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Thursday, 17 April

NEUROPOL - Warning EP, SGN:LTD

NEUROPOL

Warning EP

SGN:LTD

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SGN040

**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Atmospheric dubstep.
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Thursday, 10 April

PROMISE ONE - See We Roll / Chroma, OPENEARZ
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PROMISE ONE

See We Roll / Chroma

OPENEARZ

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: EARZ004

Murky dubstep/garage/grime hybrids from Promise One on the revived OpenEarz Recordings. Sparkz vocals the El-B-styled dark garage swagger of 'See We Roll' on top; Promise One links with Innamind player Geode on a jazzier, techy 2-step move titled 'Chroma' for the flipside.
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Thursday, 03 April

DJ Q - Trust Again (Rabit / Inkke / Compa Remixes), Local Action
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DJ Q

Trust Again (Rabit / Inkke / Compa Remixes)

Local Action

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LOCWHITE004

Vinyl only Remix EP featuring reworks from Rabit, Inkke, Compa and Major Grave.
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ACRE - Burning Memories, COLD RECORDINGS
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ACRE

Burning Memories

COLD RECORDINGS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: COLDR004

Manchester's Acre returns with a solid 4 track EP for Cold Recordings. 'Burning Memories' opens the twelve with a typically dark, bass-heavy deployment of clipped jungle loops running through without ever dominating proceedings, while 'Switchblade' makes use of an electroid template, albeit with a pounding, bass-heavy construction. 'Trace Loops' on the flip employs a slow, trance-like buildup with a brooding, tempered quality while 'Northern Shadows' provides a more standard bass-heavy edit, full of low-end menace.
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SAMRAI - Riddim Trax, Niche 'N Bump
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SAMRAI

Riddim Trax

Niche 'N Bump

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NNB003

Swing Ting captain Samrai steps solo with the super sophisticated 'Riddim Trax' for London's Niche N Bump. Four tracks coolly explore the binds between UKF, Deep House, Boogie and Bashment at a breezy 115bpm, bolstered by a shot of pure vocal sunshine from MC Fox on 'Let It Ride'. It's all testament to the open-minded and focussed aesthetic guiding Samrai's duties as DJ co-host at Manchester's Swing Ting dance where he and DJ Platt seamlessly strafe styles under the street rave spectrum with quicksilver soul and finesse. Set to such a specific tempo, the 'Riddim Trax' are a pointed shift away from… Read more
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SAMRAI - Riddim Trax, Niche 'N Bump
SPARE - 1blt, COYOTE RECORDS
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SPARE

1blt

COYOTE RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: COY007

Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.
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NAMEBRANDSOUND - Nowadays Pressure, Technicolour
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NAMEBRANDSOUND

Nowadays Pressure

Technicolour

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TCLR006

"NameBrandSound is the latest incarnation of IG Culture and Alex Phountzi aka Bugz In The Attic. ‘Nowadays Pressure’ is a hugely refreshing, invigorated EP of electronic songs, the sound of which the pair dub ‘pressure’. IG Culture and Alex Phountzi are pioneers of the broken beat scene, and in particular its flagship night at Plastic People, Co-Op. Broken beat is one of the genres NameBrandSound have in their musical bones with both members gaining notoriety and dropping albums for Virgin Records and V2 as New Sector Movements and Bugz In The Attic. NameBrandSound see themselves as … Read more
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NAMEBRANDSOUND - Nowadays Pressure, Technicolour
VARIOUS - Tax Haven 4, IBERIAN

VARIOUS

Tax Haven 4

IBERIAN

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: IBR010

**Ships Friday** "The Peninsula’s finest purveyors of everything bass-related are back for the fourth installment of the Tax Haven EP series, featuring cuts from Geiom, Noaipre, Pacheko and Klipar. Berkane Sol label founder Geiom showcases the unpredictability that led him to sign with diverse labels such as Planet Mu, Frisfjo Beats and Skam as he gets things started on a percussive mood with 'I Don’t', a subterranean voyage through deconstructed breaks, bouncy bass and vocal chops, followed by the rolling beats and hypnotic lowend of 'Lost Monarch'*. A Coruña native and RBMA alumni Noaipre, one … Read more
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VARIOUS - Tax Haven 4, IBERIAN

