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More Games (remix)/Too Much Time Has Passed (remix)
LIVITY 013
04 Feb 15
Techno
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Kowton - "More Games" (MM KM More Names mix) - (5:21) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asusu - "Too Much Time Has Passed" (Dresvn remix) - (6:45) 131 BPM
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Surge (remix)/Vapours (remix)
LIVITY 009
04 Feb 15
Techno
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Peverelist/Asusu - "Surge" (MMM remix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
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Peverelist/Kowton - "Vapours" (Pangaea remix) - (7:35) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kowton vs Dusk EP
LDN 025
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Dusk - "Fraction" - (5:31) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "Fraction" (Kowton remix) - (5:36) 138 BPM
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Kowton - "Looking At You" - (5:50) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With 2011 being Keysound's most prolific year to date, the label enters 2012 with a fantastic EP from two of the label's old hands, Dusk and Kowton. Utilising a clipped UK Funky beat and restless sub with symphonic ambience, Dusk's "Fraction" expertly channels its rhythmic intensity, while Kowton's rework highlights the production's darker corners, utilising sinister melodies and collage-like movie samples to nightmarish effect. Kowton's "Looking At You" is up next; taking a brittle Destiny's Child sample as its main hook, it manages to sidestep the problems usually associated with contemporary R&B sampling by keeping its melodic elements to a minimum, concentrating on shackled garage rhythms and a growling undercurrent of bass. It's more overtly contemporary than his recent material for [Naked Lunch] and Idle Hands, but still has all the unmistakable hallmarks of his unique sound.
Basic Music Knowledge
IDLE 003
03 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Basic Music Knowledge - (6:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hunger - (6:22)
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Review: Kowton (aka Joe Cowton) is the latest in a proud and distinguished line of Bristol based bass music producers, and his two track EP on the fledgling Idle Hands imprint (also based in Bristol) is nothing short of superb. Treading the grey area between house, techno and dubstep, "Basic Music Knowledge" utilises a shuffling house beat and cut-up garage vocals, much in the same vein as Ramadanman and Midland's recent EP on Will Saul's Aus Music. On the flip, "Hunger" is like a subtle, pitched down slice of deep techno hiding behind clunking rhythms and uncertain beat.
She Don't Jack
IDLE 005
31 Jan 11
Minimal/Tech House
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She Don't Jack - (5:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drunk On Sunday - (5:39) 118 BPM
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Played by: Junoplus
Basic Music Knowledge
IDLE 003
21 Jun 10
Deep House
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Basic Music Knowledge - (6:42) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hunger - (6:22) 113 BPM
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Played by: NYMA
Never Liked Dancing
IDLE 011
14 May 12
Bass
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Never Liked Dancing - (5:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Track Mute - (5:50)
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More Games/Jam01
LIVITY 004
14 Apr 12
Techno
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More Games - (5:41) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jam01 - (6:25) 117 BPM
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Never Liked Dancing
IDLE 011
30 Apr 12
Bass
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Never Liked Dancing - (5:53) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Track Mute - (5:50)
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: With the dust barely settled from his last grime-infused monster on Livity Sound, Bristol's Kowton returns on the city's premier label at the bass/house/techno intersection, Idle Hands. "Never Liked Dancing" is classic Kowton - raw, stripped back drum machine rhythms, sprung bass, all twisted into unique shapes that hint at sinister figures lurking in the shadows. "Track Mute" meanwhile takes that simmering energy and turns the heat right up, as rapid stabs, laser FX and a churning low end intermingle in a sweaty Stokes Croft basement vibe. As with any Kowton release, this is essential.
