May 2012

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40 DRUM N BASS / DUBSTEP B.Riddim ARTIST OF THE MONTH FABRICLIVE 63: DIGITAL SOUNDBOY SOUNDSYSTEM ALBUM OF THE MONTH Issue 39 / 2012 The popularity of dubstep in recent years has given way to numerous mutations of the sound. Young producers establish their own styles by collating a whole host of influences from around the world. As such, the age-old debate of 'what do you call it?' has been re-ignited, with terms like post-dubstep, future garage and the awfully named bass music being banded around. Whatever one does call it, up & coming Portuguese pro- ducer B.Riddim makes it, and he makes it well. His recent (In)Theory EP on Third Ear Recordings is indefinable as solely one genre, but is quite noticeably tion of dub, garage, house and dubstep. 6300 bars is straight dubstep from the good ol' days, with a slight hint of psytrance, while El- an amalgama- evation dub sounds like an early El-B 'roots of dubstep' tune with Skream playing synths. But the title track is undeniably the highlight as it best exhibits this utilitarian ethos, combining a cavern- ous grime-esque bass line and melancholy synth pat- tern with tribal drums and or- ganic percussion, while shift- ing from a 2-step to kuduro rhythm. The production is as intricate procured as it is globally in- fluenced. At times, the mix- ture of styles in B.Riddim's tracks and painstakingly be dancing with each other through the airwaves, but in this case confusion never sounded so good. seem confused to Launched in 2005 by original '90s Jungle pioneer, Shy FX, Digital Sound- boy quickly established itself as one of the UK's most exciting labels. With a back catalogue that includes some of the biggest club hits of the past ten years, including tracks from Skream, Benga, Red- light and Jess Mills, Digital Soundboy's po- sition in dance history is assured. Three of the label's biggest names, Shy FX, Break- age and B.Traits have now teamed up for the first officially released Digital Sound- boy mix, FABRICLIVE 63. FABRICLIVE 63 perfectly captures the carnival spirit of the label and its parties. From drum n' bass to MAY RELEASES SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA All Yours (S.P.Y Remix) (Hospital Records) VICIOUS CIRCLE & NEED FOR MIRRORS Eyes Wide Shut (Siren Records) D BRIDGE Not What You Want (Shogun Audio) PAUL SG Not The End (Fokuz Recordings) FEEL THE LOVE (Asylum Records / Black Butter Records) CLARITY Fractured (EXIT Records) dubstep, dancehall to garage, via excur- sions into house and beyond, FABRICLIVE 63 showcases the Digital Soundboy crew's ability to bring together myriad genres and styles in the freshest way possible and cre- ate a pure party-starting selection. Mixed by Shy FX, B.Traits and Breakage, with each separately choosing their fa- vourite tracks before working on the mix together in the Digital Soundboy studio, FABRICLIVE 63 features a mix of exclusive dubs and upcoming releases from the Digi- tal Soundboy family. With tracks ranging from Shy FX's own 'Original Nuttah' to M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade's 'Body Language', the mix provides an inspired selection that will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. FABRI- CLIVE 63 ducks and weaves its way across the musical spectrum and, like the label it- self, refuses to be pigeonholed. DUB PHIZIX Never Been feat Fox (Critical Music) FLUX PAVILLON Day Dreamer feat Example (Big Beat Records) INSIDEINFO & NEONLIGHT I Am Something Else (Viper Recordings) SEVEN Evolution (Black Box) NETSKY Come Alive (Hospital Records) NORTHBASE Ruffneck / Acid Flashback (Wheal and Deal Records)

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