New D&B/Jungle Releases
DISSSLP001PT1 – Survival & Silent Witness – In from the Wild Album pt.1 (vinyl) – 12″ Vinyl
Our first offering from Survival and Silent Witness sets off the tone of what to expect from the full ‘In from the Wild’ package itself and album which seems to morph and twist from all out dance floor brutality to musical genius and back like these 2 artists seem to do so often and so effortlessly. “The Feeding” is a powerful space age drum-shuffled crowd killer whilst “Lights” presents a more musical journey from start to finish, in our eyes it’s a very complete 12″ pick from a very well pieced album. Trust us; this talented duo are taking no prisoners in 2013.Support for the album so far from: Friction (on BBC Radio 1), Laurent Garnier (on his PBB worldwide radio show), London Elektricity (on his Hospital Records Xmas podcast). Select tracks have also received wide support and praise from the likes of Calyx & Teebee, Break, Ant TC1, Nymfo (as featured on his Fabric mix), Xtrah, Youngsta, Octane, DLR, Skeptical, Artificial Intelligence, DBR UK, Basher, Mindscape, Lynx, Cern, Hybris, Ruckspin, June Miller and Gerra & Stone.
a Survival & Silent Witness – The Feeding (Drum intro mix)
aa Survival & Silent Witness – Lights
UM011 – Mikal – Spiritual / The Chant (Rido Remix) – 12″ Vinyl
Mikal’s ‘Spiritual’ is inspired by the sounds of classic Metalheadz. A relaxed atmosphere soon gives way to a thunderous kick drum and warped bass. It is easy to hear how this vinyl cut has been hammering clubs across the world.On the flip continues Utopia’s desire to push for consistent quality. Rido performs his remix duties of ‘The Chant’ most admirably. Dream-inducing atmospherics introduce this one, lulling us as the break builds up from the back of the mix into a climatic drop of beat and bass weight combined with the most meaty bass stab for the turnaround soldiers.DJ support from Andy C, Friction, Goldie, Break and many distinguished others.
a Mikal – Spiritual
b Mikal – The Chant (Rido Remix)
NARRATIVES004 – Overlook / Blocks & Escher – Three Shards / Embers – 12″ Vinyl
In a year that has seen the label grow from infancy to an outlet receiving acclaim far beyond its years; Narratives has found its way into the record boxes of the scenes elite including Rockwell, Friction, Teebee, Loxy & Marcus Intalex to name a few and whilst maintaining the 170 bpm tempo, has caught the attention of other genres by ways of DJ’s Laurent Garnier, Kuedo, and Rob Da Bank.The previous single closed 2012 on a high and saw the label earning Single of the Year awards (Everyday Junglist), a place in BBC Radio 1’s Drum and Bass 2012 round up, and the blessing of pioneer Goldie who described Narratives Music as “This is art”.Narratives Music marks its first year as a label with release number four and with it, the first piece of original music to grace the label from an artist other than label owners Blocks and Escher. The young talent Overlook steps up to deliver a track capturing the very ethos of the label and continues from where Narratives 003 left off. Cinematic soundscapes give way to a rhythm work out that nods to the works of Photek and Source Direct but drags and kicks those sounds into the future. Relentless and unnerving this one never stays still, progressing and developing for what seems a super short 7 minutes.Blocks and Escher retake the reigns for the flip side and remind us that this label will never be pigeon holed, it wants to surprise. ‘Embers’ unleashes again the emotive keys and melancholic synths revealed previously in this pairs music but carries a weight and character that takes it far beyond shoe gazing ambient. It feels like a track pulling against the chains of DnB and as a contrast to the other side of the single, leaves the listener in wonder of where the label is heading next.Mixmag D&B Single of the Month – March 2013.Teebee – “I love how they don’t give a fuck about fitting the norm Refreshing. Future.”Ulterior Motive – “Love this single”Skeptical – “Play this every set and have done for a while.”DJ Support includes: Goldie, Teebee, Skeptical, Loxy, Paradox, Doc Scott, Ulterior Motive.
