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War Of The Minds
MEDI 092
20 May 16
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Jade Helm - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Sound Killah - (5:17) 140 BPM
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With Us - (4:37) 140 BPM
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War Of The Minds (feat Werd2Jah) - (4:12) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Stepping away from their diligent Deep Dark Dangerous development, Truth return to the mother label with four seismic slabs of sub-soaked deepness. "Jade Helm" is a wandering swagger jam that's given character and life from subtle chime trembles, "Sound Killah" is one of those mid-track game changers when the bassline suddenly switches up with real pensive menace. "With Us" marches forth into a stark dystopian future, our scant feelings of hope raising as the drum rolls really tense up on the breakdown. Finally we hit the EP's title track; a rolling, percussion-heavy cut laced with ghostly prayer horns and shimmering skanks. Superb.
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Burn Down Babylon
MEDI 093
06 May 16
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Burn Down Babylon - (5:20) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wrong Tings - (5:41) 140 BPM
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Played by: Otz
Review: Now officially signed to Deep Medi, Schildhauer and White's Kaiju project are set to break the seal on a year of release silence with a whole new slew of dubwise dynamics. Tapping into the true roots with a real taste for organic elements, both cuts will resonate with the most ardent of classicist; "Burn Down Babylon" is all about the well-plucked bass and humming persistence of the organ. "Wrong Tings" takes us even deeper down the instrumental route with spacious drum elements, bulbous bass and crisp guitar lines. Warm, deep and wholly immersive, there's some awesome science going on here.
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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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Neo Dub EP
TUBAD 009
29 Apr 16
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Neo Dub - (4:23) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Elefant Doc & Akcept - "Secrets" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Fisherman's Dub - (5:07) 140 BPM
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Benzo - (4:22) 140 BPM
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Review: Bay Area bassmith Dom Mali makes his Tuba debut with a quadrant of sublime steppers. "Neo Dub" has a simple but deadly allure as its elastic sub is stretched into a pulsing groove that builds on every twist and turn. "Secrets" is the early bird soundtrack, all crisp, dewy and full of hope while the oceanic ripples of "Fisherman's Dub" sees us reeling out for a trout but catching a barracuda. Finally we lean back and chill with "Benzo", all flutes, tubular subs and lazy beats, it's an instant soul soother.
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Bubbles
SURF 031
09 May 16
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Bubles (feat Janset) - (3:43) 140 BPM
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Bubbles - (6:01) 140 BPM
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Regret - (5:36) 140 BPM
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Voyager - (5:09) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: GAZE ILL
Review: Levelling up with every release this year, London's K Man leaps over from Circle Vision to Surfase for his debut solo EP. "Bubbles" leads with a beautiful jazzy dreaminess that lightly sways back and forth with a gentle touch but it's the vocal version with fellow Londoner Janset that's likely to see the club plays as she spits deftly and delicately, giving the track the perfect amount of edge. "Regret" continues the sadboy theme with its introspective, fluttering melodic echoes while "Voyager" takes us deep into space with Joker-style funk to the insistent - but never overpowering - bass.
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Firmly Rooted Vol 1
FA 020
18 Apr 16
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Chad Dubz - "Shake Dat Batty" - (5:16) 140 BPM
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Rygby - "Here I Come" - (4:47) 145 BPM
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DTR - "Unity Sound" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Dillard - "Lion" - (4:20) 140 BPM
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Subtle Mind & Matt Deco - "Amnesia" - (5:16) 140 BPM
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Krease - "Switch" - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Krease - "Hindsight" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Causa - "Wintertales" - (4:48) 140 BPM
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Khanum - "Wisdom Dub" - (3:48) 138 BPM
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Mob Killa - "Company Dub" - (4:11) 105 BPM
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Deafblind & Darkimh - "Concrete Groove" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Otz - "Distracted" - (3:48) 140 BPM
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Elefant Doc - "Alprazolam" - (4:48) 140 BPM
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Drew's Theory - "Harmony" - (5:42) 140 BPM
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Ill_K - "Bestial" - (5:00) 85 BPM
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Shu - "Numbers" - (5:06) 140 BPM
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Gaze Ill - "Urban Legends" - (5:12) 140 BPM
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ARtroniks - "Entrust" - (4:38) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mono - "Miasma" - (4:49) 93 BPM
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Paragon & Chad Dubz - "Nasty" - (4:51) 140 BPM
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Dark Harmonics - "Inside The Walls" - (5:29) 140 BPM
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Peuniak - "Combat Zone" (DTR remix) - (5:29) 140 BPM
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Peuniak - "Twisted Strings" - (5:25) 140 BPM
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Shiken - "Universal Time Matrix" - (5:07) 93 BPM
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Review: Foundation celebrate three years and 20 releases with this supersized clutch of deep, dark and forward-thinking exclusives. Painting a picture of dubstep's most exciting frontiers, highlights hang, slide and oozes from every cavernous corner: Drew's Theory provides meditative intensity on "Harmony", Deafblind & Darkimh twist up the drums in the sludge-packing "Concrete Groove", Krease soundtracks your next nightmares with his late night graveyard romp "Hindsight" while Dillard digs deep into the proper roots with its shimmering classical dub designs. Weighing at 24 tracks, Foundation have pulled out all the stops here... A seriously detailed piece of bass music futurism.
