Monday, 18 June 2018

[LOSS010] Soul Intent, Paragon & Ben Repertoire - The Tide EP [3-Track Vinyl EP Available To Pre-Order Now!!!]


A1 - Soul Intent & Paragon - The Tide.
B2 - Soul Intent - Lose Yourself.
B2 - Soul Intent & Ben Repertoire - Cypher.

The Lossless Music label returns with another expertly crafted collection of deep, dark and atmospheric drum & bass cuts from label founder Soul Intent, who brings with him the immense talents of Paragon and Ben Repertoire for collaboration duties.

Soul Intent alongside Paragon kicks off the collection with 'The Tide', which takes us on a journey to the dark side with it's use of punishing, bass heavy snarls combined with razor-sharp 2-step breaks., perfectly evoking the golden age of mid-nineties techstep drum & bass. 
Opening the flip-side we have Soul Intent on a solo outing who introduces us to 'Lose Yourself', a heavyweight blend of Blue Note style, sci-fi flavoured D&B, complete with monstrous bass blasts and brain searing mentasmic stabs interspersed with luscious pads.

'Cypher' sees Alex and Ben Repertoire introduce us to the sounds of deep bass exploration, where crisp breaks do battle with harsh, rasping mid-range surges and deep subsonic pulses. The collection is rounded off by the digital only bonus track, 'Helpless' which steers us away from the darkness of previous tracks with it's expertly crafted combination of stepping beats and an infectiously, hypnotic reversed melody that'll get stuck in your head in an instant. 

If your drum & bass tastes lean towards the darker end of the musical spectrum then this latest EP from Lossless Music will be an essential addition to your arsenal, and is destined to tear up even the most headstrong D&B set.  

Soul Intent, Paragon & Ben Repertoire's 'The Tide EP', strictly limited edition 3-track 12" vinyl is available to pre-order now for £8.50 plus P&P(or more if you wish to support the artists and label to carry on the cause!!!). The vinyl EP also comes with a free digital download which includes the bonus track 'Helpless' by Soul Intent. Digital EP release is 06/07/18 and the vinyl is expected to be ready for delivery 01/08/18 

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

BBBLP001:: EOD - NAMED [3 × 12" - bbbbbb Recors]


A1. Exham Priory
A2. ‘sblood Thou Stinkard
B1. Asenath 
B2. Dagon 
B3. Edward
C1. R’lyeh 
C2. Zadok
D1. The Deep Ones
D2. Marsh Refinery 
D3. Y’ha-nthlei
E1. Wilbur 
E2. Lavinia
F1. Nyarlathotep 
F2. Blasted Heath 
F3. Wippoorwills

Norway based genious EOD or man of Trønder retuns to Iceland's 2 year old and much aspiring bbbbbb Recors exactly one year after his 'Swurlk EP'. An EP which has gained massive respect and kind feedback from legends like Aphex Twin, Nina Kravitz, Bicep and of course label manager and established great man in the scene, Bjarki.
'NAMED' is the fresh instalment and debut album on bbbbbb Recors, which marks also the 11th release of the label.
Regarding EOD, words are very poor for a versatile musician who has been involved on a quality variety of labels such as Sleepers, CPU, 030303, Dropping, WéMè Records as well as Aphex Twin's imprint, Rephlex. On his brand new work he has stated the following words:

“It's the album I've wanted to do since I started making music - feels like a dream come true. Inspired by what got me into electronic music in the first place; jungle and early ‘00s Warp/Rephlex "drill & bass"-type stuff, but shifted through my own EOD-style lens. Oh yeah and loads of lovecraft references because I love those.” — EOD

Few days ago we had the chance listening to the premiere of 'Wilbur' by DJ Mag. It's a tune which can be described like EOD getting his deep experimental magic touch into Jungle and the result is by far attractive.



