involve records welcomes one of italys finest newcomers, the berlin-based artist alignment, who makes his debut release on the label with a four-cut ep of raw techno with acid influences. fast beats that aim directly to the dancefloor, together with some serious melodic work. another release on regals etiquette that hosts some fresh sounds from the new generation of techno.
solo project of vanishing twin (soundway) member. the song cucumuber sword feat. vocals by taishi nagasaka (fat white family) man from uranus has been making music inspired by the freakier edges of 60s and 70s library music and jazz for almost 2 decades, and like his predecessors - sun ra, space lady - he s never really fitted in, feeling more comfortable exploring cosmic realms than than with his feet firmly on his own planet. a prolific composer and home recordist, he has garnered a reputation for eccentric live shows, each presenting an entirely new repertoire. alien flowers, in a limited edition of 300, is one of few recordings capturing the spirit of an artist who is unwittingly on his way to attainting cult status. alien flowers has been played on nts, the wire s adventures in sound and music and the independent music podcast. support from the sunday experience, tom furse (the horrors), jonny trunk, doug shipton (finders keepers), emily bick (the wire) and anthony chalmers (baba yaga s hut).
alignment is back with its fist vinyl outing of the year for the main label. this time introducing quartz, a production duo hailing from cardiff. the pair have been making some heavy waves in the scene of late with their heavy gritty productions. a release lately on im:ltd has made the scene take note of what their about, now they present the 3 track ep on alignment.
support for the tracks already comes in the form of doc scott, skeptical and dub phizix.also watch out for their remix of traces æsonarÆ coming soon on 117.
a colossal crossing of paths, the collaboration of billion, codebreaker and sense is the affirmation of one of bass musics most exciting outfits. individually dangerous, collectively devastating. a welcome return to authentic street level drum & bass with all the credentials… >defence< is the jewel in the crown of new skool collective fathom audios discography. codebreaker and sense lay down conscious kung fu precision lyrics over billions shuffle and crash beat. all built on top a deadly sub bassline with schizophrenic mentasms cutting through the dance floor.
currently one of drum & bass most revered sons, skeptical turns >defence< onto its head with his signature sonic artillery and evasive musical manoeuvres. having now finely tuned the art of a vocal club smasher, skeptical unleashes his deadliest remix to date.
introducing joakim from marseille, after originally producing techno and going to free partys with mates, he then moved to mexico where he started going to underground nights and was introduced the the sounds of sabre, alix perez, calibre, zero t and alike.from this he quickly switched from producing techno to dnb. he then moved to london to understand this new sound he had discovered a whole lot better and link up with the local people in the scene. tears and 4th floor are 2 slices of contemporary drum and bass at its finest, gathering heavy dj support.
ruffhouse is a collective consisting of pessimist, vega and cooper. the trio decided to join forces at the start of 2012 and have since been gaining support from some of the major players in the drum and bass scene including loxy, dbridge, doc scott and skeptical. with a distinct and recognisable sound, ruffhouse are bridging the gap between the modern and the old, the deep and the dark. >pellet / classified< is the first vinyl release for promising bristol based trio, both tracks featuring heavily in the sets of loxy, dbridge, doc scott and skeptical.
for the 6th release in the alignment series we welcome bazil to the fold with with his solo 12 inch featuring heavyweights from many sets over the last 12 months >monsters grave< and >soulfire< featuring vibronix.
dj support from the likes of break, loxy, baily, ant tc1, calyx, survival, subterra, dose, octane and dlr, sabre, vicious circle to name a few ...
