this highly prolific uk drum and bass producer returns with his second tempo records release. this work sees alex judd rhythmic tweaks and overlays of texture with intricate melodies, heavy dub basslines giving the tracks a live & energetic feel.
repress 2018 .. with the benefit of almost zero british press attention, clubroots selftitled debut cd gained quite a cult following last year, with plenty of enthused chat on message boards like dubstep forum, while both mary anne hobbs and rob booth commissioned clubroot mixes for their respective (and much respected) radio shows. his sound is often compared favourably with burials more atmospheric sequences, and with a similar air of annonymity characterising his public (non) profile, he seems already to be attracting an audience who betray a certain obsessiveness in their listening habits
ltd 2018 repress, returning to the lodubs imprint, egoless brings 3 tunes that showcase his signature reggae centric garage, bass and drum rhythms, and tribal drum driven dubstep. includes “before dub , “woodpecker’s groove , and “the day after the riot
* sheffield-based subaltern resident taiko returns to the imprint with a stunning selection of four distinctively grimy pieces of sub-bass science, proving once again his original take on the 140 bass realm. a. trenches introducing his unique style once again with a fresh twist, taiko delivers relentless earth-shattering bass waves in ‘trenches’, which graces the a side of the release. bells, strings and dark synths set the mood for a precisely executed wall of bass, complimented by subtle vocal work. b1. raid dramatic orchestral strings and horns set the stage for the grim reaper that is ‘raid’ - leading into a dark and roaring synth that accentuates the laid back bass-line. sure to shake every system it is unleashed on, the track keeps evolving and luring the listener ever deeper into a maze of darkness. you can run but you can’t hide… b2. mana pool ‘mana pool’ adds a more psychedelic and subtle edge to the release. synth loaded parts play in exchange with carefully laid out harmonic synth lines complementing the tasteful bass-lines, while remaining the raw edge of the release.
redeyes releases his third album broken soul last year julien‘redeyes salvi showed off his versatility on his blueprints ep. he now takes it one step further with the release of broken soul, his first full length project for the north quarter. through twelve sincere tracks, the toulouse-based artist showcases an action packed storyline co-starring some of the most sought-after vocalists in the game. not only do manchester legends drs and tyler daley make appearances, but there are also features by fresh nq signee abnormal sleepz, hmd, kinkai and juga-naut as well as ny underground hip hop phenomenon milano constantine. rap, soul and dusty jazz flavour is woven through diverse tracks in both tempo and intensity. the redeyes signature shines bright however, effortlessly capturing current aesthetics and eclecticism. this album shows a veteran artist comfortable in his craft and is not just at home on lenzmans imprint, it possibly signifies the quintessence of the north quarter philosophy. full soundclips available on release week
the debut ep release from amduscias (the evil doppelganger of an already known producer) presents a selection of tracks woven with british folklore and occultist connotation taking the fringes of uk bass music into a dark twisted new pasture, bass and beats ready for the dancefloor but equally horrifying to the headphone listener - skewing techno and dubstep to its farthest reaches.
hailing from wellington, aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, scent is a newcomer to the scene but long time gc of modern hypnosis. his first sighting featured a track ‘devils dread’ on indigo movement’s 5-year digital compilation december 2017. heaving at 140 beats per minute, ‘trax’ creates a certain energy similar to early jungle riddims. chopped percussion, giant synth stabs, weighty driving kicks with underlining sub bass and the odd flute build the track to a halt before commencing it’s minimal technoesq break down. ‘just a dream’ a rooted scentimental dub which takes you deep into a place amongst your rem sleep with sparse whaling strings and swinging percs. scent debut solo release. one to watch.
apart from being known for founding the infamous vinyl imprint subaltern records and for his residency on sub.fm, gabriele romeo aka. mentha has made quite a name for himself with his jazz-influenced bass music productions. this lp is a selection of tracks from his vault, showcasing his musical abilities and tasteful compositions in this self-release.
