There are plenty of artists who proclaim the influence of hardcore, but there are very few whose birth was possibly induced by it. “She used to go out raving constantly, even when she was pregnant with me,’ laughs Etch, aka Brighton-based DJ and producer Zak Brashill, on his mum’s story that she was at The Zapp club when, aged just 18, she went into labour with him.
“When I first started making music I was just soundtracking my walk to school,” says Zak of his earliest productions in 2005 using Fruity Loops. Although conversant in hardcore and jungle, helped by inheriting his uncle’s record collection after he’d moved to the States to work for a computer games company, it wasn’t until he came to London in 2011 that he started thinking about the dancefloor.
Following the superb ‘Blunted Breaks Vol.1’ compilation in September, Dead Man’s Chest’s Western Lore is back, this time with a superb EP courtesy of Response & Pliskin.
The Mancunian duo will release their ‘Bureaucracy’ four-tracker on 2nd November and, as with their track ‘Anima Morta’ from ‘Blunted Breaks’, it's a versatile and dynamic offering of formidable jungle tailor made to knock your block off.
Quartz lands his debut EP on Metalheadz this month, featuring a slamming collaboration with Gremlinz, 'Oblong Druid'.
Otherwise known as Elliot Garvey, the Welsh producer delivers six tracks for his 'Hall Of Mirrors' EP. The release also includes a collab with German duo Survey, with whom Quartz set up the Acrylic imprint earlier this year.
‘Icy cold’, ‘glacial’, ‘crystalline’; these are the sorts of descriptors used for Last Japan’s sound, which takes its cues from the grit of grime, jungle and even Detroit techno, but expands it into something more widescreen. The Sutton-born, Bow-based producer (real name: Marco Giuliani) began knocking out bootlegs in his bedroom from 2009, quickly establishing a name for himself
as a go-to beatmaker thanks to scoring an early collaboration with cult MC Trim and a string of coveted releases.
Sinistarr has been at the helm of Detroit’s d&b scene for a decade now. In that time, the prolific DJ/producer – real name Jeremy Howard – has released on some of the most revered jungle and d&b labels in the business, from Metalheadz and Renegade Hardware to Hospital.
Hey Jeremy! How has 2018 been treating you? What’s been going on? What have been some highlights?
“2018 has been wild so far and it’s still not over! I’ve had steady releases and remixes throughout the year from labels around the world, and I just came back from a crazy summer tour, playing across mainland China, Australia and Taiwan -- all for the first time, and it was all quite incredible.”
How have you grown and developed as a producer since?
Drum & bass heavyweights Chase & Status have launched their new project, ‘RTRN II Jungle’, sharing two brand new tracks this week inspired by the pivotal jungle movement of ‘90s UK.
Marking 15 years since the group started making music together, Chase & Status’ new project is described as more of a “cultural movement” than just an album – though there is an LP on the way.
Dead Man’s Chest is one of the artists standing at the cutting edge of jungle’s contemporary movement and, as founder of Western Lore, has championing the most exciting, inventive names in the sphere.
Now, many of those artists are set to feature on the first ‘Blunted Breaks’ compilation on the label. Set to drop on 7th September, the comp features 12 fresh cuts from artists like Coco Bryce, Tim Reaper & Drumlinezzz, Theory, Response & Pliskin, Dead Man’s Chest himself and more.
Ulterior Motive are amongst the headline acts set to play when DJ Mag Bunker takes over the Underworld stage at the world's biggest drum & bass festival, Let It Roll, on Friday 3rd August.
From cardboard flyers on bedroom walls, to posters on city centre fences, artwork has long been a key part of the global electronic music scene. Now an online archive of classic rave posters and flyers has emerged, ensuring some of this creative output will be preserved for all time.
Hosted on Are.na, and compiled by a man named Martin Murphy, the extensive collection of imagery features some iconic parties from the 1990s, such as Dreamscape, Dance Planet, Pleasuredome and Fusion.
Since launching in 2016, Warsaw-based label GASP Records have produced an impressive catalog of versatile and vibrant records ranging from cavernous deep house to staggering lo-fi techno.
Now, the label is set to drop its seventh release, ‘Aerowalk’ from emerging Russian producer Marco Lazovic. Having debuted in 2016 with his mesmerising ‘Life Without Love’ on Jungle Gym Records, the Moscow based producer returns now with ‘Aerowalk’, a four-track selection of reflective, introspective jungle and ambient, percussive deep house.