nice price deal !!! remix time! alignment present 2 remixes from artists right at the front of modern drum and bass, octane & dlr and dub phizix.octane & dlr are on the cusp of unleashing their debut lp >method in the madness< on dispatch recordings, they have taken on the 3rd release from the label – gerra & stones dance floor damager >droneheads< and have delivered a remix of devastating capacity. already gathering steady dj support and featuring on dj hazards fabriclive 65 cd this one is set to blow!on the flip to this double a side remix ep we find manchester man of the moment dub phizix switching up the flow on the first release, judda and treos >6th element< true to his style dub phizix has flipped the original completely on its head for a truly original sounding remix, masterfully intricate drums roll steady throughout a serious system testing sub bass as only he can.
dj support: hazard, break, basher, octane & dlr, skeptical, ulterior motive, dub phizix and many more to boot…
galactic alignment is the new single by the elusive jump chico slamm, whose otherwise sparse catalogue includes the classic slamm project which got released on cajual in 1993 and features the legendary track feel free. another notable song in his catalogue is fuk dat, another 1993 recording (under his sagat moniker), which became a worldwide club and radio hit.
alignment ready the 5th instalment, this we offer up a slice of rugged tech dance floor goodness in the shape of noels >the world< and his collaboration with hungarys exit 9 >upsetting<. this is the first vinyl release for noel since his 2011 critical smash >cracker< with enei and eastcolours.
alignment maintain momentum with their second release of the year. with droneheads and primus still making waves we thought that there is no better time than this to drop the cavernous monster in the shape of >actress<. this is the second outing for up and coming overlook on alignment, his first being in the form of the collaborative project arma for cobalt. in true overlook style actress is set to test any system with its trademark industrial sized beats and eerie spaciousness. flip to the b for >quarry< where we see overlook team up with hotly tipped young midlands producer ed:it. having already racked up strong releases on critical and lifestyle ed:it has landed and is set to leave his mark in 2012.
early support from loxy, skeptical, foreign concept, presha, nymfo, amoss, dbr uk, clarity and pessimist.
alignment returns after the winter away for its first outing of 2012 with the long awaited dance floor damager that is droneheads. the b side offers up a slightly deeper affair in the form of primus, a collaboration with the burgeoning young producer overlook. this is the first vinyl outing for the hotly tipped duo from southampton who’s >anywhere but here ep< on bashers proximity gained them acclaim and a following of new fans. after also being tipped in kmags 10 artists to watch, 2012 is set to be a massive year for the pair.
dj support in the form of kasra, octane & dlr, fierce, ulterior motive, xtrah, amoss, subterra, script and meth.
the next 2 months are set to be extremely busy for alignment with forthcoming releases from overlook, ed:it, noel and bazil. also a very special remix package will be landing soon so keep your eyes peeled for those.
alignment records return for their second release, stepping up is london artist keza with the first alignment artist 12 inch. no ghosts and write off. keza has already had successful outings on the likes of critical, cia and dispatch and makes his full solo debut with 2 absolutely killer tracks. kicking off is the heavyweight bass driven and haunting stepper aptly named >no ghosts< b/w the tearing roller that be >write off< intricately woven percussion scuttles seamlessly over the hypnotisingly sub heavy b-line! both tracks receiving heavy support from the likes of doc scott, loxy, icicle, alix perez, sabre, ulterior motive, judda and fathom audio.
introducing alignment records, a brand new d&b label from the south-coast. the aim is simple to serve up good honest drum and bass with a deep dark edge directed at the dance floor.the first release comes with a strong south coast connection, first up on the a side we have bournemouth local judda who will be known for his successful outings on labels such as critical, subtitles and cia. he has joined forces with treo straight out of belgrade (serbia) who has already racked up and impressive string of releases on labels such as critical, som and c4c to name but a few. in result >6th element< was born, a straight up bass heavy dance floor destroyer! flip over to find >cobalt< the workings of pessimist and arma. pessimist we are sure many of you have heard of my now with killer releases on the likes of ingredients and critical with a slew of forthcoming tracks on commercial suicide, renegade hardware and samurai. arma is a young trio of producers on the up (mateba, overlook and war) cobalt being the first outing for them as a collective but you wont have to look very hard to find impressive efforts individually. the track kicks off with an eerie haunting intro which soon leads you into crisp breaks and a sub heavy b-line ready to test any system. this track is cold! do not sleep!