Thursday, 27 March

KILLAWATT / IPMAN / MONIC / METRIST - Open Water, Osiris Music UK
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KILLAWATT / IPMAN / MONIC / METRIST

Open Water

Osiris Music UK

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: OSMUK037EP

*Housed in hand-numbered sleeve. Edition of 320** Four-way face-off from Osiris' hand-picked yung-guns. Killawatt opens with a roiling techno-stepper and Ipman twists out a proper sound-system test loaded with cone-crumpling sub pulses and dive-bombing dread synthlines. Kryptic Minds' own Simon Shreeve debuts his Mønic alias with a bleak as f**k dubstep techno vortex, and Metrist cuts out an undulating piece of noise techno chicanery.
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EPOCH - 11.38 EP, Soundman Chronicles

EPOCH

11.38 EP

Soundman Chronicles

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SMNCHR003

**Hand-stamped white label** Antipodean stepper Epoch follows sterling drops on Keysound's 'This Is How We Roll' comp and alongside Rabit on his Egyptian Avenue label with two rogue riddims for Soundman Chronicles backed with a stunning Gantz remix of 'The Steppenwolf'. As opposed to his 130bpm rollers and grime deconstructions, Epoch's originals mix halfstep dub with a hip hop lean, resulting the sprung, metallic swagger of '11:38' and the dread trap styles of 'Numatik', but the real star of the show is Gantz's remix on the flip. The most exciting new dubstep producer gives a dextrous dismantling of … Read more
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EPOCH - 11.38 EP, Soundman Chronicles

Tuesday, 25 March

J:KENZO - Magneto (Feel It) VIP / Ricochet VIP, Tempa

J:KENZO

Magneto (Feel It) VIP / Ricochet VIP

Tempa

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPA088

**Edition of 300** Tempa roll out the red carpet for VIP versions of two J:Kenzo weapons. Up top, 'Magneto (Feel It) VIP' carves the quaking subs and achiing diva stabs deeper into the sound-sphere to ramp the pressure. Flipside, 'Ricochet (VIP) unloads body-scanning mid-range bass sweeps against aggy, 'ardstyled synth motifs and dubbled-up bass hits.
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Thursday, 20 March

M.E.S.H. - Share The Blame, Dyssembler Records
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M.E.S.H.

Share The Blame

Dyssembler Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DYSS002

Anticipating a stunning 12" coming up on PAN, we've got a handful of M.E.S.H.'s killer vinyl debut, featuring an excellent Teengirl Fantasy remix. Resident at Berlin's influential Janus club night, remixer of Fatima Al Qadiri and producer for DFA's Dan Bodan, M.E.S.H is a pivotal player in the new wave of producers distilling the most effective elements of R&B, Grime, Jumpstyle and Club Music with a forward electronic sensibility. While practically rudimentary compared with his most recent workouts, 'Share the Blame' is still right upfront and crucial. The title cut works on a 130bpm bounce p… Read more
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M.E.S.H. - Share The Blame, Dyssembler Records

Thursday, 06 March

040 (SWINDLE / JOKER) - Let It Be Known / Minors, Butterz x Kapsize
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040 (SWINDLE / JOKER)

Let It Be Known / Minors

Butterz x Kapsize

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BR014-12 / KAP012

Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
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AUTHOR - Forward Forever, BLACK BOX
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AUTHOR

Forward Forever

BLACK BOX

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £13.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BLACKBOX034

Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin's Author project arrives at a 2nd album of plush, blue dubstep variants following their 2011 debut on Tectonic. For this outing they're joined by a slew of guests, including Quark, June Miller, Jehst & Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique and Dan Man. Eight tracks spell out the more cinematic, home-listening side of dubstep with a mix of midnight atmospheres, moody vocal contributions and crisp, well-layered production.
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TMSV - Haze VIP, ARTIKAL MUSIC UK
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TMSV

