All has been quiet on my western front since attending Parklife Festival a couple of weekends back - I'd like to confirm that this definitely isn't because I am getting old and it is becoming harder to snap back after a bender. It definitely was not that. Cheeky bastards. Takes more than a glorious weekend romping in the mud to all the drum and bass my greedy little ears can handle to slay me! True to form, Manchester was a swamp but the music rolled on and the MTA tent provided sweet relief from the conditions.
Aside from a brief and accidental foray into the hell that was Craig David's fan nest, I can very happily say I didn't actually see anyone else at all! Traded 5 hours of my life to the craft. Front row and off-centre for legends like S.P.Y, Friction, Sub Focus, and Chase and Status. Killer lineup. I would heartily recommend you pump yourself full of Parklife 2017.. it has great vibes, every time.
This post not sponsored by Parklife.
Last time...it's been awhile!
'Together We're Lost' - Fred V & Grafix ft. Franko Fraize & Tone [Hospital Records]
Oh my days - this new album of theirs 'Oxygen' actually hums. I cannot wait until you hear it on the 24th of June. I do not use the term exquisite lightly. Exquisite.
"Automatik" - Dimension [MTA Records]
Dimension is undoubtedly one of the faves. An opinion cemented after seeing him kill it at Parklife. I am not at all surprised this track has hit #1 in the Radio 1 Dance chart...boy is going stratospherical.
"Have You"- TC [3 Beat Productions]
Give me a T! Give me a C! What does that spell? Tunnnnnemaker General. That's what. He's got a new album out and he's not playing around. Angst and vague 80's feels balancing the tune out nicely.
Christ alive, turn on the light - she's dark as a dungeon this one!
"Until The World Ends (Mind Vortex Remix) - Black Sun Empire & State of Mind [Blackout]
The prospect of facing the end of the world don't seem so grim now that Mind Vortex has chopped this tune - we can just listen to it until our brain melts!! Armageddon...pah!
"Parallel" - Technimatic ft. Zara Kershaw [Shogun Audio]
Second album in the works! 'Better Perspective' is releasing mid-July and promises chilled but energy laden vibes. Zara's vocals in this one are the cherry on the top of a sublime little number.
"Submerged" - Machine Code & Coppa
Coppa is one of my big two MC's and his gravelled (yet dulcet) tones scuff up Machine Code's sci-fi veneer very nicely here. Sinister.
"Give Me Your Love (Andy C Remix)" - Sigala ft. John Newman & Nile Rodgers [Ministry of Sound]
It ain't a drum and bass chart without a nod to the Gfather of the genre - John Newman! Bad joke - fire me. Andy! Andy! Andy!
"So Excited" - Phace [Neosignal]
He's not the only one excited - this tune be molten!
"Red Rock" - Loadstar [RAM Records]
Constantly amazed and impressed by what is coming out of the scene recently. Whoever says all dnb sounds the same can suck a fat one whilst listening to this on loud. This oozes unique style - swallow those words haters!