Monochrome Recordings is a Drum & Bass label operating out of Poland founded by DJs/Producers Yankowsky and Provoke Rain. Like Cadence, Omni, and Offworld, Monochrome is consistently releasing deep and atmospheric Drum & Bass.
With multiple releases and dazzling compilations under it's belt, the label is doing it's part to ensure that the edgy, amen-infused Jungle resurgence that has taken place over the years continues in the right direction.
With the upcoming release of Signals: Transitions: Changes from Mr. Wooks, now was a good time to get an update from Yankowsky about life, the label, and the slate for 2018.
Prox: It seems like the underground DnB scene has really been picking up a lot as of late. What does this say about the spirit of the movement in your opinion?
Yankowsky: Being part of this movement is the fulfillment of my dreams. I dreamed about it when I started to be interested in this music. Underground labels like Monochrome, in which I have a lot of friends, producers, and DJs to a large extent stick together so i'll never miss any of new tunes.
Prox: Talk to us about this new Mr. Wooks project? How’d it come about?
Yankowsky: We received the material for Signals: Transitions: Changes by email, but it so happened that for a long period of time no one looked in and listened to it for about 10 days. After hearing the minute of the first song, we were sure that we had to release it. On the same day, we began talks with Wooks on this topic. They weren't difficult because both sides wanted to come out with something cool.
Prox: Does this release sound like anything else that the label has put out before? If so, what?
Yankowsky: Good question Prox, honestly I did not think about it. You know, it's similar but quite different. Surely, everything sounds the same to an outside listener, but the people who know Monochrome Recordings will find something for themselves in this LP. It creations emotions, and each track sounds very well with the one before it. You must listen. Om Unit commented "Proper breakbeat hardcore" so if the legend is writing something like this, it is always nice and motivating.
Prox: As the label grows, what are some other things you'd like to add? Ever thought about more genres or a radio show?
Yankowsky: I do not think the initial plan for the label was related to the broadly understood drum and bass and it will remain so. The only thing that can change is his styles, but the idea will remain the same. When it comes to radio I played for DNBRADIO.COM and Jungletrain.net. I am resting at this moment.
Prox: 2017 was a great year for Monochrome. Can we get some info on what can expect in 2018?
Yankowsky: Musically, the year was great. We managed to release a lot of artists that we have been watching for a long time or those we did not manage to get in 2016.
After the release of the Eastern Connections LP, was the worst moment since July 2012. Some projects failed and I can only apologize to the producers who I promised something at that time. I completely stopped enjoying the music I was dealing with and Provoke was busy with a change of residence, new work, other projects, and life.
During this period, I left the radio and stopped playing gigs. Thanks to a very important person who appeared in my life, I gained a new motivation to act and I understood that all this makes sense. I began to slowly return to Jungle music (after a few months of techno romance) and record new sets at home (among others for Inside the Rift) At the perfect moment to return to the game, I spoke to Parallel and it can be said that Brandon rescued Monochrome Recordings with his LP The Past Is The Future. Regarding 2018, we will definitely want to realize a plan that, as I have already mentioned, was not able to realize in 2017 - VINYL.
Prox: Any new artists, books, or other music youd like to recommend?
Yankowsky: I would like to recommend producers who appeared in Monochrome Recordings in 2017 and I am a big fan of their work: Kybel (Slovakia), Spectron (Hungary), If-read and Sonic Art (both Russia). As far as Books, I have all the titles from Mario Puzo on the shelf. When it comes to other kinds of music, it's rather Techno and producers who I listen to: Edit Select, Deepbass, Artefakt, Evigt Mörker and Luigi Tozzi.
Prox: Would you like to share some information on any upcoming releases you have on the horizon?
Yankowsky: At the beginning of 2018, we begin work on Abandoned Planet vol.3 where there will be a lot of interesting people more and less known For sure it’s going to be something like 170bpm halftempo and an album that I've been thinking for years, in the style of Future Jungle, I've already talked about it with a few people.
Prox: Final Thoughts?
Yankowsky: Love music and it will love you. Do not be afraid of changes, they can save lives. Respect the people you care about and do not be afraid to talk to them about everything. Finally, I would like to thank you for supporting Monochrome Recordings in 2017.
Peace, love & Amen break.
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