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Dust March
HES 021
25 Jun 12
Bass
Dust March by Bandshell on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Dust March - (4:49)
Dust March by Bandshell on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Rise Em - (4:04) Biggest-selling track on this release
Dust March by Bandshell on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Metzger - (3:44)
Dust March by Bandshell on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Dog Sweater - (4:00)
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Played by: WILDLIFE!
Review: Hessle Audio's emergence from hibernation in 2012 really has seen the label release some of the most extraordinary music of its life, and this EP from Bandshell might top the lot. Tapping into the grainy, murky sound world of the like of STL, Shed and Actress, this record explores strange rhythms constantly on the verge of breaking out into a frenzy. The title track is comprised of little more than rattling percussion and dense, fizzy bass, while "Rise 'Em" places a jungle breakbeat atop a mucky hum. On the flip, "Metzger" takes the vibe of classic dubstep and fills it with subtle melodies and clipped snares, but "Dog Sweater" is the real killer - a homage to soundsystem culture whose threadbare rhythms are the only thing to stop you being dragged into the track's viscous centre. Make no mistake, this is a serious new talent.
Fram
HES 013
17 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Fram by Blawan on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Fram - (5:54) 138 BPM
Fram by Blawan on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Iddy - (5:48) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Zenner, Posthuman, 123MRK
Review: Hessle Audio drop two tracks from the mysterious Blawan. Rumours are hinting that this could be a moniker for another producer but for the time being, but for now we'll have to settle for playing the guessing game. We wouldn't be surprised if this was a big name producer, with the title track wonderfully twisting cold, post-garage drums into jungalist syncopations. "Iddy" on the b-side, throws up an entirely different style of percussion - pointed metal on hollow toms gives the track a disjointed but totally danceable feel.
Tonight
HES 015
11 Oct 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Tonight by Elgato on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Tonight - (8:37)
Tonight by Elgato on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blue - (8:06) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Tom Central, Chris Coco
Zone
HES 020
23 Apr 12
Bass
Zone by Elgato on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Zone - (8:24) Biggest-selling track on this release
Zone by Elgato on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Luv Zombie - (8:38)
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Review: Perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the Hessle roster, Elgato's "Music (Body Mix)", a 120bpm slice of house-not-house was one of the 118 & Rising comp's highlights, and here he makes his long overdue return - and what a return it is. With a barely audible bass that nevertheless operates at an all enveloping low end frequency, "Zone" is a heady composition operating at the same tempo whose repeating, pitched down vocal snippet and threadbare rhythms recall pitched down footwork heard through a haze of weed smoke. Only marginally faster, "Luv Zombie" manages a similar feat with a similarly sparse set of tools. The increasing scourge of the bass world - the cut up R&B vocal - is here more skilfully used in the first third to coil up tension, with the bass drop coming in not with a crash but floating upwards on a funnel of warm air. Quite simply, there's nobody else doing what Elgato does - essential.
The Bells Sketch
HES 011
08 Mar 10
Bass
The Bells Sketch by James Blake on Hessle Audio Cue Track
The Bells Sketch - (4:18)
The Bells Sketch by James Blake on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Buzzard & Kestrel - (5:44) Biggest-selling track on this release
The Bells Sketch by James Blake on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Give A Man A Rod - (4:36)
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Claptrap
HES 014
07 Jun 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Claptrap by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Claptrap - (4:39) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Claptrap by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Level Crossing - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Review: Fresh from the success of last year's sensation, "Grimelight", Joe drops his tightest syncopations yet with the excellent "Claptrap". Drawing heavily from Spanish Flamenco, the title track is an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track using little more than speed claps, sub hits and field recordings that include claps (obviously), coughs and hiccups. It is ridiculously catchy and testament to Joe's neat skills as a producer. "Level Crossing" on the flip, slices up rattling hi-hats and more speedy rhythms as its kicks swing to and fro amongst this loopy jaunt.
Grimelight
HES 007
13 Apr 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Grimelight by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Grimelight - (5:10) 138 BPM
Grimelight by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Rut - (6:03) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slope
HES 025
21 Oct 13
Bass
Slope by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Slope - (5:41) Biggest-selling track on this release
Slope by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Maximum Busy Muscle - (6:14)
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Played by: Paul Mac, Usurp, GUTTERS
Review: All has been quiet on the release front at Hessle HQ since the outstand WMD that was Raw Code by Pev & Kowton was issued earlier this year. Such was the magnificence of "Raw Code", Hessle Audio could feasibly not release another record this year and you'd say it was a triumphant 12 months. However, Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound clearly have other plans with the overdue return of Joe the first of two releases from Hessle in the next few months. The publicity shy producer's prior material for Hessle and Hemlock remain some of the multi-faceted bass scene's most distinctive music to date, taking influence from jazz and broken beat as much as it does from the grime and jungle being recomposed by his Hessle pals. Two tracks deep, HES025 features the emotive yet abstract house of "Slope" and "Maximum Busy Muscle", which combines ramshackle drums held together with stray horn samples and masking tape.
