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Future Sound Of Garage 3
SLM 167
16 Sep 16
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Monoblue - "Return" - (5:30) 130 BPM
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Just Breathe - "Ever Feel" - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Urbani - "Undefined" - (5:21) 128 BPM
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Cup & String - "You Had It" (feat Sarah Pellicano) - (5:20) 134 BPM
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Nova - "Soul Sweeper" - (5:18) 134 BPM
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DJD - "Misled" - (5:25) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pavv - "Let It Go" - (4:53) 132 BPM
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Lauren Neko - "Mean" - (3:12) 128 BPM
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Project X - "Stone" - (3:33) 128 BPM
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Bad Habit - "Talk To Me (feat Leighanna)" (feat Leighanna) - (4:50) 134 BPM
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Blackboxx - "Indica" - (3:39) 134 BPM
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Doctor Nick - "Tell Me" - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Gribzy - "Shuffle Box" - (5:34) 122 BPM
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Joedan - "Raw Dog" - (5:34) 128 BPM
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Jawjii & SPD - "Indigo" - (5:20) 135 BPM
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Mind Of A Dragon - "Lost You" - (6:31) 128 BPM
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Moony - "I'll Be Waiting" - (4:16) 136 BPM
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On1 & Tigs - "Say Suttin" - (3:59) 129 BPM
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Six Sunsets - "Gunfingers" (feat Photes) - (4:57) 130 BPM
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Pelikann & Nina Wilde - "Recognise" - (6:34) 128 BPM
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Sirmo - "Never Thought" - (4:11) 128 BPM
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Karl Vincent - "Get It" - (5:33) 128 BPM
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Jodo Kast - "Under Konflict" - (3:28) 130 BPM
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Wascal - "2B" - (4:07) 138 BPM
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Barely Royal, Bunnie & Mij Mack - "Favela" - (5:01) 132 BPM
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Cellardore - "Can't Take This" (feat Kerry Ann) - (4:59) 132 BPM
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2 Kind - "A State Of Thought" - (4:06) 131 BPM
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Taz - "In Bits" - (3:59) 129 BPM
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Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
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Temper
NBD 028
16 Sep 16
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Temper - (5:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Flashlight - (6:01) 124 BPM
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Wavvves - (4:53) 125 BPM
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Review: It's safe to say that Kry Wolf now has a rather impressive catalogue behind him, and nothing but quality under his belt. The man behind the Sounds Of Sumo label drops his latest release for Night Bass and it seems like the perfect place for his wondrous bass cuts. "Temper" is a slow, shape-shifting beast with a rattling percussion hook that wraps perfectly around the tune's knotted swarms of swamp bass, whereas "Flashlight" unleashes a bit of four-to-the-floor beneath a sea of rave sirens and purring bass tones. "Wavvves" feels like the last piece of hardcore continuum, a break-heavy, pseudo jungle killer to tie this man's bass experimentalism in the best possible way. Hot!
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Funk And Grime - EP
AIRMILES 005
16 Sep 16
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Lemon Trees (feat D Double E) - (4:00) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Works Haffi Run (feat Ghetts) - (3:13) 140 BPM
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Mad Ting (feat JME - Flava D remix) - (3:20) 135 BPM
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Lemon Trees (instrumental) - (4:00) 140 BPM
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Works Haffi Run (instrumental) - (3:13) 140 BPM
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Played by: BURNIE
Review: This is some big dog business, a new Butterz special that'll please the bass and grime crews alike. Swindle is the producer, a UK badman who has appeared on labels like Mala's Deep Medi Musik, and he's accompanied by the creme de la creme of grime vocalism. "Lemon Trees" is a fast, choppy bass swinger powered by funky synth melodies and D Double E's inimitable swagger, while UK hip-hop rapper Ghetts spills some truth over "Works Haffi Run". Flava D and JME go for a head-to-head battle on the house-driven dubstep hybrid that is "Mad Ting", and to cap it all of you got an instrumental each of "Lemon Trees" and Works Haffi Run". BAD.
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Frostie
STPT 015
22 Sep 16
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Frostie - (4:40) 140 BPM
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Leave - (5:06) 140 BPM
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Locked - (5:32) 140 BPM
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Frostie (Beanzo remix) - (2:49) 140 BPM
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Leave (JFO remix) - (5:13) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: New boy Bass peddler Drax (not to be confused with Thomas Heckmann's Tecno project) has been bubbling under the surface and building a reputation for himself in all the right circles Southpoint have managed to secure his services with these five curbside bangers, and the lead track "Frostie" draws the first weapon with a classic sort of grime approach, which allows "Leave" and "Locked" to both work on the same sort of aesthetic with a deeper focus on the half-step beats and additional harmonics. There's a couple of remixes, to boot; Beanzo turns "Frostie" into an even icier affair thanks to the help of a more penetrative beat shuffle, and JFO morphs "Leave" into an early-days Skepta kinda flex. Big.
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Wartime EP
877023
22 Jul 16
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Wartime - (4:43) 130 BPM
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Pinch - (4:19) 126 BPM
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Hypho & Squane - "Hack" - (4:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wartime (Majora remix) - (4:35) 65 BPM
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Pinch (Vital Techniques remix) - (5:19) 133 BPM
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Review: For those who don't know, Hypho is a rising talent in the bass game and his quest to reach the top level has gotten closer thanks to this latest injection of low frequencies for the 877 label. "Wartime" is the perfect lead tune, a string-led pseudo grime instrumental with a perfectly executed percussive rhythm, and "Pinch" follows a similar path thanks to its slithering beats. There is a collaboration with Squane on "Hack", a futuristic grime roller with a mean collection of beats and hollow melodies, which is followed by Majora's remix of "Wartime", a more uplifting version of the tune, and a Vital Techniques reinterpretation of "Pinch". Smoking bangers guaranteed!
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Connecta EP
AIRMILES 004
12 Aug 16
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Connecta (feat Ricardo China) - (5:14) 136 BPM
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Copacabana - (3:37) 159 BPM
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Villa Mimosa - (3:41) 140 BPM
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Connecta (DJ Q remix) - (6:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Officially the funkiest man to emerge from dubstep, Swindle shows his sporting side with a precision-timed Latin EP. "Connecta" will draw you in with its samba drums, arresting your senses with honeyed vocals, firing horns and climactic build. "Copacabana" dons its budgie smugglers for a Rio-riddled jungle stepper while "Villa Mimosa" takes us back to Swindle's darker side with a beat that somehow rolls and steps with its instance percussion and mischievously off-kilter halfsteps. Finally DJ Q shuts the party down with his trademark twisted garage stamps. Gold medals all round.
