Welcome to the first of our weekly ‘New in the Bag’ features. It’s basically a weekly spot light of what vinyl’s we’re feeling, whether they be newly released or stuff we’ve gone back to. For places to pick them up, we recommend Chemical Records, Juno, Kaizen, BM Soho, Redeye Records, Suspect Packages, Intense Records and most importantly, your local record shop. This weeks purchases are all d&b, but we’ll be featuring all sorts of genres in the future.
Break- Symmetry LP: First up this week, this legendary LP has had a repress. I’ve been keeping an eye on this for a while on Discogs so snapped it up as soon as I saw it pop up on Chemical. Although first released in 2008, this LP features tracks that can still stand their own in any set. From techy dance floor bangers like ‘Is This What You Want’, to bass heavy rollers like ‘All Around’ and more vibey tunes like ‘Last Chance’, this LPs chocker with classics everyone should own. I’m also a big fan of the way it’s been put together, really eye catching artwork while not too over the top, and with the book fold style sleeve they’ve created a really classy feel to the whole thing.
Amoss- Alignment Ep: For ‘Touched By Records’ fourth release, they’ve enlisted midlands duo ‘Amoss’ for an EP that’s probably been the most drawn for piece of vinyl in my bag since it arrived on the doorstep. At just 21, these boys show an incredible ammount of maturity and variety in their music, from the edgy banger ‘Slytone’ to the heavy bassline stepper ‘Taekwondo’ and the tight, fast drums of ‘Move’, this EP’s full of amazing, really mixable music.
Dispatch- Transit One LP: Seeing this featured here will be no suprise to a log of you, as the Dispatch crew’s absolutely blowing up recently and this LPs been the talk of Drum & Bass. However, don’t think these boys are new to the game, Ant TC1’s been releasing incredible music for a good ten years on his Dispatch imprint and this is no different. TC1 does good things for his own label on the track ‘Jazz Club’ with Octane & DLR, a really interesting, must hear tune, amazingly showcasing the forward thinking production they’re coming with recently. Skeptical adds a more minimal touch with ‘A Process of Elimination’ and our personal pick, ‘Mistakes’ by Survival with Christina Nicola will absolutely blow your mind! Beautiful vocals that sound great in the mix, lovely atmospherics and a lovely rolling bassline really make this tune stand out.
Need for Mirrors- Def Tone/Scar Tissue: For their first release on Samurai Red Seal (a label that’s already come with some really high quality releases), Need for Mirrors step up the the plate, and crush it, with an absolute weapon of a stepper, Def Tone. Tight drums and a ferocious bassline are aided by lovely atmospherics that add a touch of beauty and maturity to the filthiness of this tune. On the flip, Scar Tissue’s been getting even more plays from me. Beautiful, moby like atmospherics yet again marry with steppy drums and a futuristic bassline, I can’t get enough of this one. Although one of my least favourite colours, the turquoise marble effect on the vinyls a nice touch.
BTK- Things I Do/ (Spectrasoul Remix): Finally, rising Brazilian BTK’s been doing some great things recently, and this nostalgic stomper’s no different, drawing influences from early Headz tunes but adding that Brazilian touch of originality and class. Really powerful vocals and a jarring bass line make this a must have. On the flip, Spectrasoul take remix duties and as ever don’t fail to dissapoint, stripping the track down to it’s bare minimal but somehow keeping the great flow of the original. Demand records coming in very strong for their first release! Full artwork promos never go amiss either.