Cactus
HES 019
13 Feb 12
Bass
Cactus by Objekt on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Cactus - (5:56) Biggest-selling track on this release
Cactus by Objekt on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Porcupine - (5:18)
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Review: Having wowed the world with his first two records, Objekt's arrival on Hessle Audio is a logical and welcome move. The wobbling bassline of "Cactus", premiered on Ben UFO's Rinse:16 mix, recalls Mala's savage productions, tweaking the oscillators just enough to make the bass scream whilst keeping things tasteful, despite its crazed metamorphosis into a raygun at the halfway point. Flipside "Porcupine" meanwhile is militant techno with all the purity and focus of Jeff Mills' best productions, a maelstrom of pummelling beats and swimming chords with a diamond-like beauty despite its pneumatic ferocity. In a word: essential.
Coiled
HES 002
26 Nov 07
Deep Dubstep
Coiled by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Coiled - (5:33) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Coiled by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Nest - (5:10) 140 BPM
Coiled by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Deviant - (5:50) 137 BPM
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Inna Daze
HES 017
28 Feb 11
Bass
Inna Daze by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Inna Daze - (7:01) Biggest-selling track on this release
Inna Daze by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Won't Hurt - (5:50)
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Review: Now if there's a name that is on pretty much every bass music fan's lips at the moment, it's that of Hessle Audio. Home to the ineffable Ramadanman (a.k.a Pearson Sound), who heads up the label, alongside Ben UFO and Pangaea himself, the label cemented its reputation as one of the leading lights in UK bass music throughout 2010 and continues to do so in 2011. Pangaea, otherwise known as Kevin McAuley, clearly leads by example, masterfully blending dubstep, house, techno, dark electronica and all shades of bass music to widespread critical acclaim. "Inna Daze", to us at least, immediately conjures images of reggae-laced jungle riddims, and there is a slight hint of that in the echoing SFX, hollow drum kicks and flummoxing chirrups of the intro. The tribal pattering, anguished yelps and distant wailing atmospheric tones send you deep into another head space. Up next, Pangaea tunes in to an altogether different vibe in "Won't Hurt". A tense intro is filled with primeval humming and speaker-shattering sub bass. After a full two minutes, slightly discordant, strained strings herald a progression into amore explorative passage before it falls back into the bass heavy section, rumbling away beautifully. This is a sterling release from Pangaea which once again affirms his considerable credentials as a producer.
Pangaea EP
HES 010
25 Jan 10
Deep Dubstep
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Why - (5:08) Biggest-selling track on this release
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Sunset Yellow - (5:50) 136 BPM
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
5-HTP - (4:52)
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Neurons - (5:36) 138 BPM
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Dead Living - (5:12) 139 BPM
Pangaea EP by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Because Of You - (3:44) 138 BPM
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Release
HES 023CD
29 Oct 12
Bass
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Game - (4:45) Biggest-selling track on this release
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Release - (5:08)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Trouble - (4:59)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Majestic 12 - (5:03)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Time Bomb - (5:19)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Middleman - (5:39)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Aware - (5:14)
Release by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
High - (7:24)
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Review: As one third of the Hessle Audio triumvirate, Kevin McAuley - better known as Pangaea - has been responsible for some of the label's best releases. The eight track Release represents his most potent statement to date; continuing the rolling pirate radio techno direction he started with last year's Hex and Inna Daze EPs. Beginning with the Missy Elliot sampling "Game", he sets out the stall for the rest of the EP, a combination of tough, steeled-up steppers rhythms and dub techno textures. Whether listening to the abstract melodies of the title track, the blistering pace of the searing "Majestic 12" or the broken garage of Middleman, its clear that Pangaea is still light years ahead of the competition.
