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25 Mar 13
Review: AMIT has never been a producer who rides with the tides. As one of the artists at the forefront of the half-step and minimal drum & bass scenes, his sets have become an urban legend, somewhere between old-style rave mentality and full-on hypnosis. "Acid Trip" is a techy exploration into the greater depths of electronic music, and being on pioneering dubstep label Tempa, he can afford to get a bit experimental. Fearless and bold, the title track holds tight as it plummets further and further into the abyss. On the flip, "Don't Forget Your Roots" hosts eerie Dia de Muertos organs playing out a reggae rhythm until a haunted, deconstructed dub bursts into the lower end. Spooky, almost comical sounds from a deadly serious producer. A lighter side to AMIT or are we being too aloof? We'll let you decide.
10 Mar 08
10 May 10
Review: Oh Benga. Where do we begin? Emerging from the depths of Croydon in the early noughties, Benga has been a pioneer and pivotal lynchpin in the ever-burgeoning dubstep movement. His previous albums, Newstep and Diary Of An Afro Warrior remain amongst the most influential long players of the genre's history, alongside commercial crossover collab with Coki, "Night" and a slew of other high profile releases on labels such as Tempa, Tectonic, Hotflush and Planet Mu. Firmly cementing his reputation as one of the scene's most pre-eminent figures, Benga brings us "Phaze One" - the first in a series of EPs on the seminal Tempa imprint. Bookmarked by the delightfully named "Baltimore Clap" and "No Bra, No Panties," the EP kicks off with jittering, dark riddims and aggressive slapstick, breathy tones. As digital bonuses, "Transform" - another bleepy bad one, and the aforementioned cheeky sampling, dancehall-esque "No Bra, No Panties" - conclude the EP with a resounding two fingers in the face. Great stuff.
10 Sep 07
21 Mar 11
Review: Coki makes a welcomed return to the airwaves after a three-year hiatus. Yes, it's been a whole three years since THAT seminal collab with Benga ("Night") in 2008 and a further two years more since his last solo venture - "Tortured / Shattered" - in 2006. Coki flips things on the proverbial lid here with a couple of quirky cuts; first up "Boomba" pairs shaking sub bass wobbles with lacerating lasso whips, a curious harpsichord melody, abstract rhythms and glorious Joker style synth work. This is complimented by "Carbon Aliens" - a lurching halfstep monster with gurgling SFX and smashing drum kicks that will bring the fear of god into you.
09 Jul 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Vorres - Juno, Tura, Pier, Nsekt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Bam Bam Dealers
Review: Consequence's debut for the ever-reliable Tempa comprises of a couple of razor sharp, on point half-step cuts. "Injunction" builds gradually from a stripped back intro of a smacking snare drum and glowering atmospherics into an ominous main part, replete with breathy vocal, bubbling subs and an eerie gloom, becoming almost tribal towards the end. The accompanying "Chamber Music" is just as hypnotic with its hushed chanting, speckled beats and throbbing bass. This is music for the heads, no question.
08 Feb 10
UK Funky/UK Garage
08 Aug 11
Review: Champion of dark, tough and considered dubstep, Distance provides the latest instalment in the much loved Dubstep Allstars mix series. It's fairly typical fare from the Chestplate boss man, with tough steady rhythms underpinned by that particularly distorted kind of bassline. There are a number of highlights, most notably Commodo's "Surveillance" which has a rolling break woven into the mix. Cyrus' "Looking Back" also impresses as it purrs away with a gorgeously warm, rich synth line. The biggest surprise is probably Distance's own remix of trance bods Above & Beyond. It's certainly as 'big room' as you'd ever imagine Distance getting!
12 Sep 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Veterans of the dubstep scene Dub War return to the fray after a nine year gap on the legendary Tempa label. Otherwise known as Benny Ill (Horsepower Productions) and Bill Robin (Rebel HiFi) these two stalwarts have reunited in the studio to deliver this long awaited release and it's a worthy follow up to their 2001 outing "Murderous Style". Lead track "The Funky Deal" is a twisted 4/4 mash up of buzzing bass and rocking drums. Flipside "To The Depths" does exactly what it says on the tin and takes us on a watery halfstep excursion. A welcome return.
29 Sep 08
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29 Nov 10
TEMPA 058 DIGI
05 Sep 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Horsepower issue forth what one can only assume is some old material they've been sat on. Like a ray of funky sunshine amidst the foggy murk of what they spawned, the downright freshness of the tracks on The Lost Tapes is so bright it blinds your ears. "Boogaloo" shuffles with a micro-house kind of freakiness, as quirky key stabs and vocal grunts bounce off the razor-sharp hats. "Landslide Remix" rocks the subs hard and keeps the beats slender, while "What We Do" ups the ante in terms of pace and detail. Who are we kidding, every track is absolute gold from masters of the 2-step scene.
