Twisted Audio resident DJs feature on a night of Liquid Funk & BassPosted: Friday, August 5th, 2011
Dysphemic & Miss Eliza supporting DC Breaks (RAM Records, UK)Posted: Thursday, August 4th, 2011
UK Drum n Bass stars DC Breaks head to Aus this August for a run of shows around the country and are supported by Dysphemic & Miss Eliza at their show at the Esplanade hotel (St. Kilda, Melbourne) on Saturday the 6th of August – FREE Entry – not to be missed!
The production duo is made up of Dan Havers and Chris Page. 2009 saw such tracks as ‘Picket Line” and ‘Flashback’ gain momentum in radio and garner a lot of hype for the pair.
They released their first EP on Viper Recordings in May 2010 which included their most recognisable track to date, Halo featuring on Andy C’s compilation Nightlife 4 (200 and 5 (2010) as well as Futurebound’s compilation ‘Acts of Madmen’ (2009).
The duo have since signed to Ram Records (UK) run by the legendary DJ Andy C.
DC Breaks’ exploits into live radio has them regularly covering BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Drum n Bass mix show for Crissy Criss and DJ Bailey. They have performed numerous remixes for Universal Music, Sony Records, Rough Trade Records, Ministry of Sound, Island Records, EMI and All Around the World Productions, including artists such as Tinie Tempah, I Blame Coco, Paloma Faith, Example, and Rox.
DJ SS (Formation Records, UK) @ Miss Libertine – Photos are now up!Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Twisted Audio & ACB present – Loadstar (RAM Records, UK)Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Twisted Audio & ACB are proud to bring you the spectacular duo that has been taking over the international Drum n Bass scene in 2011 with their fresh sound and huge dancefloor anthems – LOADSTAR (Xample & Lomax – RAM Records, UK)
23rd of July – 10pm till 6am
Brown Alley – Corner of King and Lonsdale, Melbourne CBD
Barron Von Rotton
Hosted by: Dyzlexic CM
Visuals: Blue MD
LOADSTAR (RAM Records, UK)
Having grown up in Bristol, Xample has always been surrounded by the sounds of drum and bass and the love of this music lead to him buying his first set of turntables. After relocating to Liverpool, he teamed up with other local DJ/producers Sol and Futurebound and became a regular at nights around the North West, playing at some of the best nights in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Around this time, Xample decided he wanted to try his hand at producing and before too long had notched up releases on labels such as Hard Leaders, Penny Black and L plates.
At the age Bristol based Gavin Harris aka Xample and Nick Hill aka Lomax got into music, the electronic scene was already thriving. After growing up to the sound of The Human League, Quincy Jones and Prince, they both followed with passion the rise to fame of The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, yet their sound of choice was drum and bass, inspired by local hero Roni Size, LTJ Bukem’s atmospheric grooves, Dillinja’s brutal rhythms, Ed Rush and Optical’s cyber funk and John B’s dramatic soundscapes. Both were spotted as solo artists by Ram’s Record boss Andy C, one of the biggest Djs in the world, with an exceptional ear for new talents.
Xample started on their Frequency Offshoot for a couple of 12s, before graduating to Ram with the track ‘Heaven and Hell’, included on the Dimensions 3 EP and on Andy C’s Nightlife 3 mix in 2008. Following several releases on Critical and Bingo amongst others, and ‘Artisan’ for Bounce Records, hailed as one of the tunes of 2007, Lomax signed exclusively to Ram Records. His first release for the label, the ‘Faith Massive’ EP in May 2009 went straight to number 1 in the dance charts. Xample and Lomax had started working together in 2007. The combination of Xample’s raw dancefloor sound and Lomax experimental edge proved instantly lethal. Their heavily exposed debut ‘Lowdown/The Latter’ was released on Ram in spring 2007 and followed by the equally impressive ‘Contra/Keep Their Head Ringing’.
2010 was a pivotal year for Xample and Lomax. May saw the release of the ‘shamefully, powerfully, grippingly addictive’ (IDJ) ‘Remember’, backed by the lethal ‘Rushin’ Dragon’, showcasing the promising depth and variety of their joint talent. After a handful of singles getting them into A listers status, the duo started to work on a debut album, and comfort their partnership by choosing a specific name. So, for the release of the awesome ‘Link ToThe Past’ (‘A huge alien mammoth’ – DJ mag), they chose to be known as Loadstar. In late 2010, the single was voted ‘best single’ at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards, confirming their dominance of the underground.
As a highly sought after remix team, they reworked Example’s ‘Two Lives’ before giving Chase & Status’s top 10 ‘Blind Faith’ some serious dancefloor credentials earlier this year. Their version of Breakage’s ‘Fighting Fire’ is already tipped as one of the tunes of the year, and has been heavily championed by radio 1′s Annie Mac for whom they recently concocted an incredible Mash Hit, spectacularly tearing Jessie J’s hit ‘Price Tag’ to shreds. Loadstar have been spending the last few month on a mammoth DJ tour, joined by MC Texas and singer Ikay, to showcase their past, present and future anthems that will feature on their debut LP out in 2011.
