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Searching
STRETCHED 003
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Searching (original mix) - (4:53) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Searching (EAN remix) - (3:40) 140 BPM
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Fire Exit/Dark Vistas
LM 003
19 May 17
Bass
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Fire Exit - (3:46) 93 BPM
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Dark Vistas - (4:01) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The singular sounds of Jim Coles make their mark on Library Music as he drops his more typical tempo of around 85 to 70BPM with these cosmic futuristic bass jams. Pensive, slow-burning, laced with otherworldly textures and laden with chasmic dubspace: "Fire Exit" insists with a hypnotic twisted chime loop and shadowy basses groaning underneath and "Dark Vistas" takes us even deeper into the cosmic realms with heady layers of pads and ricochet heartbeat rhythm that envelop your every sense. Remarkable.
Lightgrids
AC1X 7X1
26 Jan 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Lavender - (5:06) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lightgrids - (3:04) 90 BPM
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The Timps EP
CIV 019D
21 Mar 11
Electro
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The Timps (original mix) - (4:24) 134 BPM
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Prawn Cocktail (original mix) - (4:51) 132 BPM
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The Timps (alternative mix) - (3:37) 134 BPM
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Prawn Cocktail (Salva remix) - (4:55) 145 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Timps (Hrdvsion remix) - (4:28) 120 BPM
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Transport
CIV 031D
28 Nov 11
Footwork/Juke
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Swimming Dragon - (3:58)
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An Eternal Way - (4:39)
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Vibrations - (4:24)
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Cold World - (4:33)
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Vibrations (Machinedrum remix) - (5:13) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Swimming Dragon (Ital Tek remix) - (4:37)
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Played by: Terry Hooligan, Chrissy
Review: A hotbed of talent has emerged from the Civil Music camp of late, and this release, from none other than London based cross-genre magician Om Unit, is no exception from the rule. A stunning six-track EP, which kicks off with the oriental, shimmying "Swimming Dragon" with its razor sharp beats and enticing tone, is well worth a listen. Rumbling beats pervade "An Eternal Way" too, whilst "Vibrations" brings in hazy synths, echoing vocal and a thumping drum, which reverberates and dominates the soundscape. "Cold World" is the last original piece on the EP - an evocative concluding statement. Machinedrum and Ital Tek remix "Vibrations" and "Swimming Dragon", adding even more credibility to this already excellent EP.
Torchlight Vol 1
CBR 012
24 Jul 15
Drum And Bass
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Wagonist Riddim - (4:51) 160 BPM
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Spiritwerk - (3:16) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Midnight Oil (feat Digital) - (4:51) 160 BPM
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The Lake - (4:27) 164 BPM
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Demons Out - (3:13) 164 BPM
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Review: Ever since his release on Goldie's larger-than-life Metalheadz stable, Jim Coles aka OM Unit has truly impressed us with his singular spin on minimal drum and bass. His latest tunes comes courtesy of Cosmic Bridge, a label he's already released plenty of music on, and the five tunes are representative of his many skills and guises behind the mixing desk. From the bumpy, off-gilter breaks of "Wagonist Riddim", to the faster and meaner swagger of "Spiritwerk", or the downtempo beat coils of "Demons Out", Coles' soundsare both cinematic and effective on the speakers. Metalheadz legend Digital features on "Midnight Oil", a half-step, neo-jungle banger for the headZ.
Torchlight Vol 3
CBR 018D
21 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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Underground Cinema (feat DJ Krust) - (8:37) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fuzzd An Soup - (4:08) 160 BPM
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Lightbody Transfer - (2:50) 158 BPM
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The Mirror - (6:04) 170 BPM
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Review: Om Unit returns after the summer's techno session on Idle Hands, hitting hard with his second "Torchlight" EP of the year. It's every bit as deep, diverse and experimental as you'd want it to be. And it features none other than Krust as the lavish 80s synths and dense layers of "Underground Cinema" ensure the EP's soul truly is in motion. "Fuzzd An Soup" retains a certain sense of classic jungle magic with its tight infectious hang drum patterns and textures. "Lightbody Transfer" is the complete switch with its sedate, torpid kicks and underwater atmosphere while "The Mirror" sit somewhere in between; precision drones and light-footed drums that flicker with restrained amen menace on the fills. This is really good.
