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Plump DJs – Roll Dope Rhymes (+Q&A)

Plump DJs - Roll Dope Rhymes

Lee Rous and Andy Gardner, better knows as the Plump DJs, have released a brand new single called ‘Roll Dope Rhymes’. This funk fuelled summer sizzler is a first taste of their upcoming album.

The duo, who are early pioneers of breakbeat, have toured through Australia, the Far East, Canada, USA and Europe (including residencies at XOYO and The Nest in their home city of London) over the last 12 months. In addition to the heavy touring they also set up their own Grand Hotel label and launched tracks such as ‘Hammer House’, ‘Super Imploder’ and ‘Skylon’ to the underground which ended up gaining support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, A-Trak and Porter Robinson.

I spoke with the guys about their new single, the accompanying video and the production process of their upcoming album.

Your new single has a great retro feel to it. Who/what is currently inspiring you when producing?

Yes the record has a retrospective feel, we were brought up on disco, and made the hip hop of the 90s our own. It’s a real ‘do what you feel’ recording. We have recently been inspired by the sheer quality and volume of new disco being produced and enjoyed in London.

The accompanying video about a girl wandering the streets of London after a nuclear disaster is intriguing. Where did this idea come from?

The concept for the vid came from ace creative production house HUTCH. The feel of the record was kind of old school 80s electro and we are all fond of that era of moviemaking and music. We feel we have a responsibility to bring as much content to to fore with each release as possible, for the forthcoming records each will have bespoke artwork and video leading to our new compilation album in November.

‘Roll Dope Rhymes’ is the first in a series of singles that will eventually result in an album. How far are you currently with the production process?

We are in the middle of the production process with this project at the moment, having been experimenting and learning a great deal over the past year or so. A time when our output has been intentionally low comparatively, this has meant that we have been able to improve and practice our skills, so that we can bring forward more as artistes generally. We will be releasing a new record every month now for the foreseeable.

What can we expect from the album?

The album will showcase all that we love about dance music, and include many new and exclusive releases of our own that we have honed on the world DJ circuit. Following recent performance heights we are filled with enthusiasm, and can’t wait to put the records out there where they belong, in the dark discos late at night.

Do you guys have a special ritual that you perform before you go on stage?

No strange rituals to admit here, but we do always get nervous, we do always make sure we have had the correct amount of beer to drink, and we do always have a little snap at each other at some point in the performance as the adrenaline starts to kick in!

Final shootout:

What are your favourite movies of all time and why?

There will never be a number one, but movies that are accompanied by a great soundtrack are always going to rock our world. More recently Drive hit the mark with Kavinsky’s help and classics like Scarface featuring Giorgio Moroder or Blade Runner featuring the music of Vangelis will live on in our top ten forever!

Which three tracks couldn’t you miss in your lives?

There is a time and a place for all music. Our fave dance music producers at the moment are Oliver, Nom De Strip, Sharam Jey, Alex Metric, Toyboy & Robin, DogBlood, Scream, Zinc, blah blah…

What do you see yourselves doing five years from now? Do you have any special goals?

During the week we make noises, and on the weekends we play those noises to people and they dance. As long as they continue to dance we will bring the noise.

Released: 04/08/2014

Label: Grand Hotel

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Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2014 (+Q&A with TREi)

Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2014

Leading DnB label Viper Recordings has returned with a fifth installment of their annual Summer Slammers series.

The 2014 edition contains over 35 tracks plus 15 new exclusives. To top it all off Insomnia made a bonus DJ mix.

Featured artists include: Matrix & Futurebound, Sigma, Andy C, TREi, Black Sun Empire, Noisia, Storm Queen, Brookes Brothers, The Prototypes, Fred V & Grafix, ShockOne, Tujamo & Plastik Funk, Smooth, Camo & Krooked, DC Breaks, Seven Lions and many others.

Read on as I speak with New Zealand DJ and producer Trevor Linnell aka TREi about his exclusive track on the release, Viper Recordings and his favourite European city.

‘Placebo’ will be an exclusive track on Summer Slammers 2014. What can you tell us about the track?

Placebo was one of those tunes that took shape pretty quickly really. Abit more of a dancefloor vibe that came from quite a musical intro. Its one of my favourite tunes I’ve done to date so i’m super stoked to have it coming out such a huge compilation.

When did you first come into contact with Viper Recordings?

I’ve been a massive fan of Viper for years! I’ve been sending tunes to Futurebound for a while & he’s always been a great supporter of my music. In 2010 they picked up ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ & ‘The Light’ (with L.A.O.S from Finland) for release in 2010 which was a real buzz for me. Since then I’ve had ‘Habituated’ on last years Summer Slammers LP & more recently ‘Seeds’ a couple months back on the ‘Headroom Pt5′ Ep which went down really really well. And of course ‘Placebo’ out this week on Summer Slammers 2014. One of my absolute favourite labels to work with!

You will be in Europe upcoming November. At which events can we find you?

I’m still taking bookings so I can’t announce anything just yet but there are still some dates available so promoters can contact me on treibookings.com to find out more.

What’s your favorite European city and why?

Hmmm, that really is a tough question. I love coming to ALL places in Europe. I’ve done 11 tours there now; met some great people there over the years & played some sick shows. Places like Belgium, Germany, France are always wicked, Hamburg, Tallinn & Helsinki are cities that come to mind… but honestly, every city that i’m lucky enough go to & play in is awesome.

You must have some unique Dubplates in your collection. Can you unveil your favourite one to us?

A couple of new colabs with the Upbeats that we’ve done this year are going down massively at the moment. I’m also really loving the new Zombie Cats stuff.

Final shootout:

What’s your favourite movie of all time and why?

I’m not a huge movie buff but The Cell is one that comes to mind. Just visually stunning. Also Deadman, V is for Vendetta, Gangs of New York…. Lately Wolf of Wall Street. I’m also big on music documentaries so the ‘Classic Albums’ series was awesome, Dave Grohls’ SoundCity as well.

Which three tracks couldn’t you miss in your life?

- Song for the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
– Share the Fall – Roni Size & Reprezent
– 4th of July – Soundgarden

What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Do you have any special goals?

That’s a tough one, I’ll still be writing music for sure, branching out abit more with different styles & approaches in presenting the music. And another album or 2 ;)

Released: 27/07/2014

Label: Viper Recordings

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