Northern Lights – Outlook 2012 Mix
Whoever said ‘it’s grim up north’ has yet to tune their ears to audio delights from production and DJ outfit Northern Lights. With recent outputs in and around their home ground of 170bpm as well as new ventures into slower tempos, notably dubstep, the duo’s signature upfront dancefloor sound has been nothing but well received by both stalwarts spearheading said scenes and fans alike.
Comprising of award-winning DJ and label-boss of Audio Warfare, DJ Steppa, as well as fellow Northerner, rising talent Kitcha, their collaboration over the past three years has seen them steadily build and expand upon their established respective careers within drum and bass, shaping a hearty back-catalogue of releases under their new alias; including chart-topping bangers championed by the likes of Congo Natty, Liquid V, SGN:LTD and Grid Recordings.
Continuing to spread their infectious sound across dancefloors worldwide, this month also sees the release of their new EP ‘They Made Us Do It’, boasting four heavyweight cuts exploring – unexpectedly for some – the realms of 140bpm. Quickly picked up by True Tiger and with the lead track ‘Loonology’ debuting as a world exclusive on dubstep dons’ Skream and Benga’s BBC Radio 1 slot, Northern Lights’ are representing true to their namesake, as shining stars amongst the British electronic music scene.
This Summer will also prove to be very busy for the Yorkshire based duo as they’re set to play at a host of festivals across Europe. A certified highlight in their calendar will be this year’s Outlook festival, with DJ Steppa, a regular from day dot, returning to Croatian shores with partner-in-crime Kitcha to represent as part of Audio Warfare. Joining label mates – a host of the finest in drum and bass – they’ll not only be delivering as part of the label’s regular and highly anticipated boat party but also billed on the Audio Warfare stage too. And, if rumours are true, they’ll be bringing something very special to their DJ set as part of an exciting, new and one-off collaborative project curated by the emerging imprint.
A very bright future lies ahead for Northern Lights, as this is just the beginning…
Words: Veronica Fazzolari
Rebel MC Feat. Tenor Fly, Daddy Freddy, Nanci Correla & Serial Killaz – Get Ready (Serum & Northern Lights Remix) [VIP] – Congo Natty
Serial Killaz – Walk & Skank (Northern Lights Remix) [VIP] – Serial Killaz
SL2 – On A Ragga Tip – XL
The Prodigy – Out Of Space – XL
Ratpack – Searchin For My Rizla – Ratpack Music
Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Production House
Northern Lights – The Black Hole – True Tiger
Northern Lights – Loonology [VIP] – True Tiger
Macky Gee – Sewer Scum (Northern Lights Remix) – Digital Terror
Steppa & Kitcha – Back To The Future [VIP] – Audio Warfare
UK Apache & Shy FX – Original Nuttah – SOUR
Renegade – Terrorist – Moving Shadow *
M-Beat – Incredible – Renk
Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows – Ram *
Prizna Feat. Demolition Man – Fire (Urban Shakedown Remix) – Labello Blanco
DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter – Ganja *
The Terrorist – The Chopper (Shy FX Remix) – Dread
Urban Shakedown Feat. Dee Bo General – Some Justice ’95 / Arsonist – Urban Shakedown *
Northern Lights – Invite The Future – True Tiger