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Money And Drugs
877024
09 Sep 16
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Money And Drugs - (4:21) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Money And Drugs (Killjoy remix) - (5:17) 134 BPM
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Review: Wise words from Dread MC, even wiser beats from Bristol's Notion & Young H. Chunky 4x4 garage with strong house tendencies thrown into the mix, "Money & Drugs" is an all-out dancefloor riot with catchy vocals, a deadly second drop and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars. For added screwface appeal jump on Killjoy's Birmingham-sounding remix where the bassline is twisted up just a few additional notches for added mischief. Blurry.
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Gunman/Caught In A Trip
TEC 094
16 Sep 16
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Gunman - (4:58) 67 BPM
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Gunman/Caught In A Trip - (4:39) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Safari Tools
PRJKTS 003
23 Sep 16
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Safari - (3:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jungle Drums - (3:36) 63 BPM
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Space Raider - (4:56) 130 BPM
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Safari (Foxmind remix) - (4:02) 128 BPM
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Review: The Prjkts imprint is only on its third outing but, they're already on a tight roll, and they've invited the prolific Arma offer some bass truth. The producer starts of with "Safari", a rollercoaster of a tune that takes us from flute-led grime all the way to Berlin techno, which is a similar state of affairs for the tribalistic patterns and intricate percussion licks of "Jungle Drums". "Space Raider", as the name implies, is an intergalactic bass-house trip guided by a warm, woozing bassline and a whole heap of starry melodics, followed by a Foxmind remix of Safari, where the original is deconstructed magnificently thanks to a newer, looser drum pattern that rattle side to side instead of banging up and down.
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Facts
ACRE 063
19 Aug 16
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Wallwork & Tsvi - "Facts" (feat Nico Lindsay) - (3:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wallwork & Nan Kola - "Fyah" (feat Nico Lindsay) - (4:14) 130 BPM
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Wallwork & Nan Kola - "Fyah" (instrumental) - (4:12) 130 BPM
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Review: It's a house-grime marriage on Bristol's Black Acrel label, from newfound dup Wallwork and Nico Lindsay, the latter of the two bringing the vocal street swagger to the beats. The title track "Facts" is a big, bad, heavy slab of percussion and bass powered by Lindsay's curbside lyricism, and it's one of those tunes that's bound to get shit tarted in the dance. This is followed by the more kinetic flow of "Fyah", where Lindsay's vocals are more minimal than its predecessor, and its rough and rugged instrumental for maximum DJ damage. Another banging addition to the Black Acrew crew - yes!
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Icntu
AWD 272212
02 Sep 16
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Alpaca - (4:08) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Randoms - (4:10) 125 BPM
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Something Out - (5:16) 125 BPM
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Oppdal - (4:09) 125 BPM
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Played by: Denham Audio
Review: Polish duo WANTS come forth with a quartet of wonderfully stripped back fracturisms. Just as much techno as they are ghetto, each cut boils the groove down to bare-boned funk with each detail serving proper purpose. "Alpaca" is all about the shakers and unpredictable kicks, "Oppdal" is all about the eerie melody and classic electro drum arrangement, "Something Out" switches to a wider, undulating bass groove while "Randoms" is a much more gradual, tech-like growler that grows and grows in a way Tyrant were so good at doing. Universal.
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Saucy Selections Volume 3
SAUCY 032
29 Jul 16
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Nvloap - "Star" - (6:10) 134 BPM
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Surplus & Boy Martel - "Problem Solver" - (5:38) 140 BPM
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Libra (UK) - "You'd Better Know" - (6:04) 128 BPM
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Twoven - "Pale" - (5:10) 127 BPM
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SaidWho - "Menace" - (6:44) 130 BPM
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Jello - "Eyes On You" - (5:26) 130 BPM
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Injustice - "Sub Zero" - (4:01) 140 BPM
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Kook & Reece - "Oh Gosh!" - (3:10) 132 BPM
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De Nada - "Crew" - (4:15) 128 BPM
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Negativ - "Angst" - (4:25) 128 BPM
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Underground Traffic - "Boss Skag" - (6:26) 128 BPM
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Distrikt - "Chuckle" - (4:31) 128 BPM
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Pelikann - "Spectre" - (5:30) 131 BPM
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Revaux - "Twisted Up" - (4:27) 130 BPM
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Barely Royal & Bunnie - "Don't Lie" - (4:22) 136 BPM
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Distinkt - "Feelin'" - (3:46) 130 BPM
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Inkline & Kir Rabu - "Trouble" - (5:06) 126 BPM
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TZ - "Dappa Riddim" - (5:48) 133 BPM
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Ben Knight - "Ninety 9'" - (4:02) 128 BPM
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Lucent & Karl Vincent - "People Dem Dance" - (6:21) 132 BPM
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Rico Tubbs - "Bassline" - (3:13) 128 BPM
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Skepsis (UK) - "Critical Hit" - (3:55) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: For all those of you out there who had lost faith in ever hearing another instalment in the Saucy Selections series...rejoice! The wait is over. It's over a year since Vol 2, but the Saucy crew are back bringing serious fiyah over 22 fresh new jams. As usual, the quality is never compromised, particularly on such standouts as the mercilessly pounding, RnB sampling "You Better Know" by Libra, the futuristic 2-step synth stabs of "Eyes On You" by Jello and the dry warehouse beats and buzzy bass bounce of "People Dem Dance" by Lucent & Karl Vincent.
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Rock The Bells
361497 0077466
29 Jul 16
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Rock The Bells - (5:11) 130 BPM
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Rock The Bells (Mikey B remix) - (4:13) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rock The Bells (Brent Kilner remix) - (3:54) 134 BPM
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By My Side - (4:18) 128 BPM
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Review: And just like that, Mr Curi jumps on the scene with his debut release for the new and fledgling 3000 Digital imprint. This is hybrid gear; "Rock The Bells" is a house tune is structure that has been taken over in its low-end by squealing pseudo dubstep bleeps and growls. There's two remixes of the tune from Mikey B and Brent Kilner, the first being an aggressive had house version and the second a power garage take on the original, followed by and finished off with "By My Side" and its alternate set of dubstep rings and waves. Lovely gear.
