DnB Black Drop presents 10 Years Of Dispatch Birmingham 03/12/11

Black Drop

Mar 7, 2011
After a few months away, Black Drop are back and proudly present 10 Years Of Dispatch Recordings Tour @ Club Pst 3rd December 2011

Ant TC1

[Dispatch :: Commercial Suicide :: Integral :: Critical]


Ant TC1 along with Hidden Agenda founded Dispatch Recordings back in 2001, Ant originally helped out with the management side of the label before finding his feet within the realms of production; which was a natural progression for him having DJ’d on pirate radio and in clubs from the age of 15 (since 1993). His first release along side frequent studio partner Stress Level appeared on Dispatch after almost 3 years of hard work getting their collective sound where they felt it needed to be in the studio before even thinking about turning on the DAT recorder. After their first release aired they quickly picked up a wealth of dj support on their early material and went on to release for a who’s who list of established Drum & Bass record labels including the likes of Renegade, CIA, Advanced, Critical Records Integral, Liquid V, Commercial Suicide, Good Looking Records, Bingo beats and Samurai Music. By demand remix work started to feature heavily within their output and the duo went on to remix for the likes of Hidden Agenda, AI, Kabuki, Total Science, Optical & Ryme Time (Jagged Edge), Atlantic Connection, Tactile & DJ Marky.

Ant’s production output has featured on a mass of compilations and mix cd’s compiled by the likes of Shy FX, LTJ Bukem, Total Science, AI, Spectrasoul, Klute and Brian G. Additionally his work has featured very heavily within the radio shows of Grooverider and Fabio on their respective BBC Radio 1 slots over the years as well as BBC 1Xtra where Ant once hosted his own one-off 4 hour show as well as also twice appearing as a guest on DJ Flights weekly session. His DJ work has seen him play all over the globe from Adelaide to Los Angeles, from Hong Kong to Budapest, Tel-Aviv to Bangkok and last but by no means least regularly UK wide.

Fast forward to 2011 and Ant is now solely responsible for the running & label manager role of Dispatch Recordings; having released a mix CD compilation, the hugely successful “Transit One” album (which topped almost all the usual stores weekly dance music sales charts across all formats) as well as a fine list of consistently quality single and EP releases from the likes of Survival, Break, MC System, Commix, AI, Chris SU, Zero T, Octane & DLR, Cern, Dabs, Skeptical, Spinline, himself (and many more). Ant will also be appearing on remix duties for the likes of Lomax, Sunchase, Cern & Dabs in the near future on other labels as well as Dispatch and continues to run his own monthly night at ‘Momentum’ in Leeds (which is now in its 9th year) as well as dj’ing continuously across the globe at an ever expanding rate.

Octane & DLR

[Critical :: Renegade Hardware :: Dispatch :: Audio Tactics]


A production force to be reckoned with, each of the pair honing their skills with 9 years in the making before joining forces. Each the perfectionist, combined they become much more than the sum of their parts.

A mutual love of twisted bass textures, organic soundscapes as well as live recording. Pure originality in sound and production technique brings the pair truly into their own.

With a barrage of releases, via Renegade Hardware and Dispatch Recordings amongst others, the future is set to be bright for the Leeds based duo.


[Dispatch Recordings :: Samurai:: P51:: Horizons Music]


In 2001, two friends sharing a common passion for electronic music joined forces to develop their take on the sound of Drum & Bass. After finishing school they both began working in the nightclub industry and were regularly exposed to the cream of international DJ’s and producers passing through Auckland’s Fu Bar. With access to this constant source of inspiration at their disposal, the pair began honing their skills behind the wheels of steel as well as at home in the studio, and over the next 7 years they began forging their own place in the New Zealand, and global Drum & Bass DJ & Production scene.

The name CERN has quickly become a globally recognized entity within the world of D&B. Having released tracks on many of the scenes leading labels including the UK’s Renegade Hardware, Critical, Cyanide Recordings and Samurai Music, collaborations soon arose with names like Loxy, Logistics, Sabre, Phace & Misanthrop, and close friends Bulletproof, Teknik and Concord Dawn. He soon began gaining attention from some of the scenes leading players with the Cern sound being described by the legendary Virus co-founder Ed Rush as ” the kind of music that you know u can listen to 2-3 years down the track and it still sounds good.” Cern’s tunes have been getting heavy support from the linkes of Teebee & dBridge to Logistics & Gridlok, while still getting play elsewhere, receiving support from legendary Techno DJ/Producer Laurent Garnier.

It’s fair to say that Ollie Cern has transgressed the realm of one time bedroom producer, to one of pure world-class stature. Following his 2009 debut “Mania EP” on Concord Dawns “Uprising” imprint, It came as no surprise that His next move was to produce the very first full length Cern LP. “Terminus” is an album that encapsulates the Cern sound wholeheartedly. Originally produced exclusively for the NZ market on “Uprising”, “Terminus” soon caught the attention of US heavyweight Gridlok and is now destined for joint release on his “Project51” imprint. Set for release mid 2010, When asked of the concept behind the album, Ollie describes “Terminus” as “an album that takes its roots from Techstep and funk driven D&B,” going on to say “the album reflects the inspiration gained from his long standing admiration for producers like Ed Rush & Optical, Matrix, Konflict and Source Direct”, incorporating the sound they represented at a time, in his opinion, when Drum & Bass was “at its peak”.

Ollie is looking forward to unveiling his new sound, new vibe and personal endeavours worldwide. Terminus is a world-class album, seamlessly crafted by a world-class producer. Moments in time captured in musical form. A true testament to his ability as a musician and a first had insight into one of New Zealand’s finest dance music producers.


[Ram Records] :: [Subtitles Music] :: [Symmertry]


Black Drop resident Xtrah has certainly blown up in 2011 with the massive release on Ram Records Transmission LP with tracks alongside Basher Xerox & Convulsions also the pairing with Hubble/Pressurise on Subtitles Music aswell with solo project releases on Subtitles Music Arise/Contortion and a release on Breaks label Symmetry forthcoming called Cyrax.These alone have been supported by many of the top DJ`s up and down the country aswell as globally by the likes of Andy C Calyx & Teebee Friction Bailey Hype to name a few.It seems 2012 is gonna be just as big if not bigger for Xtrah

So there you have it Black Drop presents 10 Years Of Dispatch Recordings Tour @ Club Pst 71 Lombard St B12 0QU

Room 1:

Ant TC1


Octane & Dlr




Jay Mythix

Room 2:



Pmx b2b Merri Maker

Soul Culture




Mc`s across both rooms MC PM Floco & Genius

Tickets £5 plus booking fee £10 on the door http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/black-drop/10018540
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