June 2003 sees the launch of Signature Records, the new home exclusively for the work of Dominic Martin a.k.a. Calibre. Since his early work for Dublin label Qaudrophonic in 1998 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 and more recently Fellowship’s Defunked imprint. Remixes have also been a heavy outlet for Calibre’s take on 21st centruy blues and soul, with commissions coming in 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 will be the home for his own prolific studio output, offering an unprecedented freedom to experiment and release music on his own terms. Signature promises regular Drum and Bass singles as well as an artist album in 2004, a limited edition 10” Dub influenced series, 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 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. Signature certainly looks like another reason to be positive about Drum and Bass in 2003 and its assured longevity. Whatever the doubters may say, Drum and Bass isn’t going anywhere; and neither is Calibre.