You & I
HES 006
31 Oct 08
Deep Dubstep
You & I by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
You & I - (5:56) 138 BPM
You & I by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Router - (6:30) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blanked
HES 016
22 Nov 10
Bass
Blanked by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blanked - (7:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
Blanked by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blue Eyes - (5:34)
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Review: It's fair to say that Leeds via London Hessle Audio co-founder David Kennedy has had a pretty outstanding year. Earning the respect and admiration of every DJ and tastemaker worth their salt, plus a legion of loyal followers, twenty one year old Pearson Sound (aka Ramadanman) has blown the music industry away with his sophisticated production, devastating DJ sets and creative prowess. And make no mistake, his next release on the Hessle imprint is no exception to the rule. For anyone who heard Kennedy on Benji B's Radio One show a few weeks back, you will know of his current interest in Chicago Juke, and it is from this sonic palette that he paints his picture here. A gorgeous, hazy atmospheric intro with shimmering glow grows as the beats begin to patter with increasing insistence in "Blanked". Building the atmosphere like a master craftsman, he sculpts and moulds the sounds around one another adeptly, like a potter working clay, or an artist sketching a drawing. It's a hard act to follow, but "Blue Eyes" manages it. Tuning into a less brooding sensibility, Kennedy lets the tension build in gently nudging, hissing intro before flurrying bleepy ripples reign free with cooing female vox. These chirrups are no sooner articulated then they are drowned out and disappear; the ticking beats and percussion return to the fore, but then again, teasingly, the vocals return, only to be towed away on a tidal wave of melancholy synth work and sobriety.
Clutch
HES 022
10 Sep 12
Bass
Clutch by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Clutch - (4:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
Clutch by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Underdog - (3:14)
Clutch by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Piston - (3:38)
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Review: Pearson Sound makes his long-awaited return to Hessle Audio, and his first material for the label since his contribution to last ear's 116 & Rising compilation. Although his recent self released missive "Untitled" proved a welcome distraction it's clear that this release marks the next stage in whichever the producer may be heading. Eschewing the housier tones of the past few years of productions, Kennedy takes things back to basics, exploring the stripped back sounds of early instrumental grime. "Clutch" is as mechanical as its name suggests, combining thumping kicks and sharp-focus percussion with a sensibility not a million miles away from A Made Up Sound's right-angled techno. On the flip, "Underdog" is a cavernous stop-start DJ tool filled with glassy textures and high-voltage bass, while "Piston" is a schizophrenic battery of stuttering snares and contrasting melodic textures that are frankly difficult to wrap your head around.
Starburst EP
HES 026
11 Nov 13
Bass
Starburst EP by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Lola - (5:08)
Starburst EP by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Power Drumsss - (4:34)
Starburst EP by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Starburst - (6:29) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It's quite typical of the quality that runs through the Hessle Audio label that a year where they've been at their quietest release-wise, the three records issued still remain some of their most memorable yet. After an early year gun shot in the shape of Pev & Kowton's all conquering Raw Code, the more recent knockout from Hessle secret weapon Joe is now complemented by the return of Pearson Sound. Typically on point, the Starburst EP features three outlandish grime and techno-inspired rhythm tracks that are stamped indelibly with Pearson Sound's sonic DNA. The deliciously lopsided "Power Drumsss" is a real highlight, sounding throughout like it's on the point of all out malfunction as it descends the 808 scales, whilst a press release that reveals "Lola" was inspired by Kennedy adopting a cat he found in "an abandoned Rimowa suitcase" suggests that Ben UFO is not the only feline fanatic at Hessle HQ.
Raw Code
HES 024
11 Feb 13
Bass
Raw Code by Pev/Kowton on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Raw Code - (5:56) Biggest-selling track on this release
Raw Code by Pev/Kowton on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Junked - (6:09)
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Review: A live favourite of the sets Peverelist and Kowton perform with fellow Bristolian Asusu as part of Livity Sound, "Raw Code" secured a place on Ben UFO's recent Fabriclive mix, and it's easy to see why; the lead track sports the kind of instantly recognisable string bursts that have characterised Kowton's recent crop of grime influenced techno productions, together with a bouncy yet mechanical groove dominated by weighty sub bass. It comes backed with "Junked", a slower, decidedly more broken production reminiscent of the experimental rhythm tracks present on Pearson Sound's Clutch EP released last year. Essential.
Dance Til The Police Come
HES 018
04 Apr 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Dance Til The Police Come by Peverelist on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Dance Til The Police Come (original mix) - (6:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
Dance Til The Police Come by Peverelist on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Fundamentals (original mix) - (6:13) 136 BPM
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Review: A long overdue debut on the imperious Hessle Audio for Peverelist! The Bristol lynchpin's keen eye for home grown talent has ensured Punch Drunk a place amidst the dubstep cognoscenti, whilst his own output has played a crucial part in the rise of dubstep's genre-disregarding second wave. This fact is displayed with expertise on "Dance Till The Police Come" with raved up stabs dropping rhythmic intent on a rasping tech step thrust. It's the misty swathes of introspective synths that make this special though. "Fundamentals" is a more abstract jam, with swathes of futuristic melodic touches wavering in the background as melancholic organs fill the spaces between off key syncopation. Typical innovation from all involved.
