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Review of the Transit One release by d&b label Dispatch Recordings

The Dispatch Recordings record label released a compilation album last week that needs to be heard by every serious drum & bass fanatic, entitled Transit One.

Many of the 15 tracks on this release went into my digital crate, as I was previewing the album track by track at Beatport.com, here. Not my favorite website to purchase the actual tracks from (sorry Beatport, your prices can be beat), but their website interface and navigation is top notch.

The tracks on this release aren’t full of the generic sample loops you hear, but rather filled with intelligent production and creative sampling, like in the track Clone, for example. The stabbing sub-bass line is layered with something I can describe as a typewriter, and timed to sound like typing. Great track.

But when an old and familiar sample is used, it’s done really well, like in the track Monkey Business, that begins with a subtle 303 bassline stab. The tight breakbeat is accentuated by the delicate synth cymbal, and the dark breath-like samples and deep sub bass pull everything together. Excellent track, in my opinion.

The release is balanced out by some liquid vibes and female vocals like in Mistakes, and some MC lyricism like in the tracks Structure and Red Mist. Got something for everybody in here.

Check this album out. No cheesy progressive chords or bubbly repetitive baselines here, just serious breaks and deep basslines done proper.

More sound samples and suggested link for purchasing are on their soundcloud page here.

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Free electronic music download

Beatport is offering a FREE download of 6 techno and house mp3 tracks, off of their current promo release, Focus on France. Even if its not your cup of tea, wouldn’t hurt to download these tracks to add to your music library. You can even preview them if you’d like.

get the tracks here.

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Beatport’s sale of the decade

Beatport.com is offering a sale of classic electronic goodness for 99 cents per song, starting today until Monday Jan. 25. Don’t miss this, there are literally thousands of tracks to choose from!! All for a dollar!

I briefly described my likes and dislikes of Beatport.com as an online mp3 store here. So go and select any music genre, then hit the “classics” button on the left. Beatport considers anything over a few years old a classic, so that that dancefloor hit from a few summers ago can be yours for only 99c.

Check out a tasting of some of their selected playlists here.

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