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Gamma Ray Burst
TEMPA 112D
02 Dec 16
Bass
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Gamma Ray Burst - (6:34) 85 BPM
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Ground Zero - (6:44) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alpha Decay - (5:42) 63 BPM
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Phase Two - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Ascent - (6:35) 64 BPM
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Distant Resonance - (6:28) 63 BPM
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Played by: Ebb, Sensei
Gamma Ray Burst
800071 005009
04 Nov 16
Techno
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Gamma Ray Burst - (6:34) 85 BPM
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Played by: Denham Audio
Review: Rising to prominence with a release on Horizontal Ground back in 2010, Alex Coulton has since put out material on Livity's offshoot and a brace of material on Tempa. Putting out material on those labels coincides with a shift in his productions, audible on this release. "Ground Zero" resounds to gut-busting bass and a series of tense drops, while "Alpha Decay" sees the Manchester producer deliver loose rhythms and filtered, skeletal percussion. There is some return to the straighter techno that Coulton was originally associated with on the title track and the cool, detached bleeps of "Phase Two", but overall, this release marks a further venture into the abstract for this talented young artist.
Split Minds/Redshift
TEMPA 111D
14 Oct 16
Deep Dubstep
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Split Minds - (4:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Redshift - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Review: Scene sergeant Youngsta returns with his first full release in years. Tag-teaming with rising producer Cimm, the vibe is deep, roomy and constructed with a stately, unhurried alien funk. Every element considered and fine-tuned both tracks take us deep into a meditative mindset without ever pressing the snooze button: "Split Minds" rolls with bass tones so warm they almost bounce while "Redshift" takes us into an even dubbier pasture with some great attention paid to the sporadic rhythm elements. Beautiful.
Tempa Allstars, Vol  8
TEMPA 104D
11 Dec 15
Deep Dubstep
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Acre - "Messages" - (5:55) 125 BPM
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Epoch - "The Ville" - (4:41) 146 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cliques - "AUT" - (6:29) 130 BPM
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Fracture - "Excalibur" - (4:36) 85 BPM
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Youngsta & Distance - "Untitled" - (5:40) 140 BPM
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Biome - "Closed Minds" - (6:03) 140 BPM
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Review: Tempa are always a good litmus test of where the UK bass scene is currently at. Here they present their selection of highlights from 2015 and this broadly diverse selection is proof that bass is in rudimentary health. Standouts amongst the six tracks featured include Epoch's raw and doomy trap-stepper "The Ville", the futuristic footwork of "Aut" by Cliques and the creepy, abstract beats of "Closed Minds" by Biome.
J:Kenzo
TEMPACD 020D3
24 Sep 12
Deep Dubstep
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Statement Of Intent - (5:40) 140 BPM
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Eyes Wide Open (feat Rhianna Kenny) - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Semtex - (4:46) 142 BPM
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Invaderz - (4:35) 140 BPM
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Ruffhouse (feat Rod Azlan) - (5:36) 140 BPM
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No Man's Land (feat Footsie) - (3:52) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reconstruct - (6:25)
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Contagion - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Body Heat - (5:28) 142 BPM
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Ironclad - (4:31)
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Holocron - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Engage - (4:08) 140 BPM
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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.
Hunted
TEMPA 060DIGI
07 Nov 11
Deep Dubstep
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SP:MC & Lx One - "Hunted" - (4:59) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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SP:MC - "Oh My Gosh" - (5:23) 144 BPM
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Review: Making his debut on Tempa, multi talented MC, producer and one third of the Code 3 collective, SP:MC steps up with a couple of killer cuts on the legendary London imprint. "Oh My Gosh" is a slow paced, super sleuth of a track with low slung, undulating bassline, gently hissing hi-hats and clipped breaks with a retro edge. It harks back to the early days of dubstep, with a hint of Benga in there. Title track "Hunted" is another gnarly cut, with gritty, warping b-line, paranoid SFX adding further menace to the already darkened soundscape. Well worth checking!