'NAMED' consists of 3 12" Vinyl EPs and will be out on 22nd June 2018

You can pre-order it now

Friday, 15 June 2018

ONEPLAYZ - Give Me Love [12track Free Digital Album]



Polish producer/DJ, Oneplayz, an already established Nu-Rave member, has released a new album from him called 'Give Me Love'.
The album is available on free download and the only thing left and requested is to show your support to this multi-talented producer and a certain hard working man in our scene.


'Give Me Love' consists of 12 tracks covered in different genres from Piano House to Hardcore & Rave Breaks and Drum & Bass. Mastering is done by IAMS


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

DMOREP00003:: PURSUIT - THE CUBE EP [4track Digital EP out on DMO Recordings]


01. Free House
02. The Devil's Dandruff
03. Njoi This Trip
04. Cold Milk


UK label DMO Recordings (or Dance Music Organisation) has recently unveiled its new instalment which is a supreme 4/4 work under various genres by Hull based well-known tune machine Pursuit.

'The Cube' consists of 4 tracks and its Chris debut work on the label, offering something quite different this time escaping a bit from his usual hardcore breakbeats.
This EP surely toes the DMO line by slamming house (Free House - The Devil's Dandruff) to hard dance (Njoy This Trip) and closing ideally with a stunning psychedelic and oldschool driven masterpiece titled 'Cold Milk'.
What makes this EP look good is the indisputable quality Chris has put in all tracks of banging house, techno & trance, and all covered by an oldschool umbrella.
'The Cube EP' is out now in all major digital platforms!





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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

CASE 82 - START ROCKIN [Out on RAVESKOOL RECORDINGS]


01. Start Rockin 
02. Hardcore Sickness

What shall we say more about this amazing new producer who is still breathing Oldschool and delivers that through his tunes...
CASE 82 based in Netherlands strikes back and you better take care of his new work. An absolutely gorgeous digital release conprised of two mental hardcore weapons totally appropriate for any DJ out there who wants something fresh to drop off and wake up the dancing crew.
Raveskool Recordings scored again with this brilliant EP. Highly recommended, out in all major digital platforms.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

KF82:: Liquid - Still EP [12" EP out on KNITEFORCE RECORDS]





A1. The Truth 
A2. Phormicide 
B1. KEX 
B2. Dope Sick



Seems that LIQUID has created the right formula of success, as he's been very busy & highly productive since last year with his second studio album 'Energy Flows' his collaboration with his long time fellow Billy Daniel Bunter on 'Mitsu EP' and now after a good contact with Luna-C we're all very lucky and happy to live something that can be described as a mini Oldschool revival.
In a few words it's all about LIQUID debut EP on Kniteforce. A time when two legends come together for the very first time. A time when everything looks like past. And just to understand how people have embraced and loved this release; it (as a part of a KF Bundle) was sold out in its first 24 hrs in both US and UK stores of Kniteforce. Definetely we should be optimistic about present, about future and never erase from our memories that Hardcore Will Never Die.

Entering on this brand new work by LIQUID, you're offered 4 different tunes from the Jungle Breaks of KEX to the 199ish Techno influencial 'Phormicide' and 'The Truth' with its happy pianos while closing the flipside with a dark weapon titled 'Dope Sick'.
And the title? 'Still'...Maybe his second personal should be called 'Forever' on the grounds that it's a serious quality modern work that bridges Oldschool with present. Till then enjoy present, enjoy 'Still'!!



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Sunday, 3 June 2018

[INFRA LTD 001] Innervisions - Absolute Zero + [INFRA LTD 002] Adam F- The Undertaker [12" Vinyl Pre-Orders Available Now!!!]

Pioneering drum & bass legend, J Majik resurrects his groundbreaking Infrared Records label with two essential drum & bass and jungle cuts on limited edition 12" vinyl, featuring Innervisions and fellow D&B luminary Adam F.


A - Absolute Zero.

J Majik under his iconic Innervisions moniker sets the ball rolling with some brand new drum & bass for 2018 with the release of the single-sided 'Absolute Zero' single. 

