Dispatch Recordings headed by Ant TC1 needs very little introduction, having launched in 2001, with a huge backcatalogue featuring some of the best artists in drum n bass, including Dub Phizix, Skeptical, Klute, Marcus Intalex, Quantum Soul, Sabre, Xtrah and more.
Ten years on the label launched their Dispatch Limited imprint, which has recently seen its 17th release, a sinister, dense low end drum n bass work out featuring rising star Hyroglifics on the beastly opening track “Terra”, with him collaborating with the Kolectiv bunch for the sinister atmospheric second track “Tize”.
The final track on the release, “The Fear”, with deep atmospherics, brooding growls, powerful low end rumble and a fractured, stuttering rhythm, comes from a phenomenal team of producers, as Kolectiv join with a further trio in the form of female producer Kyrist, Diffrent Music co-founder Dexta and Mauro Campana aka Mauoq. It’s pretty staggering that so many artists can come together to form such a coherently sinister narrative, demonstrating a clear penchant amongst them all for the dark side of drum n bass. If you want more of the same, try checking out Kyrist’s recent guest mix for Bailey’s Ministry of Sound radio show featuring a host of her own brutal solo outings, or Mauoq’s guestmix for The Deep End Collective.
However, drawing on a variety of influences and styles, darkness is not the only facet at play with the producers here. Dispatch were keen to show us the lighter side to their artists, Dexta and Mauoq stepping up to pick out five of their favourite chill out tracks, to help ease some of “The Fear“‘s dark after effects and relieve some post bank holiday blues, starting with Dexta.
"Hai, I’m Chris, aka Dexta, I teamed up with Mauoq, Kolectiv and Kyrist not too long ago and created a bit of a monster, "The Fear" which just dropped last Monday on Dispatch Recordings Ltd, it’s kinda dark-side, and can maybe make you feel a little uneasy at times, so, ironically, in total contrast Mauoq and I have been asked to give a little lowdown on ten tracks between us that help us relax and chill out"