a Overlook – Three Shards
b Blocks & Escher – Embers
New D&B/Jungle Promos
AM008 – Alaska & Robert Manos – Zeal – 12″ Vinyl
Alaska & Robert Manos reunite for arguably Arctic Music’s finest 12” to date.Zeal glides with layers of searing bows from the cello reminiscent of Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. The passion oozing from its strings fit Robert Manos’s vocals like a glove taking you on a orchestral and powerful journey with Alaska’s pacey breaks.The 12” art jacket is based on the glorious instrument adding that special touch to the eight Arctic Music chapter.Alaska & Robert Manos revisit Dolorous for the flipside, stripping down the original vibe and replacing the vinyl grooves with a cracking breakbeat that sells the track on it’s own.This special version adds a live touch to the classic from The Mesozoic Era LP and is just one of the titles that the duo will be performing live in 2013.
a Alaska & Robert Manos – Zeal
aa Alaska & Robert Manos – Dolorous [v]
DIS064 – Sabre & Cern / Cern – Pinch Me / Hollow Moon – 12″ Vinyl
Dispatch already leading the pack nicely into early 2013 without any pause to stand still or catch a breath!Straight off the back of the epic year opener; the “In from the Wild” LP from long standing scene heavyweights Survival and Silent Witness… DIS064 follows straight up with 3 stone cold slabs of driving tech tinged Dance floor devastation.Lead track “Pinch Me” is brought to you courtesy of one third of this years most hotly tipped production powerhouse ‘Ivy Lab’ with Lab member Sabre joining forces with the hugely talented Cern for an outing that is already leaving a trail of destruction on all of the most important dance floors, being played by every DJ in the scene including exclusive upfront support by DJ Friction’s on his BBC Radio 1 show.In perfect compliment the A side of this release is backed up incredibly by two solo outings from Cern himself following up the heat in equal measure with “Hollow Moon” and with the bonus digital exclusive “Confession”.We wont bang on about how “amazing” these are, that goes without saying and with an unfaltering commitment to nothing but the highest standard of quality music we know the proof lies within the listening.. So simply let your ears do the deciding and jump in and treat yourself to 3 great new tracks from 2 very talented artists.2013 is evidently going to be a golden year for what is rapidly becoming the scenes most followed and talked about label and DIS064 brings another amazing release to add to the catalogue.
a Sabre & Cern – Pinch Me
aa Cern – Hollow Moon
CRIT069 – Mefjus / Mefjus & Kasra – Signalz / Cypher – 12″ Vinyl
Emerging last year as Austria’s latest drum & bass talent to take the world by storm, Martin Mefjus as been on a serious roll with his music featuring heavily in the sets of the scenes biggest players. Never ones to rest on their laurels Critical were listening and snapped him up all for themselves as the latest to join the Critical roster alongside Enei, Foreign Concept, Xtrah and Emperor. Now as he readies his debut solo release on the label, Mefjus looks set to take things up a gear.‘Signalz’ has been damaging dance floors at Critical events across the land these past few months and now it’s time to get up close and personal with this utterly disgusting beast of a tune and see what the fuss is about. The build up is all epic pads and smattering percussion but it’s the main event with its colossal bass drone and frenetic drums that’s gonna grab you and never let go until the next tune drops in. Watch for the sick edits and switches to keep you on your toes. Truly big, stinking and nasty!Next up label boss Kasra joins forces with the young Austrian on another absolute belting slice of technoid drum & bass that’s been getting Critical’s Fabric sessions in all sorts of bother of late. ‘Cypher’ is pure future with the synth stabs to match and bassline to smash, showing some strong sturdy roots for possibly a few more collaborations from these two. Wait and see…
a Mefjus – Signalz
b Mefjus & Kasra – Cypher
CONGOBASS002 – La La and Boo Ya Ft. Lady Chann & Congo Natty – Lioness – 12″ Vinyl
