SINE's 2018 DnB Round-up

There is always a concern in drum and bass, just like with any genre, that we will never surpass ‘the good old days’, that nothing will beat the raw edge of the pre-2000’s sound. However, whilst some may decide to completely ignore new entries to the genre and bask in the warmth of their original pressing of Alex Reese’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, we believe we have witnessed one of the most exciting years in drum and bass in a long time.

The Music

At the heart of it all is the music, and we certainly been spoilt for choice over the last 12 months. Not only have we had a huge influx of new producers and DJs that are currently shaping the scene, but we have also had some game changing releases from highly respected and established names. We have seen full length albums from the likes of Break, Skeptical, and dBridge, as well as watching newer labels such as 1985 Music or The North Quarter carve their unique place into the scene.

With great difficulty, we have picked out 5 tunes (in no particular order) that really stood out to us in terms of the quality, feel and wider impact they caused.

Spirit - Interval

Released on Dispatch back in May as part of ‘The Fourth Cycle’ EP, this tune is special for many reasons. Whilst Spirit has largely been known for his heavier cuts such as ‘Phantom Force’ with Digital or ‘Untitled MCR’ with the late Marcus Intalex, this tune saw him bring out a more melodic, and outright emotional liquid tune. The tune had been circling around for a long time before the official release, and after his unfortunate passing in August this year, the tune brought on a whole new meaning. Anyone at this year’s Sun and Bass will have heard this tune doing the rounds, and we hope the tune will continue spread his legacy for years to come.

LSB - Tripped

This one caused a stir from the beginning, with videos of the then unreleased tune circulating like wildfire on social media. LSB was probably not the name people were expecting to be attached to this deep track, with it being reminiscent of tunes in the earlier techstep days of drum and bass. This was released as part of his ‘A New Day’ EP, the first release on his brand new label Footnotes. Mostly known for his euphoric liquid, this tune encouraged a new side of LSB’s music, one that can also be seen in the later released ‘Potshot’. Tripped wins by a very small margin for us however.

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Monty has been one of the rising stars of drum and bass for the last couple of years, and an artist that we have thoroughly enjoyed following at SINE (anyone catch him destroy Hoxton Basement at our warehouse rave in March?). 2018 has been a huge year for the producer, with his music often finding a home within Alix Perez’s 1985 Music, one of our favourite new labels. This tune however, was released on Melbourne-based Plasma Audio, and is the perfect example of Montys signature techy sound, with some of the crispest drums in the game. Never falling to repetition, the squelching bassline and synth constantly transforms and mutates throughout the five minute track in a fashion somewhat akin to techno. That second drop though...

Benny L - Skysteppa

Another artist that has been taking the scene by storm recently is Benny L, and someone that we were delighted to have play at the first of our warehouse sessions in 2017. Central to the heavily debated ‘roller’ sound that has been one of the most highly debated topics in drum and bass this year, Benny L has been creating some of the beefiest sounds we’ve heard in a while. 2017 saw ‘Low Blow’ released on Metalheadz, a tune that caught Goldie’s attention in no time, and one that helped to finally bring together the jungle purists and newer drum and bass fans. Benny L returned to Metalheadz in August with the ‘Summoned’ EP, once again pushing his gritty take on the new-age ‘roller’ sound. ‘Skysteppa’ however, saw him lean closer towards the jungle side of things, blending his heavy bass with a nostalgic Metalheadz twist.

Data 3 - Fractil

Finally, we have a tune from Data 3, a trio aptly named after a key of an Axiom keyboard. Released on Flexout Audio in September, the ‘Tyrant’ EP helped to develop their signature sound a whole level further, with ‘Fractil’ keeping the ‘Stranger Things’/80s synth vibes previously seen in their ‘Something Strange’ EP on Addictive Behaviour. Sitting somewhere in between liquid and the deeper end of the spectrum, this tune brings a unique energy to any club or rave. The Data 3 boys absolutely smashed their set as part of the Flexout Audio takeover at our most recent warehouse event, and we expect big things to come from these lot in the future.

The Events

Focusing here on club nights and one-day festivals, we have decided upon five of the top events of 2018. Once again, with so many quality ones to pick from it has not been an easy task.

Andy C All Night @ Wembley Arena

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Photo Credit: Andrew J Attah

Combine one of the most hardworking and talented DJs in the scene with a sold out Wembley Arena and an all night slot, and you get perhaps the standout moment of all of 2018. The RAM Records head honcho and drum and bass icon rolled out for five whole hours in his unique style, digging out tunes from all corners of the genre, and from all eras. Where else do you get to witness someone double drop ‘Inner City Life’ with Benny L’s unreleased ‘Vanta Black’?

