John B Podcast 167: John B Blue Note Promo Mix – Function:al April 7th 2017

March 29, 2017

Special promo mix in advance of John B’s upcoming gig at the Function Recordings night at Lightbox in Vauxhall on April 7th.

“The musical DNB maestro that is John B cooks up a special mid-week treat for you all. Digging through the crates he delivers an exclusive mix which is just a tasty slice of whats to come from his Metalheadz Bluenote Set @ FUNCTION:AL – Friday 7th April @ Lightbox London.”

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John B – Visions (18th Anniversary Edition) (2016)

May 6, 2016

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CLICK HERE to buy mp3 or WAV download at www.beta-store.com

Also available on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BETACD10

History begins here: 18 years after its release, John B’s ground-breaking debut album ‘Visions’ receives a long-overdue remastering and full deluxe reboot.

Rewind: ‘Visions’ landed in 1998 on New Identity Recordings, part of one of the most influential label portfolios in drum & bass history captained by DJ SS, Formation Records. Responsible for signing and developing some of the most long-standing, influential artists in the genre, SS’s legacy and footprint is still crucially relevant as Formation Records celebrate 25 years of big bass business this year.

Aged with authority and authenticity, ‘Visions’ is a succinct example of the forward-thinking output from the Formation camp at the time… And a reminder of how forward-thinking John B has been since day one. Strictly doing his own thing since he came into the game at 18; John penned ‘Visions’ as two distinct chapters, both parts grasping two of late 90s drum & bass’s most exciting sounds and pulling them into groundbreaking new directions.

[Both mp3 & WAV orders come as a .zip folder with all tracks in – bear in mind the WAV one is a BIG file so will take a little while to download!]

Part one, ‘Organic’ saw John swerve the standard sample-smashing of the era to create warm, full bodied natural grooves from real musicians. In a stark twist of contrast, part two ‘Synthetic’ foretold both the techstep phenomenon and his own angular, precision electro edge that were to soundtrack our entrance into the new century. One side au natural, one side machine manufactured: both techniques and approaches still dominant in drum & bass today… ‘Visions’ by name, visionary by nature.

It also comes complete with total remake of his hugely successful Vangelis-inspired ‘Starburst’. Previously constructed on analogue synths, ‘Starburst 2016’ was re-created from the ground up with modern synths and contemporary production. While the scene continues to forage for antiquities, John shows us the other side of the sonic coin once again.

‘Starburst’ isn’t the only track to enjoy an update: every track you hear on the album has been remastered. The production, however, remains timeless: No one knew how well ‘Visions’ would sound 18 years later. No one knew how well it would document drum & bass’s infant years. Still sounding slick and bursting with creative ideas, the album tells the story of both an artist and a genre growing up, fizzing with directions and ambitions.

‘Organic’: A maze of mischievous jazz and funk experimentalism. A sharp sense of youthful melody and off-beat surprises await as we spring through the horn-heavy haze of tracks such as ‘Sax Therapy’, ‘Jazz Session’, the purring keys and slap bass of ‘Slamfunk (Moog Remix)’ and sunset soul of ‘Reflections’. The spacious, Orient-focused penultimate track ‘The Second Judgement’ teases for the darkness of what’s set to follow…

‘Synthetic’: While the first part showcased John’s funkier, soulful musicality, ‘Synthetic’ really established his pedigree as a premiership producer. Forecasting today’s highly technical, synthetic production style you can hear John pushing his machines to their limits, finding new sounds and techniques. The wriggling alien bass of ‘VCF’, the razor-sharp Detroitian electro iciness of ‘Electro Shock’, the iron-fist two-step and sci-fi breakdown of ‘Travelogue’. Not to mention the clear proto techstep dynamics of ‘Sight Beyond’ and ‘Secrets’. Several years ahead of their time, they play a role in one of the most gamechanging chapters in drum & bass.

No surprises, then, that ‘Visions’ found home in the selections of the most influential DJs at the time – Grooverider, SS, Adam F, Goldie, Photek. It’s here where John dug deep foundations for his fusionist, futurist signature: an amorphous sense of development and narrative, tightly balanced shades and contrasts, well-chiselled breaks and sharp synthesis.

Every genre has its small selection of pivotal albums that show clear signs of progression, influence and documentation and brand new benchmarks: ‘Visions’ is an album that lives up to its name in ways John never could have imagined at the time. The future is now…

FULL TRACKLIST:

‘Organic’

1 Jazz Session 2
2 Sax Therapy
3 Slamfunk (Moog Mix)
4 Fermat’s Theorem
5 NewJam
6 Jazz Session 1
7 Central Dogma
8 Heaven Is Here
9 Reflections
10 The 2nd Judgement
11 Pacific

‘Synthetic’

1 Star Burst 1.1
2 Sight Beyond (Remix)
3 VCF
4 Energy Field
5 Travelogue
6 Maxwell’s Demon
7 Voltage Control
8 Electro Shock
9 Planet 10
10 Secrets

Bonus Mixes & Previously unavailable tracks:

1 Star Burst 2016
2 Star Burst 1.2
3 Star Burst 1.2b
4 Star Burst 1.3
5 Star Burst (Club Mix)
6 Jazz Session 1 (Radio Mix)
7 Jazz Session 1 (Ext. Mix)
8 Jazz Session 1 (12″ Mix)
9 Jazz Session 1 (Alternative 12″ Mix)
10 Jazz Session 2 (Unreleased Original Version)
11 Jazz Session 3
12 Sax Therapy (Remix)
13 Slamfunk
14 Fermat’s Theorem (Remix)
15 NewJam (Vinyl Mix)
16 Split Endz
17 Hydrolysis
18 Sight Beyond (Original Mix)
19 Sight Beyond RIP
20 Secrets (Remix)
21 Undertow
22 The 1st Judgement
23 Travelogue (Album Mix)
24 Travelogue (Remix)
25 Firewall
26 Energy Field (Ext. Mix)
27 VCF (Alternative Version)
28 Voltage Control (Dub Mix)

John B Podcast 081: John B ‘Classics’ set @ DNBTVLive 24.8.10

September 3, 2010

John B played a ‘Classics’ set at the DNBTV Live launch party for their Anthology Compilation, and we got the recording! 1 hour of all his favourite stuff from around 1996 to about 2001. Enjoy! (And please vote for John B in the DJ Mag Top 100!)

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JOHN B PODCAST 081 TRACKLIST

1. Adam F // Brand Nu Funk
2. Dillinja // Acid Track
3. Dom & Roland // Can’t Punish Me
4. Krust // Soul in Motion
5. Boymerang // Still
6. Origin Unknown // Valley of the Shadows
7. Spirit, Digital // Phantom Force
8. Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce // Locust
9. Dillinja // Hard Noize
10. John B // Up All Night
11. Omni Trio // Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP Mix)
12. Dillinja // Silver Blade
13. Genotype // The Germ
14. Shy FX // Bambaata (Dillinja Remix)
15. Roni Size // Trust Me
16. DJ Die // Autumn
17. LTJ Bukem // Music
18. Dillinja // Soul Control
19. John B // Secrets
20. Adam F // Metropolis
21. Dillinja // Armoured-D
22. John B // Pressure (Original Mix)
23. Doc Scott // Drumz 95
24. Dom, Optical // Quadrant 6

Here’s a video from the night from youtube.