Threads
CIV 059D
28 Oct 13
Bass
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Folding Shadows - (3:31) 164 BPM
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The Silence (feat Jinadu) - (4:51) 140 BPM
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Healing Rain - (4:12) 147 BPM
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Jus Sayin' (feat Gone The Hero) - (3:00)
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Drift Interlude - (1:06) 150 BPM
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Reverse Logic - (5:00)
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Corridor 2013 - (5:00)
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Nagual - (4:38) 140 BPM
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Patients (feat MC Jabu) - (2:59) 150 BPM
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Deep Sea Pyramid - (3:44) 160 BPM
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Wall Of Light - (5:22) 150 BPM
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Jaguar - (4:55) 159 BPM
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Wicker & Pearl - (4:12)
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Governer's Bay - (4:37) Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Road (feat Charlie Dark) - (4:42) 152 BPM
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Review: Jim Coles' decision back in 2010 to implement a swerve in his sonic trajectory away from his hip-hop past as 2tall in favour of a more all-encompassing approach that touches on various strands of bass culture as Om Unit has paid off and then some. Subsequent releases on Exit, Autonomic, Civil Music, Metalheadz and his own Cosmic Bridge imprint have all shown Om Unit eminently capable of tempo shifting productions that appeal to fans of bass music, drum & bass and footwork alike. The latter has been explored further while the Dream Continuum collaboration with Machinedrum on Planet Mu and his Philip D. Kick alias where the link between Chicago's juke heritage and UK jungle was explored. All this and more is included on Threads, a debut Om Unit LP for Civil Music that deftly collates various strands (or threads) of his production career over the past fifteen years for a cohesive 15 track set that veers through of hip hop, dubstep, jungle and even house.
Inversion
METACD 005
17 Nov 14
Drum And Bass
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Touching Down (feat Cleveland Watkiss) - (4:46) 170 BPM
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The War (feat Jehst) - (5:22) 170 BPM
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The Crossing - (4:30) 160 BPM
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Layers - (2:56) 143 BPM
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Bardo Realms - (5:08) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Understand - (5:12) 172 BPM
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Parallel - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Mystic - (3:43) 58 BPM
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Review: Jim Coles has previously spoken about this second Om Unit full length being "a nod to the sound" of his "teenage self". Given the fact that he's rediscovered his jungle and hip hop roots in recent years, it's an accurate description. The fact that he's also mined Goldie's sample archive to help create the sound of Inversion is also telling. While it's not a straightforward jungle set - there are plenty of wonky moments, skewed downtempo interludes, footwork influences and trips into expansive IDMterritory - the skittish breaks, foreboding noises and murky textures all scream classic D&B. It adds a little spice to an already excellent set, delivering a range forward-thinking tracks with their roots firmly in the past.
Friend Of Day
IDLE 036
08 Jul 16
Techno
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Friend Of Day - (4:52) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Basement Superman - (3:38) 50 BPM
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What It Is - (5:10) 50 BPM
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Review: Under the Om Unit guise, Jim Coles is probably best known for his left-of-centre - and really rather good - reinventions of jungle and drum and bass. Before that, though, he explored an attractive, pitched-down take on house music. It's that sound that's showcased on this surprise EP for Idle Hands. Apparently the tracks have been stuck in the vaults for years, but still sound wonderfully fresh. The warm, hazy and melodious "Friend of Day" is little less than the audio equivalent of a sun-kissed, loved-up hug, while the more experimental and off-kilter "Basement Superman" still boasts quiet positivity amongst the off-key loops and vari-speed riffs. As for "What It Is", you'll struggle to find anything deeper and more becalmed all year.
