Friday, September 28, 2012

Blackdub Podcast #3 feat. Lethal

It's podcast time again and this month we've decided to upgrade things a little bit. The previous two episodes were in a straight-up DJ mix format but in the time these have been going we've been contacted by a few people wondering if we can play their music. Thus we thought it was high-time we started a more conventional radio-style show!
This month's episode is hosted by myself, Enorme and features a little showcase of some forthcoming tunes from what we feel is a very promising label going by the name of AutomAte, as well as a bunch of tunes I'm feeling at the moment and some awkward  continuity banter. 
As well as all that we have a special guest mix from Surround Sound Recordings' co-owner Lethal. A big thanks goes out to him for putting in the effort for his stomping mix. If you like your Drum and Bass with a hefty techno influence, you won't be disappointed.
You can also read our little Q&A with Lethal on the blog while you listen. Download the podcast here (right click and save link as) or stream it directly from our Soundcloud page. What are you waiting for?! Enjoy!


OrtoKore :: Peg Leg
Fearful :: Gorilla
Gerra & Stone :: Droneheads (Octane & DLR Remix)
Silent Witness :: Magnetize
Capone :: Friday

Lethal In The Mix
Lethal, Gancher & Ruin :: Rising
Dextems & C.A.2K :: Fury
Optiv & BTK :: Start It Again
Lethal :: Invader
Propaganda :: Hardcore Will Never Die
Lethal :: Rave In E Minor
Lethal :: Darkslider
Denix :: Spusk
Lethal feat. Hostile :: Surr8ted Edge
Raiden & Proket :: Skafandr
The Sect & Cooh :: Danger Nation
The Panacea :: Creatch (Lethal Remix)
Raiden :: Hubble
Proket :: Guta
Lethal :: Tech-No-Step
Ed Rush & Optical :: Check Out Time
Underhill :: Solace (The Sect Remix)
Lethal :: Eurocrash
Art Pathos & Prode :: El Nino

Fearful :: Santura
Arclight :: Pluroform

Enorme In The Mix
DRS :: Bun Ya feat. Dub Phizix, Strategy, Fox, Chimpo, Skittles, Konny Kon & T-Man
Ibunshi & Kodama :: Fragments
Nate Dogg :: Took Your Love (Teebee Bootleg)
Foreign Concept & Xtrah :: Harsh Reality
Octane, DLR & Cern :: Rawness
Icicle & Nymfo :: Franky Mountain
Dose :: Nine Lives
Optiv & BTK :: Cantilever
Ulterior Motive :: 2098


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Q&A :: Lethal [Surround Sound Recordings]

Lethal was kind enough to provide us with a guest mix for the third episode of our podcast series. To whet your appetite we caught up with the DJ/Producer and got a few words with him to find out a bit more about what drives him, what we can expect from his label Surround Sound Recordings and how he feels about the ever-present MP3 vs. Vinyl argument.

For the people who don’t know much about you, can you introduce yourself and give us a little background on the label?
My names Dan Franklin aka Lethal and I own the label Surround Sound which I run alongside my good friend Mike Rogers who is also one half of Able Danger. The labels been going since June 2009 and we’ve had 26 releases so far. We release predominantly Drum and Bass, but have also branched out into Dubstep with plans to move into other genres too.

What made you want to set up a new label?
Mainly it was to have that creative control over my music and output, although it was always a goal of mine to have my own label and one that I was very happy to achieve. I had been working with Raiden helping to manage Offkey and the connection to ST Holdings got made, so I took the opportunity to put my concept for a label forward. Things went from there and here we are today.

How would you describe the ethos behind Surround Sound? What are you looking for when you sign a track?
It’s hard to say, a well thought out arrangement and balanced production is always good for me. I like tracks that have some substance to them, where you can tell the producer has put some thought into it and not just slapped a bunch of loops from a sample CD together. Surround Sound is about a variety of styles and genres that can all work together in context. Techno is a big influence for me personally; however I don't let it dictate the label.

