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24 Apr 11
Played by: Tvyks, Shadow Dancer, Liondub, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, J Courage, Groove Armada
Review: Addison Groove's explorations into dubstep under the Headhunter moniker have inherently informed his sound to date and his more recent experimentations into the now fairly ubiquitous (thanks to Planet Mu) sounds of Chicago juke's latest permutation footwork in tracks like "Foot Crab" or "Work It" have really made ears prick up. Here, he returns to Pinch's Tectonic imprint and builds on his reputation, dicing up vocals Jamie Oliver style, bouncing synths off them, reinforcing it all with 808 bass and dizzying bleeps and clicks. "Make Um Bounce" blends bongo drums with ticking hi-hats, rippling rhythmic patterns and an intoxicated repetitive soundscape that sucks you in for the duration. Intense stuff here.
14 Nov 11
Played by: Juakali
Review: Having brought us such singles as "The City" not so long ago, Author - the collaborative project between Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin - reaches a climax with the release of this self-titled LP on Pinch's Tectonic Recordings. An eight-track venture into dubstep's unchartered quarters, opening track "Turn" feat. Ed Thomas pairs sonorous vocals with a hypnotic soundscape, and draws us in to other tracks such as the deeply beautiful "Green & Blue" feat. Ben Glass and "Dashiki", which recalls the pattering percussion of label boss Pinch's "Qawaali" or "The Boxer". Elsewhere there's the thunderous "Mothership" with its punishing subs and pelting drums, as well as the soothing, sultry rhythms of grand finale "Drain". Superb.
16 Oct 11
Review: A new name on Tectonic, Author (Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin) makes a bold statement of intent with this superb single on Pinch's label. "The City" is a brilliant balls-out dancefloor track with pounding syncopated drums, shuffling rhythms, grinding bass and buckets of energy. Layers of synths add just the right amount of euphoria to the weighty bass heavy undercurrent. Accompanying this is "Teacher", which is perhaps more characteristic of the Tectonic sound - deep, dark, oily basslines weave around a crackling reggae vocal sample and the occasional cowbell chime. Superb from start to finish, we await the forthcoming Author album with great anticipation.
01 Feb 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick
Review: Rapidly ripping it up with a mission to bring some proper dread back to the convoluted hinterland around what used to be dubstep, Beneath has been showing some deadly skill on No Symbols and Keysound, and now he gets snapped up by Pinch to bring it on home to the perfect label for such deadly accuracy, Tectonic. "Duty" wastes no time in whipping into a low slung 4/4 roll defined by a gut-wrenching bottom end while all manner of panic-inducing industrial textures come slamming in around it. Far from the monochrome results so many achieve with such a sound palette, there is a serious dynamism in the rhythm Beneath creates, only built upon with "Texers" as dystopian whiffs of melody try to enter the fray in a more whip-cracking broken beat template.
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Review: With the ripples emanating from their bass music concoctions spreading ever wider, dynamic trio Dark Sky make the move to Tectonic to nudge that very label's remit into new territory. With their previous form on 50 Weapons and Black Acre amongst others, "Confunktion" sounds like a logical next step in limber but deadly accurate electro stylings. They don't lean on obvious tropes of the genre, bringing a more modern bass music slant to the synths and fully employing studio skills to make for an addictive, head-snapping beast of a track. "Double U" heads into a freakier domain defined by globulous synth drops and a tribal groove as fruity as it is funky.
27 Aug 12
Review: A lynchpin in the underground dubstep scene, pioneering imprint Tectonic has always been at the forefront of the scene, pushing the core sound since the beginning. At its head of course is Pinch, whose discerning ear has led to many superb releases from artists new and old. This time it's over to new kid on the block Decibel, who impresses with this footwork-influenced four-track EP. Kicking things off is "GAP" with its low-slung booming bass, tapping beats and pitched down grunts; next is "MST" with its moody soundscapes, and warping SFX adding a disorientating twist to this techno inspired cut. "Miss" is all hissing percussive elements, twisted up synth work and glorious glitchyness, whilst concluding cut "Gyal" is a wonderful track with thumping beats, juddering SFX and pounding b-line below.
22 Aug 11
Review: The proof that dubstep has become a truly global sound can he heard on the title track of Distal's Tectonic debut. Instead of lurching basslines, the US producer uses glitchy, broken rhythms that weave their way in and out of gained and distorted happy-hardcore style beats. These unlikely elements provide the backing for the kind of mournful, eerie melodies that characterised Aphex Twin's early ambient works. Just to further confuse matters, "French Science" sees Distal opt for a more laid back approach, with tantalising melodies unfolding over inviting claps and a languid, stop-start groove. Figuring out where this release will lead dubstep is a great part of its charm.
30 Apr 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Bunny On Acid, Giovanni Pasquariello
Review: Amid much anticipation, Distal's album crash lands on Tectonic in a myriad of electronic styles all thoroughly typical of the plucky Atlantan. There's raw juke-isms on "Preach On Hustle", where the Chicago style gets slowed down and spread out, while on "Around The Fire" you'll find a swung techno framework full of alluring melodies just under the surface. There's melodica-baiting dubstep on "Rattlesnake", while electro gets pitched down for the peak time banger "House Party Five". Everywhere you turn, Distal's supremely developed production stands out, whatever vibe he's turning his hand to. In the end, that skill becomes the glue that holds this free ranging album together.
