Dirtbox Recordings 50th Release – 5 Years of Filth

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Interview, Spotlight, Tunes

What’s happening D&B lovers!

Got a huge release incoming from the crazies over at Dirtbox Recordings who you must be aware of by now and if you’re not, where have you been??  This huge 26-track various artist remix LP is the labels 50th release and it marks 5 years of releasing absolutely disgusting music.  The album consists of remixes from the labels top artists of tunes previously released on the label.  There’ll be some clips posted down below but if you haven’t yet done so, the album is available to purchase here!

Label boss Lee UHF and I have interviewed some of the artists featured on this monumental LP with some questions about working on the release, read on to find out!  As promised there will be some clips below of the amazing music which has been lovingly produced for this release!

Lets get into the interviews!

JUST BREATHE (Remixes of Ellie by LeeUHF and The Time is Now by TRCD)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
My dad is a percussionist and among many other things used to play with guys like squarepusher and marque Gilmore here and there. He bought me one of marque’s albums called creation step as well as ultravisitor by squarepusher and I couldn’t get enough. After discovering voodoo people by the prodigy I got even more into those sorts of sounds and years later it sort of just evolved into the whole ‘Hey do you like low frequencies? Hey me too!’ kind of thing.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
It’s fab. I used to get in the chair almost every day and mess around with new tracks etc but I haven’t done it properly in years. It’s good to be back and be able to have fun with music again!
The great thing about the guys at dirtbox is that they have a view of ‘as long as it’s good, that’s it!’. Not 100% necessary to fit a ‘label sound’ but you naturally get inspired by what others on the label are creating and you naturally veer towards that a bit.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
I had a previous version of it 50% done and the final remix of Ellie came out completely different to how I’d intended. Really satisfying when this works, as sometimes it sounds completely useless!

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
Oh any and all. A million remixes. A million billion remixes.

What do you think makes a great remix?
When you can hear in the track that the creator of the remix has had a ton of fun doing it and is proud to put it out.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
Most likely something that is currently unreleased, and probably by tyke and potential badboy.

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
I’m afraid the day job currently conquers all. Hoping to get back on the dnb circuit at some point but we’ll see what happens!

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IMPEX (Remix of Dark Tower by Dropset)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I used to be a bass player in metal and hardcore bands when I was younger. Then my big friend and also producer Zëro took me to attended a therapy sessions in 2008/2009 and that was it. Being a part of the rhythmic section of the bands I played, I saw this as total freedom to create my own thing.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I felt grateful for the approach. Lee has been super supportive of my work and I am always happy to bring my A game to Dirtbox.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
Usually I try to find a specific sound or emotion that I can hold on to and develop my own idea from it. On this one, I believe it was one of the stabs that really caught my attention, and I tried to develop a variation of the tune with that piece being the center idea.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
I’d be definitely up for a remix of L3mmy Dubz. I believe it would be interesting adding my weirdness to his weirdness haha.

What do you think makes a great remix?
I do not like to limit myself or others when it comes to remixes. Sometimes some slight changes can totally switch the vibe of a tune and make it remarkable while other times they can totally destroy the vibes and basically create a new tune out of those stems. What really matters is getting yourself into the creation. Respect the original tune but make this your own.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
I’d love to see what people could do with my new tune “Conflict and Confrontation.” That one has some serious potential for remixes and even a new version from myself.

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
There are some dates to be confirmed soon in Austria, CZ, Eslovenia, Spain, and Netherlands if I recall correctly. One needs to stay positive cause I see my work being praised so, all points towards more gigs soon.


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BESKAR (Remix of Bring The Fire by Varkid)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
My old man. Grew up with LTJ Bukem and Congo Natty playing in the house. But it was pendulum’s good your colour that was what made me really take notice. They are my generations peak DnB imo

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
Was an honour. The original is such a banger and was getting a lot of great support so I was thrilled to give it the old Beskar beefing up .