Inside Nomine
TEMPALP 024D
11 Sep 15
Deep Dubstep
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Reticent Shadow - (1:54) 60 BPM
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Blind Man - (5:41) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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84600 - (4:04) 120 BPM
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Menacer - (6:12) 140 BPM
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Hide & Seek - (5:00) 120 BPM
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Zing (interlude) - (0:48) 152 BPM
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Shockwaves (feat Rayne) - (6:07) 140 BPM
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Awakening - (5:06) 120 BPM
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Nomine's Ego - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Stickman - (5:12) 80 BPM
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D Minor (interlude) - (2:03) 140 BPM
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Dark Is The Night (feat X=X) - (3:07) 140 BPM
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Zen Force - (3:59) 93 BPM
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Confusion - (5:30) 85 BPM
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Review: Take a trip inside the dark, shadowy mind of Tempa troublemaker Nomine. With two years of solid grooves behind him, Inside is a much deeper, investigative trip that comprises unpredictable tribal wonk ("84600"), spacious slug-bass wrigglers ("Hide & Seek") and restrained, haunted barbed soul ("Shockwaves"). For a key highlight that really sums up Nomine's complexity, though, jump on the philosophical timpani headbender 'Nomine's Ego'. Truly one of a kind, this is a statement as much as it is a debut album.
Echo Dub
TEMPA 092D
11 Aug 14
Deep Dubstep
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Echo Dub - (5:03) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chain Reaction - (5:36) 140 BPM
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Review: Tying Skeptical down to one particular genre is like wrestling with a rattle snake... Stupid and dangerous. Ever since his earliest outings on Ingredients and Zimbalam, he's shown a vast breadth creative ability and complexity from smouldering D&B soul to far-out, abyss-deep electronica. Here Tempa give him the keys to the dungeon as we find him in his deepest, darkest dub mindset. "Echo Dub" is a tight weave of knitted percussion, humming subs and eerie manipulated vocal elements. "Chain Reaction", meanwhile, develops on this with a thicker, more ominous sub dynamic that palpitates with liquid rigidity. The only stupid and dangerous thing to do right now is not pick up this.
Night
TEMPA 030D1
25 Feb 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Night (radio edit) - (2:04) 140 BPM
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Night (original mix) - (6:11) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Roska
Destruction
TEMPA 070D
10 Dec 12
Deep Dubstep
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Destruction - (5:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Poseidon - (4:33)
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Review: Having spent some deep studio time with the likes of Kryptic Minds and Icicle in the past, Youngsta's really found his groove in the deeper, space-bound side of dubstep. With such natural mechanics, there's a techno twang to both cuts here. "Destruction" is more robust as it chugs with a halfstep and thinly veiled menace. "Poseidon", meanwhile, flutters with a two-step heartbeat and intricate percussion that weaves us from Detroit to Croydon and back again. Beautiful.
Destroy
TEMPA 086D
03 Feb 14
Deep Dubstep
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Destroy - (6:28) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Giant Footprints - (6:04) 140 BPM
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Everdine - (5:59) 140 BPM
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I Feel Safe - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Review: Celebrating his Tempa debut with an expansive four-track banquet, AxH is cooking with nothing but the most authentic heavyweight flavours right here. "Destroy" is instantly timeless as we're stripped back to the bare bass riddim and thundering kicks and claps. "Giant Footprints" is more groove focused as we swagger to the resonant halfstep and craggy, nagging hook. Further on we immerse ourselves in loopy hypnosis on "Everdine" and invest in bitter sweet drama on "I Feel Safe". Something tells us this is only the beginning of a perfect relationship between AxH and Tempa.
Injunction
TEMPA 066D
09 Jul 12
Deep Dubstep
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Injunction - (4:36) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chamber Music - (4:46) 140 BPM
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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.
Skreamizm: Vol 1
TEMPA 016
13 Feb 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Glamma - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Untitled - (3:51) 138 BPM
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Smiley Face - (3:59) 140 BPM
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Rottan - (5:03) 140 BPM
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Lightning - (4:36) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hag - (5:18) 140 BPM
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Midnight Request Line
TEMPA 014
07 Nov 05
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Midnight Request Line - (5:04) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I - (4:17) 137 BPM
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Played by: Rob Da Bank
Declassified EP
TEMPA 075D
22 Apr 13
Deep Dubstep
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Declassified - (5:29) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Air Lock - (5:26)
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Kenshin (feat Youngsta) - (6:00) 140 BPM
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Launch Code - (5:26) 143 BPM
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Review: No other MC has made the transition from performer to producer as well as SP:MC. Hinting promise since his early forays with Breakage almost eight years ago, he's shown the utmost versatility and creativity. Back to the future and his skills are still more than evident. Ranging from icy, sheet metal beats ("Declassified") to skippy, steppy minimalism ("Kenshin"), this is one of SP's broadest, most accomplished EPs to date.
