manchester native alex coulton has nurtured a reputation for creating sub-heavy rollers thanks to 12”s for the likes of black acre, livity sound and bloc. with gamma ray burst, the next in his series of releases on london low-end specialists tempa, coulton consolidates his sound to deliver some of the most sparse, rhythmic work of his career. with the record’s title track, coulton weaves from hard-hitting kicks, through to dizzying tribal polyrhythms the whole time maintaining a minimal, space driven atmosphere that remains omnipresent throughout the track’s most intense moments. ‘ground zero’ revels in its spaciousness, allowing reverb to flood into the negative space between flashes of heavyweight techno percussion and saturated ripples of synth while the pulsating kicks that underpin ‘alpha decay’ are punctuated with bleak, discordant bells, rhythmic bass hits and hypnotic filtered percussion. showing his diverse abilities, ‘phase two’ is an exercise in measured restraint, as a cacophony of clicks and hisses come together to disorientate before forming a driving rhythm section before coulton maximises his expansive elements on the fog-tinged ‘ascent’. closing with the steady flowing, brighter-hued melodic work of ‘distant resonance’, alex coulton has created a masterful collection of experimental tech-focused electronica that bewilders, intrigues and will draw the listener in with each play.
after 20 superb 12 inch single releases over five and half years in the game, uk label, 2nd drop, is proud to present its first compilation, future foundations, featuring a mixture of established artists who have graced the label previously, alongside a handful of exciting new acts generating some serious hype on the scene right now. this compilation is the first of many that will bear the future foundations title. we have assigned each 12 inch with a number, *foundation 1, foundation 2* and so on, viewing these chunks of superb music as the foundations of an on-going, multi-layered aural concept that will document the rich and varied output of the label and its artists for the foreseeable future.
with previous releases on labels like idle hands & horizontal ground manchesters alex coulton drops and impressive ep for hype ltd. he may only be at the end of his teens but the music he makes is way beyond that as this ep clearly shows
limited vinyl only release. first on livity sound sister label dnous ytivil from alex coulton, the man behind those fine twelves on all caps and idle hands. killer record but someone please tell us how to pronounce the label name.
following his debut ep for all caps at the end of last year, idle hands is proud to present alex coulton’s next outing on wax. both tracks are tough and low house rollers: all swollen basslines and driving percussion. support so far from pinch and addison groove
after causing some stir via airplay and dj-support, the >representations< ep by alex coulton finally sees the light of day as first release on all caps records. a great start - and now watch out for the things to come!