New D&B Releases
SUBTITLESUK018PT2 – Ulterior Motive – Ulterior Motive Versus EP Part 2 – 12″ Vinyl
Limited Edition 300 copies only white label. Hand stampedWhether James Davidson and Greg Hepworth have an ulterior motive is debatable. Their motive, however, is unwavering, intentional and fortunately well received. Infiltrating the drum and bass scene in in the early noughties, the UK duo combined their hand-built studio with modern production methods allowing them to tap into a unique brand of high-tech basslines and fortified funk. The collaborations nearly always come around through friendships and mutual respect for what each other is about musically. Ulterior Motive Versus, which is a four track E.P featuring Lenzman, FD, Krakota, and HybrisThis ep has great support from Friction on his radio one show, DJ Hype on kiss Fm as well as great club support from Rockwell, Goldie, Phace, John B, S.P.Y etcWords c/o Jasmine Phull :http://www.skiddle.com
a Ulterior Motive & FD – Drum Circle
aa Ulterior Motive & Krakota – Minesweeper
NZ020 – Nymfo / Borderline & Subtension – Code Of Honour ‘Respect’ – 12″ Vinyl
White marbled vinyl.The ‘Respect’ virtue of ‘Code Of Honour’ is represented by a trio of dancefloor technicians. Nymfo of The Netherlands flexes his trademark sonic contortions with ‘Floating Point’- a tune that seems to breathe in and out while it bounces its jovial, cheeky step. It’s a tune with a distinct, and instantly likable personality just like the man himself. Borderline from New Zealand collaborates with Slovak artist Subtension for the flip, a new name you are urged to take note of for future reference. Dripping with funk that so many dancefloor Drum and Bass tunes are devoid of these days, ‘Reaction’ is the one self respecting club DJ’s will draw for when they need a 100% positive response. ‘Respect’- We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.
a Nymfo – Floating Point
b Borderline & Subtension – Reaction
CRITLP05EP – Enei – Machines – 12” Vinyl x 2 + CD
Includes a copy of the Enei ‘Machines’ CD (CRITCD05) shrink-wrapped with the vinyl.Since bursting onto the drum & bass scene back in 2008, the uber-talented young Russian upstart Alexey Egorchenkov has become one of the hottest properties in electronic bass music. Better known as Enei, his brand of forward thinking musical muscle has featured heavily ever since in the sets of Kasra. Friction, Andy C and many more, and in 2011 Kasra snapped him up to become Critical’s first ever exclusive signing. A name on the tip of most tongues, Enei’s debut album has been the talk of the D&B town and is now finally ready to unveil as we head towards the close of 2012. ‘Machines’ is set to catapult Enei to new heights, a long player of devastating proportions full of incredible bass-wayed angst, vocal masterpieces and production that’s second to none. Get ready for the sound of the ‘Machines’, the most anticipated drum & bass album of 2012 and you’re about to find out why.
a Enei – Machines
b Enei Ft. MC DRS – The Moment
c Enei Ft. Eastcolours – 2012
d Enei Ft. Georgia Yates – Runnin
BMT011 – eleven8 – Hadal Zone / Across the Sky – 12″ Vinyl
Having spent more than seventeen cross-genre years featuring on dance music’s most prestigious imprints, Blu Mar Ten are opening the doors of their own label to a host of fresh young talent emerging from the leftfield of Drum & Bass.Blu Mar Ten Music (BMTM) is a home for the beautiful and the ugly, the elegant and the awkward, the euphoric and the melancholy. With a list of talent already lined up to deliver a rollercoaster of emotions and a desire to stand out rather than fit in BMTM is guaranteed to be a label to watch.The second release in this new chapter comes courtesy of multi-genre wizard, eleven8. Having shone his talent on a number of quality labels including Hospital Records sister-label Med School, eleven8 joins BMTM to showcase his Drum & Bass stripes with two tracks strictly designed for intrepid explorers.Hadal Zone – Befitting the subsonics of the music, The Hadal Zone (named after the Greek god, Hades, god of the Underworld), is the delineation for the deepest trenches in the ocean. Even at this depth the waters teem with alien life, glowing with bioluminescence and crackling with self-generated electricity. eleven8 skillfully recreates this landscape with lashing distortion and howling effects emerging from the darkness before disappearing again. Hadal Zone – 600 atmospheres of pressure.Across the Sky – Where Hadal Zone takes you to the bottom of the ocean, Across the Sky rockets straight up in the opposite direction, describing satellite trajectories around the Earth. Otherworldly winds and thudding chunks of meteor bass are propelled through space by a payload of stuttering percussion.