La La & the Boo Ya are Marf & Eddie, a sibling collaboration based in West Yorkshire, UK. They describe the music they create as “songs for dancefloors and kitchen tables”. Music is in their blood, and the eclectic flavours they grew up with have shaped their unpinnable sound. Be it their dad’s John Peel cassettes or their uncle’s ska band, family folk songs round the fire or mum’s car speakers pumping soul and reggae, big sister’s Smiths records or big bro’s jungle-mania – it’s all there, with plenty more to boot.They cut teeth with their skills and got hooked on bass music during the latter half of the 90s. At the tender age of 15, Eddie was resident DJ at a Leeds jungle night and went on to study Music Tech in Huddersfield. Around the same time Marf was giving her voice it’s first proper outing on the streets of Ireland and on returning home fell in love with the UK free party scene and festival circuit.It wasn’t until the late noughties that the two actually started writing and producing together as La La & the Boo Ya. It’s no surprise to learn that Eddie’s introcate rhythmic stylings are thanks to a teenage love of playing the drums, his signature style has beats fall over themselves like a half-cut body popper maintaining impossible balance. There’s a fair bit of genre teasing – flitting between electro, ragga, folk, break-beat, funk, dubstep and tear-out jungle. The basslines jump from dirty and distorted to bouncy and playful. It’s this sense of fun that binds together the creative flows of brother and sister. Marf has the lyrical ability to be sincere and tongue in cheek at the same time, part folk songstress and part rude gal – her husky tones pack a punch as, from song to song, she veers from the very personal to the downright political, discussing 21st century environments with sweet melodies and brutal honesty.LL&BY’s first gig was offered by a promoter friend, who’d heard their bedroom produced muckabouts and had faith that they were worthy of entertaining a bass loving crowd. To have enough material to fill a half hour slot – LL&BY had to write at least two thirds of their set specifically for the gig. And it’s kind of gone that way ever since. The novelty of decent homemade dance music accompanied by live vocals was enough to secure them regular gigs at local club nights and free parties. They accrued an underground following through shared mp3s of their lo-fi productions and eventually led to a number of festival slots.In 2010, a mutual friend introduced Congo Natty to the music of La La & the Boo Ya. Since then, Marf has appeared on stage at many a Congo Natty dance and his forthcoming album features his own take of La La & the Boo Ya’s ‘Junglist Soldiers’ as well as Marf’s guest vocalings throughout the album. LL&BY’s sense of family and music as priority has secured a long lasting working relationship with the Congo Natty Fam and their debut single ‘Lioness’ is out March 2013 on the new Congo Natty Bass label. The single is going out as a double A side – the flipside being a Congo Natty / Vital Elements (Serial Killaz) remix featuring the UK’s dancehall queen Lady Chann.
a La La and Boo Ya Ft. Lady Chann & Congo Natty – Lioness
aa La La and Boo Ya Ft. Lady Chann & Congo Natty – Lioness (Vital Elements Remix)
UM002 – Survival / Mako & Mute – Traveller / Connexion (The Sect Remix)
UM003 – Break / Mako & Survival – Guilty Pleasures / Freedom From Duality
UM004 – Villem – Provide / Red Matter
New Dubstep/Bass Music Releases
TEAL007 – Beastie Respond – Fictitious Nostalgia LP Sampler – 12″ Vinyl
The seventh release on Copenhagen’s Teal Recordings is a little hint of what can be expected from Beastie Respond first full length album. The A-side on the EP is a collaboration between Beastie Respond and the anonymous singer Alia Fresco. The lush and soulful vibes makes this song a worthy successor to Beastie Respond’s debut release Syncopy. This track has received frequent radio airplay in Denmark as well as Londons Rinse.fm including dj-support from the likes of dBridge, Loxy and Blocks. The B-side features the dusty dnb track ‘UL90′ and the melodic ‘Jetliner’ exclusively featured on this sampler. Essential release.
