Mind of a Dragon continues his soulful UKG endeavours on ‘vibes & that (volume one)’

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The London based producer is on a great run right now, cementing himself right at the forefront of Garage.

In August last year Grant Dragon released his debut album; 10 tracks of melodic, soul drenched UK Garage that defined his sound of bubbling, popping basslines and syncopated drum work with a healthy dose of work on the keys. The title of that album was ‘keep cracking on’, and that is exactly what MOAD has been doing.

Since the album release, we’ve seen the Londoner put out a steady stream of high quality UKG as well as announce he’s finished up a second album, this time focusing on UK Funky – something we can’t wait to wrap our ears around.

Not content with all that music, MOAD has just released a brand new 7 track EP, entitled ‘vibes & that (volume one).’ and as you can imagine, it’s full to the brim with vibes (& that).

Each track centres round a vocal (which is when we think MOAD’s at his best), covering a multitude of themes and feelings with each one being an indication of his versatility whilst being easily identifiable as a piece of music from Mind of a Dragon. Daniel Caesar & H.E.R, Krept & Konan, Sampha, and SZA’s voices are all used with Sinéad Hartnett featuring twice, including on standout track ‘Unconditional’, and Drake on ‘Hype M8’ – the one track on the release that feels 100% focused towards the dancefloor.

If volume one isn’t enough to satisfy your craving for beautifully crafted UKG then don’t panic – ‘vibes & that (volume two)’ is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Until then you can buy the first instalment here, and stream it below.

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J69 has dropped a load of sick new bootlegs on his BandCamp

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The Sheffield native is back with a big batch of tunes

We think it’s fair to say you’ll struggle to find a new school artist that channels the energy and rawness of old school Bassline quite like J69; whilst it’s easy to see he’s influenced by many different genres, you really get a sense that he’d rep that particular sound from Sheff until he dies.

After his quick (but very sick) foray into UK Funky on 1Forty’s last compilation, J69 is kicking off the first part of the year with a huge choice of new bootlegs and there is something for everyone. Taking on tracks from hip hop and house as well as his preferred genres of Grime and Bassline, each of the 10 tracks is as hard as the last and whilst not all of them stick to your standard 140bpm template, the signature J69 wobs and wobbles over frantic drums are present and accounted for.

We’re particularly fond of the 2step take on David Zowie’s anthemic ‘House Every Weekend’, the guttural bass onslaught on Jay Z’s ‘Tom Ford’ and the transformation of Musical Mob’s ‘Pulse X’ from classic grime banger to frenzied Bassline roller.

You can stream J69 – ‘Bootlegs Vol. 1’ below and pay what you like for it here.

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Daze Prism on his versatile production style, avoiding writers block and his forthcoming Southpoint EP [Interview]

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After a monumental 2017 that saw Daze Prism hone his sound across a series of high quality EPs on a handful of the scene’s biggest labels, we caught up with him ahead of his first release of the year.

First of all, in research for this interview we had a quick look on Juno Download and saw in 2017 you featured on 1 compilation and put out 8 EPs AND your debut album – talk about work rate! Is writer’s block something you find easy to avoid?

Yeah 2017 was a busy one for me! Through the summer I was producing tracks everyday, and luckily didn’t have any issues with writers block. I was writing my dissertation at the time for my MSc and having the music as an outlet really helped with creativity. My advice for writers block would be to have a little jam with a keyboard/guitar – you never know what ideas might come from it…

Something we’re noticing more of at the moment is artists sticking to a small group of labels again rather than the phase of releasing everywhere and anywhere – you’ve consistently released on PAR and Southpoint, who we know try and encourage label loyalty. What are the advantages in having that kind of relationship with labels?

The great thing about sticking to a label is that you can be more selective with tracks you put out. If there’s sound you’re really feeling, the freedom to release that type of music only comes with a familiar label in most cases. When you’re trying to land a release with a new label you have less control over which tracks will end up on an EP – and sometimes you find yourself producing for a label rather than for yourself. 



You’ve got a really versatile sound and no 2 of your releases really sound similar. What are your influences?

At the moment there is a lot of sick music to take inspiration from, you don’t have to search for long to find a track which makes you want to go and start a new production!

In terms of my ‘base ingredient’ influences, I’d have to say Vangelis (the composer of the original Blade Runner sountrack) is a key inspiration for the melodic and more musical side to my tracks. For the more dark and modern parts of my productions I draw a lot of influences from early My Nu Leng, Taiki Nulight and Sly One tracks. Aside from that I try to take influences from any music I listen to, even some mainstream tracks in the charts might have a cool snippet of production in them that can be applied to a track.



Up until ‘Lose Control’ your music has been consistently dark and gritty – is that a choice on your part?

Most of the time the tracks develop into something dark – I don’t usually make a conscious effort to make them dark.

What was the defining moment/track when you realised you had your own original sound?

My favourite production to date is “React”, I think once I got the master back for that I knew I’d found my sound.



Talk us through the Daze Prism approach for putting together an EP?

I don’t really have an approach as such; I’m making tracks all the time and if one ends up sounding right I’ll try produce a few more in the style/mood to fit.

You’ve worked with Sabrina Gunston and Danny Jaqq on your forthcoming release – how did those collaborations come together?

Jay from Southpoint contacted me about getting an EP together for the label. I’d made a few WIP tracks and we decided to get some original vocals in on them. Having the vocals really transformed the tracks – it’s the first time I’d worked with original vocals so it was really cool!

SaidWho and Freddie Martin are also on the EP, supplying the remixes. If you could add anyone else to the remix credits who would it be?

Taiki Nulight!

If there was one track in the world you could remix, what would it be?

Hard question haha, I think I’d choose My Nu Leng – ‘Pushed’ Feat. Detour City. The vocals are really cool and I’ve looked up to those guys since day one. I think they should make more chilled/vocal stuff – I really dig their take on more melodic stuff.



Finally, what should we look out for from Daze Prism in 2018?

I’ve got a new single and remix EP out with Articulate Records later this year – there’s some sick remixers on there! I’m looking to get another EP out with PAR as well. Other than that I’ll see where 2018 takes me…

You can listen to the previews of Daze Prism’s forthcoming ‘Lose Control’ EP below, and pre-order it here.

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