breaking into a new century, following last months 100th release on the label, ishan sound collaborates on 2 killer tracks with bristol-based hodge and alex hughes aka muttley.
‘c5’ refers to cold explosives and makes for a perfect title for this stark, cold rhythm. a circling melodic synth line sets a moody context before the floor drops out and an industrial strength sub drives things forward at 130bpm. deep, hard, dark, original. exceptional quality from ishan sound and hodge.
flip for a 140bpm excursion from ishan sound & muttley, melding elements of trap, grime and dubstep meticulously to form an engaging sonic that is both fuel for the dancefloor as well as providing introspective qualities for bass weight meditation. ‘still smoking’ sums it up appropriately.
‘black lotus’ follows walton’s inclusion on tectonic’s landmark 100th release – riko dan’s ‘hard food’ ep, plus the ‘praying mantis’/ ‘koto riddim’ 12” (also on tectonic) and the ‘taiko’ ep on kaizen – the latter two of which hinted at the album’s sound, but didn’t fully prepare us for the brilliance to come. abstract electronics, grime, dubstep and new styles that don’t even have a name yet coalesce perfectly on this classic in the making. it finds walton at peak power, reaching just as far (if not more so) than anything on the pan, different circles, boxed or tectonic catalogues for pure futurism and new-terrain-traversing brilliance.
* walton drops his third instalment on tectonic in fine style, calling upon japanese influences to create a truly unique sonic across both tracks in the release. asian instrumentation meets directly head to head with the cutting edge sounds of a uk grime-techno axis to great effect. * ‘praying mantis’ captures all the charm of a fine japanese watercolour painting by means of some spectacular midi-harp programming. hi-hats and detailed percussion set a shuffling pace, building the mood up before a beautiful harp section unfolds and takes over, expertly programmed by walton to sound as if a master harpist had stepped into the room! as drums and bass join the party we have all the makings of a low-slung grimey masterpiece, both soothing and energising in a perfect zen balance. * flip then for ‘koto riddim’ which again brings japanese influences to the forefront of the track. walton programs classic sounding japanese percussion sounds along with grunting vocal cuts and a charming flutebased melody. as the track drops, it switches into a more familiar, grime-based palette of sounds, deftly arranged for most dangerous impac
following last years dangerously good depatterning lp, ipman returns to tectonic to deliver his latest instalment in bass-driven technoid mutations. constrict jumps straight into the deep end at 140bpm, diving head first into pulsing waves of warping, dynamic synth layers swimming back up to the surface for air. as the intro build peaks, the track effortlessly strikes when the bass drops in, charging the techno synth interplay with a sort of 3/4-step type rhythm shaping the movements. impeccable dance floor music that sits in an undefined zone between the worlds of techno, dubstep and somewhere yet defined. flip then for running man, which sees a sharp drop in tempo, bringing the speed down to 120bpm but maintaining the energetic build of constrict. starting from an almost empty space, running man takes an upward momentum, building and layering percussion and sonic textures as the heat of the chase takes full effect. dark and deadly, this is one for fans of sci-fi sonics and dread vibrations.
burly, uk-styled rave tackle from berlin’s phon.o for tectonic after spending the last few years exploring subsets of garage-techno on 50 weapons. clearly carving towards tectonic’s ruder ‘floor criteria, he plays out the dank, shadow-boxing 2-step drums and swooping subs of mercurial next to the aggier grime slap of u8 phunk for the berlin scallies, and yokes some splintered breaks into a submerged jungle-techno chassis with bell blender.