dubstep veteran sukh knight kicks off his brand new daku imprint in style with an ep featuring much sought after tracks by himself and a remix by dubstep o.g kromestar. all 3 tracks have gained much support over the past year by many djs including mala, coki, n-type, hatcha, kromestar, chefal, sleeper and many more.
sydney via melbourne-sider cop envy brings forth two heartbursting, patient and effective tools to mark the return of the cry baby imprint - long silent after their debut exploration with dan white. the anachoic, blistering tones of balanced push the vinyl medium to it’s absolute limits with heavy, heavy bass and incredulously well produced embellishments making this a dj tool for the year 3000. leisure laces the flip with something a little closer to the present day no thanks to barely melodic musical structures peeling away to reveal the rhythmic intricacies and soul rattling subsonics that roll effortlessly through to the bitter end. rewind.
we are pleased to have a debut release on nomine sound from e3 breaks. this outfit consists of grime maverick as if kid and the one and only godfather of grime dj slimzee. this guise that these 2 have opted to go with seems to have given them the urge to explore the deeper and darker side of the 140 sound. get your bass bins ready!
grime originators macabre unit return to the nomine sound imprint with 2 absolute grime belters. the originals were released on nomine sound in 2017 and if you are familiar with them then these vips will not disappoint.
ghori from d-operation drop is a driving soundsystem roller with a low swung beat crushed through 80’s sci-fi algorithms and burnt onto analog tape. on the flip is natty coil, one of the crew’s most requested tracks, a masterful mix of organic bass and robotic shuffled hi hats from these mix scientists. d-operation drop are a crew from italy who gravitated around their love of bass, releasing music on labels such as artikal, lion charge, zam zam and moonshine, gaining support from the likes of j:kenzo, n type, bukez finezt, and dj madd.
infernal sounds reaches a milestone by welcoming one of their previous family members, sepia back onto 12”. this time though, he plates up an emotion packed four tracker which delivers all the bass-fuelled brawn you’d come to expect, with a dusting of pure bliss and musical energy. it’s a journey from start to finish, and a collection of tracks which can change any dynamic within the club depending on the vibe you’re looking for. the release will be on 180g vinyl and it’ll be the first in the series to feature full sleeve artwork, designed by emily dayson.
rarefied return after a deliciously jazzy release from their sister label. this time label mainstay zygos is at the helm for a release that blends rarefied’s penchant for outer-national sample digging, trap rhythmic formations, and psychedelic soundfields for a three track ep that feels like some other-wordly vhs tape found in the woods.
hypnotizing rhythms and stormy bass cuts make up various visions 2, as d-operation drop, zygos, hebbe and mrshl unite on the copenhagen based label’s 9th vinyl release. various visions is a new series of vinyl releases by circle vision, launched to present an umbrella of artists from around the globe, who share the label’s vision of sound design and affection for immersive bass music.
‘closer apart’ is the debut album by uk/south african duo okzharp and manthe ribane.
okzharp says ‘most of the music came out of headphone moments in hotel rooms, planes and airports in the brief periods of time that we spent together, mainly on tour, in paris and later vienna’, a city manthe describes as a ‘beautiful dream place’.
okzharp describes manthe as a ‘co-producer’, ‘she selected instrumental sketches and we developed them together, sometimes just keeping the bare bones or a melody or rhythm, or trying different elements or sounds.’
- 2 x 140g 12” vinyl - black gatefold sleeve - gold foil text - download card for wav files - original artwork by megan dixon / ora project innovative future beats duo ivy lab are set to release ‘death don t always taste good’, their debut album proper, through their own 20/20 ldn label.
om unit s acclaimed album -self- gets remixes from dbridge, skrs (aka seekers international), sorrow & o$vmv$m (aka neek & jabu young echo) a real deal remix package. genuine expansions and redirections from likeminded producers, selected by om unit. true experiments on self s flexible styles & vulnerabilities.
we are proud to announce the latest addition to the moonshine recordings artist roster - halcyonic & g roots - two young talented producers out of bristol, uk. their debut moonshine release entitled “future” with vocal support from junior dread and additional remix by violinbwoy will be released on the 6th of july on 180 gram vinyl.