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Lengerz Volume 2
PAR 061
01 Aug 16
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On1 - "Lick Off" - (4:27) 132 BPM
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1Thirty - "Breeze Block" - (4:14) 130 BPM
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AT - "Flash Bang" - (3:02) 140 BPM
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BMC - "Grotty" - (3:40) 140 BPM
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Chemist RNS - "All Badman" - (5:23) 135 BPM
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Creep N00m - "I AM" - (3:05) 140 BPM
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Darkzy - "Where I Wanna Be" - (5:59) 140 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Danger" - (4:24) 135 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Punks" - (5:17) 136 BPM
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Digitek & Karl Vincent - "In Love" - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Distinkt - "Yes I Need" - (4:29) 130 BPM
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Dr Cryptic - "My Style" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Dr Oscillator - "Desert Eagle" - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dubzta - "Lord Of War" - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Dubzta - "The Storm" - (3:20) 140 BPM
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Dunkee - "Level Up" - (3:15) 140 BPM
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Efflex - "Spook" - (3:56) 142 BPM
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Hadean - "Most Live" - (3:24) 137 BPM
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Frampster - "Snow Plough" - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Hexy - "Digger Mans Grave" - (5:41) 135 BPM
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Hexy - "Rub A Dub Refix" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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JG & Trilla - "Shut Ya Mout" - (5:00) 138 BPM
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Jacotanu & Dubzta - "Welcome" - (3:27) 140 BPM
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Jacotanu - "Meher" - (5:03) 140 BPM
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Juzlo & Vsun - "You Changed" - (3:48) 136 BPM
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Juzlo - "Vampire" - (4:26) 138 BPM
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Killjoy & Hadean - "Experience" - (4:15) 138 BPM
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King Hydra - "Murkers" - (4:42) 126 BPM
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KXVU - "Shootout Riddim" - (5:41) 140 BPM
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Manul & Energyman - "She" - (3:44) 140 BPM
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MoJoe - "Podium" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Moony - "Old Skool Fi Dem" - (4:27) 130 BPM
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Moony & PVC - "Cant Let You Go" - (4:42) 130 BPM
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Mr Dubz - "Losing It (VIP)" - (3:25) 140 BPM
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Neon Beats - "Grimey Flute" - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Nina Wilde - "Hype" - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Omo - "Smack" - (5:45) 136 BPM
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Palize - "Jaws" - (3:18) 140 BPM
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Pavv - "You Got Me VIP" - (5:50) 133 BPM
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Potentz - "Hell Yeah" - (3:13) 140 BPM
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Scruloose - "Nangooli" - (4:51) 140 BPM
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Sekt-87 - "TNK Riddim" - (7:26) 138 BPM
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Skepsis (UK) - "Calling" - (3:53) 134 BPM
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Sware - "Out There" - (3:49) 138 BPM
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Swedger - "Shimmer" - (4:06) 134 BPM
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Thorpey - "Duppyman" - (4:05) 142 BPM
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Tubz - "Big Ting Vibe" - (3:44) 142 BPM
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Wolfe - "Voss" - (5:08) 132 BPM
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Dubzta - "Eski Roots" - (4:15) 140 BPM
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Review: Sheffield's Project Allout don't mess about, having developed a reputation for championing all directions in the ways of bass. Every take on that three letter word is important to this label and that's why they cram so many hot jams onto their comps. Basically they're the Ferrero Rocher am-bass-adors and they are really spoiling us with 49(!) lengerz. Highlights include AT's bleepy 8-bit hip-hop groove "Flash Bang", the epic, symphonic trap of Dubzta's "Lord Of War" and the almost disco tech grooves of "Murkers' by King Hydra. All killer, no filler!
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Fortuna EP
2020 LDN004
10 Jun 16
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Can't Say No (feat Roses Gabor) - (3:47) 148 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Alix Perez - "Fortuna" - (4:02) 150 BPM
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Salt Toffee - (4:11) 118 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Tim Parker - "U Smart" - (4:16) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spooky Dub - (4:01) 160 BPM
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Berlusconi - (3:21) 159 BPM
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Review: Along with much respected producers like Alix Perez, the Ivy Lab trio have been important purveyors of contemporary minimalstep - that is, d&b-minded r&b music with a streamlined kind of flair. Here on 2020 LDN Recordings, we have six new tunes, each one more expressive and diverse than the last. "Can't Say No More" opens with a delicate pop swagger, but following cuts like "Fortuna" or "Spooky Dub" concentrate much more on the beats and the basslines, taking the listener into a vivid new world of sound with a distinctive cutting-edge.
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Binga Vs Breakage
CRIT 089LTD
06 Jun 16
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Sam Binga - "Mind & Spirit" (feat Rider Shafique - Breakage remix) - (3:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breakage - "Staggered Dub" (Sam Binga remix) - (3:38) 57 BPM
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Review: Today's Critical lesson is brought to you by the letter B... Binga, Breakage and absolute badness. First up Breakage adds a rolling booty bounce to one of the many highlights on Binga's album Wasted Days album. Binga returns the favour by looking back into the annals of Critical history and dusting off Breakage's formative 2005 skanker "Staggered Dub" and injecting a cool amount of deep halftime space. Both exemplary examples of remix authenticity. Blimey. Bigness.
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Leisure Complex
UTTU 067
16 Sep 16
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Leisure Complex - (5:32) 152 BPM
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Centuries Later - (6:41) 89 BPM
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XX - (5:29) 150 BPM
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All The Freqs - (6:28) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The inlay art on this release says it all. Featuring a female face peeking through clouds and a blissed out heavenly body floating above her, it mimics the early utopian states imagined on early 90s dance music covers. The accompanying music also wears its influences openly. Daze, an Australian producer, previously released a trio of records for Lobster Theremin, but for this outing ditches much of the gritty tape noise that he had shrouded his previous work in. The title track is all wide-eyed synths and hyper-speed jungle breaks while on "Centuries Later" he slows down the pace to emulate Nexus 21 and Detroit techno. However, the main narrative on this release is the pre-jungle period and as "Xx" shows, Daze manages to capture the mixture of musical depth and high-speed rhythms that defined that period.