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Meditate
QUAKE 011
29 Apr 16
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Awaken - (3:13) 123 BPM
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Rainy Day - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Seasons - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Sway - (4:48) 140 BPM
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Meditate - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Space Station - (4:48) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Squid - (5:15) 140 BPM
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Crystallize - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Paradox - (5:15) 140 BPM
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Played by: ARtroniks, Jobanti, Otz
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General Masta EP
GB 004
29 Apr 16
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General Masta - (4:32) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gate 15 - (4:03) 143 BPM
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Killa Soundboy - (3:01) 140 BPM
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General Masta (Living Stone remix) - (5:05) 140 BPM
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General Masta (Disco Nekt remix) - (3:23) 140 BPM
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Played by: Taiko
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Fatty Batty
AMAR 007
06 May 16
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Amit - "Fatty Batty" (Danny Scrilla remix) - (4:50) 85 BPM
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Lighter - (4:22) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: ARtroniks
Review: When it comes to deep dubby halftime, few labels are as reliable, forward-thinking or exciting as Amit's Amar. Here we find the label boss giving Scrilla the keys to last summer's hummer "Fatty Batty". Adding more melodic layers and cool double-ups on the kicks, Danny's turned in the perfect remix that pays respect to the original while taking it further into pastures unknown. Flip for "Lighter", a straight up dubwise joint with a kick so steady, reliable and dependable it could give you a reference for a mortgage. Serious.
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Notions Of Emotions (Remixes)
GRD 088
23 May 16
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Lose Gravity (Glume remix) - (2:58) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Pain (Dubfreq remix) - (4:51) 132 BPM
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Gizmo (DMVU remix) - (3:18) 80 BPM
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Gizmo (JSM remix) - (3:29) 80 BPM
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Wobby Wendy (Krimma remix) - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Wobby Wendy (Siskiyou remix) - (3:16) 140 BPM
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Review: The Greys debuted on Gradient Audio earlier this year with a deep and mystical dubstep album names Notions Of Emotions. The material catered perfectly to fans of the odder and more abstract variations of the genre, and it was an altogether refreshing take on the genre. They are back on Gradient accompanied by a set of remixes from a bunch of new and exciting talent, mainly from the Gradient camp itself. Glue, JSM, and Siskiyou all feature, but our favourites are: Dubfreq's balearic broken beat take on "My Pain", DMVU's rattling tribal version of "Gizmo", and Krimma's dark, brooding drum-bass flex on "Wobby Wendy". Yes yes, get to know!
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Volume 1
MEDILP 011
28 Aug 15
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AMK - (4:51) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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So Familia - (2:57) 66 BPM
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Kibosh - (3:36) 95 BPM
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Crystal Collect - (4:58) 140 BPM
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Bitchcraft - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Unmistakable - (3:31) 67 BPM
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Review: Oh boy.. Three of modern bass music's finest players collide for the first in a series of collaborative long players on Deep Medi. The results - as you'd expect just reading the line-up - speak for themselves. Every artist's signatures is coded deep into the collection; Kahn's unpredictability and robustness, Commodo's grit and funk and Gantz often unfathomable depths and eastern twangs are all present as we wriggle and writhe to the detuned harmonies of "Crystal Collect", get twisted on the tripped out drum dynamic of "Kibosh" and lose ourselves in the spacious jazz-minded drums of "Unmistakeable". Truly unique.
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Oblivion
UALP 005
25 Apr 16
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Oblivion - (4:39) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shelter - (5:57) 110 BPM
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SMBU - (4:33) 85 BPM
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Vibration - (5:06) 140 BPM
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Earthtone - (6:39) 110 BPM
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Look Deeper - (4:34) 86 BPM
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HMS Death - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Demons - (4:48) 80 BPM
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Fear & Love - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Orgones - (4:45) 85 BPM
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Stillness - (6:15) 85 BPM
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CWSG - (4:39) 120 BPM
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Conscious Choice (Bonus Track) - (5:25) 140 BPM
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Review: Uprise supergroup LSN step forth with their debut album; a stylised rummage through the genre vaults to paint a picture of the most exciting edges of bass music and how everything tessellates. Just within the opening four tracks we're treated to Massive Attack style barbed dub soul ("Oblivion"), rolling breakbeats ("Shelter"), subverted jungle ("SMBU") and deep, pneumatic dubstep ("Vibration") Deeper again we hit restrained space-aged poetry ("Earthtone") sci-fi Autonomic soul ("Demons") and deep, Samurai-style D&B ("Stillness") And that's just a potted selection of this highly accomplished, consistently detailed and arranged album. Whatever shade of bass you're rooted with, LSN will join the dots for you.
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Dread (Gorgon Sound Version)
MEDI 084
15 Dec 14
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Dread - (4:37) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Late Night Blues (feat Rider Shafique) - (5:43) 62 BPM
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Review: We've been waiting for this one for a minute: Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound outfit finally unleash this mighty re-fix of Kahn's 2012 Deep Medi outing "Dread". Warm skanks, gravelly toasting and a rolling muscular momentum, it's a whole new tune. "Late Night Blues" gets a similarly massive facelift as the deep space is replaced by crisp live drums and added textures. Quintessential version material.