a Beastie Respond – Wait For Me
b1 Beastie Respond – UL90
b2 Beastie Respond – Jetliner
PSQ008 – Craig McWhinney – Make Your Mess – 12″ Vinyl
The first release on Project Squared in a year, ‘Make Your Mess’ is a three track EP by Melbourne’s Craig McWhinney. Craig has been making music for years and releasing since the late 2000s on Melbourne labels such as Pinksilver, Melbourne Deepcast and his own Haul Music; also on labels based further afield such as Brendon Moeller’s Steadfast and Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe.Craig’s music is Techno, but it isn’t preoccupied with the 4/4, employing broken, swung and rolling drum patterns. His tracks often include melodic and harmonic elements and effects reminiscent of Dub Techno but without conforming to the pastiche template of the sub-genre.The Make Your Mess EP is composed of the core title track and two additional tracks that arose as interpretations and variations on the initial production: ‘Provocation Is An Excuse’ is more furious and loud, ‘Disengage’ is more restrained. All three are around 125 bpm and were produced in the space of a month between September and October 2012.
a Craig McWhinney – Make Your Mess
b1 Craig McWhinney – Provocation Is An Excuse
b2 Craig McWhinney – Disengage
ARTKL006 – Perverse – Tesla – 12″ Vinyl
ARTKL006 marks the label’s first release in 2013 and the second installment on Artikal Music by Perverse. Having proved their outstanding production skills on The Iceman EP (ARTKL002), the Kiwi duo return to demonstrate their versatility and continual artistic growth.The A-side ‘Tesla’, is a militant siege of guerrilla layered synths fused with a collateral drum pattern to devastate the dancefloor with detrimental effect. A trademark eerie soundscape is closely pursued by an embellishing riff of melodic stabs before the entire rhythm is infiltrated by razor steel drums, loosely slung synths and sub-bass movement.‘Timelapse’ on the flip, is a more cinematic affair revealing the duo’s ability to write poetic music with a capacity to touch the inner soul. A hypnotic soundscape cocooned by an abundance of sonic elements captivates your attention from the very first bar; from the intricately delayed double snares and light rhythmical taps to the pulsating synth quivering beneath the resonating sub-bass. The harmonic octaves which glide over the atmospheric textures continue to liberate the mind with a sense of tranquil nostalgia. The sound of trickling water adds the final majestic touch.The digital exclusive is once again evidence that Perverse continue to challenge themselves musically. ‘Unexpected’, perhaps an apt title for its hybrid aesthetics is driven by a rich, full-bodied bassline underpinning the licks of meticulous percussion, warping Reese synths, and tech infused blips encircling the palpitating tones.
a Perverse – Tesla
b Perverse – Timelapse
DEEPD008 – Biome – Light – 12″ Vinyl
Biome and Deep Heads have been on top form of late and this single shows us exactly why the label and the mighty Biome are blowing up in such a big way. “Light” is a breaky, rolling production with an abundance of sub low beauty. On the flip “Havana” gets the Biome VIP treatment that gives this Deep Heads classic a new, fresh feeling that is simply a joy on the ear drums.Lastly on the B2 cut, “Nightscape” hears Biome go down that dark and tribal road that so many of us are a custom to. All in all a smashing 12!Support comes from the usual suspects: N-Type, Hatcha, Kryptic Minds, Synkro, Indigo, Killawatt, Ipman to name a few.
a Biome – Light
b1 Biome – Havana VIP
b2 Biome – Nightscape (Deep Mix)
PLATTER003 – Al Tourettes & Paradroid – Reality Hostess / Brother Rides The Jailhorse – 12″ Vinyl
After the delectable and somewhat surprising first dishes served up on the Schmorgasbord by Appleblim & October and S-Max & Spatial in 2011, the label has been slow-cooking its next wares for maximum intensity of flavour, drafting in two chefs of wild international repute shunned from the Michelin star regime and forced into renegade culinary exploits that use food (or music) as merely a vessel for their twisted science.Al Tourettes has zapped many a taste bud in his time, bastardising the fundamental ingredients of electro, funk and techno and marinating in a glutinous psychedelia as organic as it is mechanised. Previous satisfied bellies have included Apple Pips and the soundtrack to Oscar-devouring, Portman- ravaging movie par excellence Black Swan. In the near future you can expect to find Al stimulating taste buds via the new, Fabric-backed powerhouse Houndstooth.Paradroid channels his own dietary expertise from a more intergalactic source made up largely of science-fiction and tasting much like a colour you’ve never seen. While a taste sensation with underlying notes of house and techno can be detected, it’s a flavour grossly embellished with creatine micro-samples and MSG effects trickery. Prior to preparing this dish he was largely to be found quelling the hunger pangs of such esteemed labels as Adjunct, Snork Enterprises, Orac, Force Inc. and Boogizm.On this release, both chefs collide their styles with gusto as seemingly distant approaches rub up against each other surprisingly naturally (for such unnatural initial creations).
