The Rinse is back with a slew of new drum & bass songs for the week. This week we profile burgeoning Sydney producer Andy Sim, a relatively mysterious artist named Unknown Artist, Metalheadz alum Jubei, and more. Let’s have a little dance, shall we?
Unknown Artist – H.E.W. (Original Mix) [Celsius]
Serving up this bouncy number under the guise “Unknown Artist,” Lance Calder, aka DJ Surplus, dropped a catchy new EP on Celsius Recordings this week called The Remixes. As inconspicuous as the EP’s title may be, the two tracks featured on the EP are anything but, with H.E.W providing enough bounce to move the most cement-footed of crowds. Equally superb, H.E.W.’s flip-side track Felon DB, brings the soulful, intelligent flavor in copious amounts.
Andy Sim – Little Germ (Original Mix) [Think Deep]
Hailing from Sydney, Andy Sim released a very promising album this week on Think Deep Recordings, blending heavy basslines with jazz overtones and feel-good vibes. The 11-track album features several forward-thinking tunes such as Innerspace and In Front of You, but it’s Little Germ’s heavy bassline that wins a spot on this week’s Rinse. Laptop speakers simply won’t do this tune any justice.
Oz – Bleed (Original Mix) [Co-Lab]
Taken from the new six-track compilation EP from Co-Lab Recordings called Deep In the Lab Vol. 2, label artist Oz delivers this smooth roller called Bleed. The tune showcases an effortless groove built around a snarling lead synth, subdued bassline, and irresistible R&B vocal. Make sure to sample the rest of the tracks on this EP from artists Heist, Sycamore, Ceph, and more.
Fracture x DJ Monita – Luv Ta Luv Ya (Fracture VIP) [Astrophonica]
Appearing across many of the scene’s top labels, longtime D&B artist Fracture needs no introduction. The London producer returns with his VIP take on the classic Skeleton Krew tune Luv Ta Luv Ya out via his own Astrophonica imprint. The original mix, which featured production from Skeleton Recordings founder DJ Monita, was as hardcore as dance tracks came back when it was released in 1992, and Fracture keeps his VIP version in the same vain. Fracture’s retooling kicks right into a Amen break and soon unleashes a Reese bassline–both of which provide vintage vibes from the jungle era.
Jubei – Congo (Original Mix) [Metalheadz]
Jubei returns to Metalheadz with this new five-track, aggro-funk EP True Form featuring the massive tune Congo. While all five tracks are suitable weapons of mass destruction, it’s Congo’s rigid cadence that locks the listener into an uncontrollable head-nod. With its piercing snare and rumbling bassline, Congo is a subdued workout strictly tailored for dimly lit dancefloor dungeons. For bread and butter beats and bass, look no further than Jubei’s latest EP, True Form.