FUTURE RETRO REMASTERED EP (LENZMAN REMIX) (COLOURED VINYL)
coloured 12" Vinyl NL09.03.18
by popular demand future retro brings 4 of the most demanded remastered classics on 12” vinyl. now one of the real international superstars of drum & bass, netsky had one of his first releases on future retro. now remastered for 2018 this classic is sounding heavier than ever. bcee’s “glitter balls” still sounds as fresh as it did when it was originally released and this lenzman & redeyes remake is a match made in heaven. random movement & mutt round up this ep nicely with remastered versions of their tracks “ain’t going nowhere” and “the motions” which both ooze soul.
fokuz recordings proudly presents the better world lp by powerhouse duo macca & loz contreras. with their classic liquid funk inspired sound the leeds/portsmouth based duo have built a steady reputation as djs and producers pursuing the more soulful end of the drum & bass spectrum. no bombastic kicks and snares here. they tend to stay true to their uplifting ethos through reworking iconic soul samples into danceable feel good grooves underlined by natural-sounding breaks that roll with ease. the better world lp showcases the duo’s best work to date. in addition to a string of new cuts also 4 previous released tracks are included in the package. these works are some of their most highly regarded tracks which obviously couldn’t be left out. the new tracks include a vocal featuring by hannah eve + remixes by lenzman, fd and s.p.y. in addition to their work as a duo this extended album also includes solo efforts by both macca and loz contreras.
after six years with seminal label metalheadz, building his reputation through a steady output of soulful drum & bass, lenzman is about to embark on a new journey: launching his own label.
the north quarter, named after the neighbourhood where he grew up, will be an outlet for both his own productions as well as music by like minded individuals, who share a love and dedication for all things soulful. naturally its first release is a lenzman ep: ‘all for you’.
taking everything that has shaped him musically and has meant something to him over the years, lenzman is combining these ingredients to create something heartfelt. music with imperfections, born in heartache and pain, joy and laughter, a human celebration. something far beyond container concepts like ‘drum & bass’. a classic attitude shaped in 21st century interpretations, a beautiful struggle if you will. rather than offering a single track, the north quarter is about reaching deeper, allowing artists a more varied pallet and more freedom.
with no sign of slowing down rotterdam based fokuz recordings present their 79th vinyl release welcoming back lenzman, the indisputed prince of soulful drum & bass. the flipside is covered by hertfordshire based peer pressure records head honcho facing jinx.
introducing the integral select lp – the highly anticipated, long-awaited compilation album from integral records set to catapult the well-respected label back to the forefront. set up in 2007 by influential, legends in the game, glenn herweijer and zula warner aka artificial intelligence, the 25-strong discography represents all styles of drum & bass music with that extra edge and a quality that resonates with the passionate pair. may 2014 sees the new album schedule kick off in style with a sampler 12 inch release featuring their own re-work of one of integrals all-time classics – lenzmans *ever so slightly*. on the flip, the label welcomes uk soldier of the deep, phil tangent to the camp, with the supersmooth but deadly *clouded judgement*.
june 2014 - lenzmans debut album *looking at the stars* on the seminal london-based imprint metalheadz. the album arrives with all the aplomb you would expect from the dutch producer. the project concerns itself with all types of human soul- from introspection to confidence to doubt. if there was word you could put to it - it would be honesty. it is certainly a refreshing outlook in this fast-food landscape of modern music that surrounds us. double vinyl in bespoke die-cut hole punched sleeve design.
this is the second second sampler from lenzmans debut album *looking at the stars*. the project concerns itself with all types of human soul - from introspection to confidence to doubt. if there was word you could put to it - it would be honesty. it is certainly a refreshing outlook in this fast-food landscape of modern music that surrounds us.
fokuz recordings, founded early 1999 by dreazz and drum origins, has been through a lot over a long, winding road. thanks to the boundless dedication of our talented artists and the loving fans, we can now celebrate our 15th anniversary! expect six 12 records and a double cd packed with tracks by some of the most upfront names in present day drum & bass. this is 15 yearz of fokuz - episode 1.1.
ciaukltdr002 sees cia open 2014 with a bang! after a brief break since the close of last year cia ltd return with two huge tracks that people have been dying to get their hands on for some time, both the huge vip rework of lenzmans epic *ice cold soul* and rene lavice & gremlinz massive remix of mutts ultra smooth classic *conversations*.
taken from souled out remixed album which brings a new perspective to makotos 2011 album souled out by featuring remixes from makoto himself, lenzman, random movement, sinistarr, ena, bun and jabberloop.
meta006 sees lenzman return in the true style that only lenz can, with the beautifully crafted empty promise. featuring his now renowned and revered signature future soul sound, empty promise glistens with that lenz quality to provide a result that is nothing short of stunning.
