Mainframe hasn’t just represented one of the biggest event brands in Vienna, as well as across Europe, but also the record label which branched out from its legendary events series. For nearly two decades they’ve been bringing some of the globe’s hottest drum and bass artists to their stages and have helped develop the careers of its budding producers. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the entire scene which has watched it grow for seventeen years and to mark this occasion they’re set to drop their ‘17 years of Mainframe Recordings’ album.
The LP features an eye watering 18 tracks, all of which provide a snapshot into how the imprint has evolved over the course of its expansion. Including newcomer artists who Mainframe are currently investing in, as well as those who Mainframe have had play at their raucous club nights, there’s a host of tastes catered for. And with a name like Disaszt at the helm, the album, the label and its events have been in good hands.
Tracks like Ripple’s ‘Stranger,’ Wingz ‘Definite,’ and Halflow’s ‘Progressive ID’ set the mood, showing the talent which Mainframe have at their fingertips when it comes to the fresher waters of drum and bass. Then Mainframe frequenters Dubape, Phentix, Alibi and Smooth pull you into their expert riddims throughout its track listing. Breakpitt & Tenchu offer something different throughout the soundscape of ‘Flashfreeze’ whilst Picota & Kumbh’s ‘Contact’ continues the moodier vibes. Tobax’s cutthroat style is prevalent throughout ‘Overback’ and the head honcho Disaszt returns with Dorian for ‘Boom.’ Tuff Gee & Carter’s ‘Pimp Ride,’ Manta’s ‘Childhood Memories,’ Salaryman’s ‘Soul Reminder,’ Akov’s ‘Afterlife’ and Counterstrike’s ‘Fearless’ finishes the exclusively new tracks but there’s more to come, with a VIP treatment of TR Tactics and The Clamps ‘Maggot.’
As an album, it’s a formidable collection of tracks. But when looking at Mainframe’s vast history, they would need such an LP to pay homage to their legacy and ‘17 Years of Mainframe’ certainly delivers. The album drops on December 6th.