From it's smooth as silk opening pads, 'Absolute Zero' proves to be an exquisite example of deep and rolling drum & bass, propelled by frantically chopped amen edits, thunderous bass notes and luscious pads continuing on the Golden Era of '94-'96 jungle/D&B.

The Innervisions 'Absolute Zero' 12" Vinyl is available to pre-order now for £10 (+ P&P) from the official Infrared Records webstore. Estimated shipping date 10/06/18 onwards. Soundclips are available in the link below...

https://www.infraredrecords.net/product/innervisions-absolute-zero-infra-ltd-001
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A - The Undertaker.
AA - Future Sound.

For INFRA LTD 002, the label unearths some unreleased D.A.T.s, circa 1995 featuring yet another jungle, drum & bass legend, Adam F who introduces us to the 'The Undertaker / Future Sound' single.

'The Undertaker' sees Adam deliver a frantic barrage of tearing, layered amen and think breaks set to a legendary, dubwise bassline, peppered with feelgood sound-system vocal samples that'll get the lighters flashing in any dance.

On the flipside we are taken on a trip to the deep-side with 'Future Sound', which presents a richly textured combination of clicking percussion, techno synth flourishes clever use of Amorphous Androgynous, ambient samples.

The Adam F 'The Undertaker / Future Sound' 12" Vinyl is available to pre-order now for £10 (+ P&P) from the official Infrared Records webstore. Estimated shipping date 10/06/18 onwards.  Soundclips are available in the link below...

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With the release of these two singles from Innervisions and Adam F, Infrared Records label proves that it is on a mission to deliver the very best in drum & bass for 2018, and if these two releases are any indication of what's to come, then it looks like we're in for a good one. Get on these now as quantities are low and they are sure to disappear fast!!!

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

[VMRDT110] Jaguar Paw - Yul Brynner / You Know I'm Lying [Viral-Mental Records Juno Download Exclusive Available Now!!!]


1/ Yul Brynner.
2/ You Know I'm Lying.

The infamous Jaguar Paw makes his triumphant return to the Viral-Mental Records fold with two massive tracks, with the release of the 'Yul Brynner / You Know I'm Lying' single.

The dark and moody 'Yul Brynner' steps up to the plate first and grabs the listener by the throat with it's oppressive, opening drones which are blended into a hypnotic pulsating bassline and crisp, rolling breakbeat combo interspersed with cinematic vocal snippets and delayed dub FX.   

To complete the package 'You Know I'm Lying' drops a skittish, half-step beat over a series of deep and twisted bass throbs, soothing synth notes and portentous movie dialogue to create a track which expertly combines the rough with the smooth to devastating effect. 

If you love your jungle with a touch of the deep side, then Jaguar Paw more than delivers with his latest release here. 

The Jaguar Paw 'Yul Brynner / You Know I'm Lying' single is available to purchase now exclusively from Juno Download before going on general release. Grab your copy now!!!

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

[SSV4] Bay B Kane ‎– Spandangle Selection Volume 4 [4-Track 12" EP Available To Buy Now!!!]


A1 - Cupid.
A2 - The Limit (Captain's Log Mix).
B1 - Pussy (Raw Mix).
B2 - Needle To The Skin.

For those of you who seek nothing but the rarest and most elusive vintage junglism, then the Spandangle Selection label has a treat in store for you with their latest, 12" vinyl only release. Bay B Kane makes his welcome return with 'Spandangle Selection Volume 4' available to purchase now and featuring four rare and unreleased jungle classics from 1992-1994.


We are first introduced to the rare-as-hen's-teeth 'Cupid', a warped bassline and ragga jungle classic, originally destined to be released on the legendary, but short lived Kickman label back in '94. The first of three unreleased jungle/hardcore gems appears next with the deep and atmospheric, amen roller, 'The Limit (Captain's Log Mix)' pre-empting Kane's more atmospheric tracks from the infamous 'Survival Techniques Vol. 1' LP.  


