workouts for the dancefloor.
dj and radio support from dj krust, commix, lynx, logistics, nu:tone, storm, spirit, digital, sabre, zero t, lenzman, artificial intelligence & flight.
massive 12 inch from zero ts imprint. thanks to a special agreement with all thieves and their management, footprints been given permission to release zero ts heavily supported remix on a 12 inch. providing able support on the flip is newcomers need for mirrors with a slice of alien funk to get any floor rocking immediately! these boys are on fire right now.
stentah : since proving a fine collaborative duo in their last horizons music release, dabs and mc kwality return with a doubly as powerful effort. stentah is ruthless to say the least, kwalitys aggressive, yet controlled delivery is complemented by dabs huge, kick drum driven groove. junglistic at its core and massively original.
half truth : smooth yet edgy, ethereal yet raw, half truth is one of those tunes that combines all the elements. a repeating piano sample delivers a constant harmony whilst the faultless beat cuts a passage through the ambience. a throbbing sub provides a resonant, yet tamed bassline that seamlessly pulses underneath the ample body of sonic elements.