A lot has and will be going on for dBridge’s Exit Records recently, a lot which has continued to prove it’s place as one of the flagship labels of exciting new uptempo styles of late.
First Alix Perez made his debut appearance on the label with the “U” EP, which continues in the darker, more argueably “underground” pure beats and bass aesthetic of his sound, as opposed to the slick liquid drum n bass he has also made waves with. Featuring collaborations with Stray, and also with Chicago footwork producers DJ’s Rashad and Spinn, the melodic aspects may be stripped back, but the bass comes in rich and powerful, and the rhythms intricate and punctuating, with half step elements surrounded by a multitude of fast paced percussion, that leaves the attention jumping dynamically between elements, perfect for getting lost in on the dancefloor.
Following on quickly, next Monday (or likely in many record stores for Record Store Day this Saturday 19th April) see’s the release of Stray's second EP for the label, the “Chatterbox” EP. Chatterbox bounces around between jazzy jungle, glistening and joyous such as in track “Award Tour” and title tune “Chatterbox”, through the seething mass of sound punctuated by skittish elements reminiscent if jazz improvisation in “Fragile” to the schizoid and slightly unsettling effects of “Eazy Boy” in which roomy, almost industrial sounding drums, and crazed chopped up non-sensical vocal cries dance wildy over sliding pads, at once elating and eery.
These two great releases have come at an ideal time, in which celebrations for the long bank holiday, and international Record Store Day, collide in one weekend, and Exit have more than taken the chance to celebrate with their fans. This Saturday, as part of Record Store Day celebrations, the first ever collaboration release between the two mammoth drum n bass labels Metalheadz and Exit Records, the mysterious HEADEX001, will be released in those record stores that have placed an order, an exciting prospect for the many fans of both long standing labels. The release was announced by both labels yesterday with little information, except that 200 copies with stickers will be available especially for Record Store Day, with copies without stickers following after this on surus, preorder links to be announced first on both labels Facebook pages as above. However avid fans can find further clues in the last Metalheadz podcast (number 45). BM Soho will have a larger number of copies with Exit Records doing an instore showcase for them on the day, free to all, with free coctails, and a chance to catch dBridge, Fracture and Stray in the mix, among many others, details here.
Exit fans who can’t make it down to London this weekend don’t have to miss all the action either, as the label will be taking over the DJ Mag offices tomorrow for a live streaming back to back showcase to kick off the holiday, from 4pm GMT, featuring dBridge, Alix Perez, Stray, Fracture, Skeptical, and Mark System with SP:MC as host. We have a feeling it’s going to be a good weekend!
Alix Perez - “U”
Stray - “Chatterbox” EP
Buy/preorder Exit releases at their Surus store here.