While the renaissance of jungle is filling the dancefloors and stereos of drum’n'bass lovers the globe over, there is still a more scientific or sinister element burning bright alongside the rewinds of the masses. More jump-up than jungle, and perhaps originally suggested in the early work of deep science pioneers like Krust, Matrix, TeeBee and Ed Rush & Optical, this deeply shadowy future tek drum’n'bass uses a relentless and complex collection of upfront dark beats and moody soundscapes to encase the ears and get the dancefloor ready to strike, but also carries an intricate subtlety of skill in production, perhaps witnessed more in the glitch genre, than those hailing a constant repetition of Amens. NOISIA, consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen all from The Netherlands, are new forbearers of this more turgid sound, and use their FABRICLIVE 40 mix to run the gamut of dark shadowy delight in all things drum’n'bass.
Featuring many Noisia tracks from their own two imprints Vision and Division Recordings, as well as labels Ninja Tune, Quarantine and Virus, this mix is a serious throttle to the senses, commanding dancefloors around the world to stand to attention.
“We’re not physically angry people. We’re not that good at it – or, at least, I’m not good at writing happy stuff, even though sometimes I’d love to write something that’s nice. Sometimes I’ve managed to pull it off and write something nice, but the happy stuff – I don’t mind it but I’m just not really good at writing it, I don’t really know how.” Nik, Noisia
Having all gone to the same elementary school, it took other interests to bring these three music fans together.
“We all went to elementary school together but we didn’t really hang out.” – Nik, Noisia
“We met through graffiti; I knew Martijn through skateboarding and graffiti and Nik through graffiti.” – Thijs, Noisia.
But a mutual passion for producing forced their hand to become a collective and they started to create sounds that were somewhat alien to their peers;
“I’ve probably been producing for ten years or so. Nik and I both got a CD from this art school guy through Nik’s dad and there were some really basic music making programs on there. We just started fucking around, and I started out basically doing hip hop and house and trance, and Nik and Thijs started doing more like breaks and big beat. At some point they found drum’n'bass and they played me a couple tunes that they’d made, and I was just really into it. Drum’n'bass wasn’t largely represented in this neck of the woods. I remember the point in time where we were in the school cafeteria and I asked Nik and Thijs, â€˜Would it be possible for me to join Noisia?’ I didn’t want to just do what all the other kids were doing.” – Martijn, Noisia;
“All the other kids were either studying or doing some kind of extra-curricular high-society type shit. There were a lot of posh people in our school. But when Martijn came up to us and asked if he could join, I said “we’ll talk about that” – I was already being diplomatic. (laughs) And pretty soon afterwards, it just kind of happened.” – Nik, Noisia
Their acceptance into the drum’n'bass world seemed to come at breakneck speed, having now released on seminal imprints such as Subtitles, Moving Shadow, Ram Records, Virus Recordings and Renegade Hardware, as well as collaborating with Cause 4 Concern, Teebee, Phace and Bad Company UK, and remixing Konflict, Pendulum and Matrix, without even releasing their first artist album.
“When we first released with Ram and Virus, those two were like – whoa! Subtitles was our first big label, after that was Moving Shadow. I think we actually drank champagne when we signed to Moving Shadow, that was really, really big for us.” – Thijs, Noisia.
Others on the periphery of this scene like The Freestylers and Amon Tobin have asked for the Dutch trio to collaborate, and Robbie Williams requested a Noisia remix of his cover of Manu Chao’s Bongo Bong and Je Ne T’Aime Plus (for EMI). Their remix for Moby, â€˜Alice,’ left the illustrious producer so impressed, he said he wanted to be a DnB DJ. Big things. But more so prolifically, the trio have a constant DJ schedule playing 3 to 5 shows every weekend, and constantly travelling without reprieve. Although this is more the fuel of Noisia, then the makings and mechanics,
“I don’t really see us as mainly DJs, I see us as professional musicians, producers. We have to DJ for the money but if we can DJ less and still pay the bills, we would be in the studio more.” – Thijs, Noisia
But conjuring these much in demand DJ skills, NOISIA take no prisoners with FABRICLIVE 40, and create a mix that forces the ear and the feet to high alert from the word go. Moving through all manner of shadowy darkness with an almost light filled segue way touching on future breaks, FABRICLIVE 40 is not for the faint hearted, but will open up the ears of every listener who falls into its path.
“We wanted to make a mix that represents what we do in the studio as well as what we play when we play a show. So we’ve put in a lot of fresh drum and bass but also some breaks tunes from our label division and some weird downtempo. We use every show and every mix as a medium to showcase what we make, and as a medium to show people what kind of stuff we really like. Sometimes aggy, sometimes deep, sometimes just down right weird, but always dirty. A load of filth in a cage that’s sometimes opened. I hope people are going to like it, especially techno people, because so many aspects of techno are related to drum n bass but they may never hear this kind of drum n bass. Maybe it will open some ears, I hope so.” – Thijs, Noisia
01 Noisia & Phace – Cannonball
02 The Qemists – Stompbox [Spor Remix]
03 Phace – Alive [Dub]
04 The Upbeats – Anti Social
05 Break – Splash Step
06 Noisia – Diplodocus [Dub]
07 Spor – Claret’s March
08 Noisia – Head Knot [Dub]
09 Noisia – The Tide
10 Icicle – Nowhere – [Dub]
11 Noisia & Phace – The Feed
12 Sabre – Global [Dub]
13 Phace – Cold Champagne [Dub]
14 The Upbeats – Panic
15 Noisia & Black Sun Empire – Infusion
16 Noisia – Split The Atom [Instrmtl]
17 Spor – Mordez Moi
18 Noisia – Seven Stitches
19 Noisia – Brown Time
20 Noisia – Stigma [Dub]
21 Moby – Alice [Noisia Remix]
22 Noisia – Concussion
23 Noisia – FaÃ§ade [VIP]
24 Ed Rush & Optical – Medicine [Matrix Remix]
25 Noisia & The Upbeats – Mudslide
26 Misanthrop – Viperfish [VIP]
27 Noisia – Crank [Dub]
28 Noisia & The Upbeats – Creep Out
29 Noisia – Square Feet