Monday, 18 August
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
Thursday, 14 August
At long last Skeptical's in-demand dub 'Chain Reaction' lands on the shop floor backed with the stark skank of 'Echo Dub'. Operating at 140bpm rather than his usual D&B zones really suits this producer, much like others such as SP:MC or Kryptic Minds who've also made the same, tectonic shifts. 'Echo Dub' is spacious pensile, hingeing pendulous subs off woodblock snares and Nyabinghi-like runs trimmed with scything synth slashes; 'Chain Reaction' is pure dread, stoking super-wide subs and jaw-tensing rimshot skitters to killer effect.
Killer 2013 debut from Bristol's Facta for fans of Beneath, Rhythmic Theory, Gage, Neana. Check for the rugged grime-techno rolige of 'Montpelier', the coiled torque of 'Kobra', and Kryptic Minds-like dread skank, 'Upsetter'.
**Translucent Green Vinyl** Lean and techy dubstep styles from Baitface, originally issued in 2012. 'Orbital' works out a tight, pendulous halfstep sparked with sharp chords and glinting drums on the A-side; 'Substratum' hinges on metronomic, Mala-style cymbals and snarling neuro licks recalling Kryptic Minds on the flip.
Thursday, 07 August
Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set* Young Echo's El Kid makes his mark on No Corner with a 4-track concept EP featuring the final transmissions of the fictional SS Labyrinth, moments before it reached crush depth. This 30 minute EP employs recordings from "a skeleton radiophonic crew trapped inside a critically damaged nuclear submarine listing in deepest arctic waters", woven with scudding minimal techno and ice-deflected signals, recounting in abstract, subaquatic detail the fictional sub's final voyage, from the A-side's… Read more
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set.* No Corner continues to quietly carve a reputation as one of the UK's finest yung labels with this exceptional debut album/mixtape by Bristol's Lily. Melting and kneading classic house and slow techno tropes in a warm, fuzzy chrome bath with salty dub FX, 'Modern Malaise' masterfully channels the sort of forlorn techno feelings of Chasing Voices' 12"s with a muggier, off-kilter UK dub sensibility and sense of youthful anxiety/melancholy possibly stemming from data overload and plugged-up … Read more
Thursday, 24 July
Dungeon dubstep tearouts from Brett Bigden aka Leon Switch. It's not very nice, scrawling proper mid-range graffiti all over the caged halfstep beast 'Deadlock', and again with disciplined control in the fierce flipside 'Persepolisia'.
Thursday, 10 July
Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
Antipodean trio throw their weight behind three moody halfstep pieces featuring vocals by Bijou and Taso. 'How Strange' could be darker cousin of Morcheeba; 'Justify' rolls out with the bleeping dread junglist vibes; 'Yesterdays' works mournful blues sample into a hulking halfstep framework.
“The fourth release from Western Canada’s bleeding edge of bass assimilates dancehall tradition into something fragmented, digitized, and newly coherent. Tiny bits of human voice are appropriated into a dissonant soundscape of shuddering percussive elements, reamplified and decontextualized into a hypnotic computed chant. Love Lies Bleeding leads listeners from euphoric dance to angular breakdown and back again along a shifting path of falling bass tones and modulated drums. Modern Math steps boldly into vinyl’s warm embrace with White Label Renegade and its accompanying Grenier redo."
Thursday, 03 July
Proper Bristolian swagger-tech from Lurka, making his debut on Black Acre after hot shots for Hotline and Black Box. Up top his anxiously coiled 'Holding' riddim consolidates dancehall and minimal techno with motorik groove and serious low-end dynamics whilst flipside 'Nah So' skanks to an even dread coda of voodoo drums and bass, and 'KMT' comes to bury the dance with Carpenter-esque arpeggios lcoked to garotting hi-hats and belly churning subs. RIYL Visionist, Kowton, Commodo…
Thursday, 26 June
Epic anthems from Edinburgh's burgeoning beat-maker/writer/arranger to the hip hop cognoscenti. Building on the promise of his 'Billboard' EP, he aims even higher with these five tracks ranging from the G(lasgow) Funk of 'Outside (Intro)' feat. YC The Cynic and Rustie, the Eclair Fifi-caned 'Rosario' heavyweight, Diwali riddim styles on 'Franco', and searing, star-eyed leads in 'Lost Girls'. RIYL Rustie, Hud Mo, TNGHT, Bauuer, Joker.
Thursday, 19 June
No messin', this is 'Serious Business' from Flowdan produced by The Bug, Footsie, Coki and Masro. The Roll Deep legend on menacingly toppa top form with four cuts including the hugely sought-after 'No Gyal Tune' produced by East London bod, Masro, alongside The Bug's bashment mauling riddim for the call-to-arms, 'People Power', plus a maaad discordant radgy from Coki for 'F About', and Footsie's trapped-out backing for the smokers anthem 'Ambush'. Levels are thru the roof on this. So large!
Brizzle's Atki2 winds up two bashy waist winders for Frijsfo Beats. The follow-up to his 'Knock Knock' 7" for his home city pals brings a ruder, 'floor-skimming sound with the deft swagger and juggled vocal samples of 'Bubble', whilst he employs some classic pop motifs on 'Galaxy Zoo' for a breezier sort of ambient reggaeton wiggle with infectious percussion and super bright, crisp electronics. Tipped!