Roughneck ragga junglism is the order of the day next with 'Pussy (Raw Mix)' piling on the raw, heavyweight amen and bassline pressure that only the Bay B Kane could pull off back in the day. Last but most certainly not least 'Needle To The Skin' , a track due to appear on the scrapped 'Mystero EP Part 2' rewinds us right back to 1992 with it's hyper-kinetic blend of manic breaks and rapidfire hip-hop snippets to get your feet moving.


With this latest collection of Bay B Kane rarities, the Spandangle Selection label has pulled off yet another essential batch off oldskool jungle gold. Get on it pronto!!!! 


The Bay B Kane 'Spandangle Selection Volume 4' EP is available to purchase now from the official Spandangle Selection webstore for £9.99 plus postage & packaging.


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Saturday, 26 May 2018

[KLPR0021] DJ Monk & Manluke - Deal Wid It Remixes [Available To Download Now From All Good KLP Records Digital Stores!!!]


1/ Deal Wid It (94 Mix).
2/ Deal Wid It (Inna Culture Remix).
3/ Deal Wid It (DJ Hybrid Remix).
4/ Deal Wid It (DJ Cautious Remix).
5/ Deal Wid It (Devastate Remix).
6/ Deal Wid It (Dublic Remix).
7/ Deal Wid It (Ikon B & Crisis Remix).
8/ Deal Wid It (Lion UK Remix).
9/ Deal Wid It (DJ QT Remix).
10/ Deal Wid It (PT2 94 Remix).
11/ Deal Wid It (Opius Remix).


Looking back on some of the many, many releases that I've missed out on, it's time to check out last month's DJ Monk & Manluke 'Deal Wid It Remixes' on K.L.P. Records. A mammoth collection of 2018 reworkings of Monk & Manlukes's recently unearthed, 1994 ragga classic, featuring a whole host of contemporary jungle dons. It's time for the Strictly NuSkool Blog to dig out the camo. vest and spark up it's lighter...

For those looking for original 1994 junglism then you need look no further than the 'Deal Wid It (Original Mix)' and 'PT 2 94 Remix' previously available on dubplate and on limited edition remastered 12" vinyl in 2014/2015. A tearing amen-ragga jungle anthem jam-packed with rapidfire breakbeat choppage, booming sub bass and deep and moody atmospherics.

The first of the nuskool jungle revamps comes from Inna Culture who injects a chunky, Think Gate break into the mix before the ever reliable DJ Hybrid unleashes his full-on amen and dred bass assault. We are next introduced to DJ Cautious, who delivers a staggered 2-step beat fuelled relick complimented with a warm Reese bass backing. 

The DJ Devastate lets the bassline do the talking with his rolling reinterpretation while Dublic gives us a 1996 style, Bristolian vibed take on the original mix backed with monstrous Reese bass pulses. K.L.P. regulars, Ikon B & Crisis step up to the plate next with their tearing 2018 remix, featuring a relentless steppin' break and abrasive midrange bass snarls.

Lion UK brings back the amen with his heavyweight reworking, perfectly capturing that oldskool jungle vibe whilst maintaining 2018 techniques. As does DJ QT's mix which adds near neurofunk-esque, synthetic pulses to the mix to add some variety into the collection. Opius then takes the album to a close with his deep, dark and heavy take, steeped in menacing atmospherics, ten-tonne amen breaks and sinister drones.  

Whether it's authentic oldskool jungle vibes you're after, or bang up to date, 2018 re-envisionings. The 'Deal Wid It Remixes' collection has all bases covered for any jungle/drum & bass set. An essential puchase!!!!

The Breakbeatscientist's pick of the bunch = 'Deal Wid It (Inna Culture Remix)'.

The DJ Monk & Manluke 'Deal Wid It Remixes' album is available to purchase and stream now from all good KLP Records digital stockists now!!!

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[BLKR012] Margaman - Don't Kno What To Do / Who Can Draw [B-Lick Records Juno Download Exclusive Available To Download Now!!!]


