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Since his early work for Dublin label Qaudrophonic in 1998, Dominick Martin aka Calibre has always delivered a sound that delves below the all too often unsatisfying D&B surface. His ability to bring a warm, natural feel to the digital landscape of D&B raised interest from Creative Source and Radio 1's Fabio, leading to a critically acclaimed double album in 2001, entitled 'Musiqe Concrete'. This opened the door to a new breed of dance floor capable, musically orientated D&B, as confident in its longevity as in its originality. Less was certainly more. Since then Calibre has released for labels such as MIST's Soul:R label, including collaboration work under the Mist:I: Cal moniker with the Manchester duo. Other label contributions have included CIA, 31, Defunked, V and Critical. Remixes have also been a heavy outlet for Calibre's take on 21 st century blues and soul, with commissions from the likes of High Contrast, Badmarsh & Shri, and US R&B up-and-comer Jaheim.

Fast forward to 2003, and Calibre's own vision, Signature records has come to light. This imprint is the home for his own prolific studio output, offering an unprecedented freedom to experimen t and release music on his own terms. Signature offers regular Drum and Bass singles as well as further artis t albums, remixes of his own work from fellow boundary pushers such as Omni Trio and Klute as well as further collaborations, including MIST's ST Files. Signature will eventually also showcase Calibre's House and down tempo work, which has already seen the light of day thanks to John Tejada's US house imprint, Palette. 2004 continues apace, with Radio 1 D&B chart topping releases such as 'Feeling Happy' (Signature), 'Mr Maverick / Highlander' (Signature), 'PUR' (Revolve:R) and 'Drowning' (Liquid V) and the massive 'Drop It Down (feat. Fats)' . Calibre's project with ST files under the St.Cal moniker saw its first release on Soul:r in September 2004 with 'Red Light / Little Man'. Calibre has completed two mixes of Zinc's 'Flim' for Bingo Beats as well as remixes for 'Silent Witness & Break' on Critical.It's now 2005 and this has truly been the year of Calibre. Spending less time djing and more time in the studio he was able to finalise his new album, the first for his label Signature. Early work such as 'Kiya', 'Is it You?' and 'Second Sun' got well supported across the board from Fabio, Grooverider, Friction, Zinc, Bailey, High Contrast, Flight, Marcus Intalex etc.. Calibre's hard work paid out and the result is what can only be described as a phenomenal long player, for many dnb fans, easily the album of the year. With the album release in November, Calibre has given in to the overwhelming demand for dj work and spent the last few months of 2005 touring solidly across the UK, Europe and Japan. 2005 also marked the return of the St.Cal partnership (ST Files & Calibre) with their single 'Losing Ground' / 'Henshaw Dub' on Soul:R. This was a first taste of forthcoming Mistical LP project which is being worked on at the moment. The LP will feature tracks from Marcus Intalex, ST Files and Calibre in their various combinations and is due for release on Soul:r in April 2006. Other plans for the first half of 2006 include tours of the USA, Australia and New Zealand . Beyond those, Calibre will cut back on dj work and once again spend more time in the studio, where he feels most a t home. Whatever the doubters may say, Drum and Bass isn't going anywhere; and neither is Calibre.




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