Not out until September, all the exclusive tracks on the mix will be released as vinyl singles throughout the summer, with the first -Nick Thayer & Micah's 'Scrambler' flipped with Phetsta's 'Four:Eight:Three' - out now.
'This Way Up' will also contain Friction's first foray into the realm of breakbeat production, a tearing beast of a cut entitled 'Control Freek', constructed alongside Aquasky themselves and MC Spyda.
Drum & bass producers like Noisia and Chase & Status are increasingly trying their hand at breaks, with Friction the latest artist to diversify into a sound he's been checking for a while.
"There's a big breaks scene in Brighton. I've always kept an eye on it," Friction explains. "Me and Krafty Kuts are good mates and we go down to Supercharged. I thought, 'Fuck it, I'm going to do a breaks set somewhere. I did Breaking Ground, Supercharged and it built up from there, really."
A few storming DJ sets later and Friction was collaborating with Aquasky. "I kind of used their sounds, played a riff in and then they worked on it. Then Spyda, the vocalist, got on there and we had a wicked track."
Friction's hit upon a fresh new breaks form, which he intends to develop further, alongside his established d&b DJ sets and productions. "Eight years ago, if I had the stature then that I have now and I'd made a breaks track, I'd have been lynched!" Friction reckons. "But now I don't really see boundaries in the music. I'll do a breaks track on one side and a d&b song on the other." Friction is making sparks fly.
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