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
Making it as heavy as possible.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
ESKR let’s do it

What do you think makes a great remix?
Keeping elements of the original, like a vocal or lead synth but completely changing the rest.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
Hypnotoad by Gydra

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
Not at the moment. Focusing on producing stuff for release later this year

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GIGAN (Remix of Mechanisms by ESKR)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
D&B is my jam because it’s all about that crazy energy, sick beats, and mind-blowing variety. From the get-go, its fusion of dance, electronic, and bass music had me hooked. I mean, who can resist that killer combo? I was already vibing with acts like The Crystal Method, The Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers, mixing in some hip hop and rap vibes. But when I stumbled upon Grooverider’s “Where’s Jack the Ripper,” it was like everything clicked into place. From that moment on, I was all in.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was beyond stoked! Getting approached for this huge project by Dirtbox totally caught me off guard. And to top it off, remixing a track from one of my current favorite producers? That was like winning the musical jackpot! It’s such a privilege to put my spin on a track that’s already connected with so many fans. I dove into it with mad respect and a ton of creative energy.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
I gotta give it up to collaborating with ESKR. We’ve been vibing together on the Noize Komplaint project, so diving into this remix felt like home turf. Brett’s attention to detail and killer sound design meant I could trust the process and focus on keeping the vibe alive without accidentally turning it into a mess of random noises. The thrill of putting my own twist on a familiar track was next level. I was all about pushing boundaries, trying out new sounds, while still keeping the soul of the original intact.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
Man, that’s a tricky one! There are so many sick tunes out there like Kleu’s “Lost” and TRCD’s “The Time Is Now,” but if I had to pick, it’d be Dropset’s “Dark Tower.” That synth line is straight fire! It’s got this addictive groove and killer melody that’s just begging for a fresh take. Remixing it would be like painting on the coolest canvas ever.

What do you think makes a great remix?
For me, a killer remix is all about respect for the OG but with a twist that blows minds. It’s about hitting people with something they didn’t see coming while still keeping that original vibe alive. It’s like taking a classic and giving it a futuristic makeover that keeps the party going strong.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
I’ve been itching to hear “Magnum Opus” from my own stash get the Dom, Kemal & Rob Data treatment. Their track “Imagination” from Moving Shadow 152 lit a fire under me when I was cooking up “Magnum Opus,” so it feels like a natural fit. Their style is just out of this world, and I know they’d flip my track upside down and inside out in the best way possible. It’d be like injecting pure energy straight into the music.

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
For sure! I’ll be throwing down in Dallas on Cinco De Mayo with Noso, MC Astro, and the whole Repercussions squad. And mark your calendars ’cause I’ll be hitting up Houston later this summer with the BrainRave crew for a massive show you won’t wanna miss!


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STONX (Remix of The System by TRCD)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I’ve always had a penchant for heavy music, learning guitar at the age of 11, and blasting out bands like Metallica, Korn, Pantera, and Slipknot. Interestingly, the intro to Slipknot’s “Eyeless” was probably the first taste of D&B I ever encountered, and from there, discovering artists like Noisia, Current Value, and Limewax opened up a whole new world for me. In the early 2000s, Noisia, Current Value, and Limewax , Dillinja were on constant repeat during my college drives, setting the scene for my love affair with D&B.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was thrilled to dive into the remix project, especially with Dirtbox’s extensive catalogue, I knew we’d find a song that was a perfect match.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
The System’s vocal really caught my attention, reminiscent of old-school Prodigy vibes and those catchy arpeggios in the intro. Injecting my stonxy OTT vibes into the drop was an absolute blast.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
“Beskar – Mount Arakeirkos” was a close second; Beskar nailed it with that one.

What do you think makes a great remix?
I believe a great remix hinges on the ability to capture the essence and core elements of a track, such as a memorable vocal hook or melody, and then infusing it with your own creative twist. It’s about striking that delicate balance where the remix pays homage to the original while also offering something fresh and innovative. You don’t want it to feel detached from the original, like it’s merely your own track with a few borrowed elements hastily slapped on top. At the same time, you also don’t want it to be a carbon copy of the original with just your drum sounds overlaid. The magic lies in finding that sweet spot where you honor the original material but also inject your unique perspective and style, creating an inspired reinterpretation that stands on its own while still resonating with the essence of the original track. It’s this fusion of familiarity and novelty that, in my opinion, defines a truly exceptional remix.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
While I’d be curious about the greats like Noisia or Teddy Killerz remixing my tracks, I’m intrigued by up-and-coming talents like Noise Parfumerie, I’d love to hear his take on something like “What’s Wrong.”

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
The big one I’m thrilled to shout out about is the Neuroheadz festival happening on June 15th. With an absolutely mind-blowing lineup featuring heavyweights like BSE, Ed Rush, Optical, Audio, Pythius, Merikan, and a host of other incredible artists. Trust me, it’s going to be an unforgettable experience!