1 Al Tourettes – Reality Hostess
2 Al Tourettes – Reality Hostess (Paradroid Electronic Bear Hug Remix)
3 Paradroid – Brother Rides The Jailhorse
4 Paradroid – Brother Rides The Jailhorse (Al Tourettes Remix)
New Dubstep/Bass Music Promos
BR002 – EL-B Ft. MC D-Twist – Club Music (Keep The Club Moving) – 12″ Vinyl
brand new cut from EL-B on bison recordings.
a EL-B Ft. MC D-Twist – Club Music (Keep The Club Moving)
aa EL-B Ft. MC D-Twist – Ghost In Ur Stereo
PNTS004 – Alex Coulton – Too Much Talk – 12″ Vinyl
New Alex Coulton on 92 points with remixes from Tessela and Beneath
a Alex Coulton – Too Much Talk
b1 Alex Coulton – Too Much Talk (Tessela Remix)
b2 Alex Coulton – Too Much Talk (Beneath Remix)
POLY001 – Tessela – Hackney Parrot – 12″ Vinyl
POLY KICKS is a new UK label run by Ed Russell AKA Tessela. First single is the much anticipated Hackney Parrot backed with Helter Skelter. Both tracks are rich with the sounds of early UK hardcore and show Tessela continuing on his breakneck rhythmic explorations. Expect rough percussive workouts and quality control of the highest order.Support from Jackmaster, Loefah, Pangaea, Pearson Sound, Paul Wollford, Truss, Modeselektor, Addison Groove.
a Tessela – Hackney Parrot
b Tessela – Helter Skelter
Dubstep/Bass Music Restocks
MS010 – RSD – Dancehall Rock ft Ricky Ranking / Too Much War
LAB014 – Cluekid – Dolphin / Fossil
New Electronic/House/Techno CD
GCW02LP – James Cook – Sleep Deep, Mountain King – CD
James Cook joins the Greta Cottage Workshop stable, presenting his interpretation of a worthwhile selection – a mind bending and fragmented library of intermittent sound offs. Chugging through delicate harmonic sequences laden with hard tinged abrasive discordance, we get introduced into a foray of whimsically possessed ideas glued together with intent. Sleep Deep, Mountain King broadens any assumptions that an electronica higher plateau can’t be reached without sticking to one tedious and tenacious formula.
1 James Cook – Staten 20/20
2 James Cook – Half As Well
3 James Cook – Plastic Foliage
4 James Cook – Attica
5 James Cook – Druid
6 James Cook – Same Grey
7 James Cook – You Feel It
8 James Cook – Paisley
9 James Cook – Late Frost
10 James Cook – She Remains Ethereal
NONPLUSCD004 – Various Artists – Think And Change – CD x 2
Think & Change album available in CD format.