next up on the ever-eclectic xvi records, a shadowy figure steps into the spotlight: enter the mysterious captain over, whose dark yet soulful bruk-infused tracks soundtrack the next stage of their voyage towards the sun. for his debut outing, captain over calls on the abstract vocal stylings of the legendary trim (roll deep, 1800 dinosaur) on opening track sick. showcasing why hes one of the most iconic and forward-thinking mcs to grace the mic, trims dulcet tones twist through a jungle of shuffled beats and subterranean sub-bass, an eerie child-like melody drifting overhead. clack clack and no one ever really flies inhabit a more dancefloor friendly space, their unique syncopation, fierce instrumentation and relentless energy open up the dancefloor for some real get loose moments. on the remix, they hand the controls over to xvi homestay books (following on from the success of his previous feel it in my bones and high praise edits vol 1 releases which won praise from the likes of the black madonna, moodymann, gilles peterson and seven davis jr) books expertly crafts a cosmic footwork jam, full of his trademark soulful chords and eerie midnight saxophone licks. as he prepares to launch his forthcoming ep no-one every really flies into the cosmos captain over is beginning to cement his place as one to watch in the uk underground a sequel ep featuring grime upstart nico lindsay is scheduled for release later in the year, with several more collaborative works in progress.
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.
schmeichel represents a new generation of producers from leipzig who like to tell personal stories with their music. he is processing and synthesizing elusive moments into sonic expansions that are unrivaled. influenced by bass music of all kinds, footwork and juke from chicago and breakbeat tracks from uk artists, the former rock drummer became a live musician and explorer of deep electronica. from defrostatica records he received unconditional support for his dope tracks and found his unmistakably explorative and irresistible voice on his label debut alteration ep.
cosmic bridge’s dedication to expanding the lexicon of uk dance continues. please welcome vromm and his hugely exciting & versatile take on d&b. for the new dawn includes: the title track om unit certified “last tune- and future anthem -for the new dawn feat. agama- - and -stargazing- - an epic 9-minute organic/electronic collaboration between vromm & omunit taking ideas from jazz, ambient and fusion to expand dancefloors and shake dancers alive.
if you ever been to a dubstep rave in the past 4 years you probably heard under control being smashed through the system. nearly every dj in the scene supported the original and it still holds it own to this day. a true dubstep classic that will not be forgotten so easily. truth, the widdler and the main man himself went in and delivered 3 mind blowing remixes that do the original so much justice. something that doesnt happen very often some might say. relive this dubstep classic through the eyes of truth, the widdler and of course it’s creator bukez finezt.
with his own label and last year’s feature on alix perez’s newly conceived 1985 music, compa still found time to delver his 3rd medi release. with no signs of slowing down his mission to produce and share music….
reso the alias of london-based producer alex melia returned to the dance music world in late 2017 with the inaugural release of his new rx0 label, kodama, a four-track ep of spirited dance music. for the second release on the label, reso has chosen two productions that act as a counterpoint of sorts to the first ep. where rx001 was a broad mission statement, rx002 is a laser-focused burst of breaks, moods, and programming finesse.
sam vicary a.k.a hunrosa (meaning “to dream”) is an electronic music producer capturing the wild organic senses of his childhood and anchoring it with a darker 2am undercurrent. based in manchester, he is principally a bassist and currently a member of the cinematic orchestra, paper tiger and the dominic j marshall trio, as well as performing with manu delago, imogen heap, matthew halsall, anil sebastian and stuart macallum. his latest offering “ransome” is a heavily rhythmic journey, full of textured hand percussion and soaring strings, accompanied by the beautifully melodic vocals of alice higgins drifting overhead. the clap clap remix sees the black acre mainstay exploring expansive territories, polyrhythmic hand percussion and textured electronica perfectly intertwine, drenched in dub ambience, heightened by scattered arpeggios and swirling synths. the music is inspired by a coastal upbringing, represented in the music via field recordings, as well as being aided by visual stimulus throughout the writing process.