tectonic label boss pinch returns to home territory with his latest tales from the darkside. hard, uncompromising beats, sculpted for twisted dancefloors. lead track ‘screamer’ sees recent collaborator and grime-legend, riko dan, pick up the mic to voice pinch’s industrial garage style rhythm, true to terror-form. complementing the darkside sonics, riko’s savage delivery threatens from the offset, with no let-up, no sign of weakness. not for the faint hearted. flip for ‘no justice’, seeing pinch on solo production duties providing a sub-heavy pounding rhythm, twisting an almost ragga style beat in dark dub territory. police sirens wail around calamitous thunder and atmospherics before the beat pounds in. second drop brings warped basslines to the forefront, pushing things further down the rabbit hole. ‘screamer’ has been played on bbc radio 1 on the benji b show, also featured on mary-anne hobbs’ 6 music show. dj support from the likes of mumdance, loefah & many more.
bristol born producer guido releases his second album *moods of future joy* through home town label tectonic recordings. alongside joker and gemmy, guido completed bristols purple trinity generation of dubstep producers, whose collective sound took the worldwide underground scene by storm in 2009.
following on from his dynamic debut lp on tectonic last year, civilization, and an excellent contribution to this years tectonic plates volume 4 in the form of *kerplunk*, distal returns with a solid 4 track ep that spans the full wide range of his production ability.
never shy of bringing new flavours to the table, once again it is time for tectonic to introduce a new artist to their increasingly eclectic roster. born and raised in london, jay fontaine aka decibel later hopped over to newcastle for a few years and now can be found based in belfast. already this exciting producer is tickling a wide range of interested heads, with dj and radio support coming in strong from the likes of sinden, mistajam, benji b, doorly and toddla t as well as mj cole, drop the lime and many more.. get involved!
atlanta producer distal teams up with vancouvers hxdb for >booyant<, an absolutely killer collaboration that fuses the best elements of both producers in fine style. taking a 136bpm tempo and bridging dubstep with a cutting edge bass-heavy house vibe, the duo pull together an intimate dancefloor bubbler that fans of night slugs and swamp 81 will most likely feel quite at home with. awash with lush synths and gurgling sound bytes, >booyant< is a quality track to tickle many a fancy. flip to side aa for distals solo effort >amphibian<, an excellent piece of 140bpm machine music, whirring and clicking in a roughly similar vein to instra:mentals >rift zone<. experimental dubstep pressure for the open minded, guaranteed future-proof. distal will release his debut album >civilization< on tectonic later in the spring of 2012.
* boofy hails from bristol’s fine heritage of progressive bass music producers. having made a name for himself as part of the bandulu crew and his own sector 7 sounds imprint, as well as dropping killer releases on innamind re-cordings and no corner. * lucky for us, he’s saved some of his deepest, heaviest hitting cuts for tectonic! this 4 track ep is a masterclass in minimal effectiveness, with rhythms ready to set the dancefloor off that reveal ever deeper subtitles on repeated lis-tens. * ‘back in the box’ sets the pace with swinging hats, thumping kicks and a bass line that will sound like an earthquake on the right system! follow up for ‘herbie’ which takes things in dissonant direction, before dropping hard and with authority. * flip then for the ep title track, an exploration around the paranoid edges of a creative mind, stretched to capacity. finally the ep closes up with ‘perfunktion’, a rolling rhythm with a lighter mood, somewhat reminiscent of mala circa 2006. quality stuff from an excellent producer who is going from strength to strength right now. * dj support from: kahn & neek, mala, tubby, rsd, joker & many more
dj support from: kahn & neek, mala, rsd, joker & many more.
* big, bad and heavy! two of pinch’s biggest dance floor bangers, remixed by one of uk dubstep’s hardest hitters, kromestar. guaranteed rewinds. * ‘the boxer’ first appeared on tectonic back in 2010, fusing grime and dubstep with tribal drums and tearing squarewave bass. kromestar stays true to the original but switches his stance to swing hard with a left hook, southpaw style. after a moody build up, the intro breaks away into a brief moment of calm, before bass comes out fighting, throwing knock out punches hard and fast. tried and tested dancefloor damage of the highest order. * flip then for an equally dangerous remix of pinch’s deep medi release ‘swish’, from back in 2011. simple, effective and deadly, kromestar gives this classic an update, setting it up for another few years of wheel-ups
with a number of high profile releases already behind him for labels including the legendary xl recordings and dusky’s 17 steps imprint, hugo massien has carved a sound for himself that sees him bring together elements from house, techno, dubstep and hardcore, all combining force to produce this killer 4-track ep, running at the techno-friendly tempos of around 128bpm.
