Wednesday, 24 April 2013
To help celebrate the launch of Djrum's debut album, Seven Lies, our friends at XLR8R have an exclusive track to giveaway. It's a special dub version of album track Anchors usually featuring the wonderful tones of Shadowbox.
Pick it up here > http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2013/04/anchors-instrumental
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2nd Drop Crew
Friday, 12 April 2013
2nd Drop Records release ‘Seven Lies’, the debut album by Felix Manuel aka Djrum (pronounced Drum). Its sounds are inspired by the rawness of urban London, influences of Portishead, DJ Shadow and The Cinematic Orchestra, jungle, minimal techno, classic house, broken beat – all seamlessly segued with a nod to jazz vinyl and film music.
Fans will recognise Djrum’s iconic tropes on ‘Seven Lies’: widescreen atmospheres, dub chords, dusty and melancholic strings, obscure film samples. But this time its spread over a bigger, more luxurious canvas that dips like an undulating terrain of sound; techno troughs, bumpy hip hop breaks, euphoric drum and bass, all filtered through the Djrum node.
Felix would admit himself he is a not a prolific producer. Preferring to craft and hone, often allowing music to mutate and diverge down different paths, his tracks often top the 8-9 min marks in length. However, each track is never at risk of becoming staid or boring, quite the opposite as ideas mutate and evolve, subtle differences and nuances are evoked and explored.
Inspired by the sounds of Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel radio show, Oxford born/London based Felix became involved with the free party scene and helped set up the seminal Yardcore nights in 2005. A night of wild extremes, it swept from acts as diverse as Hellfish, Andy Stott, Breakage and Various Production in one night. An aesthetic he still faithfully adheres to in his all-vinyl DJ sets, a seamless blend of techno, garage, dancehall, hip hop, old-school hardcore and jungle.
Just as the dominant dubstep scene was in a painful, if fertile, transitionary period in 2010, Felix made his production debut as Djrum with 12 singles on the On the Edge and Smokin Sessions labels. This would ultimately provide him with the perfect platform for his own hybrid sound. A sound that instead of reflecting the brash energy of his DJ style
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Friday, 15 March 2013
Get the free download here: http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2013/03/livin-gulls-remix
Just today, London's 2nd Drop imprint released Future Foundations, a compilation featuring new tunes from South London Ordnance, Youandewan, Last Magpie, and the original version of LV's "Livin Up" with UK vocalist Dan Bowskill. Reaching way across the pond, the label has enlisted Portland producer Gulls (pictured above) to rework the track, and he's complied by reshaping the sparse momentum of LV's production into a space-age piece of dub complete with bits of echoed percussion and distant horn lines. After giving the remix a listen, the artwork and full tracklist for Future Foundations can be found after the jump.
Monday, 4 March 2013
2nd Drop Records
Buy it here:
Surus - http://www.surus.co.uk/2nd-Drop-Records/
Boomkat - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/667321-alex-coulton-youandewan-future-foundations-part-1
Juno - http://www.juno.co.uk/products/future-foundations-1/483426-01/
Boomkat - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/667323-lv-dan-bowskill-pedestrian-last-magpie-future-foundations-part-2
Juno - http://www.juno.co.uk/products/future-foundations-2/483427-01/
Boomkat - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/667324-djrum-south-london-ordnance-manni-dee-deft-future-foundations-part-3
Juno - http://www.juno.co.uk/products/future-foundations-3/483428-01/
Surus - http://www.surus.co.uk/2nd-Drop-Records/Future-Foundations-21088.aspx
Boomkat - http://boomkat.com/downloads/658400-various-2nd-drop-future-foundations?utm_source=Boomkat+Production&utm_campaign=7549b0125d-Digital_Newsletter_04_03_20133_4_2013&utm_medium=email
Juno - http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/2143746-02.htm
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/future-foundations/id599960169
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2nd Drop Records
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Our first compilation, Future Foundations is out on Monday, featuring Djrum, Pedestrian, Last Magpie, Manni Dee & Deft, Alex Coulton, LV & Dan Bowskill, Youandewan and South London Ordnance. Out on Monday 4th Match on 3 piece vinyl and digital. Buy at our Surus store: http://www.surus.co.uk/2nd-Drop-Records/
Illustration by Adam Daily, art arrangement and photography by Hi. I'm Ralph.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
FACT Magazine have an exclusive stream of our forthcoming Future Foundations compilation up on their site now. Go check it >>>
Monday, 11 February 2013
2nd Drop Records presents:
Release date: 4th March 2013
After 20 superb 12” single releases over five and half years in the game, UK label, 2nd Drop, is proud to present its first compilation, Future Foundations, featuring a mixture of established artists who have graced the label previously, alongside a handful of exciting new acts generating some serious hype on the scene right now.
This compilation is the first of many that will bear the Future Foundations title. We have assigned each 12” with a number, “Foundation 1, Foundation 2” and so on, viewing these chunks of superb music as the foundations of an on-going, multi-layered aural concept that will document the rich and varied output of the label and its artists for the foreseeable future.
The compilation presents eight exclusive tracks that sleekly demonstrate the quality, variety and depth of sounds the label has come to be known for; new sounds from familiar faces begins with the deep, lush techno/house of Youandewan, then a beautiful torch song from LV & Dan Bowskill, followed by Pedestrian’s synth-funk houser and the textured techno of Djrum, terminating with a creeping leviathan from South London Ordnance.
The first artist making his debut on 2nd Drop is Manchester’s Alex Coulton with his stuttering techno machinations, followed swiftly by Last Magpie who presents a superb number that shifts, skanks and weaves throughout, frantically culminating in the balls-out juke of Brighton’s Manni Dee & Deft.
And finally, we wanted the artwork to be something special, timeless and iconic. We were lucky enough to stumble across the bold abstractions of Adam Daily, an artist from Philadelphia, who now lives in New York State and exhibits frequently and widely. Adam likes to produce big, bold and beautiful pieces, bursting with colour and vibrancy, working big geometric shapes via painting, photography, collage and digital techniques. We think he’s a badman! http://adam-daily.com/
Future Foundations tracklist (available as 3 x 12” and digital bundle)
Foundation 1 - 2ndrp12021
A. Alex Coulton – Grande Swing
B. Youandewan - Faith
Foundation 2 - 2ndrp12022
C1. LV & Dan Bowskill - Livin Up
C2. Pedestrian - Sliding Down Rainbows
D. Last Magpie - Without You
Foundation 3 - 2ndrp12023
E. Djrum – Blue on Blue (Voodoo)
F1. South London Ordnance - Daphne
F2. Manni Dee & Deft - This One, The Art of the Possible
A full stream of the album will go live on 25th February. Watch this space....!