Hospitality in the Park @ Finsbury Park

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Photo Credit: Gary Jones

Hospitality pulled out all the stops for this one-day festival, filling the surprisingly small space in Finsbury park with a lineup of sheer magnitude. The Hospitality tent was jam-packed with familiar faces from the label, from Kings of the Rollers, to High Contrast and his live band. The diversity of the festival truly shone throughout the rest of the six stages however, with a huge array of sets from the likes of LTJ Bukem, Breakage, Goldie, Alix Perez b2b Monty, and many more. Even the delightful British weather didn’t bring the vibes down.

Critical @ E1

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Photo Credit: Khali Ackford

Whilst Critical provided the weight in room one with huge sets from the likes of Halogenix, Benny L b2b T>I, and Hazard, 1985 Music took over room two with a lineup including Perez himself, Chimpo and Monty. The newly refurbed E1 (previously known as Studio Spaces, where we held the first of our warehouse raves) was an idyllic setting for the event, with the infamous wall of speakers helping to create one of the most impressive sound systems in London. The only real downside was having to decide between two hours of Alix Perez, or Kasra b2b Enei followed by Serum…

20 Years Of Virus Pt. 2 @ Steel Yard

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Photo Credit: AppsPhotography

This was a long awaited event for many after part 1 in February, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The night was heavy from start to finish, with huge sets from the likes of Mefjus, InsideInfo and a 2 hour b2b from Ed Rush & Optical. However, the highlight was the special guest set from none other than Andy C, who steered away from the commercial side that people often fear from him, and instead laid down one of the most brain melting sets we’ve ever seen him play.

SINE Warehouse Sessions Pt. 3 @ Hangar

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Photo Credit: Cathy Whatever

We couldn’t help put this one in here. So much work went into our final event of the year, and we hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Having DRS join LTJ Bukem for one of the first times in 20 years was something we will won’t be forgetting in a hurry, bringing a one of a kind vibe to the incredible new venue. On top of this, we had our resident DJs absolutely smash their sets, as well as witnessing Flexout Audio throwing down one of the best room 2 takeovers we’ve seen in a long time.  

And a bit from us at SINE

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Photo Credit: Luke Baker

2018 has been huge for us here at SINE, having proudly held three of our most successful events to date throughout the year. We have been lucky enough to host some of our all time favourite DJs/producers, including (but not limited to) LTJ Bukem, Bladerunner, T>I, SpectraSoul, Bryan Gee, Total Science, GLXY, Lenzman, Halogenix and Monty, as well as MCs and hosts such as DRS, Visionobi, Tali, and Stamina MC. We have also managed to host these events at venues that we hold close to our heart, from the newly refurbished Hangar, to one of our favourite venues Styx - one that will sadly be closing its doors very soon.

A strong sense of community is something we always seek out at SINE, and we have loved watching our small family grow into something much bigger. From our resident DJs, to our group of loyal fans that help to spread and build our brand, we couldn’t be more thankful to all of you!














10 Essential DnB raves this Christmas

The days are getting colder, but the nights are only getting stronger. We’ve compiled a list of essential drum and bass events in London this Christmas, each providing a slightly different flavour. The events range from relatively small nights ran by newer labels in the scene, to some of the biggest labels throwing down huge celebrations. I think we can all agree that 2018 has been a mighty year for drum and bass, so we may as well see it out in style…

1.12: 20 Years of Virus - Pt. 2 at The Steel Yard

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Photo credit: AppsPhotography

Often seen as the label that started neurofunk, Virus Recordings have been smashing it out for a solid 20 years now. Founded by Ed Rush in 1998, the label has continually pushed boundaries in the darker side of drum and bass, and it only seems right to celebrate this with a huge rave at The Steel Yard. February saw the first installment of this celebration, with huge sets from the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, Audio, and a room 2 takeover from Soul In Motion. Virus are set to send ravers back into the wormhole in December, with a lineup including Mefjus, The Upbeats, a Trendkill Records takeover, and a few super secret special guests. The Steel Yard Nightclub, Allhallows Ln, London EC4R 3UE. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1132450

2.12: Soul In Motion - Sunday Series

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Soul In Motion has made a name for itself as one of London’s top drum and bass night for the true heads. Ran by Need For Mirrors and Bailey, the night itself was named after one of Krust’s tracks, due to  the former’s love for the iconic producer. They consistently put out cleverly thought out lineups every week or two, utilising some of the most unique club spaces in London. Alongside the two residents, you can expect sets from Jubei, JJ Frost, Voltage, Flight, Phil Tangent and Itoa. Oh… and this is all happening early on a Sunday evening, so you can be back at home wrapped up in bed by 11pm. 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1185093

