Dub Phizix – Spot Light

Skankandbass returns to London for their second event, 8th March 2017. Attend on Facebook: http://bit.ly/SNB2-FB
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The last Metalheadz release of 2016 comes courtesy of Dub Phizix. The last time he graced the label was in 2014 with Skeptical on the Platinum Breakz 4 compilation with the sublime ‘Deeper Love’.

The much-requested tracks, Spot Light and Rotate, fit the Headz vibe perfectly whilst retaining what you would expect of a Dub Phizix release and it’s a pleasure to be releasing them on the label, capping off a great year for all involved!

Dub Phizix:

https://www.facebook.com/dubphizix/

Metalheadz:

https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

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John B – Lava

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It’s been a while since John B graced the skull with the headphones. Across his career he has released genre defining music. His tracks on Prototype are revered and we don’t even need to comment on his contributions to the Headz catalogue, but that’s all in the past- its 2016 and he has a new agenda to set. These tracks are exactly what you would want from John B on Metalheadz. One side has drama, one side has soul. It’s a welcome return for a missed team member.

John B:


https://www.facebook.com/JohnBBeta/

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https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music/

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Skankandbass – Top 15 in 2015

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Top 15 on SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/1RMbVxY
Top 15 on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1IwNmSR

In no particular order, here are my favourite 15 tracks of the year:

00:00 Dimension – Whip Slap

It all started with a video on social media causing hype havoc. Undoubtably one of the biggest tracks in drum & bass this year – simple yet highly effective, this one’s been tearing down dance floors worldwide throughout the whole of 2015. Having taken himself to the top competing with some of the best producers in the scene, exciting prospects are in store for Dimension in 2016.

00:17 Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit

A tried and tested winning collab combination. This track was a few years in the making and it was worth it for that reese that kicks in after 48 bars alone. Possessing incredible production and impact, it’s no surprise ‘Dead Limit’ has received heavy rotation throughout Summer and the tail end of the year. It’s a tight one between this and ‘Whip Slap’ as track of the year!

00:35 DRS ft. Jubei – The Puppeteer

DRS is always there to deliver a strand out track. This time partnering up with Jubei, the collaboration has a perfect balance of rolling darkness and a vocal hook which is as catchy as always. One of my favourite tracks to hear dropped in the dance this year – bouncy!

00:48 Lynx – Clap Track

The man who gave us ‘Disco Dodo’ re-introduced the unique style with ‘Clap Track’ – designed for djing, this one’s an absolute hurter once deployed on innocent gurning ravers.

01:11 Xtrah – What Would You Do!?

Another example of simple yet effective – my love for this track is very strong – gunfinger inducer. Xtrah’s had a sensational year and is no doubt now considered one of the best producers in the scene.

01:44 Dawn Wall – Angel Field

Yes, we all want to know who Dawn Wall is/are, but I honestly hope we never find out! Two EP’s on Integral in the bag and a huge impact left within the drum & bass scene. Angel Field and Lose Face are my favourite from the EP’s, but Angel Field just tips it – I can’t wait to hear the debut LP in 2016.

Side note: I commissioned Dawn Wall’s remix for Nero – Into The Night, does that mean I know who they are? Ooooof.

02:17 Break & DLR – Human Error

One word for this one – ‘mixdown’ – jesus fucking christ. I dropped this at The Nest when I was warming up before Spor’s set earlier this year and rest assured, the dance floor turned in to a zoo. So many tracks you could pick from these two producers separately.

02:50 SCAR – Caged

SCAR aka Survival & Script have been churning out some huge rollers on Headz in the last two years. ‘Caged’ is certainly the stand out track which turned heads within the scene. I dropped this in room 2 fabric recently and the system had a bit of a work out. Gunfingers were raised.

03:14 Hive – Repentance

It’s always good to hear new music from Hive and ‘Repentance’ definitely delivered. I love the delay in drop and progression of the track which makes for a wicked listen and journey when experienced on a dancefloor.

03:36 SpectraSoul – Always

SpectraSoul delivered us a sensational and versatile album via Shogun Audio this year – ‘Always’ is definitely my pick of the bunch. Vibe-o-meter hitting a solid 10, I haven’t heard a track like it in a while – very cinematic. Good work chaps.

04:07 LSB – Walking Blues

LSB is one of the best liquid producers hands down. Output has been incredibly strong for Luke in 2016, including ‘The View’ with DRS and Tyler Daley, but ‘Walking Blues’ on his Soul:R EP definitely takes the biscuit for me. INCREDIBLE.

04:31 Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Vandera Remix)

This one surfaced at the start of the year and I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since. Being a big fan of the original, Vandera has done it justice with effortless execution.

05:04 Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler (Teknian & Zero Zero ft. JFB Remix)

Quite a late addition to the year. Having been a massive fan of the original in my youth, seeing this track title alone got me excited and I’m happy that Teknian & Zero Zero did the original justice with a headsy approach. The intro is a perfect tease in mixes and the drop is very unexpected, yet satisfying! Free download vibes.