CD1 1 Boddika & Joy Orbison – &Fate – 5:29
CD1 2 Lowtec – The Rythym (Remix 2) – 4:31
CD1 3 Four Tet – For These Times – 6:07
CD1 4 Boddika – Beats Me -
CD1 5 Pearson Sound – Quivver -
CD1 6 Endian – Straight Intention -
CD1 7 Kassem Mosse – IP Mirrors -
CD2 1 Instra:mental & dBridge – White Snares -
CD2 2 Martyn – Bad Chicago -
CD2 3 Boddika & Joy Orbison – Mercy (Boddikas VIP) -
CD2 4 Kassem Mosse – Broken Patterns -
CD2 5 SCB – Dissipate -
CD2 6 Basic Soul Unit – Untoward -
CD2 7 Skudge – Irie -
New Electronic/House/Techno Releases
HFT027 – Dense & Pika – Crispy Duck – 12″ Vinyl
Breaking onto the scene in 2011 with a series of hand‐stamped white label 12-inches, anonymous duo Dense & Pika re‐emerge for their debut on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. ‘Crispy Duck,’ their 3‐track take on modern underground techno, kicks off with a chugging A side, giving serious nods to Detroit and beyond with it’s deadly shuffle. On the flip, Dense and Pika claim the dancefloor with ‘Coil’ a tripped out up‐tempo techno track, abound with hi‐hats and fist-‐pumps, followed by ’31′, a rough and ready tune that melds 4/4 with acid and dub grooves. Doing their best to remain incognito, the duo are on course to make 2013 their year. Huge early support from Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Midland, Will Saul.
a Dense & Pika – Crispy Duck
b1 Dense & Pika – Coil
b2 Dense & Pika – 31
ACLBL006 – Nphonix – Tactix EP – 12″ Vinyl
The first release on Audio Culture of 2013 comes courtesy of relative newcomer Nphonix.We say relative because the Moscow born and bred Nphonix has a string of releases under his belt on acclaimed labels in the drum n’ bass genre. As of late he has been experimenting with slower tempos and this is his first offering around the 130bpm mark. The EP showcases Nphonix’ diversity as a producer with 5 distinctly different tracks, touching on house, techno and electro which all share his love for dense and intense production.
a1 Nphonix – Tactix
b1 Nphonix – Don’t I Feel
b2 Nphonix – Naimina (Dub)
NIX006 – Nisse Nilson – All The Memories EP – 12″ Vinyl
Christmas was a while ago, and New Year burnt the last of the cash. It’s January, everyone’s broke and we need a little love in our lives. Thank God then that NIX006 is here; Frankfurt’s 19 year-old Nisse Nilson brings us just what’s needed to blow the failed resolution blues away and get us thinking about how much great music there is to be had in 2013.And what a title to start the release on! “All The Memories” is a seriously sexy number thatcombines twin snares with enough snap to leave you truly shocked with a murky Dankendirekt style vocal that creeps up incessantly until the first real drop. A wonderful Rhodes breakdown (everyone loves a Rhodes) allows a short respite before those drums work their magic on your head as well as your feet.“Tanz Akte B” takes a different route to the same crowd moving effect. Incorporating a naturalshuffle in the shaker with an 808 kick style bassline, it doesn’t take long for the track’s seriousbounce to infect the most leaden footed of revellers. A smattering of echoey chords and another gloopy vocal keeps the track evolving.The B-side opens with “I Need It” and the proof is in the title. This track will worm its way intoyour head and roll around for days. The drop is a jaw to the floor moment with a piercing hi-hat playing around the twin basslines to massive effect. If anything, the second drop is even bigger than the first, coming as it does when expectation is peaked.To round out the release, Nisse slows things down – the swirling chords and natural soundsacting as the sighs at the end of a particularly heavy evening, represented here in the drivingdrum track. A marimba rhythm slowly brings things back to the energetic high we’ve come toexpect, and the hi hat it drags with it has hands in the air till the end.Nixwax prides itself on the stellar quality of its producers, and Nisse Nilson is no exception.Getting bodies moving is often thought of as the defining motivation for the production ofelectronic music, and NIX006 can boogie with the best of them. Don’t think, however, that this is to the detriment of cohesion and musicality. NIX006 works as a collection of banging tracks but also as a wonderful whole, one that demands and rewards repeated listens in equal measure.
a1 Nisse Nilson – All The Memories
a2 Nisse Nilson – Tanz Acte B
b1 Nisse Nilson – I Need It
b2 Nisse Nilson – Kleinstadtkinder
New Electronic/House/Techno Promos
NONPLUSLP004 – Various Artists – Think And Change – 12″ Vinyl x 5
Extremely limited edition 5×12” boxset, individually numbered and includes free download card for the digital bundle.