Searching
STRECTHED 0032
30 Sep 15
Breakbeat
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Searching (Adam Freeland remix) - (5:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Adam Freeland
Torchlight Vol 2
CBR 014
26 Feb 16
Drum And Bass
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Connector - (3:50) 174 BPM
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Adventures In Eden - (7:50) 165 BPM
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Mothership Riddim (feat Mark Force) - (4:30) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Transformation - (4:42) 160 BPM
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Angry Buzz - (4:03) 160 BPM
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Played by: Feonix
Review: Cosmic Bridge builder Om Unit continues to demonstrate with near-Calibre levels of proliferation and precision. Nine months and two singles have passed since his first "Torchlight" EP and he returns with more deliciously unclassifiable slo-mo, halftime heaviness. If you're instantly won over by the deep throaty gurgle in the slurring bass on "Connector", then you'll definitely be elevated by the deep dream twinkles and arpeggios of "Adventures In Eden". If you're not shaken and stirred by the rim-shot breakage of "Mothership Riddim" then you'll definitely be buried deep in tubular bass bliss of "Transformation" or, indeed, tripped out by the growling bass and cavernous space of "Angry Buzz". Yet another immaculate creation that defies the standard pigeonholing.
The Corridor EP
TERR 008D
04 Apr 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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The Corridor - (3:50) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ether - (4:17)
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Cradle - (4:48)
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Beings Of Light - (5:29)
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The Corridor (Shigeto remix) - (3:27) 147 BPM
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Aeolian
CIV 038D
23 Jul 12
Footwork/Juke
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Ulysses - (3:59)
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Dark Sunrise (feat Tamara Blessa) - (3:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fumes - (3:26)
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Lightworkers Call (feat Kromestar) - (4:33)
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Slowfast Matrix - (5:41)
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Ulysses (Reso's Different Drum remix) - (6:36)
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Ulysses (Sweatson Klank remix) - (3:46)
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Review: London based producer Om Unit returns with next release "Aeolian" on Reso's Civil Music. Never restricted by genre, he traverses juke, dubstep, R&B, hip-hop, garage and all shades of the "bass music" spectrum, with a jungle influence sometimes creeping in. Opening with the esoteric "Ulysseus", this one is all about the rippling, rain-dancing rhythms and steady, stomping beats. Moving on to "Dark Sunrise (feat. Tamara Blessa)", we are treated to a storming dubstep banger with super sweet vocals in a dark, thunderous soundscape. "Fumes" is a more sparse and spaced out little number with dreamy, ethereal synths; while "Lightworkers Call" brings in the talents of Kromestar for another dark, nocturnal venture. "Slowfast Matrix" brings in a flurry of quirky rhythms to the equation before "Ulysses" is given the remix treatment twice over. Essential, no question.
Sleepwalkers
META 012
01 Sep 13
Drum And Bass
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Sleepwalkers - (5:38) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Grey Skies Over Chicago - (5:16) 168 BPM
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The Hand - (5:22) 174 BPM
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Review: Om Unit is killing it right now. Whether he's mesmerising minds at the 80/160 axis or ripping out full-on audio attacks, his sonic execution is spotless. "Sleepwalkers" pays homage to the uncompromising Metalheadz motifs; all icy riddims and metallic bass. "Grey Skies Over Chicago" is a deeper vibe; ethereal synths moan and cry of a bed of tightly diced breaks and subtle, star-gazing arpeggios. "The Hand" completes the set on a more frenetic note; the drums are skittish, barely tamed by the faraway, naval-gazing synths and psychedelic flourishes. Each track a true treat, you won't be sleepwalking to this - you'll be sleepraving!
Solar Cycle
CBR 001
07 Nov 11
Deep Dubstep
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Solar Cylce - (4:44) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Merkabah - (4:11)
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Small Victories EP
EXIT 044
25 Mar 12
Drum And Bass
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Small Victories - (4:08) 173 BPM
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Gamma - (4:37) 165 BPM
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Squares - (3:48) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Electric Riddim - (4:27) 58 BPM
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Shadow Boxing
31RS 020
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Nasty Habits - "Shadow Boxing" (Om Unit remix VIP) - (6:10) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thing/Om Unit - "Something Ancient" - (5:04) 174 BPM
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Review: Could Om Unit's twist on Nasty Habits' 1996 classic "Shadow Boxing" be one the most crucial VIP contemporisations in recent D&B history? Arguably, yes. The rolling drums, the slight melodic twist on the iconic bassline, the sudden moments of space... Whether you know this from back in the day or it's fresh to you, this really is a literally perfect example of how to VIP an influential classic. "Something Ancient" sees Om Unit team up with Thing for a cathedral-level stepper smothered in deep breath pads and mystic textures that sits somewhere between Clarity and Tobin. Immense.
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