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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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Played by: Darren Judge
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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Saucy Selections Vol 2
SAUCY 009
12 Jun 15
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Chris Skapetis - "Had Enough" - (5:58) 118 BPM
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Tickles - "Code Red" - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Grande - "NOS" - (4:25) 125 BPM
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Inkline - "Model" - (4:38) 125 BPM
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DevelopMENT - "Broken Piano" - (5:22) 128 BPM
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Melod!k - "Let's Get It" - (5:07) 126 BPM
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Crown Duels & Hywel - "Got True Be" - (4:38) 62 BPM
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Brent Kilner & Joel Casey - "Don't Forget Me" - (6:37) 129 BPM
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Spekktrum - "The Game" - (3:57) 65 BPM
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Spookz - "Straight Up" - (5:00) 129 BPM
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Libra (UK) - "Renegade Horns" - (3:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Luke Randall - "BB-8" - (3:52) 132 BPM
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Boy Martel - "Brain" - (4:31) 129 BPM
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Pelikann - "Tight" - (4:46) 135 BPM
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Underground Traffic - "Redrum" - (6:03) 64 BPM
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Gully Creeper - "Clones" - (4:45) 129 BPM
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Ruffhau5 - "Who's Hau5" - (6:19) 123 BPM
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Review: UK operation Saucy Record return with a swiftly compiled second volume of Saucy Selections featuring a healthy 17 cuts of Tech, Bass, House and Garage from the international community. Label regulars like Libra (UK), Melod!k, and Spekktrum brush up against Saucy newcomers and there's a pleasant array of styles and sounds to be found within this selection, moving from sultry cuts such as opener "Had Enough" by Chris Skapetis to tougher and rougher bassline movers. Grande's "NOS" playfully toys around the Club Constructions approach to dancefloor tools, whilst Spekktrum is on aggro form with compilation highlight "The Game".
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Emotions
SLM 163
17 Jun 16
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Truth - (5:53) 131 BPM
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Emotions - (5:23) 130 BPM
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Not The Same - (6:48) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mind Of A Dragon & Cellardore - "Thoughts" - (5:58) 129 BPM
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Review: The information surrounding Mind Of A Dragon is still as imperceptible as ever, and this new EP for Slime adds to the mystery in a delightful way. Even the tunes, a harsh blend of garage, bass and nu-skool jungle, are dusty and covered in a layer of mystique that gets our appetites going good and proper. "Emotions" itself is a powerful garage stormer with a those inimitable r&b samples and accompanied by an intricate percussion flex, The stand-out moment for us, though, is surely "Not The Same" simply for its woozy, shape-shifting bass and forward-thinking beat arrangement. A winner.
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Spring Cuttah/Operator
AMAR 008
10 Jun 16
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Spring Cuttah - (4:14) 140 BPM
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Operator (Addison Groove remix) - (4:25) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: ARtroniks, Alert, Indiji, CLEXXS
Review: Halftime warrior Amit returns with more skank-packed slo-mo drum & bass. "Spring Cuttah" is Amit at his warmest, sunniest and Tubbiest; weighty plodding kicks and soulful sighing sax, it's a true nodder of a jam. Remix-wise Bristolian headhunter Addison Groove mashes up last year's heavily supported halftime cut "Operator" with even more amen angularities. Incredible scenes.
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Strength EP
ARTFIC 006
17 Jun 16
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Strength (feat Charli Brix) - (5:13) 132 BPM
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Bada - (4:00) 130 BPM
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Throttle - (4:33) 128 BPM
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Mutu - (5:10) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: CLEXXS
Review: Sitting pretty in the triptych heat of halftime, jungle and bass, Nuvaman continues his fractured sermons on Artifice. Instant neck-snappery abounds on "Strength" as amens rifle back/forth/inside/out over dense pads. "Bada" is a more restrained piece of pensive drones and tones while "Throttle" gets up to speed with stark bass and a spacious two-step swing. Finally "Mutu" takes us back to bed with the trippiest low-end designs of the EP. Welcome to the future.
