Detroit's ZotheJerk and New York's Frost Gamble have come together to create Black Beach, a probing of America's systemic social issues through adept lyricism and high-end production. Both parties have years of hip hop experience under their respective belts and have used this acquisition as a means to explore some poignant issues plaguing contemporary Western society.Read More
Noveliss seamlessly blends references to Anime, Film, and Professional Wrestling (one of his favorite pastimes) into his rhyme schemes setting him apart from many other contemporary rappers. After his phenomenal solo EPs, he along with the other members of CSF are obtaining the recognition they all deserve.Read More
Lansing’s John Beltran is an electronic musician hailing from Lansing, Michigan. For the better part of two decades, John has been releasing tracks tinged with deep ambient and balearic influences that have all melted together to give him a futuristic, but earthy sound. He began to elevate to prominence after his debut album Earth and Nightfall garnered attention and praise in the Detroit Techno scene.Read More
Rapper L.A.Z is member of the acclaimed Detroit hip hop collective, Clear Soul Forces.
With their blistering delivery, socially conscious topics, and admiration of popular culture, the group has done an admirable job of representing the thriving Detroit underground. The quartet (consisting of L.A.Z, Noveliss, E-Fav, and Ilajide) has parlayed their impressive range and harmony into a unique sound and dedicated fanbase.Read More
Icaros, like much of his catalogue, tries to replicate and depict the mystical concepts and disciplines that are interwoven into practices like Shamanism and Buddhism. The album itself is a stellar blend of what we've come to know and love from the virtuoso (furious breakbeats, deep bass, and swirling synth layers) but with a touch of experimental flavor in certain spots.Read More
Pennsylvania's P.SUS has been producing a variety of electronica for years now and has continued to modify and evolve his craft. Surrounded by music in suburban Pittsburgh at a young age, P.SUS was able to experiment with music technology and begin to test the waters with some early productions. I've been following him for quite some time now and it has been interesting to see his style shift from chill, hip-hop inspired electronica, into more Asiatic 8 and 16 Bit stylings.Read More
London’s Paul Hardcastle is one of the progenitors of synthesizer based dance and electro-house and can be directly linked to it’s smooth transition into the mainstream musical strata. Inspired by bands like Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath, Paul began to commit himself to music and produce some of the earliest crossover electronica hits.The smash hits “19” (an anti-war anthem featuring chopped voiceover from Peter Thomas repeating the titular number) and “Rainforest” (a groovy atmospheric wonder) made Paul a household name in the 1980s and the inspiration for an entire generation for aspiring musicians.Read More
Scotland's Alan Cowie has been releasing deep, atmospheric Drum & Bass under the name of LM1 for years now on his label, Offworld Recordings. With a sound blurring the lines between old school Jungle and the more liquid contemporary stylings, LM1 has managed to put together an outstanding operation over at Offworld and as such, managed to amass some outstanding talent.
Offworld's eerie and often paranormal leanings (through the artwork, atmosphere, and titles) gives them a distinct edge that has, without question, set their releases apart from many other labels releasing today. With Alan's vision, dedication, and sheer talent at the helm of the project, it is no wonder that it has become one of the most popular underground Drum & Bass labels around and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
I spoke with LM1 to learn more about his past, ideals, and what is in store for us down the line.Read More
Kevin McInnis (or perhaps better known by his production moniker, Lessov) has been churning out fantastic Progressive House tracks in recent years by way of his impressive atmosphere, wonderful melodies, and mature percussion segments.
After being deeply inspired by the legendary band, Nirvana, and their frontman Kurt Cobain in High School, Kevin picked up the guitar and eventually, found himself producing tracks. He discovered an interest in Electronic music by way of acts like Daft Punk, Mango, Armin van Buuren, and Tiesto and has since allowed his curiosity and passion for music blossom into what it is today.
While the young virtuoso has yet to release an LP, he has consistently produced quality EPs that showcase his incredible abilities and natural ear for atmosphere. The track "Oppalarum" on "Life Force EP" does a superb job of encapsulating Kevin's magnificent talents and definitely should not be missed.