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Kalawanji
MEDI 01
09 Oct 06
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Kalawanji (feat Cessman) - (5:16) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Surgery - (4:38) 142 BPM
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Flummox EP
SUBALT 010
29 Apr 16
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Taiko & Le Lion - "De Maya" - (5:39) 140 BPM
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Flummox - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Stick Fight - (5:56) 130 BPM
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Game Show - (5:14) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stick Fight (Mentha remix) - (6:27) 140 BPM
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Review: In case the last wait of a year wasn't quite long enough between Subaltern outings, Taiko leaves us hanging even longer (16 months) this time. File under 'all good'... We've had an Albion release to chow down on in the meantime and beats like these really are worth waiting for: "De Maya" is a powerful hypnotic tabla session, "Flummox" throws cosmic textures into the dub melting pot, "Stick Fight" teases us with breaks through some seriously intricate percussive arrangements, "Game Show" while "Game Show" is more of a magic show, building and twisting with subtlety as the percussion becomes the melody and the melody becomes the bass all before your very eyes. Looking for more techy grit? Jump on Mentha's remix of "Stick Fight".
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Sweat/Sugar
ARTKL 021
15 Apr 16
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Sweat - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Sugar - (4:51) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The Italian-Bristolian has done it again: responsible for one of 2015's most inventive dubstep tracks "Conquer", Piezo has returned with two more creative, exciting and forward-thinking 140 tracks. "Sweat" is all about the big drum swing where the toms sing in harmony and the track rolls with such a funk it's impossible not to dance. "Sugar" is even sweeter thanks to its ever-mutating dub bassline and stark weeping horns that foretell a future we're not even ready for. Trust us; this one's going to pop hard.
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Image EP
MUD 033
15 Apr 16
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Image - (4:17) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Myriad - (4:11) 85 BPM
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Tearing Me Down - (5:09) 93 BPM
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All Alone - (4:00) 85 BPM
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Review: Sam Zeiph Wheeler dons his black Ohmtrix shroud for his boldest, most diverse collection to date. Two dub, two D&B, all unique: "Image" is the swaggering dubstep we've come to expect from the young Londoner but the drums roll with much more of a loose 'real drum' feel which creates a new sense of funk the man has only hinted at before. "Myriad" ups the pace with dreamy vocal snaps and teases of really well chiselled synth hooks and molten bassline before we drop into the D&B territory: "All Alone" pumps with a classic early Brookes Brothers style synth hook and guitar twangs while "Tearing Me Down" plays the consummate role of gully roller with DLR style gurgles and bass sneers.
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Crooks, Crime & Corruption
TEMPACD 025D
29 Apr 16
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Legends - (3:14) 95 BPM
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Gbu (feat Orson) - (5:57) 54 BPM
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Justify (feat Harry Keyworth - LP version) - (6:05) 112 BPM
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Bak 2 NY - (6:21) 61 BPM
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Kuriosity - (5:52) 116 BPM
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Boardwalk Emperor 2 - (8:49) 135 BPM
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Change - (8:15) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ruf Justice - (6:43) 140 BPM
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Good Ole Dayz (LP version) - (5:14) 109 BPM
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Criminally Insane - (10:19) 57 BPM
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Review: Undisputed godfathers of UK dubstep Horsepower Productions are back with another full length; their first in 12 years since 2004's To The Rescue LP. As Tempa themselves put it succinctly: "Crooks, Crime & Corruption" draws from numerous facets of the UK underground and further afield in order to take you on a compelling, wholly immersive journey. Highlights include "Justify" featuring Harry Keyworth which sounds like Jah Wobble versus Ry Cooder, the deep spiritual house of "Bak 2 NY" or "Kurisoity 6" and the business as usual, street level bass therapy as heard on the raw "Change" or the pure fire junglist anthem "Criminally Insane".
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Heal
IMRV 014
28 Aug 15
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Heal - (6:05) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rumble Fish - (4:46) 145 BPM
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Flee In The Fog (feat Dubtro) - (4:36) 143 BPM
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Review: Throughout his musical career, the unpredictable Karma has spread his tracks across different genres, and from drum and bass to house and dubstep, he's been capable of reinventing himself on a regular basis. For this latest Innamind Recordings episode, the producer is in half-step mode, channeling his fury behind the mixing board into the deep and subby bounces of "Heal", before moving onto darker and more pulsating territories on the excellent "Rumble Fish" - surely this week's no.1 dubstep cut. "Flee In The Fog" features Dubtro, and the dup conjure a foreboding picture with their mild pads, watery beats and lo-fi sonics. Excellent stuff.
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Perfect Wait
SUBALT 007
08 Dec 14
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Perfect Wait - (5:01) 140 BPM
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Bloomerang - (5:06) 140 BPM
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Perfect Wait (Biome remix) - (4:44) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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XIII - (4:35) 140 BPM
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Nooka - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Review: The great art of waiting, as perfected by British people and Taiko fans - it's been over a year since his last extended player. But boy the wait's been worth it. Just within the first two tracks he shows bare breadth and versatility; there's a psychedelic Boards Of Canada feeling to the title track while "Bloomerang" takes us back to the bassline, all jittery and tearing. Dig a little deeper for some funky drummer damage where "XIII"'s spangly guitars and sopping wah wahs amp up the insanity and "Nooka" showcases Taiko's penchant for percussion with a loopy, tech-like groove that rumbles with reverb so hard you'll check you wig hasn't been blown off. Perfect.