a eleven8 – Hadal Zone
b eleven8 – Across The Sky
CRITLP05LTD – Enei – Cracker VIP – 10″ Vinyl
Since bursting onto the drum & bass scene back in 2008, the uber-talented young Russian upstart Alexey Egorchenkov has become one of the hottest properties in electronic bass music. Better known as Enei, his brand of forward thinking musical muscle has featured heavily ever since in the sets of Kasra. Friction, Andy C and many more, and in 2011 Kasra snapped him up to become Critical’s first ever exclusive signing. A name on the tip of most tongues, Enei’s debut album has been the talk of the D&B town and is now finally ready to unveil as we head towards the close of 2012. ‘Machines’ is set to catapult Enei to new heights, a long player of devastating proportions full of incredible bass-wayed angst, vocal masterpieces and production that’s second to none. Get ready for the sound of the ‘Machines’, the most anticipated drum & bass album of 2012 and you’re about to find out why.
a Enei – Cracker VIP
b Enei & Mefjus – Crawlers
JA001 – Dialect & Kosine meets King General – Mount Zion / Got To Be Conscious – 12″ Vinyl
Mount Zion & Got To Be Conscious are melodic Jungle tracks with solid musical foundations rooted deep within Dub/Reggae music, using ambient melodica undertones and Incorporating ‘amen & think’ breaks, 808 sub bass & tight percussion patterns. Both tracks are setting a new dimension to Jungle music bringing it back to the original 90′s Jungle sound.Featuring the conscious vocals of Britain’s outer national Reggae artist & Bush Chemists front main King General, his vocals set the mood of the tracks with verses such as “Brick By Brick, We Have To Break Down The Walls” [Mount Zion] and also the chant of “Got To Be Conscious If Your Not Conscious You Cant Ride This Bus” [Got To Be Conscious] Which both suggest the need to fix todays troubled society & sends out a positive message to the youth of today.Both productions have had great reviews with ‘Mount Zion’ being the feel good summer track and ‘Got To Be Conscious’ tearing up the dance floors wherever its played. Dialect & Kosine are paying tribute to the original pioneers of Dub & Jungle music with this instinctive first independent release. This release has the full support of international DJ’s & Producers worldwide Including: Congo Natty, Adrian Sherwood, Bizzy B, Aries, Nicky Blackmarket, Ray Keith, Remarc, Equinox, Kenny Ken & Many More…
a Dialect & Kosine meets King General – Mount Zion
aa Dialect & Kosine meets King General – Got To Be Conscious
New D&B Promos
DMNDLP01S – June Miller & Proxima / Gamma – Drum & Bass on Demand Sampler – 12″ Vinyl
The diverse dutch guys June Miller and Tempa’s dubstep signing Proxima deliver a slice of tech funk with the track “Killswitch Engage” already featured on Kasra’s Fabriclive mix. “I’m Sick” from none other then Spinline’s Gamma is another stomper to make this release the best to ever grace vinyl on Demand Records.
a June Miller & Proxima – Killswitch Engage
b Gamma – Im Sick
ALIGN010 – Billion ft. Codebreaker and Sense (Fathom Audio) – Defence (Skeptical Remix) – 12″ Vinyl
A colossal crossing of paths, the collaboration of Billion, Codebreaker and Sense is the affirmation of one of bass music’s most exciting outfits. Individually dangerous, collectively devastating. A welcome return to authentic street level Drum & Bass with all the credentials…“Defence” is the jewel in the crown of new skool collective Fathom Audio’s discography. Codebreaker and Sense lay down conscious kung fu precision lyrics over Billion’s shuffle and crash beat. All built on top a deadly sub bassline with schizophrenic mentasms cutting through the dance floor. – “We Defend!”Currently one of Drum & Bass’ most revered sons, Skeptical turns “Defence” onto it’s head with his signature sonic artillery and evasive musical manoeuvres. Having now finely tuned the art of a vocal club smasher, Skeptical unleashes his deadliest remix to date.
