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**Upfront Exclusive** Third label compendium from 7even featuring F, Joaan, Likhan and Ena.
7even Records serve their best bits from Likhan, Helixir and F. Makes sure to check for F's deep end dub techno/step hybrid 'Phantom' and Ramadanman's cool remix of his 'Epilogue', and Helixir's twitchy 2-step dub 'Let Me Drive Now'.
**Upfront Exclusive** Yu Aseda aka Ena invites us into the Tokyo underground with his debut album, 'Bilateral' for France's 7even Recordings. As with his RA mix and prior 12"s for 7even, he presents a well rounded and individual sound taking inspiration from dubstep, techno and electronica to shape detailed, etheric rhythmscapes bristling with finely rendered textures and probing tonal dynamics. The ghosts of Berlin, London and Jamaican dub are omnipresent, manifesting in the King Tubby or Burial-esque concrète-carving of 'Inutility', whilst 'Unplug' has a midnight electro-jazz effervescence redol… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** French dubstep/bass ambassadors celebrate five years of releases with their first label compilation. Ten cuts scope out ground from the earliest bassbin ructions of Likhan's 'Terre/Uwill' and 'Daoine Sidhe/Qumran' 12"s, to the digickal 'Narcotik Dub' and 'Helicraft' of Helixir, thru the deep and techy hybrid rufige of F's 'Phase One' and 'Icon' aces for the Martyn fans.
Ahead of ENA's first full length for 7even Recordings, the label are giving away an extended version of "Mule Mouth".
**Upfront Exclusive** 7even Recordings present a 2nd EP of Oceania's sleek and haunting technoid riddims. The duo blend traces of cold wave synth-pop, dubstep and techno trance to a darkly romantic agenda. Vocalist N lends noirish, jazz-inflected essence to the James Blake-like minimalism of 'Black' and 'Streets', while the plangent guitar and sheer technoid sculpting of 'Cloth' feels like Forest Swords meets Objekt and 'Strange People' cuts a sexier goth techno figure. Good stuff.
7even Recordings' Japanese attache shakes out two elegant, tightly coiled post-dubstep riddims. It's his 2nd 12" of the year and follows a podcast for Resident Advisor mostly comprising his own material. 'Purported' weighs out spindly percussions and tumbling bass syncopation on the A-side, deftly knitted with ghostly pads and trickling, side-winding melodies to get your body involved. B-side 'Whereabouts' adopts something approaching a tricksy underwater footwork stance at 140bpm, lacing kinetic bass undulations to scrabbling electronics and lush dub comtrails.
7even is a label we normally associate with reliably powerful, techno-crisp dubstep, so this has to count as their most adventurous and surprising offering yet. Why? Well, there are vocals, and pretty good vocals at that - particularly impressive is the strung-out, sub-heavy boy-girl duet 'You Live In Me', which sounds like Portishead might if they'd grown up raving at FWD. The same vocal partnership also lights up 'Stop', an uptempo techno stepper, while on 'Forest' the human voices recede into the shadows, allowing us to focus on the low-slung breaks and enhanced bottom-end - it's no exagge… Read more
Minimalist Dub-Tech reductions from the Japanese beat twister. A-side 'Analysis Code' is like the lean, tricky offspring of Ramadanman and Goth Trad, sketching spindly steppers rhythms coloured with sparse chords and buoyed by tight, warm subs. Flipside 'Splinter' is a more elusive groove, finding a mercurial, slinky syncopation between desiccated 2-Step beats and sub-heavy, bleeping Electro rollidge.
Japanese D&B producer and veteran of LTJ Bukem's Earth imprint turns his hand to Breakstep with smart results. A-side Makoto (Shimizu) brings 'Different Rhythm', a deft slab of amen rollidge underlined by smooth and deep subs ripe for the Broken Beat crew. B-side 'What You Want' is more elated, riding updrafting synth spirals over tucked-in Brokebeat patterns and woozy bass.
7even Records make a slick gear change with the smooth contours of Joaan's 2nd 12". A-side 'Nocturnality' works a rolling, electroid groove flickering with syncopated swing and a nagging '90s-style House hook. Flipside 'Out Of Slang' rides scooping 808 bass and sheer, tangy synths with a slow, controlled flex sounding like it could have appeared on a recent Swamp81 12". Fans of Instra:mental, Conqueror, Visionist should check this out.
Dope EP from Tokyo's Yu Asaeda aka Ena, a close friend of Goth Trad's and resident at their Back To Chill event. He's probably better known for his D&B productions, but the ruffige of 'Instinctive' finds the best of both world with rugged 'ardcore breakbeats anchored to 140bpm subbass. 'Sign' is more delicate, a deft and spacious halfstep track with agile hi's and fluid bottom end.
You can rely on F to bring the lean, teched-out steppers when you need ‘em, and he's back on 7even with with a smart new brace of cuts. A-side ‘Full Threat’ is a fat-free electro breaker in the vein of Boddika, doing serious damage with nowt much more than an 808 and a bad attitude. 'Slow Down' is painted from the same palette but rhythmically speaking is on more of a garage flex, and will sit nicely alongside recent Pearson Sound and Joy O tackle. Two ruthlessly cold, stripped-back takes on post-dubstep dynamics, craftily executed.
Bold fusions from the 7even records camp, unloading the debut 12" from Joaan. 'Splendor' in the grass sets the pace to a Funky/techno compatible 130bpm with offset kicks to keep a finger in the dubstep bowl, but it's when that synth drops that we're in new territory, taking the exuberance of big room electro-house and tailoring it for the fans of Sbtrkt or Joy Orbison. Meanwhile, '115 State' switches styles again with punchy tribalist drums and bellicose synth swarms giving way to dubbier rollidge. Tuff and tidy!