ulterior motive versus ep part 1 vinyl comes with full colour sleeve.whether james davidson and greg hepworth have an ulterior motive is debatable. their motive, however, is unwavering, intentional and fortunately well received. infiltrating the drum and bass scene in in the early noughties, the uk duo combined their hand-built studio with modern production methods allowing them to tap into a unique brand of high-tech basslines and fortified funk. the collaborations nearly always come around through friendships and mutual respect for what each other is about musically. ulterior motive versus, which is a four track e.p featuring lenzman, fd, krakota, and hybris. this ep has great support from friction on his radio one show, dj hype on kiss fm as well as great club support from rockwell, goldie, phace, john b, s.p.y etc.
this 12 inch is a monster and features resident soul:ution mc drs, whose voice has been a part of the soul:r sound from the very beginning. these two huge summer anthems combine to make up the first single to be taken from his debut lp >i dont usually like mcs but…<, >count to ten< featuring enei and >holding on< featuring lenzman and the further vocal talents of uk hip hop pioneer jehst and riya. dj support from mark pritchard, marky, laurent garnier, doc scott, optical & ed rush to name a few.
dubbed the ladies choice for 2012 old school heads will remember fabios infamous nickname... by metalheadz own label manager, lenzmans reputation for pulling a crowd of girls at each and every event precedes his every musical endeavour.
unsurprisingly the music matches up, but this isnt just drum & bass for girls. instead this is cleverly put together d&b on the lighter side of life. if you are a fan of gradual musical progression and a great ear for melody and harmony then you are already a fan of lenzman.
proving once and for all that drum & bass is a global movement, here we have a single produced in japan, a&rd in switzerland, remixed in holland and distributed via the uk across the world. thankfully the majority of these processes are done via the internet – otherwise we are sure someone would have something to say about the carbon footprint of this one! japanese producer heavy1 takes to the helm for demand records third release, following two incredible singles featuring music from spectrasoul, btk, nymfo, lost sequence and codeshaper. here you’re offered no reduction in quality as heavy1 turns out an impeccable ride through drum & bass territory.
metalheadz platinum is reserved for only the very finest in d&b, and this latest 12 inch from hollands most soulful drum & bass exponent, lenzman, continues that trend with effortless flair. representing only the eleventh release in seven years for goldies premier imprint, you know this is going to be something special before you even press play. since his first releases back in 2005, lenzman has been showered with praise for his deeply melodic and often vocalled musical constructions, and earned himself releases for some of the most revered imprints in the game. but its >masquerade< that really confirms the dutchmans arrival at d&bs top table, and sees him join the elite metalheadz platinum contingent.
soulful d&b by lenzman & treez plus great vocals by jo-s equals a massive 12 inch emerging from relative obscurity dutch producer has started making serious waves of late with his deep and soulful take on drum & bass. influenced by hiphop, soul, jazz and life in general lenzmanÆs music combines the organic grooves of yesteryears with the energy and forward thinking attitude of drum & bass music.
the next 12inch on phunkfiction features two of the hottest outputs on the scene at the moment. lenzman from the netherlands and submorphics from the u.s. have both signed tracks to labels like spearhead, integral, fokuz, intrinsic, phuzion, future retro, vibez, cymbalism and many more lately.
emerging from relative obscurity dutch producer lenzman has started making serious waves of late with his deep and soulful take on drum & bass. influenced by hiphop, soul, jazz and life in general lenzmans music combines the organic grooves of yesteryears with the energy and forward thinking attitude of drum & bass music. his productions are currently being supported by some of the scenes most influential figures, including goldie, fabio, ltj bukem, friction, marky & marcus intalex to name but a few. the dutchman has music forthcoming on respected labels such as integral, c.i.a., spearhead and shogun ltd. also he is currently working on various high-profile remix projects and has a possible album in the pipeline. to put it short, the future is looking bright for lenzman
critical music are proud to announce for 2010 their all-new sibling imprint, modulations. already known as a camp with the utmost values in exceptional music and artistic design, modulations promises to be something very special indeed. the schedule will include artists old and new with each release coming on 10 inch high grade virgin vinyl in a gorgeous slick housebag. a discerning product for the discerning d&b fan. so first up is the much touted lenzman whos been handed the privilege of opening up modulations for business and what a job hes done. more than i can take is a gorgeous piece of subtle audio bliss that sets the standard high for future releases to come. light pads, sparkling key tones and a staggered break pave the way on the intro up to a luscious drop of warm bass and a male vox. things drift smoothly on with the addition of a gnarly mid-range that toughens things up a little whilst all the time retaining the initial spacial, deep vibe. lovely.silhouette on the other side then takes things in a slightly moodier direction with a simple 2-step break leading the way but with more of those ethereal pads wafting over the top before a sinsitar bline takes over with some nasty edits and a souled out vocal sample to calm the nerves. an awesome way to finish off the first release of what will no doubt be a highly collectable electronic music label. dj support from goldie, logistics, kasra, nutone, spectrasoul, friction and many more
SOUL DERIVATIVES ALBUM SAMPLER PT.1 (CALIBRE REMIX)
12" Vinyl NL23.02.18
for 19 years fokuz recordings has been an unbending pillar for quality, soulful drum and bass. it has provided an outlet for some of the scenes most prominent names a home for their music and continues to foster the growth of the next generation of producers. from the elite class of calibre, ai, zero t, and lenzman, to the new school sounds of satl, kasper, macca, and bert h, the soul derivatives lp blends names and generations together creating a magnificent musical showcase. if good music is timeless, then the soul derivatives lp confirms that there is no end in sight for this illustrious dutch label. the soul derivatives lp - fokuz092 - is available in vinyl, cd and digital in march 2018.
