This week sees the issue of 'Universal Grooves', the latest release from Washington, DC label Translation. Available on vinyl, CD and digital, the album features of whole host of 2012's hottest names in bass music. We spoke to Brian from the label about the album and what else is in store for the Translation camp.
Hey Brian, how are you? What’s the background of the label and what’s been its history so far?
Great and many thanks for the opportunity to talk about our new album. Translation Recordings is based out of Washington, D.C. and is in its eighth year of releases. We have nine vinyl releases, 14 digital releases, and two CDs under our belt.
We took a break in the first half of 2012 to redesign our logo and website (by 1910 Design & Communication, Sweden), catch our breath, and map out our plans for the future catalogue. We've got a lot of fun projects in the pipeline!
Tell us more about the forthcoming album. Who’s featured on it?
Universal Grooves is Translation's second album, and it will be hitting shops on vinyl (bundled with CD album), CD, and digital formats on August 27th, 2012. The album features a diverse set of music from LM1, DLVRY, Mortem, Nuage, Furi Anga, DBR (UK), Theory, Loxy, Mindmapper, Flatliners, Resound, Anile, and ASC.
We really wanted to do something unique to showcase the album, so we cut the 12" on transparent blue vinyl to complement the stunning artwork. The bonus for all the vinyl junkies out there is that the CD album is bundled with the 12". You can also get the album on CD or digitally, exclusively on Translation's Bandcamp store until September 10th, when it hits all major digital download outlets (Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, etc).
How representative would you say the album is of the label?
Our intent with Universal Grooves, as it is with Translation, is to cover a range of styles. We've always focused on bridging audiences by releasing music that can be appreciated by club-goers and home listeners alike. In the future, we'll be pushing into other styles and focusing on putting out quality music regardless of BPM. We'll always stay on the pulse of drum & bass, but there's so much untapped talent!
Many of our artists have been spreading their wings into other styles of music including Nuage with his 130 BPM track "Before I Breathe" (featured on the album). DBR (UK) is dipping into hip hop, and Morphy's transformed into the Dubmonger with his new experimental dub project. As with our artists, our musical tastes are growing and evolving.
What other releases have you guys got planned?
After Universal Grooves, we have a digital release featuring Switzerland-based artists Codeshaper and Dayni, and we've got a special project from the Dubmonger slated for the end of the year. Our next vinyl release is also in the works, and Nuage is working on a solo album for 2013.
Let us know about the guest mix – who has prepared it and what can we look out for on the mix?
Translation's guest mix is by Nuage, whom we've been working closely with. He's been focusing a lot on bass music lately so naturally, his mix crosses between genres and is representative of what you might hear from one of his live sets. You'll also get to hear samples from the Universal Grooves LP. Our many thanks to him for putting together such a diverse mix!
Download the mix below:
Rinse Boxing Day party at Fabric
Rinse FM will be returning to Fabric for their annual Boxing day all nighter.
Medicin Give Us 4073 Seconds
Russian crew Medicin have a new album out right now, released on a very famous jungle/d&b label. We speak to Evgeny from the group about 4703 Seconds.
Mampi Swift And Crissy Criss Interview
Something very special for you - not only do we speak to Mampi Swift, but also Crissy Criss - as they both prepare for the BPM Boxing Day gig in London.
Introducing: APEXAPE Records
Exciting news from new label APEXAPE Records. We speak to James from the label about how it came about, where it's headed, and he lets us know about a free download for you all.
Fabric Springs Forward Into 2014
London's leading club Fabric have announced details of their schedule for Spring 2014. To get you in the mood, we bring you the news right here.
Critical Unveil NYE Plans
The Critial camp have something very special lined up for the coming New Years Eve. Read on to catch all the details.
We pay respect to the early bleep and bass output of the one and only Warp Records!
Childish Gambino announces 2 UK shows in 2014
Rapper Childish Gambino is coming to the UK for 2 live dates in 2014
We tipped him as one to watch in 2013 and Keeno certainly delivered in 2013. We catch up with the talented young drum & bass producer to talk about his new Nocturne EP on Med School.
Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming Kmag night, we chat to the one and only Cyantific. Make sure you download his exclusive guest mix too.
LN4 Builds On Chillax Trax
Chillax Trax have another big release out this week. We chat to LN4 about Vol 2, grab a mix and a competition as well!
Addictive Behaviour Interview
The Addictive Behaviour label is rolling out with the High Rollers EP. We chat to the guys to find out more about the release, and they give us a fat competition.
576 Made In The UK ‘Tea Pack’
New Balance return with a new take on their lifestyle-focused shoes. We look at the Tea Pack.
Mindscape Joins The Rat Pack
Mindscape is teaming up with Eatbrain Records to drop the Rat Pack EP next week. We speak to him about the release, working with the label, and a very special guest artist.
Original Sin Superman Interview
Original Sin sits down with Kmag to talk Superman, his new EP, his contributions to some drum & bass classics, and much more.