The Rinse is back to supply another dose of brand new drum & bass for the week. This week’s episode highlights up-and-comers and veterans alike, showcasing works form Octane, Mark System, and the ubiquitous Hamilton, among others. Also featured this week is a new mixed set from the mighty Critical Music, which comes ahead of the imprint’s massive live show later this week. Without further ado, let’s get those knees above the elbows, shall we?
L 33 – Scream (Original Mix) [Eat Brain]
First up is a neuro-maniacal track from rising Bulgarian producer L 33. Appropriately titled Scream, this track is pressurized to the point of combustion, combining a raucous break and snarling bassline in an enveloping stereo field. The tune comes as part of a four-track EP by way of prominent neurofunk label Eat Brain, and is available right here on Beatport.
Mark System – Optix (Original Mix) [Exit]
Mark System, popularly known for his MC talents in years past, just dropped a two-track EP on Exit Records and it’s definitely a statement piece. The Londoner delivers two minimalistic rollers on the EP, but it’s Optix’ piercing lead synth that quickly cemented its spot on this week’s Rinse–proof positive that Mark is just as good behind a keyboard as he is a microphone. Make sure to head over to Beatport to pick up Mark’s latest.
Hamilton – Track 8 (Original Mix) [RAM]
Hamilton is gearing up to release two dancefloor-ready tracks on his forthcoming EP via RAM Records titled Feel the Fury and Track 8. Both are typical heavyweight Hamilton productions, but it’s Track 8’s unconventional arrangement that immediately etches itself into the auditory cortex. The tune was premiered recently by Annie Mac and will hit stores on March 29. Pre-order the EP right here on iTunes.
Sigma feat. Labrinth – Higher (Extended Mix) [3beat]
Sigma is definitely one of the hottest acts in the scene right now, and their latest collaboration with Simon Cowell-signed artist Labrinth is nothing short of spectacular. Titled Higher, the tune is filled with uplifting vibes derived from its triumphant string and piano harmonies. As always, Labrinth delivers an emotive vocal composition with his trademarked hymn-type chants when the tune begins. Out via 3beat, Higher is now available alongside several house remixes on Beatport. Also make sure to check out the official music video.
DLR & Octane feat. Break – Murmur (Break & DLR VIP) [Dispatch Dubplate]
Break, DLR, and Octane’s 2012 track Murmur made huge waves on the DJ circuit, garnering support from the likes of Andy C, Friction, and Goldie, to name a few. When Break and DLR gave it a VIP treatment, the tune’s darkness quotient was ratcheted up by a factor of ten. Out on Dispatch Recordings’ sister-imprint Dispatch Dubplate, Murmur VIP comes flanked by two other DLR productions, and all three can be had in limited vinyl form or as a digital download from Beatport.
Hyroglifics – Critical Sound Bristol Promo Mix [Critical Music]
The last entry on this week’s episode of The Rinse is a special Critical Sound mix from famed D&B label Critical Music. Curated by British Columbian newcomer Hyroglifics, the mix was released to promote Critical’s upcoming live show on March 28 in Bristol featuring Kasra, Emperor, and neuro-extraordinaire Mefjus, to name a few. For tickets and event info, visit the Motion website. To download this mix for free, head over to the Critical Music SoundCloud page here.