deep heads are very proud to present escapism refuge s album hold , the deluxe vinyl edition. it contains the full 13 tracks originally released at the end of 2017 with an added 5 tracks previously unreleased. 2 of the tracks are exclusive to the vinyl purchase that will only be available on download card that is foud inside each vinyl. there are 2 remixes in total to the deluxe edition, the first coming from none other than r&s / apollo records very own synkro. he put s a beautiful twist on the track fly away featuring chari brix and takes the record to new dimensions. the other remix of mistakes comes from nottingham s finest, congi. it s a 140bpm roller that packs a serious punch. the subs are blazing and beats are full & beefy. bravo congi, bravo! 1 of the previously unreleased tracsk is dream fly by the man himself. a little more experimental than his usual stuff, but is pretty incredible all the same. then the last 2 are secret for now, you ll have to grab yourself a copy and find out from the download card ,)
founded in 2015 by dubstep forefather sleeper, crucial recordings has continued to develop and strengthen its undeniable grip on the dubstep world with each release, never failing to act as an unyielding beacon within the scene for unearthing fresh, standard-setting talent. leaping from strength to strength, this highly prolific imprint constantly delivers multifaceted and boundary shattering bass music through ingenious and unprecedented ways. the latest addition to the label’s ever-expanding vision for multifaceted bass music comes from rotterdam-based hebbe, who has truly emerged from the shadows recently through releases on subway recordings, artikal music, duploc and version collective. regarded as the most promising up-and-comer in the dutch dubstep scene, hebbe sports an obscure, sound driven flow that aims to inject diversity and progress into today’s musical output. keeping within a similar spirit, hebbe’s crucial016 boasts two far reaching tracks, “mad hatter” and “galata” that convey trailblazing bassweight through two very different formats. while “mad hatter” cuts through to the core with simplicity and impact, “galata” equally enchants with smokey darkness and trenchlike depth, building upon crucial recordings’ irreplaceable position within the dubstep circuit.
lore’s debut on kokeshi comes in the form of a 3-track ep featured on 180g heavyweight vinyl, with hand stamped kokeshi logo. lore’s influences range from early dubstep, grime and garage, including artists like el-b, burial, sp:mc, blawan, skream, wiley and mount kimbie. the ‘down the well’ ep features tracks in the 120–135 bpm range, with dark chunky beats, heavy bass and haunting vocal samples. be sure to check out his production tutorials on youtube.
after an inaugural, top-rated release by kouslin and his friends, the le chatroom familia remain on top of their release schedule with this successive record, featuring some familiar faces from the uk music scene. the team have compiled another hefty va, containing three bass-heavy tracks close to the 130bpm mark that definitely resonate at le chatroom’s signature frequency. with their first release having received support from a wide range of artists, from marcus nasty to huxley to bristol s livity sound gang, and with glowing write-ups in djmag, when we dip and cone mag, this second excursion is destined to be a highly successful follow-up.
dj support: lee gamble, peverelist, kowton, moxie, marcus nasty, jus now, simo cell, murder he wrote, lurka, silas and snare.
australia’s what so not is pleased to announce his long awaited debut album not all the beautiful things, featuring frequent collaborator skrillex, legendary rock legends toto, as well as san holo, slumberjack to name only a few. over three years in the making, not all the beautiful things is about transformation and metamorphosis, a culmination of everything the australian-born artist has been working towards as he’s built his reputation as one of the most innovative producers in the game, garnering over 455 million combined streams in the process. more than an album, it’s a fully realized artistic statement in which what so not is in full control of every aspect, from the stage design and visuals to the music videos and merchandise. “i didn’t want to put anything out that doesn’t cohesively match the essence of the songs,” explains the man behind it all.
welcoming back the artist who kicked things off for rarefied back in 2016. soukah returns to the label in style delivering 3 tracks, including our first collaboration with label homeslices primer & t.a.r, and serving it up for us on a slab of 180g heavyweight vinyl.