Haze VIP

ARTIKAL MUSIC UK

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ARTKL012

Ardcore, rootical dubstep from Utrecht, Holland's TMSV. 'Haze VIP' rides a tumultuous skank accented with splashing cymbal, tribal percussion and billowing subs, and 'Gunman' comes stronger with darting, snake-like syncopation and dread subs on a vintage DMZ tip beside the airborne triplets and X-Files vibes of 'The Cosmonaut'.
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Tuesday, 04 March

DISTANCE - Outer Limits EP (Part 1), Chestplate
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DISTANCE

Outer Limits EP (Part 1)

Chestplate

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: CHST030PT1

Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
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Thursday, 27 February

A/T/O/S - A Taste Of Struggle (Album), Deep Medi Musik

A/T/O/S

A Taste Of Struggle (Album)

Deep Medi Musik

Format_dot_vinyl3 x 10" // £18.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDILP009

**Gatefold triple vinyl** Blue, downbeat, conscious Hip Hop/Dub hybrids from Amos & Truenoys for Mala's Deep Medi. 'A Taste Of Struggle' is their debut album following a teaser 12" with Skream and Commodo remixes. It's a low-lit, late night confessional hingeing on Truenoys slow, caramelised vocals delivered with impassioned urgency to a backdrop of shifty, molasses bass movements, dusty drums and trip hop atmospheres.
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Thursday, 06 February

SPLURT DIABLO - J3 EP, OIL GANG
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SPLURT DIABLO

J3 EP

OIL GANG

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: OILGANG005

Last heard by us on the nutty 'Quadrant EP', Splurt follows production duties for Merky Ace with this heavy trio of instrumentals. Suitably road-rugged and gut-punching production values make for a convincing solo debut proper, from the 808 bass, shredded samples and knuckled crack of 'J3' to the stone cold dancefloor murder, 'Lamped' and a synth'd-out, heat seeking 'Ethnic' madness.
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Thursday, 23 January

TWWTH - Thousand Million EP, SIGNAL LIFE
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TWWTH

Thousand Million EP

SIGNAL LIFE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SGNLF006

Grimy, technoid feminine pressure from the renamed Twwth (fka Teeth) on his and Desto's excellent Signal Life label. As with their previous editions from Visionist, Kowton, LAS and themselves, the 'Thousand Million EP' finds a sweet spot between sleek European techno, gruff UK grime and the rudeness of US club music. Whilst built around similar elements of gut-punch bass, rippling 808s and iced-out stabs, the vocal samples make a clear dichotomy: topside 'Naomi XX' sweetens gully swagger with a darkly sensual breakdown and female R&B stab intoning "it's automatic", whilst 'Boy You Down With… Read more
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TWWTH - Thousand Million EP, SIGNAL LIFE

Thursday, 12 December

JUS NOW - Bare Wine (feat. Swappi) / Vodou Riddim, Gutterfunk

JUS NOW

Bare Wine (feat. Swappi) / Vodou Riddim

Gutterfunk

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GF007

Wild bashment fire from DJ Die's Gutterfunk label. A-side rides ruffshod with crazed electronics and double-dipped drums to mek 'em wine, enhanced by MC Swappi's energetic urgency. B-side 'Vodou Riddim' booms with badass 808s, brassy stabs and tumbling tribal percussion.
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Tuesday, 03 December

DARKSTAR - HD7 (With Zomby Remix), Warp Records
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DARKSTAR

HD7 (With Zomby Remix)

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: WAP357

'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. The trio give their own 'Timeaway' a lilting, glassy overhaul for the 'floor, sweetly synching a swinging house groove with chiming harmonics to sound even more like Pantha Du Prince, whilst their 'Hold Me Down' is budged towards a sort of pastoral techno sound. The 'Cult x Zomby remix Kollaps' is the highlight, taking the original to celestial, slinky garage heights.
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Thursday, 21 November

AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
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AKKORD

Akkord (Album)

Houndstooth

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £19.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HTH015

**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
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AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
V.I.V.E.K. - System003, System Music
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V.I.V.E.K.