Dubstep Allstars Vol 11 (mixed by J Kenzo) (unmixed tracks)
TEMPACD 022D2
29 Jul 13
Deep Dubstep
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Various - "Dubstep Allstars Vol 11" (continuous mix by J:Kenzo) - (1:06:41) 140 BPM
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AMIT - "Don't Forget Your Roots" (feat Rani) - (6:10) 140 BPM
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SP:MC - "Declassified" - (5:29) 142 BPM
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Ulterior Motive - "Tien" (edit) - (3:02) 140 BPM
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Ipman - "Non-Integer Multiple" (edit) - (2:58) 140 BPM
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Thelem - "Synthetic Artifacts" - (5:17) 140 BPM
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AMIT - "Acid Trip" - (5:06) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Ricochet" - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Killawatt & Ipman - "Dark Place" (J:Kenzo remix - edit) - (3:41) 140 BPM
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TMSV - "Haze" (edit) - (3:00) 140 BPM
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Sleeper - "Ritual" - (3:42) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Cause & Effect" - (5:04) 140 BPM
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Icicle - "Caffeine" - (5:09) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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J:Kenzo - "Enter Valarak" - (5:04) 142 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Bloodlines" - (4:11) 140 BPM
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Ipman & Killawatt - "Jigsaw Dub" (edit) - (3:15) 140 BPM
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DJ Madd - "Murder Dub" - (3:22) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Protected" - (5:43) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Therapy" - (4:07) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Depth Charge" - (4:10) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Contagion" - (5:11) 140 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Semtex" - (4:46) 142 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Eyes Wide Open" (feat Rhianna Kenny) - (4:24) 140 BPM
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P Money - "Dubsteppin" (J:Kenzo remix) - (4:06) 144 BPM
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Review: BANG! Time for the next Dubstep Allstars compilation - the only source of true bass delights and quality underground rhythms from the UK's capital. J Kenzo takes control of the selections this time and boy does he deliver the goods; there's plenty to go through as per usual and we don't want to spoil it for you, so you're just going to have to listen in for yourself. What we can say is that there's a fine blend of both J Kenzo's productions and other up and coming bass technicians. If you're a fan of the past series, it would be pretty daft to miss this...
Crooks, Crime & Corruption
TEMPACD 025D
29 Apr 16
Deep Dubstep
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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".
Blind Man
TEMPA 099D
13 Apr 15
Deep Dubstep
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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!
Tortured/Shattered
TEMPA 024
04 Dec 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Tortured - (4:38) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shattered - (4:58) 143 BPM
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Played by: RDG
Ruffhouse
TEMPA 062D
12 Dec 11
Deep Dubstep
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Ruffhouse (feat Rod Azlan) - (5:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Therapy - (4:07) 140 BPM
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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.
Diary Of An Afro Warrior
TEMPACD 010
10 Mar 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Zero M2 - (3:53) 140 BPM
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Night (with Coki - original mix) - (5:56) 140 BPM
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B4 The Dual - (5:29) 140 BPM
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E Trips - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Someone 20 - (4:16)
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Light Bulb - (4:19) 136 BPM
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Crunked Up - (3:39) 140 BPM
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Go Tell Them - (4:06) 140 BPM
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The Cut - (4:46) 140 BPM
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Emotions - (5:32) 140 BPM
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3 Minutes - (2:53) 140 BPM
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Pleasure - (5:14) 140 BPM
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26 Basslines - (5:01) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Loose Synths - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Night
TEMPA 030D3
25 Feb 08
Drum And Bass
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Night (Digital Soundboy remix) - (6:11)
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Night (Zinc remix) - (5:15) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spheres Of Costa Rica/Visions
TEMPA 096D
24 Nov 14
Techno
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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.
