London’s Darkestral Recordings, the label responsible for issuing some of Instra:mental’s finest work, returns this week (November 7).
One of Hyponik’s favourite labels of recent times, the uncompromising London label run by Paul ‘Drkstr’ Laidlaw released some storming progressive drum & bass and electronica around 2007/8. Tracks like Instra:mental’s Photek-leaning ‘Comanche’, Pearson Sound’s ‘Down With You’ and the superb D-Bridge and Instra:mental collaboration, the ‘Sepia Tones’ EP, lead the way for the cross-pollination of various strands of UK bass music, with strictly limited pressings on coloured vinyl as standard, coupled with the “170bpm – respect the speed limit” motto making up a label aimed squarely at the heads.
Darkestral has issued two new 12’s this week, combining some atmospheric work from Al ‘Boddika’ Bleek as Grey Goo, as well as a collaboration with Drkstr as Transportation AAD. Some of these tracks have been floating around for a while (Transportation AAD’s gorgeous ‘Pagoda’ featured in an Autonomic podcast way back), but each stick to the strict sci-fi futurism of the label. Both are available on strictly limited 500 pressings, and you can preview two of the tracks below. Check the Darkestral website for more info.
Grey Goo – ‘See Me’
Transportation AAD – ‘Pagoda’