Title:The Way It Do / We Trapped
As the London & Berlin based somethinksounds imprint approaches a tenth release since its inception in 2010 we've learnt that although you can never be too sure of what they are going to serve up next, you can be sure its going to be of the highest quality. Whether it be unearthing exquisitely produced IDM by Lucky Paul, future house sounds from rising stars such as Eliphino and Ossie (Black Orange Juice) or straight up club bangers by some of the biggest hitters in the game (Gadi Mizrahi of Wolf + Lamb); this time they deliver what could be one of the most infectious vocal drops of 2012 on Artifact's sensational double A-side The Way It Do/We Trapped. For the tenth release somethinksounds step back into a ring where they certainly feel very comfortable and present an artist tipped by many a tastemaker including Clash and also Resident Advisor (in a 'Breaking Through' article earlier this year) to be making big waves soon. With releases on Local Action and Rebirth, Bristol boy Artifact has certainly been making a big noise with his futuristic fusion of house, techno and garage. Put simply The Way It Do is a bold statement of intent. Aimed directly at the centre of the dance floor this one oozes with production finesse far beyond the young producer's years. Skipping tams and snapping snares ride alongside haunting synth melodies whilst the percussion section layers intricately amidst a world of abstract sounds. The tension continues to build until it culminates in a monster vocal drop sure to have people going nuts on the dance floor. Clubbers, you have been warned. It's a double A-side for a reason and therefore the intensity does not let up on the flip with We Trapped providing yet another peak time monster filled with yet more expertly layered, extra terrestrial percussive elements. A tuned rim shot drives the track along throughout but its another very well selected vocal sample which provides the main hook. Hotly tipped Manchester native Damu steps up for remix duties with an interpretation of The Way It Do, delivering an indefinable cut filled with pure analog intensity. Skittering percussion melded flawlessly with bubbling bass lines and otherworldly synth melodies equates to a captivating listen.
Label:Activia Benz
Following on from the success of BNZ001, Slugabed's new label Activia Benz are releasing their second record, Recolor from Moscow's 813. He is a Russian fireman, and his music is very synth heavy and melodic, as well as very dancefloor.
Artist:Sun People / Franjazzco
Title:Split EP
Vienna's Disko404 organisation are launching their very own label with a split EP by Sun People and Franjazzco. While the latter is one of the most passionate players in Vienna's underground music scene, Sun People aka Simon/Off has already stirred international attention with releases on renowned labels such as Immerse Records or Phuture Shock Musik. For this release Franjazzco combined his enthusiasm for jazz, soul and disco with a weighty footwork / juke kit, resulting in three deadly 160BPM anthems. On the flipside Sun People deployed a more UK-influenced style with references to '90s jungle and UK garage ... imagine Tek9 meets Duncan Powell meets DJ Spinn. The EP is already receiving support from DJ Rashad, Distal, DJ Clent, RP Boo, Soulphiction and others, and is just the first of many floor-dominator releases lined up by Disko404. Super-lomited run of 250 copies only.
Title:Uncertain / Vendetta
Having recorded a number of excellent deep, soulful but hard hitting dubstep releases under his DJG monkier, San Francisco's Dean J. Grenier decided to move into fresher pastures this year, announcing his new alias as Grenier. Kicking off with a killer release on Photek Productions early on in 2012 - and not many artists aside from Photek himself can claim a plate on his highly respected imprint - Grenier takes a dark-jungle and classic dubstep inspired perspective on the currently favoured 128bpm / house tempo, and he now delivers a stunning 12" for Tectonic in the process. 'Uncertain' featured on Tectonic label boss Pinch's acclaimed 'Fabriclive' mix earlier this year and has been highly requested ever since. Tough bass stabs punch in the intro before wheeling backwards and slamming into a hard, almost 4/4 rhythm, fully charged with a weighted sub. The track devleops with jazzy references and sonic flashes of musicality, almost reminicent of early Peshay and Metalheadz. It is, by any measure, a killer tune. On the flip, 'Vendetta' sticks again with the 128bpm tempo but takes a heavy dark wobble sound, a-la Skream circa 2006, and moulds it around a stepping 4/4 rhythm. This makes for a simple and effective rhythmical weapon of choice that encapsulates much of what made early dubstep so interesting, reincarnated here at the slower housey tempo.
Title:Digits EP
Champion's Formula Records present the debut EP from its first signee, the prodigiously talented rising star Notion. Having already turned heads recently with the rambunctious 'Icicle', released via Mixmag as a free download, the Hereford-based producer serves up three tracks of unpretentious dancefloor weaponry. Lead track 'Digits' borrows elements of UK Funky with its syncopated drum patterns and quirky key stabs. With plenty of dub-influenced low end and reverb it's clear to see why it's already become a staple in sets from Rinse FM's Roska, Brackles, Marcus Nasty and Seb Chew. 'Soundbwoy Killa' takes no prisoners with an electrifying bassline and sporadic reggae sample drops that are in a similar vein of some of Champion's previous productions. Whilst on the surface the heavy bass is what appears to lead the track, there are subtle percussive elements that add a supremely danceable rhythm and groove. Brutal stomper 'Watch Here' rounds off the trio of tunes with more colourful beats and bass that make this EP a comprehensive foray into the world of 130 BPM dance music, at the same time signalling the entrance of what could be one of its most promising proponents of 2012 thus far.