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Ice Riddim EP
TUBA 010
08 Apr 16
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Ice Riddim - (4:26) 131 BPM
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Groundswell - (4:50) 159 BPM
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Spacewalk - (4:49) 130 BPM
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Spacewalk (Doctor Jeep remix) - (4:35) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Active since late 2010, its fair to say Tuba have put NYC district Brooklyn on the bass music map with their wealth of output, calling on an international cast of dubstep and bass-inflected talent. The label's latest draws a line from the East Coast to the West Coast, as New Yorker Blind Prophet and British Columbia's Self Evident pair up as Folding City. The four cuts here swerve between 130 and 160bpm, and suggest the duo had plenty of fun flinging stems back and forth with "Groundswell" particularly impressing. The snares and vibes come from jungle but the way it's all put together is more reminiscent of footwork. "Spacewalk" shows a deeper, more soulful side to Folding City and it's followed by a fine remix from New Yorker Doctor Jeep that veers off into DnB territory. A great EP!
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Mind Control EP
CLNR 016
04 Apr 16
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Beat Goes - (4:51) 140 BPM
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Artillery - (5:15) 140 BPM
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Mind Control - (5:09) 140 BPM
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Symmetry - (6:11) 56 BPM
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Mind Control (Gaze Ill remix) - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Birmingham dubstep producer Jay Krease has appeared previously on Dead Noise System, Korrupt and Foundation Audio so we can trust the DJ on this one. The Mind Control EP serves up five offerings of deep and dark bass therapy. We particularly enjoyed the smoked out future dub textures on "Beat Goes", the rolling low frequency doom of "Artillery" or the jazzy, liquid drum and bass of "Symmetry" which is reminiscent of classics by Alex Reece or Peshay. There's a killer remix of "Mind Control" by Gaze III as well, check it!
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Wild
DBQK 01
13 Oct 14
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Dub Controler (feat Charlie P) - (3:03) 71 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Goin In (feat YT) - (3:21) 77 BPM
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Ladies Anthem (feat I leen) - (3:32) 74 BPM
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Style & Fashion (feat Long Ranger) - (3:47) 75 BPM
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Who's Bad - (3:25) 66 BPM
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Babylon (feat Troy Berkley) - (3:48) 76 BPM
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Poorman Life (feat Mr Williamz) - (3:47) 85 BPM
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Wild - (5:24) 60 BPM
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Get High (feat Shanti D) - (4:19) 70 BPM
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Kaly Weed (feat Danman) - (3:58) 70 BPM
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Leave It Alone (feat Burro Bantan) - (3:39) 78 BPM
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My Sound A Danger (feat Mikey General) - (4:48) 72 BPM
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Review: For some upbeat, vocal driven dub for the club OBF delivers the riddims to fill a dancefloor. Highlights include the smooth Beyonce-like flow of "Ladies Anthem", while for the men there's the ragga of "Style & Fashion". Taking a break from vocals there's "Who's Bad", a track which would fit neatly into a Crookers DJ set, while the title-track, "Wild", is whimsical stroll through futuristic dub rooted in old school values.
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Open Heart
RVR 006
01 Feb 16
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Open Heart - (5:35) 140 BPM
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Soldier - (6:14) 136 BPM
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Sometimes - (6:00) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Harder Than AMF - (4:09) 140 BPM
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Review: British Columbia's deepest export Abstrakt Sonance has enjoyed spins and support from the likes of Mala and Cotti, Seven and J:Kenzo over the years. And it's really not hard to hear why with stark designs like these. "Open Heart" plays with space as AS throws down an array of unique designs and laces them together with off-beat funk, "Soldier" lives up to its name as its percussion militantly charges a rhythm with no relent, "Sometimes" is a warped skanker with a woozy bass purring beneath scant bouncy elements while "Harder Than AMF" hurls us into the fires of bass Hades with its uncompromised saw tooth savagery. No dubstep stone left unturned, there's something for everyone right here.
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Ocho Rios EP
VCEP 002
31 Mar 16
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Ocho Rios (original mix) - (5:56) 140 BPM
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Ocho Rios (B9 remix) - (4:34) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ocho Rios (Trashbat's Mahogany Beach remix) - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Do You Feel My Pulse? (original mix) - (5:56) 140 BPM
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Original Swagger (original mix) - (5:56) 140 BPM
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Ambush/Direction
TEMPA 106D
08 Apr 16
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Ambush - (6:04) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Direction - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Review: Since 2010, and coming out of the whole post-dubstep scene, Manchester's Alex Coulton has been among the best of the UK bass artists. His skills being the mixing board have seen him travel from label to label, stopping off at the likes of Idle Hands, All Caps, Livity Sound, and even the mighty Tempa. Coulton returns to the latter with a follow-up to last year's "Recall" bombshell, and he's in no mood to mess around here. "Ambush" is a tribalesque tech-house number with a rattling percussion that renders it UK through and through; "Direction" sees the producer return to his more usual mood by serving up a broken bundle of drums and percussion curling around loose melodies and a dubbed-out makeover. For fans of Hessle output - what that bassline, son! Hot!