a Billion ft. Codebreaker and Sense (Fathom Audio) – Defence
aa Billion ft. Codebreaker and Sense (Fathom Audio) – Defence (Skeptical Remix)
UM010 – Break, Fields, Mako & Villem – Dilligence / My Soul – 12″ Vinyl
Founded only 3 years ago by Mako, the Utopia Music imprint has already made a positive impact on the drum & bass scene with a stable of innovative producers. Next up on the release schedule is a massive tenth release in the form of Utopia 10.The A-side sees a mighty collaboration between label owner Mako, Break, Fields and Villem. With all these guys on the track, you know the bar is set high. Don’t let the chilled beginnings of Dilligence lure you into a false sense of security because you’ll soon be smacked around the head with a bassline that’s verging on psychotic and beats ready to bring down anything that stands in the way.On the flip side, Russian producer Getz carries on where they left off with the rolling, relentless basslines of My Soul. I love how the vocal samples lend a feeling of despair to the music.
1 Break, Fields, Mako & Villem – Dilligence
2 Getz – My Soul
COMMERCIAL006 – Soul Intent – The Right Moves – 12″ Vinyl
Coloured Vinyl with hand stamped labels.
a Soul Intent – The Right Moves
aa Soul Intent – Nod to the Past
DSC14LP10S – Stranjah / Overlook – Final Chapter LP Sampler 1 – 12″ Vinyl
DSCI4’s latest LP offering ‘Final Chapter’, is, sadly, the final chapter in the label’s history. Founded back at the turn of the century by the legendary DJ Trace it became one of the standard bearers for the ‘Techstep’ sound in drum and bass with an enviable discography, including the revered ‘Spy Technologies’ series of compilations, as well as helping to bring through now household names such as Black Sun Empire and Chris SU along the way. Yet 13 years down the line Trace has decided to call it a day and what better to way to go out than with a bang… A special mention must go to ‘Prominence’ by Stranjah however which is without doubt one of the most ridiculous tunes to grace my ears in a very long time. Drawing you in with some dreamy bukem-esque pads, 32 bars later you’re getting battered into submission with some wailing synths, mental amen edits and pounding bass. Absolute carnage. words from: http://www.everydayjunglist.biz/2012/11/edj-review-dsci4-final-chapter-lp.html
a Stranjah – Prominence
b Overlook – Existence
D&B Restocks Vinyl
SIG018 – Calibre – Temple Step / Simple Emotion
BRREC002 – Furney – Eindhoven Times
TEED2 – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods (Enei Remix) / Garden (Calibre Remix)
D&B Restocks CD Albums
CRITCD05 – Enei – Machines
New Bass Music CD
HEK019CD – Various – Hemlock Recordings Chapter One – CD
2012 sees Hemlock’s 20th release after four years at the frontline of forwardlooking bass music and dark electronica. To mark the occasion Hemlock boss Untold has curated a 65-minute mix joining the dots between the label’s past, present and future. ‘Chapter One’ weaves his favourite moments from the back catalogue with a series of exclusive material from FaltyDL, Randomer, Joe, Sei A, Guy Andrews and Untold himself. The beautifully packaged CD will be released alongside three 12″ vinyls containing exclusive music.From modest beginnings in the heady days of dubstep’s conception, Hemlock – founded by producer Jack Dunning (AKA Untold) and designer Andy Spencer in 2008 – quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the sprawling, and oftenc onfused, world of UK bass music. Since then, the label has steadily forged its own curious path, building an enviable back catalogue and garnering a reputation along the way for zeitgeist defining releases.‘Chaper One’, as you’d expect from Untold by now, is anything but your average mix. It takes as many twists and turns as Hemlock’s back catalogue and reflects the story of not just the label’s evolution, but also the evolution of the music scene it spawned from. Starting briskly, it jumps through percussive workouts from Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mount Kimbie, soon blunted with the bassweight of the half-step anthems ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ and ‘Discipline’. The section climaxes into the psychedelic organ studies from James Blake’s ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ remix before gradually fading into an icy noise speckled mid-section. Cosmin TRG’s brutally sparse ‘Béton Brut’ crumbles into the muzzled chimes of ‘Under’ – one of Untold’s most ambiguous cuts to date. The panic reigns through FaltyDL’s ‘Artemis’, picking up momentum into the metallic jacking 4/4 kicks of Sei A’s ‘Hyphen’. Guy Andrews cements the groove with the epic ‘Resistivity’, morphing into a broken tribal drum workout towards the end. Randomer then picks up the funk with ‘This Train’, before getting nasty with ‘We Laugh, We Scream’.The final section explores the label’s fascination with reconfiguring the hallmarks of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, with the rowdy MC chatter on ‘Fatalist’ sparring with the rugged bleeps and bass of ‘Studio Power On’, and the sinister Reece synths of ‘Motion the Dance’. After the last onslaught the mix fades out to the calming neon glow of Nautiluss & Lord Skywave’s ‘Ultraviolet’.With ‘Chapter One’ documenting their past and earmarking possibilities for future exploration, Hemlock looks set to fearlessly guide brave listeners into the next chapter of uncharted frequencies.