Title:Like An Animal EP
Label:Leisure System
Leisure System, the collective, label and famed Berghain club night of four years standing, is back with their third release from co-founder and resident, Sam Barker. Known for its genre-defiant lineups, Leisure System's quarterly residency has consistently brought together artists with varying styles. Flying Lotus, Autechre, Afrika Hitech, Jackmaster, Surgeon, Jimmy Edgar, Blawan, 808 State, Dopplereffekt, Clark, Machinedrum, Surgeon, Venetian Snares, Objekt and Egyptian Lover have all graced the decks, showing off the collective's commitment to the exploration of new and experimental sounds in EDM. The development of the label, and now this release from Barker, is no exception. After discovering computers and raves in the late '90s, Barker began making tracks at age 13, building up a sizable collection of vintage analogue synths, paving the way for his future solo work and collaborations with artists like Tim Exile, Clark, Shitmat, Scotch Egg, The Field, Leafcutter John and Jimmy Edgar. Shortly after his 2007 move to Berlin, Barker began collaborating with fellow Berghain resident nd_baumecker, resulting in their ongoing project Barker & Baumecker. Their first EP 'Candyflip', was released on Ostgut Ton in 2010, followed up by a live show tour throughout Europe. The duo is currently readying their second EP and have a long player due out in August 2012. For this new solo EP, mastered by electronic music legend Pole, Barker presents a creative three-track lesson in diversity and highlights Leisure System's ever-evolving aural curiosity. The opener and title track 'Like An Animal' is a number that builds and builds, quickly changing course and mutating into a percussive and texturized melting pot of sounds. Up next the hypnotic 'I Feel', which is filled with moody pads and syncopated breakbeat rhythms, paving the way for the mechanical, yet smooth half-step rhythm of 'Hot Lover'. Siimilar to the collective, this offering pushes boundaries and mirrors the progressive ideals of the collective. Just like Leisure System's first two 12"s from Pixelord and Eprom in 2011, Barker's 'Like An Animal' EP is a clear statement of the label's simple and distinct commitment : to be a platform for timeless, thrilling and soulful dance music in the fields of house, techno and electronica, disregarding media hype and genre borders. In keeping with this clear sonic manifesto, Leisure System's design aesthetic is equally individual, with all vinyl releases housed in deluxe die-cut jackets.
Artist:Stryker Matthews
Title:Binary Shake / Batty Koda
Label:Disfigured Dubz
Artist:Durty Phresh
Title:Jelly Baby
Label:Audio Phreaks
Title:Model / Let Me See / Belle
Label:Audio Culture
Title:Chug / Cheshire Cat
Label:Wheel & Deal
Title:Not For The Playlist EP
Label:Sub Soldiers
Artist:King Thing / Jamie Grind
Title:Waking Up
Infrasonics hits heavy with the next 12" in their highly collectable split EP series. As FACTmagazine put it, "Totally pumped, furious work outs from Kingthing and Jamie Grind herald their first release of 2012, showcasing a high-octane mixture of snarling club sounds as aggressively funky as any Swamp 81 or Fade To Mind material". New signing Kingthing comes correct with two hybrid numbers that build on the garage swagger of his previous outings with a new found focus and intensity and a broadened sonic palette that wraps analogue-style synths within tight digital edits. The intro to 'Waking Up' is rhythmic in fits and starts, as vocal hooks and triplet percussive stabs reciprocate before gradually settling, building a continuity of meter with rising pads leading to a crescendo that drops into a killer, technoid resolution of jacking monosynth leads and arpeggios over a slamming kick. 'Cold Diss' bangs hard from the off. Distilled juke and booty influences seep through the interplay of the vocal phonemes and pitched sub, but the vibe here is original. The accompanying synth, that briefly introduces the track before later resurfacing to guide, has a cold clinical precision and resonance to it that could be forged by SND or Alva Noto. The context is very different though and the resulting symbiosis is a satisfying romp for the peak hour dance Jamie Grind turned the head of many a player with his first drop for Infrasonics on the 'Infra12003 EP' he shared with Gon. Equally, his second pulls no punches. Sonically situated somewhere between Leeds and L.A. he turns in two tracks that weave summer vibes around a propulsive bassline rhythms. 'For You' builds around cut up vocal hooks and woozy stabs before resolving into an infectious, driving 4/4 groove. It breaks briefly, breezy chords switching the atmosphere, before settling back into the bassline groove. 'We Still Play 140' is a different proposition, constructed around an off kilter piano / stab combo and skittering percussion. It's unfamiliar territory but Jamie's ability to settle the listener as the bass and strings give fullness and urgency to the mix and play with the tension and release is a testament to his finely tuned pop sensibilities - man knows how to arrange for devastating impact.
Title:Still Feel
This young south London production duo caused a huge stir at the start of 2012 with their debut release 'Shake It Off', receiving extensive support from the likes of Jackmaster, Oneman, Actress and many more. Following up quickly with this massive release on new label Dench Recordings, 'Still Feel' is a tantalising percussion-lead dancefloor destroyer, coupled with 'Perforate', a soothing track filled with a catchy staccato melodic lead combined with signature punchy drums that just keep on building. On the remixes, Chaos In The CBD's edit of 'Still Feel' is a great example of the new wave of house music, emanating a hypnotic bouncing rhythm with perfectly juxtaposed vocal samples. Rounding off the EP are C.R.S.T. (Well Rounded, Ten Thousand Yen, No Hats No Hoods) who always deliver the goods, and their remix of 'Perforate' is no exception, based on a rhythmic vocal sample accompanied with a moving, almost haunting synth guaranteed to get your ears' attention. Early support comes from Visionist, Presk, Hackman, Marco del Horno, Last Japan, Blackwax, Benjamin Damage, Whistla, and many more.
Artist:Lando Kal
Title:Tmrw EP
London's Stillcold Records return with 'TMRW' / 'No New Jack' from Berlin operator and Lazer Sword member Lando Kal. With 'TMRW', it's all about a deceptive simplicity, driven by soulful, spacious chords, the most buoyant of sub basslines, and fine, effortless vocal edits. This is one of those grooves that will latch onto bodies with the swiftness and exudes all the confidence of a producer hitting his stride. On the flip, 'No New Jack' is a serious call to the more rugged jackers. Maniacal laughter paves way for tough, saturated stabs and a hook that's seen chants flying across dancefloors from Berghain to London. As is always the case with Stillcold, the vinyl is meticulously crafted and mastered for optimal impact, with D&M Berlin's master cutter CGB etched into the run-out groove. For those that know.