1/ Don't Kno What To Do.
2/ Who Can Draw.

B-Lick Records joins forces with imperial junglist, Margaman for the labels' latest heavyweight release, the 'Don't Kno What To Do / Who Can Draw' two track single...

We are first drawn into the jazzy sounds of 'Don't Kno What To Do' which expertly revitalises the oldskool 1994 jungle formula (think classic Dillinja, Tom & Jerry) and time-warps it right into 2018 with it's potent fusion of soothing, soulful licks and tearing amen breaks set to a thundering bassline.

If that ain't enough to grab you yet, then it's companion piece, 'Who Can Draw' takes us even deeper with it's use of rolling breakbeats, vintage ragga chatter and moody bass pulses. Perfectly encapsulating that authentic jungle sound of yesteryear.

If authentic jungle with a modern twist captures you attention, then Margaman's latest offering will be a welcome addition to your musical collection!!!

Margaman's 'Don't Kno What To Do - Who Can Draw' single is available to download exlusively from Juno Download, so get in quick before everyone else does!!!

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Exclusive Paradox Interview @ Strictly Nuskool Blog





Dev Pandya, A.K.A. Paradox & Alaska, A.K.A. Mixrace, is one of Drum and Bass true pioneers. He has released vinyl records on Moving Shadow,Metalheadz,Reinforced,Renegade Hardware, Certificate 18, and Good Looking Records. (Just to name a few)He is one of the humblest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of breaking bread with. I flew from Sunny Fort Lauderdale to historic New Orleans for his USA Tour and show with the NOLADNB crew on 20/4/2018 and we met up for a nice lunch on a beautiful Friday afternoon in classic Downtown.

I decided to go old school for this interview, so I recorded it on a 1980 Panasonic Slimline tape recorder! Yes, you read that right, a tape recorder! (Analog all day!) I surprised him with my gadget, and as nostalgia is contagious, Dev’s memory of his first tape recorder was instantly conjured and the conversation flowed from there.






(The atmosphere is full of glasses clinking, forks and knives scraping, voices from the wait staff and laughter from the table next to us. We are seated near the back on a round table. It’s a busy scene and a sunny afternoon. Paradox is on my right and Greenleaf is seated across.)


Andromeda: So, let’s get to it… Who have you worked with before that you most harmonized with in the studio?



Paradox: Well, I guess the two current people I work with because I continue to work with them. One from Sweden called Seba, (I am the godfather to his daughter) we’ve been making vinyl records together for maybe 13 years. Apart from being a great musician, he’s a good cook as well so when I go to Sweden he cooks and that’s really good! I don’t mind that. (Laughter) Because I don’t live in England another guy that I work with is called Nucleus. He flies over from London to Lithuania and he comes into my studio. I work really well with him as he has a great musical mind. Same age as me, understands funk music really well, and is a proper crate digger.

Lots of people have asked me to do collaborations and I’m like… Hmmmm…. My music is recorded in a different code than everyone else, so I don’t want to spread myself too thin if you know what I mean. 



How was your experience with Herbie Hancock, how was that for you?  How did it all come about?


That was wicked. It was Bill Laswell that connected us. He is a strange musician; Very avant-garde in lots of avenues of how he works. When he mentioned working with Herbie Hancock, I thought “no that won’t happen.” So he played some of my stuff to Herbie, and what Herbie said blew my mind. Herbie said, “Man that boy can swing!” That is the main important aspect in drum programming is to have the kick back. The breaks gotta swing and there has to be funk. That’s what I try and focus on when I’m making music. For him to say that, that I could swing, just made my day because then I knew he understood. So, when it went through with Columbia Records I was really happy. Some of the keyboard stuff he [Herbie] played listening to my stuff was amazing. The track we did was like a car chase funk scene for a movie. It was brilliant. It’s a shame that it didn’t come on vinyl but only on CD.








What can you say about the hardcore sound? Mix Race - The Future Is before Your Eyes (With Trax scratching) What was that like?