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Blind Man
TEMPA 099D
13 Apr 15
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Blind Man - (5:52) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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To The Sky (feat Iustina) - (5:35) 93 BPM
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Nomine's Robot - (5:15) 126 BPM
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Review: Everyone's gotta have an angle and Nomine's is certainly unique - he makes deep dubstep with Far Eastern influences. His latest missive boasts a sound that evokes mystical temples, secret rituals and ninjas. The sparse and brooding "Blind Man" is based around a movie sample where a young whippersnapper learns the ways of the spirit from a wise old master. "To The Sky" again features minimal arrangements peppered with bassy belches and mystical vocals courtesy of Lustina, and finally "Nomine's Robot" wraps up the release on an uptempo note - all housey kicks and rimshot percussion. Classy and unique!
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Spheres Of Costa Rica/Visions
TEMPA 096D
24 Nov 14
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Spheres Of Costa Rica - (6:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Visions - (5:38) 125 BPM
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Review: Increasingly sparring in the studio and on the decks, Bristol bods Hodge and Facta consummate their partnership with this release for Rinse that highlights two very different but equally essential cuts. "Spheres Of Costa Rica" riffs on a distant and enchanting hook of traditional vocal and places it in the midst of a spooky house framework rich with melodic percussive hits and plenty of low-end heft. "Visions" meanwhile takes a more moody route into oppressive industrial scrapes and dubby treatments to make a thoroughly contemporary hybrid belter that holds back as much as it releases. It's an assured release that plays on the strengths of both producers and points the way for more cool and deadly dance killers to come.
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Vain
UA 013
25 Sep 15
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Vain - (5:08) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Low Rider - (5:16) 140 BPM
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Drop Dem - (5:17) 140 BPM
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Zero Below (feat Ill Chill) - (6:15) 140 BPM
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Zero Below (instrumental) - (5:22) 140 BPM
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Review: LA doom-monger Juss B returns to Uprise with five examples of restrained low-end heaviness that have already seen keen support from the DMZ crew and Truth. "Vain" rolls with really dramatic, spaced-out drums that nod towards the trap model but without any of the unnecessary gangster ego fluff. "Low Rider" strips things back even further with a really loose halftime swing, hornet bass flickers and a distant, heavily processed groan. "Drop Dem" switches up the gears with a slipperier drum arrangement and haunted vocal cries. Finally we hit "Zero Below". Featuring the tones of Ill Chill (last spotted on Uprise's "7 Days" EP and Truth's DDD imprint), it nods neatly to the heritage of acts like Massive Attack and Tricky while remaining firmly in the dungeon's most discerning dancefloors.
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Fabriclive 83: Logan Sama
FABRIC 166D
25 Sep 15
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Various - "Fabriclive 83: Logan Sama" (continuous DJ mix by Logan Sama) - (1:10:14) 140 BPM
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Wiley - "Sweep The Floor" - (2:58) 141 BPM
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Footsie - "Brake Light" - (3:02) 140 BPM
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Rude Kid - "Fabric" - (2:37) 140 BPM
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Faze Miyake - "Rifts" - (2:53) 140 BPM
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Zxph Xllxs - "Xcxd Bxmb" - (4:52) 140 BPM
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Jme - "The Return" - (3:15) 93 BPM
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Swifta Beater - "War Lord" - (3:03) 140 BPM
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Sir Spyro - "Farda" - (3:26) 93 BPM
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Dullahbeatz - "Final Stage" - (6:51) 93 BPM
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Jammer - "Waterden Road" - (2:47) 139 BPM
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Rapid - "3rd Eye" - (3:42) 140 BPM
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Spooky - "Cookie Monster" - (3:50) 140 BPM
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Terror Danjah & P Jam - "Crud" - (3:15) 93 BPM
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Kahn & Neek - "Bucktown" - (3:54) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jammz - "Contender" - (4:23) 140 BPM
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Mystry - "Launchpad" - (4:21) 140 BPM
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Trends - "Ambush" - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Teeza - "West London" - (2:59) 140 BPM
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Preditah - "Crash Bandicoot" - (4:15) 140 BPM
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Maniac - "Do One You Mug" - (3:13) 93 BPM
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Davinche - "Kestra" - (2:33) 93 BPM
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Teddy Music - "Swear Down" - (3:58) 140 BPM
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The Heavytrackerz - "Santa's Last Christmas" - (3:56) 140 BPM
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Masro - "Constructive Mayhem" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Review: To be honest, it's about time that Logan Sama had the space to compile his own series of mythical London club Fabric's, Fabriclive series. The grime DJ started his career back on the equally important Rinse FM back in 2002, and has been an important part of the club's development over the years that saw grime and dubstep blow up. At number 83 in the series, Sama drops a selection of tunes that are wholly representative of his DJ sets in Fabric's Room 1; the mix contains tunes by everyone from grime pioneer Wiley, to vocalist and producer JME, and a whole load of lesser known names that have kept the grime scene evolving. This is the real deal, there ain't not other like it around these days. Recommended.
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Hard
SBOY 026
07 Mar 14
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Hard - (3:43) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hard (Caspa & The Others Police Takeover remix) - (5:05) 140 BPM
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Ego Dub/Refuse
T 12003
18 Jan 16
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Ego Dub - (4:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Refuse - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Review: You can always rely on Tribe 12 for dub authenticity. Here we find LA mainstay Wulf working the controls with two deliciously deep numbers. "Ego Dub" dusts off a really cool spoken sample and uses it to trigger and palpitating, rolling sub-rich groove that sits perfectly between club and home. "Refuse" takes us deeper down the root chain with lush washes of entwined vocal harmonies and horns over a soft-skank rhythm. Sprinkled with enticing doses of percussion, instant immersion is guaranteed.
