Having been cited as ‘Ones To Watch For 2016’ by UKF at the start of last year, UK drum & bass duo GLXY are creating a real buzz with their soul-drenched style of production.
With both Tom and Jonathan having a rather varied knowledge and taste in music – which is clearly demonstrated in their tracks, the duo initially began working together during their time at the University of Leicester.
Their first proper offering under the alias was their Trinity single (SV012). From then, 2015 continued to bring them a string of releases with a host of labels, such as Soul Trader & Limitless. Meanwhile, their spine-tingling ‘Maze’ got released as part of MTA’s Winter Compilation in January 2016. Their effortlessly fluid sounds eventually influenced a collaboration with distinctive vocalist Belle Humble, and as a result the stunning ‘Lonely’ was born, rounding out their 4-track Exposed EP (SV018). The pair continued to go from strength to strength, bagging both an EP on the well-respected Spearhead Records, as well as an official remix for similar soul-touching contemporaries, Submotion Orchestra.
Through this diligent production ethic, and ever-emerging signature sound, the duo have gained support from the likes of London Elektricity, LSB, Murdock and Hugh Hardie. Alongside their work in the studio, GLXY have also been notching up DJ sets across the UK with their creative and style-switching approach to mixing, most notably at a number of Hospitality & Med School events amongst some of the most respected names in D&B.
Undoubtedly set to become an even more familiar name as the 2017 progresses, the smooth and richly melodic tones of GLXY are impossible to ignore.
Sam Hiscox, better known as Imba has been emerging onto the drum & bass scene for the last couple of years now, and is one to keep both eyes on. Spending the last few years quietly honing his production style by experimenting with many genres, and drawing influence from a multitude of artists such as Technimatic to Koan Sound, his diversity of creative input is apparent in his productions.
His first notable release was on Perth (AU) based Good Karma Music. Shimmering, evolving soundscapes sets the tone for this deeply emotive 2 track release. Emotive melodies and rich textured atmospheres are a testament to his skill in the studio and ability to capture the ear and speak to the soul. However, his sonic pallet doesn’t stop there – he’s also got quite a serious neurofunk and tech addiction that flares up from time to time, and spends a lot of his days in the studio making deep, dark noises for his more ‘headsy’ productions.
When it comes to conducting tones for the dance floor, Imba always delivers the goods no matter what the situation. He’s just as much at home rolling out soul-laced Liquid for 90 minutes as he is tearing off the roof with high-octane bass heavy monsters. Every set comes complete with loads of surprises in the form of his ever-growing library of home-baked VIPs that never fails to thrill those in attendance.
As 2016 comes to a close, Imba has even further refined his trademark lucid sound and racked up a considerable amount of new music ready for the new year. Armed with his fresh but familiar sonic style, timeless productions and intriguing direction, Imba is an emerging force that is set to stay on your radar for years to come…
In:Most are an exciting pair of young producers based on two different sides of the globe. Josh Croft from Cambridge, and his Brisbane-based partner Bailey Greer have been causing a slow and steady storm in the DnB scene over the past 6 months, with some impressive collaborations & releases. After virtually meeting through SoundCloud, and both supporting & critiquing each other’s production, the pair decided to start their In:Most alias back in 2015.
Josh first discovered the world of drum & bass through Netsky’s ‘Secret Agent’ thanks to a friend. At the time, he predominantly listened to guitar-based music, but the fast paced, feel-good nature of the genre was utterly infectious and he quickly fell in love. Inspired by labels like Hospital Records, he took it upon himself to start dabbling in the production of his own tracks. Bailey meanwhile got his first taste of 170bpm in 2008 after hearing Pendulum’s ’Tarantula’ on a local radio station. It wasn’t until 2011 when he was drawn to the sounds of artists like Blu Mar Ten and Pendulum that he too decided to make his own music. First releasing on Soulvent back in October last year, the pair recently followed up their debut track I Can’t Do (SV025) with the gorgeous Changes single (SV028), receiving support from the likes of Technimatic, BCee & TC.
With their partnership barely a year and a half old, these two are an exciting prospect, with a unique style & sound to their aural offerings. Watch this space!
New to the roster, enter UK-born, now New Zealand based Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney. The 26-year old started producing about 8 years ago, after discovering his love for the genre at London’s once super-club Matter – courtesy of a Hospitality event. The near perfection in each set he heard, coupled with the sheer love shown by the crowd inspired a young Max to join this buzzing scene. After acquiring a MacBook and picking up a copy of Logic, he got to work at carving out his own sound. With his influences ranging from Machinedrum to Djrum, Om Unit to Stray the Brit-turned-Kiwi is truly only getting started in his production career.