Bloodlines EP
TEMPA 080D
15 Jul 13
Deep Dubstep
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Cause & Effect - (5:04) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ricochet - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Enter Valarak - (5:04) 142 BPM
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Bloodlines - (4:11) 140 BPM
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Review: Thank god for the vigilantes out there, doing their bit to bring dubstep back to its deep, dark roots. J Kenzo is no newcomer to this game, but the stark simplicity of his beats have sent labels into a frenzy over the past year, seeking out destruction without the mess and confusion. That's his speciality - depth and power with a crushing clarity that makes each track all the more potent. Using the bare minimum of effects, this EP conjours the sounds of the night, somehow simultaneously atmospheric, clear and crisp. Tempa and J Kenzo, what a combo.
Chicks & Drugs
TEMPA 082D
09 Sep 13
Deep Dubstep
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Truth & Stylust Beats - "Chicks & Drugs" (Truth vs Stylust Beats) - (3:18) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Empire - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Review: Following their killer "Devils Hands" on Tempa at the start of the summer, New Zealand crew Truth get down and dirty with the London mega-label once again. "Chicks & Drugs", a hook up with San Francisco-based bass monkey Stylust Beats, is a low-swung sleaze-fest with added ghetto attitude and no end of sub. "Empire" is more akin to what the trio's past repertoire; all spacious, tripped out and hypnotic, it's peppered with naked elements, each one designed to lock your attention and take you far, far away. They say the truth hurts. Turn up the volume and find out for yourself!
Magneto (Feel It) / TVR
TEMPA 083D
18 Nov 13
Deep Dubstep
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Magneto (Feel It) - (4:44) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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TVR - (6:39)
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Review: Fresh from his excursions with Jubei on Metalheadz, J Kenzo returns with two more distinctive sonic spells. "Magneto" is a rumbling halfstep behemoth; slurring bass, a dark pitched down vocal loop and a savage low-end groove, it reminds us why we all fell in love with Tempa sound in the first place. "TVR" is even more interesting; rolling on a low-swung, shuffling breakbeat, there's a techno sensibility to the loops and incessant groove. Carrying all the classic J Kenzo hallmarks while pushing him in a wholly new direction, this will go down as a pivotal release for the producer.
How Strange
TEMPA 085D
14 Jul 14
Deep Dubstep
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How Strange (feat Bijou) - (5:05) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Justify (feat Taso) - (3:47) 140 BPM
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Yesterdays - (3:46) 138 BPM
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Review: How Strange is Truth's fourth release on Tempa following last year's Devil Hands and Chicks & Drugs. The brass bell chiming title-track features the eastern-tinged vocals of female singer Bijou. Layered over the top of wobbly bass rumbles that create its lurching groove are keys similar to 187 Lockdown's garage crossover hit "Gunman". Two further tracks appear with the minimal yet heavy drum passages of "Justify" sounding like something that would be right at home on Deep Medi, while its vocals and synth work nestle quite comfortably into the Tempa aesthetic. For some deeper bass vibrations to bliss-out to there's also the icy cold and dusty "Yesterdays".
Cromos EP
TEMPA 090D
28 Apr 14
Deep Dubstep
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Biome - "Cromos" - (6:34)
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Biome - "Genesis" - (5:57) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Biome - "Delta" - (5:56)
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Biome & Fallen 45 - "Lost" - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Review: Manchester-based producer Biome has been cultivating his own distinct brand of pummelling, stripped-back minimalist dubstep for over six years now, gaining plaudits and accolades for his output on labels such as Osiris, Black Box and Macabre Unit. The Cromos EP represents Biome's label debut for the mighty Tempa and brandishes a triptet of tracks that really showcase the full range of the producer's sound. Final track "Delta" is an undoubted highlight, a real vicious exercise in achieving the maximum pressure from the minimum of elements with little more than hard, brusque and broken rhythms and deadly bass utilised.
Numbskull
TEMPA 103D
30 Oct 15
Deep Dubstep
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Numbskull - (4:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gem Tone - (5:09) 140 BPM
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Hacker (feat Gremlinz) - (5:02) 140 BPM
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D Lux - (5:05) 140 BPM
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Review: AXH's less-is-more approach can be found in everything he does; both his sparse release rate and lean arrangements ensure we pay close attention to everything he does. Following his "Destroy" EP in 2014 come these four minimal muscularities; "Numbskull" rolls on a bleep hook that's reminiscent of mid 00s minimal techno but with swaggering kicks while "Gem Tone" utilises similar (but differently processed) lead sounds and an array of great samples including Amazonic noises and an MC bigging up Luke Skywalker. "Hacker" takes us much deeper into the dance as AXH hooks up with erstwhile Canadian D&B crew Gremlinz for some shattered amen antics and "D Lux" closes proceedings with a woozy, off-beat weave of hand drums, strange bleeps and a purring sub that makes its presence known without ever having to raise its voice.