spearheading the next generation of metalheadz artists, jubei can safely be counted among the hottest producers on the drum & bass block right now. since his 2006 debut single, jubei has grown and developed as a musician, collaborating with, and learning from, artists such as breakage, alix perez, icicle, s.p.y., lenzman and more. 2011 sees jubei’s music standing well on its own two feet, with a plethora of tracks waiting in the wings for the release of his debut metalheadz album. in the meantime fans of his unique sound are invited to taste a pair of reworkings taken from jubei’s ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ ep, released on metalheadz last year.
dj support from james holden, ewan pearson, dj three, trans forest alignment is taken from luke abbotts critically acclaimed >holkham drones< debut album, which appeared in end of year best of lists in magazines such as mojo, amongst others. a remix from dfas synth overlord gavin russom takes the mystical, ceremonial undertones of the original to the next level, layering eerie synths over a proto-kick drumcircle to epic effect.
>alignment e.p.< by amoss is the forth release from touched by records. amoss, aka james evans and andy tweedale, originate from the midlands. at just 21, the pair have been making big waves within their chosen genre their incredible talent has already served them well with their track >we all grow< featured on the cut up boys ministry of sound mash up mix 2010. having recently received support from the likes of loxy data, we are expecting great things from amoss and many more exciting releases with their name on it.
the second release on figure jams continues to pursue our new concept of pairing certain artists together, this time placing the seasoned swedish sound sculptor patrik skoog alongside abstract division, a collaborative project of paul boex and dave miller, two equally experienced dutch producers. the latter deliver a pair of straight-forward tunes that seemingly stem from the depths of space. with an intimidating backdrop of menacing and rummaging drones they carefully create a constant sense of alarming tension that is never lifted. this abstract threat takes solid shape in patrik skoogs slamming -the field-, a heavy hitter of immense magnitude that despite packing a bouncy punch still stays afloat thanks to its lightly dancing hats. another agile alien grooves closes the ep, with rides zooming in and out, slingering and cutting through the tracks subtly booming body
this is the first volume in a series of release showcasing the analog hardware experiments of michigan-raised, new jersey raised michael alan rogers aka personator. running the gamut from raw, springy machine rhythms propelling the snarls of modular synths to softly pulsating white noise adorned with lullaby-like melodies, two of the tracks were recordded straight to dat in the artists studio, while a third was recorded live at a late night loft party in chinatown. perfect for fans of hieroglyphic being, jahiliyya fields, nation, trilogy tapes, etc
thunder tillman is a cosmic vagabond who travels through space and time accompanied by his personal shaman. together, as if having fallen to earth, their mission is to recreate the music of their estranged home, reuniting with their brothers and sisters through an exquisite form of storytelling. while western music may have degenerated over the past 65 years, troopers such as thunder tillman continue to drill down toward an elusive core, searching for something holy while never bastardizing their art with insincere advents of technology or convenience—as is apparent throughout their immaculate analogue production on this esp institute debut, jaguar mirror. comparisons to genres like krautrock are predictable, however we feel these four songs are so heavily narrative and wildly visceral that attempting to categorize the music would be a disservice to your imagination. we implore you to lay back in a nice stereo environment and absorb the purity of thunder tillmans endeavor—appreciate their command of melody, composition, spectrum, magic and try to recall the last time you chanced upon something truly different
delsin present a new ep by b12 aka steve rutter entitled orbiting souls, a name which comes from the fact the veteran artist has recently spent contemplating the loss of a friend and believes we are surrounded by lost souls and spirits. this is b12 s second ep this year following on from the bokide 325 release on soma records and comes years after still acclaimed album like electro-soma and timetourist on warp records back in the 90s. orbiting souls is a somewhat complex journey, a representation of inner bi polar opposites, isolation, sadness, but also acknowledging the great and wonderful things around that swirl and support and energise us. a perfectly formed sound world that is both absorbing and cerebral and comes with a full colour sleeve by boris tellegen.