As well as producing DnB, Max also dabbles in house production under the alias Jesse Bullitt. The multitalented individual eventually landed a track on Med School’s New Blood 014 a few years back, after a string of solid releases on Ingredients Records. Having taken a bit of a break (pun intended) from the Drum & Bass scene over the past year or two, we’re pleased to have released his debut single on Soulvent in June!
NCT are a Drum&Bass duo from the Netherlands formed of Jeroen Nai Chung Tong (DJ/Producer) & Alexander Witschge (DJ). Over the past few years, the pair have more than proven their ability to write quality music, whilst simultaneously putting down class DJ-sets with high variety, based on whatever spot they get on a lineup.
They first came to our attention halfway through 2015, and dropped the perfect summer anthem that is Scars (SV013), collaborating with Diego Torres for the B-side No One Home. In the last year or so, the Dutch duo has also developed a wider variety of sounds in their productions. After a solid streak of releases on Liquicity, and some further afield including Radar, they’ve also drawn the attention of Viper Recordings and Hospital Records, with their debut releases on both labels dropping in 2016. These guys seem to be on the right track and surely worth keeping your ears on as the music keeps evolving.
Pola & Bryson are two of the most exciting next generation producers currently making moves in global drum & bass. Creating some of the biggest waves in the shortest time, they’ve shot into the scene with their own carefully sculpted brand of melodic, electronic music.
Having met back in 2012, mutually bonding over their shared love of drum & bass purveyors such as Roni Size, Commix, High Contrast, Logistics and Dom & Roland, Jack and Harry began producing music together when Harrymade the move to London to study. Both classically trained from a young age on trumpet, piano and drums, the musical roots of Pola & Bryson run deep, a foundation for all their work that would follow.
Putting out their first D&B releases in 2014 and setting up their Soulvent Records label that same year, the P&B sound managed to push far and wide with a series of power moves through their own label events and networking, quickly garnering support from the underground with the likes of London Elektricity and the Hospital roster picking up on their talent as well as a certain Friction on BBC Radio 1.
With their releases picking up pace and DJ dates across the country including the huge Hospitality events and their own Soulvent nights, 2016 saw them firmly make their mark with their debut album ‘This Time Last Year’, released to much critical acclaim from both the press and their peers. The year culminated in two nominations at the D&B Arena Awards for ‘Best Newcomer Producers’ and ‘Best New Label’, quite an achievement.
2017 marked the next major step as the duo announced their exclusive signing to Shogun Audio, joining one of the most illustrious rosters in drum & bass. Having already found favour with the likes of Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 with their very first label release, the ‘Find Our Way EP’, the Pola & Byrson horizons are broadening quickly and with an ever-increasing string of high profile DJ dates over the coming months and new music, their story is well on its way.
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From the tender age of 6 messing around with a synthesiser gifted by his uncle, to pinching his fathers’ dictaphone to record his early compositions, Hungarian producer Daniel Nyari has been messing around with electronic instruments.
Early school years saw him learn the basics of playing guitar, bass and drums, and in his mid-to-late teens he experimented with nu-metal, along with many other genres that shaped the then-emerging skateboarding scene today.
Now all grown up, Dan initially flirted with the influences of Nuerofunk back in 2013 and achieved releases on forward-thinking labels of the time including Citrus and Sinuous Records, amongst others – even bagging himself a vinyl release!
After deciding to rebrand himself and his sound, 2015 saw the birth of Retronics with his This Will Come single. With a good chunk of recent time spent carving out his sound and laying down some serious studio hours, this young d+b producer is definitely one to keep an eye on for future releases.
Revaux is the collective name for Ru and Joe Brooks, two brothers from Yorkshire who are beginning to make waves in the UK’s D&B scene.
Their breakthrough track ‘Solidify’ attracted positive support from the likes of DLR, Signal, Phentix, Amoss, Data Transmission and Drum And Bass Arena. Since then, the boys have seen success with releases on Lifestyle, Mindtech, Terabyte and Saucy Music, with frequent spins on Rinse FM, Bassdrive, DNBRadio and more.
Claiming to produce as ‘one brain with four arms’, they’re currently bubbling under the surface of the UK drum & bass scene with a fluid style, dipping between hard-up tech and more melodically inspired tracks. Outside of drum & bass, they’re also exploring hip-hop and a breaks and bassline influenced sound with their Saucy releases, possibly looking to an EP in that style in 2017.
Revaux have enjoyed a spike in notoriety over the past year and are looking forward to getting stuck in further. With some hot collaborations, remixes and original productions already under way for 2017, they are set and ready for a promising career in drum & bass.
Watch out for their debut single Northern Air, dropping on Soulvent on the 28th of April!