Tempa Allstars Vol 4
TEMPA 029
10 Sep 07
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Benga - "Roller" - (5:14) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Komonazmuk - "End Of The World" - (6:53) 140 BPM
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Orien - "New World" - (5:42) 140 BPM
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Rusko - "Jah Love" - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Martyn - "Everything About You" - (5:44) 138 BPM
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The Others - "Freakshow" - (5:59) 140 BPM
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Skreamizm: Vol 2
TEMPA 020
17 Jul 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Blipstream - (6:51) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Welcome 2 The Future - (4:55) 144 BPM
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0800 (dub) - (4:29) 140 BPM
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Deep Concentration - (5:18) 140 BPM
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Morning Blues - (4:26)
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Dub Period - (4:12) 140 BPM
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Tempa Allstars: Vol 2
TEMPA 012
17 Jan 05
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Geeneus - "Congo" - (5:44) 138 BPM
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El-B - "Amazon" - (4:59) 140 BPM
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Kode9 - "Babylon" (dub mix) - (5:16) 136 BPM
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Digital Mystikz - "Give Jah Glory" - (6:45)
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D1 - "Crack Bong" - (6:36)
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Loefah - "Truly Dread" - (5:47) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: DUBSTEPFORUM.COM
Tapped/Dutch Flowerz
TEMPA 022
02 Oct 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Tapped - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Dutch Flowerz - (4:37) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Zeds Dead
Loefah Remixes
TEMPA 017
01 May 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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I (Loefah remix) - (5:27) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monsoon (Loefah remix) - (6:25) 140 BPM
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Played by: DUBSTEPFORUM.COM
Dreams
TEMPA 065D
21 May 12
Deep Dubstep
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Dreams (feat Yayne) - (4:47) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Last Time - (4:54) 140 BPM
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Played by: DJ The Tornado
Review: Truth steps up with two superlative half-stepping riddims on the Tempa imprint, which really put the dub back into dubstep. First up is the evocatively entitled "Dreams" featuring a gloriously enticing wailing vocal from Yayne in the intro. We are sucked into the main tune as if hypnotized by the warm, murmuring bassline and clip clop beats and bubbling SFX. "Last Time" continues in a similarly dark and mysterious vein, but with more snapping snares, clipped sounds, rolling atmospherics and an insistent drive throughout the track. Utterly excellent from start to finish.
The Roteks
TEMPA 056
25 Apr 11
Deep Dubstep
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The Roteks - (6:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Protected - (5:43) 140 BPM
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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.
In Fine Style
TEMPACD 001
10 Mar 03
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Fist Of Fury - (5:57)
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HDN - (5:46)
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Gorgon Sound - (4:13) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Django's Revenge - (6:10)
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The Swindle - (5:49) 136 BPM
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What We Do (remix) - (6:19) 138 BPM
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Classic Deluxe - (6:15)
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Stone Cold Soul Vibes - (5:39)
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Rude Boyz - (4:04)
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To The Beat Y'all - (6:42)
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Log On (dub) - (5:06)
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Pimp Flavors - (5:04)
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Fat Larry's Skank - (5:04)
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Now You Know
TEMPA 048
08 Feb 10
UK Garage
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Twilight Riddim - (4:11) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Discotek - (5:12) 129 BPM
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Siberian Poker - (4:47) 140 BPM
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Purple Lights - (6:29) 130 BPM
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Since Last Night - (4:38) 129 BPM
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Strobe Lick - (4:50) 140 BPM
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Recall
TEMPA 098D
02 Feb 15
Bass
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Recall - (5:17) 123 BPM
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Wiretap - (5:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After releases on Idle Hands, Livity, All Caps and Mistry, Mancunian producer Alex Coulton made a worthy, if rather belated debut on Tempa last month as part of the label's ongoing Allstars compilation series. A debut proper for Coulton now arrives in the shape of the two track 12" Recall which finds the producer channelling some typically dark side spirits. It's most apparent on the title track where phased vocals careen around the channels as a pummelling gaseous bassline pushes the skittering half step rhythm outwards. "Wiretap" is more redolent of the Livity Sound school of skeletal polyrhythmic bangers and is no less impressive.
