For the drum and bass enthusiasts among us, the arrival of Releases’ first event for 2014 could not come any sooner. With little in the way of bass music blessing our finest Southampton establishments at the moment, it is with much excitement that come mid-January, RoXX will be playing host to one of drum and bass’s finest imprints; Metalheadz. The night sees headline acts, Hospital’s S.P.Y teaming up with bass heavyweights Jubei and DLR. After a brief hiatus away, the Release team are picking up where they left off with a couple of cracking nights (more info on the others soon).
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A man who needs no introduction, S.P.Y is an internationally renowned DJ, with roots firmly cemented in the underground UK drum and bass scene. After moving to the here in 2005, the Brazilian’s first major release on a label came after being snapped up by none other than Metalheadz’s front runner, Goldie. Breakthrough track, “Till Dawn” firmly rooted S.P.Y’s place in the UK scene; a point which has seen the versatile artist move from strength to strength. With little doubt concerning his impeccable production skills, it is with much shame that S.P.Y has not released more for the Metalheadz label, however, for the aficionados amongst you, he did come out with this timeless little roller in 2010, which is still doing the rounds in the DnB raves of today:
Fresh out the studio after his album release of “To Have & Have Not“, Jubei is sure to be happy on the touring circuit once again. The 15 track album features collaborations with drum and bass titans dBridge and Marcus Intalex, at the same time as taking an unashamed dip in the 140bpm pool as well, highlighting his all-round production flair. With key releases on Exit, Critical and Metalheadz, Jubei’s production establishes wonderful transitions, highlighted by the racier Kasra collaboration for Critical entitled “The Rift” against the punchy rolling bassline of “Patience”:
The third and final headline act of the night is DnB veteran DLR. Often seen billed for big nights with his long established partner, Octane, 2013 is a year which sees DLR adopt an individual outfit for his future releases. With an upcoming EP being released on the Metalheadz label, DLR has consistently showcased his talents in the DnB scene with dark, melodic, punchy dancefloor hitters. DLR’s sets are fast paced and eclectic, something I can personally vouch for. Stand out track by DLR for me is “Originate”, alongside Prolix:
Support acts on the night come in the form of Dispatch/Proximity’s Gerra & Stone who have featured in another of my articles, alongside Photon and Knauf. I am hoping that bass heads in 2014 will make it to events like this, as it will give promoters the impetus to book more artists to visit so buy your ticket now!
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