Ryan Quinlivan, as RQ, has been quietly operating in the drum & bass periphery for two decades, often more attuned to the scene's jazz and ambient impulses than the frantic onslaught of the dancefloor, neither eschewing nor pursuing the spotlight. His first album for Blu Mar Ten Music, 'Solid Ground', dropped last year to acclaim, with recurring descriptions like "underrated" and "overlooked" in write-ups of the record confirming the narrative of a perennial underground favourite finally being appropriately recognised.
Last track that blew your mind?
“Photek - 'Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (TeeBee Remix)'”
Last film you watched?
“The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)”
Last DJ set that blew your mind?
“The first time I saw Craze”
Favourite album to relax to?
“Herbie Hancock - ‘Maiden Voyage’”
Everyone’s a junglist these days aren’t they? You’re a junglist. Your dear old dad’s a junglist. Even that nice little old lady next door and her dog claim to be junglists. Everyone’s a junglist, marching into a bleak future to the tune of a hundred foghorns, skanking towards the light at the end of the tunnel to a parade of amens, saying they were there in ’92 when they weren’t even born, and inflating the price of second-hand Reinforced 12”s in the process. Everyone’s a bloodclart junglist.
It's a month of change to say the least, with British summertime arriving and EU leaving drinks still possible. Some things always stay the same though— namely that insatiable appetite for decent parties, as the top March club events go to show.
Mani Festo joins the Rupture London family next month with his 'Hold The Line' EP featuring hardcore slammer 'Warehouse Theory'.
Fresh from his split record with Denham Audio for Beat Machine Records, the UK producer offers up a varied selection, folding together elements of tech-step, skittish jungle, grime and more across the four tracks.
Few artists submerge you in darkness in quite the same way as Christoph De Babalon. With engulfing ambience, depth-charge bass drones and hyperventilating breakcore and jungle beats, the Hamburg-raised, Berlin-based producer has, for over two decades now, etched an unmistakable sonic persona onto an increasingly greyscale planet.
Christoph de Babalon isn’t interested in being a spokesman for doom. He apologises more than once when conversation steers toward his dour mythology. He laughs off the idea that his music is anything more than a necessary personal pursuit, and he certainly doesn’t think the world had to hit this particularly low tide to properly appreciate the 15-minute drone dirge of ‘Opium’ or the convulsive percussion of ‘My Confession’.
Since the reissue of his 1997 cult LP ‘If You're Into It, I'm Out of It’ in January 2018, Hamburg’s Christoph de Babalon has been enjoying a long deserved critical resurgence.
Known for his engulfing fusions of dark ambient, drone, breakcore and jungle on labels like Digital Hardcore Recordings, de Babalon’s steady stream of releases over the past two decades has long been celebrated in underground spheres. In November this year, a collection of previously unreleased tracks from between 1993 and 1998 was released under the title ‘Exquisite Angst’ via A Colourful Storm.
Andy C quite literally made history at the weekend, becoming the first ever drum & bass DJ to headline the SSE Arena next door to Wembley stadium in London.
Horror, when done well, isn’t about constant jump scares and incessant gore. The scariest stories, films and shows are rather the ones that feed on suspense – on their unpredictability and potential to make blood run cold with the most subtle shift in tone.
There are plenty of artists who proclaim the influence of hardcore, but there are very few whose birth was possibly induced by it. “She used to go out raving constantly, even when she was pregnant with me,’ laughs Etch, aka Brighton-based DJ and producer Zak Brashill, on his mum’s story that she was at The Zapp club when, aged just 18, she went into labour with him.
“When I first started making music I was just soundtracking my walk to school,” says Zak of his earliest productions in 2005 using Fruity Loops. Although conversant in hardcore and jungle, helped by inheriting his uncle’s record collection after he’d moved to the States to work for a computer games company, it wasn’t until he came to London in 2011 that he started thinking about the dancefloor.
Following the superb ‘Blunted Breaks Vol.1’ compilation in September, Dead Man’s Chest’s Western Lore is back, this time with a superb EP courtesy of Response & Pliskin.
The Mancunian duo will release their ‘Bureaucracy’ four-tracker on 2nd November and, as with their track ‘Anima Morta’ from ‘Blunted Breaks’, it's a versatile and dynamic offering of formidable jungle tailor made to knock your block off.