dj support from: shed, loefah, pinch & many more.
celebrating the 100th release on tectonic, the label turns to riko dan for 6 cuts of uncompromising vocal mayhem featuring rhythm tracks from joker, mumdance, walton, ziro and label boss pinch. * riko dan takes centre stage for this ep, bringing his characteristic lyrical style, bringing his dancehall and grime styles together across a serious of hard-hitting tectonic rhythms. * the whole ep has been mixed-down by joker for added sonic power. the 12 inch is cut onto 180g heavyweight vinyl, packaged in a matt-finish, printed sleeve. * tough beats. tough vocals. hard food ep. tectonic 100
* the production duo behind the rave-new world sounds of turbo mitzi and big slug (feat. riko dan) have been busy in the studio recently and return to form with 2 killer cuts designed to shock out the dancefloor. * ’control’ picks up the tempo from the duos previous cuts, rolling at 140 beats per minute, in it’s apocalyptic form. powerful pads create the tension before sub-heavy kicks and cybernetic snares come pounding and chopping in, building up the mood before a radioactively charged reese-bassline emerges, rising to the surface, unleashing its terror. this is a stone-cold banger. * strobe light’ returns to the more familiar 128bpm tempo that the pair have previously worked with. taking a quite unique approach, ‘strobe light’ builds evermore, moving into the light, layering percussion up as an intoxicating drone of swirling strings swells and swells - entrancing and empowering in equal measures. this is a highly versatile dj tool that also makes for an engrossing listen from start to finish. refined dancefloor ear candy. dj support: mary ann-hobbs. modeselector, daniel avery.
electronic music producer and dj greg sanders aka distance returns with his third long player ‘dynamis’, set for release through tectonic recordings on 21st october.
alongside recording ‘dynamis’ over the past four years, distance has been writing and producing for other artists including riz mc, jeb loy nichols and jon more of coldcut. working with these artists helped open his mind to other styles of music and led to him veering away from his 140bpm roots. the productions of a$ap ferg, drake, schoolboy q and earlier arca and fka twigs were a big influence, alongside the soundtracks of hans zimmer and cliff martinez.
originally released in 2006 over a series of 10” vinyls, and accompanying cd, tectonic plates volume 1 became a hugely important landmark in the evolving soundscape of the emerging dubstep scene at the time. the compilation features an all-star line up and includes many formative classic tracks by scene-defining producers of the era. if you were there at the time, you will know this was a definitive compilation for both tectonic and for dubstep in general. 10 years later and we are celebrating this seminal release with a special edition reissue, collating all 8 tracks from the 10” series into a double vinyl 12” pack. also included in this limited edition package is cd2 of the original tectonic plates volume 1 cd edition - a special tectonic mix recorded in 2006 by pinch featuring compilation tracks alongside exclusive, and still unreleased, tracks such as “pages” by pinch, “full metal jacket” by omen and “the haunted” by headhunter. you won’t find them anywhere else.
the mysterious nurve follows up on his tectonic debut, originally released back in 2014, with 4 crunching darkside cuts, conjuring the spirits of ed rush & optical circa late 90s, to appear here in a techno form.
nice price deal !!! better strangers is the debut album by manchester based producer acre, set for release by tectonic recordings on 6th november 2015. the album follows eps on both tectonic and sister label cold recordings and visionists pan collaboration label codes. as influenced by rave & jungle, grime and techno as electronica, ambient and drone, his ep releases have been rhythm driven snapshots of other-worldliness spliced with dancefloor sensibilities. acre has sought to explore a wider variety of textures on better strangers to re-contextualise elements from uk bass music, bring them away from the dancefloor and open up new possibilities.