new 2x12 inch 8-track ep (lp?) from phaeleh. opener *city rose* features major folk voice sam brookes and is a concrete-hued modern blues number, inspiring day dreams of past el-b drum excursions and excerpts of garage’s most emotive era.
christian comes back in perfect shape for our polegroup number 12, with his trademark techno sound, punchy and full of soul.this three tracker ep shows new progression on christians skills, improving his studio weapons on behalf of a redefined sound approach.planetary alignment opens the a side with dark reverberated beats, fixed sequences and fm bass. subtle spoken vocals appear in the middle of the arrangement till more synth sequences are added to create a pulsating and spacey feeling.seismic waves continues on the b side on a more relaxed vein, where the drones are the starring element, drums are more mental, and also the tempo is lower.pole shifting has another point of view, going deeper into the sound, with detroit style stabs, strings and percussion workout. a track that is for the mind as well as for the body.a complete release with a wide sound palette, showing one more time the studio skills of this veteran who is constantly reshaping himself, but keeping pureness in essence.
like >the final breaths of a game boy caught in the reeds and burbling under the waters< (nme), luke abbotts >holkham drones< has been making waves in all of the right places, and now as it finally drops in your record store of choice, the ripple effect begins to spread out across the world. >holkham drones< looks set to catapult luke from his provincial norfolk outpost of the uks burgeoning electronic underground straight into critics end-of-year best-of lists, in one fell swoop.
following >entrapmenton< the previous various artists ep, jubei returns with a superb solo ep firmly stamping his presence on the metalheadz imprint. the release has been receiving heavy rotation from the likes of fabio, bailey, goldie and commix to name but a few.
this november sees the return of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, dj and erstwhile wah wah 45s label boss, adam scrimshire, with his mesmerising second album -the hollow-. the much anticipated follow up to 2008s -along came the devil one night- sees scrimshire going back to his soulful roots, but at the same time, carving a more contemporary, electronic sound. theres also a nod to the dance floor on the new single -home-, featuring faye houston of resonators fame, the latin flavoured -everything you say- with cinematic orchetras heidi vogel on vocal duties, and the epic -ascension- featuring label mates hackney colliery band. there are more mellow moments too of course – stac provides the voice for the sublime -alignment- and joins the man himself on the mic for -through a window-, long time collaborator inga lill-aker is sure to draw a tear on the stunning -ode to daddy-, and scrimshire takes on the vocals once again on the melancholic opener -a promise is all it was-. add to that the dark, keyboard led trip that is -afar- featuring jessica lauren and matthew halsalls harpist rachael gladwin bringing matters to an exquisite close on the title track, and youve got yourself a next level piece of work from a man whos finally getting the recognition he deserves.
goldie nutzt die einmalige chance und gestaltet seine >fabric live 58< als verkörperung des metalheadz-mantras: stets auf der suche nach neuen wegen und formeln, um drum & bass auf eine intelligente, tief-spirituelle und ursprüngliche ebene zu hieven, befreit von schnörkeln, immer konzentriert auf die natürliche substanz dieses sounds. anhand vieler tracks seines vorzeigelabels metalheadz sowie von seelenverwandten künstlern befreundeter, progressiver labels kreiert goldie hier ein mixset mit schärfe und vision, das der zeit standhält. einfach, grundlegend, unkaputtbar. ein zeitloses statement eines rastlosen visionärs für die ewigkeit!
border community praesentiert das debutalbum von luke abbott aus norfolk, der ein hervorragendes electronica-meets-krautrock-album abliefert,und so ganz im stile four tet oder caribou die schnittstelle zwischen dancefloor und hifianlage gekonnt meistert.