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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Skream!
TEMPACD 008
30 Oct 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Tortured Soul - (4:18) 140 BPM
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Midnight Request Line - (3:56) 140 BPM
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Blue Eyez - (4:39) 141 BPM
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Auto-Dub - (2:49) 153 BPM
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Skream - "Check-It" (feat Warrior Queen) - (4:12) 140 BPM
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Stagger - (4:40) 140 BPM
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Dutch Flowerz - (4:20) 140 BPM
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Rutten - (6:31) 140 BPM
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Skream - "Tapped" (feat JME) - (3:37) 140 BPM
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Kut-Off - (4:32) 141 BPM
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Summer Dreams - (7:58) 140 BPM
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Colourful - (5:13) 140 BPM
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Emotionally Mute (outro) - (4:34) 142 BPM
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Played by: AXH
Phaze One
TEMPA 049
10 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Baltimore Clap - (4:42) 140 BPM
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EyeTunes - (6:30) 140 BPM
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Mini Motor Cross - (4:38) 140 BPM
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808 - (4:42)
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Your Band (Descending) - (5:02) 140 BPM
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Rock Music - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Transform - (5:38) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Bra, No Panties - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Review: Oh Benga. Where do we begin? Emerging from the depths of Croydon in the early noughties, Benga has been a pioneer and pivotal lynchpin in the ever-burgeoning dubstep movement. His previous albums, Newstep and Diary Of An Afro Warrior remain amongst the most influential long players of the genre's history, alongside commercial crossover collab with Coki, "Night" and a slew of other high profile releases on labels such as Tempa, Tectonic, Hotflush and Planet Mu. Firmly cementing his reputation as one of the scene's most pre-eminent figures, Benga brings us "Phaze One" - the first in a series of EPs on the seminal Tempa imprint. Bookmarked by the delightfully named "Baltimore Clap" and "No Bra, No Panties," the EP kicks off with jittering, dark riddims and aggressive slapstick, breathy tones. As digital bonuses, "Transform" - another bleepy bad one, and the aforementioned cheeky sampling, dancehall-esque "No Bra, No Panties" - conclude the EP with a resounding two fingers in the face. Great stuff.
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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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".
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.
Nomine's Sound
TEMPA 071D
18 Feb 13
Deep Dubstep
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Nomine's Sound - (4:36)
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Searching - (6:03) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: GAZE ILL
Review: Forever synonymous with the advent of dubstep, Tempa has paved the way for the evolution of the genre since the turn of the millenium. Providing the backdrop of seriously talented dubstep producers at the top of their game for Nomine to play against, this mysterious producer has done the label and his peers proud. Featuring two tracks of equal intensity from different places in his mind, "Nomine's Sound" is a mournful lament framed by classic dubstep vibes and bare space marked by eastern influences, while "Searching" uses this idea of space and scarcity to create an unsettling atmosphere in which to house morphed vocal samples and middle-eastern sounds. Beautifully crafted and with a real sense of movement, it's a track that deserves to sit up there with the best.
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.
Prototype
TEMPA 046
30 Nov 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Prototype (Modeselektor's Broken Handbrake remix) - (6:43) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sex At The Prom - (7:27) 138 BPM
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Tempa Allstars Vol 3
TEMPA 019
11 Sep 06
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Skream - "Warning" (D1 remix) - (5:29) 138 BPM
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Caspa - "Rubber Chicken" - (6:32) 140 BPM
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Headhunter - "Sleepwalker" - (4:28) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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N-Type - "Tolerance" - (5:37) 140 BPM
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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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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
Skreamizm Vol 3
TEMPA 028
30 Apr 07
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Losing Control - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Chest Boxing - (5:45) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Make Me - (6:07) 144 BPM
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Check It (feat Warrior Queen - vocal mix) - (4:12) 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
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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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
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hand To Hand Combat/Concealed Weapon
TEMPA 102D
25 Sep 15
Deep Dubstep
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Hand To Hand Combat - (6:31) 128 BPM
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Concealed Weapon - (6:14) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: There aren't many recent producers out there who have had a career as diverse and as wild as the present Alex Coulton. With his music ranging from house, to techno and bass, Coulton has released on an impressive spectrum of labels including the militant Frozen Border, Bristol's Idle Hands, Black Acre, and now dubstep heavyweight Tempa - yup, impressive, indeed! He's come along with a two-track bullet, the firs being the percussive "Hand To Hand Combat", a broken groove and a whole load of tribalesque goodness within, and the utterly stomping, totally dubbed-out and hazy "Concealed Weapon". Those swarms of bass on the latter literally made our spines tingle this morning. Hot and recommended!
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!
Skreamizm Vol 06
TEMPA 061D2
12 Dec 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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XMAS Day Swagger - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Indistinct - (7:47) 140 BPM
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Tweedle Dee, Tweedle DUMB! (feat Trim) - (4:20) 140 BPM
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Abstruse - (5:30) 140 BPM
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Snarled - (5:45) 140 BPM
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FNKONOMIKA - (5:38)
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Played by: Zoom, Junior Buzz
Review: Dubstep overlord Skream finally offers up the next instalment in his long running "Skreamizm" series, his first since 2009. While last year's Outside The Box LP allowed him to experiment with varying genres and tempos, this six tracker sees him knocking out the anthems with consummate ease. "Xmas Day Swagger" is a dancefloor banger, simplicity itself while "Indistinct" brings a shuffling beat and an Eastern vocal. "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle DUMB!" featuring Trim will appeal to the grime heads and "Abstruse" and "Snarled" are stripped back head nodders. EP closer "FNKONOMIKA" is a blissful minimal D&B track which oozes sheer class.
The Lost Tapes EP
TEMPA 058 DIGI
05 Sep 11
UK Garage
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Boogaloo - (5:51) 131 BPM
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Landslide Remix - (6:02) 136 BPM
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What We Do (original mix) - (6:01) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Midnight Tease (instrumental) - (5:37) 131 BPM
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Review: Horsepower issue forth what one can only assume is some old material they've been sat on. Like a ray of funky sunshine amidst the foggy murk of what they spawned, the downright freshness of the tracks on The Lost Tapes is so bright it blinds your ears. "Boogaloo" shuffles with a micro-house kind of freakiness, as quirky key stabs and vocal grunts bounce off the razor-sharp hats. "Landslide Remix" rocks the subs hard and keeps the beats slender, while "What We Do" ups the ante in terms of pace and detail. Who are we kidding, every track is absolute gold from masters of the 2-step scene.
Boomba
TEMPA 055
21 Mar 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Boomba - (4:36)
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Carbon Aliens - (4:20) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Coki makes a welcomed return to the airwaves after a three-year hiatus. Yes, it's been a whole three years since THAT seminal collab with Benga ("Night") in 2008 and a further two years more since his last solo venture - "Tortured / Shattered" - in 2006. Coki flips things on the proverbial lid here with a couple of quirky cuts; first up "Boomba" pairs shaking sub bass wobbles with lacerating lasso whips, a curious harpsichord melody, abstract rhythms and glorious Joker style synth work. This is complimented by "Carbon Aliens" - a lurching halfstep monster with gurgling SFX and smashing drum kicks that will bring the fear of god into you.
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.
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