Random Movement supplies us with his promo picks as he digs through his inbox and shares his top choices for week 26.
So I managed to talk the folks here at DNBVault to give me a soapbox to shout about awesome music to all of you. The tunes I’m going to be sharing with you are a snapshot of my favorite tunes I’ve received on promo for that week. The music I’ve selected here will be released within the month, if the songs haven’t been released already. (Hint: google it!) Chances are if I’m writing about a tune in this section, its because it deserves to be spoken about. You aren’t going to read a whole lot of bad reviews here. I don’t like to write about stuff that doesn’t interest me, so if a track is mentioned here, its because I like it and plan on playing it out regularly. To hell with the rating systems too… You’ll know if its a 10 out of 10 or not when you give the tunes a listen. – Random Movement
Audio Habitat – Audio Connections EP Part II – Directors Cut
“Hard, edgy throwback vibes meets the new school.” That is the best way to describe the sound of the team known as Audio Habitat on this release. These 4 cats have managed to come up with an assortment of mangled bass-heavy tracks that you can bet your ass will be in my upcoming dj sets. “3 Thingz” really takes me back to those days of old Ed Rush & Optical vibes of the late 90s, and that sort of theme seems to remain prevalent throughout the release, so you can understand why a guy like me would love it (Yeah, I’m not a spring chicken anymore). Other favorites on the EP are the heavy-rolling “Drop it” and the low-mid deathgrowl of “Sparking”. I’m already filled with regret for sleeping on part 1 of this stellar steak-and-potatoes collection of awesomeness. Hats off to Directors Cut for making this release happen, and I can only hope for many more like it.
Icicle – Entropy Remixed – Shogun Audio
The array of remixes on Icicles new remix album Entropy Remixed is like a solid baseball bat to the face, and I mean that in a good way. The opening tune”Dreadnaught” brings it with heavy low-pitched verse from SPMC and heavy driving subs that properly let us know the theme of this release. Joe Ford bounces us through his version of “Neutralize”, an instant head bobber. Black Sun Empire properly rips my face off with their take on “The Edge”, and “Will You Be Mine” gets smoothed out with Ulterior Motives gritty but sexy version. Proxima brings the release to a close with an imperial-walker-esk half-time stomper rehash of “Isolation”, complete with evil robot death voice and appropriate laser cannons. Unpredictable, heavy, and full of electrical energy, this only elevates an already proper release from the Shogun imprint. Icicle, we salute you.
Break – Simpler Times LP Sampler – Symmetry Recordings
Oh you beautiful badass you. Break, you’ve done it again, combining the smooth and the nasty in that special blend that only you can concoct. “Simpler Times” is a slowed down number which features Kyo with (I’m guessing) a smooth as hell vocal bit. Weaving thru guitar and keys with that throwback vibe, this tune reminds us that drum & bass has even more headroom for soul. “Top Shooter” takes us out on an electric safari hunt that can only end in too many kills to count. Hard, beefy bass and crunchy roller beats run this track with an old dub vox sample to remind us who’s in charge. if this is a sampler, I am beyond hyped for the full length.