Tuesday 31 July 2018

[QPR 001] Worldwide Epidemic - Present Versions Of the Past [Vinyl Crowdfund Reservations Available Now From Music Preservation Society!!!]

A1 - Peer Pressure.
A2 - Ravenous.
AA1 - Pulse 33.
AA2 - Q.I.

These recent years have seen a resurgence in the classic jungle techno musical style, with artists such as InnerCore Project, Fudalwokit, The Wize GuyzWorldwide Epidemic and original founding father, Ron Wells (aka Jack Smooth, 20 Hurts, Emotional Dials and member of iconic acts including Jack N PhilElectronic Experienced, Fast Floor, Smooth But Hazzardous, and many, many more) bringing the sound of deep synthesis and crisp rolling breaks back to vinyl. 

Worldwide Epidemic has been well known for his devotion to recreating those iconic, synth focused jungle tracks and has appeared on a whole host of vinyl labels in recent years (Criterion Records, Peace On Wax, 7th Storey Projects, Jedi Recordings, Myor Massiv / Diamond Life and Sound Entity Recordings to name but a few). In collaboration with the Music Preservation Society, vinyl crowdfunding platform, Worldwide Epidemic is proud to announce the debut release on his brand new Quantum Projects label,  the 'Present Version Of The Past' EP.

Sounding like it was coming straight from DJ  Ratty's dubplate stash circa '93/'94, opening track 'Peer Pressure' first hits you with a series of monstrous, synthesised pulses overlaid by a relentless techno drum pattern and hard-hitting bassline that'll get all j-tek fanatics moving on the dancefloor. 
Up next 'Ravenous' takes us deep into the realms of J-tek with it's use of spine-tingling pads and ascending / descending stab melodies, interwoven into a pounding 4/4 kickdrum driven, percussive backing which soon evolves into a gorgeous, bubbling breakdown.

The flip-side opens to the sublime sounds of 'Pulse 33', which lures the listener in with hypnotic synth riff and crisp breaks before unleashing a heavenly, pad driven drop guaranteed to get all hands raised aloft. 
Bringing the quartet to a close we have the cheekily titled 'Q.I.', a track which gives a respectful nod to a Basement Records anthem from early 1994, and delivers it's own 2018, contemporary update on that classic jungle techno blueprint.

Worldwide Epidemic has been consistently producing technically exquisite pieces of music, which not only excels in sonic craftsmanship, but also in dancefloor devastation, and this collection does not fall short. If you love beautifully crafted jungle techno on vinyl, then it's imperative for you to back this release!!! 

Pre-orders for Worldwide Epidemic's 'Present Version Of The Past' EP are available to purchase now, exclusively from the Music Preservation Society webstore for only £8.50 for early bird purchases, £10 (plus P&P) thereafter

This releases is currently awaiting a minimum of 150 pre-orders before being pressed to vinyl, and has 19 days left for pressing to go ahead. If you want to own this contemporary piece of jungle techno then please don't hesitate to get those pre-orders in now!!! 


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Sunday 29 July 2018

[VMRDT111] Various - VMR Summer Vibes Vol 1 [13-Track Album Available To Download Now From All Good Viral-Mental Records Digital Stockists!!!]

1/ Hektic - Ever Changing.
2/ Cyanide - Patterns.
3/ Jaguar Paw - Something You Cant See (Feat. Lady D-Zire).
4/ DROMA - At Peace.
5/ SkorpZ - Salvation.
6/ Miss Guided & Uzi - Need Your.
7/ Dredillah - The Paradox.
8/ Hektic - All Day.
9/ Cyanide - Why Don't You.
10/ Jaguar Paw - Dust (Feat. Pink Ice).
11/ Uzi - Apples & Pears.
12/ DROMA - The Past.
13/ Dredillah - Easy.

Is if you needed any more heat this Summer, the Viral-Mental Records label presents the soundtrack to the season with the release of 'VMR Summer Vibes Vol 1'. Jam packed with thirteen huge drum & bass and smooth jungle anthems featuring a whole host of Viral-Mental favourites. It;'s time for the SNB to crack open a cold one and get some Summer vibes!!! 

Starting off the proceedings we have Hektic who delivers a a soulful fusion of soothing vocals and hi-octane, rolling breaks and cavernous bass with the absolutely lush 'Ever Changing', which is closely followed by Cyanide's sublime, liquid stepper 'Patterns'

Up next we are introduced to 'Something You Can't See'Jaguar Paw and Lady D-Zire's R&B meets jazz tinged, vocal jungle future classic, before DROMA set out mind at ease with his unique blend of gentle guitar notes and 2-step breaks on the aptly titled 'At Peace'.