Artist:Roel Funcken
Title:Fes Bace
Label:EAT Concrete
Four bass heavy, dancefloor-ready tracks by Roel Funcken, who again proves to be a master of technoid, bass heavy and intelligent dance music that defies any genre. 'Fes Bace' is a collection of perhaps his finest, probably his most effective work to date. It shows a man on a mission, reinventing himself constantly after his much acclaimed solo debut 'Vade'. Roel has taken his sound to a whole new level, delivering four tracks of uncompromising quality and diversity that could easily destroy any dancefloor. The EP opens with a Funcken remix of 'Spletch' by Dutch talent Julien Mier, bouncing off into broken rhythms and stroboscopic lazer madness. The second track 'ALH84001' (named after a meteorite from Mars) recalls Meat Beat Manifesto but with a twisted, razor sharp edge, while 'Skinetic Culpture' is a nervy post-electro affair with a Drexciyan touch. Title track 'Fes Bace' is an ultra heavy piece where a halfstep beat grinds through an ultra-low swamp, with spitting vocals.
Title:Trouble EP
Airhorn!! After months of technical strife accompainied by much gnashing of teeth, the "missing" Funkystepz 12" is finally in the place and heading your way this week, available to the public's collective sweaty mitts from February 6th. All original pre-orders will be filled, and here's the info again to jog your memory ... Funkystepz return to Hyperdub, their debut 12" 'Fuller' / 'Hurricane Riddim' having detonated dancefloors earlier in 2011. It's rare to find an act who's name describes so functionally what their intention is and how they are going to get there, and their ruff but complex productions and DJ sets are incredible at raising energy and getting bodies moving in a way that so much modern dancefloor music just doesn't. These three tracks are straight up dancefloor destroyers, almost overloaded with energy. 'Trouble' is exactly that; with martial stomping kick drums, whistles, a tough, infectious melody line, and chords like a skidding car, this tune is built to bounce to. 'Dirty Dutch' has structure that breaks down and breaks up again, playing question and answer between a twilight zone style melody, a wiggly, scratched in test-tone, a grime-styled violin melody, and rapid-fire drums and claps. 'John Wayne' is so bow-legged that it almost falls over, made of loose, galloping drums with a backward drunken melody and skippy snares, a hilarious repetition of the words 'John Wayne', a rollin sub, and a spacey breakdown. It's really fun, strangely surreal and massively compelling on the dancefloor.
Artist:Spam Chop
Title:The Cuckup EP
Spam Chop, more sensibly known as Lukas Cole, has been a long serving proprietor of wonky, complex and intricate music, or as Mary Anne Hobbs described it when she showcased his music on Radio 1, "rude boy techno". As head honcho of the aurally inspiring and visually sumptuous Wigflex label, club night and clothing line, Lukas has been pushing other people's tunes on vinyl for over five years now. So, the ever-timely collective at MiMM have decided enough is enough and it's about time the left-of-centre techno producer brought his own tunes to the table. Title track 'Cuckup' operates in the realms of the cinematic, with stunning chords dripping and bending their way through a soft terrain that is only interrupted by percussion which scuttles the track forward like little cracks of white noise. On the backside, there's the dancefloor-driven duo of 'Blergzz' and 'Frames'.The former is the most tub-thumping and industrial tune of the EP with distorted garage vibes, an air of Blawan, and a raw pulsating bassline, which has already proved itself a veritable destroyer given its limited airings in public thus far. 'Frames' has the influence of Lukas' healthy fascination of German techno written all over it. Reminding you that you're still all there, the friendly 4/4 kick grounds you in actuality, whilst the analogue monster synth, which rears its head throughout (much like to Caribou's anthem 'Ye Ye') makes you pleased to find you're not quite in reality either. Ultra-limited pressing of 200 copies only on coloured vinyl.
Artist:Lee Scratch Perry
Title:Nu Sound & Version
Label:On-U Sound
Rush-released on LP following huge demand for the CD version, 'On-U Sound Presents Lee Scratch Perry Nu Sound And Version' - to give it it's full title - contains reworked, remixed and re-interpretated versions of 12 Adrian Sherwood-produced Lee Perry classics, including one extra bonus mix only available on this double vinyl pressing. Reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry first began working with On-U Sound in the late 1980s. Initially working with Style Scott's Dub Syndicate rhythm section, he then collaborated with Adrian Sherwood on 'Time Boom X De Devil Dead' in 1987 and 'From The Secret Laboratory' in 1990. He would return to the label in 2008 to release 'The Mighty Upsetter' and it's companion-piece 'Dub Setter'. The tracks on this album see Lee Perry receive some of the most radical treatment his work has ever had, as his distinctive vocals bob and weave in the midst of bass, rave riddims and extreme experimentation fashioned from the imaginations of some of today's most cutting-edge, dub-influenced producers. Newly commissioned versions by Bullion, Congo Natty, Dialect & Kosine, and Adrian Sherwood make their exclusive debut appearances here, alongside productions plucked from the sought-after series of limited 12"s by Kode9, Mala of Digital Mystikz, Moody Boyz, Horsepower Productions, and Pempi. All original recordings produced by Adrian Sherwood.
