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Deadmau5: Album Title Goes Here – review by the Guardian

Its not often you’ll find me posting about the pinnacle of popular music, except to mock it! 😀


This HAD to get posted up, it needs to go viral for a good laugh at mau5’s arrogance he’s thrown about preceding this latest album.

A brilliant review.



re-post, share, tweet, whatever. The sheeple are told what to like by mtv, tell them why they shouldnt like it!


Ingredients 029 – Mise En Place (Various Artists)

A relatively new label to the drum & bass scene ingredients was founded in 2009 by DJ Psylence to a warm reception with their first EP featuring Sato & Break. Things have gone from strength to strength for the little label pushing the definitive underground sound from up and coming artists such as Skeptical, Jubei, Krakota and Dub Phizix to name but a few.

Traditionally, ingredients has been firmly about deep drum & bass, not the kind that smashes dancefloors to pieces but the kind you’d hear in the second room with all the hardcore fans.

To that end I’d be surprised to see an ingredients release in the top 10 on beatport, but that may be about to change with this latest release. . .

Ingredients records presents first of two various artists EPs this year. “Mise en place” is the 2-part series and showcases some of the finest music signed to the label so far.

Kodo ‘the jackal’ (dBridge Remix)

A first time appearance for dbridge on ingredients and hopefully not the last! Setting the pace with a huge steppy roller, true to form, dbridge brings out the impeccable production techniques with his tight, intricate drum patterns and loping basslines, accented with eerie vocal layers leading the edge to even darker synth stabs. Some say dbridge’s style is a little monotonous, layer it up with some shuffle from another song and it becomes an entirely different beast.

Kinetic & Mark Recoil ‘Cold Streets’:

Continuing the flavour is another deep roller from this debut duo; a steady paced head bobber of a tune led by dark pads and one shot vocals. Very minimalistic with some quality bass work, its an easy fit for the ingredients label.

I cant help but think the strings take a lot of the energy out from the tune though, theyre quite loud in the mix and the bass growls occasionally battle for space with them.

Foreign Concept ‘Jaipur’ (Villem remix):

Asian strings and choirs set the scene for this monster, sour notes build the tension impeccably till the murderous b-line can be contained no more. Unleashing a beast of a dancefloor smasher that’s caught the attention of many of dnb’s top dj’s. If youve listened to a mix from one of the big boys in the last 3 months you’ll most probably recognise this. With its distinctive bounce and understated snare, a lovely shuffle keeps the tune rolling nicely. I can only imagine what this sounds like on a big rig, I bet its epic.

Villem’s been ‘one to watch’ for a while, if this is anything to go by, he’s gonna have a hell of a year!

Stealth & Stylus ‘One Way’:

Theres immediatley a much lighter mood to this track than the rest of the EP. Bright, enticing pads and soulful female vocals set the stage for the opening of a happy roller with a tough edge that only shows its face a third of the way through with some dark etched growls clawing through the pads. Its a nice sound I’d like to see more of on ingredients.

Overall a great look for Ingredients,  pushing out big names whilst giving the new blood a chance to get their tunes on a huge EP. Well worth bagging for your record crate.

Due for release on Sept 17th on vinyl & digital.

Go check the previews over on soundcloud now! http://soundcloud.com/ingredients

Blu Mar Ten – Problem Child / Sweet Little Supernova review

Well then, BMT have pushed out a new single from their forthcoming second album.

A well established trio that have been big names on the dnb scene since their release of Natural History (2009), their name has become synonymous with immense production quality and trademark deep liquid vibes.

Natural history is still an album in my all time top 10, not much comes close to it. So I eagerly await these releases with baited breath, hanging on every tease they send out to the community.

With this in mind, how does their new stuff stack up?

Problem child is a step towards the minimal, techy vibes that have been circling the scene of late , similar to the sounds coming from shogun but with a definite BMT stamp. Its quite the growling half-step affair with tranquil liquid synth riding through the mids here and there. Personally I feel that it doesn’t quite hit the mark.

There’s too much contrast from the main phrase to the liquid synth, The underlying depth and tech are overwhelmed by the soaring pads. I’d like to have seen more use of the vocal stabs, chopped up with a bit of delay to really amplify the tech aspect.

it feels to me, like a clash of styles. BMT’s take on neuro / tech coinciding with the sweet liquid vibes they’re used to producing. I think they achieved this with Still the one, on their previous EP. This still has all the traits I describe in problem child, but is balanced more towards techy drums with less presence on the ambience.

Ironic they called it problem child then, something that feels like it was more difficult to sculpt into a finished product.

On the flip side, Sweet Little Supernova is exactly what I expect from BMT. Big pulsing basslines, soaring ambience, sexy vocal riffs, and literally the perfect reverb on the drums to really amplify the moody nature of the track. I love the little drum fills in this tune, the flat snares and the little ‘toings’ that break the drums up into 8 bar chunks, perfectly timed to add variation and shuffle thats needed in a roller such as this.

The mids and highs have been given lots of room over the bassline for full sounding vocal ambience that compliments the low mids and bass nicely.

Whilst certainly not the dance floor smasher, it is a perfect liquid roller, a thinking mans track, and aptly titled at that.

With this being the final EP released before the album hits sometime this autumn, BMT have held my faith. There’s a good sense of progression with their sound and whilst they’re not pushing anything radically different they are staying current whilst keeping their trademark sound. You always know you’re listening to a Blu Mar Ten tune.

I sincerely hope they manage to nail that fine line between minimal/tech/neuro/liquid that problem child aims at. If they do, it’ll be an absolutely epic tune!

Problem Child:

Sweet Little Supernova: