“LAVA EP” on Metalheadz [Official Video]

June 22, 2016

Post originally from the John B Blog:

My EP on Headz is out now – buy links are below, along with audio previews and the official Video for LAVA which I’m proud to say I edited myself! I’ve been slowly learning a few new tricks in Final Cut X – (a far cry from the random tour videos I used to just edit on iMovie back in the day) I think this came out pretty well!

Anyway – here’s the PR blurb and a couple of reviews we got, including a 10/10 in Mixmag and ‘Single Of The Month’! Not bad!

“It’s been a while since John B graced the skull with the headphones. Across his career he has released genre defining music. His tracks on Prototype are revered and we don’t even need to comment on his contributions to the Headz catalogue, but that’s all in the past- its 2016 and he has a new agenda to set. These tracks are exactly what you would want from John B on Metalheadz. One side has drama, one side has soul. It’s a welcome return for a missed team member.”

BUY LINKS:
Vinyl & Digital – Metalheadz Store: shop.metalheadz.co.uk/vinyl/meta039
Apple Music/iTunes: CLICK HERE
Beatport: CLICK HERE

Juno review (Click here to read in full):

“It’s been years since John B last fronted a Headz release – 15 to be precise – but there is no other label these three tracks would be more at home on. Techstepping back to his earliest visions, “Lava” is a straight up spring back to 1998 in new trainers. Stark, grimy and heads-down, it pays homage to one of drum & bass’s most innovative eras. “Lie To Me” reminds us of John’s inability to sit still creatively with the jazzy, almost “Brand New Funk” style dynamics of “Lie To Me”. Finally we hit “The Colossus”. One of John’s secret weapons since Sun & Bass 2015, it’s an ugly piece of uncompromised machine funk with all the bass groans and cymbal splashing you could ever ask for. Arguably John’s best release this decade.”
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LAVA Juno Review

John B – Visions [Digitally Remastered] 4 Track SAMPLER

May 1, 2016

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

Also available on iTunes: www.smarturl.it/BETA048

Watch the official video for ‘Starburst’ here:

 

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. 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 also celebrate 25 years of big bass business this year.

Aged with authority and authenticity: ‘Visions’ reminds us just how forward-thinking the Beta Records founder has always been. 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.

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…

John B – “Electricity” Video & FREE DOWNLOAD

May 2, 2015

Available now as a free download from John B’s soundcloud page we present his new track “Electricity”. A powerful, politically-charged comment on society, status, government, big business, police, corruption. And electro.

Featuring comments from Russell Brand during his appearance on BBC Question time last year & a hard-hitting video with archive footage of the protests in London & America, big business, media-propoganda, wealth & poverty.

This is not easy-listening, meaningless, throw-away Drum & Bass. This is a reaction against Bottle Service firework EDM excess & brainwashed hashtag self-obsession, inequality & opression. Serious music, serious issues & serious Bass.

Video edited by John B using archived news footage & shots from ‘Hands up Don’t Shoot’ by Eric Rodriguez..

John B ft. Code 64 – “The Journey” (Acoustic Version) LYRIC VIDEO

April 25, 2013

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Video Filmed, Directed & Edited by John B

John B ft. Code 64 & Undersound – The Journey (John B Acoustic Mix) [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]

Release date: March 25th 2013
Label: Beta Recordings

Written & produced by John B
Vocals by Code 64
Guitars performed by Undersound

Notes from John B:
“I’ve been wanting to do an stripped-down acoustic version of “The Journey” for a long time, so with the help of Gareth Evans (Undersound) on the guitar, I put this together. It will be available when the single and all the other remixes, including the Metrik one come out on March 25th.

Decided it would be nice to try my hand at editing a lyric video too, so using various footage from my travels last year, a lot of epic ones in Russia (Cherepovets and Petrosavodsk I think), I put this video together. Please share, repost & all that jazz – I want everyone to hear this!

Acoustic-step dnb??”

JBTV 13: John B Backstage in Bremen c. 2009

August 23, 2010

GRIMEY GERMAN JUNGLE BIZNIZ. Backstage Tour footage from John B in Bremen, Germany, sometime in 2009 with MC Rage, DJing for a Lifeline Promotions event at the Aldin & Tivoli complex.

If you want to download the video file for iphone & ipod click here.

John B Podcast 065: BONUS Backstage Video from Pirate Station 31.01.09

March 15, 2009

Randon drunken backstage banter at Pirate Station in St. Petersburg. John B with the camera chatting and rambling with El Hornet of Pendulum, Noisia, Chase & Status, Subfocus. And a piano. No DJs were harmed during the making of this film…

To download this video file for ipod & iphone click here.

To download this video file for apple TV/PS3 etc in full 720p click here.

To watch the video in High Definition on YouTube click here

John B @ Pirate Station 7, St. Petersburg 31.01.09

John B Podcast 064: Video from Pirate Station 31.01.09

March 15, 2009

720p HD Tour video of John B’s biggest gig ever to 25,000+ ravers at the SKK arena in St. Petersburg for the Pirate Station ‘Immortal’ Event.

Loads of live footage from his set in the main arena, then the VIP Deluxe arena for his 2nd set. Crazy performances from acrobats and performance artists & sexydancers on-stage. And some bonus footage from the artists’ area backstage, and pretty scary video of stilt walkers falling over! (We hope they’re ok!)

Much love to all the Russian fans, all the organisers & crew that made the event as amazing and memorable as it was!

To be followed by another video of all the random backstage drunken banter 😉

If you want to download the video file for iphone & ipod click here.

If you want to download the BIG 720p video file compatible with most players click here.

AND you can see all the photos from the event if you click here.

John B @ Pirate Station 7. 2009.

John B @ Pirate Station 7, St. Petersburg 31.01.09

HD Video: John B @ Pirate Station Immortal, St. Petersburg 31.01.09

March 8, 2009

720p HD Tour video of John B’s biggest gig ever to 25,000+ ravers at the SKK arena in St. Petersburg for the Pirate Station ‘Immortal’ Event.

Loads of live footage from his set in the main arena, then the VIP Deluxe arena for his 2nd set. Crazy performances from acrobats and performance artists & sexydancers on-stage. And some bonus footage from the artists’ area backstage, and pretty scary video of stilt walkers falling over! (We hope they’re ok!)

Much love to all the Russian fans, all the organisers & crew that made the event as amazing and memorable as it was!

To be followed by another video of all the random backstage drunken banter 😉

Available in Super-Mega HD on vimeo & youtube.

If you want to download the video file for iphone & ipod click here.

If you want to download the BIG 720p video file compatible with most players click here.

You can also download the special John B Pirate Station Podcast if you click here.

AND you can see all the photos from the event if you click here.

HD Video: Backstage @ Pirate Station, St. Petersburg 31.01.09

March 8, 2009

To watch the video in High Definition on YouTube click here

Randon drunken backstage banter at Pirate Station in St. Petersburg. John B with the camera chatting and rambling with El Hornet of Pendulum, Noisia, Chase & Status, Subfocus. And a piano. No DJs were harmed during the making of this film…

To download this video file for ipod & iphone click here.

To download this video file for apple TV/PS3 etc in full 720p click here.

HD Video: John B @ Die Rohre, Stuttgart Jan 2009

February 25, 2009

John B on tour in Germany – behind the scenes footage from the gig @ Die Rohre in Stuttgart in January 2009. IN FULL HD BOH!

The embedded video is pretty good quality but you can actually watch it in super posh High Definition on vimeo here or on youtube too…

To download a high quality 720p version of this video, compatible for most players CLICK HERE

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