dark, dread-infused and ready to test even the toughest of sound systems, here compa delivers three twisted, distorted and deadly electronic experiments. removing all but the most crucial elements, compa combines crushing sub-bass with skeletal percussion and chilling atmospheres to show yet again through his signature sound how less is always more. compa has received dj support from the likes of mala, toddla t, chase & status, mary-anne hobbs, youngsta, mistajam, david rodigan, shades (alix perez and eprom) hatcha, om unit and plastician among others.
four 140 bpm bass bangers from the grime wonder boy boylan (who also has some history in drum and bass, releasing for the likes of the legendary bad company) and the grime godfather dj slimzee, co-founder of rinse fm, member of the legendary pay as u go cartel and owner of slimzos recordings, slimzee is a key figure of first generation grime who shot to international underground fame at the turn of the millennium, alongside partners in grime wiley and dizzee rascal. boylan and slimzee make an outstanding production duo and this debut ep is a testament to that, these beats leave a trail of destruction anywhere that they are played around the world, while crossing 140 boundaries and delivering unique bass music with weighty attitude.
beat machine is ready to drop the last bomb of 2017: after launching a new 7” vinyl series (“swinging flavors”) and releasing sun yufka and kuthi jinani’s debut eps (with remixes from lechuga zafiro and ipman), the italian electronic label is ready to publish a new ep, this time signed from andrea bonalumi aka big hands. after recently releasing his latest ep “redline / greenline” (available in “name your price” mode on his bandcamp page) the italian producer now settled in london, sobborghi party series founder and member of drift kings and club cristallo url collectives debuts on bmrec with “arcane mosaics”, a 6-tracks journey through big hands aesthetic vision moving through glitches, weightless landscapes, uk rave reminiscences and post-grime sounds strictly connected to bristol sound.
picking up the gauntlet from dextltd001 by bodyjack & special request the 2nd release on the dext limited series comes from one of dext’s staple artists otik , backed with a blistering jungle remix from dead man’s chest essential stuff for all bass heads !
the bug kündigt mit bad feat. flowdan und get out the wa feat. killa p & irah (die erste kollaboration zwischen killa p und the bug seit skeng! vom 2008er album london zoo) seine neue aa-side 12inch an, die anfang dezember 2017 auf 12inch vinyl via ninja tune erscheint. auf bad schauen flowdan und the bug ein wenig über ihren eigenen musikalischen tellerrand: der mc bietet seine poesie in bestem singjay-style (abgeleitet von sing und jay aus deejay: dem eigentlich mc in der reggae-welt) dar und verweist somit offenkundig auf seine jamaikanische herkunft, indem er chams klassiker ghetto story zitiert und mit seiner eigenen geschichte über das aufwachsen in east london vermischt. ebenfalls für ihn eher unüblich, hat the bug den ganzen riddim aus einer durch ihn stark verfremdeten aufnahme eines einzelnen sowjetischen drumcomputers produziert und so lange an den effekten rumgeschraubt, bis der beat ordentlich rumpelte. und das wars dann auch: keine weiteren komponenten wurden hierfür verwendet. ganz ohne basslines kommt dieser track gänzlich mit vocals und beatbox allein aus so simpel und effektiv kann es manchmal gehen. get out the way ist die erste zusammenarbeit zwischen the bug und killa p, seit ihrem furiosen gemeinsamen song skeng! aus dem schon kultverdächtigen album london zoo von 2008. killa p bringt hierfür noch irah aus seiner killaz army crew mit und zusammen fallen sie über den beat her, den the bug in anlehnung an seine heißgeliebte und von junglist oder dillinja inspirierte reese bassline produziert hat. die beiden mcs üben sich im song in sachen dancefloor-zerstörung und klingen erschreckend glaubwürdig in ihren drohungen und einschüchterungsversuchen.
limitierter doppel-release des brixtoner künstlers gaika zu seiner gleichnamigen global-tour-party -the spectacular empire- mit unzähligen künstlerkollegen, die wie er von forschungsdrang und politischer provokation geleitet sind. speziell der track battalion vereint soziale weckrufe, politik und kunst in einem dröhnenden dancehall-powerhouse, der bis zum emotionalen ausbruch anschwillt und verdeutlicht, weshalb gaika zu den aufregendsten britischen künstlern der letzten jahre gehört. inklusive download-code, limitiert auf jeweils 500 stück weltweit.
