1998 was a landmark, if slightly troubling, time for drum & bass. It was a year of shifting styles, sprawling albums, and new sub genres, one that saw the still buoyant scene start to fracture from the unified highs of 1995 and 1996.
Drum & bass artist Phil Robinson lives what some might consider the ideal producer’s life. Working as a private music production tutor, he spends his days in his home studio tinkering with his own tracks, and then using his wealth of knowledge to help aspiring artists better theirs. It’s rewarding, naturally, but also perfectly suits with his prolific workrate.
For Point Blank’s latest track breakdown video they joined Suitman Jungle at his home studio in East London to see exactly how he creates his high-octane, live drum-infused tracks.
It has been a month of difficult decisions for many. Not least the DJ Mag team, who had to try and figure out how to rank events in order of importance for what’s looking like the strongest month for UK clubs we’ve seen in some time.
In Point Blank’s most recent masterclass, they were joined by UK drum and bass boss Kove to find out how he made his haunting dnb track, ‘Echoes’.
"I didn't really want to do it. Why on earth would I want to hook up with two kids?" laughs Gove Kidao. One half of the UK beat phenomenon Ivy Lab previously answering to the name Sabre, he sits in front of a mixing desk alongside Ivy Lab partner J Fogel, or Stray as he's sometimes known. Taking a moment to consider what may never have been, they both lean back in their studio chairs and pause. DJ Mag soaks up the scenario; it's late Friday afternoon, we're in Ivy Lab's lab the mood is mellow, comtemplative, unhurried.
"We like unsettling people, but doing it in a way that’s kinetic"