Recent posts: Mainframe
Because they can’t, they won’t, and they don’t stop…
Fresh collab tune forthcoming on Mainframe Recordings sees DisasZt’s sense for raw impact and Erb N Dub’s rather playful approach to the rinse-out business come together in a perfect blend.
Hailing from Brighton, Erb N Dub has become a staple in the UK Drum & Bass scene, with releases on RAM, Technique and Playaz, remixes for DJ Fresh, Foreign Beggars and, not least, his recent joint with Krafty Kuts alongside Harry Shotta, which earned him heavy rotation on BBC Radio 1.
Likewise, Vienna’s DisasZt, the man behind Mainframe Recordings and one of Europe’s largest recurring event series under the same brand, can’t exactly complain about a lack of airplay these days. With decent tunes such as ‘Vogue’ on Viper, and ‘I Got U’ (in collaboration with Brazil’s Alibi) on V Recordings, he has recently surprised his followers by bringing deep vibes and melodic sweetness to the table. On ‘Stop’, he now recollects the tried-and-true heavyweight formula he is known and loved for.
Dark and doomy all the way, meandering synth lines and bleepy signals pile up into a throbbing wall of sound, subsequently being riddled by percussive drumfire and chain punch bass hits. Armed with some extra nasty Rave stabs and bass sweeps engaging in call-and-response with that notorious Beastie Boys sample, DisasZt and Erb N Dub are definitely rockin’ the sure shot on this one.
Beatport Exclusive: 08/12/2017
Worldwide Release: 22/12/2017
Mainframe representing Alpine Drum & Bass big time on this release. ‘Connect’ sees three of Austria’s hottest exports joining forces, with beloved veteran duo Body & Soul on the production, Daxta MC on the vocals and Phentix on the flip side with a pumping remix.
Body & Soul have been defining the game for over a decade now, with releases on Viper, BC Presents, Breakbeat Kaos and legendary Virus Recordings, and they’re still far from tired of pushing things forward. Phentix recently propelled himself on to major players’ watchlists, with releases on Critical, Cyberfunk and Citrus getting A-List support all across the scene, from DJ Hype to Noisia. Daxta MC has been hyping the crowds at large scale events such as Rampage, Let it Roll, Hospitality and Ram nights lately, let alone being Camo & Krooked’s regular touring MC.
On ‘Connect’, Daxta flows in a heavily laid-back, kind of distant manner, adding a nice twist to the track’s lyrical theme about crowd and performers connecting to each other. Beginning with dark, lo-fi-sounding fanfares, loosely referring to 80’s’ classic 8-bit video games, the tune gradually shifts in key and overall sound to finally blow up as Jump-Up infected Dancefloor smasher, with tearing bass sounds propelling around ton-heavy drums, all embossed with that edgy trademark roughness Body & Soul are best known for.
The Phentix Remix even takes it a level deeper. Here again the intro is slightly reminiscent of the Eighties, though rather citing the era’s cinematographic sphere by adding some John Carpenter-esque soundscapes on top. Following a similar transition, the remix ends up as sub bass heavy roller, emitting a uniquely pumping stop-and-go Funk feel.
Stream / Download: https://mainframe.lnk.to/Connect
Activate! On its A-Side, Mainframe Recordings’ first release in 2017 sees prolific label head DisasZt joining forces with sound wizard DubApe to fire off a nice salvo of rave stabs, the very type that’s been driving fellow Hardcore Junglists mental since back in the warehouse days. Enjoy the flashback – it won’t last long. The immediate punch of 2017’s cutting edge drums will take you right back to the present.
Elaborate Build-up science joining in a highly energetic dystopian craze and heavy impact bass growls… This shape-shifting beast was born to wreak havoc on floors worldwide.
Razor, on the the flip side, is coming deep down from the foggy dungeons of dark steppin’ underground. All grim and gritty, with snappy drums funkin’ things up, a gnarly buzzing Reese bass cuts its way through dense sound textures like a rusty razor blade – pure pressure! This one’s going to keep the shadow boxing army under siege.
Released: 27/02/2017 (Beatport Exclusive)
Get on Beatport: http://po.st/MFR087BP
Inside the Mainframe Compilation features 23 tracks from classic picks of earlier years to this year’s crucial summer blasters and festival ravers hand-picked by head honcho DisasZt.
The selection exhibits pieces from Camo & Krooked, Body & Soul, Hybrid Minds, Fred V & Grafix, Fourward and many more.
Incorporating undisputed anthems as well as hidden gems this album takes you deep down to the inner realms of Drum & Bass – in 23 steps.
NC-17, the Canadian daredevil, is giving us that clean but heavy, mind-crushing sound that he is the best at leaving us with an intense experience.
The distressing high notes, pulsating mid-range bass and the drums that accompany them certainly take us to the abandoned rainforest that keeps all kinds of surprises, then to the evacuated city hospital where there is very small chance of escape.
NC-17 teams up with KG & Emery to bring you Predator. They come from the world where there are no rules, they are the ultimate enemy killing for pleasure hunting for sport. This track raises everyone’s pulse gives the reality of the ultimate manhunt.
Side B in collaboration with Fade & Emery takes trudging sounds that animate zombie steps and mixes them with some madly stressful high notes and drums creating the illusion of the apocalypse. It is the Night of the Zombies!
Prepare for the crazy, prepare for the interrupted evil… These two new bangers will definitely hit the clubs hard!
Release: 02/12/2016 (Beatport Exclusive)
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Darpa is a newcomer to our team, two very talented guys from Hungary, bringing a very unique, alternative, energetic sound into the scene.
…It’s here, it’s contagious, it’ll destroy you…Epidemic!
The symptoms include heavy breathing, goose bumps, fidgeting legs and the immediate widening of pupils.
The rules are simple…. Everyone dies!
The track nicely plays with an aligned set of drums, unique harsh stabs and eerie high-octane synths, but the real effect cannot be described in terms of drums and kicks.
Night King is an intriguing drum-funk-neuro mixture with a low base and heavy drums, creating trouble …he is coming…The Night King. The intro is scary, the track is dark and the beat is jungly enough to bring about the perfect vibe that transports you to the Haunted Forest and the Land of Always Winter…The Night King has found you…the only question is: Can you wake up from the dream?
These two tracks, although not the same pace, gender, style, go along really well with each other, one makes the other even stronger.