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Claptrap
HES 014
07 Jun 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Claptrap by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Claptrap - (4:39) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Claptrap by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Level Crossing - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Review: Fresh from the success of last year's sensation, "Grimelight", Joe drops his tightest syncopations yet with the excellent "Claptrap". Drawing heavily from Spanish Flamenco, the title track is an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track using little more than speed claps, sub hits and field recordings that include claps (obviously), coughs and hiccups. It is ridiculously catchy and testament to Joe's neat skills as a producer. "Level Crossing" on the flip, slices up rattling hi-hats and more speedy rhythms as its kicks swing to and fro amongst this loopy jaunt.
Grimelight
HES 007
13 Apr 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Grimelight by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Grimelight - (5:10) 138 BPM
Grimelight by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Rut - (6:03) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Herbsman Hustling: The Missing Remixes
2HS 695
09 Oct 12
Dancehall/Ragga
Herbsman Hustling: The Missing Remixes by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Herbsman Hustling (feat Green JesusGreen Jesus) - (3:38) 152 BPM
Herbsman Hustling: The Missing Remixes by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Herbsman Hustling (feat Kwazar & Gagarin) - (4:06) 86 BPM
Herbsman Hustling: The Missing Remixes by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Herbsman Hustling (feat Mothershipp) - (3:21) 152 BPM
Herbsman Hustling: The Missing Remixes by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Herbman Hustling (original) - (3:59) 152 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Man From Judah
2H 390
24 Jul 12
Dancehall/Ragga
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Bingi Love - (3:42) 118 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Dirty Colours - (4:16) 88 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Fit (feat Konshens) - (8:01) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Green Card (La La La) - (5:08) 89 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Herbsman Hustling - (3:59) 152 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Introduce (feat Ky-Mani Marley & Krayzie Bone) - (5:00) 85 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Not God at All - (5:07) 150 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
One Night (feat Chino) - (3:31) 111 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Rasta Chant - (4:15) 85 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Roots Rock Reggae - (4:00) 148 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Sometimes - (4:34) 90 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Stronger (feat Kemikal & Shanz & The Gideon & The Future Foundation Productions) - (6:13) 160 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Struggles - (3:19) 119 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Tamarind Season - (5:40) 150 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Thoughts (feat Shanz) - (4:56) 138 BPM
Man From Judah by Joe on Equiknoxx Music Cue Track
Vineyard Town (feat Bay C) - (5:50) 95 BPM
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MB
HEK 017
10 Sep 12
Bass
MB by Joe on Hemlock Recordings Cue Track
MB - (5:25) Biggest-selling track on this release
MB by Joe on Hemlock Recordings Cue Track
Studio Power On - (5:15)
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Review: Though the enigmatic Joe may not be the most prolific of producers, having released only a handful of singles for Hessle and Apple Pips since 2009, productions like "Claptrap", "Grimelight" and "Level Crossing" remain some of the most singularly unique club tracks to come out of the UK (or anywhere) in the past few years, utilising a threadbare rhythmic precision that manages to come across as organic rather than sterile. This EP for Hemlock sees him combine this approach with that of the slower, jazz tinged approach of the 116 & Rising compilation highlight "Twice". "MB" is a mere 110BPM and a loopy trip into a collage of old funk samples, while "Studio Power On" is an uptempo "Level Crossing" style oddity with samples including what sounds like someone sawing through wood, and described by the label themselves as "the sounds of 94 Jungle smashed to bits, thrown around a studio and taped back together for 2012". Joe is one of our favourite producers here at Juno HQ, and we can safely say this is one of his best records yet.
Punters Step Out
HEK 022
09 Dec 13
Bass
Punters Step Out by Joe on Hemlock Recordings Cue Track
Punters Step Out - (4:53) Biggest-selling track on this release
Punters Step Out by Joe on Hemlock Recordings Cue Track
Club Scared - (5:42) 138 BPM
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Played by: Christian S
Review: Hemlock amusingly describes this latest batch of Joe greatness as "two highly spirited but deceptively strong sonic cocktails" yet even those familiar with the unassuming producer's previous work on Untold's label and Hessle will be knocked sideways. The title cut from Punters Step Out effortlessly demonstrates Joe's capacity for embracing and channelling weirdness is matched by few of his contemporaries; the track's defining drunken Hammond is warped to an insane degree and smelted to a ruff edged drum lick that will cause all manner of chaos down the dancehall. There's also the similarly great "Club Scared", which seems to be an all too appropriate commentary on people ripping off the likes of Blawan et al. With this and the recent Hessle drop, Joe might just have shut down 2013.
Slope
HES 025
21 Oct 13
Bass
Slope by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Slope - (5:41) Biggest-selling track on this release
Slope by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Maximum Busy Muscle - (6:14)
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Played by: Paul Mac, Usurp, GUTTERS
Review: All has been quiet on the release front at Hessle HQ since the outstand WMD that was Raw Code by Pev & Kowton was issued earlier this year. Such was the magnificence of "Raw Code", Hessle Audio could feasibly not release another record this year and you'd say it was a triumphant 12 months. However, Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound clearly have other plans with the overdue return of Joe the first of two releases from Hessle in the next few months. The publicity shy producer's prior material for Hessle and Hemlock remain some of the multi-faceted bass scene's most distinctive music to date, taking influence from jazz and broken beat as much as it does from the grime and jungle being recomposed by his Hessle pals. Two tracks deep, HES025 features the emotive yet abstract house of "Slope" and "Maximum Busy Muscle", which combines ramshackle drums held together with stray horn samples and masking tape.
Sometimes
843485 071932
03 Feb 10
Dancehall/Ragga
Sometimes by JOE on Equiknoxx Jamaica Cue Track
Sometimes - (4:37) 90 BPM
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Untitled
PIPS 012
28 Jun 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Untitled by Joe on Apple Pips Cue Track
Untitled - (5:30) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Untitled by Joe on Apple Pips Cue Track
Digest - (5:25) 140 BPM
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Played by: Tom Central
Review: Joe emerged last year with the incredible sounds of "Grimelight/Rut" on the famed Hessle Audio label, and now is ready to bring us his second 12" on Appleblim's Apple Pips imprint. Crackling into the audible range with delicately tapping breaks, bongo-thumping beats and soothing sonorous atmospherics, "Untitled" is a touching and melodic exploration into an inner musical consciousness. It's percussive and tribal, with distinct inklings of fellow Hesslers Ramadanman and Pangaea in the rumbling bass and stripped back grooves of the piece. Deeply meditative at its core "Digest", meanwhile, immediately snaps into action, with sizzling synths, woodblock beats and abrasive chords capturing the attention and imagination from the off. Strangely, subtly captivating, it's another finely crafted piece from a highly skilled producer. One thing's for sure?he's not your average Joe.
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