So Critical Just Dropped a Remix of Halogenix's 'Blej' out of Nowhere...

So Critical Just Dropped a Remix of Halogenix’s ‘Blej’ out of Nowhere…

The bass music world has been somewhat fascinated with the comings and goings of Ivy Lab and Halogenix since their split in early 2018. Ivy Lab, now comprised of Stray and Sabre, were a bit quiet at first but are now working to take their sound in new directions with lots of collabs on their 20/20 imprint, including tracks on Amon Tobin/Two Fingers’s upcoming album. Halogenix, however, hit the ground running with a literal gallery of tracks and collabs and his first solo album on Critical, Deep News. 


What was interesting about Deep News (aside from the beats and engineering, of course) was that Halogenix declared quite firmly with the album that he wasn’t abandoning halftime, as many fans assumed. A full five tracks on Deep News were halftime, including a VIP of one of Halogenix’s most popular pre-Ivy Lab split D&B tracks, Blej. In the VIP, Halogenix stretched out the minimal beat, added some hip hop elements and made the synths glitchier and darker than the original. It created a whole new feel to the track and those sent fans and critics who thought they had solo Halogenix pegged reeling.

Today, with no prior warning, Critical dropped yet another remix of “Blej” by Fade Black to the shock and joy of the bass world and heads up: it’s completely different from both the halftime and the original versions. We’re back to 174 with this remix but the big question is which stems did Fad Black use to make this

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Your EDM Premiere: Viper's 'Acts of Mad Men' vol.2 Teases Yet another Massive Single With 'Lust'

Your EDM Premiere: Viper’s ‘Acts of Mad Men’ vol.2 Teases Yet another Massive Single With ‘Lust’

With the celebration of Viper’s 15 year anniversary, the imprint is reintroducing one of the things that put it on the map. The first Acts of Mad Men, released ten years ago, was a two-CD compilation album featuring heavy hitting tracks by the up-and-comers of the time, almost all of whom are now household names. Metrik, Camo & Krooked, Delta Heavy, Brookes Brothers, Nero, DC Breaks and label boss Futurebound himself all contributed tracks and all those tracks are now considered classics.


Ten years later, Viper has been teasing the hell out of the second coming of the Acts of Mad Man project and it stands to have much the same effect on the D&B landscape as the first compilation. Thus far, Magnetude, InsideInfo, Halflight and Blaine Stranger. Today’s release is the second part of a double single which includes a remix of Mefjus and Insideinfo’s “Pulsation” by Annix, teased two weeks ago by way of social media and a melodic banger by BMotion and Jack Mirror called “Lust.” Your EDM has the exclusive premiere of “Lust,” so let’s get stuck in.

What constitutes a “melodic banger,” you say? It seems BMotion and Jack Mirror have created a need for the term with “Lust.” Heavy, cinematic and dark with a melodic, ravey soundscape in synths and vocals, this track chugs along with a fervor so fast and raw that it almost leaves the dancefloor behind.

With multiple synth melodies, echo effects and an eerie yet beautiful instrumental section in the

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Mindscape Changes Name to MNDSCP, Throttles on New 'Hogzilla' EP [Eatbrain]

Mindscape Changes Name to MNDSCP, Throttles on New ‘Hogzilla’ EP [Eatbrain]

For those who have been looking for Mindscape’s new EP Hogzilla under his old monkier, you’ll be happy to know it’s not an error with Beatport. A new streamlined alias with vowels deleted is the only change to the newly minted MNDSCP’s flow, as the style and substance of his music sees no signs of slowing down.


That’s not to say the tracks on Hogzilla aren’t new and different in their own way, however, as a warmer ambient town with crunchier bass sounds characterize this EP. Having proven he’s capable of clean, nuclear precision with his sound design, it seems the Hungarian neuromaster has decided to get a little more funky with his neurofunk this time around. There’s a relaxed groove to the beats here that’s fun, funky and a little bit throwback.

The EP opens with a definite throwback vibe with “Vertigo” and the crunchiest rolling bassline the neuro world has seen in quite a while. It’s a funky roller dotted with cowbells, just like a good neurofunk track should be. The other fun thing is the afore-mentioned bass synths actually sound like the sonic equivalent of vertigo, so hold on to a chair or something before you start headbanging.