zed bias is an electronic music pioneer, throughout his career he has traversed genres with ease whilst all the while retaining his signature sound. it was in 2016 that he debuted on exit records with a three tracker featuring zoe violet, the release was a sign of things to come. modern u.k. soul delivered in the 160bpm format, this aesthetic has now been developed with the different response album. it s the sound of zed bias in 2017, undeniable soul with one eye on the dancefloor. hes gathered a formidable feature list to voice the album artists from his native manchester and beyond all lend their talents to the album. label owner dbridge says of the release: an lp that fits perfectly in what i believe exit is about. artists creating music with soul and a sound uniquely their own. zed has shown again whats possible when you listen to your own voice
as the popularity of footwork has continued to soar, the range of sounds within the genre has expanded. from the angular, minimal beats of rp boo to the widely admired sound of sadly departed dj rashad, the genre has lovingly seeped into hearts and feet worldwide whilst continuing to innovate. until now most of the focus has been on the male dj/producers, but that is about to change. gary based producer jlin, who some of you might remember for her track *erotic heat* (bangs and works vol.2 – planet mu 2011), or from her moment in the mainstream light providing music for fashion designer rick owens f/w 14 paris runway show, is stepping further into the light with a stunning eleven track debut album *dark energy* showcasing her unique and bold new sound.
d-operation drop is a 6-man crew from cesena, italy with a strong and growing catalog of sound system killers, from orthodox steppers to dubstep abstractions and strange hybrids of the two. recent releases on moonshine, artikal, and lion charge have cemented their position, and we are thrilled to invite them into the zamzam fold with two chunks of 140 weight. “warrior march” opens with a mesmerizing pad that immediately draws the unsuspecting into a unique soundworld and doesn’t let go til the runout groove. a smeared, chopping-block snare, deep subsonic rumblings, swung percussion, massed yet minimal horns make a darkly coiled track, menacing yet full of funk and movement. “sativa team” captivates just as deeply with fewer moving parts, loping drums and leaden percussion, churning bassline, chopped and glitched ja-voices and sound tape, and ominous, clipped horns that wobble with tape delay in a strange airless void. brooding yet cathartic, tripped out but fully physical, with both tunes d-operation drop display their total control over a restrained and powerful palette.
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coki (dmz) teams up with trixx for this heights ep.
he s bbeen a player of many years with groups such as ub40 aswad dub band ruff cutt just to name a few. he and his brother formed the band matic 16 to which the horn section is called matic horns. as a horn section they played on many reggae recordings for producers from the uk ja usa and europe. he has in resent times produced instrumentals for his own label hfp (homefront productions) that has been released 1.lucrative and 2 aba-ariginals as well as producing dub plates to the big sound systems such as aba-shanti-l channel one jah shaka and sound systems in europe. he has now taken to dub step with one of its biggest producers coki in bringing the horn to the electric digital sound with great success, new to the scene and new to both artists. this is an extension of bringing the sound of trixx to the club scene.
looking back to the beatnik era on the south coast of england.
before package holidays and the rush to benidorm, beatniks ruled the seafronts and b&b’s of the southern beach resorts. beat poets and musicians pedalled alternative viewpoints & delivered fresh melodies to these waterfronts of escapism.
marking another step forward in his sonic evolution, appleblim inaugurates beatnik boulevard with a record that channels his roots in brooding bassweight club music into startling modern compositions. from his groundbreaking work on skull disco to various mutations of house, techno and electro explored via solo and collaborative releases for r&s, aus music and tempa , this 12” finds the berlin-based producer wielding fresh approaches to synthesis in a daring framework that finds physicality in music away from obvious rhythmic tropes.