ipmans debut release for tectonic steps in hard with two excellent cuts for the dancefloor, -regicide- hitting in at 140bpm, while -ghostrunner- takes its pace at 128bpm. following on from releases on imprints including osiris and tectonic s sister label cold recordings, ipman demonstrates his ability to seamlessly fuse sounds, textures and moods - from jungle to techno and everything in between. the results are clear - high impact dancefloor energy delivered in a well-measured fashion: intricate rhythms and textures dance around thunderous subs and powerful sonic rushes.
dj support: pinch, mumdance, logos, slimzee, youngsta, loefah , mary ann hobbs...and many more
combining forces once again, pinch & mumdance return to deadly form, this time alongside legendary grime mc, riko dan. a dangerous combination all round…
mumdance & logos present proto, tectonics first major release of 2015. recorded by the duo over 2014, proto is a collection of 10 future-facing club tracks that, against the odds, also provides a deep and involving experience for the listener.
one half of zhou and part of bristols young echo crew, cris ebdon aka ishan sound drops one very heavy slice of darkside dubstep purism for tectonics latest release. *namkha ep* features 3 cuts of a simply killer rhythm – appearing in its original form, as the more dubwise nn special version, and finally, backed by a remix from young echos most familiar face – the ever-excellent kahn.
dj support: mala, distance, vivek & many more!
label boss pinch joins forces with fellow darkside-soldier mumdance to produce tectonics first outing in 2014. the result of this collaboration is two solid 128bpm sound system crushing rhythms that occupy a unique world of their own. dark, heavy, energising and totally original sounds.
at last, the 2 tracks that everyone has been going mad over all summer are finally released on tectonic!
having been introduced to the label earlier this year via *drum boss*, on tectonic plates volume 4, and generally killing it both together and independently with their releases on keysound – the production duo are currently championing a sonic that is set to spread, mutate and progress the sound of the underground. true to the original spirit of tectonic.
hot on the tails of his much discussed contribution to the latest edition of tectonic plates volume 4, talk, and following up from his debut ep on tectonic last autumn, the eponymously titled decibel ep, jay fotaine, aka decibel, comes correct with a powerhouse duo of techno-infused 140bpm cuts.
shoulda rolla is the product of an almighty collaboration between tectonic head honcho pinch and rinse fms very own tribal roller, roska. returning to the studio together as a follow up session to 2010s paranormal activity (as featured on tec048) the pair have come up with something that sounds both familiar and fresh in equal measures - revitalising many ghosts of grime and dubstep past with brain bending atmospherics, precision drum programming and a full enaging tribal momentum. flip then for the deadly asbestos which continues in the vibe of roskas recent tectonic output, blurry, spearhead & 480 bc. taking on his 140bpm stance, roska flips the dubstep / half-step script on its head - instead opting for rapid, meticulous drum programming and charging pace. packed with enough sub bass weight to shake a sound system to pieces and a demented mid range sound that emulates a enraged robotic elephant, asbestos is one for the deeper heads who like to move their feet.
everyones favourite dark lord of the dubstep dancefloor, dj distance, returns for a very welcome, hard hitting 12 inch on tectonic, showcasing the uncompromising quality he has become known for over the years now. >blue meanie< is sheer power at 140bpm, slamming in at the drop like an amphetamine charged rhino on the rampage. flip for >searching< and hear the deeper side to distances productions - tech-y, steppin, but still always dark and dangerous.
>blurry< runs at 133bpm allowing it to sit neatly between dubstep tempo and the increasingly popular 125-130 bpm bass / house scene that has been developing in the uk over the last couple of years. taking things down an ongy-bongy path, this rhythm provides the soundtrack to a hunter chasing his prey through a humid jungle landscape, with fast weaving beats charged heavy by the deadly subs. the heat is on.
