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Nu:Tone’s debut album “Brave Nu World“ dropped in 2005 with all of the Drum + Bass’ hierarchy supporting it. Following this, there was the stunning sophomore “Back Of Beyond“, which dropped in June 2007 with critics hailing it as “the perfect marriage of accelerated junglist funk and cooled-out 70s melody” (DJ Mag). As the lynchpin of the Future Sound Of Cambridge crew, Dan was instrumental in getting younger brother Logistics, Commix and of course himself into the studio to produce the devastating full length “Future Sound Of Cambridge 3“ in 2008. In the same year, Nu:Tone submitted his “Medical History“ in LP format. Early in 2010, Dan’s anthemic 12” release “Hyper Hyper” set the world on fire, championed by Sub Focus and featured on the “Hospitality D+B 2010″ compilation. 2011 also saw the release of Dan’s third album on Hospital; the inspired audio-visual concept “Words + Pictures”. Possibly Dan’s most ambitious project yet, the album was received very well, and the design even got a mention in The Guardian. Nu:Tone remixes are always guaranteed to please – whether it’s the retro soul of his “Spread Love” anthem or the junglist wobble of his “Strictly Social” re-rub or his incredible remix of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” or Emelie Sande – “Heaven”. Remix-wise, 2010 saw Nu:Tone busy re-shaping New Zealand Shapeshifter’s ‘”Long White Cloud”, Dekata Project’s “At Least We Can Dance” and Unicorn Kid’s “Wild Fire”. During 2013 he continued his fine form of remix work as well as team up with younger brother Logistics to produce under the Nu:Logic moniker. The sum of their combined powers has led to the singles ‘Morning Light’ and ‘Everlasting Days’ that showcase a nebula of new sounds and techniques. Similarly, their album ‘What I’ve Always Waited For’ oozes the kind of soulful Drum and Bass that harks back to the foundation of the Hospital label. Few drum+bass artists command the same respect as Nu:Tone, both within the scene and across the wider dance music community, with his recent discography taking in remixes for the likes of 3 beat, Warner and Sony. Nu:Tone has stripped down and re-worked the likes of Axwell, Sandy Rivera et al, with major labels clamouring for his skills behind a mixing desk. In Autumn 2014 Nu:Tone released his fourth studio album. He is an artist with the kind of rich history and authority to be able to reach into drum+bass’ deepest past and create an album of snapshots from the many ages of jungle; his LP ‘Future History’ is a testament to this and his experience.


  • Every pack from Raw Cutz is an instant download for me - perfect balance of vintage warmth and clarity. This pack is no different! Helpfully broken down into separate elements, it makes it easy to find the right sample for the job.

    A broad and diverse sample pack full of really atmospheric sounds. The atmospheres and tape fx were the most interesting for me, really useful as additional layers to make soft synths feel less generic. I can see myself using these samples for a while to come!

    Chillwave Vocals

    Rating: 8/10

    Although this doesn't contain the kind of vocals that I'd use in their entirety, I found this pack useful for making chops. The vocals all have a delicate naive quality about them, nicely recorded, and conveniently arranged in key/phrase folders.

    A big pack of really classic sounding vocals that totally lend themselves to soulful house. Well recorded, and conveniently arranged into folders with all the separate layers needed to create the full vocal texture. My only criticism would be that it would have been great to have longer phrases - they are mostly around 8 bars on average, which is fine for a hook, but not enough to really build a song around.

    Vocal Collection

    Rating: 9/10

    This is a huge pack, full of loops and cuts at a variety of tempos, and with a range of styles. All very usable and inspiring. There's a number of different directions these samples could be taken. Unlike a number of other packs, there's a few different singers used in this, and it doesn't suffer the monotony that other packs seem to. Good stuff!

    A killer pack of full vocals from the king of soulful house! As long as I have loved house music, I've loved the vocals of Robert Owens. The soul at the heart of so many classics - his voice is completely unique and his style unparalleled. This pack is full of gems, both verse/chorus arrangements and individual phrases - hugely useable and great quality.

    Soulful Gospel Vocals

    Rating: 9/10

    This is a great pack of full song acapellas. Dry and Wet provided for each stem, as well as all the different registers (soprano/tenor/baritone, etc.), and a number of songs in different keys. There's a lot of material in here, my only criticism is that it takes a while to get your head around it all!