glyn -bigga- bush began his production career with rockers hi fi in the early 90s, co-writing several studio albums, a host of remixes and the infamous dj kicks - the black album. in 2000 he went solo as both biggabush and lightning head, making albums for sonar kollektiv and stereo deluxe as well as many more remixes. his sound reflects his love of dub reggae, analogue synthesisers and intricate rhythms, with influences of samba, afrobeat, the deep dubscapes of rhythm & sound and most recently the more interesting end of 140bpm bass music. this ep is his first vinyl release since the late 00s and takes in a number of bass-heavy rumblers with classic biggabush twists and turns, starting with the steppas delight of mangrove monkey, relentless subs and skanks of sounds & blues, post-dubstep breaks on dash way com and finishing with a minimal 4/4 fx soundscape on footsie index.
cosmic bridge records blazes new pathways in its growing catalogue by welcoming margari’s kid to the family, the alias of josé maría moya sánchez — a spanish producer based in cadiz. inspired by british dance culture, sanchez first began writing his own tracks in 2012 and says he uses music primarily as therapy with a preference towards “broken rhythms, depth, and message.” the init 1 ep is a riveting slice of 170bpm seekers music, a developed and adult sound that brings to mind burial and kid drama and marks margari’s kid first physical release.
the title track immediately delves into familiar and focused textures backed by woozy synths, dancing between glitzy euphonious melodies.
the drums and rhythm section channel the energy of prior dance classics but still feel eager and original in their deployment.
on the flip side, plz xx diverts expectations by jumping between several frenetic moods, all whilst maintaining an energetic frivolity found throughout the record as a whole.
having first linked up with london-based coyote records in early 2015, grade 10’s forever returns to the label proper for his first full ep project, hymn which explores the myriad sounds, layers and textures that have come to define his music.
the delicate, slow-burning cinema of widescreen opener gweilo, the shadowy eeriness of hymn and the crunchy, industrial club heat of swamped each point to different reference points, but all feel interlinked by forever’s grip on atmosphere and tone.
coyote label mate, chemist - also one third of planet mu trio, silk road assassins - also turns in a booming edit of hymn, complete with re-booted, icy melodies that fire off like shards of glass, and rude, 808 patterns that nod to his work with sra.
infernal sounds are back with their 6th release on the label, this time with the combined minds and talent of japanese based artists, karnage and the infamous rider shafique on vocals. the a side, ‘realise’ providers a weighty influx, featuring the elemental voice of rider, backed by a rugged roller in the form of ‘bayside shakedown’ on the b side.
raincloud records has announced its debut release, a two-track 12inch from mancunian duo alan johnson. dj support includes: lamont (swamp81), ancestral voices (samurai), akkord (houndstooth), mumdance (xl / tectonic), synkro (r&s / apollo).
it’s time for the procurator! we’re happy to announce our first release from edinburgh born and bred producer proc fiskal - otherwise known as joe powers.
like a scottish relation to the recent faster grime productions lewisham mc novelist has coined ruff sound, proc fiskal ups the energy of the stark cubist rhythms of the early grime of wiley and ruff sqwad by accelerating and retooling them to fit the faster 160bpm grid, engineering a delirious hybrid that also subtly makes explicit the relationship between grime and jungle and happy hardcore.
los angeles based up-and-comer oxóssi excels in utilizing his lifelong exposure to a diverse range of music, which has allowed him to successfully craft his highly eclectic, ambient and bass heavy style, one that blends his deeply rooted musical upbringing with his own creative individuality. his atmospheric and unconventional take on raw bass music production enables his listeners to be transported beyond the music itself into different mental spaces, facilitating a form of meditation on music. with releases already on banana stand sound (bss001), crucial recordings (crucial005) and silent motion (smv001), oxóssi is well on his way to infecting the underground with his unique musical personality.
the sheffield powerhouse that is denham audio have had an extremely busy few years crafting superb techno and ‘130 jungle’ rollers. their productions have been turning a lot of heads, landing releases on circular jaw, tessier-ashpool, grndwrk, tumble audio, heretic and addison groove’s new groove imprint in the short space of time since they debuted songs online in mid-2015. they show no sign of their workrate slowing this year with the boys presenting their “leighton buzzin’” ep on artifice this month.