* 2017 year marks ten years of integral records and looking back upon the label’s incredible back catalogue, what a decade it has been for drum & bass music that we hold so close. * initially set up as a passion project and a platform for showcasing future talent, the label has been consistently releasing cutting edge drum and bass since 2007. the ethos of the label has always been about quality control and finding those special vibes that no question capture heart and soul. honing their unique musical language, selections are carefully handpicked by head honchos artificial intelligence and more recently in collaboration with label manager emma g that fit with the forward thinking, original spirit we know as integral. * now 40-odd releases deep and renowned for breaking some of the most exciting artists on the roster today, the label also boasts signature classics from some of the scenes most prolific residents. names include the likes of lenzman, lomax (one half of loadstar), alix perez, calibre, system, zero t, technicolour & komatic (technimatic), lsb, steo, dawn wall, mohican sun, phil tangent, satl and just recently, a.i. themselves. * celebrating the seminal journey thus far, a double album will mark this very special occasion. part one will showcase a selection of the finest from over the years in a chronological journey of the label’s sound (for digitial release.) a second curation will simultaneously launch across all formats of entirely new and most exclusive material to date, from residents a.i., lenzman, mohican sun, satl, phil:osophy, scar, zero t, drs and more.
the new alone with everybody ep by drum & bass connoisseur fd firmly solidifies his earned seat in the upper echelons of the drum & bass scene. the epic nine-tracker showcases a new dimension to his sound, having already gained the trust of many essential labels in the past. serious work has been released over the course of years, producing a balanced catalogue of what fd stands for. this persistent output has grown in both reputation and depth and tells the story of a man dedicated to keeping close to his musical vision.
he blueprints ep marks the welcome return of the talented toulouse based producer redeyes. following a number of releases on seminal labels such as bingo, creative source, innerground and brownswood in the mid 2000s, redeyes then decided to take a step back from music production. now returning as a more complete and mature artist, his blueprints ep on lenzman’s the north quarter imprint sends an exciting message of where julien salvi stands in 2017. comprising of an ambitious nine tracks, redeyes’ blueprints ep showcases his exquisite musicianship and ability in the studio throughout each piece of music. in true north quarter style, he effortlessly breaks down the boundaries between drum & bass and hip hop, whilst fully maintaining the soulful and heartfelt aesthetic that he is known and revered for. the release sees him join forces with a plethora of exciting talent. ‘100 porsches to the stars’ brings him together with underground la rap hero hus kingpin for a lo-fi hip hop masterclass. he also collaborates with mancunian don black josh, children of zeus’ infamous tyler daley, north quarter chief lenzman, and many more.
introducing the *integral select* lp – the highly anticipated, long-awaited compilation album from integral records set to catapult the well-respected label back to the forefront. set up in 2007 by influential, legends in the game, glenn herweijer and zula warner aka artificial intelligence, the 25-strong discography represents all styles of drum & bass music with that extra edge and a quality that resonates with the passionate pair. the label has been influential in breaking artists such as lenzman, alix perez, technimatic, survival and lomax, and the new album will celebrate these significant talents amongst a showcase of integrals new recruits. reinvigorating integral classics from the archives, the lp vinyl edition will feature the cream of the crop in the form of three fresh remixes alongside a brand new dancefloor smasher from survival and scripts new duo project, scar. the double vinyl includes a cd-copy of the 13-track sampler.
the wait is over- platinum breakz 4 is here. perhaps one of the most revered album series in drum & bass is back with a vengeance, and some are saying it maybe the best yet. comes as 4 piece vinyl in widespine sleeve package.
total science presents the follow up the now classic seminal compilation album that encapsulated their vision of d&b way back in 2001 >tuned-in< , it included the cream of the crop & the bright new stars of that era & now after over 10 years they have decided the time is right to do it again, piecing together a selection of their favourite artist new to legendary & tracks that define the cia sound, label and their definition of d&b as they feel it now & for years to come.