Title:Kowton V Dusk EP
The Kowton v Dusk EP is another milestone on the M4 bass exchange: a dialogue between England's two most sub-saturated cities, Bristoland London. Capital-based Dusk and West Country-resident Kowton contribute three tracks in total: Dusk's 'Fraction', Kowton's 'Looking At You', and Kowton's remix of 'Fraction'. Kowton's production career began in a different guise, as Narcossist, inspired by dark, skunked out '04 Youngsta sets. As his style would mutate into Kowton, finding the slow house grooves he currently inhabits, he would carry with him a common sense of edgy Metalheadz-esque dread. His debut release on Keysound Recordings, 2009's 'Countryman' / 'Stasis (g mix)' blended this dark edge with Basic Channel's sense of space and UK garage's swing. 2011 has been his most prolific year, seeing collaborations with Peverelist and Tom Dicicco as well as releases on Teal Recordings, Naked Lunch and Bristol's much hyped Idle Hands. As for his contributions to this EP, 'Looking At You' inhabits the space between house, UK funky and dubstep, while his re-fit of Dusk's 'Fraction' is a masterclass in offbeat percussion and evolving groove. "How underrated is Dusk?" rhetorically enquired Fact Mag recently. "He doesn't release much,but 2008's 'Focus' has to rank as one of the finest moments in the dubstep canon. 'Fraction' is... a definite highlight." Dusk is one half of production duo and Rinse FM DJs Dusk + Blackdown. He co-owns Keysound Recordings and co-produced the duo's acclaimed 2008 debut album 'Margins Music'.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Area Music Vol 1
Area recordings has gone from strength to strength since it's inception, wielding high quality releases building on it's signature sound of deep beats, bass and musicality. The fifth release pushes the label's philosophy further with the introduction of six new artists to the roster. While a whole host of imitators re-reach for the sine wave and switch off their L.F.O.s, Essex's DCult has been sitting in the shadows perfecting his own sound. 'Face the Sun' harks back to the classic dubstep sound of rolling beats and bass clearly marking him as a producer to watch, travelling a narrow path between light and dark, mellow and fierce as his beats and bass will prove time and time again. Australia-based 3rdeye's 'Yonaguni Dreams' entwines sweet ethereal beauty with hard pulsating aggression. His detailed productions point to a wide range of influences - the lush chords and crackles of dubtechno, the atmospherics and melody of deep drum and bass, to the stark minimalism and enveloping sub bass of early dubstep. This is a mere glimpse in to the deep hypnotic sonic collages still to come from this truly original bass music wizard. Aeon is a Croation bass music producer who has one foot firmly on the accelerator. As an introduction of the sounds sweeping across the Adriatic Sea, 'Different Quotes' brings a different vibe to the label. Keeping things musically inclined with sweet vocals, lush pads, stuttering percussion, weighty drums and pulsing bassline, Aeon brings the funk representing the diversity of the Area sound to the fullest. Safire is an Australian producer who has been energizing the masses with his sets of deep and tech funk DnB and dubstep for many years. His 'Disperse' showcases a more tech-influenced side to dubstep with a dense amalgamation of sound hitting on elements from all artists featured on Area Recordings. Safire's music breathes much needed fresh air, showing that energy and aggression can be created with style, musicality and big production values often overlooked by the masses. Coming from the home of Area Recordings, Krytikal is a Birmingham based dubstep producer whose unique productions have an amazing sense of calm hidden amidst his deep tribal rhythms. 'Selfish Ways' is a stunning introduction to his work, bringing different meaning and context whenever it is played. Equally at home smashing up a dance floor as it is relaxing to over morning coffee, is tracks fully represent deep bass music. The finale of this musical revue comes from the dynamic duo that is Fused Forces. Showcasing a mellower side to their production style, 'Ocean Dawn' brings a soulful ambience with the sound of crashing waves and weighty drums building into and gut rumbling bass. A cracking track perfectly fitting into any forward thinking 140bpm DJ's set.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Welcome To The Horrordome!
Label:Horror Boogie
Kanji Kinetic's future bass sounds have been causing shockwaves at parties worldwide. Mixing up beats from bassline & 4 4, dubstep and oldskool breakbeat hardcore like no-one else can, he has found support from heavyweights such as Mary Anne Hobbs and Tayo in the UK, and Drop The Lime and Starkey in the US. With a number of well-received releases on respected labels, his production skills are in high demand with a slew of high-profile remixes about to emerge, as well as brand new original material to destroy the party unlike anything before. For Horror Boogie, he has blessed us with "Citizens Unite", a raw, nasty bassquake, which has been obliterating dancefloors for some time now with its masterful drum programming, insane bass and THAT drum roll. THIS is what drumstep should sound like. Fedka the Irritant is probably best known as the trombonist in the excellent band Pest (Ninja Tune), alongside Ben Pest (Panic Bridge, Victim, Bonus Round). He's also a seriously original and versatile producer in his own right. He has released on Panic Bridge, alongside the other Pest members and his live "trombone techno" sets are something to behold. "Watch Them Get Killed" is wonky techno at its finest. Its tight drums, chopped up hip-hop vocals and the beautifully deranged, yet ferociously funky melody make this track seriously addictive. Expect to hear a lot more from this man on Horror Boogie Records in the not-too-distant future. Michael Forshaw has smashed many a rave with his live onslaught of fucked up electro, techno, rave and booty. He has released on many labels over the years such as Penalty, Miditonal, Flaw, his own imprint Chan 'n' Mikes and most recently, Coin Operated. "Cookietag McStarrwerk" is a live, mashed up, sample-laden (namely the classic "Whoomp! There it is" vocal) rave/breaks/booty monster and has been a staple of his recent live sets. Last and certainly not least, is the mighty Subhead. As a solo artist, Jason Leach has released on his own Death to Vinyl, Fix UK and Subhead imprints, alongside his work for Mercurochrome, Input Output Inc. and Don't. In total he has released well over 100 records, having also been involved in several notable collaborations. "Stefan Wolfe" is a driving, peak-time, techno juggernaut. Its atmospheric beginning hypnotises you into a false sense of security, before it hits you with a dose of raw energy - crunchy hi-hats, solid kicks and a funky-ass bassline, leading on to a finale of full-blown squelchy wrongness.
Artist:Josh Money
Title:Let Go With You / The Wrong People
Currently churning out some of the most fiendishly heavy beats around for EA Games, Floridais Josh Money's latest release follows the bassbin-busting Bullet for the Bears, which had bass fiends on both sides of the Atlantic foaming at the mouth with its orchestral breakdowns, gnarly low end and tight-as-all-hell edits. Now he's back with a double helping of utter carnage for Sludge. First up, Let Go With You drops sumptuous pads, oriental-style synths and slick vocal stylings before dragging you onto the floor with a bassline that feels like waking up to a shot of tequila while being roundly spanked by maniacal goblins from the planet RWOAR. It's also got enough edits to keep even the most discerning clubber's brain ticking over at triple-time. Next up, we have something even more repulsively brilliant for you. String arrangements bring AA-side The Wrong People in nicely, before dark orchestral arrangements give way to bubbling beats, searing sawtooth bass and more naughty, trademark edits for one seriously epic chunk of filth. A brace of essential bangers for the discerning modern dubstepper, and a sign that Josh has cemented himself as a producer to watch in 2011 and beyond.
