Ladies and gents, The Rinse is back with a bevy of new drum & bass tunes for this week. First, we dive into the deeper sounds of D&B with remixes from Ivy Lab and Machinedrum, then jump into the new acoustic-styled track from T:Base and Michael Oscar and the hip hop-inflected collab from Trigga and Sam Binga. Finally, we conclude with a neurofunk remix from UK producer Emperor. Time to get grimy!
Stray – Movements (Machinedrum Remix) [Exit]
Two tunes from Stray’s acclaimed new EP Paradise just got remixes–one by Exit Records boss dBridge and the other by New York’s finest, Machinedrum. Machinedrum delivers a rolling rhythm, flute runs, and R&B samples for a flowing, heady affair. Make sure to check out both remixes on this EP.
Lenzman – Paper Faces (Ivy Lab Remix) [Metalheadz]
Iconic label Metalheadz just released a massive, eight track remix EP of Lenzman’s debut album Looking At the Stars, and Ivy Lab scored big on their remix of Paper Faces. The London trio transforms Lenzman’s liquid masterpiece into an edgier rendition, employing a prominent bassline in lieu of the original’s piano melody, while also introducing a phasing pad to boost the track’s overall ambience.
T:Base & Oscar Michael – Do You Hear Me (Original Mix) [C Recordings]
A surprisingly unique tune, T:Base and Oscar Michael combine acoustic guitars and a magnetic vocal in glorious fashion on liquid roller Do You Hear Me. The tune’s benign intro gives way to a two-stepping workout just after the three-minute mark, when Michael’s guitar riffs start pushing the complexity envelope and the breaks start multiplying. However, it’s the tune’s vocal that steals the show, delivering a middle-eastern flair that congeals the track’s various elements. Do You Hear Me is part of the fourth volume of C Recordings’ Throwback Selections compilation.
Trigga & Sam Binga – MCR (Original Mix) [Girls]
Sam Binga is always bringing the dirty riddims, and his collab with Trigga is par for the course. The two UK producers are representing Manchester to the fullest with their new halftime banger, MCR. Featuring a head-splitting bassline and bleeding-edge production, MCR is a gritty, low-slung number that blurs the lines between hip hop and D&B. The tune comes as part of a new two-track EP from the two collaborators plus D&B producer Chimpo, which also features the more hip hop oriented Who Run Tingz (official music video here).
Optiv & BTK – Let It Loose (Emperor Remix) [Dutty Audio]
The Halifax, UK native Emperor has been tapped to remix last year’s techy Let It Loose by Optiv & BTK, and the result is magical. Featured on part one of the five-year anniversary album of BTK’s own Dutty Audio, Let It Loose gets an injection of jagged mid-bass from Emperor, raising the tune’s dancefloor and neurofunk quotient simultaneously. The remix of Let It Loose is packaged alongside three other remixes of Dutty Audio tunes coming by way of Maztek, Mindscape, and Kyrist.