Another Friday, another banging line up of tunes for you all to enjoy! This week we have a mix of drum and bass from non other than Bad Company UK (!), the collective powers of Crissy Criss, Erb N Dub and Malux, a masterclass in turntablism by French legends C2C, and a techno tour de force by Alex Stein, Boris Brejcha and Victor Ruiz. Then of course, we have our weekly freemix which this week comes from Feel My Bicep. There’s something for everyone here. Don’t say I don’t look after you!
So let’s get this party started! Up first we have Bad Company UK with their classic sounding new track Equilibrium. Released just yesterday (at time of reading – yer, I’m that good…) Equilibrium almost harks back to the “good ol’ days” of drum and bass. An ethereal opening, with a bit of squelchy synths in the background is rounded off by an almost digi-didgeridoo before the no nonsense fun begins. A no nonsense track that will have DnB heads nodding along furiously with approval. Is this groundbreaking or revolutionary? No. Has it restored my faith in British music since the laughable, hand me down, sloppy second, soggy-bottomed, festering in bin juice crud-sandwich that was the Brits last night? Yes. Yes it has! Do I love BC for it? You’re damn straight! Am I being too harsh on the Brits? Maybe. Probably not.
Listen to it below, and download it here!
Staying with the DnB theme, we move on to Crissy Criss, Erb N Dub and Malux who, earlier this month, released Krokodil. Filthy, grumpy, jump-uppy (it IS a word) absolute banger of a collab, this should be immediately added to any self respecting DnB lover’s catalogue…yesterday! The truth be told, I have over the last year found my faith in DnB wavering. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is partly my fault for not really looking for it as much as I used to. In the main part however, I feel that some of the stalwarts of the genre have completely lost track of what it is they were supposed to represent. I don’t want to sound self important at this point, though I am wary that it’s too late for that, but when thing like respected labels start flaunting the use of their artists on terrible, awful TV shows, or are bought up by profit driven majors, it’s hard not to be skeptical about what they’re doing. Thankfully, it seems not to be completely the case thanks to the likes of Crissy, Erb N Dub and Malux as well as some others, but I digress! Please enjoy the majesty that is Krokodil, and get your bounce on!!!!
We’re now changing tack a bit and heading south to France, whilst also crossing over from DnB to the world of turntablism. It’s come to my attention that, despite this golden age of the internet in which we live, many, many people have not heard of C2C. This need to be rectified immediately! C2C are a French quartet of DJs who have won a record four – FOUR – back to back DMC Championships. Scholars of the legendary school of Qbert and Shadow, they set out to try and emulate their footsteps in the early 2000’s. Finding success ridiculously quickly, they soon elevated to the lofty heights of DJ Kentaro, Scratch Perverts, DJ Vadim and Qbert himself. Anyway, enough with the accolades. What really matters – what only matters really – is that the music that these guys produce is just brilliant! Guaranteed to make you want to get up and bust a move, why would you not want to hear this?! So here they are: C2C with their remix of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition!
Time to turn to techno as we move on to Alex Stein, Boris Brejcha, and Victor Ruiz who have combined to bring you their track SAW. Now I’m a recent convert to techno, and a big part of that reason is Boris Brejcha’s mixes that he releases around Christmas time. Working as a trio, Stein, Brejcha and Ruiz have created a track that I think will make even the most skeptical of techno dis-creditors rethink their position. The track has some interesting, twisting bass lines, a good build up and a strong enough melodies to keep you hooked throughout, whilst also having a strong beat to carry you through. It’s somewhat topsy-turvy enough to keep you hooked and remain interesting for the duration. I’m a fan. Unashamedly so. There seems to be an accepted notion in dance music fans that you should focus/specialise in only one type of dance music and worship at it’s altar only. I completely disagree, and so unto you non-believers, I offer you this as a way of branching out into other styles!
Finally we move on to this week’s mix. Irish producers, DJs and all-round taste makers, Feel My Bicep offer up a kind of house music that will keep you shuffling for hours. They have knack for finding and highlighting artists from across the spectrum of house music, regardless of the label they are signed to. This refreshing attitude to music helps create a sense of community in an otherwise ultra competitive industry. If for that alone, they deserve being listened to that. Coupled to the fact that they have produced some brilliant tracks themselves, and are more than more than capable behind the decks to entertain you throughout the night, this just galvanizes their importance in the world of house music today. Listen to them, follow them on social media and pay attention to who and what they support. Absolute dance floor killers in every sense of the word! This particular mix is from their podcast series in which they invited Japanese DJ Gonno to come in and do what he does best for them. Regarded as being integral to the Japanese house and techno scene, Gonno does not disappoint with his mix. Enjoy it. Share it. Cherish it. Rave to it.
Unfortunately I cannot share it on here to be played, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it and go to Feel My Bicep‘s page and download it from there. You’ll only regret it if you don’t!
That’s it for this week folks! Come back next Friday for your next fill of Thank Friday It’s Free, where you’re guaranteed to get your fill of big tunes and even bigger mixes!