Raw DnB set to drop ‘Raw Various Artists’ compilation
Raw DnB is an independent Drum & Bass label based in the South Coast, UK. It’s run by a talented group of producers who cover a wide spectrum of sounds and grooves within the Drum & Bass scene. Their aim is to provide a steady flow of high quality, innovative releases and events for people to enjoy. They started out on this journey to fill a gap in Drum & Bass and bring back the vibes that we all crave.
‘Raw Various Artists’ is a brand new series of tracks that they’ve been saving up in their Dub locker. The aim is to give some of their current artists and some new ones the opportunity to feature on a new 6 track EP. They have a lot more in store and promise that this is only the beginning.
Our premiere today comes in the form of ‘Directions Altered’ by Tekon who is originally from the UK but now resides in Wellington, NZ.
After being diagnosed with ADD at the age of 14, Tekon found DJing helped to focus his attention. Unfortunately, networking skills were not his forte and the obsession remained a hobby. He would play the occasional set here and there, but nothing regular. That never mattered to Tekon though. The craft would always and only ever be a labour of love. That love soon steered toward Drum & Bass.
When he went to VIP Vinyl in Winchester and walked into the store, ‘Messiah’ by Konflict had just dropped. From that moment…he was hooked! Production began years later with a free sample copy of Ableton from his local DJ store. He instantly understood the workflow and he had found a new vice.
“I cherish all the styles that have spawned since I was introduced to the genre but because I was introduced to Drum & Bass during the “Golden Era”, the influence resonates in my music. Joining the ranks of RAW DNB in 2019, they released my first E.P. later that year; Viewpoint. The neuro influenced amalgamation of different genres grabbed the attention of juno and solicited their own review. A first for RAW DNB.” – Tekon
When Covid-19 struck the world, Tekon was given the chance to polish his skills and begin to hone in on his own sound. Raw DnB released his second EP, ‘Galaxy’, which quickly climbed the Juno Download charts in October 2020. Again, gaining the attention of Juno, sitting in their recommended playlist. Later that year, Raw DnB released the ‘Year Three’ compilation, which featured his track ‘Revenger’.
The beginning of 2021 was determined to mark a new beginning for many. So, moving away from neuro, fog horns and rolling basslines, he experimented with different sounds and tried a new assignment. Something uplifting and unusual, but preserving that vibe he had fallen in love with many years ago. ‘Directions Altered’ was born.
Check out Tekon ‘Directions Altered’ below. The ‘Raw Various Artists’ compilation is out all on platforms on 12th June, make sure you grab a copy from the purchase link beneath the Soundcloud player!