they say that to know where you are going, you must know where you come from. in 2008 akkachar founded the rwina label, naming it after the word for never-ending chaos in the tamazight dialect of his north african ancestors. over the next five years he let the chaos unfold, building the label into an unpredictable yet reliable power house of dance and electronic music. today he turns to his roots for his own debut release, a three-track ep inspired by and dedicated to the amazigh (or berber) culture found in moroccos rif mountains.
having spent most of 2012 so far further establishing itself as a global bastion of forward thinking electronic dance music, the rwina label is changing things up a little with an ep from young dutch producer jameszoo.
on faaveelaa jameszoo displays the kind of brazen ingenuity that youth affords by drawing inspiration from dancehall before finding its edge to craft an entirely new take on the genre and using that to paint a colourful sonic picture of what he imagines a favela might look like. sounds mad? it is, in a good way. by his own admittance the picture he paints is also a bit messy, yet there is beauty in chaos. as for the inspiration, it can sometimes be hard to hear at first though anyone familiar with jamaicas dancehall tradition will recognise the instantly catchy quality of faaveelaas riddims.
glasgows taz buckfaster - or just taz - was one of rwinas earliest discoveries.his two eps on rwina have leaned towards the dubstep side of things,imbuing them with the playful hip-hop inspired mischief that remains the rwina trademark, playing with dub skank on kingston bridge and sending off firecrackers of concentrated synth melody in nearly uncontrollable bursts on 20 red. he now makes a welcome return to the label at the end of 2011 with the neurotica ep with four brand new tracks of uncompromising glaswegian heat.
san francisco producer eprom follows up his massive technoid monster >humanoid< on rwina with three tracks of bright pastel colours caked in dirt and grime. bringing it right into the sewers, these tracks combine vintage grime and modern dubstep sounds for a volatile, liquid solution that writhes and squirms uncontrollably, splashing and sloshing in toxic puddles of lfo.
london grime producer swindle follows up his incredible planet mu ep with another slab of funked-up grime, this time for a rapidly expanding rwina records. swindles return marks a slightly stripped-down sound: the funk is meaner, heavier, and nastier. >playground< grooves on rainbow synths and leisurely, drawn-out melodies, as a boogie bassline carves memorable phrases in the ground below. all of this is shoved in an approachable halfstep template that means the track could just as easily slot into any dubstep set as the grime scene in which swindle dominates. did we mention theres a killer freestyling organ solo in the breakdown?
rachet, a new kid on the block, debuts with the banging hyper dimention ep for rwina records on october 25. rachet isnt that new on the fold. hes worked with mcs like devlin, jammer, frisco and beezy, to name a few!
yes people, like dillinja once said, its time to get grimey! at the end of september, the man, the myth, the legend, mr terror danjah blesses rwina with the reinforced ep. a storming 3 tracker of top class grime for the connoisseurs, the ep is fully equipped with lazershifting bass-terrorism and high-end sonic manipulation.the lead track,reinforced,switches from sweet but dark r&b vibes to classic acid-esque rave touches, guaranteeing a proper reaction on the floor. peanut punch, a collaboration with regular sparring-partner d.o.k., sprinkles neon highlights over a minimal, bass-led beat, while the ep finishes up with stomp test - 4 to the floor club music designed to kill any dance. rwina & terror danjah - a perfect fit.
fresh from birmingham comes young talent src delivering the >goin out ep< for the rwina imprint. stuffing old school 8-bit sensibilities and new school grime attitude into a blender and hitting puree, src slings sizzling synths and punchy basslines with devastating effect. from the casual g-funk of >goin out< and >sort of a start< to the skank-u-like shuffle of >facepalm< and the danjah-esque >wheres the remote?<, this ep contains grime riddims that will fill every dancefloor with hypercolors, power-ups and neon-lights, like pacman duelling with mario in the dark. with all this in mind, src makes the case that he is one to watch for the future, and with a workrate to match the hype, you can expect a lot more where this came from!
