Aural Imbalance AKA Simon Huxtable has been writing and creating atmospheric music since 1997, creating deep emotive tracks across many electronic music genres including drum & bass and spacey house / progressive. The key to the AI sound is deep synthesis with the focus on the spaced out atmospherics that create a warm hypnotic feel.
The Aural Imbalance sound has spanned the globe with original tracks and remixes over various established electronic labels including Cadence Recordings, Within Records, Lynx Recordings, Advection Music, Greta Cottage Workshop, Secrets of the Sun Recordings, Ascendent Grooves, Elliptical Sun Recordings, SoulRidaz, 7 Seas Records, Stasis Recordings, Cambrian Line, OdysseyRecordings, Embarcadero Records, Adro Records and has also had tracks featured on mixed CD’s on Global Underground.
The sound that Simon has been producing and involved with has gained support from some of themajor players in the electronic music scene, this is both in a solo guise as Aural Imbalance and with collaborative efforts as part of Deep Space Organisms, Monothy, Idforma and Inspired Minds in which he has teamed up with other very talented producers.
Simon is also working on various collaborative projects and remixes with other well established artiststhese include Tidal, Bass’Flo, Tomi Chair, Sebastian Schetter, Sanderson Dear, Savvas, Pat Foosheen, Simos Tagias, Audapta, Groofeo, Ambrela, Shane Berry, KaLGaN, Okee to name but a few, and these projects cover various styles of electronic music. Simon is also part of a new acoustic/ electronic band called “Out of Plato’s Cave” who with singer songwriter Rhys Davies have a debut album “Solipsist” which came in 2013 on Greta Cottage Workshop.
The debut album project by Aural Imbalance is a deep D&B album called “Legacy” on Cadence which is released on limited edition CD and is available exclusively via www.movementinsound.com this is a nine track LP that is mixed together into a nice spaced out atmospheric romp into the deeper side of drum & bass.
As a follow up to the album a remix project of the original tracks from Legacyreleased (2014), include remixes from, The Outerworld, Orange & Blue, Tidal, Tomi Chair, Groofeo, Donald Wilborn, Audapta, Pat Foosheen, Shane Berry, Eschaton & Nennah, PHD & Furney in addition to this there will a few surprises on the album as somevery special guests will be doing some versions of the originals too.
Also Simon has recently finished his debut album for Advection Music and this is scheduled to be released in 2016 again following the deeper side of D&B and House music. Other projects will take shape in the nearfuture, a pure ambient project is in the works and this will be released under another pseudonym thiswill be announced through the usual social media channels at the time of completion of this newproject.
In addition to this new EP,s and remixes forthcoming in 2016 also with new albums expected in 2016 on Movementinsound and Stasis Recordings in 2017, watch this space .
1 - Sebastian Legz - Coding of Their Atoms (Aural Imbalance Remix) : Stasis Recordings
2 - Offland - Caracara (Aural Imbalance Remix) : Stasis Recordings
3 - Aural Imbalance - Europa : Advection Music
4 - S, Bluyer & AI - Evening Bliss : Movementinsound Recordings
5 - Aural Imbalance - Lost Galaxies : Secrets of the Sun Recordings
6 - Kian & Ludvig - The Source (Aural Imbalance Remix) : Cadence Recordings
7 - Blok One & AI - Sacred Landscapes : Soul Ridaz
8 - Aural Imbalance - Voyage to Callisto : Monochrome Recordings
9 - Okee & AI - Beneath the Surface : Advection Music
10 - Entama - Primeval Rainforest (Aural Imbalance Remix) : Cadence Recordings
11 - Aural Imbalance - Inclination of Ceres : Odyssey Recordings
I compose music primarily for my own pleasure; the creative process of constructing and refining a piece of music is what I enjoy the most. I endeavour to move the listener in some way.
Hailing from North London, I now live in North Devon. I have been contributing my productions to the jrum and bass genre since 2007.
Taking piano lessons at the age of six, I have always been passionate about playing music. A love of hip hop naturally led onto buying hardcore and jungle records in the early 90's and attending seminal clubs such as Speed and Metalheadz as often as I could.
Now I am getting DJ support from the very people who influenced me such as LTJ Bukem and PFM.
Starting out on Binary Soul Records I have had releases on many labels over the last few years, most notably with Good Looking Records, Fokuz, Liquid V, Soul Deep Recordings, Phuzion, Odyssey and Smooth N Groove.