29 Mar 04
24 Sep 12
Review: A trustworthy tune tailor since 2008, it's about time Mr Kenzo gave us an album. And the very fact it's on Tempa - a much bigger label than Kenzo's own Soul Shakerz - speaks volumes in terms of the quality you can expect across the 12 tracks. Those who've followed Kenzo's previous shizzle will know the pristine level of deep bass production on offer, but there's a few curveballs dotted throughout for added dynamics. Cuts such as the Footsie-featured grime hybrid "No Man's Land" and the hands-in-the-air spine-chiller "Eyes Wide Open" showcase Kenzo's skills on the widest possible level. An immaculate debut LP.
12 Dec 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Axer Rouf, Junior Buzz, Epitome, Pier, Fused Forces, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: J Kenzo makes an appearance on the lauded and legendary Tempa imprint with these two tough little tracks, which display heaps of character and genre-defining skill. "Ruffhouse" sees Kenzo team up with Rod Azlan for an intriguing journey, dominated by bleepy synth melody and low-slung bongo drum for the first minute, before dropping into a classic mid-noughties dubstep burner with hypnotic bass and weighty soundscape. "Therapy" is reminiscent of some of Pinch and the Tectonic crew's more experimental work, with a techno twinge, fidgeting beats, a Benga & Coki bleep and plenty of unique character to set it apart from the rest.
25 Apr 11
Played by: Be-1ne
Review: New signing J Kenzo marks the 56th release for Youngsta's legendary Tempa label. Unsurprisingly, it's a typically dark and dubbed out offering from the more cerebral side of dubstep. Title track "The Roteks" kicks off with a hovering sense of uncertainty, with faint industrial shivers and a warping bassline. A quasi-scientific sounding vocal sample heralds the movement into the main tune, which features blustering kicks, snapping snares and bellowing bass. "Protected" moves from the post-apocalyptic sounds of the intro into a half-step roller with plenty of appeal for fans of Kryptic Minds, Distance and DMZ.
23 Jul 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, C Tek, Pier, El Carnicero, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Bam Bam Dealers
Review: J Kenzo returns to Tempa for a third round of heady dubstep of the old school variety. Using the standard dubstep toolkit to create something that is more than the sum of its parts, "Invaderz" is paranoid stuff, creating an oppressive atmosphere with its lurching bass. "Depth Charge" is more of the same finely sculpted half-step, with a searing bass that gets right under your skin.
08 Apr 13
Review: A simple exercise in dubstep mathematics here; take Youngsta, add some LX One, release the results on Tempa and stand back and watch the dancefloor devastation! Youngsta really needs no introduction, and on Responsibility the Rinse FM stalwart makes a welcome return to Tempa, teaming up with LX One (also known as Joker D) on two heavyweight rollers primed for the halfstep lovers out there. Both the title track and accompaniment "No Cure" adhere to Tempa's purist direction; the minimal "Responsibility" emerges from the ether, drops a quick vocal sample then gets on with the business of pushing out a hulking robotic bassline over snapping metallic drum programming. On the flip, "No Cure" plunges into sub heavy terrain, forgoing the emphasis on crushing bassweight of its precursor for a focus on establishing atmosphere.
18 Feb 13
Review: Forever synonymous with the advent of dubstep, Tempa has paved the way for the evolution of the genre since the turn of the millenium. Providing the backdrop of seriously talented dubstep producers at the top of their game for Nomine to play against, this mysterious producer has done the label and his peers proud. Featuring two tracks of equal intensity from different places in his mind, "Nomine's Sound" is a mournful lament framed by classic dubstep vibes and bare space marked by eastern influences, while "Searching" uses this idea of space and scarcity to create an unsettling atmosphere in which to house morphed vocal samples and middle-eastern sounds. Beautifully crafted and with a real sense of movement, it's a track that deserves to sit up there with the best.
28 Jan 13
Review: It's about time Plastician stepped up to Tempa's Dubstep Allstars series. A long-time ambassador for all flavours of the ever-developing and mutating scene, this has been a long time coming. Naturally he's risen to the pedigree the mix series has achieved over the years with a selection of wide-eared grooves that stretch from the soulful vocal VIP opener "Brap" to deeper, more techno inclined dubstep (Jaydrop's "Blind Run") via haunted-house dungeonstep (Commodo's "Axis") and savage grime-hook ups (Merky Ace's "Greaze"). Curated by one of the scene's most respected selectors, this one's been well worth the wait.
26 Mar 12
Review: Usually known for D&B on labels such as SGN:LTD and Renegade, Proxima drops his tempos and receives the Tempa treatment. Two huge escapades into time and deep, deep space, title track "Formal Junction" shows Proxima's flare for flux as the rhythm morphs from pensive halfstep to skippy riddim with the help of just one element, and light can be found by the momentary hug from a startling synth. "Grunge", up next, lives up to its name as sludgy textures and strange guttural, digital groans weave their way around the ever-mutating beats and dubbed out rim-shots. Recognise the darkness.
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