Mark Ernestus is a German rhythm and dub sound producer, known for his work as Basic channel and more recently, The Rhythm and Sound’s ‘See Mi Yah.’ He also opened the reknown Hard Wax record store in Berlin in 1989 to celebrate dub and reggae imports.
On the Yermande EP, Ernestus takes his goal of merging African and European sound further. You might have heard Thom Yorke play the bouncy ‘Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)’ dub track on Benji B’s Radio 1 a couple weeks ago.
Alix Perez is considered one of drum & bass’s best producers. He gained recognition for the classic “Solitary Native” collaboration with Sabre in 2006, before getting signed to Shogun Audio to release his first record 1984 in 2009. Listen to the gorgeous cut ‘Forsaken’ with Peven Everett and Spectrasoul.
Now he’s back with his newest release, the Elephant Dreams EP, this time on his own 1985 imprint. In an interview with i-D, he said that the record represents the synthesis of his experiments with “the softer side of music and also the heavier, dark side of things.” My favorite track ‘Had I Known’ above is one of the warmer cuts on the EP but his tracks “Room 667’ and ‘Elephant Dreams’ are crude, dark bass delights.
Out now is Lenzman’s All For You EP, the first official release from his own label The North Quarter, named after the area of Amsterdam where he grew up. He previously released music on Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, where he gained a reputation for creating a soulful version of drum n bass.
More recently, Lenzman has been exploring some of his other influences, most notably hip-hop, with tracks like ‘Still Standing’ featuring MC DRS. Never one to follow the herd, Lenzman continues to experiment in search of deeper music or as he says “real music for real people.”
Below are some of my other favorite Lenzman tracks to date:
CO/R is a collaboration between techno heads Herron and Joy Orbison. The duo just released Gudrun, a vinyl 12″ from the Trilogy Tapes Store.
The lead single ‘Bells, Walking’ is a continuation of Joy Orbison’s 2009 post-dubstep hit ‘Hyph Mngo‘ laced in with Herron’s mastery of house and UK garage. Learn more about Joy Orbison in the Sole Selectors video below.
“I still have a lot of time for putting out 12 inches.” – Joy Orbison
Mieux is an electronic duo from Vienna, Austria. Their new single ‘Rust’ will appear on their forthcoming Music is Pain due out later this month.
I featured the fun, uptempo track on my weekly playlist last month and included the band’s track ‘Rush’ from their album Are You Happy last year on my Best of 2015 playlist. Gilles Peterson is also a big fan of the two man band.