For DJ Bookings please contact me at: email@example.com
1. Orbital - Halcyon On and On
2. Furney 'Temperamental Drift' - Smooth n Groove Records Dub
3. Soulstructure & Tim Cant 'Astrology' - Dub
4. Malaky - Being With You - Malaky's Bandcamp Page
5. P.F.M. - 'Drifting on By' - Drum and Bass Express Dub
6. Jrumhand 'Sensitive People' - Unreleased Good Looking Records
7. Jrumhand 'Joy' - Dub
8. Furney 'Kaleidoscope Moods' - Smooth n Groove Records Dub
9. Inelligent Manners & Malaky 'Tears' - Fokuz Recordings
10. Soulstructure 'Time to Dream' Unreleased Good Looking Records
Podcast 06 Liquidsoundzuk/Odyssey Recordings
DJ Stretch has been Deejaying and producing Jungle/Drum & Bass music for over 23 years.
He started spinning on sound systems in local clubs and house parties. Soon after Stretch was introduced to Marc & Dego [4 Hero] at Reinforced Records they showed him the ropes in the studio. After hours of watching these masters at their craft he soon too began to show a massive interest in production and this lead onto him eventually trying his skills in the studio… He made a few dub plate specials and tested these out in his own sets. Stretch then comes with the infamous Jungle anthem & club favourite titled ‘Worries in da Dance’ which was first played at the legendary AWOL club and signed to DJ Ron’s Label: A London Something Records. That night and 5 reloads later Stretch was called on stage and was introduced to the whole scene.
Stretch became a resident and deejay at some of London’s best Jungle nights & venues; AWOL, Telepathy, London Sumting, Morning After, Thunder & Joy, Ministry Of Sound, Fabric & The legendary End Club. Continuing with his production Stretch went on to remix other artists tracks like the seminal Firefox’s ‘Warning’ Tom & Jerry’s ‘Maximum Style’ Stretch teamed up with DJ Ron to remix Rebel MC & Top Cat’s ‘Champion DJ’ and also did the Jungle hit ‘Papa Lover’
Going on to set up his own imprint label’s Rinsing Records & AKO Records, focusing on his own production and helping showcase up and coming talent to give them a break. DJ Stretch was an integral member of the Reinforced Records family supporting the likes of 4Hero, DJ’ing for them world-wide all across the UK & Europe, Japan and the USA. Playing Jungle/Drum & Bass music and continues to play the music he loves…!
Stretch has now re-launched the AKO brand and runs two successful labels: AKO Beatz and AKO150, both focusing on that Jungle sound. AKO Beatz with new age Jungle sound but staying true to its roots with releases from Goldie and Marc Mac to name but a few on the label and AKO150 which focuses on some of the unreleased gems from the golden era and new retrospective Jungle with that oldskool feel.
Strech is one of the hardest working guys in the scene; he has been busy deejaying across the country and is now back in the studio.
Liquidsoundzuk & Odyssey Recording would like to say a huge Thank you and Respect to DJ Stretch for supporting the Podcast series.
Podcast 06 is not to be missed.
Afraid To Tell JLM Productions The Sound BiznizCold Mission
Untitled (Heaven)Tom & Jerry
Celebrate Life Nookie The WhipThe Guyver
Colour of Memory Steve Alexander
&9x9 (MIST dub mix)4 Hero
Contra Flow - sour & Denz And Tribalist
My Years D-Bridge
A Better Place (Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files Remix)4 Hero
Need Special Touch
Shining Down Goldie
Here Comes The Drumz (Breakage remix)Doc Scott
Tribal Instinct Alpha Omega
Hardcore Junglism (Total Science remix)Manix
Kirks Nightmares Randall & DjVapour
The Scorcher (Dance Mix)4 Hero
Feel real good Manix
A london sumtin'Code 071
Mike ‘PFM’ Bolton
Mike started buying vinyl back in 1982, although at that time he did not have his own decks. He did however, spin tunes at the odd party for friends, while being influenced by the big DJ’s such as Froggy. Then in 1989, after listening to Carl Cox, it inspired Mike to acquire his first set of decks and began teaching himself to mix.
Then in 1995 Mike launched his own Drum ‘n’ Bass production career, after being inspired by LTJ Bukem’s revolutionary ‘Demons Theme’. Mike formed PFM (Progressive Future Music) on Good Looking Records. He quickly gained recognition with the release of the first record ‘Wash Over Me/ Love and Happiness’, as well as the now classics ‘One and Only’, ‘The Western’ and ‘Danny’s Song’.