1 Fantastic Mr Fox & Rich Reason – Plimsoul
2 LV & Untold – Beacon (Mount Kimbie Remix)
3 James Blake – Air & Lack Thereof
4 Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix)
5 Untold – Discipline
6 Ramadanman – Tempest
7 Cosmin TRG – Béton Brut
8 Untold – Under
9 FaltyDL – Artemis
10 Sei A – Hyphen
11 Guy Andrews – Resistivity
12 Randomer – This Train
13 Randomer – We Laugh We Scream
14 Pangaea – Fatalist
15 Joe – Studio Power On
16 Untold – Motion The Dance
17 Nautiluss x Lord Skywave – Ultraviolet
New Bass Music releases
CHST022 – Tunnidge – Brixton Bass EP – 12″ Vinyl x 2
As one of Dubstep’s perennial heavy-hitters, the name Tunnidge has become synonymous with the suffocating levels of sub-bass ever present in his beats. October sees him step up to the plate again with the Brixton Bass EP, featuring four tracks of weapons-grade sound system punishment that will rock you from your chest right down to your feet.The title track ‘Brixton Bass’ kicks things off with a drop like a tonne of bricks straight to the face, accompanied with a grinding synth attack on your senses and a heaving, club-destroying bassline to give you a taste of things to come. ‘Empty Spaces’ is a low-slung and snarling roller, bristling with pent up energy and deliberate, probing kick drums that punch through your speakers like ayoung Mike Tyson.There is no let up with Wardrum, as it surges forward with jolting drum patterns and tough, industrial synths to keep your ribs rattling. The mood deepens on ‘Dark Future’ as Tunnidge creates a tense and malevolent atmosphere with a vivid technicolor backdrop of melody, vibrant drumsamples and guttural growls of low frequency.Supported by the whole Chestplate gang and some of the Dubstep community’s biggest DJs, this is weighty sound system design at its best and perhaps the heaviest collection of beats to emerge out of Tunnidge’s studio yet.
a Tunnidge – Brixton Bass
b Tunnidge – Empty Spaces
c Tunnidge – Wardrum
d Tunnidge – Dark Future
BOKA041 – Squarewave – Snitch (Sukh Knight Remix) / Heartbeat Dub – 12″ Vinyl
Limited vinyl copies. Brand new release from London’s Squarewave who is a regular on the DJ circuit and hosts a weekly show on world famous radio station Kool London [http://koollondon.com]. The A-side features a hefty VIP remix of ‘Snitch’ (which originally appeared on the Boka digital series TANK) from Sukh Knight (True Tiger) a dancefloor trasha with a truly gangsta swagga! On the flip Squarewave teams up with Dutty Ranks for ‘Heartbeat Dub’ a deep heavy number for all the subheads, this one will work those speakers to the maximum, a true favourite at Boka HQ.