dj support comes from the distinguished likes of starkey, swindle, elijah & skilliam, taz buckfaster, baobinga, terror danjah and many more...
the fourth rwina sees the light of yet another taz buckfaster 12inch thats going down in a true epic vein, one for the anthem horny jocks. so if you are into the grimy synth heavy side of things then better check this one out.
straight outta the grimey pits of glasgow comes taz buckfaster... don rwina akkachar has picked up this young moroccan producer after hearing a few of his astonishing productions. by having the same background it was clear that these guys needed to work together, and this 12inch is what hard work and sweat can deliver.
percy samidjono, better known by his stage name i.n.t. is a dutch producer, dj and performing artist originally from amsterdam and rwinas newest addition to its artist roster. *percy la rock* was the name given to i.n.t. by charlie ahearn, the director of wildstyle. this seven-track ep is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like steve hartley and sasha vee and some proper brag n boast raps from the detroit legend guilty simpson.
support comes from: dilated peoples, jose james, lefto, gilles peterson and machinedrum.
following the success of his faaveelaa ep in 2012, which received support from the likes of the gaslamp killer and mark pritchard, young dutch producer jameszoo returns to rwina with the jheronimus ep. once more he delivers a selection of productions that seem custom made to squeegee your third eye.
after five years of releasing eps and singles across a raft of labels including argon, ramp and his own signal life, finnish producer desto returns to rwina to deliver his first full length album, emptier streets. as with his previous releases on the dutch label, desto strips the music back to its bare-bone essentials, fulfilling the albums title with a sound that is spacious and eerie, bleak and punishing yet still offers warmth in its apparent coldness. stylistically the album is most obviously aligned with the aesthetics of dirty south hip hop and the dubstep diaspora, deploying booming drums, rolling hats and cold synthetic melodies and voices inside cavernous sonic landscapes. rather than simply rehashing styles desto draws from his own surroundings to make emptier streets play out like the soundtrack to a dark city tale across its twelve tracks.
rwina records kick off 2013 with the synergy ep, a collaborative release from taz & akka. glasgow’s taz makes his fourth appearance on the label, while akka (aka label head and mastermind akkachar) finally steps over to the artist side. the pair have been collaborating for three years, with this first release compiling four tracks from the extensive amount of material the two have accumulated in that time.
rwina has a strong back catalogue from artists such as starkey, eprom, terror danjah, swindle and support from dj shadow, sbtrkt, flying lotus, diplo, mary anne hobbs, skream, oneman, ben ufo, machinedrum and many more.
having firmly made his mark on 2011 with the >spit thunder< 7 inch and >makin magic< ep, tracks that are still causing trouble in dances around the world, dutch producer krampfhaft returns to rwina records for a new release that blends cinematic sound design with jaw-dropping, hands in the air dancefloor ecstasy. >first threshold< is krampfhafts statement of intent for 2012, uncompromising party music designed to make people move yet still hinting at something deeper, from a producer who is still exploring the possibilities afforded by the sounds he creates.
the latest addition to the rwina records roster is deft, a young producer from croydon who joins the dots between that boroughs bass-heavy history and dance musics future. having developed his artistic persona through sound design and sound art studies, deft makes carefully crafted dance music for bodies and minds. the masquerade ep offers five tracks that operate at various tempos and styles, showcasing defts knack for catchy rhythms, face-melting drops and carefully crafted frequency work.
from the ice cold landscapes of his secret lair in finland, desto returns to rwina records for another ep of forward thinking dancefloor music. a man who values quality over quantity, the finnish producers work on no sleep picks up where he left off previously on rwina: think deep sub pressure in the finest south london tradition this time blended with sounds and rhythms that take their cue from across the spectrum of bass-influenced music such as grimes colourful melodies or the rhythmic playfulness and sonic claustrophobia of the likes of lex luger.
