Instra:mental – Watching You
Few artists have had such an immediate impact on drum and bass in recent years as Instra:mental, the highly acclaimed duo of Boddika and Jon Convex. Since their early releases on Soul:r and Darkestral, the pair have been steadily building momentum with a number of influential singles across labels such Exit and Naked Lunch and developing a diverse and unique sound that crosses a range of styles and tempos. Instra:mental have so far forged successful studio partnerships with the likes of Jonny L, Skream, Burial and most notably dBridge, with whom they have hosted the Autonomic podcast series.
Nominated for “Best Breakthrough Producers” in DJ Magazine’s Best of British awards in 2009, this accolade only tells half the story. The duo has seen the launch of their label NonPlus+, the start of residencies for Fabric and Rinse FM and a whole host of international appearances including festivals in Croatia and Sardinia plus a tour of Japan.
Nu:Tone – Bleeper (Feat Logistics)
Nu:Logic is a collaboration between drum and bass producer brothers Dan Gresham (Nu:Tone) and Matt Gresham (Logistics), both of Cambridge, England.
Greg Packer – True Love
Greg began Dj-ing in 1989 at the age of 17 shortly after emigrating to Perth Western Australia from Northampton England, he had been a heavy collector of vinyl since 1982 and since he already had a collection of 1000+ he decided it was time to purchase some decks and get seriously into dj-ing.
Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951 in New York City) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single “What You Won’t Do for Love.” While he has always maintained a devoted fan base in the United States, a more legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan.
The ‘Brookes Brothers’, or Phil and Dan to their mates, have emerged as one of the major breakthrough drum n bass artists of recent years. Raised in London, the two brothers discovered a love for the more soulful sounds of drum’n’bass around the turn of the millenium. It was not long before they began producing in 2002. Fast forward six years and the brothers have already established themselves as some of the most exciting producers on the scene. Their debut 12” ‘Portal/Desert Island’ came out on Danny Wheeler’s W10 imprint to immediate acclaim, setting the Brookes’ on their road to success.
EZ Rollers are Alex Banks and Jay Hurren – two longtime friends from the small East Anglian town of Beccles. This may seem unusual to those outside of drum & bass circles, but Beccles is actually a hotbed of drum & bass talent. Besides EZ Rollers, acts associated with the town include PFM, Flytronix, JMJ & Richie and Hyper-on Experience. JMJ is actually Jay from EZ Rollers and Hyper-on is Alex’s former project with Danny Flytronix.
Young – Ax angel
Born and raised in Berlin’s beautiful “green district” Koepenick, he first fell in love with music when he saw the movie “Beat Street”.
He started playing/mixing records with tape decks & old turntables and became a passionate breakdancer. His Hip-Hop mixtapes even got him to play on the local East-German radio and after the wall came down he finally was able to get hold of some technics and lots of vinyl … He began spinning at parties and played with a Hip-Hop crew called “No Solo”.
01. Son House – This Little Light Of Mine
02. Traxx Project – Still Alive
03. Danny Byrd – Sweet Harmony (feat. Liquid)
04. Netsky – Pirate Bay
05. MRSA – Different
06. Michael Jackson – Human Nature (Makoto Remix)
07. Sunny Crimea – Shake It (feat. Soul FX)
08. Greg Packer – Peoples Music
09. Subway Funk – Whispers on the wind (Offworld dubplate)
10. DJ Friction and K Tee – Fired Up (feat. Dia
11. JFB – Ritz
12. Furney – Feeling Up
13. Chris Inperspective – Serial Thyme
14. Intelligent Manners – Do It Now
15. London Elektricity – Just One Second (Apex remix)
16. Lenzman – Ever So Slightly
17. Sobersoul – Have It’s More
18. Indivision – Boil The Ocean
19. Calibre – Open Your Eyes
20. Indivision – Final Departure
High Contrast – Music Is Everything
MC Conrad – Futures Call (Makoto Remix)
High Contrast – Make It Tonight
Carlito & DJ Addiction – Supergrass
Uncut – Midnight
Kosheen – Hide U (Decoder & Substance mix)
Influx Datum – Music
Kosheen – (Slip & Slide) Suicide
DJ Krust – Snapped It (Snapshot mix)
Decoder & Substance – Icon
Decoder – Auto
Silent Witness – The Calling
Shimon – Hush Hush
Ant Miles & Red One – Bring it On
J Majik – Tell Me (feat. Kathy Brown)
Trinity – Picture on the Wall
Ice Minus – Babylon
Technical Itch – Mind Killa
Ben Westbeech – So Good Today
Ben Westbeech’s ‘So Good Today’ was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2006. The Bristol based soul kid was classically trained in cello, voice and piano before getting into hip-hop and dance music, and his quirky brand of soul music is deeply refreshing.
Snapped up by Gilles Peterson’s new label imprint, Brownswood Recordings, ‘So Good Today’ was voted in the top 5 tunes by listeners on Radio 1’s Worldwide show on the strength of airplay alone and 500 copies of a limited edition vinyl release were snapped up in hours.