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This Is Night Bass Vol 3
NBD 019
13 May 16
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Jack Beats - "W10" - (4:25) 126 BPM
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Stranger - "House Party" (AC Slater remix) - (4:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jay Robinson - "Gutteral" (VIP mix) - (4:45) 131 BPM
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Vanilla ACE - "We Donat Dance" - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Hotfire - "Deranged" - (4:04) 127 BPM
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Riddim Commission - "Time Bomb" - (4:40) 124 BPM
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Petey Clicks - "Neck Snap" - (5:22) 63 BPM
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Ralston - "Fools" - (5:12) 126 BPM
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219 Boys - "Who Got It" - (5:08) 126 BPM
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Review: Boy, it's their instalment of the This Is Night Bass series and, as always, it's a tight and severely jam-packed bag of pure bass-ridden quality. The rhythm carrying the best part of the release is one that locks into 4/4 mode, but the melodies, low frequencies and vocals contain something seriously UK about them. In fact, if you're looking for purist British house music with a garage flavour then you'v hit the right spot; it's as if these guys have tele transported back to 2000/2001, when the roots of dubstep were being laid-down from the foundations of garage and bassline. YES.
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Music For The Uninvited
302402 4D
24 Mar 14
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Inside The Deku Tree - (3:59) 120 BPM
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Goodthing - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Be Brave, Clench Fists - (6:45) 122 BPM
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Pier Children - (6:15) 125 BPM
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It's Just (House Of Dupree) - (8:45) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Christ Air - (3:19)
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St Sinclair - (3:51) 122 BPM
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Review: Martyn's 3024 label returns with an extensive collection of works from rising UK house man Leon Vynehall. Originally debuting on Well Rounded Records' Housing Project sub-label back in 2012 with the Mauve EP, Vynehall has since become one of the UK's most in-demand of the new wave of young house producers, releasing subsequent records for George Fitzgerald's ManMakeMusic and Will Saul's Aus as well as collaborating with blog house survivor A1 Bassline under the Laszlo Dancehall alias. Having debuted on 3024 with last year's Open platter, Vynehall is back with Music For The Uninvited, a seven-track collection of tracks supposedly inspired by rides to school in his mother's car as a child in which he would listen to "mixed hip-hop, funk & electro tapes, Janet Jackson albums, Style Council and Stiff Little Fingers". Whilst there is plenty of the individual house sound Vynehall has developed on offer here ("It's Just (House Of Dupree)" is a certified jam) there are also more tranquil moments to bask in such as "Inside The Deku Tree" and "St Sinclair" which bookend this excellent release.
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4DC/Two Know
LOB 031
07 Aug 16
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4DC - (4:22) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Two Know - (8:24) 123 BPM
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Review: Lobster Boy are back with their new knight in shining armour, the swingy and effective house artist who goes by the name of New York Transit Authority. On this particular release, NYTA is in garage mode, launching a heavy bassline groove through "4DC", the sort of banger you'd want played out on a beach party as the sun comes dusking. "Two Know" is a different kind of beast; the tune is slower, muddier and travels in a more progressive mode that will appeal to the Digweed and Sasha fans out there. Effective dancefloor delights.
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Addicted
C/C/S 2139
23 Sep 16
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Addicted - (4:09) 107 BPM
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House Nation - (4:34) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nothing Like Loving You - (4:54) 80 BPM
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Jealousy - (3:39) 80 BPM
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Steampunk Vol 2
PL 038
22 Sep 16
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Aurora Borealis - (6:51) 140 BPM
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The Perfect Knowledge - (6:52) 108 BPM
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Magnetic Field VIP - (4:44) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Impedance - (6:26) 138 BPM
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Review: Bisweed's output for the Paradise Lost label has been among his very best and, alongside the likes of the big boy such as Deep Medi Muzik, the label is also gaining traction as home to some of the best meditative dubstep around. He's back with the second volume of the Steampunk series, and the dreamy harmonic folds of "Aurora Borealis" are the perfect opener to what is one long, spiritual bass journey of an EP. "The Perfect Knowledge" is darker, moodier, and represents the doorway to a much more ominous stratosphere on "Magnetic Field VIP", a missile guided by just the right amount of 'wobble'. "Impedance" is the final piece of the puzzle and, it too, ups the tempo and drives proudly into more stepping motions. Illness
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Dissociate EP
AUF 020
28 Jul 16
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Dissociate (original mix) - (5:29) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dissociate (Greazus remix) - (3:54) 107 BPM
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Tx (original mix) - (4:30) 86 BPM
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Tx (Levrige remix) - (4:28) 87 BPM
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Tx (Subcorr remix) - (4:28) 120 BPM
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Review: Doctor Jeep (is that a Sisters Of Mercy reference?) has been kicking around for a couple of years now, dropping bona fide beats for labels like Hot Mum, Trouble & Bass, Tumble Audio and now Vancouver's infectious Aufect Recordings. It's all about the wobble on this EP, working to huge effect on the bell chiming "Tx", while opener "Dissociate" is proper, slimy basement rave material; 808 percussion on overdrive to spiralling effect. Remixes come in from Levrige who turns in more of a jungle rework, while Subcorr serves up some broken beat techno, kinda like early Pangaea. Furthermore, Greazus works in breathy vocals and transforms the bells of "Tx" into tripped out drips of tonal flux.
