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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
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.
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.
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.
Underground Railroad
TEMPA 109D
24 Jun 16
Deep Dubstep
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Underground Railroad - (6:59) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mad - (6:12) 63 BPM
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Dream - (7:11) 63 BPM
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Review: Markee Ledge is back everyone! The drum and bass legend formerly known as Substance who formed breakthrough act Kosheen with Decoder now appears for the esteemed London imprint Tempa. You trust a veteran like Ledge to deliver the goods here like he does on "Underground Railroad" with its immaculately programmed industrial percussion textures hammering away backed by chilling atmospheres and powerful bass pulsations. After first premiering on Youngsta's Rinse FM show over a year ago, we're glad this finally saw the light of day.
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!
Dotted
TEMPA 107D
06 May 16
Bass
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Dotted - (5:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Untitled - (5:49) 62 BPM
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Dotted (Dro Carey remix) - (5:44) 129 BPM
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8th - (4:29) 65 BPM
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Review: It's an all-Australian takeover on Tempa for their 107th release, coming through in the shape of Cliques, Sydney's Hamish Dixon and George Nicholas. "Dotted", the title track, is a fistful of rolling kick drums and scattered percussion, all coated in a fine layer of minimalistic bleeping - a new and min-melting strain of UK-flavoured techno with a definite stutter; mastermind Dro Carey (TTT) remixes the track into a stompier, more cinematic bruiser with a vividly odd kind f flex in classic Carey style. "Untitled" goes for a steppers rhythm beneath solitary pads and aqueous melodies, while "8Th" ups the ante and delivers a nasty, menacing groove to get your head bouncing in pigeon-mode. Recommended!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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
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".
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.
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.
Nomine's War
TEMPA 078D
08 Jul 13
Deep Dubstep
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Nomine's War - (6:12) 140 BPM
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Anxiety Tribe - (5:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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128 1 - (5:59)
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Review: Nomine returns to Tempa for another session of unabated darkness. Meaning business from the off, "Nomine's War" rolls with some clever rhythm on the kicks and scorching reeces that both amount to a cool sense of early D&B. "Anxiety Tone" is much sludgier and more paranoid. Again, there's a great sense of energy in the beat department but it's measured with much more menace. "128.1" closes the deal with more of a classic, traditional dubstep motif. Abyss-level production, slow hypnosis on the percussion and yet more begrudging bass tones. Make "War", not love...
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.
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
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.
Buzzin'
TEMPA 043
01 Jun 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Buzzin' - (5:03) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Million - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Down
TEMPA 052
22 Dec 10
Deep Dubstep
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Down - (5:42) 139 BPM
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Judgement - (5:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Be-1ne
Formal Junction
TEMPA 064D
26 Mar 12
Deep Dubstep
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Formal Junction - (6:02) 140 BPM
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Grunge - (5:33) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Liz-E, Alert, GAZE ILL
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.
Acid Trip
TEMPA 073D
25 Mar 13
Deep Dubstep
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Acid Trip - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't Forget Your Roots (feat Rani) - (6:10) 140 BPM
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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. "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.
Devil's Hands/Invaderz (Tempa remix)
TEMPA 095D
15 Dec 14
Deep Dubstep
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Truth - "Devil's Hands" (Youngsta remix) - (5:05) 140 BPM
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J Kenzo - "Invaderz" (Truth remix) - (4:39) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Tempa turns back time while staring defiantly into the future: Youngsta takes Truth's summer 2013 thunder-jam "Devil's Hands" and turbo-charges it with such a steppy dynamic you can see the speed lines firing from your speaker. Next up, take J Kenzo's 2012 minimal blunderbuss and introduce an added synth texture and a slinkier groove to the bass. Both fine examples of how to smash a remix while paying respect to the strong originals.
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.
Ambush/Direction
TEMPA 106D
08 Apr 16
Bass
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Ambush - (6:04) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Direction - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Review: Since 2010, and coming out of the whole post-dubstep scene, Manchester's Alex Coulton has been among the best of the UK bass artists. His skills being the mixing board have seen him travel from label to label, stopping off at the likes of Idle Hands, All Caps, Livity Sound, and even the mighty Tempa. Coulton returns to the latter with a follow-up to last year's "Recall" bombshell, and he's in no mood to mess around here. "Ambush" is a tribalesque tech-house number with a rattling percussion that renders it UK through and through; "Direction" sees the producer return to his more usual mood by serving up a broken bundle of drums and percussion curling around loose melodies and a dubbed-out makeover. For fans of Hessle output - what that bassline, son! Hot!
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.
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.
Benga
TEMPA 037
03 Nov 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Pleasure - (5:21) 140 BPM
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Go Tell Them - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Loose Synths - (4:11) 140 BPM
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Benga's Off His Head - (4:36) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Better - (4:37) 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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Outside The Box
TEMPACD 016DIGI
14 Aug 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Perferated - (2:44) 140 BPM
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Skream - "8 Bit Baby" (feat Murs) - (5:00) 148 BPM
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CPU - (4:15) 142 BPM
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Skream - "Where You Should Be" (feat Sam Frank) - (4:26) 145 BPM
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Skream - "How Real" (feat Freckles) - (4:33) 140 BPM
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Fields Of Emotion - (5:57) 140 BPM
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I Love The Way - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Listenin' To The Records On My Wall - (3:27) 136 BPM
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Wibbler - (4:25) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Metamorphosis - (5:17)
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Skream - "Finally" (feat La Roux) - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Skream - "Reflections" (feat Dbridge & instra:mental) - (5:20)
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A Song For Lenny - (3:04)
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The Epic Last Song - (4:59) 154 BPM
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Played by: Ennio Styles, Chris Coco
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
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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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.
Trust Nobody/Future
TEMPA 034
07 Apr 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Trust Nobody - (4:32) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Future - (5:18) 148 BPM
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Played by: Tek One
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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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.
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!
Darkplace/Sur Place
TEMPA 079D
12 Aug 13
Deep Dubstep
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Darkplace - (5:56) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sur Place - (6:01) 140 BPM
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Review: Finally, after nearly a year of online hype and speculation, Killawatt and Ipman's Merenghi-esque "Darkplace" sees the light of day. Delightfully gloomy and moody, start peeling away each bass texture and you realise how complex this track is. Funky, too; there's a bounce on the low-end that's seldom seen on dungeon-bound tracks like this. "Sur Place", meanwhile, flips the techno switch with a nagging, bashy riddim laced with all manner of trippy SFX and groove motifs. Essential.
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.
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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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.
Avebury
TEMPA 101D
14 Aug 15
Techno
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Avebury - (7:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Auburn Blaze - (4:18) 155 BPM
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Wandered - (9:52) 119 BPM
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Review: There's no doubt that Laurie Osborne's style is ever evolving and always captivating, regardless of what phase he's in. His new EP on London institution Tempa provides three awesome cuts proving why he still is one of the UK's finest. Title track 'Avebury" is proggy, moody and downright epic in a way that would make James Holden of Nathan Fake blush. Next up is the beatless and experimental soundscape of "Auburn Blaze" with its layer upon layer of sinister pads leading up to some truly demonic sub bass snarl that's just got to be heard! Finally "Wandred" carries on with the experimental vibes on this haunting and demonic ambient piece that truly plunders into the depths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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