Ingredients ST Files & Response 12

Ingredients are soon releasing ‘Nailbomb/Hard Times’ by ST Files & Response. Label owner Clive gave us background on ST Files for anyone who is lucky enough to be discovering him for the first time. Two embeds at end.

I: He’s been around for a very long time, he first stood out for me as part of Low Key Movements on Reinforced in late 1994 and he worked with Marcus I believe as Da Intalex on Flex Recordings but it was when they went as Ill Figure on Double Zero records that I really took notice.

This was soon followed by the epic & genre changing record ‘How You Make Me Feel’ on 31 Records which, if you don’t know that tune, then you really should!

DB: And is it part of a certain Manchester Vibe overall?

I: Yeah there’s no doubting that. Manchester was instrumental in House Music having a place in the UK club scene in the late 80s and I feel Marcus & Lee’s music is heavily influenced by those days for sure. I think they’d agree.

DB: And how did you come to release this tune, what is the background?

I: To be honest, after he launched his label Grey Audio I thought all of his music would go on there, but he went quiet for a while so I actually thought he’d moved on from D&B. But I got to know a guy from Manchester called DJ Response who had sent me a few tunes he made, and one of them was a co-lab with ST Files called ‘Nailbomb’. I didn’t hesitate to grab it, and we worked on finding the flip all year. Here it is finally, and I’m very proud to have it in the catalogue.

DB: Where can people hear this and stuff like this?

I: Well you’d be hard-pressed not to hear it at a Critical night. Both Foreign Concept & Kasra are playing it a lot, both love it. Marcus has been playing ‘Hard Times’ and Lenzman is a big fan too. These are the kind of DJs that are supporting it and if you go to a Metalheadz, Soulr or Critical night, you’ll hear both tunes I’m sure. It really is a fantastic record and I mean that as a fan first and foremost.

DB: What’s making D&B as good as ever right now in terms of what you’re releasing. Which, let’s face it, other people are not releasing?

I: I think D&B tends to go through peaks & troughs on the outside, people looking in are always unsure how it’s evolving, many people say it all sounds the same, until that one tune comes along and it’s popular again.

But for me, it’s always produced great music and I just focus on what makes me tick and tend to ignore everything else. I think the minute you start compromising your own beliefs you lose sight of what it is you like about it, whether you’re running a label, a producer, or a DJ. So if this makes my label unique then that’s pretty cool, but it really is just my own personal taste and I’ve never compromised that. Music has to have a vibe, and that’s the key ingredient.

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