'Salvation' by SkorpZ takes us on an epic, atmospheric journey into drum & bass with it's expertly crafted blend of crisp breaks and deep atmospheric pads. 'Need Your' by Miss Guided and Uzi, sees an infectiously uplifting  R&B groove join forces with roller-coaster breaks to get those feelgood vibes flowing.

Up next we see Dredillah lay down some hard-hitting beats and bassline over spine-tingling, arpegiated synth notes on 'The Paradox', closely followed by Hektic, who returns to drop the Reese bass driven jazzy-jungle gem 'All Day'.

The piano-led 'Why Don't You' by Cyanide eases us back into a more chilled state of mind before the mighty Jaguar Paw alongside MC Pink Ice to spread the message of positivity via the medium of drum & bass on 'Dust'.

Uzi goes solo next on 'Apples & Pears', a heavyweight slice of tearin' junglism, coupled with soaring female vocal refrains and a killer bassline to boot. 'The Past' by DROMA sees rolling breakbeats do battle with a dub-reggae guitar strums and gospel style vocalisms.
The album is brought to a perfect close by Dredillah's 'Easy', which layers warm bass notes over relentless breaks and a gorgeous, melancholic synth melody. 

If you are looking for the very latest in chilled, uplifting and deep and atmospheric drum & bass vibes then 'VMR Summer Vibes Vol 1' has just the ticket for you!!!

The 'VMR Summer Vibes Vol 1' album  is available to purchase now from all good Viral-Mental Records digital stores and streaming sites!!!

Amazon... https://www.amazon.co.uk/VMR-Summer-Vibes-Vol-1/dp/B07F3C6V78/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532719967&sr=8-1&keywords=vmr+summer+vibes+vol+1

Beatport... https://www.beatport.com/label/viral-mental-records/44115

iTunes... https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/apples-pears/1404870854?i=1404870877

Juno Records... https://www.junodownload.com/products/vmr-summer-vibes-vol-1/3834910-02/

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Cyanide... https://soundcloud.com/xoxcyanide
Dredillah... https://soundcloud.com/dredillah
DROMA... https://soundcloud.com/droma_dnb
Hektic... https://soundcloud.com/hektic
Jaguar Paw... https://soundcloud.com/jaguarpawlondon/
Miss Guided... https://soundcloud.com/miss-guided-dnb
SkorpZ... https://soundcloud.com/skorpz1
Uzi... https://soundcloud.com/dj-uzi-3

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Tuesday 24 July 2018

KFA93 - Empyreal - Stuck In Yesteryear E​.​P [CD + Digital on KNITEFORCE AGAIN]

01. Stuck In Yesteryear
02. Over Extraction
03. The Earl King 
04. The Second Coming

Executive Edition Exclusive:
05. Forward Never, Backward Ever (Reinstrumented)

German based producer Empyreal is back with a fresh personal release on the pretty reformed KFA. Hendrik is one of the established members of Kniteforce roster of talents and indisputably he remains one of Luna-C's favourite producers.
'Stuck In Yesteryear' is a happy orhestral nuskool hardcore techno trip by our good friend and cat lover Hendrik showcasing his pure talent and his eternal creative power!

Don't know if this guy is fan of Game of Thrones but for sure with this EP he sets up his very own medieval twist (e.g 'Forward Never, Backward Ever').
From the self titled tune which is the opening smasher to the following 3 extra burners, this new work by Hendrik is the best recipe to defeat any depression or negative cells you might have from your daily routine.
Empyreal - Stuck In Yesteryear is out now, on limited CD single (only 60 units) as well as on wav/MP3 digital bundle featuring the gorgeous orchestrally reinstrumented version of Forever Never Backward Ever (available for two weeks) at the links below!

Artwork by Spudgunjuice: https://www.instagram.com/spudgunjuice/


Sunday 22 July 2018

Liquid in JAPAN - SWEET HARMONY- (13 JUL.2018) #LIQUIDJPN After Movie

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Saturday 21 July 2018

[FREE DOWNLOAD] DJ Rave In Peace - Hold Tight (Nasty Squad Inside) [Dave Jameson Tribute!!!]

1/ Hold Tight (Nasty Squad Inside).

March 2018 saw the loss of one of the rave scene's most enthusiastic supporters, Dave Jameson aka one half of the legendary Nasty Squad radio crew. To commemorate Dave's contribution to promoting breakbeat hardcore and jungle over the years, DJ Rave In Peace has delivered an immense breakbeat hardcore track featuring vocal snippets of Dave in full radio flow, debuting on DJ Direct's Nasty Squad radio show, Saturday 21/07/18 . 
'Hold Tight (Nasty Squad Inside)' combines frantic oldskool amen breaks with harsh mentasm and 'Anasthasia' stabs before erupting into an euphoric drop midway to get all ravers hands in the air, before the darkness descends once more.