04 Mar 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Eleven8, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Simon/Off, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Archie Pelago
Review: Rapidly becoming the ubiquitous producer of 2012 even before his LP drops, Distal is at it again with this collaborative effort for Tectonic. HxdB has been steadily garnering praise for his somewhat glossy 140bpm shufflers, and his contribution comes to bear on Distal's wilder tendencies on the restrained and melodic "Booyant". It's a playful track which gets even more jovial once Archie Pelago gets his mitts on it for a remix. Never before did you expect to hear a jazzy saxophone on Tectonic, but it makes total sense in the midst of this madcap and utterly brilliant remix.
25 Nov 12
Review: Tectonic have enjoyed a nice Distance sandwich this year, having kicked off 2012 with his "Reboot" and now bringing it to a raucous climax with "Blue Meanie". Piston-pumping mechanisms gurgle and grumble under a clattering percussive half step with perverse funk, it's easily one of Distance's most uncompromising pieces to date. "Searching" plays the perfect foil to the bodywork of the lead cut; soothing but sprung with an eerie series of pensive pads, it's a creeper with a chilling twist.
12 Feb 12
Review: It's been a while but Distance comes back to Tectonic as if no time has passed, packing more of his bruising and propulsive dubstep damagers with him. "Reboot" sports all the hallmark traits you'd expect from a Distance production; carefully sharpened mid-range scrapes, rigid beats, punchy sub bass, but the hats here are manic in their intensity which brings a whole new pace to the half-step template. "Barzuk" twists a touch more melody into the ravey grind, but only barely, letting the effects tweakery do the expressing instead. For banging dubstep that avoids the pitfall of being mindless, as ever Distance is your man.
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09 Dec 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Dev79, Aquadrop, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Gemmy isn't the most prolific out of the Bristol lot but whenever he releases something it's imperative that you listen. Just take the heads-down tribal intricacies of "Warrior"; a deeply percussive roller, it's got instant groove attraction before the psychedelic-flavoured top line comes and in whisks you to another planet. "The Dome" has an equally addictive feel; igniting with a stripped back arrangement, it almost hints at trap-vibes before the bass and old mutate rave stabs barge their way into the mix. Complex but never straying from the dancefloor, this is Gemmy at his finest.
01 Jul 12
Review: Unveiling a new moniker, DJG steps up with a smart two-tracker which continues Tectonic's careful steering towards a potential future for dubstep. "Uncertain" already received an airing on label boss Pinch's recent Fabric mix, and it sounds pristine in its solitary form, as mammoth chord stabs follow an equally hefty bassline. The vibe starts off darkside and blossoms into rich textures, positively sunnier in its outlook than first impressions may have suggested. "Vendetta" lives up to the sinister promise of its opening tones, riding a similar bumping groove but keeping the melodics to a minimum so that the edgy rhythm section can do its thing.
13 Feb 11
Review: Hoya Hoya stalwart Illum Sphere adds another impressive label to his release CV with this drop for Tectonic. Dreamstealin" proves to be every bit as impressive as the recent Fat City EP The Plan Is Dead, with the title track an expert execution of fuzzed out purple hypnagogic textures over shuffling layers of percussion and dramatic orchestration. Watch out for that heavy funk bass drop! "Blood Music" drops an industrial piston style 2 step flex over a surfeit of psychedelic sonics. Indigo remixes the track, discarding with the hazy sensation of the original and going in a pensive, slightly darker direction. Big tip!
04 Oct 10
25 Feb 10
Review: Leeds producer Jack Sparrow puts a big dose of Funky into his dubsteppy beats on "Terminal", keeping the bass and the pace in equal measure makes for a blistering tune. "Torment" is a slower, darker tune which uses some beautiful atmospherics to fill out the space between the half-step beats. Released on the highly touted Tectonic imprint, Jack Sparrow is a name to follow in the future.
27 Jun 10
Review: It's been a quiet year for Tectonic with only releases from Pursuit Grooves and Jack Sparrow making a ripple in the waves of 2010. This exceptionally heavyweight release should rekindle matters somewhat. Bristolian Jakes, label boss of HENCH, crafts a frantic dark and subby bass growler on "Times End" replete with a killer atmosphere building drop and gunshot assisted steppa riddim which packs a real punch. Flip over for the return of Darqwan, Oris Jay's alias for crafting sinister sonic textures, last seen in 2008. On "Jah Wan" Darqwan drops clunking metallic percussion on a backdrop of schizoid acid basslines and vocal snatches. Nice work Tectonic.
03 Jun 12
Review: Besides an inclusion on Tectonic Plates Volume 3 this is the first Tectonic release in over three years for Kryptic Minds. Now, with accolades on the likes of Swamp, Osiris, Defcom and Disfigured, they're back on Pinch's imprint, and they're brandishing some of their deepest, most meditative bizzle to date. "Askum" rattles with a penetrative beat pattern and cyclic loop that builds in a manner both techno and dubstep heads will identify with. "When Two Paths Cross" surfs on a more unpredictable riddim that flirts mildly with the halfstep and comes complete with a much deeper drop. Serious gear, this. If you "Askum", they will come!
14 Oct 09