Local Action have revealed details of Scales, the debut LP from footwork producer Lil Jabba.
Bristol producer Artifact has just released a pay-what-you-want album of footwork tracks on Local Action – listen to one of the tracks here.
Local Action have offered a taste of their next release, the label’s second single from bassline legend DJ Q.
Local Action have just unveiled their latest video, to accompany “Drain”, a track from Bristol producer Artifact’s Worn EP – watch it below.
London-based label Local Action have just revealed details of their next release, a three-track EP from Bristol producer Artifact.
Slackk, Local Action’s man of all things grime, has just posted a free track up on his Soundcloud page ahead of the label’s Room 3 showcase at Fabric this Friday.
London-based imprint Local Action have just revealed their first official video, for Slackk’s “Blue Sleet”, taken from his recent EP Raw Missions.
Keysound’s Martin Clark, quite rightly never one to shy away from letting the world know what he thinks of movements in dubstep and grime’s ever widening sphere of influence, recently tweeted about certain producers from the bass scene “sleepwalking into trad house mediocrity”. Quite who he was talking about is a discussion in itself, but the movement of many producers from the fringes of the bass world into experimenting with traditional house forms makes you wonder who will soon be left to fly the flag for the hardcore continuum. Step forward then Slackk, a producer whose singles for Numbers and Unknown To The Unknown have channeled the various strands of the ‘nuum and used them to stitch together influences from Detroit and Chicago into classic UK styles, namely jungle and grime.
Having garnered some deserved attention this year with releases for Sneaker Social Club and Super, Ross Tones rounds things off with a surprising change of tact as he rocks up to Local Action. Where his previous eclectic beat outings had leant towards an almost techno sensibility, the bombastic synths of ‘Pyre’ come from a very different headspace altogether.
The production shimmers on both “Pyre” and “Equuelus”, as clean UK Funky inspired beats do their thing quietly in the mix while the melodies rule the day. These two tracks also feature the vocal strains of a heavily processed Augustus Ghost, whose haunted wails add a poppy tint to the soft and gentle electronic backdrop. While the craftsmanship that has gone into the tracks is not to be dismissed, there’s an almost bland feeling to the music that other Throwing Snow output has not suffered from. That is, until you reach ‘Too Polite’.
In an instant the rugged manhandling of various samples feels more exciting than the ponderous orchestrations of the first two tracks. The tempo is up, certainly, but by the time the intro break falls away to some monstrous D&B bass stabs, you’re completely submitted to the track. Moving between a juke segment and then slamming into a junglistic breakbeat workout, the energy never lets up even as a more melancholic pad comes in for the climax.
It’s no bad thing to see Throwing Snow spreading his wings, even if the results aren’t always sure fire winners. The self-imposed creative freedom he operates with clearly has its perks, as ably demonstrated by the devastating vitality of ‘Too Polite’. The EP is worth it for that track alone.