I had the opportunity to speak with him and get a bit of insight into what motivates him to createRead More
Jeff Fletcher is an electronic producer operating out of Los Angeles, California that is putting out some impressive, intelligent Drum & Bass for many of the notable indie labels under the moniker of Outsource. While initially interested in Hip-Hop, he found himself immersed in Drum & Bass after listening to some of the "Golden Era Greats" like Photek, LTJ Bukem, and Goldie.
Outsource has been privileged enough to produce for Video Games, Television, and Documentaries. A prolific and highly skilled DJ frequently providing mixes for Podcasts and Live Sets, he has been able to secure a spot amongst the heavy hitters of underground Drum & Bass with his brand of cerebral jungle.Read More
Edgaras Žakevičius (or perhaps better known by his moniker Stellardrone) has been producing ambient, science-fiction inspired tracks since 2009. Influenced by the works of pioneers like Brian Eno and Klaus Schulze, as well other legends such as Pete Namlook and Jonn Serrie, Edgaras has been effortlessly paying homage to the original synthesizer based ambient movement of the late 70's and 80's.
In spite of the fact that Edgaras has been producing virtuoso level ambient music since the inception of his Stellardrone project, he has opted to release all of his music for free, with the intention of reaching the masses and fostering artistic community and solidarity amongst listeners and creators.
The Lithuanian native continues to dazzle and has fans eagerly awaiting the release of his seventh album.Read More
Germany’s Jens Buchert has been a prolific contributor to Electronic music for over twenty years now under his own name and other monikers (Noah, Dakini Mandarava, just to name a few).
Jens’ work has been at the heart of the underground lounge and trip-hop scene for much of the 2000’s due to his extensive (and respectable) catalogue. Never settling for one particular style, Jens has been able to assure his fans that each release is expansive, mercurial, and masterfully crafted. Like many of his influences from the New Wave era, his tracks are stitched together by gorgeous synths and beautiful dance and chill-out rhythms.
An avid hobbyist, outdoorsman, and motor head, Jens is quite the character.Read More
Monochrome Recordings is an up and coming Drum & Bass label operating out of Poland and founded by DJs/Producers Yankowsky and Self Definition. Like Cadence, Omni, and Offworld, Monochrome is consistently releasing deep and atmospheric Drum & Bass. With multiple releases and three 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.Read More
Musician and fellow midwesterner Brad LaBarbera has been releasing mellow, hip-hop inspired tracks for almost a decade now under the moniker of DJ Unwind. Harkening back to the earlier days of chill-hop, the Wisconsin born producer has gained a loyal following amongst dedicated beat enthusiasts.Read More
Hailing from London, England and producing under the moniker of Thesis is electronic musician, Matt Anderson. Specializing in atmospheric liquid Drum & Bass, Thesis is doing a fantastic job of infusing an older flavor into a genre that has opted to imbue a more contemporary pop sound. His most recent EP “The Bridge” features an impressive vocal display from Canadian songstress, Anastasia. Describing himself as a perfectionist, Thesis is more concerned with putting out quality tracks that remain true to himself and his particular sound, as opposed to releasing tracks for the sake of quantity.Read More
Hailing from Austin, Texas we have Shane O’Madden, an acclaimed electronic producer that has performed at huge concerts like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle. Trained as a classical violinist, his pieces are often infused with an orchestral ambience. All of his releases have been met with acclaim and he is currently working on his next project “Decadence”. While his older work possesses a more Eastern chill-out flavor, his newer works are tinged with “Psybient Glichiness” and dubstep influences. He has been producing since the 90s and being able to tour with heavyweights like Shpongle, Thievery Corporation, and Bassnectar are a testament to his skill.Read More
Hip-Hop producer Freddie Joachim (JO-AH-KIM) hails from San Diego, California and has been involved in music for over twenty years by way of DJing and instrumental production. I was initially introduced to his music a few years back after hearing his fantastic track “Ride” on Pandora. Diving deeper into his discography, it was easy to hear his affinity for Old School Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul; And his tracks are obligatory for fans of those genres or listeners interested in mellow, neck snapping beats.Read More