System003

System Music

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £12.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SYSTM003

V.I.V.E.K stokes the original dark spirit of Dubstep with four mighty halfstep productions for System Music, including V.I.P.s of his biggest tunes. First plate steps up with two new pieces - the atmospheric epic 'Mantra' and the stush, technoid badderman rufige of 'Show Me' with its soaring synth arpeggios - whilst the 2nd plate plummets way deeper with V.I.P.'s of his Deep Medi weapon, 'Soundman' and the body scanning subbass masterpiece, 'Asteroids', which sounds ass-quakingly heavy on a subpac, we tell thee.
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Thursday, 14 November

DJ SLUGO - Watch Me Juke, THUG RECORDS
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DJ SLUGO

Watch Me Juke

THUG RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: THUG014

Chi legend DJ Slugo reps the original Juke sound for Thug Records. Four cuts for the lewd and discerning DJs ranging from the technoid pump of ;Work That Hoe' to the call-and-response verses of Edgar "Big Gemini" Porter and K Scrilla on 'Watch Me Juke' and a pair of proper slammers on the flip, 'All Purpose Pussy' and the freaky 'Booty Clap'.
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GUIDO - Moods of Future Joy, TECTONIC
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GUIDO

Moods of Future Joy

TECTONIC

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £15.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEC074

Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
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SHERWOOD & PINCH - Music Killer (Original), On-U Sound
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SHERWOOD & PINCH

Music Killer (Original)

On-U Sound

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ONUVS1025

Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
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FORGOLD / SAPIENCE - Sleep Cycle / Nocturnal, Sound of the Cosmos

FORGOLD / SAPIENCE

Sleep Cycle / Nocturnal

Sound of the Cosmos

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SOTC001Y

Minimalist garage-techno and D&B styles from Sounds of The Cosmos. Sapience swings with criss, punchy 2-step drums, airy dub chords and swooping subs reminding of vintage Mindsets from Indigo and xxxy on the front; Forgold steps into atmospheric halfstep D&B zones with 'Nocturnal'.
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SAM KDC / ASC / SYNTH SENSE / METHOD ONE - Veil / Unveil (Issue Two), Veil
**Transparent ice blue wax** Veil/Unveil Issue Two finds the Auxilliary gang at their neo-D&B best. Sam KDC drops the soppier elements for a proper, grinding halfstep riddim trip called 'Ascetic' and ASC dances with the icy sequencer melody and dry, IDM grooves of 'Symmetry'. Synth Sense come the THX 1138 sound design style studio pressure on 'Trapped Within The Circuit' and Method One's 'Under The Same Stars' is a sweeter, downbeat and atmospheric kiss-off.
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Thursday, 24 October

IPMAN - Aight EP, Pressed Records
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IPMAN

Aight EP

Pressed Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: PRD006

Dread dubstep weapons from Ipaman and Killawatt. Ipman goes in hard and heavy with wobble bass and clusterbomb percussive attacks on the original 'Aight'; Killawatt gives a dangerous remix working with dense and tricky nexx level syncopation.
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BD1982 - Casings, Diskotopia
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BD1982

Casings

Diskotopia

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DSK017

Diskotopia boss Brian "BD1982" Durr returns to the label with a brace of lo-slung, colourful grime/electronica mutations. Up top, his 'Cassava' comes with a refractive blend of Kwaito and tropical bleep Techno and 'Writuals' wriggles between gritty, compressed 8-bar grime and sub-swung house with its own sun-dazed, cyber surreal logic. 'Casings' itself harks back to A Guy Called Gerald's lush jungle cyberdelia minus the breakbeats, and vinyl exclusive 'Clear Walls' sparks a glinting, fractured mesh of futurist dancehall and eski electro with unique syncopation.
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