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64o EP
MMBB 001
03 Aug 16
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Champagne Diet - (3:36) 80 BPM
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Hotline - (3:25) 53 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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64o - (4:36) 159 BPM
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Trouble - (3:28) 83 BPM
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Champagne Diet (BSN Posse remix) - (3:42) 107 BPM
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64o (ZUFU remix) - (3:50) 80 BPM
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Sub Slayers/Series 05 - Garage Bassline
SLAYERCD 08
22 Jul 16
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SourKrush - "Giving Me Life" (Honey Larochelle - Dead Belly remix) - (3:35) 127 BPM
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Dead Belly - "Friction" - (4:47) 128 BPM
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Atomic Drop - "Laundry Time" - (3:19) 128 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Sorrow" (feat Amy Kirkpatrick) - (5:08) 125 BPM
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Rhythm Riders - "Come With The Love" (feat Aswad/Renegade Soundwave & Solomon - Scott Garcia remix) - (5:26) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gella - "Twinkle" (feat MC $pyda) - (5:29) 131 BPM
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Rhythm Riders - "Come With The Love" (feat Aswad Renegade Soundwave & Solomon - Jinx In dub remix) - (4:45) 130 BPM
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Hoodoo - "Show Me Fire" - (5:03) 128 BPM
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Urban Knights - "Jamaica To Miami" (feat Daddy Freddy - Rebel Sonix remix) - (4:42) 130 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Please Don't Go" - (4:39) 138 BPM
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Gella - "Vapour Trail" - (5:17) 138 BPM
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King Yoof - "Soundboy Love" (feat Rony Blue & Mr Williamz - Gold Dubs & Nushu remix) - (4:56) 132 BPM
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High Rankin - "Sitting In The Wet" - (4:38) 138 BPM
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Jinx In Dub - "Shaka Sonics" (feat Mikey Don) - (5:53) 140 BPM
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Serial Killaz - "Dutty Sound" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Gold Dubs - "Selecta" - (4:38) 140 BPM
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Gold Dubs - "Death Mask" - (4:39) 140 BPM
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King Yoof - "Big Belly Riddim" (feat Gold Dubs) - (4:33) 144 BPM
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Dead Belly - "Bad Man Talk" (feat Ghost Writerz & G.O.L.D) - (5:04) 140 BPM
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Rhythm Riders - "Come With The Love" (feat Aswad/Renegade Soundwave & Solomon - Toronto Is Broken remix) - (4:34) 138 BPM
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Atomic Drop - "What You Wish" (feat MaryMissFairy) - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Never Let You Go" (feat Jodie Carnall) - (4:21) 138 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Rosuto" - (3:07) 143 BPM
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Gold Dubs - "The Rhythm" (feat Nike) - (5:37) 140 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Hear You" - (5:18) 138 BPM
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Electric Friends - "Electric Friends" (Toronto Is Broken remix) - (4:08) 138 BPM
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Toronto Is Broken - "Sub Slayers: Series 05 - Garage Bassline" (continuous mix) - (53:19) 142 BPM
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Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers label has now reached the fifth instalment of the increasingly respected Sub Slayers Series. He's scored a real coup here, by signing up rising 21-year old producer Toronto Is Broken to both curate the tracklist and provide an exclusive mix too. The focus this time round is firmly on garage and bass, and there are 26 bleeding edge selections to explore. Highlights include the aquatic synth pads and bottom end rumbles of Sourkrush's "Giving Me Life (Dead Belly mix)", the haunted soul-step of "Laundry Time" by Atomic Drop and the grimey dancehall of "Twinkle" by Gella.
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Street Bangers Factory Vol 5
MTXLT 141
23 Sep 16
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Feadz - "Panther Pump" - (3:06) 133 BPM
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Big Dope P - "Lap Dance" - (2:17) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shiftee & Natlek - "Disrespect" (feat Sugur Shane) - (3:06) 130 BPM
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Dudley Slang - "The Embush" - (5:02) 65 BPM
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Hiroki Yamamura - "Venus Beats" - (4:10) 160 BPM
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Lockah - "Freaks Come Out" (edit) - (3:37) 126 BPM
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Review: Never underestimate the power of Moveltraxx. And that applies to pretty much any musical genre that contains repetitive beats and significant levels of low frequencies. The French imprint returns with the fifth chapter of their Street Bangers Factory series and, once again, we're faced with a sublime collection of everything that falls somewhere along the hardcore continuum. Feadz turns up with an old school banger that brings back the spirit of the late 80's M25 parties, Big Dope P offers a jazzy view of trap, Dudley Slang's "The Embush" is a glorious house banger with a dope selection of piano keys and, among other certified killers, Lockah proceeds to deliver some pure hip-house for good measure. Recommended!
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Fist Bump
NS 002
09 Sep 16
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Nomine - "Run Darker" (feat MC Bassman) - (3:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nomine - "NO" - (4:33) 140 BPM
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Nomine - "Nomine's Heartbeat" - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Fist Bump" - (5:12) 65 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Yea" - (4:20) 130 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Road Trip" - (5:23) 130 BPM
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Review: Nomine Sound unleashes yet more forward-thinking dubstep tactics on us, and with a new artists for us to get familiar with, too. Label head Nomine himself steps up alongside newcomer Cocktail Party Effect, and the two offer three devilish cuts each that'll make the bass purists more than happy. Also, we have the legendary MC Bassman with his singular jungle swagger over Nomine's first tune, the break-heavy roller called "Run Darker". This is followed by "No", a heavy digi dub kinda lick with a sci-Fi approach, and the heavier, more anthem "Nomine's Heartbeat". Cocktail Party Effect starts off with the leading "Fist Bump", a tight bundle of intricate percussion and tribalism, then moving to the murkier dubstep waters of "Yea", and ending up on the more jittery beat frenzy that is "Road Trip". Heavy.
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Disaster Piece
506020 5157171
15 Jul 16
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Chosen (feat Animai) - (3:15) 140 BPM
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Judgement - (3:48) 80 BPM
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Curtain Call (feat Animai) - (3:13) 138 BPM
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Groundhog (feat Animai) - (4:50) 80 BPM
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No Way Out (feat Animai) - (3:43) 140 BPM
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Flatline - (2:14) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bob Marley - (3:04) 144 BPM
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Dons & Divas (feat Animai) - (3:07) 140 BPM
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Gunfingers (feat Tinchy Stryder) - (3:31) 140 BPM
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Grime - (3:15) 91 BPM
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Horror Show Style - (3:24) 66 BPM
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Testin' - (3:38) 138 BPM
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Review: Gentrification is quite a thing. East London might be full of middle class types fetishising '60s Brutalist buildings like Goldfinger's Balfron Tower. But original resident, and former Roll Deep MC, Flowdan (aka Marc Veira) has something to say about it too. Veira grow up by this tower and to him it's a 'Disaster Piece' from a grim place rather than a masterpiece. This album is his most personal and over this 12 track 'melodic grime symphony', he opens up about a hard knock life that he (and pals like Tinchy Stryder, Manga and Animai) knows better than most.
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Blow
TUM 023
01 Aug 16
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Two Tons - "Blow" - (4:28) 132 BPM
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Two Tons - "Dnt Giv A Fck" - (4:14) 130 BPM
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Two Tons - "Blow" (Joedan VIP) - (4:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Joedan - "No Verse Two" (feat MC Shantie) - (4:34) 101 BPM
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Review: "Blow", by Two Tons (aka Joedan and Kontent) pays homage to the Johnny Deep movie of the same name - pure as the driven snow. It's also a tune that'll shake your speaker cones, with its rattling rhythms and positively sub-maximal bottom end. Joedan ups the wobble factor on his VIP mix, whilst "Dnt Gve A Fck" is a neon-lit, late night roller. Joedan appears again, this time with his own "No Verse Two" - all sparse tropical beats and grime verses courtesy of MC Shantie. Boom!