Likhan swings himself away from the Dubtech sound with two deep house inspired jaunts. While there's traces of his former sound, both tracks operate on a house tempo with melodic organ motifs and laidback percussion more inspired by the Prescription catalogue or DJ Gregory than anything in the modern dubste quarters. However, it's not all nice, keeping some semblance of dirt under the fingernails with rude squelching bottom end and ruffed-up soca shuffles compatible with the post-'step, Funky brigade.
Helixir drops his debut album for 7even, armed with ten brand new tracks including his recent eponymous single. 'Undivided' is essentially the slicker rolling cousin to F's agile 'Energy Distortion' album, putting a breezier and light-footed French spin on the techy garage sound with spacious dub awareness and a frothy feel for melody and trippy harmonics. 'Sumemrtime' sets the effervescent steppy garage sound just in time for autumn, while 'Quiet Storm' flexes some bristling dub-tech chops and the ace 'Atlantis' combines almost Raymond Scott-like melodic bloops with murky bass flow in unique s… Read more
F's debut album 'Energy Distortion' finally lands on CD following the epic 5x12"s teasers. The French stepper has carved out a well defined niche for himself on the periphery of the dubstep scene with a string of sturdy releases for 7even Recordings. His first album is a heavy statement of dub-tech intents, succinctly finding a maleable flex point between techno and garage enhanced with classic dub processing, continuing from where the Chain Reaction label left us but inna 2010 dubstep style. 'Energy Distortion' includes 13 permutations on this idea, swinging from more Detroit-inflected Shed-… Read more
The mighty F returns with the stunning 'Energy Distortion' album sampler backed up with a futureproof Untold remix. In the space of four releases F has become something of a figurehead for the emergent strand of dubstep centred around the ruffed up dub-chord and rugged dub-techno model, and gives an exemplary performance with his title track, sculpting heaving dub bass rolls and technofied rhythm syncopations to slot in between Scuba and Headhunter. Meanwhile on the flip Untold provides one of his most "techno" styled productions to date, re-engineering 'Energy Distortion' w… Read more
Techy dubstep experimentalism from Helixir, laying down the 11th release from 7even Recordings. 'Convolutions' on the A-side tucks itself into an agitated ball of tech-stepping contortions, working deeper into a loop of bulbous bass drops and tribal-tek percussion with dub FX applications. 'Let Me Drive Now' strongly reminds of 2562's new direction, sitting between Broken Beat flex and forward Dubstep programming with hints of Garage swing and an IDM-informed melodic hook. Ace.
Helixir notches up the latest 7even 12" with two variations on a 4/4 steppers ting. His 'XP Dub' takes the A-side with an echo chamber stepper featuring clean and heavy percussion with hints of 50's horror movie synths. We much prefer 'Peace Dub' on the other side, slowing the pulse to a casual 134bpm with much potential for the DJs and a heavy roll-and-step rhythm makes this label worth watching. For fans of Ramadanman, Indigo or Pinch - big twelve!
F's small handful of records for the 7even imprint have left a sizeable indent on the dubtech subgenre. You'd be hard pushed to find a tighter blend of influences from Basic Channel and Shackleton than his 'Untitled Dub' but it seems he's had enough of the 140bpm thing for now anyway, as he looks towards good ol' fashioned dub techno on 'Epilogue'. Judged as such this is a prime entry into the field, carrying over the shuffled and constantly morphing drums of his dubstep tracks into a deep and atmospheric 4/4 roller sounding like it's been plucked from the Chain Reaction archives. Ramad… Read more
Trailing in the wake of F's massive 'Untitled Dub', label head Likhan curves a more melodic effort your way with 'Redlight'/'Quiet Riot'. 'Redlight' is the labels latest anthem, seeing Likhan build a rolling steppers track from an 808 styled drum palette with subdued rave elements giving way to the 'redlight' alert sound some halfway through, ringing the alarm for ravers brukkout time. 'Quiet Riot' on the flipside wipes the sweat away and cools down with a jazz inflected atmospheric mover from the Peverelist school of rollidge. Fans of Ikonika, Appleblim, F, Pangaea and the more interesting end of the dubstep spectrum need to listen up - Big!
F kicks off the year for bass musics with a hefty thump of techno sculpted dubstep pressure for 7even records in shocking style. This plate has been giving us itchy feet for a time now, with our promo copies practically worn through due to the play-it-again! factor on both sides. 'The Untitled Dub' is a club wrecking masterpiece, marrying speaker puncturing dub stabs to a bulbous bass swoop and febrile percussive syncopations for a rhythm to get completely lost in. Imagine Throsten Profrock's Erosion series making GM babies with Martyn and you're almost there. We really can't get enoug… Read more
Industrial strength dubstep styles from the ever on-it 7even records with the second release from Helixir knocking out two sides of chiselled post-hardcore structures for the rave crew. 'Helicraft' is a damn smart mover on the A-side, striking ruff and tough with a determined flow of rattling industro-tech drums and angular synth stabs moulded into a 140bpm rhythm compatible with the heavy and techier side of artists like Anstam, T++ or Scuba. 'Dub 4 P' plonks itself on the B-side with a mechanical tech stepper sounding like Paradox producing dubstep in a bad mood with bomb drop synth e… Read more
Pristine dubstepXtechno depth from France's finest exponents of the good stuff, 7even recordings. In the space of only four releases the label has fast become something to get excited about with a deep and driving dubstep aesthetic closely aligned to the styles of Peverelist, Scuba or a more technofied Martyn. This is the first release from F and it's a certified winner, shaping two tracks of chords driven 140bpm dub techno with skipping garage movements and full sunken dubstep subs that's an absolute pleasure to bust a flex to. If you're into this stuff, do yourself a favour and get one nabbed. Killer.