Title:Crypt EP
Label:Get Some
Get Some Records are proud to present our second release, the Crypt EP. Essex based 19-year-old, Daniel Shell, also known to many as 'Crypt' has been a music fan since before he can remember. First producing Grime and Dubstep fueled by the various vinyls and CD's found in his Dad's music collection. Now influenced by the sounds of Zomby, Burial, Falty DL, Sepalcure and many he produces tracks with a garage house fusion combined with deep basslines and dark haunting vocals. As a label, we're excited to be able to put out a proper Garage record and for a producer so young to make something this accomplished sop early in their career, bodes very well for the future.
Title:Cinematics / Who Needs Attack
Label:Surely Bassy
When this label first contacted us in the spring of 2010 with a correctly spelled and politely phrased request for distribution, our affirmative response was all but assured on the strength of their name alone, and as arbitrary decisions go, fortune granted us a favour. As every incurable vinyl obsessive can pull out a handful of vital purchases inspired by no more than a cool sleeve, so it goes that an imprint with the wit to christen themselves Surely Bassy boasts an artist roster possessed of equally supple cerebral elasticity. The label's second release is 'Cinematics' by Leeds-based producer Quantax. With extensive knowledge and experience in sound manipulation, Quantax's take on ever-evolving bass music guides the listener on a musical journey evoking thoughts of nostalgia, reflection, contemplation and calm. His stunning debut consists of two tracks of beautifully crafted electronica encompassing both bass weight and musical harmony. 'Cinematics' showcases Quantax's highly skilled production techniques and demonstrates textural presentation through the art of sound design. 'Who Needs Attack' offers lush orchestral melodies underpinned by a 2-step inspired percussive shuffle whilst the driving sub-bass compliments the garage-esque vocal progressions. With a forthcoming release on Fent Plates, a string of remixes ready to roll out, and the future release of field-recording inspired project 'Oculus', Quantax can only establish himself further within the electronic music scene throughout 2011 and on into 2012.
Artist:Lando Kal / Stillcold Mysteries
Stillcold Records presents the first chapter in a new white label series re-purposing classic house sounds with a modern bent. Volume 1witnesses Berlin's consistently on-point Lando Kal revisiting a notorious acappella, hanging it on the lushest of synth stabs and cinematic, pulsating drops with develish woodblocks aimed squarely at the darkest of warehouse dancefloors. The B Side reveals the debut of the Stillcold Mysteres project, re-working another, altogether different vocal hook from the house canon. Laid back, fully swagged jacking bottom-end house for the hyper-colour set. With holograms. Strictly limited hand stamped 12" vinyl only, meticulously mastered and cut specifically for needle-to-groove action at D&M.
Artist:King Midas Sound
Title:Goodbye Girl
This new single features two of the most upfront tracks from King Midas Sound's forthcoming album project 'Without You', featuring re-voiced and re-versioned mutations of their debut album 'Waiting For You'. Side A is a mix of 'Goodbye Girl' by Kuedo aka former Vex'd producer Jamie Teasdale, who drags the original's domestic melodrama through a fatigued waltz of droning synths and stumbling drums. Side AA carries a radical new take on 'Earth A Kill Ya' by Mala from Digital Mystikz. He smothers Kiki's voice and dubs out Roger's lyrics to their most dread components, leaving strands of the original song lost at sea in sub bass and drowning in toxic chords and dusty reverbed drum blasts.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Surreal Estate EP
Label:Frite Nite
Heralding the next wave of underground bass music to fans across the USA and beyond, San Francisco's Frite Nite label - captained by psychedelic bass traveller Salva - has teamed up with rising star beat connoisseur Ana Sia to deliver sounds of the new North American underground on the 'Surreal Estate' compilation. Advancing past the more overcooked styles in US electronic music, Ana Sia has championed big stages and basement clubs with a melting pot of new sounds unique to her and the league of artists featured on this new full-length session. 'Surreal Estate' is a 17 track collection of tribal-influenced spacey dance grooves, progressive footwork, modern electro funk, and UK-centric dubstep rhythms, composed by an anticipated cast of North American producers, carefully selected and mixed by Ana Sia. Exploring the atmospheric and ethereal, yet bass-heavy, funky and playfully musical, the mix shows Ana Sia's passion for music that works as well for the dance floor as it does the intimate listen. This exclusive collection contains bleeding-edge tracks from some of the finest production minds from both American coasts such as Sepalcure, Starkey, XI, Distal, Ghosts On Tape and DJG, as well as Ana Sia's crew taking over the western front with artists like Salva, Eprom, Kuru & UFO!, B.Bravo, NastyNasty and Epcot. 'Surreal Estate' is Frite Nite's first venture into the realm of physical product, and speaks loud to both brand new bass music enthusiasts as well as seasoned ears eagerly anticipating a paradigm shift in underground dance and beat culture
Title:The Fable EP
Label:Loft Party Records
Fable is a bass heavy music producer based out of Nottingham and is undoubtedly one to watch over the coming year. In the first few months of 2011 he has had a lot of air play on some of the Dubstep scenes biggest stations such as Rinse and Sub FM, alongside a whole host of support in clubs from some of the best DJ's in the game. Loft Party Records can proudly announce that they have his massive debut release in their hands and a very limited number of 12" promos consisting of Blak on the A-side and She Want Dub on the B-side
Title:Martyr EP
Orientis Records is a 2011-born label setting out to introduce new deeper and emotive dimensions to dubstep and other bass musics, by working with artists already breaking the surface, and seeking out underplayed talents that deserve the limelight. This debut EP was first released in January, and is now available exclusively from Cargo. Bristolian Coleco is widely becoming known as a pioneer in melodic genre-bending, bass driven music. He initially set dance floors alight with his post-dubstep/heavy funk crossover 12" début 'Campfire Funk' on Soul Motive, and as the evolving sub-genres of dubstep continue to cross-pollinate with other sounds, Coleco sets new standards of multi-genre influenced dubstep on this four track EP. Title track 'Martyr' is a pan-Asian influenced, funky breaks driven number. Building an introduction with spacious, floating sitar and flute lines, it wakes the listener from meditation with a colossal drum break unexpectedly dropping in, soon bringing all the elements from the intro back into context coupled with a pounding sub-layered acoustic double bass. 'Morbid Curiosity' takes a classic live funk break to the operating table, twists it up half-time style, and stitches on a roaring sub-bass that's surgically designed to tear bass bins apart, creating an evolving monster that's ripped through the walls of a few dance floors already. 'Taostic' offers a chance to recover and groove to its Dub-Eastern crossover, weaving in and out of dreamy flute and female vocal melodies, whilst ambient guitar licks, dubwise sub-bass, and warm retro drums drive the whole thing forward. Finally, 'Aether' opens up with dark and gritty haunting atmospherics and filters in moody offbeat Guhzeng stabs, deep sine waves, and a pounding breakbeat, eventually exploding into a crescendo of double time drums, bringing to EP to a heavy funk finale.
