DnB Arena – VA – The Breaks EP – [Review]

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The well known and appreciated influence of Drum & Bass Arena over DnB’s spectrum has come to commence on a series of EP releases after a hiatus that spans just over 10 years on the EP side of things. Of course, the giant has been religiously dishing out well-curated compilations every year and is in no way about to stop that but to accentuate the prominent sound that has been the core of the much loved overall sound of DnB as we know it; And thus presenting us with “The Breaks EP”.

The EP showcases a 5 track session marshalled by some of the scholars of the sound including; Shimon, Bladerunner, John B, A.M.C & Turno, June Miller & James Marvel. This EP comes in celebration of their 21st Anniversary as well as the pioneering sound of breaks. A heated opening comes from John B with an ‘ENERGY’ infused track fixed in all it’s old-skool rawness & dark vibes. Followed by Shimon with a Darrison feature on a track titled ‘Believe it’ which is a sinister tug at your heartstrings. A.MC & Turno take you on a well gelled up break n jump up fusion with the track ‘Ice Cold’. ‘Don Dada’ drops in as the fourth track brings with it celestial pad work, filtered breaks and a vocal guidance from MC Mota as June Miller & James Marvel work a deep apocalyptic run through the track which runs through different versions. Lastly sealing off this release is Bladerunner with ‘International’, a track kept light on the work but very well impacts on the original sound.

A new collection of history.  Definitely, something to always be on the lookout for.

Listen & Buy Link:

http://dnba.io/thebreaksepFa

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Audio Porn Records – Benny L & Shimon – Monsters – [Review]

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Audio Porn has been making and producing; and pushing and moving those releases strong and hard for almost a decade now. The seventieth release is a timeless D&B single titled ‘Monsters’ with…

Benny L and Shimon (of the iconic Ram Trilogy crew) who is also the head/owner of the hit-making label; just for one  seriously “mashed-up like potatoes” collaboration that serves a creepy and disgustingly good salad of a jam. Right from the start, the horror approaches the ears with some classic, ghostly sounds like pads and; the speech samples were laid perfectly to add that serious emphasis concerning what the track obviously conveys. How the drops go, and the drum licks at the intervals, are a distinguishing factor. As the horrific hoard of sounds approaches, there comes this powerful horn that just grabs dominance in the track as the monstrous giant amongst the other instruments. The alien bass rhythm follows right there. The whole song in general, is a bouncy tune with a dark groove.

Before pressing play; there’s the single’s cover art to peep which, is admirable in its own sense. It is simply made and, does not really attempt to scare in that expected, serious sense. We took a nice liking to the creativity behind it. Good cover art does play a part in the whole story as well.

‘Monsters’ marks another successful release, clearly bound to another Audio Porn hit thus, joining the long list of achievements that the label has had over the years, since 2007. Indeed an exclusive, original single that has those original roots.

Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela