We are proud to present, easily the biggest project of the labels history, the biggest project of any label we have been involved in full stop.
The Vibe City project.
22 artists, 21 tracks, 4 singles and 2 huge compilation albums spanning release dates across 2 whole months.
And we are finally here.
This project was put together to not only bring to light new artists we were so excited to try and release with but that we wanted to show the range of the label and destroy any miscommunication that it ran as 1 single Drum & Bass Sound.
Dirtbox covers the whole spectrum of our beautiful music genre we all love and we felt it was time to dedicate some time to the Liquid drum & bass followers and bring them something quite special, and rather epic.
After months of set backs, re-dos and “fuck it” days, The project has finally come to life and has reached the time to get it released to the masses, after 6 months of planning through artists, distributors, press and an amazing set of bespoke artwork.
As you`ll see, the artwork represents what we see as a summer spectacular in Drum & Bass. with that added hint of fun turning each artist into their own specific Miami Vibe character for the project.
A big thankyou to everyone in the background working on this monumental project. It truly is something to be proud of by everyone involved.
Now that's enough of the back patting let's get into the music.
1/ “Kusha- Come Back To Me”
We kick off LP 1 with a huge one. This not only is the first single released as a sampler of the album (Out August 11th) but has recently been selected to appear on BBC Introducing in July of 2023.
Within days it was then also selected as BBC West Midlands track of the week and was played 5 days on the trot by Rakeem Omar on the BBC Breakfast show on West Midlands radio.
Phenomenal work and lots more in store with this release as its seriously blowing up for everyone who hears it.
2/ “Varkid- Cold Heart”
A staple of Dirtbox Recordings and one of the most exciting new producers out there currently drops a brand new vocal monster for the album we had to sign.
We fully expect this one to smash the absoloute granny out of any dance.
3/ “Erbass- Approved Character”
We received this one on a sneaky demo of tracks from young Brazilian producer Erbass, and was instantly blown away by its euphoric nature and Brazilian beats that even Marky would be proud of.
This one flows from roller, to liquid and back to euphoric roller again as a total stand out track on both albums.
4/ “Sicknote- Back To Ya”
If you are familiar with The Hastings, UK or Toronto, Canada DNB scene then its given you have heard of Chris `Sicknote`
What surprised us on the submissions of his tracks was that they are liquid. considering this guy smashes out some of the more party sounds we think he absolutely nailed this one so much we had to sign a second track from him. which you`ll be able to check out on Part 2
5/ “Abidance- Anomalies”
When a good friend who is already an outstanding producer in Drum & Bass approaches you with a secret project and wants you to be the first release under that. Of course we had to oblige.
Abidance drops an epic debut taking you on a journey of emotional and euphoric beats and hard as nails percussion patterns to give this one a flavour like no other track on the release.
6/ “Dj Komatose feat. Laura Proudman- Give you Everything”
Birmingham born and bred Dj Komatose has been making some serious noise since the end of 2021 when he broke out from the ranking of the new talent scene in Birmingham to be one of the cities most prolific producers since the pandemic.
Another track carefully selected from an insane demo list of destroyers for the dance floor.
This will not be the last time we hear him on Dirtbox, that's for sure.
7/ “Sigmus- Storm”
Following on from last year's hit release the “Primal EP” in 2022 on Dirtbox, Guildford native Sigmus returns with a 180 on his previous showcase delving deep into his repertoire of styles, Sigmus tells us the style and sounds he producers will always just depend on the mood.
I guess on this day he was in the mood for an `epic DNB` as well as, echoing piano and vocals. He had a Number 1 hit on his mind we think.
8/ “HighThere & Mc Zee- Forever”
A collision of 2 cultures, 2 countries and 2 sounds. Berlin producer `HighThere` teams up with 2023 Canadian MC of the year `McZee` for this beautifully composed vocal liquid track that fills delivers a huge message with its vocals as well as beats.
9/ “Spoompi & Composure”- Profit
We find ourselves now on the penultimate track of the album where we take you to West Coast USA, Los Angeles based Spoompi teams up with Dirtbox producing veteran Composure in San Diego for this amazing male vocal track thats been causing a lot of mischief so far across the pond.
A beautiful track with a huge focus on its sound design and accessibility for the dancefloor. A stand out for sure.
10/ “Puzzled- Flow”
We end Volume 1 of the LP with one of 2 track we have signed from this european producer currently based out of Amsterdam netherlands.
Already a string of huge releases under his belt. Flow encompasses a barrage of many genres within the drum n bass spectrum and somehow puts it all together perfectly.
11/ “Exclusive album Mix by Sub:Liminal
And finally if all that music was not enough straight from his release on UKF sub label Pilot. Romanian Producer Sub:Liminal drops a huge mix of all tracks for us exclusively on the release.
We are so excited for this project and hope you are too.
Kusha- Come Back To Me - Album Sampler 1 is out August 11th
Sicknote- Corner Of My Mind- Album Sampler 2 is out August 18th
Sonication feat. Rheo- Hide The Lies- Album Sampler 3 is out August 25th
Kleu- Lost- Album Sampler 4 is out September 1st
Vibe City Volume 1 is out September 15th
Vibe City Volume 2 is out September 29th
Dirtbox Recordings is a Birmingham UK, based label focusing on bringing in new producers to the scene with a core-ethic of `anything goes Drum & Bass` from Neurofunk & Tech, Liquid & Rollers