7.12: Technicality: International Edition at The Cause

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Technicality is a night that focuses on lineups representing a more niche, underground vision of both D&B and jungle. Ran by the head of Inperspective Records, the lineup consists of himself (Chris Inperspective), alongside less represented artists from around the globe including Profane, Lynch Kingsley, Phuture-t and more. This night is taking place at The Cause, one of the most exciting club spaces of late that sees the DJ play within a cage in the centre of the room. The Cause, Ashley House, Ashley Rd, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9LZ. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1145075

8.12: Critical Music Presents: Critical Sound x 1985 Music - London at E1

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Taking place at one of London’s newest and most exciting rave spaces, Critical Sound are teaming up with Alix Perez’s 1985 Music to put on an unforgettable night. Hardly in need of an introduction, Critical Music have been one of the biggest driving forces in drum and bass since 2002, and their club nights are no different. The lineup is pure weight, with too many names to mention in this short summary. Expect a huge variety of drum and bass, with room 1 acts including label owner Kasra b2b with Enei, Serum, Benny L b2b T>I, DJ Hazard, and many more. Meanwhile, the 1985 takeover in room 2 will see Perez himself alongside Chimpo, Monty and Tim Parker, all hosted by the mighty SP:MC. E1 London, Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, E1W 2BB. Tickets: https://www.tickettannoy.com/event/0YVNrS49hkepPGBXpvtXsQ?u=Jp7gr0PjnkW5WqhNxpHREg

14.12: Metalheadz Christmas Special at Fabric

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Fabriclive is one of the most renowned drum and bass nights out there, and their lineup for this Christmas is one of the most jam-packed we’ve seen in a while. With Fabric’s room 3 recently opening again, it has allowed for these lineups to grow ever-more diverse and impactful, with this Christmas special seeing room takeovers from Metalheadz, Dispatch and Flexout. With names such as Randall, Ant TC1, and QZB, as well as some intriguing pairings such as Om Unit b2b Doc Scott and DLR b2b Black Barrell, this is seriously one not to be missed. Fabric, 77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6HJ. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1134992

15.12: Hospitality London: Christmas Special! at Studio 338

Photo credit: Gary Jones

Photo credit: Gary Jones

Running from 6pm to 6am, London’s latest fix of Hospitality’s positive vibe-filled club night is going to be a special one. With this being the first night event in London they have held in over two years, Hospitality have wisely chosen the stunning Studio 338 to hold this Christmas special. They are even equipping it with an outdoor Christmas market where you can grab gifts, festive food and some ‘mulled Whiney’ (let’s hope this is just a play on words). Room one will see sets from label owner London Elektricity, S.P.Y, Fabio, LSB and many more, whilst their sister label Med School will be taking over room 2. Make sure to catch our resident Sweetpea at this one! Studio 338, 338 Boord St, London SE10 0PF. Tickets: SOLD OUT

22.12: Boomerang presents: Ice Cold Sounds at Corsica Studios

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Whilst on a smaller scale than some of the other nights on this list, it will by no means be lacking in quality. To the more intimate Corsica Studios, liquid D&B label Boomerang Records will be bringing with them Need For Mirrors, The Vanguard Project (Bcee & Villem) and Satl. All three of these artists will be playing 90 minute sets, something often amiss at many nights nowadays. Expect plenty of warming liquid vibes during this one. Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1184791

26.12: Hot Cakes presents: Dubshotta at Brixton Jamm

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If you are in need of your D&B fix after a cosy Christmas and Boxing Day, then this may well be for you. Hot Cakes team up with Benny Page’s label and club night Dubshotta to create a ragga D&B and jungle fueled lineup of General Levy, Benny Page & Sweetie Irie, Ed Solo, Nicky Blackmarket b2b Aries, Ragga Twins and more. Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6LH. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1187341

28.12: RAM Xmas at E1

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Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta

RAM Records have been known to put on some huge Christmas parties over the years, having hosting weighty lineups at clubs such as Fabric, Matter and The End. This one, taking place at the exciting new E1, boasts a lineup of names such as Camo & Krooked, Calyx & TeeBee b2b Circuits (Kasra & InsideInfo), and a UK debut from the mysterious newcomer Raiser. On top of this, there will be a room 2 takeover from the liquid label High Tea Music, with sets from the likes of T & Sugah and Monrroe. E1 London, Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, E1W 2BB. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1170138

31.12: Breakin Science NYE at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse

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Expect an all out D&B and jungle showdown as Breaking Science team up with Moondance and Epidemik for their New Year’s Eve party. Breakin Science are well known for fast-paced rave atmospheres and consistently huge lineups, with this night being one of their biggest yet. Expect everything from jump-up, to rollers, to jungle with acts such as Serum, Shadow Demon Coalition, Benny L, Fabio & Grooverider, Randall, and… well the list goes on. Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, 29 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0NS. Tickets: https://www.deftickets.co.uk/events/breakin-science-moondance-epidemik-present-nye-2018-31-12-2018

Essential Christmas Rave Gear

To keep you warm during this icy rave season, we have recently released our SINE Christmas jumpers. As warm as they are festive, they are perfect for going out to raves or as Christmas presents for your mates (or maybe even yourself). They are currently available in all sizes in either Red/Green or Black/Gold for the price of £35. Grab them HERE while you can and be the talk of the rave this Winter.