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Eating Hooks
MTR 067SLM
23 Sep 16
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Eating Hooks (Siriusmo remix - Solomun edit) - (7:02) 124 BPM
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Review: Moderat's third album, simply tagged as III for the purpose of continuity with their previous two albums on the Monkeytown imprint, took us by the scruff or necks when it was released earlier this year, and we knew it was only a matter of time before see some remixes to spring up off the back of it. However, this particular number isn't quite a remix, but an edit of a remix. Yes, very much in line with the label's improvisational vibe. Tech house specialist Solomun remoulds Siriusmo's remix of the track, now a sleek and DJ-ready house anthem with a progressive tone at its core, and drenched in poppy vocals to make it an instant hit beyond the ones in control of the decks.
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Spectrums Vol 2
3024-027
26 Sep 16
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Syvv - (4:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Better Way - (5:32) 157 BPM
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Eclipse - (5:23) 129 BPM
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Review: Danish producer Henrik Koefod aka Erosion Flowis still only in his early twenties but has already reached a very high standard. Spotting his talent 3024 owner Martyn snapped up an EP from him last year and now follows it with a second "Spectrums" instalment. On "Better Way" the tempo is slowed right down to provide backing for an angelic vocal but in the main Volume 2 is all about the dance floor. He taps into the chord-heavy sound of 90s techno for the fist-pumping "Eclipse" while on "Syvv" a more stepping rhythm prevails underpinning a spine-tingling synth melody reminiscent of Slam's Positive Education.
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Space Race
2 NDRP12034
12 Aug 16
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Space Race (Part 1 & 2) - (6:12) 61 BPM
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Sometime I Share (Space Race Part 3) - (7:35) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Aside from one recent appearance for Germany's techno-minded Ilian Tape, Djrum has been an integral member of the UK's 2nd Drop label since 2011, where he's been producing mind-bending bass infusions for the post-dubstep era. He's back with "Space Race (Part 1 & 2)" this week, a broken cascade of slithering percussion and sliding pools of low frequencies all fighting against one another for space and movement; it's a sublime bass track that pushes the limits of dance music to its very edges. "Sometime I Share (Space Race Part 3)" reminds us of DBridge's recent material for his own Exit label, and that means a hybrid form of drum and bass that takes inspiration from genres like juke, jungle, and a little bit of r&b. Impressive stuff.
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Arisen
SGR 03
18 Jul 16
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Stockyards - (4:27) 140 BPM
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Projekts - (4:55) 139 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pirate Banter - (4:58) 140 BPM
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Arisen - (5:03) 137 BPM
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Review: Bristol-based bass enthusiast Sorrow has a reputation as a "moody electronic outsider", at least musically speaking. While this latest EP on his Shinigrim imprint is, predictably, more than a little on the baked side, the young producer mostly steers clear of pitch-black paranoia. Opener "Stockyards" boasts clean, punchy percussion and throbbing sub-bass, but feels breezy rather than stiflingly humid. The same could be said about the swinging, dub-wise "Projekts", while "Pirate Banter" makes great use of ricocheting dub samples and a booming, pitched-down soundsystem "riddim". Even "Arisen", with its' manipulated R&B vocal samples and foreboding bass drops, is relatively cheery.
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Human.exe
HYPR 044LP
23 Sep 16
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Gear Soul - (6:27) 160 BPM
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Operator - (3:06) 125 BPM
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Chrome Tears - (3:12) 115 BPM
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Machina - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Robo - (3:08) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Telepathic - (4:47) 113 BPM
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Metal Mutant - (3:39) 85 BPM
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Fix Me - (3:39) 160 BPM
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Escape - (3:19) 141 BPM
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Exo Club - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Axis - (4:23) 160 BPM
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Human 10 - (2:17) 150 BPM
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Beating Heart - Malawi
BH 001D
03 Jun 16
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Ibibio Sound Machine - "Amai Ndiwulule" - (5:05) 55 BPM
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Luke Vibert - "Africable" - (4:35) 128 BPM
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Wxt - "Bat Walk Mix" - (5:37) 116 BPM
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With You - "No Resistance" - (5:05) 60 BPM
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Drew Moyo - "Munthu" - (4:39) 124 BPM
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Sonye - "Sankha Dona" - (2:43) 107 BPM
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Jimi Needles - "Tabiya" - (3:58) 150 BPM
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Max - "Londawi" - (6:49) 60 BPM
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Kidnap Kid - "First Light" - (5:47) 62 BPM
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Phil Moffa - "Center Of The World" - (6:41) 62 BPM
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Lack Of Afro - "I Met You Today" - (5:16) 110 BPM
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Afriquoi - "Mwana Wa" - (3:41) 122 BPM
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Beating Heart - "The Work" (feat Rudimental - Rudimental remix) - (6:51) 125 BPM
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Clap! Clap! - "Kulira" - (3:54) 160 BPM
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My Nu Leng - "Eyes" - (4:19) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ulterior Motive - "Mulanje" - (4:31) 107 BPM
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Machinedrum - "Lewasi" - (3:50) 150 BPM
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Lancelot - "Tisankhe Lero" - (5:58) 128 BPM
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Tru Fonix - "Bop" - (4:10) 125 BPM
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Applebottom And Petar Rabbit - "Intergalafrica" - (6:56) 120 BPM
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Throwing Shade - "Dream Scene" - (3:23) 119 BPM
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Footsteps In The Jungle
SEOLP 002
15 Jul 16
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The Rhythms - (3:15) 107 BPM
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Aztecs - (3:36) 107 BPM
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Body Movin - (3:04) 160 BPM
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Papamu - (3:06) 160 BPM
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Space Safari - (3:24) 107 BPM
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Soundboy Dub - (3:41) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Badman - (4:08) 107 BPM
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Funk You - (3:02) 107 BPM
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Stay Together - (3:15) 107 BPM
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Fake City - (4:31) 83 BPM
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Witch Doctor (feat Lux Familiar) - (3:52) 107 BPM
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EP 1
SUBSOL 016
29 Jul 16
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Fruity Loops - (3:58) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Arms House - (3:10) 145 BPM
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Brixton Blow Out (Rubber dub) - (4:08) 150 BPM
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Psi
WARPCDD 259
16 Sep 16
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Locq - (3:06) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sonne - (3:54) 94 BPM
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Dialler - (2:22) 72 BPM
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Used 2 B - (4:06) 87 BPM
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True Hold - (4:05) 87 BPM
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Pixasao - (2:01) 69 BPM
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Blade - (3:49) 111 BPM
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Epsilon - (5:15) 65 BPM
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The Opaque - (3:52) 59 BPM
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Cache - (2:44) 90 BPM
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Yyang - (2:43) 73 BPM
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51-61-6 - (2:18) 88 BPM
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Review: The UK's Patten duo have already appeared on London's timeless Warp stable, but this latest album truly feels like their most accomplished work to date. That's because this particular style of experimentalism is full of direction, nothing is used for the sake of it, and all their sounds are perfectly balanced with another. It almost feels like a mathematical ride through the deepest, most convoluted corners of UK bass music, an aspect of these tunes that we love. Moreover, they make total sense as one whole unit of sound and, rather than being disparate slices of leftfield, they move and evolve with each other for the whole duration of the album. We won't go into details because this is music to be interpreted freely, much like the majority of this label's never-ending pit of goodness. Recommended.
