Shogun Audio are back and ready to hit hard for 2009. With a slew of singles lined up from some of the hottest talent around plus two very special album projects there’s too much to mention in one go here so here are a few that are sure to perk up the ears of Drum & Bass fans around the world. Currently getting props from the likes of Rob Da Bank and Fabio on Radio1 is the soon to be released ‘Emeralds’ by Lenzman on Shogun’s sister imprint SGN:LTD. Followed close behind by the mighty ‘Delta’ by Code 3. Following this on Shogun will be the first single, ‘I’m Free’ b/w ‘Melanie’, to be taken from the debut artist album from leader of the nu school Alix Perez. Due for release just after the summer ‘1984’ looks set to propel Alix into the upper echelons of dance music featuring not only drum and bass but also expert explorations of hip hop and dubstep too. Hot on the heels of these releases watch out for the massive ‘Aztec’ from Spor due to hit stores in April. Getting support from every A-List drum & bass DJ as well as Zane Lowe and the great Grooverider on Radio 1. This looks set to be one of THE records of the year. There’ll also be a new deadly dance floor 12” in May from the label’s head honchos Friction & K-Tee; ‘Set It Off’ does exactly that and serves as a great pre-cursor for the new Friction mix CD due around the same time. Friction has earned his stripes, working his way to the top of the DJing elite with skills that put many to shame. Having already rolled out his successful Next Level series with great success, the new mix entitled ‘Assassins Vol.1’ is sure to be brimming with some of the best beats in town interspersed undoubtedly with some of Friction’s dirtiest dubplates. Also get ready to check in to the new Shogun Audio website as it gets ready to launch very soon at www.shogunaudio.co.uk. There you’ll be able to keep up to date on all things Shogun, download the latest releases and merchandise from the Shogun shop, and subscribe to the forthcoming monthly podcast hosted by Friction himself. In the meantime if you want to catch the guys out and about you can get yourselves down to their regular Brighton events at Digital, or of course catch Friction on the road most weekends around the UK and the rest of the world.