a Boddika & Joy Orbison – &Fate
b Lowtek – The Rhythym (Remix 2)
c Four Tet – For These Times
d Boddika – Beats Me
e Pearson Sound – Quivver
f Endian – Straight Intention
g Joy Orbison – Big Room Tech House Dj Tool – TIP!
h Kassem Mosse – IP Mirrors
i Instra:mental & dBridge – White Snares
j Martyn – Bad Chicago
HFT028 – South London Ordnance – Revolver / Transmission Funk – 12″ Vinyl
2012 was without doubt the breakthrough year for South London Ordnance. In the space of twelve months the 23 year old artist put out three separate 12”s alongside a five track EP, which garnered support from Jamie XX, Scuba, Benji B, Mary Ann Hobbes, Mosca, Claude Vonstroke, Richie Hawtin and more. His jungle-advised, finely honed productions also rightly earned him notable mention in several annual end of year roundups including DJ Mag’s Best of British 2012, XLR8R’s 4th Best New Act of 2012 (alongside Disclosure and Karenn), and Time Out UK’s DJs to Watch in 2013. With this debut outing on Hotflush Recordings scheduled for March, 2013 is set to be yet another strong year for the young producer.
a South London Ordnance – Revolver
b South London Ordnance – Transmission Funk
CCB12009 – French Fries – Everything / White Screen / D’Angelo – 12″ Vinyl
Off the back of his second club-shaking EP for CVS’s DirtyBird imprint, Paris’ ghetto mastermind producer is back for his 3rd outing on his own label ClekClekBoom. After dropping their inaugural release, the stellar ‘Champagne/Hugz (ft. Bambounou)’, at the end of 2011 it seems fitting that French Fries return to kick-off 2013 with the label’s 9th release.A-side ‘Everything’ brings together flanged percussion, vast, atmospheric strings and a stumbling Detroit acid bass used in as a Pulse. The first B-side, ‘White Screen’ is a Chicago style 909 jam complete with rapid-fire hats and techno stabs driven by piercing claps laden with old-school 80s-era reverb. The final tune, ‘D’Angelo’, sees French Fries slow the tempo and bring together rippling atmospherics, a ‘Yo Vogue’ style bassline and washed-out synths for this Detroit-inspired, double B-side homage to The Wire’s D’Angelo Barksdale… Let the boy be.The use of bold, futuristic effects and percussive subtleties combined with an astute aptitude for clarity and fullness of sound makes for yet another destructive French Fries and ClekClekBoom EP. This shrewd blend of experimentalism and dancefloor bass-weight means CCB009 is likely to turn up in a wide range of record bags.
a French Fries – Everything
b1 French Fries – White Screen
b2 French Fries – D’Angelo
LIVITY005 – Pev – Aztec Chant – 12″ Vinyl
Vinyl only Livity Sound 12″.
a Pev – Aztec Chant
b Pev – Livity
IDLE017 – Rhythmic Theory – Legacy Of The Lost – 12″ Vinyl
We never forget our roots here at Idle Hands. For people of a certain age the wild experiments of Jungle and DnB remain close to our hearts. Whilst scenes, sounds and trends may wax and wane that visceral feeling of chest rattling bass is something we hold on to. Rhythmic Theory is one producer who like us, never forgot. Here we present two tunes deeply indebted to those times. It must be stated though, you will not find any amen breaks or ragga samples here; Instead, this up and coming Bristol producer transposes the atmospheres and deadly subs to a techno template. ‘Legacy of the Lost’ and ‘Riveted’ follow on from two well received vinyl only release on BRSTL and his own self titled label. Both tracks are immaculately crafted hardware jams that are designed solely with sound system use in mind.”
a Rhythmic Theory – Legacy Of The Lost
b Rhythmic Theory – Riveted
GIVE01 – Duke Dumont – The Giver (Locked Groove Remix)