After a string of hits with Good Looking, PFM went on to release a number of tracks on Moving Shadow including the well-known ‘Cruising Detroit’ and ‘The Eleventh Hour’
After a brief spell with a major record label, PFM, now solely Mike Bolton, re-signed with Good Looking and released ‘Sakora/ Summerboy’ followed by the ‘Val Sinestra EP’, which is dedicated to a friend that passed away.
Since then Mike Bolton has gone on to produce some fine albums including the ‘ Producer’, which was a collection of remixed older tracks, as well as more new material. Mike has really made a huge impact on the scene through a lot of hard work that has been recognised throughout.
You can now catch Mike Bolton live at an Event named ‘AXO’ organised by the Odyssey Recordings and Advectionmusic camp. This will be held at ‘The Queens Head’ Redditch 30th April 2016 where Mike ‘PFM’ Bolton will be showcasing an exclusive 2 hour classic Golden age set.
1. Links - Chameleon
2. St Etienne - The Sea PFM Remix
3. PFM - Wash Over Me
4. Mulu - Pussycat PFM Remix
5. LTJ Bukem - Atlantis
6.JMJ & Ritchie - Free La Funk PFM Remix
7.PFM - The One And Only
Tidal Aka Wayne, has always been into music since an early age. Some of his early musical memories come from many genre's including Reggae, Electro, Hip-Hop, Soul & Electronica.
Through listening to a lot of tunes, from various mix albums like Promised Land & Logical Progression, he decided to venture into drum 'n' bass production in 1998, and then later progressed into Djing back in 2000.
Since his first demo, Tidal has received interest over the years from labels like Covert Operations, Inperspective and International labels like Testflight (D.C), Warm Communications (Texas), Offshore Recordings (NYC) and Camino Blue (Germany).
In 2002 Tidal had his first signing to ASC's futuristic label Covert Operations (based in Bradford). His track entitled "Zero Divide" was eventually released as part of the Warm Communications / Covert Operations CD compilation, “Thought Process 1”.
Production wise Tidal has done numerous remixes / collaborations with respected artists like Simon V, Pete Rann, ASC, Resound, Galaxi (Deep Gemini), Void, Intersidereal; and he also hopes to work towards some more future projects with other artists.
With my own productions in an ironic way, I like to make tracks I want to hear myself in club, the same feeling I used to get from listening to those Bukem, Blame & PHD mixes for the first time, I try to aspire to capture people’s minds in the same way."
This style of atmospheric drum 'n' bass I'm deep rooted in, is the innovative 97-99 sounds of labels like Ascendant Grooves, Cadence, 720 and Good Looking Records.
It's not just about beats or making tunes for the dancefloor for me but more about, soul & feeling. I believe tracks should be open to an any interpretation and shouldn't be one-dimensional.”
In all Tidal has received DJ support from the following Artists / DJ’s
LTJ Bukem, Galaxi, Jay Le Roc, Nookie, PFM, Fabio, Aural Imbalance, Orange 'n' Blue, Modemellow, Future Engineers, ASC, Electrosoul System, Resound, Pete Rann, P.B.K, Qumulus, DJ M, Stunna, K.C Dee, Solarstation, Scenic + many others.
Expect more deepness from Tidal forthcoming on Advection & Odyssey Recordings .watch this space.
01:- Rhythm Tek - Every Good Day [Odyssey Recordings]
02:- Tidal - The Night Before [Good Looking]
03:- Heavy1 Feat. Iriann Joyce - Light Upon My Road [Makoto Remix] [HEigital]
04:- Anile ft. Hannah Eve - All This Time [CIA DEEPKUT]
06:- Altitude Feat. Iriann Joyce - Time [Fokuz]
07:- Tidal & Iriann Joyce - Love Devotion [Advection Music]
08:- Dynamize - Friday Night (Vibrant Scientists Remix) [SONLTD001]
09:- Tidal - Sunken City [Odyssey Recordings]
10:- Galaxi - Skycast [Advection Music]
11:- LM1 & Indigo Sync - The 591 (Tidal Re-Wire) [Offworld Recordings]
12:- SoulStructure - The Writer (Tidal Re-Wire) [Store Jam]
13:- Denial & Tidal - Feat. Iriann Joyce - In Love I Trust [V]
14:- Tidal - Strange Attractors (Rhythm Tek Re-Wire) [Advection Music]