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DRUM & BASS / DUBSTEP Issue 56 / 2013 ARTIST OF THE MONTH KOVE 27 7 ALBUM OF THE MONTH: EATBRAIN008 Having only caught the scene's attention in 2012 when his first release was picked up by Viper head honcho Futurebound, Sussexbased Kove has experienced quite the rise to Stardom. First introduced to the genre as recently as 2010, Kove's ascent through the drum and bass ranks can be immediately justified after one listen to his perfectly crafted and versatile sound, and it wasn't long before legendary RAM boss Andy C took notice of his prowess, signing Kove to sister label ProgRAM before releasing his breakout hit "Iodine" in October 2012. Going on to remix American grunge duo Deap Vally, chart-topping crooner John Newman, and stadium smashers Chase and Status the following year, Kove was eventually signed exclusively to Chase and Status' own MTA Records. His first release on the label, the eagerly awaited Measures EP, is out this month and includes the soulful Radio 1 hit "Searching." It's been a formidable first year in the game for Kove, and a huge 2014 is expected from one of drum and bass' most promising young producers. Ukranian artist Nikolay Bogomolov, aka NickBee, has steadily been rising over the last few years, and today he releases his Eatbrain008 EP which is huge. Having been producing drum and bass music since he was but fifteen years old, now twenty-one, he is really developing his sound into his own unique format. While his Facebook page reads, somewhat unsurprisingly, as though an incredibly large fanboy wrote it, there is some truth between the hyperbole. NickBee is hugely talented; as one reviewer pointed out, it is not simple to take a drum and bass song from the standard 160-180bpm down to 130. That shows an appreciation for song structure that is lacking in a lot of this genre's produce. 'Gain The Energy' does exactly as it promises. It blitzes through the song in a way that the previous two tracks wouldn't have suggested, a bold move but certainly one that pays off for the EP as a whole. Certainly, the biggest dance tune off the album and one which will live long in the memory. Finally, 'Blackline' is one of the most laid back drum and bass tracks. DNB BLOGS's James Woods gives this track the credit it's due in terms of the masterful tempo reduction, but it's a track that can be listened to on all occasions; shaking up the dancefloor, chilling out, mowing the lawn if you so desire. This EP could prove to be the stepping stone for NickBee as it is a hugely complete piece of work. It shows a young producer really finding his sound at point where he can prove to be experimental while still staying true to himself. Expect big things in the future from this one OUR PLAYLIST We present you with 4 of the hottest tracks and mixes out right now... Wilkinson Afterglow Rene Lavice Tap Dat (Chords Remix) Critical Impact Illa (feat. Jakes) Klute Hell Hath No Fury

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