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Empty Rooms EP
AMAR 004EP
18 May 15
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Voodoo Native - (5:36) 60 BPM
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99 Aachen (feat 9er) - (3:37) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Empty Rooms - (4:06) 80 BPM
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Closed Doors - (5:48) 140 BPM
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Review: For Andrew Ferguson's first release away from Tempa his Nomine alias surfaces on AMAR, and to add that extra statistic, it's the first release from another artist to appear on AMIT's label. Opening track "Voodoo Native" is all about tribal drums that are made to fit a linear techno mould, while 9er's rhymes in the bass, clap and breakdown heavy "99 Aachen" will appeal to all you Phi-Life Cypher fans out there. Drums are stripped, atmospheres are tense and pianos are blurry in the title-track, while "Closed Door" is UK bass music made for a sewer rave.
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7.5
CRUCIAL 003
11 Sep 15
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7.5 - (6:22) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cargo - (5:00) 140 BPM
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Oculus Rift - (5:06) 140 BPM
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Review: Deep space dub laced with toxic levels of funk: Foamplate makes his official debut with three really refreshing twists on contemporary bass. With its faraway flutes, squid bass and heavily textured rim shots, "7.5" is so out-there and wonky, you could imagine Roots Manuva spitting on it with ease. "Cargo" ups the spacious ante even further as prominent drum elements echo and shimmer over a stealthy sub. "Oculus Rift" brings us back to the woodwind flavours but with more of an eastern twang and cosmic feel. Essential listening: Each cut sounds like nothing else around right now.
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Milc Presents: DEEP
MILC 040
02 May 16
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Zoobi - "Borned" - (4:31) 144 BPM
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Sectra - "Silica" - (3:13) 140 BPM
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Lory Kong - "Rishi" - (5:19) 140 BPM
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SkintDisco - "Skinton Hunter" - (3:46) 140 BPM
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Myxed Up - "Invading" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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ARtroniks - "Hybrid Reality" - (5:29) 140 BPM
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Itchy Robot - "Ruff One" - (5:03) 93 BPM
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Jonah Freed & Volume A - "Tactile" - (5:08) 140 BPM
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The Greys - "Klingon" - (3:05) 140 BPM
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Bentronix - "Generations" - (5:42) 140 BPM
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Zygos - "Insubstantial" - (5:30) 140 BPM
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Sectra - "Encrypted" - (3:12) 140 BPM
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SkintDisco - "CRWR" - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Infekt - "Abandoned" - (5:03) 140 BPM
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StepN - "Axis Mundi" - (4:43) 140 BPM
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Subex & Morrison - "Back To Business" (feat Ill Chill) - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Wulf - "Like Water" - (5:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gutz - "Man Made" - (3:44) 140 BPM
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Evo - "Herb Man's Flute" - (3:46) 140 BPM
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Wheelton - "Immersed" - (5:16) 129 BPM
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Wulf - "Tribal War" - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Gutz - "Tes Recines" - (5:08) 93 BPM
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Somber - "Conscious" - (4:34) 140 BPM
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Zoobi - "My Secrets" - (6:11) 141 BPM
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Played by: ARtroniks
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Burn Finger
CRUCIAL 004
22 Jan 16
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Spread Out - (4:47) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Burn Finger Dub - (5:02) 140 BPM
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Prayer Room - (4:34) 140 BPM
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Review: Longstanding low end representor Sleeper ignites the new year on a smouldering slow burn with three deliciously deep steppers on Crucial. "Spread Out" tells a tale of estranged kick drums, connected through trippy FX and a sticky sub. Deeper again, "Burn Finger" takes Sleeper's space explorations to new highs as the drums are even sparser, leaving bags of room for precision positioned bulbous warbles. Finally, we hit the "Prayer Room" for a cosmic adventure into eastern elements. A serious call to dub arms.
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Buddha Puff
QUAKE 003
29 Jul 14
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Dubamine - "Buddha Puff" - (5:36) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dubamine & Saule - "Warrant" - (3:40) 144 BPM
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Dubamine & Saule - "Wicked" - (3:50) 140 BPM
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Played by: GAZE ILL
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Music Box
GB 002
16 Oct 15
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Harp Song - (3:14) 140 BPM
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Music Box - (4:08) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Glisten VIP - (4:30) 140 BPM
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Filthy
ZENDNLS 353
12 Aug 13
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Freakshow (feat Danny Brown & Kiki Hitomi) - (3:54) 140 BPM
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Dirty (feat Flowdan) - (2:56) 140 BPM
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Kill Them (feat Daddy Freddy) - (3:32) 140 BPM
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Louder (feat Flowdan) - (3:27) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Dropping a searing package of badness ahead of the forthcoming Angels & Devils album, The Bug is back in business with some apocalyptic gutter bass of the highest order. "Freakshow" matches the leering delivery of Danny Brown with the sinister croon of King Midas Sound's Kiki Hitomi over a horn-laden trap swagger to devastating effect. "Louder" pits Flowdan in the depths of a nauseating half-step march, while "Dirty" takes the London MC into a barrage of equally nerve-jangling drum rattles and alarm-clanging stabs. Long-time Bug collaborator Daddy Freddy rolls up his sleeves for "Kill Them", anchoring the dread stomp with a fearsome growl as anthemic as it is nihilistic.