Urban Gorilla
TEMPA 097D
02 Mar 15
Deep Dubstep
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Urban Gorilla (feat Juiceman) - (4:12) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Expansion - (5:06) 93 BPM
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Technoid - (4:12) 140 BPM
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Review: Tempa regular J Kenzo is a hard man to keep up with, so prolific is the bass-driven producer at issuing forth his sharply produced grime, dubstep and UK Funky. He's back on his usual stomping ground with this latest stepper and it packs all the cool and deadly wares you want for that moody, early part of the night. Juiceman is in killer form on "Urban Gorilla", sitting comfortably on top of Kenzo's atmospheric beat with a poised vocal delivery. "Expansion" finds Kenzo drifting into synth heavy 130 territory without losing that sense of space so key to his productions, before "Technoid" ramps up the pressure with a powerful synth hit that could just easily sit in a dub techno jam.
Lie Detection
TEMPA 069D
10 Sep 12
Deep Dubstep
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Lie Detection - (5:08) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brainstem - (5:34) 140 BPM
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Responsibility
TEMPA 074D
08 Apr 13
Deep Dubstep
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Responsibility - (5:28) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Cure - (5:37) 140 BPM
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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.
Devil's Hands
TEMPA 076D
13 May 13
Deep Dubstep
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Devil's Hands - (4:51) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Belong (feat Yayne) - (5:21) 140 BPM
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Review: Some say the Devil's hands are manicured and sport the finest gemstones. Some say the Devil's hands have love/hate tattooed on them. Others - like us - say the "Devils Hands" are the epitome of beautifully deep, dark dubstep. "Devil's Hands" is a slurring, slab of haunted dub-soul while "I Belong" shows the trio at their softest, most emotional state with sexy subs and a purring vocal. Tempa nail it again? Ain't that the Truth!
Alpha
TEMPACD 023D
08 Dec 14
Deep Dubstep
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Prologue - (4:11) 140 BPM
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Trapped - (3:46) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pressurized (feat P Money) - (4:18) 94 BPM
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In Vacuo - (6:09) 140 BPM
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Afterwards (feat Dnae) - (4:12) 140 BPM
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Gravity - (4:39) 94 BPM
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Playing The Arp - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Hokusai - (5:05) 139 BPM
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Smog (feat DRS) - (6:08) 140 BPM
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Redshifted (feat Icicle) - (5:20) 57 BPM
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Epilogue - (4:51) 86 BPM
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Review: Alpha by name, alpha by nature, Proxima has set a brand new benchmark in modern dubstep albums. Rich in dynamics, fresh ideas, weight, depth and character, a muscular narrative is peppered with twists and turns - P Money's rapid-flow breakneck grime on "Pressurized", the juxtaposition of classical strings and angular leads on "Prologue", the cosmic psy-like acidity of "In Vacuo", the graveyard echoes and bumps of "Hokusai", the Machine head chugs of "Smog", the firing D&B collaboration with his cousin Icicle - as Proxima presents his broadest production palette with boldness, dexterity and toxic levels of badness. This is what a really well-crafted debut album sounds like.
Other Side Of The Sky
TEMPA 105D
11 Mar 16
Techno
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Other Side Of The Sky - (7:29) 163 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Other Side Of The Sky (Appleblim remix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Review: Fresh from his excellent ebm-influenced debut album, UK producer Julian 'October' Smith October looks to a more reflective approach. Working with his long-term collaborator and fellow Bristolian Appleblim, he lays down a lurching, acid-soaked bass and jittery drums on "Other Side of the Sky". These elements complement the melodic chord sequence that flutter their way through the arrangement. On the flip side, Appleblim delivers a remix; retaining the mellow chords but replacing the backing with a stepping, dub-wise rhythm, it makes for a gloriously blissed out take on the dance floor-based original version.
