Shogun Audio will see their 100th release ‘Shogun-100’ on March 18th and are gearing up to celebrate the milestone worldwide. From March to June the label will be spinning out 4×4 track EPs from those on the label roster alongside special appearances from label associates and favourites. The Shogun-100 tour touches down in Australia and New Zealand beginning March features Shogun heavyweights Rockwell, Technimatic and Joe Ford who will no doubt be ready to party.
Touted as one of ‘Mixmag’s 2010 Players of the Year’ was just the beginning for Rockwell. One of the few producers in drum n bass who is permeating the impenetrable formula, London’s Rockwell was snapped up by Shogun Audio after releasing early tracks like ‘Underpass’ and ‘Reverse Engineering’. These early tracks were a glimpse of what was to come, with his debut EP ‘Full Circle/My War’ on Shogun tearing up dance floors across the dance floor and cementing him as one to watch. Rather than pay attention to what works on the dance floor, his attention to technicalities and sculpting sound designs s what makes his production so exciting. With remixes commissioned for DJ Shadow, Cash Money, Jose James and support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Rockwell continues to dominate the drum n bass scene.
Pete Rogers and Andy Powell started making music together back in 2008 as Technicolour & Komatic, and it’s not hard to see how Technimatic was borne. Inspiring basslines and emotional charged drum n bass has fast become the duo’s signature sound, with releases on n labels such as Critical, Hospital, SGN:LTD and even the seminal Good Looking with Technicolour’s own official remix of LTJ Bukem’s ‘Music’. Technimatic have received support from the likes of Friction, Annie Mac, Eddy Temple-Morris, Gilles Peterson, Mistajam and Rob Da Bank as well as high praise from Radio 1, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel and Thump who ranked it in their top 50 albums of the whole year.
Joe Ford (UK)
Hailing from Harrogate UK, Joe Ford leads a new wave of producers currently changing the drum n bass game. Beginning his career with an impressive list of releases on Bad Taste, Med School, a Beatport dubstep chart no.1 with the ‘Mission’ EP on Caliber Music there was no surprise when Shogun swooped him up, adding him to one of the most impressive rosters around. Now having already released 3 EPs on Shogun, his most recent ‘All Of Us’ EP received a heavy rinsing with high praise and now with his very own radio show on the legendary Kiss Fresh FM Joe Ford is taking the world by storm. Datsik himself recently proclaimed “Joe Ford is the future” is proof enough that this young producer is only getting started, and the future is very exciting for Joe Ford and his fans.
Thursday 24th March: Villa, Perth
Friday 25th March: HQ Complex, Adelaide
Saturday 26th March: Manning Bar, Sydney
Thursday 3rd March: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Friday 4th March: Suburbia, Dunedin
Saturday 5th March: Biscuit Factory, Brisbane
Friday 11th March: Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Saturday 12th March: Winnie Badges, Christchurch
Source: I Like The Noise It Makes