We chat to Russian drum and bass producers Dmitry Goncharenko and Alexey Goncharenko aka Gancher & Ruin about their influences, attending club nights underage and what they think about the scenes current dirty word ‘Crossbreed’. Tell us a bit about how the two of you became involved in electronic music and what were/are your main influences? It’s quite a long story. Firstly, we had been listening to The Prodigy and some break-beat. Then in 2005 we heard about Pirate-Station here in Russia, this is … Continue reading
How did you first become involved in electronic music? It must have been around 92/93. I was (and still am) a die hard metalhead, I was heavily into Earache Records stuff – Godflesh, Terrorizer, Carcass, Confessor, Cathedral and listening to a lot of Doom Metal. My link with electronica was somewhat non-existent except for Godflesh who were using drum computers. I thought bands like G.G.F.H (Global Genocide Forget Heaven) and Ministry were cool as well. I was still living at my … Continue reading
Owner of Position Chrome recordings and hard drum n bass icon The Panacea talks to us about inspiration, image and future projects. Firstly, could you tell us about your main influences and what led you to become involved in electronic music? I was born into a musical family. My grandmother was Tilla Briem a famous German soprano, both my grandfather and my mother were also musicians so I never knew anything else. At 4 years old I started my musical … Continue reading
We interview one of the rising names in the UK underground Jake Micklewright, better known to fans of dark drum n bass, industrial hardcore and everything evil and inbetween as Jakub23. How did you get into electronic music and production? Quite a hard one that.I got into electronic music quite late actually. I always had it around me from my brother and my father but I never actually enjoyed it at all. I was the odd one out of the … Continue reading
For fans of Limewax and the ever-growing scene of drum n bass that surrounds him and the label that put out this record (The Panacea’s ‘Position Chrome’) , Jij/Fünf is one of the most anticipated releases in a long time. Some 12 months ago Limewax uploaded a teaser of the A side to his Soundcloud page – a 3 minute clip taken from a low quality recording of him playing in a club (crowd noise included), occasionally cutting in tiny samples of the full quality version.
Then that was it, nothing more was heard of this tune until much closer to its release, leaving many fans of the hard DnB subgenre(s) gagging to hear what the full track actually sounded like. It worked. I bought this record the day it was released and I can’t stop playing it. It’s incredibly fun to mix and just so so powerful, especially once you reach the drop just after 3 minutes in. There is some beautiful synth work throughout this track, like something from a sci-fi film. A sci-fi film about a warehouse in Rotterdam where they play industrial hardcore all night.
This is not to suggest that the flipside is any less mind-blowing. Once again, some very impressive synth work proves Limewax is at the top of his game at the moment. And just wait for the distorted kick-laden drop that completely transforms this tune towards the end, a real crowd rocker. He hasn’t released much in the last couple of years but if this record is anything to go by, it’s always worth the wait.
We spoke with Brighton based DJ and producer Foreign Concept. After exploding onto the drum n bass scene last year with dance-floor smashers including “Mob Justice” and “Jaipur”, we talk future plans, influences and top tips for 2012. The drum n bass scene seems to have gone through a lot of changes the past few years, with jump-up and radio friendly styles getting push into the background a bit. How do view the scene and the changes that have occurred? … Continue reading
Counterstrike bring us the fourth chapter of the collaboration series on their own imprint ‘Counterstrike Recordings’. Previous releases have included dancefloor destroyers with heavyweight names such as Cooh, Receptor and DJ Hidden, and this latest offering doesn’t disappoint. The two tracks featuring German neuro master Current Value (Obsessive 3am Mix/Obsessive 4am Mix) are typical of the styles of both these well established artists – in-your-face, pounding, relentless Drum & Bass.
There’s nothing especially groundbreaking about these two tunes but fans of this genre will appreciate their no-nonsense darkness. Counterstrike & Nympho – ‘Midway’ is more of a rolling tune, with sharp bass stabs and intricate breaks guaranteed to get the crowd moving.
The stand out track on this EP is the collaboration with Syd Vischi (aka Hybris). A grumbling bassline sits behind what sounds like the world’s tightest snare drum. In fact I’m dying to hear this on a big soundsystem, one of those tracks you know is going to knock you back a foot or two when it drops.
An all-round solid release from South Africa’s finest pioneers of the dark!