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Our 5 fav tunes from the Future Follower Friends Are Electric 3 LP

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Friends Are Electric future garage

The good folks over at independent label Future Follower have been building a reputation for themselves as champions of some of the most talented up-and-coming dubstep producers on the scene, spanning dancefloor friendly big beats to the darker side of bass music. It’s all very much within the realms of future garage and so we are big fans. The quality of the artists they back is consistently excellent and nowhere is this more aptly demonstrated than the Friends Are Electric series, now in its third incarnation.

The previous two were met with much acclaim — and this one should be no exception. Friends Are Electric 3 showcases 27 tracks from emerging artists pushing the finer sounds of UKG, future garage, bass music and dubstep. The compilation is exquisite and we’ve been listening to it pretty much non-stop since we got hold of it last month. The mood is unquestionably sombre and introspective throughout. It’s a thinking person’s compilation and we love it. Here are our five highlights.

The Walton Hoax – Wait For It

“One day you will find yourself alone” repeats the pitched-down male vocal, over and over, getting into your skull, invading your consciousness. The dark message is neatly complemented by a determined, powerful, unsettling sub-bass and a curiously beautiful, simple xylophone melody. The production is immaculate, driven along by a 4/4 beat, with a clap second one, and throbbing, spaceship bass sounds.

TuffCulture & Leanne Louise – Save My Heart

This one takes us back to the glory days of UKG. The beat is nice and on point, with weird filtered keys and an uplifting string melody. Leanne Louise’s vocal is reserved and charming and there’s a super-groovy bassline to get down to. It’s a little bit of nostalgia and sits well with the whole album.

Ghost Youth – Drag My Arms In ft. Linde Sagen

The intro is like something out of a sci-fi movie, with no real beat or bass to speak of, just weird static noises before a female voice wails something and you get this fantastically dark melody and the sounds of crowds chattering. This all drops out for about a minute or so building up towards this onslaught of reverberated and filtered drums and eery sounds. The vocal is haunting, moody even. This all goes on for more than 8 minutes, taking you on a journey to the outer depths of existential contemplation, or something like that. In short, we love it.

Fybe:one – Eavesdrop

It starts off slow and gloomy, like the sound of rain falling outside, but then after the intro it builds into something more, with a refined sub-bass and some real dark vibes. It’s not a particularly complex tune, but something about it just really easy to listen to. It’s definitely given us a reason to explore more work by Fybe:one. On that note, check out the Harp EP for more intriguing ambience.

LS – See No

This is the one. We’ve had this tune on repeat for a good few weeks now. It’s the standout of the compilation for us. The intro has this gorgeous, hypnotic synth melody, plucking at your subconscious and building towards a killer vocal. It’s dark, moving, gorgeous even. “I see no sunshine, when I breathe my lungs cry.” It’s the perfect accompaniment to to the brooding, trip hop vibe of the beats and bass. We can’t recommend this tune enough. LS, or Lyrical Symphony, comes out of Middlesbrough and he has some awesome tunes up on his Soundcloud.

So, what’s your favourite? Go get the album on iTunes or search for it on Spotify.

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Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album

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Dub FX

Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.

Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!

To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!

The album is brought to you by CONVOY UNLIMTED and Membran.

ROAD TO BABYON

WHERE I BELONG

SEARCHING

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Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP

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Mantis

It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.

The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?

Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!

How big a milestone is this new EP for you?

We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!

You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?

Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.

What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?

Shut up.


Buy the EP on iTunes now!

Go check out Mantis alongside P0gman and Diskord on April 16 at Fire in London on April 16. French readers can get their fill of bassy goodness on Aptil 15 at at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.

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Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith

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Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.

Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!

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