The MP3 vs. Vinyl argument continues to rumble on. As you run a digital release focused label, do you feel D&B is a little unyielding in its refusal to embrace technology more?
I don’t really feel there’s much of an argument anymore... you can only argue with the numbers so much. The reality is vinyl doesn’t sell like it did, especially not for smaller labels. Many who put out vinyl do it at a loss, which is a real shame. I would love to do some more vinyl releases but the numbers just don’t add up. Who knows what the future holds, but I can’t see things moving back.

What’s up next for you and Surround Sound?
I have a 5 track EP out now on Surround Sound that features some tracks originally scheduled for Position Chrome. Then we have a 3 track EP from Able Danger with more to come. We’re still finalising the schedule but details will be up on the as soon as their ready. Other than that I’m currently working on solo and collab projects, as well as a techno project too.

Can you give us a little insight into the mix you’ve put together for us?
I wish I could say there was some deep thought that went into it, but I'd be lying. I just wanted to pull some old bits and throw them in the pot with some new tracks. It’s very easy to get caught up in the latest tunes all the time so it was good to dig through the old CDs and pull out some old personals.

Any final thoughts you’d like to add?
Follow me on Twitter, @DanLethal and Soundcloud for up to date info on what’s going on with me and keep posted to and @SurroundSoundUK on Twitter for all label and associates news. A big thanks to the Blackdub crew for asking for the mix, big ups to you guys. A shout goes out to Mike (MR2) and the Surround Sound family, expanding by the day. Big ups and respect to all those that support what we do. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Introducing :: Protect Audio

Drum and Bass is flourishing at the moment and with that, there is a consistent rash of labels popping up here and there. 
It's difficult in times like this to stand out from the crowd and keep the quality control high. Worcester based label Protect Audio seems to have both of these factors locked down. They already have a solid debut release out now in the shape of Marukumo's Visions/Ganymede so we thought we'd catch up with head-honcho Pete to find out what's up next.

For the people who don’t know much about you, can you give us a little background on yourself and Protect Audio?
I’m Pete, I’m 26 and I own Protect Audio (sounds like blind date haha). I’ve always had a massive interest in music and I’ve played different instruments for the last 15 or so years.  I started off playing drums at age eleven and soon moved onto bass and guitar. I still play guitar now. 
Around the age of sixteen I started playing around with FL studio, making some weird Aphex Twin inspired music as I was really into that trippy genre back then. At age eighteen I thought about going to guitar school and getting a degree in technical guitar playing as I wanted to teach/session etc. Instead I got a job and worked for a couple of years then went to SAE Institute London to study audio engineering. I ended up quitting my course after a year and I started a small label named Tongue Flap. This is where I learnt the foundations of music business and music management etc. 
2012 came along and it was time to start Protect Audio and really focus it on nineties influenced Drum and Bass. I've been building up my contacts and knowledge over the past three to four years so starting the label and getting people aware of it was a bit easier. We’re now just waiting for PA002 to land on September 17th.

How would you describe the ethos behind the label? What do you feel sets you apart from everyone else?
Protect Audio's ethos is to release Drum and Bass that has a nineties inspiration but with a 2012 feel. We’re not aiming for the commercial sounds and not trying to follow a trend. We just release music that we love which has enough firepower to compete with the big boys and it appears to be working. We’ve had some amazing DJ feedback & support so far. Watch out!

What’s up next release-wise for Protect Audio?
On September 17th we have The Protection EP dropping worldwide. It’s a four track various artists EP featuring Congress, Mono, Homemade Weapons and Marukomu. There is something for everyone in this release and we’re very proud of it. As for forthcoming music, we have a release from Homemade Weapons, Cursa and Hyroglifics. I’ve already said too much so you’ll have to wait to find out more info!!!

Any shouts or final thoughts you’d like to add?
Thanks to everyone that is supporting Protect Audio and cheers to all the guys who work very hard for me. You can hear our forthcoming release by playing the Soundcloud set below.