Convexations EP
302401 4D
01 Jan 14
Bass
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Convexations - (5:05)
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Falling Again - (5:23) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Order Into Chaos (digital bonus track) - (5:45)
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Played by: Posthuman, Heartthrob
Review: Considering the rich vein of form Al Bleek has enjoyed as Boddika of late, Martyn's 3024 seems the perfect launch pad for Jon Convex - the solo endeavour of Bleek's Instra:mental cohort Damon Kirkham. Convexations is purportedly the first of a raft of releases across a number of labels for the Convex moniker and you can commence finger licking now, as the two productions here are perfect breakout material. The title track sets the tone, commencing in dramatic fashion before quickly settling into menacing Detroit electro pulse of rattling percussion, sputtering chords dipped with intensity and uneasy vocal flourishes. Complementing this is "Falling Down" with tight percussive rhythms, drowned out warm vocal swirls and rich sounding bass patterns - the end result being much more than the sum of its parts, especially when the array of thick chord washes join the party!

Lied To Be Loved
302401 8
01 Jan 14
Bass
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Lied To Be Loved (feat DBridge) - (5:24)
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Zero - (4:30) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stay (feat DBridge) - (5:01)
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Review: It was an important year for Jon Convex and after his spectacular collaborative album with his Instra:Mental brother, Boddika, he needed to continue delivering the goods. London's 3024 has been his closest imprint, having released a string of fantastic releases for the label. The title track features the debaucheries of D&B legend, dBridge, where the pair have conjured a monter track, filled with swarming slices of bass, shifty drums and smooth vocals. "Zero" places its thumping drums next to bleepy melodies and a seriously odd bass line - a certified booty shaker! "Stay" is a gentler hymn, aided once again by dBridge's mastery, where 4/4 beats meet with anthemic piano keys and ludicrously seductive bass tones.
Radar
NONPLUS 015
01 Aug 11
Electro
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Radar - (5:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vacuum States - (6:07) 128 BPM
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Zone 17: Force
63899
25 Aug 14
Techno
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Force - (6:07) 128 BPM
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Snake - (5:07) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: Listening to Force, it's hard to believe that Damon Kirkham was once involved with Instra:mental. Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a more disconnected path to his former guise than the one he ventures down here. The title track has a closer bearing to Kirkham's other releases as Jon Convex in that it teems with snare rolls, Chicago kettle drums and an ominous bassline. However, at its core is a baseline so brutal and oppressive that it sounds like Borghesia or Laibach on speed. "Snake" is even more explicit in how Kirkham wears his influences and its oppressive low end pulses and doom vocal sound like a modern, techno tribute to Front 242.
Anger Levels
BNRTRAX 040
23 Feb 15
Techno
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A Good Woman - (7:38) 122 BPM
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Disconnect YRSLF - (6:16) 123 BPM
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Anger Levels - (6:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Transient - (5:07) 128 BPM
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Played by: Sanderson Dear
Bump & Grind/Closer
CONVEX 001
19 Dec 11
Breakbeat
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Bump & Grind - (5:05) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Closer - (5:05) 132 BPM
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Idoru EP2
CONVEX 004
30 Jul 12
Minimal/Tech House
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What I Need (feat Velvit) - (5:32) 128 BPM
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Aversion - (7:08) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Desolation - (5:58) 86 BPM
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Four Faces - (5:32) 128 BPM
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Idoru
CONVEXLP 001
13 Aug 12
Minimal/Tech House
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Fade - (4:35) 129 BPM
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New Model - (5:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What I Need (feat Velvit) - (5:33) 128 BPM
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Four Faces - (5:33) 128 BPM
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Aversion - (7:08) 126 BPM
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About Her - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Shadows - (5:00) 128 BPM
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Desolation - (5:58) 86 BPM
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No Love (feat Breakage) - (5:46) 124 BPM
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Idoru - (6:16) 126 BPM
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Idoru EP1
CONVEX 003
02 Jul 12
Techno
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Fade - (4:37) 129 BPM
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New Model - (5:06) 128 BPM
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Shadows - (5:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fade (G Vump remix) - (3:44) 140 BPM
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With You
CONVEXDIGI 001
02 Sep 13
Balearic/Downtempo
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With You - (4:02) 55 BPM
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With You (Kid Drama remix) - (5:25) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Negative Action
CONVEX 011
11 Sep 15
Techno
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Negative Action - (7:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sudden Visitor - (6:13) 126 BPM
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Atlantis - (5:29) 131 BPM
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Day After Day (Matrixxman remix)
CONVEX 010
24 Jul 15
Techno
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Jon Convex - "Day After Day" (Matrixxman remix) - (5:54) 129 BPM
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Light Year - "Inside" (feat Louisahhh - Mr G remix) - (7:31) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: While Convex has focused more on his Kid Drama alter ego over the past year, this split release shows that he is still highly adept at delivering underground techno. Available here in remixed format from the ubiquitous Matrixxman, "Day After Day" swirls and bleeps hypnotically, its tones and almost catchy chords sounding like a cross between Sleeparchive and Ian Pooley. On the flip, Convex has commissioned Light Year's "Inside". Again, it is only released in a remixed format, with Mr G underpinning the infectious hooks and mysterious vocal sample with the kind of tough tribal beats that have become his signature.
Losing Time/TX
CIV 057D
25 Nov 13
Bass
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Losing Time - (5:15) Biggest-selling track on this release
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TX - (5:41)
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TX (Ore remix) - (8:26)
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TX (dBridge remix) - (3:58)
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Played by: Shadow Dancer, Max Riolo
Review: Sidling up to Civil Music for his latest salvo of muscular electro-techno, Jon Convex is showing no signs of going soft as his solo project continues to mature into a sizable back catalogue. "Losing Time" is a rough and tumble of leering bass notes and biting drums, but there's still space for a drawn out melancholic breakdown that swirls in a vat of pads before launching back into the guttural main groove. "TX" on the other hand comes on like a merry-go-round of chugging beats and delirious synth lines aimed squarely at twisting up the minds of all present when the clarion call rings out over a sizable system. Ore is on hand to deliver an industrial-tinged revision of the track, while dBridge drops some stellar Autonomic-style half-step sci-fi considerations on his own remix.
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