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Dreamz Come True
LVX 027D
24 Jun 16
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4Fourth Dimension - (4:04) 131 BPM
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Dreamz Come True (feat Rochelle Jordan) - (3:44) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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IPhone - (5:20) 64 BPM
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Hydrant - (3:46) 61 BPM
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Yrs Ago/Animus
PMAWS 010
20 Jun 16
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Yrs Ago - (6:49) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Animus - (4:59) 61 BPM
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Review: Calum Lee aka Paleman returns to Loefah's new 81 label, the more spontaneous, more digi-centric Swamp 81 offshoot, and as usual the man brings with him an air of innovation to the whole bass sphere. That's because "Yrs Ago" is a tune that could easily be played out in a techno set and, much like Boddika's recent output, it subtly ties the lines between many futuristic genres and sub-genres - a total winner! "Animus" is bleaker in texture and hollow in structure but nonetheless at the cutting-edge of UK bass music. Both tunes offer something less penetrable and more impressionistic that the majority of Paleman's compatriots in 2016. Excellent and highly recommended.
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Jupiter
SAUCY 030
03 Jun 16
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Jupiter (original mix) - (5:18) 135 BPM
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Jupiter (Tri3e remix) - (6:10) 132 BPM
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Jupiter (Underground Traffic remix) - (5:37) 128 BPM
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Godzilla (original mix) - (4:56) 133 BPM
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Godzilla (Melinki remix) - (4:52) 129 BPM
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Godzilla (WATSN remix) - (4:02) 133 BPM
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Tight (VIP mix) - (4:26) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tight (Hypho remix) - (3:55) 134 BPM
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Tight (Luke Randall remix) - (4:17) 128 BPM
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Review: West Midlands' finest, Pelikann is back with his third release for Saucy, a self-proclaimed 'face melter of an EP' called Jupiter. It features three new original tracks and extra mixes. Things begin with the remarkable a sinister title track - a twisted fanfare featuring a nervous gasping recurring sound. Elsewhere we get slinky bass and punky beats on Tri3e and Underground Traffic's mixes. The monstrous "Godzilla" is followed by the viscous "Tight" and "R.P.A.F.A." which brings unexpectedly precise grime vibe to the EP. Further shout outs go to Pelikann's own VIP mixing skills and the jagged bass of WATSN's version.
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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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Played by: Darren Judge, 6Blocc
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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Horror Show Style
506020 5157249
10 Jun 16
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Horror Show Style - (3:24) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Horror Show Style - (3:22) 66 BPM
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Horror Show Style (instrumental) - (3:21) 66 BPM
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Horror Show Style (acappella) - (3:28) 133 BPM
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Played by: Smutlee
Review: Flowdan (aka Marc Veira) was, along with pals like Wiley, JME, Skepta, Jammer, Double E and Footsie, instrumental in breaking the UK Grime sound 15 years ago. Today he insists that it never went away, and he certainly hasn't either - always keeping it real and, now with new album Disaster Piece looming, stronger than ever. The first taster from the record is single "Horror Show Style", which features a creepy, doom-laden track over which this former Roll Deep MC delivers his unique, time-bending flow. Produced by the mighty Splurgeboys, this track has got us well hyped for the LP!
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Place Burn Down
TUM 022
06 Jun 16
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Place Burn Down (feat MC Shantie) - (4:07) 136 BPM
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Warpin' - (4:40) 130 BPM
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Hardkore Appeal - (5:38) 126 BPM
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The Future - (5:04) 130 BPM
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Hardkore Appeal (Deadbeat UK remix) - (6:19) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hardkore Appeal (Denham Audio remix) - (5:05) 132 BPM
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The Future (PVC remix) - (5:49) 132 BPM
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Played by: Denham Audio, Pavv
Review: Liverpool bass man Lucent isn't known for his gentle compassion when delivering dancefloor punishment, and there's no change on his latest four-track assault, "Place Burn Down". The fans of course can't get enough of it and who can blame them? This EP once again highlights this producer's meticulous eye for detail and originality without ever appearing soft. Highlights include the epic eponymous opener, which is a hybrid of 4 x 4, electro-house fizz and MC Shantie's verbal fire. Elsewhere carnival trumpet stabs are about in the breakin' "Warpin'" and the 22nd century electronic dance mayhem of "The Future". Boom!