    Top class sample material from the Brazilian wizard! Urbandawn has been steadily building steam for a few years now, and it looks like this is his year - this pack only confirms that. Amazing sound design and meticulous attention to detail, alongside flamboyant musicality and creativity. Highly recommended!

    A great selection of elements in this pack, from beats to melodic loops. All really tastefully put together, and varied throughout. The vibe is on point, and brings a really distinctive flavor. All really well recorded and produced. Highly recommended - you will not regret it!

    Vaporwave City

    Rating: 9/10

    Vibes ahoy! This pack is packed full of vintage sounding synth samples, interesting chord progressions and buckets of vibes throughout. It's not always easy to get the balance right with this kind of pack, but they've nailed it with this one. Highly recommended!

    Neo Soul & RnB

    Rating: 8/10

    There are lots of vocal packs out there, some of them are way too generic, or cliched - this is not one of them! A great variety of vocals, nicely recorded and generally very useable. Great pack - recommended!

    Vocal Ultra Pack

    Rating: 9/10

    A great pack of full vocals, both male and female. Lead, backing vocals all divided up into composite elements. As well as using these as full vocals, I've found that they're great to use for vocal chops. Have a go at slicing the vocals up into (relatively) random chunks - i like to use recycle for this. Then mapping the slices up over the keyboard using a sampler, and playing live until you find a combination of slices that works. Can be fun!

    Essential Vocal Cuts

    Rating: 9/10

    A huge selection of snippets and cuts in this pack - really useful as elements to layer into a loop, especially Todd Edwards style cutups. It can be really laborious to come up with suitable cuts yourself, sourcing the vocals, slicing, editing, selecting. This pack saves a whole lot of bother, and sounds great. I have to admit, I didn't find much use for the additional folders of bass/chords/drums, but that's no problem when the vocal cuts folder was what I was after. Great stuff!

    Raw Sliced

    Rating: 10/10

    Another amazing pack from Rawcutz - each of these packs is loaded with hugely useable snippets They always get extensive use, mostly the instrumental cuts/stabs. Everything on here has a totally authentic sound and vibe, great choice of chords and instrumentation. I can see myself using this pack for some time. Fully endorsed!

    Raw Skillz

    Rating: 10/10

    The Rawcutz packs are always worth a check, vibes through and through and this is no exception. I've found so many different uses for these samples, usually taking individual elements rather than full grooves, but they all have such an authentic flavour to them. Essential!

    Organic Percussion

    Rating: 9/10

    A great selection of authentic percussion - useful in many different contexts. I've found that a lot of these work really well straight out of the box, which is a sign of a great sample pack! All played well, and great recordings.

    A fantastic pack full of varied live percussion. Perfect to add a live element to electronic productions. Really nicely recorded, and expertly played, I've been finding these really useful. The variations mean that you're not stuck on a simple loop - dropping in alternate versions at the right point gives a great lift to a track. Essential!

    Killer sample pack from a super talented producer - perfect for adding a layer of grit to your track. Variety and quality through and through! A wide range of sounds from drums to synths and bass, means there's a wide range of potential applications. I can see myself using this extensively in the coming months...

    Great atmospherics on this pack! Perfect to add subtle textures to your track, or for more unusual fx. I like packs like this that don't try to do everything, but do what they do really well.

    Smokers Unite

    Rating: 9/10

    Rawcutz sample packs never fail to please! Full of really warm organic snippets to use however you please. Perfect for splicing together into unusual loops or to add texture to stabs. Essential!

  • Warehouse Deep

    Rating: 9/10

    Really nice samples in this pack - lots of nice synths and stabs, great for layering and adding texture. Useful for making all types of music - highly recommended!

    Classic 90s House Vol2

    Rating: 8/10

    It does what it says on the tin! Great vintage sounds to this pack, nice breadth, and great quality. There are a lot of these types of packs around these days, but this one manages to fulfil the brief more than adequately.

    This pack has rapidly become a go-to resource for small dusty snippets for me - the breadth of sample sources is huge, but they all have a similarly vintage soulful vibe to them. The samples also lend themselves to a whole range of uses, either as individual elements of a groove, collaged together into a choppy pattern, or loaded up over a range of keys, and played as an old-skool stab. Absolutely eseential!


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