a Squarewave – Snitch (Sukh Knight VIP)
aa Squarewave Ft. Dutty Ranks – Heartbeat Dub
HF035 – Shelter Point – Forever For Now – 12″ Vinyl
Up next on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings is the stunning debut EP ‘Forever For Now’ from 20 year-old duo Shelter Point. Through the use of field recordings, upright pianos, their own chopped and screwed vocals and a varied palette of synths, the pair have created a lush and elegant four track love letter that’s bound to make their contemporaries stand up and take note.‘Braille’ sets the scene, its wistful, haunting vocals delicately slinking along to emotive and complex analogue synths, only slightly changing course on the vibrating and discordant 80’s inspired ‘Hold On Me’. On the flip is the title track, a compelling and experimental piano ballad, rich with vinyl crackle and a bittersweet lyrical flow (‘forever burned your picture in my mind’) followed by the pop-inspired ‘Sleep Easy’, a sweetly composed bedroom soul production kitted out with filtered synths and dubbed out atmospherics.A unique and memorable debut from a very bright new talent, Shelter Point is here to stay.
a1 Shelter Point – Braille
a2 Shelter Point – Forever For Now
b1 Shelter Point – Hold On Me
b2 Shelter Point – Sleep Easy
MEDI062 – Swindle – Forest Funk EP – 12″ Vinyl
Hot on the heels of his last release ‘Do The Jazz ’ Swindle comes correct with his next, ‘Forest Funk’. ‘Do The Jazz’ has been tearing up the festival and club circuit over the summer featuring regularly in the sets of Mala, Joker, Skream and Silkie. With the feedback and radio support Forest Funk has gained so far, it’s fair to say that this EP is also set to be firing up the dance at a club near you soon! Featuring two heavy hitters, ‘Forest Funk’ and ‘Belfast’ which erupt from where ‘Do the Jazz’ left off. Swindle once again effortlessly deconstructs his favourite musical elements, Grime, Funk, Rave, Drum and Bass carefully rebuilding them with devastating effect to once again stamp his unique take on todays underground movement.
a Swindle – Forest Funk
b1 Swindle – Belfast
b2 Swindle – Mischief
New Bass Music Promos
OSMUK024 – Thelem – Tarnished / Elemental Fears – 12″ Vinyl
Inspired by the textures and soundscapes of artists such as Paradox, and drawing from other early influences including Hip-Hop, Grime and Drum & Bass, Thelem has carved out his own distinct style of production, which focuses on delivering expertly crafted bass frequencies, rhythmical variation and dark, minimal atmospherics.
x Thelem – Tarnished
y Thelem – Elemental Fears
CRUNCH013 – Ben Verse – Tiger Foot – 12″ Vinyl
Ben Verse returns to his much-loved Crunch Recordings imprint with two tracks that set the levels for his forthcoming Maze Music LP. Both have become integral tools in the DJ sets of Youngsta, J Kenzo, Truth, Seven, and many more in recent months.Amongst a grueling worldwide gig schedule Ben Verse dedicates his little spare time to music production, in airports, planes, trains, studios, cars, anywhere he can get a minute. Having amassed a healthy collection of tracks over the last year working towards his debut solo album, he put together this 12” containing two tracks that give a taster of what’s to come. ‘Different Way’ and ‘Tiger Foot’ both represent his rolling organic ethos of weighty sub bass, earthy atmospheres, ethnic musical elements and subtle but crystal clear mid range bass melodies.DJ Skream said in his latest Mixmag interview ‘Ben Verse out of Pendulum is making some wicked, dark stuff. Really heavy’.
a Ben Verse – Tiger Foot
aa Ben Verse Ft. Youngsta, LX One & Darrison – Different Way
SBSKNK001 – Various Artists – SBSKNK001 – 12″ Vinyl
London based club night and freshly formed label Sub Skank kick off with the first of three various artist limited 12” and digital compilations guaranteed to annihilate any bass driven dance floor.The extended play fires off with Winchester based DJ / Producer Tanka delivering another floor filler ‘Someone tell me’ with his distinct flavour of bass and beats, accompanied by melodic synth flutters backed by chopped and screwed vocal elements.The second track steps up the pace with D Warrior’s ‘Back Off Shorty’, a minimal bass led track which reels you into an outbreak of hard hitting snares for maximum impact, mutating in and out of 4/4 patterns with a catchy vocal hook for everyone to sing along to.Pyramid Scheme is a triangulated collaboration between CDNephew, D Warrior and Akito who supply the third rhythm on the release ‘Eight Ball Model’, mounting up the tension with dissonant over-driven chords and echoed atmospherics, drawing on a hybrid of influences far and wide.The last of the first is a powerful 140 grime influenced take on Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Eight Ball Model’ delivered by Famous Eno on remix duty, reaching for his his deadly clap and snare combinations with rib rattling bass stomps and vocal challenges.