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Workouts
C/C/S 2136
24 Jun 16
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Warmup - (2:30) 140 BPM
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Hands (feat Koppi Mizrahi) - (3:14) 126 BPM
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Do It - (3:16) 125 BPM
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Whoa - (4:46) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drop Ha - (4:36) 130 BPM
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Workouts - (3:21) 140 BPM
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Cooldown - (2:09) 90 BPM
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How What Time
ACRELP 007
08 Apr 16
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Hej - (2:55) 140 BPM
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Pea Souper - (3:49) 134 BPM
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Itchin (feat Trim) - (2:21) 97 BPM
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Hadi Hadi Ah - (3:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Liege - (3:33) 143 BPM
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Russian Glass - (2:40) 65 BPM
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Floods - (2:12) 92 BPM
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How Dare You - (3:45) 136 BPM
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Sleepwave - (4:08) 147 BPM
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HWT - (2:47) 132 BPM
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Set It Straight - (2:53) 134 BPM
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Kofte Cloud - (4:13) 110 BPM
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Review: Dom Tarasek aka Commodo has already appeared on perhaps the biggest dubstep labels around, and he made his name from the string of releases on Mala's Deep Medi Muzik - not exactly a bad place to start your career, that's for sure. However, he's now branching out to other quality households, and this new LP on Black Acre feels just right in every single way. Right because his deep, brooding sound fits ever so well with the rest of the label, and right because How What Time flows perfectly as an album unit. There are three tunes on each side of the two slabs of wav, and they work as perfect, tidy trios that carry the same sort of leftward bass sound, one that never goes to deep as to become abstract, but also never gets too violent as to become silly. All in all, it is masterfully executed dubstep for the 2016 palate. Killer.
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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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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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Environment Standards
MODRU 011
24 Jun 16
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Environment Standards - (3:48) 53 BPM
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Carnivore VIP - (3:46) 107 BPM
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VIP Rave - (2:51) 159 BPM
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VIP Rave (Sinistarr Ravegod remix) - (5:40) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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Forgetting EP
2 NDRP12032
10 Jun 16
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Forgetting - (6:20) 69 BPM
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Projection - (2:32) 74 BPM
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Induction - (8:50) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Forgetting Coda - (1:36) 72 BPM
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Review: We often forget that the 2nd Drop imprint has been as important to dubstep and contemporary bass music as other more above-radar labels like Tempa or Hessle Audio. They've been going string since the noughties, and plenty of well-respects artists have passed through with their own low frequencies. London's DJRUM has been a mascot of some sort for the label, choosing to release all of his work though 2nd Drop. He's back with another four slices of daring, cutting-edge bass experimentation, and "Forgetting" is suitably broken-down and off the beaten track; "Projection" steers completely clear of beats or bass and instead delivers a fine, piano-led ambient sketch. "Induction" is a minimalistic sort of jungle with plenty of cosmic sonic flair, while "Forgetting Coda" once again steps into the realm of piano solos and acoustic improvisation. A different, refreshing take on their bass heritage.
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Brain Freeze EP
PAR 060
17 Jun 16
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Brain Freeze - (3:05) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (Creep N00m remix) - (3:18) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (Big Mikee remix) - (3:27) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (Filthy Gears remix) - (2:50) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (Hoax Beats remix) - (3:54) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (John Brown The Rebel remix) - (3:03) 140 BPM
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Brain Freeze (Jacotanu remix) - (4:37) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Hammer horror vibes: Dubzta takes us back to dubstep darker, gritty side with a staccato riff that marches with a few sense of doom. Laced with arpeggios and far-away cries, it's an instant screwface piece for any discerning dance. Remix-wise we're in for a treat as Project Allout provide no less than six versions. Highlights include Creep N00m's retained riff and subverted textures, the detuned tones and melodic twist of Filthy Gears' remix and the humour of John Brown The Rebel's version. Ice cold.