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Scuba Presents Hotflush Vol 4/Tech X Step (2008 - 2011)
HFCOMP 006
29 Jul 16
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Scuba - "Tense" - (4:41) 138 BPM
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Scuba - "Ruptured" (Surgeon remix) - (6:38) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Abucs - "Heavy Metrics" - (4:56) 136 BPM
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Sigha - "On The Strip" - (5:51) 138 BPM
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George FitzGerald - "Don't You" - (6:41) 135 BPM
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Sigha - "Expansions" - (6:20) 67 BPM
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Scuba - "Klinik" - (5:43) 138 BPM
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Sigha - "Bruised" - (5:15) 136 BPM
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Scuba - "From Within" (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (7:00) 127 BPM
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Scuba - "Hard Boiled" (SCB edit) - (8:51) 63 BPM
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Emi Ono - "Kuro Shinju" - (5:30) 140 BPM
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Scuba - "Disorder" - (5:20) 142 BPM
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Sigha - "Remembrance" - (8:30) 140 BPM
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TRG & Dub U - "Losing Marbles" (2562 remix) - (6:38) 138 BPM
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Scuba - "Reverse" - (4:29) 137 BPM
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Sigha - "Rawww" - (10:26) 124 BPM
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Review: Hotflush head honcho Scuba compiles sounds from his revered imprint's early days which demonstrate its sound merging with the then fledgling dynamics of UK bass and the subterranean energy of Berlin techno. No doubt influenced by his move there and the highly successful Sub:stance night he curated at Berghain for a few years. Like many retrospective compilations there are some greatest hits for sure ("Hard Boiled"/"Remembrance"), as well as some near misses (Abucs "Heavy Metrics"/Ei Ono "Kuru Shinju") but the latter sure sound better the second time around. Some killer remixes too, such as Surgeon's menacing rendition of "Ruptured" and Marcel Dettmann's seething take on "From Within" which we shouldn't forget about.
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Rainbows
TUM 019
07 Dec 15
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Rainbow - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Colours - (4:48) 135 BPM
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Once Upon A Time - (4:32) 130 BPM
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Rainbows (DJ Direct remix) - (4:21) 132 BPM
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Review: This new EP from Birmingham's bass bastion Bassboy sees him leap artistically from his early days of RnB cut-ups. He's been pushing his sound more towards an off-kilter garage sound of late, though here things begin brightly with "Rainbows" - an infectious fusion of fizzy garage-pop and brutal bottom end. However elsewhere the perky "Colours" benefits from some heavy tribal thump and "Once Upon A Time" is an orgy of nasty 4x4 and 90s vocal snippets and pads aplenty. DJ Direct also appears to add some serious muscle to the title track too.
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Done Me Wrong
NMBRS 16
19 Sep 11
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Done Me Wrong - (5:29) 129 BPM
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Bax - (5:33) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The latest release from the Glaswegian imprint adds a further sheen of excellence in a year where Numbers has really knuckled down and concentrated on a schedule of multi faceted releases. Such has been the demand for Mosca's debut on the Numbers imprint, the London based producer cheekily took to touting advance DJ copies of Do Me Wrong via Facebook. Both tracks here are fully poised for the floor, priming a throwback Bassline / UK G swing dipped in a nowness from Mosca that's been evident on drops for Night Slugs and Fat City. Unusually, it's the B Side that's garnered the most attention, which is odd as "Done Me Wrong" is excellent, reigning in vintage female hollerations over clipping rhythms, swamping basslines and parping synths that pay homage to the classic "RIP Groove". Flipside, the more celebrated "Bax" is a dual assault on your senses, murky sub bass jabbing at your ribs, whilst the sweet cooing vocals whisper sweet nothings in your ears. All this is underpinned by a skipping mid 90s flex heavy on the neon stabs that has warehouse jam written all over it.
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Juicy Patty
LDN 063
24 Jun 16
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Juicy Patty - (2:58) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Juicy Patty (instrumental) - (2:58) 140 BPM
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Juicy Patty (Logos remix) - (2:53) 140 BPM
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Juicy Patty (Blackdown's Big Size 12 remix) - (5:24) 130 BPM
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Review: UK grime maestro Terror Danjah has been smashing it ever since his first EPs started to emerge in the early 2000s, and we have to say that the man hasn't stopped rinsing it since. Among other big labels, he's been an integral part of London's Hyperdub unit, but the time has come to spill some truth on the respected Keysound label and here he is with "Juicy Patty", a vocal-led gunshot riddim that literally sounds as if it was recorded straight on the curbside; jacking, stop-start beats and a minimal arrangement make this a true London burner. There's an instrumental mix, too, for the DJs, but the first remix comes from Logos, who shreds the entire structure down and focusses heavily on the percussion, followed by Blackdown's louder, more menacing interpretation for the peak time hours.
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Chip Shop Vol 1
CHIP 011
10 Aug 15
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Dr Cryptic - "Dirty Dot" - (4:48) 135 BPM
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1Point5 - "Day & Night" - (4:13) 138 BPM
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DeadbeatUK - "Raving Crew" - (3:52) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sekt 87 - "Marching Powder" - (5:45) 140 BPM
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Dr Oscillator & Syntex Erra - "The Unknown" - (5:34) 140 BPM
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Little Mesters - "Rude" - (3:58) 138 BPM
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Ground Level - "Elevate" - (6:33) 130 BPM
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AudioSquid - "Boogie" - (4:29) 138 BPM
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Thorpey - "Uppercut" - (3:44) 140 BPM
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Review: Having recently celebrated their tenth release, Sheffield's Chip Butty have now rounded up the cream of their roster for Chip Shop Vol 1. There are nine bangers featured here, all promising 'hard 4x4 beats mashed with twisted basslines'. They're not wrong either: highlights include label stalwart Dr Cryptic's pounding garage-step sing-a-long "Dirty Dot", the doomily orchestrated wobbler "Marching Powder" by Sekt 87 and the menacing speed garage of "Rude" by Little Mesters.