a1 Tanka – Someone Tell Me
a2 D Warrior – Back Off Shorty
a3 Pyramid Scheme – Eight Ball Model
a4 Pyramid Scheme – Eight Ball Model (Famous Eno)
HEK020i – Sei A / Falty DL – Hyphen / Artemis – 12″ Vinyl
Part 1 of the 3 part vinyl series.2012 sees Hemlock’s 20th release after four years at the frontline of forwardlooking bass music and dark electronica.To mark the occasion Hemlock boss Untold has curated a 65-minute mix joining the dots between the label’s past, present and future. ‘Chapter One’ weaves his favourite moments from the back catalogue with a series of exclusive material from FaltyDL, Randomer, Joe, Sei A, Guy Andrews and Untold himself. The beautifully packaged CD will be released alongside three 12″ vinyls containing exclusive music.From modest beginnings in the heady days of dubstep’s conception, Hemlock – founded by producer Jack Dunning (AKA Untold) and designer Andy Spencer in 2008 – quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the sprawling, and often confused, world of UK bass music.Since then, the label has steadily forged its own curious path, building an enviable back catalogue and garnering a reputation along the way for zeitgeistdefining releases.It also has a reputation for discovering incredible new talent. It was Hemlock that introduced the world to the James Blake, whose debut release ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ saw the light in 2009, and was followed by his seminal ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ remix later that year.As well as some phenomenal new talent, Hemlock has also been a place where established producers can find a home for their more surprising, spontaneous or downright deranged music. Key moments include Untold’s game-changing ‘Gonna Work Out Fine’ EP in 2010, Pangaea’s jungle-inspired ‘Hex’ and ‘Fatalist’, and Ramadanman (AKA Pearson Sound’s) seminal 808 anthem, ‘Glut’. With the likes of Cosmin TRG, LV, Mount Kimbie, Girl Unit and Funkineven also passing through their halls, the roster now reads like a who’s who of bass music talent.‘Chaper One’, as you’d expect from Untold by now, is anything but your average mix. It takes as many twists and turns as Hemlock’s back catalogue and reflects the story of not just the label’s evolution, but also the evolution of the music scene it spawned from.Starting briskly, it jumps through percussive workouts from Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mount Kimbie, soon blunted with the bassweight of the half-step anthems ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ and ‘Discipline’. The section climaxes into the psychedelic organ studies from James Blake’s ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ remix before gradually fading into an icy noise speckled mid-section.Cosmin TRG’s brutally sparse ‘Béton Brut’ crumbles into the muzzled chimes of ‘Under’ – one of Untold’s most ambiguous cuts to date. The panic reigns through FaltyDL’s ‘Artemis’, picking up momentum into the metallic jacking 4/4 kicks of Sei A’s ‘Hyphen’. Guy Andrews cements the groove with the epic ‘Resistivity’, morphing into a broken tribal drum workout towards the end. Randomer then picks up the funk with ‘This Train’, before getting nasty with ‘We Laugh, We Scream’.The final section explores the label’s fascination with reconfiguring the hallmarks of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, with the rowdy MC chatter on ‘Fatalist’ sparring with the rugged bleeps and bass of ‘Studio Power On’, and the sinister Reece synths of ‘Motion the Dance’. After the last onslaught the mix fades out to the calming neon glow of Nautiluss & Lord Skywave’s ‘Ultraviolet’.With ‘Chapter One’ documenting their past and earmarking possibilities for future exploration, Hemlock looks set to fearlessly guide brave listeners into the next chapter of uncharted frequencies.
a Sei A – Hyphen
aa FaltyDL – Artemis
HEK020ii – Guy Andrews / Untold – Resistivity / Under – 12″ Vinyl
Part 2 of the 3 part vinyl series.With ‘Chapter One’ documenting their past and earmarking possibilities for future exploration, Hemlock looks set to fearlessly guide brave listeners into the next chapter of uncharted frequencies.