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Keep Guard
TUM 020
29 Feb 16
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Archive - "Keep Guard" - (5:00) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Archive/Distro - "Ghana Police" - (5:00) 130 BPM
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Archive - "Gully" - (5:48) 130 BPM
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Archive - "Keep Guard" (Bromley remix) - (4:48) 124 BPM
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Archive - "Keep Guard" (Sly-one remix) - (5:06) 130 BPM
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Review: Tumble Audio is what you would call a truly "UK" label. This is because it deals in just about any strain of British dance music, and from garage, through to dubstep, and post-bass, it always delivers the goods in style. This time it's Archive with five smoking riddims from the depths of underground, and "Keep Guard", along with "Ghana Police" are what you would call true hybrids - the beats are harsh and stepping, while the low frequencies dominate the groove. "Gully", once again, proves that 'bass' music really is a thing by chucking in just about any genre imaginable that falls on the hardcore continuum, and there's even a few remixes of "Keep Guard", one stripped-down Burial-like reinterpretation by Bromley, and heavy-stepping version by Sly-one.
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Beautiful EP
SMD 011
24 Jun 16
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Beautiful - (4:42) 125 BPM
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Inner Place - (4:11) 131 BPM
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Hold On - (3:22) 140 BPM
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Missin Element - (3:25) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Russian dubstep producer Sqz Me makes some emotive and haunting deep dubstep we must say. "Beautiful" samples Justin Timberlake's vocals put through harsh redux that wail over layers of smoky pads and powerful bass pulsations. "Inner Place" is minimal and glacial, like getting vaped and going on an Arctic expedition.Closing this thing out is "Missin Element" which reminds us a bit of bass music classics like "Hyph Mngo" and is absolutely sublime. This young Siberian producer is definitely one to watch out for in 2016.
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Dotted
TEMPA 107D
06 May 16
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Dotted - (5:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Untitled - (5:49) 62 BPM
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Dotted (Dro Carey remix) - (5:44) 129 BPM
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8th - (4:29) 65 BPM
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Review: It's an all-Australian takeover on Tempa for their 107th release, coming through in the shape of Cliques, Sydney's Hamish Dixon and George Nicholas. "Dotted", the title track, is a fistful of rolling kick drums and scattered percussion, all coated in a fine layer of minimalistic bleeping - a new and min-melting strain of UK-flavoured techno with a definite stutter; mastermind Dro Carey (TTT) remixes the track into a stompier, more cinematic bruiser with a vividly odd kind f flex in classic Carey style. "Untitled" goes for a steppers rhythm beneath solitary pads and aqueous melodies, while "8Th" ups the ante and delivers a nasty, menacing groove to get your head bouncing in pigeon-mode. Recommended!
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Arcade/Chrome
FRMD 007
03 Jun 16
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Arcade - (4:00) 130 BPM
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Chrome - (3:31) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: They say that if people's early fears of the effects of video games were correct then we'd all be in dark rooms, listening to bleeps and munching pills like Pacman. This retro arcade game themed single by Champion sounds nothing like anything anyone could've imagined music of the future would sound like. "Arcade" mixes nostalgic 8-bit melodies and doomy post-apocalyptic soundscapes punctuated by clattering metallic beats. "Chrome" meanwhile fuses a staccato bass-step edge with moody depth.
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Formula Records Presents: F=BASSA
FRMC 001
06 Apr 15
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Flava D - "Home" (Champion remix) - (4:30) 129 BPM
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Terror Danjah & Zed Bias - "Telepathy" (feat Olivia Louise) - (4:42) 132 BPM
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AC Slater & Champion - "Game Of Horns" - (4:34) 128 BPM
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Killjoy - "Turnt Ones VIP" - (3:27) 86 BPM
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Flava D - "In The Dance VIP" - (4:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Champion - "Cannon" - (4:14) 129 BPM
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Hybrid Theory & Trilla - "Dutty" - (4:31) 128 BPM
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Flava D - "Break" - (4:12) 129 BPM
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Killjoy - "Most High" - (5:23) 88 BPM
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Terror Danjah - "Say What I Like" (feat Meridian Dan & Hyper & President T & 9 Milli Major) - (3:28) 94 BPM
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Champion - "Iced Tea" - (5:08) 62 BPM
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Terror Danjah - "What Would I Do" (feat Badness) - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Champion - "Sensitivity" (feat Ruby Lee Ryder - Flava D remix) - (4:22) 129 BPM
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Hsyfever - "Ground Collapse" (Mickey Pearce remix) - (4:31) 60 BPM
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Champion - "Crazy" (feat Princess Nyah) - (4:32) 159 BPM
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Review: Champion's Formula fam come correct on this expertly curated 15-track exploration into the future realms of bottom heavy music. With exclusive cuts and versions firing from all the label's most consistent contributors, it covers all relative corners creatively; from Killjoy's gameshow grime "Turnt Ones VIP" to the chiselled, sinewy two-steps of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias's "Telepathy" via the sheet metal snares on Flava D's "Break", this collection goes further than representing a forward-thinking imprint but also documents exactly where bass music is heading in the future. Grand prix business.