Blimey
HES 005
14 Jul 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Blimey by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blimey - (6:45) Biggest-selling track on this release
Blimey by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Drowning (version) - (5:19) 136 BPM
Blimey by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Tak - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Ramadanman EP
HES 012
05 Apr 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
I Beg You - (5:59) 136 BPM
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
No Swing - (5:12) 136 BPM
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Tumble - (4:48) 140 BPM
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
A Couple More Years - (4:47) 139 BPM
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Bleeper - (4:30) 140 BPM
Ramadanman EP by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Don't Change For Me - (5:33) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Broken Heart
HES 004
16 Jun 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Broken Heart by Trg on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Broken Heart (Martyns DCM remix) - (5:52) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Broken Heart by Trg on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Put You Down (Ramadanman refix) - (5:11)
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Put You Down
HES 001
07 May 07
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Put You Down by Trg on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Put You Down - (5:16) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Put You Down by Trg on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Broken Heart - (5:43) 138 BPM
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Played by: David, Jerome Sydenham, 16Bit
I Can't Stop This Feeling
HES 008
18 May 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
I Can't Stop This Feeling by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
I Can't Stop This Feeling - (6:05) 140 BPM
I Can't Stop This Feeling by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Anaconda - (5:03) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kingdom
HES 003
08 Apr 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Kingdom by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Kingdom - (4:19) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kingdom by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Purify - (5:10)
Kingdom by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Test Signal - (4:20) 143 BPM
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116 & Rising
HESDD 2
31 May 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
You & I by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Pangaea - "You & I" - (5:56) 138 BPM
Test Signal by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Untold - "Test Signal" - (4:20) 143 BPM
Fram by Blawan on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blawan - "Fram" - (5:54) 138 BPM
Buzzard & Kestrel by James Blake on Hessle Audio Cue Track
James Blake - "Buzzard & Kestrel" - (5:44) 140 BPM
I Can't Stop This Feeling by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Untold - "I Can't Stop This Feeling" - (6:05) 140 BPM
Rut by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Joe - "Rut" - (6:03)
Blimey by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Ramadanman - "Blimey" - (6:45)
Put You Down by TRG on Hessle Audio Cue Track
TRG - "Put You Down" - (5:16) 138 BPM
Level Crossing by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Joe - "Level Crossing" - (4:41) 140 BPM
Why by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Pangaea - "Why" - (5:08)
Broken Heart by TRG on Hessle Audio Cue Track
TRG - "Broken Heart" (Martyns DCM remix) - (5:52) 138 BPM
Don't Change For Me by Ramadanman on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Ramadanman - "Don't Change For Me" - (5:33) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Shadow Dancer, KID SUDA
Review: Hessle present this digital set to showcase their progression as a label at the forefront of the multi faceted strands of music that have grown out of dubstep. 116 & Rising offers an array of brilliant music from Hessle mainstays like Elgato, Untold, and Jimmy Blake. In addition, the Hessle triumvate of overseers have secured exclusive material from the likes of D1 and Addison Groove - whose "Fuk Da 101" is a real treat among many highlights. Elsewhere Joe goes West LDN circa 2002 on "Twice" and Blawan serves further notice that he's got the best drum flex in the game with "Potchla Vee". Absolutely essential release.
116 & Rising
HESDD 1
24 May 11
UK Garage
Music by Elgato on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Elgato - "Music" (Body mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Cool Story Bro by Untold on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Untold - "Cool Story Bro" - (5:21) 130 BPM
Potchla Vee by Blawan on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Blawan - "Potchla Vee" - (5:41) 138 BPM
Stifle by Pearson Sound on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Pearson Sound - "Stifle" - (5:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Twice by Joe on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Joe - "Twice" - (6:52) 116 BPM
Brunk by Randomer on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Randomer - "Brunk" - (4:49) 134 BPM
Runout by Pangaea on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Pangaea - "Runout" - (6:12) 134 BPM
Bijoux by Cosmin TRG on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Cosmin TRG - "Bijoux" - (6:11) 126 BPM
Sub Zero by D1 on Hessle Audio Cue Track
D1 - "Sub Zero" - (4:42) 139 BPM
Fuk Tha 101 by Addison Groove on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Addison Groove - "Fuk Tha 101" - (4:51) 140 BPM
Give A Man A Rod by James Blake on Hessle Audio Cue Track
James Blake - "Give A Man A Rod" (2nd version) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Sun Dance by Peverelist on Hessle Audio Cue Track
Peverelist - "Sun Dance" - (6:15) 131 BPM
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