>spearhead< sees roska making a rare 140bpm trip, taking this rhythmical excursion neatly into dubstep tempo territory, creating an original cut which sits in its own world of tribal grime. the bassline pounds heavy, eventually rising upward before suddenly plummeting back down to the murky depths from where it came, and back round again. dis-hyeer quality dubstep music produced pon the other side of the looking glass.
having carved a niche for himself over recent years with numerous prime quality and cavernously deep releases on malas infallable deep medi imprint, v.i.v.e.k. now turns his dub-wise talents to present this impeccible single for tectonic.
having recorded a number of excellent deep, soulful but hard hitting dubstep releases under his djg monkier, san franciscos dean j. grenier decided to move into pastures fresh this year, announcing his new alias as grenier. kicking off with a killer release on photek productions earlier this year (not many artists aside from photek can claim a plate on his own highly respected imprint!), grenier takes a dark-jungle and classic dubstep inspired perspective on the currently favoured 128bpm/house tempo - and delivers a stunning 12 inch for tectonic in the process.
by this point in time kryptic minds really shouldnt need any introduction, having already built a formidable reputation for cold, cutting, no compromise drum & bass tracks with acclaimed releases on the mighty metalheadz, the infallible production duo switched tempos and worked with a deeper palette of sounds when embarking on their label-launching dubstep releases for loefahs impeccable and now much celebrated swamp 81 imprint, before dropping >769< and >false flag remix< for tectonic in 2010, and even winning best lp of the year in 2011 according to voters on dubstepforum.com. returning now to tectonic with these two deep, samurai-sword-sharp cuts, >aksum< visits a rolling tribal rhythm full of techno sensibilities and crossover potential, while >when two paths cross< steps back in pace to allow otherworldly sounds to breath in plenty of space. unmissable music for deep dubstep heads.
distal releases his highly anticipated debut album >civilization< on tectonic recordings.
for distal, 28 year old atlanta producer michael rathbun, >civilization< is the crowning point of his past two years of work. releases and remixes for labels such as soul jazz records, grizzly, fortified audio, trouble & bass and tectonic (not to mention his own imprint, embassy recordings, which he runs in tandem with old school friend ethan anderson aka mite), and tours with pearson sound and africa hi tech has seen his name on the lips of discerning electronic tastemakers worldwide.
support from the likes of skream, pinch, benji b, giles peterson, jahtari, addison groove, photek, hank shock lee (public enemy), sinden, 2562, skudge, nick warren, mary-anne hobbs and many, many more!
the mighty tectonic drop the latest in their esteemed plates series, compiling exclusive tracks from a selection of electronic music’s leading and breaking artists. since starting low frequency operations in 2005, the bristol label has been a beacon for dubstep, bass and progressive electronic music fans, releasing music from artists of the calibre of skream, loefah, 2562, peverlist, rsd, flying lotus, joker, addison groove, jack sparrow, photek, benga, digital mystikz, and label boss pinch. over the past year, album projects with legendary jamaican dub producer scientist, nyc beat-experimentalist pursuit grooves and live dubstep duo author has reflected a broadening of tectonics core sound, whilst remaining faithful to its roots. the plates collections provide an opportunity to showcase the labels vast array of talent and at the same time extend invitations to like-minded respected artists to join the club.
as one of the original pioneering forces in dubstep, distance has unleashed a series of hard-hitting, no compromise singles over the last seven years, and two highly-acclaimed albums on the respected electronica imprint planet mu, >my demons< and more recently, >repercussions<. 2011 saw distance re-lease a single with major label island records (falling) as well as delivering a precision mix for the esteemed tempa dubstep all stars dj mix series.
taking a rare excursion away from releasing on his own excellent chestplate recordings, tectonic is very happy to welcome distance back for this fine release.