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Brain
PUNKS 082
27 Jun 16
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Brain - (3:56) 131 BPM
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Down The House - (4:55) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Stanton Warriors' Punks label is on fire right now with hardly a week going by without some killer new dancefloor slayers arriving from this imprint. The latest bass grenade from this stable is Brain by Outlord, and boy it doesn't disappoint! Presented as 'two classic 808 ragga re-rubs', the title track kicks off with some seriously muscular thump, and classic rave/hardcore breaks and sirens. Next up "Down The House" evokes memories of early Prodigy by teaming vintage reggae samples with doomy ghetto beats. Tailor made for festivals these two jams will set your summer alight.
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Knights Of Ren
KAP 016
19 Feb 16
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Island Wave - (4:04) 138 BPM
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Knights Of Ren - (5:20) 140 BPM
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Barbaric - (5:04) 95 BPM
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Knights Of Ren (Lemz/Hi5ghost remix) - (4:58) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up To Speed (feat Trim) - (3:01) 140 BPM
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Review: Bristol's Asa and Sorrow have struck up quite the partnership over the last few years, and the duo are quickly establishing themselves as lean, mean machine for producing well-oiled slabs of mutant bass experiments. They're back on Kapsize this time - home to big boys such as Benga and Joker - and they've brought the fire with five lethal doses of almost-dubstep, and finely deconstructed pseudo-house. Across all five bangers, the harmonies float over punchy breaks, devious hooks and pounding walls of low frequencies. It's one for the purists, that's for sure, but this is also gear that can easily appeal toolbars of a good, casual bass-shake.
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Unreleased 8 Bar Instrumentals
U 8BAR001
11 Jun 16
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Dark Riderz - (3:20) 135 BPM
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Mad - (4:17) 135 BPM
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Top Form - (5:18) 135 BPM
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Judgement Day Beat - (3:44) 135 BPM
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Breaker Gang - (3:05) 138 BPM
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Brainwashed - (3:32) 138 BPM
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Dubplate Title - (3:59) 138 BPM
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Background - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Bass Sick - (4:09) 135 BPM
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Bongo072 - (4:03) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Loopy - (3:47) 135 BPM
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Salsa Dance - (4:37) 67 BPM
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Late Nightr - (2:48) 135 BPM
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138 Beat Machine - (4:14) 138 BPM
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Cannon Drum - (4:36) 130 BPM
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Hype Riddim - (3:56) 140 BPM
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Pulse Soca - (4:44) 135 BPM
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Darkside Bongo - (4:08) 67 BPM
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Played by: Monkey Wrench
Review: Not to be confused with FWD's Youngsta, DDJs' Youngstar is also a veteran of the UK garage and grime sphere. In fact, this man has been doing it longer and his tunes have been firing up the scene since 2001. While he used to focus more exclusively on garage, this contemporary material is all about the grime bars and, as you'll be able to tell from the title, the bars are short but extremely effective. With eighteen cuts to choose from, this is the perfect material to use either as heavy DJ artillery, or for part-time vocalism if you're in the spittin' mood. One thing is for sure, though, this is A-class material from an underrated legend of the UK grime game.
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Rising Stars Vol 3
UWB 022
20 Jun 16
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Robsi Mantura - "Smile It Out" - (4:09) 125 BPM
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Machaon - "Untitled" - (4:56) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aliii - "Artifice" - (3:15) 124 BPM
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Aliii - "Blackmail" - (4:11) 124 BPM
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TK Vicious - "You Went" - (5:17) 130 BPM
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Lycid - "Redshift" - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Review: U Wot Blud are always ahead of the game and although many have moved on since last year's instalment of the Rising Stars series, they've not stayed still either. This third volume shows us a whole new side to the UWB sound, which if not exactly 'sensitive', is certainly showing a kind of newfound maturity. The dancefloor is still their main priority of course, and the two 4/4 techy electro-house bangers by Aliii ("Artifice", "Blackmail") totally capture that spirit. Elsewhere highlights include scattershot tropicalia and bouncy bass of "You Went" by TK Vicious and the pounding future-jack-fest of "Redshift" by Lycid.
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Spread Love
UWB 024
11 Aug 16
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You & I - (4:09) 124 BPM
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You & I (Pelikann remix) - (5:04) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love - (4:07) 124 BPM
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You & I (Melinki & Demurer remix) - (5:23) 129 BPM
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You & I (Pavv remix) - (4:24) 132 BPM
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Review: Here U Wot Blud have reached out all the way to Austria, home of rising star Robsi Mantoura. Having spent some time in the UK absorbing the bassy sounds of Julio Bashmore and his ilk, he now gives us EPs like Spread Love. "You & I" is warm, skippy house with extra sprinkles of garage and wobble for good measure. Pelikann toughens it up with starker snare rolls and chants whilst Melinki goes for orchestral DnB and Pavv opts for straight up wobble. Finally the original "Love" is more soulful with nods to 90s garage and even some sax!
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Blackest EP
2020 LDN002
08 Apr 16
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For Sudden - (3:46) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cronx - (3:22) 85 BPM
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Ivory Tusk - (3:57) 57 BPM
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Deft, Tehbis & Touchy Subject - "Sesame Street" - (3:35) 83 BPM
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Cat Like Thief - (3:47) 159 BPM
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Review: Yip Wong has done nothing but impress since his first EP's started coming out on Project Mooncircle, and his material under the Deft banner has given us consistently high levels of freshness and experimentation. Moreover, Wong always manages to add soemthing personal to his bass amalgamations, thereby rendering them both powerful and alluring. "For Sudden" is the perfect example, a broken bass scorcher with an Eastern sort of chime to it, while "Cronx" sounds like across between Madlib and Mala, so not exactly a bad combination. "Ivory Tusk" stutters its sharp bass knives all over the shop, and "Sesame Street" sees Deft team up with Thebis and Touchy Subject for a jazzier sort of moment that sounds just right; "Cat Life Thief" ties things off with a placid touch, a gentle wave of harmonics that dissolves the anger of the previous tracks away.
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