05:38 Ivy Lab – Sunday Crunk (Mefjus Remix)

I don’t really need to say much about this one. Absolutely stupid mixdown – with that build up you’re expecting a two step drum pattern, but the half time element and piercing bass create that ‘shock’ element which really turns the dance in to a frenzy.

06:00 Bensley – Next Generation

Bensley came out of no where to drop an LP via Ram Records. Although I’m not massively in to the LP as a whole and I think his production can improve, this track has undeniable musicality which is extremely difficult to dislike. I’m excited to see what this guy’s got lined up in 2016.

SCAR – Caged

Buy: http://bit.ly/1P5cQXP

SCAR are back on Headz with their most accomplished EP to date. The release kicks off with ‘Caged’, a subbed out banger with skipping drums and rave stabs and mid range accents. Confident and bashy, it’s sure to be a big tune. STUPID ROLLER!

SCAR:
https://www.facebook.com/scardnb

Metalheadz:
https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

———- Skankandbass Links ———-

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Mako – The Gap (feat. Fields)

Buy: http://bit.ly/1KQcMuq

Mako returns with his first solo EP on Metalheadz. The EP’s second track is The Gap Feat Fields, contorted mids and amen edits all feature, It’s a gnarly track designed for the dancefloor from the intro to the last beat. Expect more from Mako on Headz in the near future!

Mako:
https://www.facebook.com/mako.utopia

Metalheadz:

https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

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Artificial Intelligence feat. Steo – What You Had (Lenzman Remix)

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Artificial Intelligence return to Headz for 2015 with a massive EP featuring 4 original tracks with appearances from regular collaborator Steo and MC Sense and a remix from Headz resident Lenzman. A varied release that contains tracks for everyone- from soulful tracks to gritty steppers. A great way to start the year.

Metalheadz crew member Lenzman flips ‘What You Had’ in a way only he could, delicate & driving and making full use of Steo’s vocal talent.

Lenzman:
https://www.facebook.com/thelenzman

Metalheadz:
https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

——— SKANKANDBASS LINKS ———-

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SOUNDCLOUD: http://soundcloud.com/skankandbass

Mako – The Gully (feat. Sine)

Buy: http://bit.ly/methxx06

Mako has his first full outing for the Headz camp via METH XX. Meth XX is the fertile breeding ground for new Metalheadz artists that gives them a chance for to express themselves with the music they are making right now.Enter Mako.

‘Gully’ is exactly that, gully. It’s an exercise in how to get a dancefloor moving, contorted bass, big stepping drums. Great for DJ’s and dancers – kept interesting and even changing its step at the very end of the track showing an attention to detail sadly missing in this day and age.

Mako:
https://www.facebook.com/mako.utopia

Metalheadz:

https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

——— SKANKANDBASS LINKS ———-

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SOUNDCLOUD: http://soundcloud.com/skankandbass

Ulterior Motive – God’s Neighbours (feat. Will Manning)

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So, here it is – Platinum Breakz Vol 4. Curated by Goldie with one thing in mind, to carry on the legacy of one of the best various artist series in drum n bass. I quote Headz, “we won’t bore you with more hyperbole regarding the album as A) we’’re confident in the music doing the talking and most importantly B) we know you can make your own decisions. Enjoy the music and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”

ULTERIOR MOTIVE:
https://www.facebook.com/ulteriormotive.uk

METALHEADZ:
https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

——— SKANKANDBASS LINKS ———-

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Need For Mirrors & HLZ – Pantheon

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Buy the vinyl – http://bit.ly/1koLeiT

The NFM discography reads like a ‘whos who’ of the cream of Drum & Bass, having released on pretty much every elite label you can think of — Headz, Playaz, Shogun, Digital Soundboy, V…the list goes on and on and on and on. They now touch down on Horizons with the ‘Rotor EP’ which is some of their best work to date.

‘Pantheon’ is a more upbeat affair with some vibrant pads setting the atmosphere in the intro before it drops into a rich tapestry of supreme bass manipulation and sweet female vocal snippets.

LINKS:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NEEDFORMIRRORS/221117056080
https://www.facebook.com/pages/HLZ/651725791505281?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/horizons.music.uk

——— SKANKANDBASS LINKS ———-

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Break & Mikal – Status Low

BUY: http://bit.ly/META013

Metalheadz rounds off an incredibly successful year with an EP from core label producer Mikal, who also brings some friends along for the ride.

META013 is a project that shows the versatility of Mikal. His take on the Headz sound includes steam train steppers, halftime dancehall grooves and classic reinforced era jungle. The EP is an expansive project that includes collaborations with Break and Nymfo, from South Country UK across to Holland.

The dancehall and dub parts of Mikal’s armory are strongly on display here – his contribution to the long lineage of dancehall influenced drum n bass is a confident- take no prisoners attitude, typical Metalheadz. The package is broken down as a four track vinyl EP, with an exclusive digital only fifth track. There is also an accompanying video for the title track.

The EP is five tracks worth of intent and is the tip of the iceberg for Mikal’s future in terms of sound and presence on the label and we keenly await his next outing.

MIKAL:
https://www.facebook.com/mikalMDZ

METALHEADZ:
https://www.facebook.com/metalheadz.music

——— SKANKANDBASS LINKS ———-

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