“Back Down” with MC Hijak and the title track are both an interesting combination of classic neurofunk sounds and modern techniques. The engineering and compositional work on “Back Down” is definitely tight and precise to modern standards but the bass synth sounds and the addition of Hijak’s vocals allow

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Your EDM Premiere: Function Records Celebrates Its 50th Release With Seba, Jr. Vallo and More

Your EDM Premiere: Function Records Celebrates Its 50th Release With Seba, Jr. Vallo and More

For those D&B fans who aren’t aware of Digital and his seriously impressive canon of work that goes back as far as 1993, now’s the time to get acquainted. In addition to having multiple classic releases on labels like Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, V Recordings and Techinque, his own imprint Function Records has been active for most of his long career. Dedicated to the deeper and darker spectrum of drum & bass, to celebrate its 50th release Digital has put together a compilation LP called Shadows and due out November 8.


Shadows features exclusive darkstep and deep bass tracks from Digital himself, Total Science, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Trace, Klute, Calibre and Jet Li just to name a few. Your EDM managed to get a hold of the exclusive stream of “Wasabi” by Seba & Jr. Vallo ahead of the albums full release. Seba, like Digital, has a long and storied career and has kept the integrity of their own style throughout the many phases of D&B. He’s teamed up with relative newcomer Jr. Vallo recently on a number of smooth yet deep tracks on Seba’s own label, Secret Operations, but “Wasabi” has taken their partnership to the next level.

All the tracks on Shadows hone in on the darkstep flavor that’s characterized Function lo these 19 years and “Wasabi” is no exception. With lots of old school elements like a second snare that syncopates to every other kick, chopped up amen breaks at the phrase transitions and lots of deep

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Your EDM Premiere: Calyx & Teebee Put a Dark Spin on Legion & Logam's 'House of Cards' [ProgRAM]

Your EDM Premiere: Calyx & Teebee Put a Dark Spin on Legion & Logam’s ‘House of Cards’ [ProgRAM]

Tracks from the upcoming Program 100 Sampler are beginning to leak from the label to tease the first part of the release, out this Friday, October 25. The first part of the sampler will feature lots of remixes and VIPs and new exclusive tracks whose numbers are two big to name. Your EDM has the exclusive premiere of Calyx & Teebee’s fiery remix of “House of Cards” by Legion & Logam.


The original “House of Cards” featuring Adam Wright is a steppy, melodic and dreamy track with Legion & Logam’s characteristic flare for balancing the emotive and the danceable. There is a bit of a dark ambient current running through the track, however, so when Calyx & Teebee got a hold of the stems it seems they took that bit and ran with it, adding some glitchy synths and changing up the snare sequence.

The cool thing with the new remix is that despite the dark/techy feel being ramped up, or perhaps because of it, the soulful vocals by Adam Wright are actually highlighted and mix in with the track in a totally different way. The Calyx & Teebee remix is both deeper and more minimal, techier and still soulful as compared to the original, showcasing both their own mastery of the remix and Legion & Logam’s stellar stems.

The first part of the Program 100 Sampler will be out on Friday, 10/25 and will feature tracks from the likes of Glitch City & Nightshift, Eazy & Fascad. Keep an

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Your EDM Premiere: Second Single off Misanthrop's Upcoming 'Analog' LP Revels in the Anticipation of 'Heute Nacht' [Neosignal] [Video]

Your EDM Premiere: Second Single off Misanthrop’s Upcoming ‘Analog’ LP Revels in the Anticipation of ‘Heute Nacht’ [Neosignal] [Video]

Well, Misanthrop’s announced a new album due out shortly so it’s basically pencils down and pay attention until then. Analog, due out on Neosignal on November 8, continues some of the sound experiments Misanthrop was playing with in his 2017 EP Blurred but he’s attacking it from a different angle this time. Not only are all the tracks on Analog hand-stitched with no sound samples and mostly analog equipment but each track has its own story.


Neosignal released the first track off Analog, “Deus,” last week and it certainly showcased the “analog” point for this album. With lots of modular synth work and what sounds like actual acoustic drums and bass in the intro, fans knew instantly Misanthrop wasn’t joking about the vibe on this album. That said, “Deus” still has a snappy, danceable beat and, while obviously experimental, still sets the tone for the album as resolutely drum & bass.

Your EDM was lucky enough to snag the second premiere of “Heute Nacht” (Eng. “tonight”), a much more melodic offering than “Deus.” Here, Misanthrop plays with the empty space in the track in quite a different way from its predecessor. It helps to drive the melody with its eerie, sort of half-key changes and space-inspired phrase transitions. All of this is done consciously for effect, to replicate the feeling of anticipation before a really good night out.

The accompanying video to “Heute Nacht,” shot in a sort of stop motion style, rolls along with the track and adds to

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