Brace yourselves, The Rinse is back with another lethal dose of hot new drum & bass. This week’s episode features incredible tracks from newcomers Proxima, Annix, and Danny Scrilla, and then we jump into more familiar territory with a few hard-hitting salvos from Tantrum Desire and Joe Ford. Without further ado, it’s time to report to the dancefloor!
Danny Scrilla feat. Om Unit – Free Flight (Original Mix) [Cosmic Bridge]
Danny Scrilla might not be the biggest blip on fans’ radar, but the German producer just dropped a brilliant EP called True Sight that will certainly turn some heads. Out on Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge imprint, the four-track EP touches upon various tempos and really delivers around the 170 BPM territory. The tune here is a collaboration with Om Unit called Free Flight–an intelligent track that tantalizes the cerebral cortex with a rhythmic melody, undulating pads, and a staggered, two-step break.
Icicle – Neutralize (Joe Ford Remix) [Shogun Audio]
Icicle’s sophomore album Entropy just got a remix treatment from some of Icicle’s favorite producers, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Artists such as Proxima (who is also featured in this episode of The Rinse), Black Sun Empire, and Phace all supply remixes on the new EP, but it’s Joe Ford’s huge retooling of Neutralize that makes it into this week’s episode. Joe Ford crafts a neuro-explosive with his take on Neutralize, delivering pressurized percussion and a highly addictive melody. The Neutralize remix is flanked by five other equally impressive remixes that are not to be missed.
Proxima – Point Of Focus (Original Mix) [Hospital]
Fred V & Grafix are the curators of the second installment Hospital Records’ Mixtape series, and Proxima’s gem Point of Focus is one of the 32 tracks on the first-rate compilation featuring tracks from Fred V & Grafix themselves, Dimension, and S.P.Y., to name a few. The Dutch producer steers way off the beaten path with Point of Focus, delivering a very unique groove built around a half-time beat, ricocheting drum rolls, and plucked synthetics. In addition to Point of Focus, make sure to check out the rest of the second volume of the Hospital Mixtape.
Tantrum Desire – Genesis (Original Mix) [Technique]
Tantrum Desire just released their LP Diversified on Technique Recordings, and Genesis is a small glimpse into this 16-track masterpiece. Aimed squarely at the dancefloor, Genesis is a boom-bap, two-step number, featuring a rounded lead underpinned by a buffeting bassline. Genesis’ bouncy rhythm and irregular cadence makes this track a must-have for any D&B aficionado looking for something a bit different. Be sure to check out the rest of the Diversified album guest-starring Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Matrix & Futurebound, and several others.
Annix – Work It Out (Original Mix) [Playaz]
With extensive work already out on Playaz, UK duo Annix needs no introduction. Their latest EP is a six-track inferno, bringing raw dancefloor energy in pure jump-up fashion. The EP’s title-track Work It Out is a head-nodding romp, combining a rigid groove around a series of squelchy synth spats. As the tune unfolds, an array of breaks come flooding in, invoking uncontrollable neck muscle contractions. Work It Out is featured alongside tracks from Konichi and Decimal Bass, making this release mandatory listening.