It was previewed late March by a single, ‘Space Between’, where soft acoustic guitar and melodic vocals gave way to a vicious bass-led monster of a tune. Despite its uncompromising edge, the track invaded daytime airwaves and dancefloors alike. It was backed b y the timeless groove of the laidback ‘BLVD’, hailed in Mixmag as ‘A Ten Tonne Liquid Chonker’.
While remainging drum and bass’ dancefloors darlings Loadstar are developing into a formidable production team. 2011 promises to propel them into the same league as Ram stablemates Sub Focus and Chase and Status. Zane Lowe recently called them ‘superstars in the making’. Watch it happen.
Twisted Audio Podcast #2 (July 2011) – Tommy Dub (Cue Recordings)Posted: Thursday, July 7th, 2011
This month’s Twisted Audio Podcast is mixed by Cue Recordings‘s own badman – Tommy Dub.
Get ready for a full spectrum mix of all styles of Drum n Bass, From liquid & deep to jump up and Tech, Tommy Dub never disappoints.
1. Martsman – Halow
2. High Contrast – If We Ever
3. Komatic & Technicolour – Changeling
4. Lenzman – Fade Away
5. Total Science & SPY – Past Lives
6. Lenzman & Treez – Stellar
7. Haste & Sensa – The Place
8. Lenzman – More Than I Can Take (Enei Remix)
9. Livewire – Avalanche
10. Ktee & Friction – Set It Off (Icicle Remix)
11. Basher – Transmission
12. Enei – Slow Motion
13. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Silo
14. Skeptical – Structure
15. Tokyo Prose – Kucklehead
16. Future Signal – Replicant
17. EBK, DLR, Gusto & Octane – Mainframe
18. Hybris – The Guy
19. Icicle – Dreadnaught
20. Alix Perez – Im Free
21. Jubei – Patience VIP
22. Bladerunner – Take Me Higher
23. Fresh – Mission To Mars
24. Q Project – Credit Crunch
25. Total Science & Spy – Street Sweeper
26. Rufige Krew – Monkey Boy (Original Sin Remix)
27. Phetsta – Disco Dog
28. State Of Mind – Division 10
29. Fred V – In My Head VIP (Mutated Forms Remix)
30. Chase & Status – Hurt You
31. Metrik – Lightspeed
32. Brookes Brothers – Snowman
33. Camo & Krooked – Breezeblock
34. Shockone & Phetsta – Crucify Me
35. Squash – Mind Blank
36. Chase & Status – In Love
37. Squash – Squeak
38. Wilkinson – Moonwalker
39. Squash – Divine
40. Total Science & SPY – Magic Hour
41. Squash – Wipper Stepper
42. Blokhea4d & Cabbie – Dive
Twisted Audio present DJ SS (Formation Records, UK)Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Twisted Audio is proud to bring you one of biggest names in Drum n Bass history – DJ SS (Formation Records, UK)
Also Featuring some of Melbourne’s top DJs:
Stryfe b2b Skirmish
Hosted by: MC Harzee
Visuals by: Dougstep
July 9th at Miss Libs (34 Franklin st. Melbourne CBD)
$15 Entry before 11, $20 thereafter
One of the UK’s finest DJ/Producers and one of the founders of Formation Records, DJ SS aka Leroy Small is an original breakbeat pioneer who has made an immense contribution to today’s drum & bass sound. SS is one of the very select DJ / Producers who has been there right from the start, due to the hard work and dedication that he puts into his music. When the hardcore scene exploded SS was there and hasn’t looked back. He and his partner Eidris started promoting their own parties called Total Kaos every Friday in their hometown of Leicester. They also put on one of the first large indoor parties at Donnington Park in the summer of 91. It was an amazing success and 6000 people danced till dawn.
DJ SS himself born and bred in Leicester is a self-taught scratch DJ and found fame scratching his way through the era along with break-dancing his way on the streets of Leicester. He progressed onto the “rave scene” and was one of the first on the worldwide scene to DJ his own produced tracks. Things moved quickly from there – SS taught himself how to produce a high calibre of music and also coached others to produce to equally high standards.
DJ SS has an enormous list of tracks and used various aliases. Over the years he’s had countless releases on Formation Records as well as doing remix work for other artists. He has released such tracks as ‘The Psycho E.P’, ‘Rhythm For Reasons’, ‘Breakbeat Pressure’, the Drum & Bass anthem ‘Black’, with the highlight being ‘ Lighter’ which was Formation Records best seller, reaching the number 1 spot in the Music Week dance chart and reaching number 68 in the music charts. It is a track that has remained incredibly popular and still continues to be played years on.
Today SS spends most of his time producing in the studio and travelling all over the world to DJ and promote his brand “World of Drum & Bass”. His travels have taken him throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States of America and Asia. When SS has any spare time he is dedicated to football and is an ardent Manchester United fan and an enthusiastic local football player.
DJ-SS is now celebrating 20 years of Formation records, and 11 years of World of Drum & Bass which is the longest consecutive D&B tour and a phenomenal achievement in any music genre.