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Stupid Things I Do
CBS 16
18 Aug 14
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Stupid Things I Do (new school mix) - (6:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stupid Things I Do (old school mix) - (7:23) 129 BPM
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Percussion Workout 1 - (3:59) 130 BPM
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Percussion Workout 2 - (8:36) 134 BPM
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Review: Having struggled to find his niche during the early part of his career, things started looking up for Randomer when he popped up on Numbers back in 2011 with the bombastic blends of acid house and techno that made up his impressive Real Talk EP. Since then, he's impressively flitted between techno and bass music, and here delivers an all-out techno assault for Clone's occasional Basement Series. There's a real no-nonsese feel to the relentless kick-drums and cut-up vocal samples of "Stupid Things I Do", which comes in "New School" and "Old School" mix formats (the latter including some looser techno breakbeats, and thus being our pick). The EP also includes two formidable percussion workouts, which deliver driving drums and booming basslines.
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Deeper Down
PUNKS 080
24 Jun 16
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Deeper Down (feat Eva Lazarus - Macho remix) - (3:52) 126 BPM
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Review: Stanton Warriors are busy firing out one track missives at the moment, with each single release on their Punks imprint packing more of a punch than most other four track singles out there. Marten Horger's "Deeper Down" was already pretty fierce proposition, but now Slovakia's Macho has got his hands on it and now no dancefloor really is safe anymore! Macho actually won a remix commotion with this effort and we're not surprised - starting out with some seriously tough ghetto beats, the track evolves into total hands-in-the-air piano house territory and crucially does so with ease, rather than cheese.
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Masquerade EP
RWINA 018
30 Sep 15
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Crown Point - (4:43) 80 BPM
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No Solace - (3:49) 143 BPM
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The Count (Bounce) - (4:13) 80 BPM
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Masquerade - (4:27) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dionysus Park - (5:04) 65 BPM
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Dope Girls Remixes
MOM 020
13 May 16
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Dope Girls (Flava D remix) - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dope Girls (FOXTROTT remix) - (2:45) 100 BPM
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Dope Girls (UNIIQU3 remix) - (2:22) 136 BPM
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Dope Girls (Ducky remix) - (4:03) 75 BPM
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Dope Girls (Kozee remix) - (4:41) 130 BPM
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Dope Girls (Gun$ Garcia remix) - (2:53) 135 BPM
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Wot
SAUCY 025
15 Jan 16
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Wot - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Wot (Deadbeat UK remix) - (5:23) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wot (WATSN remix) - (4:02) 128 BPM
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Wot (Zander/Yvng Clovd remix) - (4:22) 128 BPM
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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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Make It Bang
PUNKS 081
20 Jun 16
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Make It Bang - (4:32) 127 BPM
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Played by: Clairvo (MustBeat)
Review: Stanton Warriors were pleasantly surprised when a demo from Brazil arrived on their doorstep. The demo was from none other than Bombo Rosa, possibly Brazil's only break beat-style act, and so impressed were the Warriors that they signed the guys to their very own Punks label. Their first release for them, Make It Bang, is a jaw-dropping short, sharp introductory jab in the solar plexus. Sounding like nothing else around right now, the track is four and a half minutes of stop-start dirty breaks with a red blooded Latin twist. A dancefloor monster if ever we heard one!