support by: mala, ben ufo, oneman, dusk & blackdown, trusta, teeth a.m.o.
more recently, nastynasty has been rolling out a steady stream of productions moving in a restless, quicksilver hip-hop direction. these tracks don t stay still for longer than a few bars and unfold rapidly over a few short minutes combining hip hops headnod and swing with chest-crushing subs and electronic flavours that make for truly memorable dancefloor jams. all of which leads the man to the >poison flavored< ep on rwina records. the ep takes nastynastys meticulous sonic aesthetic to new levels of awe. its a high definition tale of modern lovers in a land of thieves and hustlers.
the newest release on rwina comes from krampfhaft from the labels homeland of the netherlands. with only two releases on hamburg label saturate to his name, krampfhaft rwina debut marks his highest profile release to date, and the makin magic ep is appropriately, well, big. the utrecht producer has a synth-heavy sound thats defined more by its impeccable polish and spacious echo chambers than the kind of ultra-compressed grime pyrotechnics or the filigree rhythm programming for the agile rollers proffered by rwina recently, but the four tracks here retain the sense of colourful mischief that remains rwinas calling card.
rwina records follows up doshys unforgettable suspiria ep with yet another massive and dramatic a-side, this time from finnish dubstep producer desto. like suspiria, destos makowrap is all about uncompromising focus, exacting precision and killer melodies, with the normally hyperactive producer temporarily shelving his loopy constructions and frantic arpeggios and instead favouring a measured, slowly building progression instead. destos volatile energy is channelled into bursts of epic, triumphant melody, undeniably anthemic each and every single time they stream out blindingly over the tracks weighty kick, a reminder that this is, in fact, bass music after all. the hushed chords and skittering, exaggerated snares that dribble and melt all over the track put a noticeably hip-hop slant that permeates the rest of the ep. the other two tracks hearken back to the usual kind of colourful dubstep desto is associated with, all arpeggiated fireworks and topsy-turvy synth chords. neptune staggers down a descending progression into plateaus of sub-bass throb as synths twinkle and shoot out from the empty spaces, playful percussive accents peeking out mischievously, the sound of drum machines misbehaving. the other track on the flipside focus around vocal samples, with overkrookdattacking a frightened vocal with monotonous lfo stabs that occasionally break through into an undersea world of squiggling chords and bubbling melodies, jokeresque majesty that quickly flatlines back into the tracks unforgiving mechano-skank.
the ever-growing rwina family is an international affair, including still to be discovered names raving alongside those who have been big in the game since day. kicking off 2011 with a massive release by swindle early on in his exploding career and continuing on with a hypercolour beats manifesto by the all mighty eprom. this time rwina has gone all-out for 2011s summer with this jaw-dropping blitz of a release by doshy. doshy is the first german to make it to the galaxy of bleeps in his shiny metal spaceship-come extraterrestial label robox neotech. his very own space odyssey 2011 started with this fresh vinyl release full of his finely crafted alien bass for rwina records. dropping at the end of may 2011 - the suspiria ep, is full of sawtooth bass-lines & laser beam bleeps - a kind of southern bounce hip-hop instrumental meets holograph-like neon textures that youve never heard on wax before. with global radio and dj support from jocks such as distal, eprom, taz, starkey, the gaslamp killer, desto, rudi zygadlo, jamie vexd, nastynasty and more - this is a 12inch that belongs in the record bags of any djs with a love for forward thinking, synth heavy bass music from across the spectrum of dubstep, grime and glitch.
the eighth release of the infamous rwina records is brought to you by noah dickinson, better known as noah d, or perhaps noah deezy if he happened to have a paul wall grill in his mouth. his 2009 megahit!
we want to do quality, interesting, electronic music here at rwina. were not trying to bring you some stuff aimed solely at fitting into the scene - no, we like beats, bass, synths,stuff that can mess with your head as well as move your feet. so, bearing that in mind, were proud to present eprom, fresh out of san francisco.