This brings us to ‘Dead End’ by Unknown Artist: a dread-filled roller that mashes up grime, dubstep and dark garage; wrong-footing you with tempo changes, fills, builds and breaks. Could this be their own first production, we ask?
“Excuse me?” jokes Imbratura, with a smile. It’s been hard to find time to work on their own music, says Ndeko, similarly refusing to reveal who it is, but adding: “We’re in a good place, we can’t really say more than that.”
London-via-Birmingham's Barely Legal is a mainstay of the UK scene. An artist who has been at the forefront of the underground bass world for almost a decade, the DJ and label owner has spent 2019 playing gigs everywhere from Munich to Ibiza, and performed at Croatia’s Hideout, Creamfields, and Snowbombing. As the year winds down, Barely Legal is finishing up her Pretty Weird tour, a label affiliated party series, which has been touring the country since August.
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.
“Big, big, big.” It’s June 25th 2009, and one hour into his still-pirate Rinse FM show, Blackdown is jittery. An unmastered new track is drifting through the mix like fog, and the host DJ’s voice cracks with anticipation: “I’m not going to lie, this tune is massive.” He yammers excitedly over the second drop, shouts out Hotflush Recordings boss Scuba for signing the track first, and bigs up the unknown producer, Joy Orbison.
Avernian and Strick will release their debut collaborative effort, ‘Hairline Fracture’, on Monday 22nd July via ROW Records.
US-born, Manchester-based Avernian - real name Joshua Lee – and Ottowa’s Strick – real name Dylan Sullivan – are both well versed in the weighty styles of dubstep and hard drum. Fusing each of their areas of expertise on this release has yielded some immense results, with both the title track and B-Side ‘Smoking Gun’ sounding like suitably raucous affairs that will do more than satisfy fans of labels like Timedance, NAAFI, Flood and Kaizen.
Just when you thought you’d escaped the portaloo, they pull you back in, with almost all July 2019’s top UK events void of plumbing. Not that we’re complaining.
Leeds institution Cocoon In The Park takes our number one spot for the northern regions, bowing out after 11 years. Don’t miss homegrown talent Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell alongside big guns like Sven Väth.