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SINE's Warehouse Selections - Top 5 Dubs

Ahead of the SINE warehouse rave in November, we have decided to compile a list of our top 5 unreleased tunes from the artists soon to be gracing the decks. 

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A 'dubplate' originally referred to the pressing of an exclusive tune onto a 10" acetate disk, largely in the reggae, dancehall and dub scenes. These tracks were one-off's often attributed to a certain sound system, and therefore used in sound clashes to 'battle' their opponents. Quickly dubplates spread into a vast array of other underground genres including jungle, and subsequently drum and bass. 

Whilst we have somewhat moved away from dubplates in their physical form, with vinyls being replaced for ever shrinking USB sticks, the 'dub' remains as important as ever. The songs below have been specially selected by us at SINE for both their quality, and their impact in the wider drum and bass scene. 

Commix – Be True (Data 3 Bootleg)

Our first pick comes from Data 3, made up of Harry Bryson (one half of Pola and Bryson), Dan Hartley (Mark Dinimal) and Alex Kostyakov. Whilst it is often argued that a classic should be left alone, in some cases this just isn’t true. The fast-rising Data 3 boys have put a crisp modern take on a tune that has been destroying raves for over ten years now. We cannot wait to get this trio on the decks with their blend of deep and liquid influenced tunes.

Satl – Bravehearts (feat. Dan Stezo)

Next up we have a tune from Satl, who will be teaming up with Ill Truth on the night for a huge b2b. Dan Stezo’s pensive vocals sit on top of a dark stepping beat, creating the murkiest of atmospheres. Having been closely circulated between DJs for a while now, we can't wait to hear it boom through the warehouse in November. 

Amoss - Speed Shades

Despite the recent departure of one half of Amoss, the now solo producer shows no sign of slowing down. Being tested out by the man himself at this years Dimensions festival, this track rolls in the typical Amoss fashion, deep and dangerous with a roaring bassline that is sure to destroy dancefloors for years to come. Check out the sweet shades too.

Renegade – Terrorist (T>I Remix)

Bringing one of the most iconic jungle tunes from Ray Keith back to life, T>I’s remix has been in close circulation for a long time now. According to a video on Facebook from Ray Keith himself, we are going to have to wait till 2019 for this huge remix to released on Dread Recordings. For now, we will have to wait and witness T>I play b2b with Bladerunner, a roller heavy set that will be sure to leave the warehouse in pieces.

Kings Of The Rollers - Rave Alarm VIP

Making up 1/3rd of possibly the most talked about acts in drum and bass right now alongside Serum and Voltage, Bladerunner has a USB filled with exclusives. Straight off the back of their 'Rave Alarm' EP, footage started circulating off this VIP, bringing a razor-sharp new twist on a track that has been dismantling the festival and club circuits for a while now.

If you want to hear all these tunes under one roof, then check out the Facebook event page here, and cop a ticket before they sell out!

We will also be announcing our VERY special guest on the 23rd of September. Keep an eye out on our Facebook, and our Instagram at @sineseriessine, where we will be revealing clues very soon...

SINE Summer Sesh 2018

SINE presents a daytime drum & bass rave at one of London's most unique and underrated venues - STYX. This will be their biggest line up to date with artists spanning the whole drum & bass spectrum from the early days to current times.

Early bird tickets sold out within a few days.
Limited £12.50 2nd release tickets on sale here >>> https://www.fatsoma.com/sine-series/zkfcdbtm/sine-summer-sesh-2018

Line up:

SPECIAL GUEST (Shogun Audio) - Announced 19th May
BRYAN GEE (Liquid V Set)
TOTAL SCIENCE (CIA Records)
GLXY (Shogun Audio)
MYSTIC STATE (The Chikara Project / Flexout Audio)
DEADLINE (Skankandbass)
SWEETPEA (Med School)
HANDY (Launch Collective)
MAXIMOUS (Sub-Urban)
APEY (SINE Series)

Hosted by: STAMINA MC, VISIONOBI & JOE RAYGUN

 

Dispatch Recordings - Facebook Live

Dispatch Records pre night warm up! 

Just under 27,000 of you tuned in to hear Dispatch regulars Zero T, Survival, Philth and Arkaik hosted by MC Visionobi LIVE from the Lightbox main room, ahead of the weekends main event.