authors first single is set to land just ahead of their november-slated debut lp for tectonic. listeners can expect deep melodic music with real instrumentation and - most importantly - no pretension. a tough combination to deliver effectively, yet author do so with consumate ease. >the city< is a strong, energetic future-garage riddim packed with depth, subtlety and laden with plenty of dancefloor savvy. the opening strings and city soundscapes set a restrained but tense and melancholic atmosperic context. almost from nowhere the heavy beats and bass combo drops, delivering hard, rolling garage drums and warp-speed bassline. full of intricate shuffle and dynamic energy, >the city< is a killer track all round. flip for >teacher<, which expertly captures the essence of the original 2004-2005 dubstep vibe while updating the sonic palette and production levels for 2011. heavy sub-fuelled bass pummels underneath choppy dubbed out hits and broken tribal drums. simply quality.
having just celebrated its 50th release with photeks >closer< 12 inch, tectonic moves straight into bold new territories, introducing a new artist to the label: namely distal from atlanta, usa. his approach to music production is refreshingly dynamic and eclectic, taking elements of the familiar and making it sound obscure while injecting plenty of energy and dancefloor savvy throughout his productions. this first single for tectonic brings together two very contrasting pieces of music, both in terms of tempo and attitude.
large meets massive when pinch gears up to revisit photeks >closer<. in celebration of their 50th 12 inch vinyl release, tectonic is very proud to present a rare new outing from none other than the legendary photek. rupert parkes carved himself a solid reputation throughout the 90s for delivering precision drum work, clinical production values and consistently pushing boundaries in jungle and drum& bass. gracing tectonic with the soulful 120bpm >closer<, photek has turned a corner with his style and sound since the d&b days, keeping things fresh and upfront for this celebratory release. label boss pinch flips the vibe back to 140bpm dubstep territories with his flipside remix, keeping things rolling and soulful but also heavily laced with a characteristic brooding sense of menace. full picture sleeve for this one too, and the first 1000 copies off the press also come with free download code for digital versions of both tracks.
pursuit grooves releases her solo full length cd entitled >frantically hopeful< this summer on tectonic. the album continues rhythmically where last years >fox trot mannerisms< ep left off, but launches into a different head space with lyrics touching on current affairs and technological dependency. juggling all angles from production, songwriting, mcing and singing, pursuit grooves continues what she does best, fusing elements of hip hop, house and broken beats with sensual melodies and vocals. preceeding the release of the the cd-only 11 track set is this limited run vinyl ep, presenting six of the album’s more floor-friendly tunes.
massive new tectonic 12 inch from man of the moment – bristols very own addison groove. tony williams aka addison groove appeared last year with the anthem >foot crab< on loefahs impeccable swamp 81 imprint. anyone who has been to a dubstep dance in the last year will have likely heard the original or one of many vip mixes and re-edits of this infectious monster of a tune – or at least seen it listed on count-less end of year best of lists and dj charts more recently. taking in elements of the chicago juke/footwork scene and bringing in a knowledge of bass heavy dub-step production (as acquired during his former incarnation as headhunter), addison groove has already made a huge, rippling impression on dance music across the world.