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SLAINE (Remixes of The Music by LeeUHF & Rogue and Primal by Sigmus)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I was always into pretty heavy music of all types when I was growing up. I started off with metal and punk, playing guitar and bass in bands. I was also introduced to weird electronic stuff like aphex twin and orbital etc by my older brothers. When I was around 15 I got a Saturday job in a hotel kitchen and met some people that were into dnb and would listen to tape packs while working the breakfast shift, often after going to a rave all night then coming straight to work a little worse for wear. I fell in love with the dark sci-fi style stuff and then discovered the full spectrum of styles and realised it was like the perfect combination of everything I loved about music.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was really happy to be asked. It’s always an honour when someone wants you to remix a track. I really liked the original and thought I could flip it on its head into a steppy roller.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
I really enjoyed the whole process as it just flowed from start to finish. Sometimes remixes can be a real struggle but there was so much energy in the original it was a breeze to just play with the parts and jam out something.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
I’d love to have a go at ESKR – Time At This Point. Love that tune.

What do you think makes a great remix?
I think being able to keep the energy of the original but flip the style into something different but complementary is the key to a great remix. I’m not too keen on remixes that are completely unrecognisable from the original. I like to hear something that feels connected but unique at the same time. It’s a tricky balance to get right but when it’s down properly it’s amazing. Bacteria remix by pendulum or the om unit version of shadow boxing would be two of my personal favourites.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
I made a couple of quite techy/neuro leaning tracks for my forthcoming album and would love to hear TRCD have a go at taking them to the next level. ‘Simulate’ or ‘Hivemind’ would suit his style really well. Maybe one day.

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
My label Ghost Snares has a regular bi-monthly at the Dark Horse in Moseley. Our next one is 13th April with Entropy headlining. I’ll be playing some stuff from my forthcoming album which comes out on 26th April. We are setting up a trip down to Bristol for later in the year and possibly something up in Sheffield. So a lot of stuff in the works right now.


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GLITCH CITY (Remix of Dark Tower by Dropset)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
Sitting in the back of someone’s car and feeling a subwoofer for the first time.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I enjoy remix projects and it had been a while. So, thought I would take it up and put my twist on it.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
Flipping it from its original sub-genre and turning it into mine (whatever you’d class that as)..

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
Kleu – Lost (Dancefloor Remix)

What do you think makes a great remix?
Using nothing apart from the general theme sounds and switching it up.
If you can’t honour the original – then don’t bother.

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
Midas Touch, remixed by Circadian

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
Confirmed parties for now are around Sussex, follow my socials to receive all announcements and updates: Click Here

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L3MMY DUBZ (Remix of The Music by LeeUHF & Rogue)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I’ve known about drum n bass for a long time since I got into electronic music at around 11, but I fully got into it in college when I heard my friends mixing “jump up”. As a dubstep head at the time this drum n bass really resonated with me and I decided to really delve into the genre production wise and from there my intrest started to take off with jump up!

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was buzzing I love a good remix! I just love the process and challenge on how I’m going to put my spin on someone’s else’s work whilst still trying to retain the original tunes identity! Buzzing to be apart of this project!

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
I really enjoyed working with the vocals and making the main elements like the rave stabs more disgusting. It was a challenge as this track is upbeat in a rave sense and I wanted to retain that whilst turning it into somthing horrible as well! Working with the vocals was fun as well as it pushed me to be more musical as the track progressed to!

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
I’m not sure on specifics to be fair as I’m game to remix anything! Game to put my spin on what gets offered to me!

What do you think makes a great remix?
A great remix to me is where you can hear both the original and the remixers changes clearly. You don’t want the original lost in translation too much from the remixers changes in my opinion!

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
I’d love to hear some dubstep remixes of my tunes to be honest! But specifically I’d love Klay to remix one of my tracks! He could pick any to be fair!

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
Balter Festival this year will be the best place to hear all my new music on the northern embassy stage! Hope to see as many people there as possible!


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PISH POSH (Remix of Time At This Point by ESKR)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I first heard Jungle in 1994 when Shy FX came to perform Original Nuttah in New York at the legendary S.O.B.’s night club.
at the time I was a budding Hip Hop producer and a friend asked me to come along to check out the show.
I was hooked the first time hearing it and loved the possibilities of a new sample based dance genre that incorporated many styles of other music.

How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was stoked..I am a big fan of ESKR’s music,I feel his pasion for this music,He has been making quality tunes for a while now,
We have previously collaborated and made some bangers,so remixing one of his tunes was an honor.

What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
ESKR’s tracks are mixed very well and not too busy.He pays close attention to his sound design and he definitely has his own sound.

If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalogue to remix, what would it be?
Hard to narrow it down (too many bangers) but I like to have a go at something by L3MMY DUBZ,Dropset or Beskar.