Title:Iron & Cream
Label:Leisure System
After putting on raves at Berlin's famed Berghain venue for the past three years, the Leisure System club collective takes it a step further and establishes it's own label. Hardly any party in Europe better represents the changes that have happened in Bass Music in recent years, and it's impact on clubs and ravers worldwide. So it's only logical that the first Leisure System release is not aligned along the traditional London/Berlin axis, but stands as proof that nowadays Bass is to be found and heard everywhere, even as far east as Moscow. After releases on Error Broadcast and Car Crash Set, the Muscovite Pixelord (aka Alexey Devyanin) debuts on the label's inaugural 12" with four tracks that show off his multifarious skills as a producer. While the title track 'Iron And Cream’ takes off into a Deadboy-esque world of vocal fragments and a floating garage-house beat, the following cut 'Cycloferon’ is a nod both to uplifting hip hop and playful 8-bit sounds, two of the main influences in Pixelord's work. The b-side turns things around: 'Radiozilla’ lies somewhere between the organic off-beats of the Brainfeeder crew, but garnished with cowbell, a pulsating bassline, and glimmering nu-school synths. 'In The Mine" closes the EP in a careful and almost timid way, generating a dense and brittle atmosphere with it's future garage references. It's enigmatic sound-design and emotive and distant melody travel around the listeners mind and create the perfect soundtrack for late-night romance and early-morning recovery on the dancefloor. Leisure System Record's first release is a clear statement about the label's simple, but nonetheless distinct commitment : to be a platform for timeless dance music in the fields of house, techno and electronica, disregarding media hype and genre borders. Music that is thrilling and soulful. In keeping with this clear sonic manifesto, Leisure System’s design aesthetic is equally individual, with all releases to be housed in deluxe die-cut jackets.
Artist:Kuma Feat Juakali / Amalia
Title:What Its Not
Canadian dubstep pioneers The Konspiracy Group celebrate ten years of bass science, ambient drift and sound system thought with their fourth release and second twelve inch, 'What It's Not' by Kuma. Standing as The Konspiracy Group' firmest statement to date, 'What It's Not' is an uncompromising slab of heavily swung dubstep that sounds like nothing else rocking floors today. Strings and chimes straight out of Detroit meet one of Kuma's finest basslines to date, and a rhythm that invokes the swing of classic Zed Bias and the grime of classic No-U Turn (or should that be, Turn U-On?). Carrying on the vast tradition of vocal versioning that runs back to the early days of sound system culture, TKG took Kuma's rhythm and gave it to two of their favourite voices in dance music today. After hearing his work alongside the mighty Sub Swara crew, as resident of New York's legendary Dubwar night and as a solo artist of series flex, it made sense to hand 'What It's Not' to the voice of North American dubstep, MC Juakali. Using the base of Reese bass and strings as a platform, Juakali has laid down one of his most affecting vocals yet, striking both heart and head with this distinct rallying cry. On the flip, Stockholm-born Vancouver resident Amalia takes her multi-octave range and sweeping tones straight to the heart of the rhythm, reinterpreting the tune as 'Fall', a love song not only for the dance floor, but the people you meet on it too. Sheffield's Grievous Angel is one of the few artists out there really linking the lineages of noise and industrial with UK Bass and sound system culture, so asking him to take a swing at Juakali's versioning of 'What It's Not' made perfect sense. What came back is a 2-step remix as ornery as Throbbing Gristle making acid house, as rough as a Kingston sound system rhythm and as swinging as any classic Horsepower track. This is an EP that fights against conservative thinking in electronic music, informed by the lessons of history, and looking firmly to the future, finely honed at Transition for maximum impact.
Artist:Kansas City Prophets / T Polar
Title:Defiance EP
Kansas City Prophets and T-Polar go back to back on this one, offering dub, dancehall, electro and broken beats, fused together with lashings of bass. KCP's 'Cams' kicks off with a stepping riddim, but there's a wealth of tune in here between the sparse beats, the stabbing hooks, and the bass bubbling underneath. Reggae legend and dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's rich dread lyrics give a combo move bonus for every beat they team up with, "chanting blood and fire!". 'Drome' features a tough ragga beat at its core, with a maze-like network of twists and turns over the top for MC Soom T to navigate with her peerless style. Growling bass swoops and some fantastic slam-shuffling rythyms form the basis of T-Polar's 'Jangostep', tricked out to the last with some warped vocal science and textural shifts that switch the intensity every which way for your brain melting pleasure. 'Suburban Roulette' combines chopped up vocals jamming with some garage beat stylings, while a thick bass line runs tings from the bottom up, perfectly showcasing the Belfast producer's unique take on quality electronics.
Artist:6Blocc & TDBZ
Title:I Dubs Vol 6
Label:6 Dub
Another quartet of super-dense bombs from 6Blocc's digital crate of low end redubs, once again detonating in spring-loaded fashion under some familiar hip hop bangers. This series has taken such a grip on the decks by now that it needs no further explanation.