with only one collaboration (alongside fellow dmz stalwart sgt pokes under the name asbo, also for tectonic) seeing light of day in the last three and a half years, it really has been a long time since dubstep pioneer and producer extraordinaire loefah ventured out on wax. responsible for originating the half-step beat in dubstep that came to dominate so much of the scene - with groundbreaking early titles such as horror show , system and ruffige - loefah s beats always had huge impact on the dancefloor as well as in the studios of other beat-makers, caught by the power of his sound. more recently he s become predominately focused on his genre challenging dj sets as well as running his hugely successful swamp 81 imprint, so this rare studio excursion with tectonic label boss pinch is a treat for all to behold. broken starts with a single delaying hat splash as swirling white noise rises from beneath with gale force strength. this relatively gentle moment is soon disturbed by the menacing sound of a tearing bass hit - a twisted sound layered in weighted sub power. tense pads with distorted edges add to the build before everything pulls out to silence allowing a perfectly timed drop. in comes the full weight of bass as a pounding 808-style rhythm drops - complete with head cracking snares and swung hats - as the main bass sound punches through, broken embarks on a master class in minimal effectiveness. an unmissable collaborative effort between two studio heavyweights, and just how dubstep is meant to sound. flip for an equally exciting joint effort from pinch and rising uk funky and rinse fm star roska. nominated by dj mag for the prized title of producer of the year in 2010, roska is known more for his 130bpm funky productions but this collaboration takes the tempo up to to 140bpm for an exercise in rhythmical maximality - a frantic but rolling conga workout session. meticulous drum programing is layered with dark reverbed sonics, spooky pads and a gut wrenching sub bass line guaranteed to cause stomach upset on the right systems. paranormal activity will summon the ancient spirits so be careful where you drop it. all told, this plate is an essential purchase for true fans of the original dubstep vibe.
jack sparrow returns for pinchs tectonic, on mighty form and currently unassailable. 2010 sees the label delivering in company of the highest grade. carefully unpacking some considerable new studio scientifics, after last summers wonderful debut for the label >the chase / the fullest< (tec030). >terminal< is utter killer materials - your genuine anthem material we suspect.
tectonic presents this heavyweight slate from by dj distance. as a foundational pioneer to dubstep with many classics under his belt - either on his own imprint chestplate, on his albums for planet mu, or even his early hotflush releases - distance always makes an impression by means of impeccable production skills, earthquake subs and a refined thirst for darkside power chords! following on from his last outing on tectonic in 2006 as part of tectonic plates vol 1, with >temptation<, greg sanders delivers the excellent >clockwork< and the now anthemic >one blood, one source< (distance remix).
* mumdance & logos present proto , tectonic s first major release of 2015, set for release on 16th february. * recorded by the duo over 2014, proto is a collection of 10 future-facing club tracks that, against the odds, also provides a deep and involving experience for the listener. * proto focusses on the very brief sparks of innovation when new scenes were just forming and genre rules and paradigm were still grey areas, the early bleep track days when imported american techno was starting to be appropriated by the uk, the 93-94 proto era when hardcore was morphing into jungle and later when the darker sound of tech-step reared its mechanical, dystopian head. * all of this is underpinned with “wot u call it” grime sensibilities and mumdance & logos trademark sonic disortientation. mumdance & logos concentrate on taking the moods and colours created by these leaps forward in sound and twisting them into something new, keeping in line with the futuristic visions of the originators.
>this mix was the perfect chance to sit down with pinch & bring together a sonic which we both feel we have been working towards for a while, albeit from very different angles. in my opinion the dance music climate in the uk is enjoying a healthy & extremely interesting transitional period one which i would draw parallels to the 93/94 proto era when people were literally making up the rules as they went along. this mix is a ode to that time & our attempt at throwing some ideas out there, with the hope of sparking some imaginations & pushing things further forward< - mumdance
better strangers is the debut album by manchester based producer acre, set for release by tectonic recordings on 6th november 2015. the album follows eps on both tectonic and sister label cold recordings and visionists pan collaboration label codes. as influenced by rave & jungle, grime and techno as electronica, ambient and drone, his ep releases have been rhythm driven snapshots of other-worldliness spliced with dancefloor sensibilities. acre has sought to explore a wider variety of textures on better strangers to re-contextualise elements from uk bass music, bring them away from the dancefloor and open up new possibilities.
