Noel -Reborn LP Program /Culture Shock Sequence Ram /Sound In Noise - Shapes Pt.1/Lock Stock-Junkmai
Having already wrapped up three EP’s – ‘Shelter,’ ‘Watching’ and ‘Rhythm Flow’ respectively – Noel ties it all together on his debut long-player, ‘Reborn.’ Combining those previous releases plus four brand new tracks, ‘Reborn’ is the end product from a producer whose aim was to once again immerse himself in drum & bass, and in ProgRAM found the perfect home to do so. As one of four of the album’s exclusives, title track ‘Reborn’ steps with edgy synths patterns and rippled, arpeggio melodies. ‘Mist’ teams jazzy basslines with electric guitar riffs and Jungle-esque breakbeat percussion adding a live feel. ‘Tremor’ is a half time beast drawn out of minimal electro sounds and an ear-catching, pitch-bending vocal snippet. The last of the exclusives, and closing out the album as a whole, ‘I Can’ is an atmospheric roller; delicate beats and a lead sound sampled from a dukduk (an Armenian national instrument), plus a perfectly utilised spoken word sample, giving it a real statement of intent. Add these to established favourites like ‘Cosmic’, ‘Don’t Leave Me’ ‘Watching’ and ‘Girlfriend’ and you can see and hear why he’s such a good fit on the label. Being the first ever artist album to be released on ProgRAM, Noel definitely cements himself in the label’s history. ‘Reborn’ is a cohesive body of work from the talented Russian – and is proof of what happens when you get with the ProgRAM.
James Pountney aka Culture Shock has gone from the passing of an unmarked demo, to arguably the drum & bass scene’s most ground-breaking producer. Since his first release on Moving Shadow in 2004, Culture Shock has consistently pushed boundaries with his sonic artwork, creating a diverse discography which has become symbolic within one of the UK’s most withstanding genres. The release of the SEQUENCE represents his most accomplished work to date, with the bundle including all six tracks from the SEQUENCE series released over the past 18 months. These include the Radio 1 Hottest Record ‘There For You’, club mainstays ‘Get Physical’ & ‘Take Control’, and ‘Bunker’, one of the most successful tracks of the last five years. With his most recent single ‘Renaissance’ still being championed by Annie Mac, the bundle also features another electric Culture Shock original in ‘Neighbourhood’, as well as a jungle rework of ‘There For You’ courtesy of man of the moment Breakage, and an explosive techno remix of ‘Bunker’ from WEHBBA. To coincide with the release, Culture Shock hosted SEQUENCE to a sold out room 1 of the iconic fabric nightclub in London on May 24th, ahead of a hectic Summer touring schedule featuring EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, Nass, Beats For Love and Eastern Electrics.
So far 2019 has seen RAM come out of the blocks with some amazing music and adding to that is the return of Sound In Noise. Delivering the first in a series of releases culminating into an album, Sound In Noise presents ‘Shapes Pt.1’. From the dark, rattling march of ‘Cowards,’ (a track subject to three rewinds from Andy C at XOYO - Off with their heads!!), with its echoes of his remix of Fresh’s ‘The Gatekeeper’, to the disco funk vibes of ‘Deep Inside’ and the dramatic ‘One By One’ featuring Marianna Ray, ‘Shapes Pt.1’ highlights Sound In Noise’s ability to turn his hand to any style in the drum & bass spectrum with spectacular ease. An appetite wetter for more forthcoming music; be sure to keep your ears open for what else Sound In Noise has in store - ‘Shapes Pt.1’ is just the start.
After much online clamour for its identity since Andy C’s Rampage 2018 set, it’s time to unleash the beast that is ‘Lock Stock’. It also signals the arrival of Junk Mail: a new name to the roster but a familiar face to the RAM family, as it prompts the next step in Stefan Anfield’s career. After finding success as part of Mind Vortex, he now presents Junk Mail - kicking things off in rowdy style. ‘Lock Stock’ is pure dancefloor annihilation – building on a signature cinematic intro, the lead riff works its way inside your mind and stays there, weaving itself between punchy drums and well-placed break switches. It bears some of the hallmarks of his previous moniker, but you can be sure it’s a 100% Junk Mail banger. This is the first of many in store for RAM under his new alias… be sure to look out for more Junk Mail in your inbox throughout 2019.