Artist:Boris Noiz
Title:Triptych EP
Label:Yellow Machines
An outstanding new collection for Yellow Machines from talented Serbian producer Boris Noiz - three fierce and very forward thinking tracks which encompass elements of sci-fi sound design, emotive strings, and drilling dark step hardcore beats with precise edits, all laced with huge gnarling bass. Keeping in line with the label's fusion of old skool hardcore and intricate electronics, Noiz adds a melodic, Detroit techno flavour to the equation. 'Rapid Transitions' opens with mournful, majestic and unresolved melodies, filling the air with a sound that is wistful, innocent yet stone cold alien at the same time. It then does pretty much what the name suggests, dropping into massive beast of a tune, with thick, rolling drum breaks and growling modulated riffs with sharp edits. Rhythmically, 'Symphony Of Collision' recalls his previous work with Excision on 'Force', loaded with whirlwind beats that smash the room but shift slyly to keep you guessing where the next hit will land, while the infusion of icy dark pads points to those subtle Detroit influences. 'Inceptive Point' fuses the Sheffield warehouse bleep mechanics of LFO with the rolling drumfunk percussion of the Rag And Bone roster, adding fills and phrases in an old skool Reinforced hardcore style. This tune will bring flashbacks for those who were there raving in the early 90s, updated with 2011 production. All told, this is a trio of incredible andriod disco pressure, reminiscent in texture to early Metalheadz but with a 21st Century twist; an EP of cinematic hard step at its best, sure to tear up any dance floor.
Title:Set The Tone EP
Ossie is a 22 year old producer from East London, who's debut EP 'Tarantula' came out earlier this year on the Lightworks label. His follow-up for Hyperdub is a three tracker of percussive house and beats, which is contemporary while giving a nod to the pioneers of electronic soul and fusion of the 70s and 80s. The EP starts with 'Set The Tone'. It's been a feature of Kode9's sets for about six months now, and doesn't fail to get bodies moving. The track opens with a dazzling lattice of latin percussion over a driving, off beat kick drum, before the song breaks into an infectious vocoder accompanied by lush Rhodes chords. It's one of those songs that manages to mix the worlds of dance music abstraction and catchy song writing without falling into obvious tropes. 'The Power Of Love' mixes similar elements in a completely different way, zoning into a more Masters At Work vibe. Here a short vocoder repeat and swelling synths roll out over a big bassline and a swung garagish drum pattern, but it's the depth of production that really builds the intensity here, as unexpected elements such as huge orchestral strings and spooked synth lines are woven in and out. Finally, on a completely different tip, is 'Moves', slower but still perhaps even more danceable. If it wasn't for its rasping, grimey bassline, and some classic house strings and xylophone towards the end , it could be mistaken for a long lost Sa-Ra dub or the instrumental for an R&B classic.
Label:Planet Mu
Londoner Swindle is one of the most versatile and exciting producers to emerge over the past few years, taking influences from grime and funky to create a new synthed-out funk. His CV reads like a who's who of the UK MC scene, having worked with Chipmunk, Roll Deep, Asher D & Mutya Buena, Double S, No Lay and more. His profile has been on a steady upward swing since the start of the year thanks to his well-received releases on Butterz, but Swindle is no one trick pony though and feels equally at home building UK funky tracks that evoke the soulful sounds of Masters At Work but which at the same time totally destroy dancefloors with pulsating basstones, as this mid 2010 outing for Planet Mu ably attests. The energetic lead track 'Airmiles' was hammered on 1Xtra and Rinse FM by Mistajam, Target Brackles and Oneman when first released, and the rest of the EP doesn't let up either, with the twisting bass tones of 'Daredevil', and the hyperfunk of 'Coffee' among the highlights.
Title:We Are Lost EP
Label:Paradise Lost
Title:Time Traveler
After an extended sabbatical from vinyl output, Starkey & Dev79's renowned Seclusiasis imprint is returning to wax action, now fully refurbished with a shiny new Cargo worldwide exclusive distribution deal in their pocket. Seclusiasis has been presenting a consistently unique view of bleeding edge urban electronic sounds since 2006. Forged in diversity and influenced by a variety of audio flavours, the Philadelphia-based label runs the gamut from dubstep to hip hop to electro-pop and more, all gathered under a style and pattern they call Street Bass, and all subject to the same high standards and tight quality control as Starkey & Dev apply to their own prolific output on labels like Planet Mu, Slit Jockey, Civil, LoDubs, Rwina, and Butterz. Making his mark in the burgeoning North America scene and holding his own with any UK producers claiming rights to the future sound of garage music, Kastle's summer 2010 debut download single on Seclusiasis, 'Better Off Alone', left more than a few jaws dropped, and now the wait for more is over, with his highly anticipated debut 12" set to propel him even further into the limelight. The popularity of bass-heavy dance music is spreading like wildfire across the world, with many producers crafting new hybrids of dubstep, grime and garage. Pittsburgh DJ/producer Kastle has cultivated his own style of bass-heavy beats with a soulful twist reminiscent of classic Chicago house, which has already made him the focus of strong media attention from the likes of XLR8R, URB and Fact. His production has seen him working with labels such as Ministry of Sound and Scion A/V and he has remixed artists such as Example, Blu Mar Ten and The Glitch Mob. This new EP showcases the full spectrum of Kastle's sound, from the ear-friendly 2-step of the title track, to the punchy grime-influenced riddim 'Bring Me Back', the dynamic and moving 'Walking Away' featuring acclaimed MC Armanni Reign (Metalheadz, Gasm), and the lush swung UKG-meets-UKF patterns of 'I Know'. Each track paints a unique picture, and they could all easily be lead single tunes in their own right.
