With a remixed version of 2017's 'Mirakuru' album just released, it's time you got to know this Estonian-British D&B trio
Indivision have made quite an impact on the drum & bass scene in recent years. The Estonian-British trio burst onto the scene at the start of the current decade and made their full-length debut with 365 Days on Toolroom in 2011, becoming regulars on the club and festival circuit for their trouble.
Last year saw the arrival of a second long-player entitled Mirakuru. Dropping on Fat Tape last March, Mirakuru saw their unique take on D&B - which sits somewhere between liquid funk and a more commercial, high-octane sound - garnering them more fans. But even bigger things surely await Markus Marjak, Kaarel Silmato and Lewis Taylor following the recent arrival of a remixed version of the album on Fat Tape's parent label Subsphere.
Mirakuru Remixed features a whopping 23 tracks (compared to the original album's 12) which span the full D&B spectrum: liquid sounds may predominate, but there's room, too, for everything from hard-hitting neurofunk to the kind of EDM-tinged stompers that work so well with big, young crowds outdoors. Refreshingly, they've avoided going for sure-fire, big name remixers: names like Boxplot, Chords, Tesla Coil, Drifta and Aperio may be familiar to scene devotees, but many will be new to many listeners.
Mirakuru Remixed, then, isn't just a new way to listen to one of last year's hit drum & bass long-players - it's also an ideal opportunity to check out some rising D&B talent. So we figured we should have a quick chat with the men behind it...
Let's start by talking a little about how the three of you got together in the first place...
"Kaarel and I [Markus] met online: I heard his mix on the radio, and it was amazing! So I hit him up on Facebook and we started talking, and it did not take long for me to ask the question if he wanted to join forces. This all happened at the beginning of Indivision, around 2010.
"Lewis is our newest member. I met him through a mutual friend friend at a party. We started talking, really liked his mixing style and, well, now he is a member of Indivision!"
You've released two albums. How would you say Mirakuru differs from the first one?
"I would say Mirakuru is more versatile, because it touches on quite a few sub-genres of drum & bass. But then, all 12 tracks are pure drum & bass, whereas 365 Days had a couple of dubstep tracks on it, for instance. Also, I think Mirakuru is musically much more advanced than 365 Days, and the production side is better.
"We also did a mini-album at the end of last year called Vibrancy, which was purely mainstream drum & bass."
That brings us neatly to the new remix package. It's the first time you've done this, so what made you decide to go down the 'remix album' route?
"We have officially released around 100 tracks, and given away possibly 50 more, but there have been really few remixes. So we wanted to suprise our listeners with other artists’ reworks of our tracks. Originally, we just wanted to have 12 remixes, one for the each of the original tracks on Mirakuru, but the project just grew and grew as we got more producers involved!"
To my ears at least, there's a broader range of sounds/styles on the remix collection than on the original album. Was that a deliberate decision - to reach out to a wider D&B audience?
"Actually it wasn't, because we did not ask the artists involved to make specifically a drum & bass remix. Most of them are drum & bass-orientated producers, but we didn't set any borders in terms of a style!"
How did you go about selecting the remixers for the project, then?
"Well, you could say it’s really an 'Indivision And Friends' album, because we've known most of the artists involved for a while. But some were suggested to us - Kasger gave us a couple of great names, for example - and a few we contacted ourselves specifically for this project, because their music had been known to us and we wanted them on the remix album."
What are some of your favourite remixes among the new versions, and why?
"It’s really hard to pick favourites, to be honest, as they are all well produced and sounding great - that's why it ended up being a 23-track album and not the 12-track one we originally planned! But if I would have to name some of them them, then definitely check out the remixes by Wiljan, Tesla Coil, Maxin, Chords, Northern Zone and Haszan & Overload."
With the album out now, can iDJ readers in the UK catch you DJing (or playing live) at any point soon?
"We actually played last weekend in Leicester! Future UK gigs are unknown at the moment, but people can follow us on social media to find out what's coming up."
Finally, what else is going on in Indivision's world right now that iDJ readers need to know about?
"Well, we actually are working on another album with Danish producer Kasger, who's remixed Gladio and Libra for this album. That might be out by the end of the year, or if not then next year. You can also expect a collaboration with Northern Zone, which is coming in March on Formation Recordings."
Words: Russell Deeks
Mirakuru Remixed is out now on Subsphere Records
Tags: Indivision, Subsphere Records, Fat Tape, D&B, D+B, DnB, drum & bass, drum n' bass, liquid funk, neurofunk, Boxplot, Chords, Tesla Coil, Drifta, Aperio, Wiljan, Maxin, Northern Zone, Haszan & Overload, Kasger