After starting to produce almost a decade ago and steadily releasing music since 2010, Eastcolors has worked with some of drum & bass’ finest talents including Enei, Clarity and with big upcoming names such as Traffic & Noel. Often an unsung hero of the scene, Eastcolors’ debut album on Demand Records sees him rise as one of Russia's forefront producers. “Lighthouse” is without doubt one of 2015’s most honest and diverse albums of the year, covering drum & bass and beyond in a versatile and uncompromising way only Eastcolors can. A vision of a young artist’s music translated into a magnificent 16 track journey, this LP is the rare type of release that’s enough to satisfy serious music fans, producers and DJs worldwide. It’s about time the world woke up to Eastcolors.
Tracklisting: 1. Troy Gunner -- Capacity 2. Cursa -- CRNR 3. Bredren - The Truth 4. Detail & Linden - The Limits 5. Cursa, Subliminal & Alxr - Camino (Mindmapper & Fre4knc Remix) 6. Roygreen & Protone & Pennygiles - Misunderstanding VIP 7. War, Overlook & Mateba -- Scared 8. Pennygiles & Mr Joseph - Underwater City 9. Roygreen & Protone -- Shady 10. Gamma -- 2347 11. Eastcolors & Krysiz - No One Knows 12. Linden & Detail -- Fringe 13. Mtwn -- Voices 14. Qbig & Zenith B (Feat. Mc Fava) -- Science
Vinyl only 12": a. Abstract Elements -- Saturn b. Pennygiles & Mr Josef -- Overdrive Melody Label: Demand Records Cat Ref: DMNDLP02CD / DMNDLP02S Format: CD, Vinyl, Digital download Release date: 09/12/13
Counting almost three years in the game now, Demand Records have set themselves a mammoth task. To continually release music that cuts through the mounting levels of hype that surround the drum and bass scene of 2013 while retaining an edge of experimental innovativeness is no easy feat. Luckily, by pushing the task onto the greatest talents of the deep, dark and creative side of the scene, the label have achieved exactly what they set out to do. Drum & Bass on Demand 2 is a collection of darkly intelligent beats from some of the label's biggest stars, as well as some incredible new talents. Released on a huge 14-track CD with a vinyl-only 12" featuring exclusive pressings of tracks by Abstract Elements and Pennygiles & Mr Josef operating on an 'order now or or regret it later' basis, Demand are proving once again why they remain one of the genre's best loved labels.
Demand Records always looks beyond the limits of drum & bass to see what else the genre can achieve. Challenging listeners and pushing producers to their limits, "Drum & Bass on Demand 2" showcases the complete audio ethos of the label itself. Light and shade, elegant rhythms and dirty bass -- intelligent noise. It's the Demand way, you should know that by now.
Drum & Bass on Demand is a darkly intelligent DnB compilation of epic proportions. Not usually fans of exaggeration, here are the facts laid bare: this is a collection of sixteen tracks (2 track vinyl strictly limited to 300 copies, all 16 tracks available on digital download) that describe why Demand have proved themselves as the producer's label of choice.
From the paranoid sparseness of M-zine & Scepticz's frenzied snares in "Alone" to bass-laden techy roller Heavy1 -- "Maya" Drum & Bass on Demand starts as it means to go on.
Austrian favourites RoyGreen & Protone & Pennygiles offer some deep dark bass into the mix in "Misunderstanding"; Gerwin plays with ambience and textures in "Inner Conflict"; Ed:it's "Element" creeps and builds under frenetic hi-hats and Soul Intent offers a little respite with the characteristically beautiful rolling "Synthetic".
Returning to the darker fringes of deep drum and bass, Cursa, Subliminal & Alxr play with space and constriction in rhythmic "Camino" leads to Axon's demented roller "Danger Close" bringing up the leftfield. Vladivostok's own Eastcolors adds his own very unique flavour of tech-influenced stepper to the mix in "The Longest Journey" feat. Cain Mos before Heavy1 crashes in with a VIP of his massive 2011 release "Xiphactinus".
Ukranian hard-hitter Fade shows his technical side with the experimental beats of "Exclusion"; RoyGreen & Protone & Monologue -- "Storming" sees the softer side of Demand with a sweet but perfectly-appointed roller; Ed:it returns to the scene of the crime with the beautifully layered jungle cut "Need You" and Minor Rain brings the icy breaks back with the techy neuro nuances of "Aftershock".
The two vinyl releases come as part of this special edition package and with numbers limited to just 300 copies its strictly first come first served on the physical copies. Played the opposite way round by this promo staffer for full effect, Side aa sees Gamma of Hungarian powerhouse Spinline breaking out alone with "I'm Sick", a rampant hurter of a stepper designed to shake soundsystems to the core. Side a is a monumental release from some of the DnB scene's hardest working big hitters, June Miller and Proxima. "Killswitch Engage" finally gets a full release and as it rumbles out with menace and a deep killer bassline it's a prime way to round off a compilation filled with such a massive line-up of fresh talent. Demand Records has always been about nurturing drum and bass and challenging fans to listen beyond their comfort zone. It's easy to see that from start to finish, "Drum & Bass on Demand" showcases not only the best of what drum and bass has to offer right now in 2012, but the complete audio ethos of the label itself. Raw but polished, punchy but subtle -- intelligent noise. It's the Demand way, you should know that by now.
a: June Miller & Proxima -- Killswitch Engage aa: Gamma -- I'm Sick