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Defrostatica Records set to drop ‘Hybrid Hooks’ VA album


‘Hybrid Hooks’ is a compilation of uptempo club and rave tracks by long-standing and new artists of Defrostatica Records such as Sinistarr, HomeSick, Morgan Neiman, Greazus, Klose, Sam Binga, Jon1st, Sun People, Kiat, Anna Morgan, Detroit’s Filthiest, BSN Posse, Kabuki, Yazzus, Dispondant, Agzilla, Maltin Worf, DJ YumYum, Arcane, DJ Badshape, d’cure, Alza 54 and Jermainesoul.

While the Leipzig based label is determined to blur the boundaries between Jungle, Footwork, Juke and Drum & Bass from a DJ point of view – the artists from USA, Canada, UK, Austria, Spain, Germany, Iceland and Singapore are each representing a refined sound identity within their cultural and musical context. This dynamic of diversity, inclusivity and mutual influence marks the DNA of Defrostatica.

The 21 tracks featured on ‘Hybrid Hooks’ are meant to be played out loud and if you’re brave enough, even in one session. Like a good DJ set ‘Hybrid Hooks’ is structured as a journey from the enticing intro over high energy rave moments into relaxed and deeper ends only to build up to an emotional peak and fade out in the light of a new day.

Rough or smooth, Agzilla spins many styles and faces of the Jungle and Drum & Bass genre. Left-field Techno, House and Bass music has also been finding its way into his record box. Agzilla started DJing in 1989, spinning Hip Hop and experimental Breakbeat material of the likes of the Blapps Posse. His days of Drum & Bass began in 1990 when his attention turned to the styles of Shut Up and Dance Records. From there on he was among the young heads that pioneered the early underground rave scene in Reykjavik, Iceland.

During the ups and downs of the Hardcore Drum & Bass era, Agzilla has spun at numerous parties and festivals ranging from Björk‘s annual new years eve parties, with Howie B, Graham Massey and Mark Farina to festivals with The Prodigy, Aphex Twin and the Atari Teenage Riot. Agzilla was eager to spread the soaring sounds and hosted for a few years breakbeat shows at local and college radio stations. Following the opening of his second record shop ELF 19 in 1996, Agzilla and his business partner President Bongo (Gus Gus) organized a weekly Drum & Bass event under the same name. To the pleasures of many young Icelandic heads, guests such as J Majik, Trace, Ed Rush, Nico, Dj Lee and Boymerang came to the small but erupted showdown.

Check out Agzilla’s contribution ‘Compass Rose’ below. It is simply an Icelandic Drum & Bass wonder. The breakdown at 4:28 has serious potential to melt your brain, so proceed with caution! Defrostatica Records are set to drop their ‘Hybrid Hooks’ album on Friday 16th July, grab it from the purchase button beneath the Soundcloud player!