Title:Eclipse (3 x 12" & CD)
Label:Dub Police
This format is 3x12" Vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with the full 11 track CD inside. Dub Police are proud to announce the release of their first artist album courtesy of Birmingham-based producer Emalkay, who is set to release his hotly anticipated debut LP 'Eclipse' this Spring. First making a name for himself with early releases on his own Morphic Sounds imprint, Emalkay has continued to push the boundaries of underground bass music ever since, delivering a slew of huge releases on the way. Having been an integral part of the Dub Police stable ever since his 'Explicit / Heroics' 12" for the label in 2009, Emalkay has gone from strength to strength with a series of heavyweight tracks that includes the phenomenal 'When I Look At You' and recent smash 'Crusader'. Comprised of 11 tracks, 'Eclipse' is a bold and powerful album encapsulating perfectly everything that makes Emalkay such a prodigious talent, effortlessly showcasing the depth and diversity of his sound while always remaining true to his inimitable style. As addictive as it is hard-hitting, the album doesn't just provide a collection of dancefloor tracks, but a confident and coherent artistic statement. A brilliantly confident and varied debut album, 'Eclipse' is set to cement Emalkay's place as one of the biggest and most exciting producers working in bass music today.
Title:Deeper Than The Sun
Label:Ho_Tep Records
This is the new EP on Alex Nut's Ho Tep recordings. Created by fresh London based producer Mau'lin featuring Canadian vocalist Amenta, Deeper Than The Sun is a club track steeped in history, mythology and the cosmos. At 140 bpm it's roots lie somewhere between, dubstep, house and broken beat. The two varied productions on the B side are a taste of sounds to come, touching on Hip Hop, Broken Beat, UK Funky and even Musique Concrete the talented young upstart delivers an array of styles, stitched together using his own eccentric brand of needle and thread.
Artist:Downlink / Vaski
Title:Biohazard / Zombie Apocolypse
Downlink has been punishing dancefloors all over the planet with his heavy brand of dubstep. With roots in Jungle & DnB, he is no stranger to the vile side of subsonic dance music. Growing up in a cold industrial town in British Columbia, Canada, he was first introduced to dubstep in 2007 and soon after took to production. While maintaining an appreciation for the sparse and laid-back vibes of the old school, Downlink set out to explore a more frantic, adrenaline fuelled style, influenced by everything from heavy metal to astrophysics. His first two releases charted at #1 on several popular online music stores and soon he found his way onto Rottun Recordings which seemed a suiting place for his music. While consistently coming up with sick material time after time, he has gained DJ support from the likes of Nero, Excision, Datsik, Rusko, Dieselboy, Crookers and many more. Downlink is not one to be pigeon-holed and is constantly on a quest to evolve and refine his sound. With this in mind, one thing will always remain constant - a pure unadulterated heavy listening experience.
Dubline presents their latest hot signing from Israel: Tomba (Buygore, Rottun, Basspunch Records). Started together with Borgore and grew up in the metal scene he is known for his raw party style dancefloor tunes. Ready for some serious demolition work? Slab this piece of vinyl on the turntables and you'll be ready in no time!
Artist:Anyman / Monstar
Title:Genesis / Party People
Label:Profound Audio
Profound Audio explodes into the scene dropping their highly anticipated dancefloor smashers "Genesis" and "Party People" from the Genesis EP. This debut release has received massive international support from heavyweights including Skream, Benga, Rusko, 12th Planet, Excision and Datsik, among others.
Artist:Disrupt / Tapes
Title:Events Occur In Realtime
Label:Police In Helicopter
After a short delay, Police in Helicopter return with this hot and ultraheavy spilt release. Disrupt delivers an absolute awesome deepslow 8-bit destroyer in the shape of 'Events Occur In Realtime', fully herbalised for some slowmow headbanging. The flipside comes with a raw digi-dub killer from Jackson Bailey's Tapes project, which sounds like Mordant Music versioning a classic Tubbys dub as heard by moles beneath the streets of Kingston. 'Atomica Rydim' has been faithfully mastered to cassette and back again, so switch off that dibby-dibby noise reduction and turn the amp up into the red. Both sides mastered by Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, where Quality Bass always comes first. Initial 500 copies in camouflage pic sleeve.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Je M'en Fish
Je M'en Fish is one of Belgium's largest and most active organisations working in the field of electronic music. Having produced numerous compilation CDs and DVDs, and staged countless live events over the last decade, it evolved into a fully-fledged vinyl and digital label in 2010. Their programme of 12" releases spotlights the young and growing pool of Belgian talent in dubstep and bass production, and the first pressing to enter into wider distribution in partnership with Cargo is a head-turning three tracker that combines rhythmic elegance with full-on floor-burning impact. Opening the show is Janner's 'Proteus', a driving uptempo number that has a ring of Frankie Bones-style early 90s hip-house within its insistent 2-step rhythm, while the ghost of speed garage also makes its presence felt. Coloured by bright descending keys, this track's real power comes from a looping and pyschedelically shifting sub-bass riff that eschews dark moodiness in favour of a more rich and flavourful vibe, while the swung drum patterns keep a steadily infectious dancefloor energy. Belgian master of the bass art BunZer0 follows with a new VIP remix of 'Second Meeting', the original version of which appeared on the first Je M'en Fish 12". This track combines a stuttering heavy kick drum with jazzy elastic bass fills, chiming Italo-house piano chords, and multi-layered futuristic synth melodies, to create an almost euphoric interpretation of low-end dance. Finally, Manouvre contributes 'Mr Moody's Morning Madness', an echoing and spacious cut which is most emphatically all about the drums. The delayed and decaying techno stabs and complex stepper drums come together to conjour up images of Maurizio remixed in double-time by Patrick Pulsinger. Ultimately, 'Je M'en Fish 002 EP' showcases a trio of diverse, intelligent and uniquely European perspectives on today's club-tooled bass music scene.
Two lost classic dubs from Skream. 'Sweetz (2005 Flex)', dating back to 2005, is really melodic and shows a significant Detroit influence, and 'Angry World', a cinematic and swung track in a manner most reminiscent of foundation dubstep pioneers Horsepower Productions. Both tunes hark back to the sound's formative early era, pre-Dubstep Warz. This is some real prototype riddim business, made without the need to pump-up big rooms full of upferrit ravers, yet still deadly as hell. Killer. The artwork features, at Skream's own request, a capture of the renowned Big Apple store, epicenter of the dubstep scene.
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