April pickups

Drum & Bass

Alix Perez : Im Free / Melanie – Shogun Audio, SHA024 – Im (I’m?) Free is a catchy bleepfest, love this one.

Data : Muted / Splice : Metalheadz, METH 077 – Muted is one of those simple two-step tracks that slowly wormed its way into my subconscious. Not as into Splice, similar synthetic techstep sounds but a bit harder with a dirty reese.

Alix Perez & Sabre / Sabre : Everglade / God Fearing : Metalheadz, METH 076 – Everglade is a solid acid dancefloor tune. I’m a bit more partial to God Fearing which is eerie and syncopated.

Subwave : Dreamcatcher / Special Skills : Metalheadz Platinum, METPLA 008 – Continuing the Metalheadz love-in, Dreamcatcher is another solid headz a-side but again I picked this up for the flip: disorientating, breaks-heavy, stabby.

Spirit : SHK / Nightshade : 203 Records, 203001 – First release on Spirit’s sister label to Inneractive featuring the much-anticipated hands-in-the-air raveout SHK. Nightshade has a nice groove, more along the lines of his mellow Soul:r side, like his track Holding Back or Orchid.

Dubstep

Marcus Intalex : Debbit / Four Three Three : Revolve:r, REVOLVER014 – If I’m not mistaken this is the first solo dubstep 12″ from Mr. Intalex. Debbit starts out as deep roller then the techno pads come in and shit gets real emotional, in a good way. Four Three Three is carried by a 4-4 housey beat with a big layer of dub techno awesome sauce.

The Roots Of El-B : CD : Tempa, TEMPACD012 – I love some El-B tracks but I wasn’t buying 2-step at the time the 12″s came out. Figured this was a good buy.

L-WIZ : FIRST STEP / MOJITO / PRAYER ROOM : RED VOLUME RECORDINGS, RVOL 008 – Something for everyone here. First Step is as big a dancefloor half-step tune as L-Wiz have yet to release but maintains a Reggae skankin’ feel. Mojito is the pretty side of L-Wiz, for fans of Amy Diamond (their tune, not the pop singer). Prayer Room is also nice, minimal and stabby but with a broken beat swing.

Benga / Skream : Technocal / Trapped In A Dark Bubble : Tectonic, TEC 026 – Unusual bassline on the Skream tune, pretty much bubbles darkly like it says on the box. Technocal is a solid Benga swing beat with kind of an acid-lite feel.

New oldskool jungle release – Scientific Wax Retro 001

SWR001A SWR001BEquinox of Scientific Wax has launched a sister label, Scientific Wax Retro for oldskool jungle sounds. The first release is Equinox “Babylon” b/w Nebula “Destiny” on a clear red vinyl 12″ (SWR001), limited to 300 copies and exclusively available by mail order from the label. Babylon is a previously unreleased 8-bit tune from 1994 while Destiny is new but in a throwback style. Fierce stuff and essential for oldskool lovers! I got my copy, now go get yours

Odyssey

I went down to Monterey last weekend to hang out with Senator & Peter Be and play at their new monthly, ODYSSEY (4th Saturdays @ East Village Coffee Lounge). The concept of the night was deep space vibes in a perfect intimate setting so I played some newish atmospheric jungle plus some various favorites. Big up to all our neighbors in Monterey for a wicked time.. check the Technic:

http://www.deejaym.net/music/DJ_M_live_at_Odyssey_3-28-2009.mp3

Odyssey 3/28/2009

Tracklist
01 [00:00]_ ASC & Chris J – Idem (Covert Ops)
02 [05:44]_ Modemellow – Darksaber (Camino Blue)
03 [09:42]_ ASC – Lightyears (Translation)
04 [13:40]_ Kytel – Luminous (Camino Blue)
05 [17:38]_ Mav – Ocean Phantom (Fokuz)
06 [20:52]_ Angelzero – Double-Edge (Subtitles)
07 [23:02]_ Modemellow – Subtopia (Camino Blue)
08 [26:48]_ Fracture & Neptune – Sky Song (Med School)
09 [30:02]_ Commix – How You Gonna Feel feat. Steve Spacek (Metalheadz)
10 [34:00]_ Lynx vs Hellrazor – Shady Pastimes (Soul:r)
11 [36:09]_ Zero Tolerance – Natural Selection (Subtitles)
12 [39:23]_ The Funktion – Get Up (Critical)
13 [42:38]_ Optical – The Shining [Ed Rush & Optical rmx] (Metro)
14 [45:17]_ AJC – The Sound (Basswerk)
15 [49:18]_ Digital & Spirit – Phantom Force [Spirit rmx] (bootleg)
16 [53:27]_ Dillinja – Accurist (Test)