author is the brainchild of leeds-based dubstep producers jack sparrow and ruckspin. it maybe a new name on the scene, yet the production duo that constitutes author are certainly no newbies in their own right. both ruckspin and jack sparrow have established themselves as highly gifted and hardworking producers, dedicated to engineering optimum quality sounds. following their first collaboration, dread , which was included on get darker presents this is dubstep 2011 , they formed author as a shared project. removed from the pressure of the dancefloor, author takes the baton from kruder & dorfmeister s k&d sessions , the cinematic orchestra, and those timeless early mo wax recordings in exploring more spacious arrangements and sounds. it represents the opportunity to experiment within the context of dubstep, collaborating with live musicians and celebrating a wide source of musical influences. ryan gath aka jack sparrow has had a slew of deep-dubstep dancefloor killers under his belt on contagious, earwax, pushing red recordings and cloqwerq, as well as jaw-dropping debut lp cicadian out on tectonic last year. alongside sparrow, fellow leeds based beat-sculptor, long standing friend and producer dom howard aka rukspin is also a key member and producer for the live dubstep super-group submotion orchestra.
2562 follows up his groundbreaking debut album >aerial<, and pushes both his creative talents, and the boundaries of dubstep, to another level entirely. >unbalance< is an exceptional body of electronic music, and fully demonstrates 2562s adept ability to move through engaging soundscapes with both pin-point precision drum programming and innovative sample regeneration. 2562, real name dave huismans, is named after the postcode in the hague, netherlands where he lives, a city detached from the main epicentres of dubstep, and thus brings both cultural distance and a uniquely diverse sound to the project. during the course of a brief but faultless discography, he has dropped four killer twelve inches for tectonic, as well as >aerial< - one of the defining albums of 2008 - not to mention a similar number of singles under his a made up sound guise, and, in the process, has blown wide open a number of scenes, allowing a welcome and long overdue cross pollination within dj set lists.
with many a drum and bass producer jumping on the dubstep bandwagon only to get it embarrassingly wrong, its refreshing to see darkside jungle pioneers kryptic minds side stepping such issues, delivering only the finest quality rolling metalheadz vibe darkside subbed out steppers with an innovative twist of their own. finding a home for their forthcoming lp one of us on swamp 81 - the imprint belonging to one of the most scrupulous, no compromise producers from the dubstep scene - dmzs loefah - kryptic minds have tailored a sound that made it to very the heart of half step itself. tectonic is very proud to present this awesome heads down 12inch.
taking dubstep to a whole new level, pinchs underwater dancehall album redefined the possibilities within dubstep as a genre. rather than simply compiling together his long sold out twelves and re edits, pinch headed back into the studio, gathering vocalists around him, and immersed himself in the idea of the album as a format, a concept, a complete vision. the results speak for themselves, setting the bar high and in the process leaving budding producers lagging way behind.
tectonic swings into 2009 at full speed, kick starting dancehalls with the first release in the long awaited tectonic plates 2 series. first up is a double dutch offering from dubstep dons of the deep - martyn and 2562. martyn has made it very clear over the course of 2008 that he is capable of great things - injecting a healthy combination of soulfulness into his tough rolling beats and impeccable bass lines.
tectonic debut for jack sparrow as this rising star shows a different side from his previous floor smashing rhythms for labels like contagious and earwax as he unleashes a deep, dark, tribal roller on one side of the plate and a more melodic deep house infused take on dubstep for the flip. quality dance music with a no compromise mentality. the chase begins with a dissonant chord - rising, evolving and building the tension slowly before energised hats come crashing in and build to the drop. in come raging subs and a tribal conga pattern which will have you skanking the moment you get over the sheer impact. this is a heavily weighted bassline and on the right system you will feel it pushing hard. jack sparrow really touches a sound that so far only the likes of mala and shackleton have managed to pull off sucessfully. flip then for fullest, featuring sparrows friend biggins alongside him on the buttons - a very different beast from the cold rolling a-side. fullest holds a more relaxed vibe, less tense and far more melodic, the galloping kick pattern rolls with smooth silky chords layering up in a deep house style. featured in the tectonic plates volume 2 (pinch mix cd), this is cool, breezy musical dubstep for the groovers.