Make sure you pay your respects to the great man by downloading your free copy and playing this one out LOUD and PROUD!!!

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Thursday 19 July 2018

[KLPR023] Devastate - Time For Something Different [Available Now From All Good KLP Records Digital Stockists!!!]

1/ Time For Something Different.
2/ To The 808.
3/ Time For Something Different (Chainsaw Mix).

DJ Devastate makes a welcome return to the KLP Records camp with... something just a little bit different from the label's usual junglistic fare. The 'Time For Something Different' EP marks the KLP brand's first step into full-on jump-up drum & bass, but don't panic just yet. These are straight up dancefloor anthems, not obnoxious, bassline free noise fests.

Title track 'Time For Something Different' kicks off the process with smooth, mellow pad opening and a relentless 2-step breakbeat pattern, before you are hit with a devastating dub bass riff and rasping midrange synth combo that'll get everyone's feet movin'. 

Up next we are introduced to the booty shaking 'To The 808', a killer nuskool jungle track which expertly blends together haunting, cloud rap style piano melodies with a booming bassline, hyperkinetic breaks and hypnotic female rap vocals.

Rounding the collection off we have the 'Chainsaw Mix' of 'Time For Something Different', which twists up that midrange synth riff to oblivion and adds extra 'chainsaw' for those who prefer a more industrial edge to their tunes!!!

If you are seeking some hard-hitting, dancefoor anthems to get your sets jumping, then look no further than Devastate's latest offering here!!! 

The 'Scientist's top pick = 'To The 808' for it's infectiously catchy, moody melodies. 

Devastate's 'Time For Something Different' EP is available to purchase from all good KLP Records digital and streaming stores now!!!



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Monday 9 July 2018

[INVSN017] TwinBrix - Selector / Intelligence [Invasion Recordings Beatport Exclusive Available To Download Now!!!]

1/ Selector.
2/ Intelligence.

Germanic neurofunk pioneers, TwinBrix return to Invasion Recordings, bringing with them a duo of deep, dark and sinister drum & bass tracks with the release of the 'Selector / Intelligence' single.

Opening up to the trance like sounds of arpeggiated, synth notes and rising pads, 'Selector' soon hits you with a a razor sharp kick/snare combo coupled with rasping mid-range section, guaranteed to get your head nodding. 

Companion piece, 'Intelligence' delivers a dystopian, sci-fi soundscape set to a series of uncompromising 2-step breaks that conjures up visions of an Apocalyptic cybernetic uprising on the dancefloor.

Any self respecting neurofunk connoisseur, and lover of meticulously crafted D&B should not hesitate to add this to their musical arsenal!!!

The Twinbrix 'Selector / Intelligence' single is available to download as an exclusive Beatport pre-release before going on general release, so be quick before everyone else gets on board!!!


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ETHAN FAWKES - James Brown's Return [Limited 5" + Digital]

Belgium based producer Ethan Fawkes has the right answer on the right time getting James Brown on a rushing Hardcore Techno resurrection!! It's been exactly 27 years after James Brown rave death by the almight Dutch L.A. Style and now it's kind of reborn and revived on a special mental release by this established genious of an artist.
'James Brown's Return' is the name of Ethan's brand new and totally recommended release given on a limited number of sexy 5" lathe cut Vinyl + digis.

Further info about the tunes in: The A. side black with label and music, while B. side is colored; and on the digital there's an extended version.Grab it while you can, there are only just a few hard copies left!!



Saturday 7 July 2018

V.A. - BACK TO BASS Vol.5 [36 HERTZ]

01. SR – We Enter
02. Delphi Productions – See The Devil
03. Indigo Virus – Signals
04. Jem One – Textures
05. DJ Vapour – 92 93 94
06. Zippy – And I Know
07. Fringe – Music
08. Skru – Angra Dub
09. NC17 – Jason Never Dies
10. Coolhand Flex – Velocity
11. Vince Rollin – Obsession
12. Sub Fusion – Reverse Psychosis
13. Sanz – Chat bout
14. DJ Vapour – Only Ze Smellz

2008-2018. Ten years of hard work and quality work within the Drum & Bass and Jungle scene by DJ Vapour and his very own imprint 36 HERTZ Recordings.
And now after 2 years of working on an album project its time to be unleashed the long awaited 5th volume edition of 'BACK TO BASS' infamous series of 36 Hertz.
It's out now and available digitally comprised of 14 absolute bass in your face slams made by the dream team of DJ Vapour, Jem One, Coolhand Flex, NC17, Vince Rollin, Fringe, SR, Delphi Productions, Indigo Virus, Sanz, Zippy, Skru and Sub Fusion!