a Guy Andrews – Resistivity
aa Untold – Under
HEK020iii – Joe / Randomer – REJ / This Train – 12″ Vinyl
Part 3 of the 3 part vinyl series.With ‘Chapter One’ documenting their past and earmarking possibilities for future exploration, Hemlock looks set to fearlessly guide brave listeners into the next chapter of uncharted frequencies.
a Joe – R.E.J. Bit
aa Randomer – This Train
AUX007 – Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – 77 EP – 12″ Vinyl
German maestro Ulrich Schnauss teams up with label owner ASC for an EP of epic proportions. Four sublime pieces of music that really show the pairs talent. With each piece, you can really hear both of their signature sounds playing off each other. Essential listening.
a1 Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – 77
a2 Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – Pyramids
b1 Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – Theta
b2 Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – Moire Pattern
LAB013 – Core – Civil War / Cyborg – 12″ Vinyl
LAB013 marks the arrival of Core to the Aquatic Lab family. The devastating A-side, ‘Civil War’, is a ruff street-flex of slamming drums and gutter bass, featuring the raw flow of Jamakabi (of former Roll Deep fame). The flipside, ‘Cyborg’, is a pumping techstepper, which merges tape-pack acid b-lines with the modern Reece chaos of techno’s more recent convergence with UK dubstep.
a Core – Civil War
aa Core – Cyborg
SMOKE020 – Versa & Rowl – Jupiter – 12″ Vinyl
The magical partnership of Versa & Rowl is back on Smokin Sessions! The 3 track EP is packed with soulful beats, pads and melodies that is simply a joy on the ears. “Jupiter” is 2 step to the core and has some very cleaver use of sampling presented throughout the production. “Solstice” is a 170BPM masterpiece. You can hear the 2 step influence running through the grooves and really shows off how versatile these 2 talents are with their beats. Last up is “Theory of one” that has been getting a lot of attention on the Deep Heads Soundcloud.
a Versa & Rowl – Jupiter
b1 Versa & Rowl – Solstice
b2 Versa & Rowl – Theory Of One
12DVMUTE2 – Diamond Version – EP2 – 12″ Vinyl
Diamond Version release EP2 on 12” and download on 26 November 2012. Featuring the tracks Science For A Better Life, Shift The Future and Forever New Frontiers, this is the next instalment in a sequence of five 12″ / download EPs released throughout 2012 and 2013, culminating in an album in 2013. With playful humour, Diamond Version explore Daily Short Message Information Culture (DSMC), their phrase to describe the relentless slogans we are bombarded with, rendered meaningless by their constant repetition. “We both are obsessed with company logos,” explain Diamond Version. “We collected these slogans and started reading them, without knowing the companies. In this amount and concentration they become absurd.”A version of Shift The Future was transmitted at the No Nukes 2012 festival in Japan, organised by Ryuichi Sakamoto as a reaction to the reopening of the Oi nuclear power plant following 2011’s nuclear disaster.EP2 is the second in the series being released by Mute and follows EP1: Technology At The Speed Of Life / Empowering Change, described by The Wire as “metallic ring modulated tones gleam in the dark always driven forward by a malevolent computational funk”.Diamond Version is the collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental and forward thinking creators in modern music, Byetone and Alva Noto. As joint heads of the German-based label Raster-Noton, with their solo projects, they have been releasing work that spectacularly blurs the lines between the visceral and the conceptual, bridging the gap between gallery and dancefloor.