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Club Hexagon Vol 1
RSCS 011
17 Jun 16
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Chaams - "Angstrom Angst" - (3:37) 128 BPM
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Moke - "Deserted Area" - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Dehousy - "Vantablack" - (4:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sheas Drunk - "Diamonds Foot" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Nunu - "Long" - (4:08) 93 BPM
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Tommy Kid - "Shanghai" - (4:16) 140 BPM
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Lila Crack - "Aggressive Riddim" - (4:15) 66 BPM
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John Vitesse - "Bloom Doom" (vocal By Oklou) - (3:46) 136 BPM
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Review: The (Re)Sources label is still relatively young in terms of releases and artists, but they've already instilled a sense of reliability from our viewpoint, particularly for the diversity AND quality of their output, whether that be house, techno, or straight-up bass. This is their first compilation yet, an eight-track spew of all sorts of forward-thinking beats named Club Hexagon Vol.1. Chaams' opener is a twisted pile of bass and morphing samples, and other stand-outs include the techno-minded "Diamonds Foot" by Sheas Drunk, Tommy Kid's gunshot ride "Shanghai", and the moody, deep bass weight of "Bloom Doom" by John Vitesse. Hold tight for the second chapter!
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Forces EP
PTP 009
24 Jun 16
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Helix - (3:21) 125 BPM
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Stressed - (2:35) 125 BPM
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Fallen - (2:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enough - (3:19) 126 BPM
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Review: Liminal Sounds associate Copout bursts through Purple Tape Pedigree like a man with a mission...and with four devastating firebombs that cover all sorts of bass spectrums. "Helix" opens with a pseudo grime swagger, only to be swallowed whole by the more electrifying industrial weight of "Stressed". "Fallen" is pure UK bass, a tune that refuses to find any one genre and instead shifts and morphs continuously; this is followed by the eerie presence that is "Enough", a rather foreboding sort of tune that only the heads will appreciate on the dance floor.
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That Talk
STPT 009
13 May 16
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That Talk - (4:54) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Flexin' - (4:56) 130 BPM
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Run Tings - (4:50) 133 BPM
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That Talk (Bushbaby remix) - (6:08) 138 BPM
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Review: Brighton's up and coming DJ/producer Pavv is back on Southpoint with some truly representative sounds of the UK underground garage sound and after some great releases on Project All Out, In:flux Audio and U Wot Blud? Records. The sexy and wonky title track is no doubt indebted to legends like MJ Cole, but what an impressive tribute; the use of the sampled vocals on this one is sweet. Bushbaby turns in a pretty killer remix of the track too which we dug, adding more swing to the rhythm and some added 'wonk' to the bassline which worked well. Also appearing is "Run Tings" which is more raw, tracky and full of attitude; save this one for later in the night when you want to up the energy level effectively.
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Atlas Expanded
ENDG 080
17 Jun 16
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Reserva Pra Dois - (3:29) 140 BPM
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Take Off (feat Princess Nokia - Rastronaut Laser Baile mix) - (3:21) 65 BPM
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Out Of Sight (feat Rodes - Max Le Daron remix) - (5:06) 126 BPM
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On Top (feat Zanillya/Capadose & The Ruffest - Ckrono & Slesh + Beauty Brain remix) - (4:55) 125 BPM
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Eventually (feat Alex Rita & Bison - Dotorado Pro remix) - (2:32) 130 BPM
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Let Me Go (feat Nonku Phiri & Mr Carmack - Jumping Back Slash remix) - (4:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paris - Marselha (feat Cachupa Psicadelica - Siete Catorce remix) - (5:47) 93 BPM
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Whole Night (feat Okmalumkoolkat & Lewis Cancut - Stas remix) - (3:27) 135 BPM
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PPH
SAUCY 020
19 Oct 15
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PPH (original mix) - (6:56) 130 BPM
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PPH (DevelopMENT remix) - (5:28) 130 BPM
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PPH (My Nu Leng I Believe In UFOs edit) - (4:46) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: "PPH" is a prime example of progressively minded production that shows how things always move forward in Underground Traffic's world. With boomy dubstep married to housier vibes, the results are a bouncy skipper that, although moody, brings a more ghetto feel the beats. DevelopMENT takes this approach further for a real 4/4 wobble melodic hybrid. Rising stars My Nu Leng are up last with a positively epic bass attack that virtually guarantees stadium-sized pandemonium everywhere.