Once again it fills any gap with proper Drum & Bass/Jungle style and noteworythy the fact that it has also been featured on BBC Radio 1 by Rene Lavice. Specifically 'Music' by Canada based Hardcore Junglist Fringe.

'BACK TO BASS Vol.5' is all you need with the likes of a legend like Coolhand Flex to label manager Vapour or new talented and aspring producers like Greek based Skru, or Sanz and Sub Fusion alongside 36 well known suspects Jem One, SR or Indigo Virus & Delphi Productions.
So, if you're a Drum & Bass fan and love some hot breakbeats with heavy basslines this one's totally recommended for you!


[FREE SINGLE] Marc OFX - Stay Awake [Free Unified Audio Recordings Digital Download!!!]

1/ Marc OFX - Stay Awake.

Multi genre spanning producer, Marc OFX and Unified Audio Recordings present their latest free release, with 'Stay Awake' up for grabs on Soundcloud now.

Featuring a slick downtempo opening with vocal elements taken from Breakage & MC Kemo massive 'Temper' track. 'Stay Awake' weaves it's own identity by adding a thundering dub bassline, electro-esque synth melodies and frenetic drum & bass second half to create a perfect blend of contrasting, yet complimentary styles. 

If soulful, dub flavoured liquid drum & bass is going to be the soundtrack to your Summer, then grab yourself a copy of this to add to your collection!!!

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Thursday 5 July 2018

[INVSN016] Facade - Division Of The Synth [Available To Download Now From All Good Digital Music Stores!!!]

1/ Hi Blue Screen.

Invasion Recordings return with yet another slice of precision crafted neurofunk from the Bad District collective member, Facade, who presents to us 'Division Of he Synth'.  
A brutal tech-step masterpiece which sees militant 2-step breaks do battle with skittish, reptile-like synth melodies, ominous pads and deep bass pulses. Conjuring up visions of a killer android stalking the dancefloor for it's next victim.

Facade's masterful attention to sound design on 'Division Of The Synth' is nothing short of exemplary and should instantly appeal to any D&B head who appreciates beautifully crafted, yet hard-hitting dark sounds. 

The Facade 'Division Of The Synth' single is available to download from the official Invasion Recordings Bandcamp store...

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Strictly Nuskool Blog Exclusive Interview with INNERCORE

Interview & Editiorial by GL0WKiD

We couldn't sleep on what this very talented act has been doing over the last months. INNERCORE is not that fresh though, because its core is well known and all around for long time. And this must be the most appropriate time to set up a more mature music project, the right time to unleash their first 12" vinyl EP during the 25th anniversary of Dark Jungle/Jungle Techno as well as getting signed to Kniteforce Records & KFA.
Matt from InnerCore is here to express himself and reveal his essential news and plans on a very interesting exclusive interview.

- Matt can you share the story so far of InnerCore?
Have you quited from your Teksteppa project or not?

The InnerCore Project is something I have wanted to do since way back in the day, probably 1991, when I started listening to Hardcore. But back then I was only 11 years old, didn't have a clue about music production, and no where near enough money for all the expensive music equipment!

Around year 2000, I started dabbling with music production, by this time I was making Drum and Bass, and in 2006 I got my first digital release. So since then I've been releasing music, mainly Drum & Bass, but only digitally, until now!

Marc 'Onyx' (other producer/DJ from InnerCore) and myself, have always been keen old skool Hardcore/Jungle/Jungle Techno vinyl collectors and with the resurgence of vinyl we thought we would start producing a few 'older' sounding tracks. 
It all started as a bit of a mess about really, and the first track was a 175 bpm hardcore/dnb fusion track that has ended up being signed the Kniteforce Records (Kniteforce Again to be precise).

After that track, a Jungle Techno vibe track was produced called 'Pinnacle'One day after a long hard day at work I added a small video clip of 'Pinnacle' to MPS's facebook group (Music Preservation Society).
Totally unaware to us it blew up! The amount of positive comments and people wanting that track to get released was kind of overwhelming, and after a short conversation with the owner of MPS (Robin) it was a done deal and signed!
So that's where the InnerCore Project "Volume 1" 4track Vinyl began.

In terms of quitting the Teksteppa project, this will never really happen, it will simply evolve. 
Lots of people know me as Teksteppa, so what ever I do musically or DJing etc that name will always be associated with me.