Well, the funny thing is, when we were doing that this was before the word drum and bass was even invented. We were 17 then, making music on our computers. We didn't even know what it was it was so fast. So we sent demos to the record labels that were close to our home in Essex and these record labels were really the foundation of jungle. Well, I say “jungle” now because it turned into jungle, but it was Moving Shadow, Ram Records and Suburban Base Records. All these record labels were bedroom studios themselves, so we didn't know what we were doing, and we were making hardcore music, but we were all into hip-hop, like b-boy hip-hop. We were rapping about which pose could dance the best. (Not about guns or whatever.) and Trax was scratching. It was so fast our computer didn't have a bpm counter but it sounded normal to us. When we sent a draft to Moving Shadow and they liked it they said "You now how fast that is right?" and we were like no we don't have a bpm counter. They said “It's 180 bpm's” we said "No, It can’t be" We had to recreate the tracks in the studio and it was way too fast to be classified as hip-hop music.  We were like “what have we done?” Then, all of a sudden, it just morphed into hardcore music with Trax scratching as well. We recorded in 1991 but it obviously takes time to go out to the shops, so when it was finally out it was early 1992; But we signed in 1991 and it came out to be a landmark 12” in the hardcore jungle scene.


With all the labels… Paradox Music, Arctic Music, and Esoteric, (labels mostly that put out vinyl) what are your views on the whole vinyl vs digital discussion?

I think that if vinyl wasn’t around, I would actually stop the labels. I wouldn’t do digital labels. To me, it’s like yellow folder music. I’m not against it, everything on my phone is digital. Since I’ve been doing this before DnB was invented, it has to be vinyl, it has to be this way. I don’t care if I lose money when I release records, it just has to be on vinyl.










What can you tell me about Outsider Label? What do you look for when people send you tunes to listen to? What is the first thing you analyze from a piece to consider it for your label?

Outsider is asleep at the moment. I’m a bit of a bastard when accepting music because it has to be perfect, and the thing is I don’t like telling other people how to make their music. If someone sends me their track and there is something that I don’t like in it, I can’t sign it. But I won’t say to them if you take that out I will sign it ya know. I’m a little bit funny if the film samples are crap but the track is really good. I can’t put [out] anything I don’t like so to speak.

Are people still sending you music today?

Yeah, all the time I listen to it all. When you say people sending me music are you talking about people that I don’t know?


Well yeah, unknown producers like example Aperture. That tune on ‘The Age of Outsiders’ CD is wonderful, I had that on repeat forever.


Yeah, Aperture is brilliant. He did a few things for me and just kinda disappeared. I try to listen to all the demos I get. Sometimes I would get a download link from a Russian producer and it will be a zip of like 60 tracks which really isn’t the way to get someone to listen to your music. I tell people to send me 3 of your strongest tracks, and this goes for any label, if the label is interested, get their attention first and then they will ask for more. This guy sent me 60 in a zip (10 is way too much music also.) It stops you as a listener to want to listen to it all. I am always listening, I am just waiting to find the next Aperture really.







Tomorrow is record store day… Best record digging story?

That is really Nucleus territory. He goes to boot fairs lots. Sometimes when I get into his car there is a list that kinda looks like an exam, stapled together 20 pages, I pick it up and it’s just names and names of records in tiny font. You flip the pages and you see the luminous marker of the tunes of the ones he is still looking for.

What is your most influential funk record?

Oh… That is really difficult to answer. I guess the first one I ever heard was “The Meters”, Ironically. (He turns to Greenleaf who during this whole interview has been sitting in front of us and asks Greenleaf if they [The Meters] were from New Orleans? Greenleaf replies “Yes they are”) The Meters are from New Orleans, which is quite bizarre really because I guess it’s meant to be me coming here as we sampled The Meters on early hardcore records on Moving Shadow. We had The Meters snares. We didn’t use the whole break and we always sampled The Meters. So yeah that was really our first looking into the drum side of Funk. I had all of those on CD too, trying to hear which one of the breaks is clearer, trying to get different versions.