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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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Neuromancer EP
INFLUX 004
23 Feb 15
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Neuromancer (original mix) - (6:02) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Neuromancer (Thorpey remix) - (3:58) 130 BPM
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Neuromancer (Little Mesters remix) - (5:20) 136 BPM
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Neuromancer (1point5 remix) - (4:34) 140 BPM
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Neuromancer (Womble's funky remix) - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Neuromancer (J69 remix) - (3:17) 128 BPM
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Neuromancer (Conducta remix) - (5:40) 136 BPM
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Review: Tik & Borrow joined forces last year with the sole intent of fusing their DnB past with their garage-step future. Here they chose their own In:Flux label to release their latest tune, "Neuromancer", which is a forward bouncing wobbler, made even more lean by Thorpey. Elsewhere, highlights of the many mixes include Little Mester's deep and moody bass throbber and 1point5's delicate two-step influenced rework.
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Phased
SLM 160
06 May 16
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All I Want - (4:21) 132 BPM
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Quiet - (5:29) 133 BPM
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The Night - (5:23) 132 BPM
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All I Want (Cup & String mix) - (4:19) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Om Unit presents: Cosmology Vol 2
CBR 015
04 Dec 15
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DJ Madd - "After Dark" (feat Jay Spaker) - (4:27) 165 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Danny Scrilla - "Riddim" - (4:00) 160 BPM
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Moresounds - "What A Party" - (4:53) 173 BPM
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Om Unit - "Wagonist Riddim" (Sully's YM Steppers mix) - (3:07) 160 BPM
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Moresounds & DJ Madd - "Undastand" - (8:09) 160 BPM
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Om Unit & Fracture - "Chatting Breeze" - (3:04) 160 BPM
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Graphs - "Wrist On Glacier" - (2:26) 180 BPM
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Om Unit - "Spiritwerk" (Loxy & Resound remix) - (5:11) 160 BPM
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Om Unit & Distance - "Half The Battle" - (3:31) 170 BPM
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Danny Scrilla - "Rigel 7" (VIP) - (4:48) 150 BPM
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Review: UK bass renegade Jim Coles aka Om Unit is back and presenting the second volume of Comsology for his very own Cosmic Bridge imprint. It's another edition of cutting edge UK futurist dub inspired sounds. Starting out with the intergalactic dub of DJ Madd's "After Dark" it then gets stuck in to dark and paranoid bass therapy like on Danny Scrilla's "Riddim". Label head honcho Om Unit himself gets stuck in on "Wagonist Riddim" (Sully's YM Steppers mix) which buzzes about the place in lo-bit video game style. The real highlights though, are the new wave junglism of Moresounds & DJ Madd's "Undastand", Om Unit & Fracture's impressive footwork crossover style on "Chatting Breeze" or the body bashing dark side fury of Om Unit's "Spiritwerk (Loxy & Resound remix)".
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Philthtrax Presents: Track Runners Vol 4
PHLTRX 021
26 Jan 16
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Cherriep - "Ghost" - (4:01) 80 BPM
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Ganjoid - "Big Up" - (3:58) 81 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mooves - "Sly" - (4:05) 80 BPM
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Wormfinger - "Transmission" - (3:48) 107 BPM
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Mister Ries - "Just Today" - (4:25) 80 BPM
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Plot Twist - "Not Ok" - (4:09) 80 BPM
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Hesk - "Dig It" - (4:01) 107 BPM
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Kneco - "Blue Lights" - (2:39) 79 BPM
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Sinistarr/Philthkids - "Pay Billz" - (4:01) 150 BPM
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Typhonic - "Chords" - (5:00) 80 BPM
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Machette - "Gigi Agave" - (2:38) 158 BPM
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Cyber Sapiens
MODRU 010
20 May 16
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Cyber Sapiens - (4:20) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Power Supply - (4:00) 80 BPM
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The Core - (4:22) 75 BPM
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Memory (feat BSMNT) - (3:29) 107 BPM
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Review: This is no real surprise, but Canada's Philthkids are in no mood to mess around, and this latest EP is another shot straight to the head. Coming through courtesy of Modern Ruin, "Cyber Sapiens" is a butty tune, a not-so-gentle blend of footwork and 94' jungle held together by an intricate arrangement and some killer sonic work. "Power Supply" is more jungle than anything else, but its bassline is fresh and provocative, while "The Core" lashes out a heavy techno beat beneath starry, detuned synths; "Memory" features BSMNT and a nu-school kinds tribal beat that is a total pleasure on the old dancing feet.
