Mikal – Spiritual
This sounds like one of the big early metalheadz tunes – typically eerie synths, multi-dislocating beats and crunching bass action ahoy. Mikal bringing the heavyweight flavours once again.
Mikal – The Chant (Rido remix)
Anyone who was a fan of the original will not be disappointed as Rido has upped the game with extra bass and soft but weighty beats. Rido shows why he was sort after by label boss Mako, proving the decision was the right one.
With an impressive back catalogue on labels such as Metalheadz, SGN: LTD, Utopia Music and Horizons to name a few. Mikal’s inclusion in 2011 on the prestigious Headz ‘Genesis EP’ series and his first single for Goldie; has earned him the title as ‘one of the hottest producers around.’ His collaboration with DNB star Break on ‘Just A Game’ is, as you would expect, of an impossibly high standard. With ‘Nervous.’ simultaneously making a solid statement across the pond for US label Force Recordings.
The prolific producer cannot be defined by one genre or style. Whether it is liquid, deeper, darker or even dubstep he has cemented his position across the board. Mikal’s 140bpm debut came when Goldie unexpectedly dropped ‘Higher Forces’ in his FabricLive 58 CD, catching the attention of original dubstepper Skream. Signing this and his next three tracks, ‘What You Know’, ‘Lost’ and ‘Sound Gonna Die ‘ to his own imprint Disfigured Dubz.
Mikal is currently working on a couple of releases before finalising his hotly anticipated album for Metalheadz. No doubt there will be more, with the ‘What You Know EP’ further cementing Mikal’s position as a versatile and incredibly capable producer. With thirteen tracks due out in the first 6 months of 2012 alone; several more penciled in for the latter half of the year and championed by the respective forefathers of Dnb and dubstep, it seems Mikal can do no wrong. With continued support from the drum and bass, dubstep and radio elite Mikal’s talent is going to be hard to ignore.
Lifts Me Up/ Just A Game (Metalheadz)
Mikal teams up with he-who-can-do-no-wrong, Bristol-based D&B-ster Break for a couple of screwfaced killers on Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz imprint. “Lifts Me Up” juxtaposes uplifting, stabbing rave chords, sweeping synths and euphoric vocals with rolling drums, grinding bass and gritty subs for an adrenaline-inducing journey. “Just A Game” builds from a dramatic, melancholy intro into a dutty little roller with stuttering bass, chopped up vocals and an insistent repetitive edge. This is D&B with buckets of character – get to know!
Juno Records 2012
“Bold move, calling a track ‘Epic’ – especially when it’s more of a low-slung brooding roller than a hands-in-the-air face-grater. But Swedish-born Mikal isn’t a rising Metalheadz star for nowt, and this standout track from the label’s third ‘Genesis EP’ instalment is undeniably thrilling: that scudding, phased bassline careens crazily beneath a stop-start drum groove, while delightful Indian vocal tics add widescreen, cinematic flavours. Epic? Of course it is.”
MIXMAG Oct 2011 http://www.mixmag.net/words/reviews/tunes/drumnbass/october
‘One of the top ten dnb producers to watch out for in 2010′ Knowledge magazine 2010
What You Know EP (Disfigured Dubz)
The latest EP forthcoming on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz is from a very exciting prospect. Up and coming Mikal debuts a 4-track EP showcasing a sound much like dubstep at its origin, but evolved into an intimidating new monster. Suffocating sub bass, shuffling percussion rhythms, and dub-touch- up effects rounded out with vocal snippets to create a modern peak into classic bass music at its emergence.
Due the 12th of March, this EP is his debut foray into dubstep. Known for his dnb productions and work with the illustrious Metalheadz camp, he’s diving headfirst into 140 BPM darkness with elaborate flair. Absolutely do NOT sleep on this one.
Rido is music producer hailing from Prague.
He was initially drawn to electronic music after being exposed to the heavy beats of The Prodigy.
In 2004 he moved to Sydney to study sound engineering at SAE. After he returned back to Prague, he started to concentrate on making music full-time.
His first international release was a soulful tech slammer, featuring the vocals of Spikey Tee, called “Life is Strange,” for the Holland based Fokuz recordings.
When Kryptic Minds and Leon Switch listened to Rido’s “Strangers,” the tune was signed without hesitation to Defcom Recordings.
And another releases followed:
“Hard as life“ and “Icarus project” which is colab with another Czech dnb producers Morebeat released on Citrus recordings
“Coincidence” and “Synthesia” released on Disturbed recordings. “New Hope” and “Somber World” released on Fall out recordings. “Machine desire” is another colab with Morebeat out on Trust in music. “New Dawn” released on Disturbed recordings.
In 2010 Rido meet up in the studio with Concord Dawn and made several tracks. One track called “One and Only” is featuring on the new
Concord Dawn ́s album called “Enemy within” and track “The Heat” was released on Uprising with another big track from Rido called “Detonate”
But the big turnover for Rido happened in 2011.
In February he is releasing tracks Exoplanet and Poison on Black sun empire imprint called Obsessions, and that push him to write another track called Focus.
Focus was the first track that cought Metelheadz attention.
After that Rido started immediately working hard on a new material for the legendary label.
The first outcome was The Prague connection EP with his friend Hybris that came out last August. And right after that Rido released his debut single for Metalheadz with hit track called Twisted and Core on the deeper side.
Into 2012 Rido stepped with a strong remixes one for Black hole recordings artist Andain and next for John B track called Heros, that will come soon on a remix album.
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