Stasis
LDN 013
11 Jan 12
UK Garage
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Stasis (G mix) - (8:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Countryman - (7:26) 127 BPM
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Utility
LIVITY 019
15 Apr 16
Techno
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Comments Off - (4:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Scido - (4:50) 123 BPM
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Balance - (4:56) 132 BPM
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Sleep Chamber - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Some Cats - (3:09) 109 BPM
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Loops 1 - (4:06) 160 BPM
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Bubbling Under - (5:05) 128 BPM
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A Bluish Shadow - (3:44) 164 BPM
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Shots Fired - (5:42) 126 BPM
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Review: The steady rise of Joe Cowton has been such that Utility, his long-awaited debut album, is arguably one of the most hotly anticipated techno sets of 2016. Happily, it's a fine set, brilliantly showcasing his instinctive way with booming, stripped-back drum patterns, sparse textures, and alien electronics. While there are forays into more house leaning pastures - see the dreamy, metallic shuffle of "Scido" - and cascading ambience ("Some Cats" and "A Bluish Shadow"), it's naturally the album's more bombastic, club-ready stompers that really stand out. These include two subtle reinventions of early British bleep techno ("Balance" and "Shots Fired") that aptly showcase the London-based producer's Northern roots.
On Repeat/Holding Patterns
LIVITY 017
25 Sep 15
Techno
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On Repeat - (6:10) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Holding Patterns - (6:33) 127 BPM
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Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Following on from the rip-roaring impact of Pev & Hodge's 21 Versions single, Kowton returns to the Livity homestead with two new tracks that further expand on the intriguing new pastures the label is moving into. The rasping drums are still present in abundance, but they're laden with an alien melodic cargo that bring a welcome dose of warmth into the surroundings. "On Repeat" in particular builds into a most beautiful of synth-led breakdowns before ripping back into primal, bleep driven bass business. "Holding Patterns" meanwhile whips up a straight-edged techno throwdown of the highest order, peppered with cosmic sound effects from the kosmische school of processing.
Whities 002
WHYTDS 002
21 Aug 15
Deep House
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Glock & Roll - (5:20) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bits & Pieces - (5:11) 126 BPM
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Doing Nothing - (5:00) 123 BPM
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Space Mechanics - (7:04) 118 BPM
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Mirror Song EP
BW 005B
26 May 13
Bass
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Mirror Song - (5:37) Biggest-selling track on this release
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And What? - (5:10)
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Mirror Song (techno remix) - (5:39)
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Review: In what might have seemed like an unlikely pairing at first, Kowton and Julio Bashmore join forces for a Bristolian crossover that yields the perfect kind of hybrid madness for these times. "Mirror Song" comes on with the gritty percussive dread that embodies Kowton's more recent output, while the more insistent house groove and catchy sample hooks show the poppier sensibilities Bashmore has brought to the table. "And What?" is less easy going, fraying and splintering into that broken snare snarl that could only come from Kowton, dodging any kind of melody in favour of industrial textures and morose bass stabs. For those needing a more linear kind of beat to work with, the "techno remix" of "Mirror Song" should fit the bill very nicely indeed.
Livity (remix)/Jam01 (remix)
LIVITY 011
04 Feb 15
Techno
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Livity (Ghost 202 remix) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Jam01 (Beneath remix) - (5:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aztec Chant (remix)/End Point (remix)
LIVITY 014
04 Feb 15
Techno
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Peverelist - "Aztec Chant" (Tessela remix) - (6:35) 126 BPM
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Kowton/Peverelist - "End Point" (Stenny & Andrea remix) - (6:29) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac
Untitled
PSQ 007
09 Dec 11
Bass
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Tom Dicicco - "Untitled" - (6:50) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kowton - "Untitled" - (6:20) 61 BPM
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Tom Dicicco - "Untitled" (Kowton remix) - (6:37) 55 BPM
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Kowton - "Untitled" (Tom Dicicco remix) - (6:13) 63 BPM
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Signal 3
LIVITY 015
16 Mar 15
Techno
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Signal 3 - (6:24) 83 BPM
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Low Strobe - (6:25) 162 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac, GAZE ILL
Review: Any new single from the musical hive mind of Tom 'Peverelist' Ford and Joe 'Kowton' Cowton is cause for celebration, but Signal 3 is particularly potent even by their high standards. The title track is particularly more-ish, with twisted, looped bleep melodies and muffled rave electronics reclining over a typically dubbed-out, bass-heavy, dystopian rhythm. As with much of their material, it's formidably out there, but with enough weight to the spaced-out groove to suggest real dancefloor potential. "Low Strobe" feels a little deeper - despite its' picturesque elements - with some quietly attractive synth chords adding a surprise shimmer to an otherwise thrillingly low-slung techno groove.

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