Modeselektor slice off a sweet taster for the 3rd volume of their cherry-picked 'Modeselektion' series. L-Vis opens the account with a swaggering future boogie zinger called 'Funk 4D' - presumably a follow-up to 'Ballad 4D' for Night Slugs - and Schlachthofbronx team up with Buraka Som Sistema for the low-slung, fizzing Kuduro/Bass percolations of 'Volumen'. Manchester's Hoya: Hoya cap'n Illum Sphere brings the 4/4 with a poised jacker called 'Bullet', and French Fries rattles off the gritty drum machien patter and cute electronic motifs of 'Shift'.
Thursday, 12 June
Lisbon's Lake Haze represent another strain of that city's unique dancefloor sound with a diverse, expanded follow-up to their debut on UTTU and follow-up for Photonz' One Eyed Jacks label. The Zomby-esque ectoplasm of 'Water Reflection (Intro)' secedes to a nifty R&B-garage sound on 'Brandy Riddim', and full frontal bassline rave on 'Tsunami Riddim' beside the blunted 2-step of 'Vapor Riddim', the West Yorkshire-via-Portugal badness of 'Lightning Riddim' and the R1 Ryders-style tribal futurism of 'Typhoon Riddim'. Maaad!
Thursday, 05 June
Nexx-level club dynamixx from Berlin's M.E.S.H. for new music thunk tank, PAN. As a co-founder and resident at the influential Janus club-night, M.E.S.H. is hard-wired to the core of Berlin's accelerated night scene and deeply connected to the global digital arts diaspora thru collaboration with contemporary artists, Aleksandra Domanovic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca and TCF, among others. Operating at the intersection of electronic hip hop, techno and chimeric sound design, the 'Scythians' EP motions a bracingly fresh sound modelling skeletal 808 patterns perfused with hyper-criss foley and thrillin… Read more
Radgey percussive dubstep weapons from Mesck on Distance's Chestplate label. 'Conquista' attacks with tungsten-tipped drums coming off like an amped up early Shackleton, and 'Collusion' rears up a snarling halfstep beast.
Turkish-based Algerian, El Mahdy Jr in 'stepping effect on Aisha Devi's (aka Kate Wax) Danse Noire label, backed with a Killing Sound dub burial. As with his haunting drops on Boomarm Nation and Mala's Deep Medi Musik, the 'Gasba Grime' EP explores a unique fusion of styles indigenous to Arabic North Africa and East London, alleviating massive bass weight with floral vocal samples, sweeping strings and serpentine drums. From the Shackleton-esque percussive timbres and overcast atmospheres of 'Zarga' to the twitchy 'Crack Addicted Belly Dancer' he sustains an intense, glow… Read more
Thursday, 15 May
Nomine squares up to Tempa with three cuts of percussive, D&B-indebted Dubstep and darkside house pressure. It's a heavy sound, ranging from SP:MC-alike drum workout 'Enma' and the Horsepower Productions-styled atmospherics of 'Zen Circle' to the canny, 120bpm dub-house-stepper of 'Mindfulness'.
**2LP cloudy/clear wax** Skweee's founding fathers, Flogsta Danshall, mark their tenth anniversary with 20 tracks of "synthetic electronic bastard funk" in the 4th 'Museum Of Future Sound' volume. All your favourite Skweee heroes (Skweeroes?) contribute to the party: Daniel Savio, Claws Costeau, Joxaren, Coco Bryce, Slow Hand Mötem, Wankers United, Randy Barracuda, Limonious, Yöt, Easy & Centre Of The Universe, plus some new names (to us at least) in the lieks of Stiletti-Ana, Keff, Cache, Poborsk, and DKSTR.
Thursday, 08 May
*Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g white vinyl, housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas* Beneath pulls up to PAN with a super forward platter of UK bass/techno dreadnaughts. Combining archival rolige with up-to-the-minute missiles, PAN's 51st release operates at the crucial nexus of dubwise dancehall science and minimalist techno, pairing uniquely sculpted rhythm dynamics with a filigree feel for aerated electronic timbre. Most importantly it's aimed squarely at the 'floor with 20" rimmed riddims bound to bounce any stack, but it's… Read more
For the 1st time, sibling labels Night Slugs and Fade 2 Mind join forces to present a reissue of DAT Oven's darkside tribal banger 'Icy Lake' (1998), backed with killer re-swerves by Total Freedom, L-Vis, and DJ Rashad & NA. The original was recently rediscovered by Fade 2 Mind's LA captain Total Freedom and could hardly be a better fit for current dancefloor aesthetics with its uncannily Eski-ish hook, welting drums and tracky Chicago stabs. Also factor in that plain weird answer phone message motif and you've got a straight ace, whatever the weather. Remixing, Night Slug L-Vis 1990 knocks the gro… Read more
Thursday, 01 May
Reissue packaged with sticker featuring download for the full Extended Edition digital version which features nine additional tracks not on CD.
Thursday, 24 April
Buzzin10, Sully, Point. B and Warlock weigh for the 4th volume of Frijsfo Beats. Buzzin10 dances to a organ-bubbling garage groove haunted with slick, noirish strings and Sully makes a welcome return from the cold (where ya been?!) with the devilish dark garage twyster 'Feel It'. Turn it over and Point. B pivots off glancing garage woodblocks into a deep, synth-heavy techno space, and Warlock works out the grubbing acid swing of 'Too Late'.
Atmospheric, percussive dubstep trips from the 4th world. 'Circular Thinking' is a classy arrangement of virtual jungle sounds, tricky tribal drums and surging neuro bass; 'Jata' rocks on a Shacklton-esque drum coda and wide, spacious synth sculpting. Both cuts sound like they coulda come out on Black Acre. LAS chimes in with a more rugged, skippy dubstep dancer's remix of 'Circular Thinking' vibing like vintage Toasty.
Thursday, 17 April
Thursday, 03 April
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