Keysound Allstars 2
LDN 037
27 May 13
Bass
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Etch - "Scattah" - (4:39)
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Walton - "Homage" - (4:07) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Visionist - "From A Place" - (5:29)
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Fresh Paul - "Sunblazed" - (4:25)
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Review: Bringing forth fresh talent at a dizzying rate, Dusk & Blackdown's imprint steps up with another sterling four-tracker of forward-thinking bass music that keeps the vibe of dubstep alive just as it points to new avenues. Etch is fearsomely limber on "Scattah", wielding rudest jungle tropes on a half-step lurch with a wonderful injection of horror soundtrack tension that brings all the darkside incantations you could hope for. Walton has a touch more pep in his own collage that drops a snappy garage mentality with a breakbeat roll, while the bass rub cries out for a powerful stack of subs to test. Visionist taps into the exotic climes that the LHF collective explored so adeptly, clashing melodies against each other without hesitation, and Fresh Paul takes the creatively maligned purple sound and runs it into a far more inviting cocktail of emotionally ambiguous and devilishly produced fare.
Rock The Flock
17358
04 Jul 11
Bass
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Rock The Flock (original mix) - (5:15)
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Survive (original mix) - (3:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rock The Flock (Shy One remix) - (4:47) 136 BPM
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Rock The Flock (Diskotopia dub) - (4:55)
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Rock The Flock (Lamin Fofana Disingenuous mix) - (3:13) 140 BPM
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M
RAMP 060
24 Nov 13
Bass
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M - (5:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Secrets - (3:22)
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Played by: LAKE HAZE, Piri Piri
Review: One of the spearheads of the vanguard of grime production in the modern age, Visionist knows a thing or two about crafting haunting soundscapes underlined by sub testing bass. This latest release pops up on Ramp and finds the producer on especially spooky form, not least on the title track. Synthesised vocal hums make up the lead melody in a move that comes on like "Moments In Love" for a disenfranchised 21st century, while the bass pulses out in a sparse mix that positively drips with restrained malicious intent. "Secrets" is a touch chirpier, letting a 4/4 kick nudge the track along while the synth lines add a more optimistic tone to the minimalist production ethic.
I'm Fine, Part II
LCTRAX 006
13 May 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Eye Try - (2:35) 65 BPM
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More Pain - (2:30) 66 BPM
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The Way - (3:58) 88 BPM
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First Love - (3:05) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acceptance - (2:35) 87 BPM
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Something Old, Something New - (2:57) 89 BPM
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Review: In the unstoppable march of fresh grime interpretations, Visionist has been one of the leading lights, but the ever-rising producer is committed to a more wayward path on this new EP for Lit City Trax. The beats come a distinct second to the omnipresent bass lines and disorientating melodic tones that inhabit the music on offer, but that devastatingly simple approach to composition has yielded six tracks of perfectly otherworldly electronic visions. The space in the mix is loaded with unease, and there's still space for some club ready claps on "First Love", but really this is an exercise in sending the listener off into uncharted territory, and it's a thoroughly successful one at that.
I'm Fine
LCTRAX 003
03 Sep 13
Footwork/Juke
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I'm Fine - (1:39)
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Lost - (2:31)
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Pain - (2:42)
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Escape - (2:20) Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Call (feat Fatima Al Qadiri) - (2:44)
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I Don't Care - (4:59)
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Played by: Mr. Mitch
Review: After a recent turn for Leisure System, emergent bass-minded producer Visionist drops this selection of brief vignettes for Lit City Trax, who previously dealt out some material from DJ Rashad amongst others. It's a strange brew the artist deals in, informed by the primal nature of grime with its bold melodies and unfussy arrangements, except a large portion of the rhythmic motion has been robbed from these tracks. "Lost" features as little thrust in its half-step beat as possible, while "Pain" goes as far as to just use the Casio vocal samples to propel the tune instead of using any kind of beat. "Escape" puts paid to this implied groove with a sharp and snappy set of drums that slice through the spooky arpeggios and primary-coloured melodies, only for everything to settle down once more with the mellow, new age imbued tones of "The Call" and "I Don't Care".