- All started late of the year with your deal with KFA and later on coming a tune on a Kniteforce Records compilation as well.
How are you feeling about this new start while getting yourself instantly to Kniteforce?

We have always been fans of Kniteforce, from way back in the day and to actually be working with them on releasing music is a great honor!
Big up to Chris Luna-C for taking us on board and making things happen. It's kind of a day dream moment, and some days I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!

- How was your first gig ever @ Bristol alongside Jerome Hill, Deathmachine, Hitori Tori and all the others?

This was actually our second gig as InnerCore (we played a Jungle Techno set for Static Hi-Fi in Birmingham, but as our D&B name for some reason?!) but yet, it went really well.

We have both been DJ's for many years; I started around 1997 and I think Marc started maybe a bit before me. But we both still love DJing as much as we did when we started out. And its important as a DJ to have that passion, otherwise it turns into just another 'job'.

We played a mixture of Vinyl and USB's, due to only one Vinyl turntable being set up and working, but it still went well and was nice to see the crowd raving to some of our own productions!

We are in the process of sorting out some other InnerCore gigs, including Vibealite - We Love Notts Festival. So keep an eye out for that: https://www.facebook.com/events/475122236159017/

Can you give us few info and how was the whole progress of your upcoming 'Volume 1' 12" EP on MPSVinyl?

Like I mentioned before, it all came about from a video clip on MPS facebook group page and evolved from there really. Didn't plan on it happening and it just came about really!!

I didn't want to let that opportunity slip, so I spent some late nights in the studio listening to older tunes, Rave, Jungle Techno, Hardcore etc. getting some inspiration and then digging through my sample collection and picking out the best breaks, stab sounds and samples I could find.

I did also use some VST emulations of older equipment used back in the day, such as Korg Wavestation and Korg M1 piano, to get that authentic sound (or as close as possible in a digital realm)! We also used a bit of hardware which I will mention in question 6 lol.

I would say the whole EP took something like a month or so to finish, bit that was working on the tunes a bit at a time.

I prefer to do short sessions on music, say 2 to 3 hours instead of 8 hours straight listening to the same thing,then your get ear fatigue and lose the vibe!

- How you came up with a deal with MPSVinyl then?

Robin the owner of MPS Vinyl has took us on board, and he likes our music (which helps!). 
Without him none of that EP would be happening really, so we owe alot to him for that! Big ups Robin!
We also have some releases dropping on Peace On Wax , so big up to DJ Abo for this!

- What's the equipment used on this EP?

Studio PC running FLStudio 10 / Soundforge / Various VST's / Novation Nio 2:4 soundcard / M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB Midi Controller / Roland Alpha Juno-1 / Roland System-one.

The Roland System-one is part of Onyx's set up and we've getting some interesting low end sub basses out of that piece of equipment!

- People can notice quite a lot of various elements inside this EP, sticking mainly to the Jungle Techno spirit although there's an extra gem over there and that is called 'The Break'. My special mention on that because I love it a lot!
How can you describe the sound offering on your first ever Vinyl release?

The first EP is basically the tunes I would of tried to make back in the day if I had the 'know how'.

It covers most styles from 1991-1993, there's 2 Jungle techno vibe tracks and 2 more on the Oldskool Hardcore tip.
We didn't want to make new music with an old skool element, we actually wanted to make music that sounds like it was made back in the day, and that is what we plan to do more of.

The old styles had it down to a T, and a lot of new music coming through nowadays sounds way too 'electronic and plastic'; the old breakbeats that are slightly off beat and not in time, that's what gives the tunes the groove, and the groove is what its all about for us!

- What can we expect in the near future from InnerCore? A 'Volume 2' 12" maybe soon?

We're going to see how well "Volume 1" does first, but already have a few things made in prep for "Volume 2". And there may be some collab work on the cards.
If things go to plan we will be remixing some tracks for DJ Demo's Corrosive Recordings in the near future.

- Shouts out to anyone or any message to close this interview to all Nuskool & Oldskool Hardcore readers of this Blog?

Shouts to The NuSkool / Old Skool Blog crew, Glowkid for this interview, all the ravers, DJ's supporting us, Chris, Shane and all the Kniteforce crew, Robin and all the MPS crew, Ron Wells aka Jack Smooth for the musical inspiration,  DJ Demo for the support, promoters that are booking us, our nearest and dearest (for putting up with us and the noise!?!) and a massive shout to one of our biggest influences who has sadly passed, but never forgotten R.I.P DJ Tango!

You can order now the first 12" Vinyl EP by INNERCORE


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