Caught up with Midlands-based E-Motion crew. They gave us the mix, above. Tracklisting at end.
DB: What’s the vibe behind the label that makes it unique? Your label name implies some ‘depth’ in what you are about.
E: Like you say, we do exactly what it says on the tin. We like to emphasis emotion in all of our releases, from down right techy filth, to happy, uplifting, feel good vibes. Our aim is to provide the scene with a variety of drum and bass, experimenting right across the board without us being stuck to one sub Genre as people say. In doing this, I think this makes us unique as opposed to other labels that tend to stick to just one genre.
DB: When did you start it all up?
E: My pals Sensa and Haste actually got the ball rolling with the first release mid 2011, but due to their commitments with producing as Hybrid Minds they just didn’t have the time, so we made the arrangement for me to take over.
DB: What moments on the label thus far are you the most proud?
E: To be honest there hasn’t been one single moment I haven’t been proud of running E-Motion. With every signing I make it just makes me realise how worthwhile all the stress is and how much I want to continue giving my two cents to the scene and giving some of the up and coming producers I know the chance to get their music heard.
DB: What movements/shifts in D&B are you aware of right now? I mean it’s a form of music with a formidable history and backbone, how do you see it right now?
E: I think it’s clear to see there are massive things going on in D&B at the moment, whether it’s the more commercial side of things, or underground. Firstly, D&B being in the charts, correct me if I’m wrong but this year is the first I have ever known drum and bass get to number one. There are a lot of experimental vibes coming out at the moment which seem to be working right across the board.
DB: What DJs do you keep an eye on?
E: If I had to choose an artist in particular it would be Hybrid Minds. I have known them for a number of years now I have seen them go from strength to strength to get where they are now; big, well recognised producers who are making a great mark on the scene. It just proves that with a bit of hard work, dedication and the enthusiasm to do well, you can get to where you want to be.
2nd July: Colossus ‘Forgiveness/The Heart is Full of Love’
30th July: Pennygiles ‘I Remember’/Jaybee ‘Truggernanna’
Ray Keith – Deeper Love
Bladerunner – Love Is Gone
Soulculture – Borderline – E-Motion
Bladerunner – Feel For You
ATP & Jaybee – Truggernanna – E-Motion
Slime – Spring Blues
ubmotion Orchestra – It’s Not Me It’s You (Alix Perez)
Amoss – Recycle
Halogenix – Laika
DMT – Your Love
Need For Mirrors – Ebonics
Siren – Snorkel (SPY)
Livewire – Deadbeat
Nymfo – Under Fire
ANT TC1 – Mode Destruction (Xtrah Remix)
Mikal – The Chant
Rockwell – Full Circle
Penny Giles – I Remember – E-Motion
Dabs – Subsidiary
Nickbee – Summo
Sabre – St Clair
Kez & AMC – Needing You – E-Motion
Vicious Circle – Instinct
Colossus – Forgiveness – E-Motion
Mono – Threat Signal – E-Motion
Sensa – Psychosis – E-Motion
Karma – Half Way To Heaven – E-Motion
D.Side – Dog House VIP – E-Motion
Roygreen & Protone – Life Under Construction – E-Motion