What do you think makes a great remix?
I think what makes a great remix is NOT completely taking the original out of context,but rather keeping with the original theme and just adding your own flavour to it

Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
I would love to hear a remix of “So Hot” which is a collaboration with DIODE getting ready to drop on Patrol the Skies Muisc here in the states
remixed by L3MMY DUBZ!!

Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
I will be in Portland ,Oregon on the 12th of April.

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ESKR (Remixes of The System by TRCD and Hide The Lies by Sonification & Rheo)

What got you into D&B in the first place?
I first heard Jungle/D&B & Breakcore around 1997 and instantly fell in love with the fast dark high energy it had. I had been listening to a lot of Punk and Ska at the time and Jungle/D&B gave me a fresh new appeal to a different type of music I felt I could relate to. By 1999 I had bought my first turntables and mixer, and also a Roland MC505 and Boss SP202 and began mixing and producing around the same time.


How did you feel about being asked to remix one of these great tracks?
I was very excited to get involved with this project. I did two different remixes and the first one I was actually specifically asked to remix, which was ‘Hide The Lies’ by Sonication and vocalist Rheo. The moment I heard the original, I thought it was amazing and reallying liked it. The original was more on a smoothed out vibe, so I thought I would bring more of a rough edge to what was already done. I definitely enjoyed seeing what I could do with it. The second remix I had a bit of a choice and I figured why not see if I could remix one of the legendary TRCD’s tracks. After listening through what was available I really enjoyed the creativity of ‘The System’ and asked about remixing that one, after getting the nod from TRCD I started on that one. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to make it better I decided to just try to make it different in my own way, which was somewhat of a more stripped down version of it with some of my own sounds and energy to it.


What did you enjoy most about remixing this track?
I really enjoyed being able to pick the tracks apart and seeing/studying how they made the tracks and the sounds they used in a very up close manner. Being able to see/hear how they were put together is always a great learning opportunity and allowed me to come up with new ideas and express my own creativity.


If you could pick another tune from the Dirtbox catalog to remix, what would it be?
I would probably say Resurgence ‘By A Thread’ is a great track, and would probably be a really fun one to work on. I do really love what First Person did with his remix of the tune and I also enjoy DJing it in sets. Overall it’s a great track with a lot of quality sounds and ideas to it.


What do you think makes a great remix?
I think a great remix is when you can tell its a remix of that particular track because you can hear enough similarities and general vibe of the original, but then you can also hear a lot of differences along with the remixers own personal style and sounds intertwined with it, creating a whole new experience for the listener.


Which one of your tracks would you like to hear remixed, and by who?
All three tracks from my Mechanisms EP that came out on Dirtbox Recordings were remixed for this project. Lee was able to get Noise Souls to remix ‘Let’s Do It’, which he did an amazing job. And For me I personally asked the US legend Pish Posh to do a remix of one of my tracks because at the time I was working on a couple of other collabs with him for a different label and thought he would be a perfect fit for the project, so he picked ‘Time At This Point’. With my third track ‘Mechanisms’, Lee and I thought Gigan, the owner of Boomslang Recordings would be a great match for and he is a personal friend of mine, so we asked him and we’re excited he was down to work on it. Pish Posh, Gigan and Noise Souls all did amazing job’s keeping the original vibe but adding their own personal flavor and twists too. I was really excited and happy with the results of the three tracks.


Have you got any gigs lined up this year where we can hear you dropping your music?
At this moment in time I haven’t been playing out much due to other obligations I have, but looking toward starting up again this coming summer I will start accepting gigs again. I have been putting out a number of guest DJ mixes for a variety of labels and groups as I do enjoy DJing and coming up with new mixes including the recent one I did for Dirtbox Recordings Presents ‘In Your House’ Episode #019 which features a few of my own tracks including the remix I did of TRCD’s ‘The System’, Gigan’s remix of ‘Mechanisms’, and the Super group Hologram’s remix of my track ‘Get It’ that is coming out on Grand Theft Audio very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for those releases!

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So you can get your hands on this amazing release on the 5th April 2024!  Don’t delay!  Click Here

 

 
 

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Strex

Absolute D&B nut! Love any type of Drum & Bass really but Neuro is my main passion. I got into D&B back in around 2004 where I started going raving, I then discovered heavier D&B in the form of Renegade Hardware nights in London which I attended almost every one for several years. Having developed my listening style with how the music has evolved I love the freshest tunes as well as the old ones! I've been mixing for fun since around 2005 and just love playing in front of people and sharing the music with likeminded people.