What was your most recent music purchase?

I bought Fierce and Zero Tolerance 12” on Redeye Records in London and paid ridiculous shipping charges! (Laughter) And I’m not happy about it but I guess you have to represent. He [Fierce] sent me the wav so I had to have the vinyl. It’s kind of an old one. It has wicked breaks. Equipment wise, I bought a floppy disk on eBay. (Laughter) (Greenleaf says “New kids are going to read that and not know what a floppy disk is"). (Laughter)







In 2003 you said you were on #7, which one are you on now?

#8

Has your equipment failed before on stage?


Yeah, that happened once in Italy. I was performing, and I was playing the keyboard. I kicked the equipment underneath and I kicked the power supply. The whole club turned off! This was in Milan. I didn’t realize it was me. My power supply was connected to a power strip. For some reason, it turned the electric out on the stage. Once I realized it was me, I pretended that it wasn’t me. The club went dark for ½ hour. That was my fault.








So for your live PA shows, do you know what you are going to play? How do you get your show set up?

I say I don’t know what I’m going to play, but I already know half of what I will do so to speak. There are some tracks that are not going to come out yet that I think that I am going to do and it’s never really planned, but sometimes I realize that I am running out of time so I can’t end up doing the ones that I want to do later on in the set, so I just play it by ear; And it really depends if I have the synth or not. (I might play more Alaska stuff.) I have a synth for this show; I didn’t have one for New York. (They couldn’t source one.) So I’m going to be doing some Alaska stuff today… And the next Alaska 12” that is coming out, I will debut that tonight at the Show. (Note to the reader, it is divine.)
  









What other mediums influence you?

Everything creative, I design all the record sleeves for the labels. I did graphic design in college whilst I was making music. I’m Indian, Indians do everything themselves so I’m a bit of a control freak. I have to do the record sleeves. I have to sign off on the proofing. I do everything. So anything art I’m into. My favourite instrument is the viola. I love listening to classical music with violins and violas. I think playing strings in ambient jungle is a way of releasing the fact that you can’t play strings yourself so to speak. Every time there’s a performance I try to do art photography to make it look like art and not a flat jpeg on the internet. I’m always trying to do something 3dish so to speak, it all comes down to creative design.

What have you learned throughout the years (with your music) that you can share with someone to learn from?

The problem is that its cliché to say “Do your own thing, don’t listen to anyone else”, but at the end of the day, it’s true. If people tell you that what you're making is rubbish, you really need to ignore them and do everything you want. Most of it is luck based. We started in an era where no one knew what they were doing. I think it was easier for me to make music. We were at the right place at the right time. I think it’s difficult nowadays to get music on vinyl when there are so many digital labels, and everyone wants to be a DJ. (I don’t, but everyone wants to be one.) I don’t know, anyone can start a record label as well, but yeah you just have to keep doing your own thing. It’s a boring thing to say to be honest. Everyone can have a studio now in a PC, whereas we couldn’t do that; We had to spend 1,000’s on Mackie mixing desks and all sorts of things.






What is your Ethos in life?

It’s going to sound really weird right, but I believe I was put on this earth to make music. It sounds a bit narcissistic, it’s not meant to be, but I believe this is what I was meant to do. It is something that I will constantly do till the last breath I hope.













 What should we look forward to this year?

There’s an Alaska 12" coming out in May(out this Friday with copies still available, just click on the soundcloud clips below)There is another Nucleus & Paradox 12" coming on Metalheadz. A remix project with Gremlinz on my flagship label and another remix with an ambient artist that might be revealed soon. There are other things I can't really say at the moment. We are going to do another 12" for Samurai Music as Geoff Presha is someone we've worked with on many projects so that should appear at the end of 2018. Next year will probably see my 200th 12" surface so at the moment I am researching extravagant packaging options for it. It's not every year you're 200 so it's going to be special.




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