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Box Of Dub: Dubstep & Future Dub
SJRD 161
28 May 07
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Digital Mystikz - "I Wait" - (5:19) 140 BPM
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Sub Version - "The Light" (feat Paul St. Hilaire) - (6:41) 140 BPM
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Skream - "Sub Island" - (4:32) 143 BPM
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Tayo Meets Acid Rockers Uptown - "Dread Cowboy" - (5:52)
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Scuba - "Subaqueous" - (5:02) 142 BPM
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Kode 9 - "Magnetic City" - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Sub Version - "Rise Up" (feat Paul St. Hilaire) - (6:16) 138 BPM
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Burial - "Unite" - (4:59) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Digital Mystikz - "Guilty" (feat SGT. Pokes) - (4:51) 139 BPM
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King Midas Sound - "Surround Me" - (4:32) 140 BPM
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Skream - "Irie" - (4:16) 140 BPM
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Scuba - "Respirator" - (4:38) 141 BPM
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Free Focus/Buckwild
MEDI 090
31 Dec 15
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Gantz - "Free Focus" (Commodo remix) - (3:39) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Commodo - "Buckwild" (Gantz remix) - (4:35) 140 BPM
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Review: Slow baked in lashings of hype and hearsay since 2013, Gantz and Commodo's remixes have long since been sought after since Commodo premiered them over two years ago. "Free Focus" gets the trippy percussive treatment from Commodo with purring block strikes and wiley wonks on the lead tones while "Buckwild" contains drum arrangements with time signatures that will perplex as much as appeal. To put the importance of this release in perspective, the vinyl releases were already fetching over L30 within a week of release.
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Jungle Revolution In Dub
BDDNL 243
13 Nov 15
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Intro (feat Lee Scratch Perry) - (0:25) 148 BPM
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Dub Souljah (Dubkasm Dragon Slayer mix) - (4:17) 83 BPM
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Get Ready VIP Dub (Sukh Knight remix) - (5:03) 145 BPM
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Nu Beginningz (Jinx In dub Steppa remix) - (5:11) 80 BPM
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Revolution In Dub (DJ Madd remix) - (5:07) 140 BPM
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UK All Stars In Dub (Adrian Sherwood remix) - (4:30) 89 BPM
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Intro (feat Scientist) - (0:30) 93 BPM
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London Dungeons Dub (Young Warrior remix - Son Of Jah Shaka) - (5:22) 140 BPM
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Rebel Tuff Like Tuff Gong Dub (Joe Ariwa remix - Son Of Mad Professor) - (3:47) 88 BPM
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Jungle Is I & I (Hylu & Jago Future dub mix) - (3:40) 88 BPM
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Congo Natty - "Intro" (feat Mala) - (0:08) 157 BPM
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Jah Warriors In Dub (DJ Madd remix) - (5:26) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Microchip In Dub (King Yoof remix) - (5:32) 80 BPM
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Nu Beginningz Dubwise (Mungos Hi Fi remix) - (4:45) 79 BPM
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Get Ready Dubwise (Vibronics remix) - (4:34) 87 BPM
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Micro Dub (Conscious Sounds) - (3:02) 80 BPM
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Played by: 6Blocc, Lojik, See-I
Review: Rebel MC aka Congo Natty's well received 2013 album Jungle Revolution now gets the remix treatment by the who's who of the scene. From legends to upstarts, the results are quite impressive. The man is credited as being one of the original UK junglists, setting the foundations for the sound/scene and how it has evolved since, so these guys have their work cut out for them. Highlights on here are the Dubkasm Dragon Slayer mix of "Dub Souljah " with its purist dancehall vibes, the new school representing proper dub with the Jinx In dub Steppa remix of "Nu Beginningz" and the legendary Adrian Sherwood delivering his remix of "UK All Stars In Dub ". There's a lot to get through on here. "London Dungeons Dub (Young Warrior remix - Son Of Jah Shaka)" brings more of the purist dub vibes back again, DJ Madd's remix of "Jah Warriors In Dub" is no doubt the most fierce modern vibe on here while "Nu Beginningz Dubwise (Mungos Hi Fi remix)" goes for the more smoky, low-slung vibes. It one Jah!
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The Uprising EP
UA 004
03 Jun 13
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Seven - "Go to War" - (4:48) 140 BPM
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Klax & Disonata - "Lost Souls" - (5:16) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wayfarer - "Shaman" - (5:19)
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Quantum Soul - "Underworld" - (5:30) 140 BPM
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Dubtek & Chewie - "Primitive" - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Review: Only four releases deep but Seven's Uprise label is really beginning to live up it to its name. This is their biggest and deepest dispatch to date. Stretching right across the board, we're treated to pounding war drum tribal ("Go To War"). We're pushed into a pool of subs with a metallic ping-pong riff ricocheting off the deep end ("Lost Souls"). We're flung manically from side to side as "Shaman" twists and shouts on a beautifully lob-sided riddim. We float away into deep cosmosis via the airy pads and slime percussion on "Underworld". Finally "Primitive" closes the show on the deepest note of the EP. Woozy and warm, tune-in to its heartbeat and hear it morph with sonic stealth.