Skreamizm Vol 7
TEMPA 072D
21 Dec 12
Deep Dubstep
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Copy Cat (feat Kelis) - (3:50) 137 BPM
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Vacillate - (5:03) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Scrooge's Revenge - (5:28) 140 BPM
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Sticky - (6:08)
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Inhumane - (5:23) 143 BPM
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Junkyard Dispute - (5:29) 140 BPM
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Review: Serial badman and international dubstep superstar Skream presents the seventh (yes, seventh) volume of Skreamizm, a much lauded and highly influential series that's been cited by many as one of those iconic milestones in the rise of Dubstep as we know it. Purists and newcomers alike will find something of appeal here, as the Croydon label done good flexes his address book muscle on the opening track "Copy Cat" where deftly placed beats sit perfectly with the polished, seductive and slightly husky vocals of US vocalist Kelis. Elsewhere, cuts such as "Vacillate" provide a stark contrast with the jarring synths and punishing snares in a heavy, pressurized soundscape. Watch out for "Scrooge's Revenge" with its heavy, wub-wub sound, as well as the deeply hypnotic "Junkyard Dispute" with its eerie wailing and buzzing basslines. Excellent from start to finish.
Minus Degree
TEMPA 110D
05 Aug 16
Bass
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Minus Degree - (9:28) 134 BPM
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Move Them - (6:48) 134 BPM
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Twist It Down - (6:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Although Appleblim has been missing from the scene and out of action relative to the golden years of dubstep, he's still very much a legend in our books, and every time some new material from the man pops up we just can't help ourselves from being excited. The bass legend is back on the foundational Tempa label, home to so many stunning releases by himself and other luminaries such as Benga and Skream, and "Minus Degree" sees the producer take a conservative shift toward the surreal and the experimental, hardly using any beats of low end at all to get his point across. "Move Them", however, takes a dance shape and ends up sounding like a distorted, off-kilter dub techno joint of the highest order, whereas "Twist It Down" powers down the engines to deliver a deep, chimerical sort of dub house that simply must be played out on a big, nasty soundsystem.
Nomine's Chant
TEMPA 093D
08 Sep 14
Deep Dubstep
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Nomine's Chant - (5:10) 94 BPM
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Ninjah - (5:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Syncopator - (6:38) 62 BPM
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Review: Since debuting on Tempa last year with Nomine's Sound, the producer has consistently impressed with his blend of classic dubstep sonics melded with subtle Eastern influences. Nomine's Chant sees the producer continue to develop this style in a more explicit way, with the title track combining bold Oriental vocals and plucked strings with the kind of subtle atmosphere you'd find on a Shackleton production. "Ninjah" is a much more confrontational track, pulling away the serenity of the title track and leaving only bold subs and murky vocals. "Syncopator" is something totally unexpected, bringing things down to 125BPM and creating something with nods to classic UK funky and bleep techno, in a manner not dissimilar to the recent productions of Beneath.
Tempa Allstars Vol 7
TEMPA 094D
22 Sep 14
Deep Dubstep
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Wen - "Push Back" - (4:48) 129 BPM
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Alex Coulton - "Equilibrium" - (5:52) 64 BPM
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Innasound - "Step Fourth" - (5:32) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Batu - "Ghosted" - (5:28) 80 BPM
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AxH - "Nano" - (6:01) 93 BPM
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Perverse - "Jacobin" - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Review: Having served a vital function in testing the temperature of bass music at key times since Tempa first started operations at the nexus of dubstep, the latest instalment of Tempa Allstars succinctly lays down a crystal clear definition of where some of the most exciting noises are being made, and its based around the industrial sound sources, grime intensity and techno experimentalism of artists such as Wen, Batu and Alex Coulton at this time. All three are on searing form here, whether it be the broken swerve of the former or the dread-filled 4/4 thrust of the latter, and likewise Innasound, AxH and Peverse bring their own continuations of the hardcore continuum to bear to devastating effect.
Caught
TEMPA 091D
23 Jun 14
Deep Dubstep
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Caught - (4:45) 126 BPM
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Collide - (5:40) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With Wen and Parris offering a consummate showcase of their studio chemistry on "Time" from the former's Keysound LP Signals, a further chance to indulge in their collaborative approach is presented via this full single for Tempa. The results are two crystalline dubstep pieces that ooze space and soul. "Caught" fluctuates with funk thanks to the clever use of a small vocal sample and a slim line breakbeat. "Collide", meanwhile, pumps a heavier rhythmic message while being smothered in pressurised pads and coated with a subtle but effective female vocal. Both are stunning. Don't get caught out.
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