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Basic Music Knowledge
IDLE 003
03 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Basic Music Knowledge by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
Basic Music Knowledge - (6:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
Basic Music Knowledge by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
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.
Dirty Little Bomb
TEAL 004
21 Nov 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Dirty Little Bomb by Kowton on Teal Cue Track
Dirty Little Bomb - (6:18)
Dirty Little Bomb by Kowton on Teal Cue Track
Dirty Little Bomb (Rivet remix) - (6:50) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: For the past two years Kowton has been one of the producers at the forefront of the gradual movement of Bristol's bass scene into the exploration of house. His stripped back productions are often fairly devoid of melody, but "Dirty Little Bomb" occupies a particularly murky zone that pushes the extremes of his template further still. The track's modest 108bpm speed is slower than anything Kowton has produced before; in taking it down to this level he provides the bass tones with considerable breathing room, with the LFO modulation that provides the track's main hook adding a nice bit of lift to what may otherwise become a trudge. But it's the distorted, bit-crushed hi-hats and snares which give the track its real textural focus, with their abrasive wire-wool tones providing enough shock to prevent the comparatively cushioned surrounds of the track. The real masterstroke on this release however is the remix from techno producer Rivet, whose recent singles on Naked Index have impressed with their industrial take on warehouse techno and bass. Rivet's remix manages to straddle the divide between these two genres with confidence similar to Untold's recent "Little Things Like That" on Clone's Basement Series. Totally essential!
Keep Walking
NL 009
08 Aug 11
Minimal/Tech House
Keep Walking by Kowton on Naked Lunch Cue Track
Keep Walking - (8:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Keep Walking by Kowton on Naked Lunch Cue Track
Show Me - (5:05) 126 BPM
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Review: This release for [Naked Lunch] serves as something of a definitive stance for Kowton, placing his sound between house and garage dynamics. Where his earlier tracks were draped in sinister drones and melodic absences, title track "Keep Walking" grooves along with a positively content, Metro Area kind of cheekiness. "Show Me" plumbs a steppier duct, as a house tempo gets invaded by skipping claps and hats. The hushed female snippet of, "c'mon," embellishes an overall creepiness, seemingly inviting you to a place you know you shouldn't go to, but want to visit all the same. Excellent release.
More Games/Jam 01
LIVITY 004
13 Dec 12
Deep Dubstep
More Games/Jam 01 by Kowton on Livity Sound Recordings Cue Track
More Games - (5:41)
More Games/Jam 01 by Kowton on Livity Sound Recordings Cue Track
Jam 01 - (6:25)
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Never Liked Dancing
IDLE 011
30 Apr 12
Bass
Never Liked Dancing by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
Never Liked Dancing - (5:53) Biggest-selling track on this release
Never Liked Dancing by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
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.
She Don't Jack
IDLE 005
31 Jan 11
Minimal/Tech House
She Don't Jack by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
She Don't Jack - (5:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
She Don't Jack by Kowton on Idle Hands Cue Track
Drunk On Sunday - (5:39) 118 BPM
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Played by: Junoplus
Stasis
LDN 013
11 Jan 12
UK Garage
Stasis by Kowton on Keysound Cue Track
Stasis (G mix) - (8:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Stasis by Kowton on Keysound Cue Track
Countryman - (7:26) 127 BPM
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