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Suga's Drums
MDNGHT 003
20 May 16
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Suga's Drums - (3:37) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Maasai Voices - (4:16) 63 BPM
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Siete Rai­ces
ENDG 078
24 Jun 16
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Yuyu - (4:09) 58 BPM
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Guarida (feat Sara Van) - (4:39) 95 BPM
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La Rama De Tamarindo - (4:02) 157 BPM
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Murdah - (4:14) 151 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Badman - (4:56) 60 BPM
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R2 - (3:55) 145 BPM
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The Enemy - (3:14) 160 BPM
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Dubcharaca - (4:06) 152 BPM
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Amazonia (feat Branko & Toy Selectah) - (4:15) 90 BPM
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Holygram
SR 056
08 Apr 16
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Nille - (1:52) 83 BPM
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Johnny Blitz - (7:13) 60 BPM
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No Tongue In Cheek (feat Asbjarrn) - (4:50) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lovers Dough (feat Tellavision) - (5:12) 85 BPM
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Ghosts (feat Pantasz) - (4:29) 93 BPM
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Handpagode - (5:50) 87 BPM
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He Just Might (feat Rue Royale) - (3:53) 85 BPM
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When We Fall/Razor Wires (feat Petula) - (7:26) 67 BPM
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Wittenberge - (4:13) 70 BPM
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Walls (feat Corwood Manual) - (4:58) 83 BPM
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Jimi EP
GOODYEARS 2
18 May 16
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The Play - (5:25) 125 BPM
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Lines - (4:26) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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De Ja - (4:08) 143 BPM
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Jimi - (5:45) 107 BPM
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Caught Up - (4:20) 90 BPM
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Struggle - (4:59) 140 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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Dislocation
SGNLF 008
03 Jun 16
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The Pain - (12:12) 130 BPM
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Disengage - (7:11) 130 BPM
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Where You Are - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Animal(a), Forcible, Corporeal, Object - (6:49) 132 BPM
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Gang Drone - (10:34) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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New Epilogue/Post Everything - (5:10) 130 BPM
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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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Who Is Richie Brains
EXITLP 016
27 May 16
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Game Shades - (3:23) 169 BPM
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Sk8 M8 - (3:08) 159 BPM
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Bring Dat Back (feat Killa P) - (2:59) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Nine Two Three - (4:37) 163 BPM
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The Blips - (3:41) 170 BPM
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Buss It - (3:38) 164 BPM
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Splatta (feat Fox) - (3:06) 57 BPM
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B Boy 900000 - (6:04) 170 BPM
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Heartbreaker - (3:28) 168 BPM
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Likkle Som - (3:51) 171 BPM
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Dem A Talk Bout (feat Trigga) - (3:23) 170 BPM
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Voyage - (5:25) 170 BPM
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Tantrum - (3:27) 170 BPM
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Respeck Due (feat Rider Shafique) - (3:56) 57 BPM
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Review: Unless you've been asleep since March or you've accidentally found this review while looking up an old school mate who happens to be called Richie (or Richard) Brains then you'll know EXIT played this mystery out in style. We all had suspicions on his identity but not even the biggest forum nerd could guess that it's actually Alix Perez, Chimpo, Fixate, Fracture, Om Unit, Sam Binga and Stray. Seven men, each one decorated and respected, their skills culminating in a body of work that's part funk ("Game Shades"), part Carptenarian cinematica ("Sk8 M8") part woozy, wonky halftime ("The Blips") part grime ("Bring Dat Back") part D&B beauty ("Voyage") and all gully. It's going to be hard to find a release more deserving of the title 'album of the year' this year.
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