a1 Diamond Version – Science For A Better Life
a2 Diamond Version – Shift The Future
aa Diamond Version – Forever New Frontiers
RUFFDRAFT22 – Ruff Draft – Lone Ranger / Shining – 12″ Vinyl
Vinyl only, last run of 200 copies. A Bristol-Amsterdam-Berlin collaboration – deadly, ruff, bassheavy breakbeat science at 130-something bpm. Reminiscent of early Metalheadz/Reinforced-style drumfunk, but current in rhythm and feel. KillerThis A-side has become my biggest tune of the moment, everybody is asking about this – Francois KThis sounds great, really into them both – Ben UFOBrilliant stuff!! – AppleblimAHHHH – I love this! – Untoldwill be playing – JackmasterQuality quirky funk, love it! – Ben Sims
a Ruff Draft – Lone Ranger
aa Ruff Draft – Shining
WNCL012 – Kevin McPhee – In Circles – 12″ Vinyl
WNCL Recordings and Kevin McPhee have spent many a moon discussing a shared love of Mood II Swing, dubplate culture and Bobby Champs amongst other things. In between times, the Canadian young-gun has been honing 4 tracks to present WNCL012 – a finely crafted Extended Play in which McPhee gets his clonk on…“…in keeping with WNCL’s hard jacking groove tendencies McPhee produces four slices of brick hard house that you’ll be hard pressed to even try and overlook.”Sonic Router
a1 Kevin McPhee – In Circles
a2 Kevin McPhee – Do
b1 Kevin McPhee – Pumpkin
b2 Kevin McPhee – The Blind Whirring of Machinery
CIV052 – STARKEY – ORBITS (LP) – 12″ Vinyl x 2
Starkey’s 3rd studio album Orbits album out 26th Nov includes Command single, out 12th Nov Orbits is the latest thrilling installment in Starkey’s ‘street bass’ odyssey. The Philly producer draws on grime, hip-hop, electro, bass music and beyond to blast off with his most accomplished and fully realized album yet. Starkey’s intricately crafted, sci-fi inspired tracks escape the intro-drop-breakdown-drop formula of most dance music thanks to a more expansive, ambitious approach. Epic opener Renegade Starship paves the way for the heavy-hitting Command, which, along with remixes by Plastician, Drums Of Death and others, will be released as a lead single. The album continues to straddle straight club tracks (see The Shuttle, Dystopia) and more ambient offerings (Crashing Sphere, Synchronize) throughout. Huge drums, Southern rap style high hats and Vangelis-like fizzing synths are deployed to dramatic effect, and the energy and aggression of grime pervade the record. Starkey – real name Paul Geissinger, and PJ to friends – has carved out a unique space in electronic music. His explorations in the unnamed airspace between grime and dubstep have earned respect from both camps, despite them being predominately British pursuits and Starkey being an American outsider whose music isn’t solely confined to either genre. Starkey released his debut album 2008′s ‘Ephemeral Exhibits’ and this sophomore, 2010′s ‘Ear Drums and Black Holes’, on the Planet Mu Label. Both received critical acclaim and showcased his unique take on Grime and Bass music. He subsequently released the ‘Space Traitor’ series (Vol.1 & Vol.2) on Civil Music and his genre spanning ‘Open the Pod Bay Doors EP’ on Ninja Tune. Starkey’s music brims with big synths and bigger drums. Hard-edged hip-hop and scything bass mix, at times, mix with almost classical compositions and element, but it’s Grime that remains at the forefront of his sound, ever more so on ‘Orbits’Since his last album Starkey has been doing production work for Tinie Tempah and Foreign Beggars, worked with Kosheen’s Sian Evans, collaborated with Pop princess Charli XCX on single ‘Lost in Space’ and released several collaborations with one time Roll Deep member Trim. Album track and lead single ‘Command’ also gets the Trim treatment appearing as “Light Years” featuring on the MC’s collaboration release with Roachee, “The Nangesst EP” which is out now. P Money, Badness, Durrty Goodz, Kozzie and Merky Ace have also manned the mics for Starkey on releases for ‘No Hats No Hoods’ & ‘Keysound’ amongst others. These collabs sit in his extensive catalog of releases which also includes wax for Werk Discs, Lo Dubs, Rwina and more.Oribits is released by Civil Music on 26th Nov on 2×12” vinyl, CD and digital download and features UV gloss spot artwork by Pete Hawkes.
a1 Starkey – Renegade Starship
a2 Starkey – Command
a3 Starkey – G V Star (Part 1 & Part 2)
b1 Starkey – Thugs
b2 Starkey – Lzr
b3 Starkey – Synchronize
c1 Starkey – Dystopia
c2 Starkey – …and Then God Built the Cosmos
c3 Starkey – Crashing Sphere
d1 Starkey – The Shuttle
d2 Starkey – Magnet
d3 Starkey – Distant Star
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