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Perks Of The Park: Drum & Bass Royalty

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The roller is the most supreme of drum & bass styles. Jam packed with energy, fast paced drums and constantly grooving basslines, they are guaranteed to cause carnage on the dancefloor. Many artists have created blissful and bestial rollers alike across the full spectrum of drum & bass, from Doc Scott, High Contrast, Ray Keith, Netsky, Ed Rush & Optical, Calibre, DJ Die etc. The list goes on. Liquid funk, Neurofunk, TechStep and Jungle. The roller is present throughout all these sub-disciplines within D+B.

Now, after many years, there has risen to prominence a triage of roller royalty. Boldly claiming the highly sought after epithet of ‘King Of The Rollers’. Individually they are Serum, Bladerunner and Voltage but together they form a musical sum greater than their parts, forging a rolling renegade of drum & bass that is set to take the future of the genre by storm.

As seasoned veterans individually, they can all boast a handful accolades within the sphere of D+B. Serum is currently one of the genres hottest pieces of production real estate, cultivating his own sound in a way that many people aspire to, but few achieve. Voltage is one of the most prolific DJs in the drum & bass scene, particularly catering to the Jump Up crowd and is headlining shows up and down the country week in, week out. Last but not least is Bladerunner, a key figure for Ray Keith’s Dread Recordings and creator of serious tunes for a long, long time from across the full board of D+B. 

Having played frequent B2B2B’s with one another they saw an opportunity to devise a fresh musical identity and seized it. Collaborative efforts in D+B are in no way a new concept. MIST:I:CAL, Scorpio, Teddy Killerz, Ram Trilogy and Urban Shakedown are all examples of separate producers joining forces for a combined musical venture. However this new triage is by far the most exciting new creation that has happened within the genre for some time. With each KOTR member bringing their unique flavours, yet without differing to such an extent, they have the potential to create the perfect rolling sonic entity. And we can’t fucking wait.

With a reputation as sterling as Hospitality In The Parks, given this new musical creation, we had to lunge at the chance to get these exemplary gentlemen to co-headline the Belgian D+B dons ‘Invaderz’ stage at this years festival. Having cemented itself as one of the UKs leading day parties, a leading line-up was required to keep the levels high, and what better way to than to employ the newly crowned rollings kings of D+B.

With Serum having recently launched his own ‘Souped Up’ records and Voltage & Bladerunner each set for a host of individual releases lined up in 2017, the future of the KOTR in terms of releases remains uncertain. Having released a Fabriclive mix which showcases a lot of the unsigned and forthcoming material, and a mix which premiered on Ninja Ninja, one thing we can be sure of is that the future is bright if you like your D+B up front, heavy and of course, rolling.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this terrific trifecta, make sure you get your ticket to Hospitality In The Park 2017 to witness the slickness these guys can deliver. They will be joined by other up front & jump up DJ’s including Guv, Turno & Dominator and Macky Gee on the epic Invaderz stage. Last year was incredible, this year will be better. Get involved!

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 9th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks of The Park: MIST:I:CAL maneuvers in the Med School Warehouse

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There is an abundance of collaboration within drum & bass, as with all musical genres. From individual artists colliding together, to the creation of entirely new sonic entities. Urban Shakedown (Aphrodite & Micky Finn), Scorpio (DJ Die & Krust), Nu:Logic (Nu:Tone & Logistics) and more recently The King of The Rollers (Serum, Bladerunner & Voltage). The list could go on. But one of the most infamous of collaborative musical identities was that of Mist:i:cal.

This triage of producers forged from Marcus Intalex, St Files and Calibre created one of the most prolific characters within drum & bass, and with such esteemed members as those, it’s no wonder why. Each of them were famed for their trademark deep and soulful sound, rolling drums and warm subs with a strong dose of melody and groove throughout. This combo resulted in some of the best drum & bass after the turn of the millennium from 2002-2007.

Initially M.I.S.T, as Marcus Intalex & ST Files, but evolving into Mist:i:cal through the addition of Calibre, they began releasing as the latter alias in 2002, with their debut album release in 2007, both of which on Mr Intalex’s Soul:R records. However, beyond the release of the album ‘The Eleventh Hour’ they disappeared and went their separate ways, focusing on their individual production. Until now.

Breaking their silence, Mist:i:cal will be guest headlining the Med School Warehouse at this year’s Hospitality In The Park for their first united performance in a decade. ST Files hasn’t graced a set of decks in the public eye for around 10 years, and this long-awaited return couldn’t happen in a better setting. Joining this incredible collective will be Med School maestro Etherwood, LTJ  Bukem and Alix Perez & Eprom alongside many, many more.

Soul:R records has been putting out beautiful music consistently over the past decade with a broad array of established artists ranging from dBridge, Klute, Break, Alix Perez and of course, Calibre. The enigmatic Irishman hasn’t shied away from any of his musical duties since the dissolution of Mist:i:cal, with his most recent album ‘The Deep’ generating some incredible responses on his own imprint ‘Signature’. He’s keeping things as hot as ever with his impeccable production and silky smooth musical styling.

As one of the leading purveyors of deep and intelligent drum & bass, it was only fitting that such a decorated entourage would lead proceedings at this years Hospitality In The Park. Dubplates for days would be an apt way to describe what to expect from this performance, both old and new, deep and rolling. What more could you want? Raw to the core yet exquisitely symphonic, the long-awaited reunion will be one of the highlights of the event, of this, we are of no doubt. Ensure you do not miss on this re-emergence of titans and get your ticket to the Park today, you’ll only have yourself to blame…

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 16th May 2017 in Blog, Features

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