M
RAMP 060
24 Nov 13
Bass
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M - (5:42) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Secrets - (3:22) 60 BPM
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Can't Forget
63166
16 Jun 14
Bass
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Can't Forget - (4:22) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Forget (Moire remix) - (3:36) 67 BPM
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Review: Always a reliable outpost for wild adventures on the fringes of grime and other bass-laden electronic music, Diskotopia welcome arguably the current champion of such concerns over for a short but sweet track. Visionist's original of "Can't Forget" is as esoteric as you would expect from the maverick producer, with a spread of vocal samples calling out a mantra-like melodic chant while oddly displaced kick drum thuds keep things moving along at half tempo in a daring and futuristic manner. Moire steps up for a remix that keeps the same teasing fractious rhythm in place, with a different melodic lilt to the samples and a few extra smatterings of percussion trickled in for good and equally experimental measure.
Circles
LNUKEXCURS 001
17 Dec 12
Bass
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Circles - (5:16) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iris - (5:18)
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Review: Having been bubbling up for some time now with essential tracks released for the likes of Keysound and left_blank, Visionist drops his most essential productions yet for the excellent LNUK crew. "Circles" sees him deliver one of the best examples of the futuristic grime that's been doing the rounds recently, moving from a sparse rhythm track filled with somersaulting, reverb-laden synth weirdness and chopped up vocals. "Iris" sees the producer turn in a kind of demented take on UK funky, as a rolling machine groove is given artificial life with an equally mechanical set of chords, delivering a kind of weird UK version of Dance Mania's rubbery drum tracks.
Snakes
LSR 005
22 Jul 13
Bass
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Snakes - (5:05)
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Snakebite - (5:04) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Poison - (5:03)
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Played by: Timbah, Benito, GUTTERS
Safe
PAN 67
09 Oct 15
Experimental/Electronic
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You Stayed - (1:13) 70 BPM
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Victim - (2:51) 66 BPM
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1 Guarda - (2:19) 100 BPM
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I've Said - (1:00) 70 BPM
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Vffected - (3:23) 61 BPM
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Sin-cere - (4:00) 65 BPM
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Safe - (3:16) 70 BPM
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Let Me In - (3:16) 73 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Too Careful To Care - (3:35) 76 BPM
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Tired Tears, Awake Fears - (3:15) 70 BPM
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Constraint - (0:58) 93 BPM
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Sleep Luxury - (3:20) 80 BPM
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Review: Berlin's excellent PAN imprint returns with yet another stunning LP of daring electronics and harmonic, hard ambience from Visionist. The London-based grime futurist has made a name for himself since his debut back in 2011, and he's released on everything from Ramp to Lit City Trax in the process. His debut LP is a wonderful amalgamation of electronic r&b and UK bass, where dance tracks retain a soulful edge and more soulful tune contain a dance sensibility. It's a surprising addition to PAN at first, but given Bill Kouligas' passion for UK music, it's not a shocker. In fact, it fits in ever so well. Big!
Keysound Allstars
LDN 031
06 Aug 12
Bass
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Walton - "Cool It VIP" - (4:27) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gremino - "Rupi VIP" - (5:30)
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Visionist - "Come In" - (5:13) 136 BPM
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Vibezin - "A Little Higher" - (5:36)
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Review: Keysound bring together a gaggle of relatively fresh names to throw it down in a rowdy fashion. Walton rips into action under a hail of gunshots, deploying some deadly grime strings over a pulsing UK Funky rhythm. Gremino meanwhile has his own brand of virulent bass music to share, moving scattily through all manner of brutal synth notes before pulling off a shockingly long drop out, only to come back barking the same lurching mantra. Visionist is more dextrous with "Come In", scattering a manic array of vocal samples over a moody backbone. Vibezin rounds things off with possibly the most essential cut, catching a strange soundtrack vibe in the midst of a snapping found-sound beat that sounds as future as it gets right now.
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