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Shaker/Elevate
UA 015
29 Jan 16
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Shaker - (5:33) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seven/Joe Raygun - "Elevate" - (5:09) 140 BPM
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Review: It's been a while since Uprise chief Seven delivered some of his own special brews, having chiselled his platform's focus almost exclusively on the new talent such as Juss B, LSN and Indiji. While he appeared on the forward-thinking "7 Days" EP, this is his first full EP in a while. And it's working in all directions: "Shaker" is all about the loose funk, steel shaking sub drama and gangster clicks / claps. Further in we hit "Elevate", an Raygun-fronted piece where Seven lays down a crisp alien groove with more than enough space for Joe to deliver a savage sermon.
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Boom Sound
SF 021
30 May 14
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Boom Sound - (4:04) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boom Sound (instrumental) - (4:05) 70 BPM
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Boom Sound (acapella) - (3:53) 70 BPM
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FKOFd027
FKOFD 027
07 Mar 16
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It Is What It Is - (5:10) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What You Need - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Re-Entry - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Between The Lines - (5:50) 140 BPM
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Review: Chris Innasound comes through with some phat, smoking tunes, and somehow manages to land on a label with a very similar outlook, the unstoppable FatKidOnFire. Four tunes, four walls of beats and bass for your body and mind; "It Is What It Is" takes a slow, marching rhythm and slaps a fat wallop of bass underneath it, and "What You Need" sounds like its natural development, a frozen, harmonic bundle chunk of noise with a rhythmic pattern. "Re-Entry" rolls and flaunts its more tribal percussion in front of a subtly squelching load of mutant bass, whereas "Between The Lines" takes after the deep and heady dubstep that both the artist and the label are closely associated to. Heavy gear.
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FKOFd028
FKOFD 028
04 Apr 16
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Dayzero - "Allca" - (4:35) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dayzero - "Violet" - (5:04) 140 BPM
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Dayzero - "The Fifth Lab" - (7:22) 140 BPM
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Dayzero/Karnage - "Coastline" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Review: Japanese bad man Dayzero made all the right moves with releases on Phantom Hertz, Zip Sound and a few others last year. His first drop of 2016 suggests Dayzero is still on a course set for the top, aligning with Fat Kid On Fire for a most impressive four track release that ends on a heavyweight collaboration with Karnage. Don't sleep on the preceding three solo cuts from Dayzero however, as collectively they really make this worthy of your time and attention. The heavily chopped vocals and superbly structured percussion sets opener "Allca" apart as our pick; the stuttering kicks really feel like they are bouncing off the bassline.
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Steppin' Forward (remixed)
MSLP 004
22 Jun 15
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Hylu & Jago/Sleepy Time Ghost - "Concrete" (feat Onlyjoe - Zion Train remix) - (4:31) 140 BPM
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Violinbwoy - "Echo Park" (Sekkleman remix) - (5:24) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tuff & Powa - "Outlaw Music" (feat Kinetical - Bukkha remix) - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Tuff & Powa - "Outlaw Music" (feat Kinetical - Numa Crew remix) - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Compa - "One Lion" (Violinbwoy remix) - (4:16) 140 BPM
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RSD - "Know U 2" (Adam Prescott remix) - (5:38) 140 BPM
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Numa Crew - "Knowledge" (The Illuminated remix) - (5:09) 140 BPM
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Numa Crew - "Knowledge" (6Blocc Tribal remix) - (6:40) 85 BPM
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OSC & Dubsworth - "Ital Vital" (feat Ranking Joe - Radikal Guru remix) - (5:01) 142 BPM
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Adam Prescott - "Kingdom" (Roommate remix) - (5:05) 140 BPM
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Alpha Steppa - "Shinkansen" (Roommate remix) - (4:35) 140 BPM
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6Blocc - "Sweet Dub" (Skanx remix) - (4:42) 140 BPM
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The Illuminated - "Truth & Right" (Tuff & Powa remix) - (6:15) 140 BPM
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Vibration Lab - "Buy You Gold" (feat Wayne Jarrett - HoT remix) - (4:42) 90 BPM
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Review: Moonshine's manoeuvres in the deep continue to impress with this highly accomplished collaborative remix album. A throwback to their original Steppin' Forward album - released March 2014 - the Jamaican label have given each contributor the parts to a fellow label mate's tune and asked them to get creative. The results are as consistent and progressive as the original. Every track is a highlight but stand-out essentials include the bubblesome digidub of Bukkha's juicy switch on Tuff & Powa's "Outlaw Music", Adam Prescott's sinewy shakedown of RSD's "Know U 2" and the foamy subs and wriggling melodica on Roommate's version of Alpha Steppa's "Shinkansen".
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Dub Searcher
MS021D
07 Aug 15
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Dub Searcher - (4:47) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everytime - (3:50) 140 BPM
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Red (dub) - (3:57) 140 BPM
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Review: After something dub-fresh and deeply gorgeous? Numa Crew have rolled together some serious phat ones for your delectation, created to rumble subs throughout the feel good lands. With enough oldschool vibes to satisfy the purest of dubstep puritans while adding enough sunshine-soaked melody to create the perfect summer playlist, the whole EP screams instant classic from start to finish.
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