All Change EP
SUBDDIGI 046
21 Mar 12
UK Garage
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All Change (original mix) - (5:15) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dear Theo (original mix) - (4:28)
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Dear Theo (OPR8 remix) - (6:15) 125 BPM
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Played by: Barefoot
On The Edge 16
OTE 016
03 May 12
Deep Dubstep
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Monday Morning - (7:52)
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The Big Freeze - (5:07)
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Piston - (6:22)
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Monday Morning (Indigo remix) - (5:28) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nobody Stop Me EP
FINA 011J
19 May 13
Deep House
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Nobody Stop Me (feat Caye Slaymaker) - (5:51) 123 BPM
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Sugar Free - (5:56) 110 BPM
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Start Changing Tempo - (5:05) 120 BPM
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Frisky Disco - (6:49)
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The Way You Look At Me - (4:11) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Echodub bossman Alex Cowles (better known, production-wise, under his DFRNT moniker) can usually be relied on to provide some authentically ocean-deep sounds. That's certainly the case on this varied EP for 2020 Vision offshoot Fina. At times, it sounds as if he's been listening to classic records by fellow Edinburgh native Aqua Bassino (the calming, jazzy "The Way You Look at Me" and intoxicating, super-deep "Start Changing Tempo"), while at others, he seems to have imbued just the right amount of fine single malt (check the sleepy midtempo vibes of "Sugar Free" and the pulsing sub and dreamy vocals of "Nobody Stop Me"). Throughout, there's a delicious musicality at work that's never less than delightful.
Metafiction
OTECD 001
29 Oct 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Wake Up - (6:33)
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The Warmest - (4:00) 136 BPM
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Tripped - (4:35) 138 BPM
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Therapy - (6:23) 140 BPM
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Landscapes - (6:19)
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Epitome - (5:17) 139 BPM
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The Next Step - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Dark Jazz - (5:38) 138 BPM
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Aftermath - (4:48)
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Winter - (4:02)
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Decay - (4:42)
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Headspace - (4:39)
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Lounge - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Sound Asleep - (6:03) 138 BPM
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An Early Place - (5:01) 140 BPM
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On The Move - (6:36)
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Pressure Drop - (5:13) 139 BPM
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Throwback - (5:42)
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Therapy (Quantec remix) - (7:11)
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Tripped (Synkro remix) - (6:43) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dark Jazz (DJ Madd Darker remix) - (4:43) 140 BPM
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Tripped (Ital Tek remix) - (5:30) 138 BPM
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Headspace (Scuba remix) - (6:11) 136 BPM
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Headspace
OTEHEADSPACE
26 Oct 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Headspace (Scuba remix) - (6:10) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Headspace (original) - (4:36)
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Played by: Gus Brown, Paul Mac
The Tripped
OTETRIPPED
26 Oct 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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The Next Step - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Tripped (Synkro remix) - (6:38) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tripped (original) - (4:34) 138 BPM
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Played by: Juno Download
Toffler 013
T 013
29 Jun 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Rising Tide - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Rising Tide (Stefano Sleepless remix) - (8:00) 120 BPM
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Sunflower - (5:22)
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Sunflower (Stefano Suspiria remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Triple Threat - (4:24) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Triple Threat (Stefano Skywalker remix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
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Metafiction
OTECD 001
24 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Wake Up - (6:33)
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The Warmest - (4:00) 136 BPM
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Tripped - (4:35) 138 BPM
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Therapy - (6:23) 140 BPM
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Landscapes - (6:19)
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Epitome - (5:17) 139 BPM
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The Next Step - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Dark Jazz - (5:38) 138 BPM
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Aftermath - (4:48)
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Winter - (4:02)
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Decay - (4:42)
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Headspace - (4:39)
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Lounge - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Sound Asleep - (6:03) 138 BPM
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An Early Place - (5:01) 140 BPM
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On The Move - (6:36)
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Pressure Drop - (5:13) 139 BPM
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Throwback - (5:42)
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Therapy (Quantec remix) - (7:11)
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Tripped (Synkro remix) - (6:43) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dark Jazz (DJ Madd remix) - (4:43) 140 BPM
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Tripped (Ital Tek remix) - (5:30) 138 BPM
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Headspace (Scuba remix) - (6:11) 136 BPM
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Played by: Juno Download
Review: After a number of singles and EPs dating back to 2008, Edinburgh producer DFRNT drops his epic 23 track debut album and it's a masterpiece of post-dubstep chilledness and glacial beats. More laidback than contemporaries like Martyn, Kode9, Pangea and Skream, opener "Wake Up" sounds as though it's slowly emerging from a forest, with deep delay on the percussion and a slowly unravelling filter. The beats kick in on "The Warmest" though, but only at a slow and sparse rate leaving plenty of time for each note to register and the melody to pierce through.

Not all of Metafiction operates at such a brutally slow tempo though. "Epitome" for example is lively, with echo-laden hats rattling at around 125bpm. But the beats are never allowed to dominate the mix and are more suggestive and subtle than hard and danceable. Instead, just take in the beautiful soundscapes DFRNT creates. With the help of reversed and processed guitars on "Aftermath" or flutes on "Headspace," he creates a genuinely unique and highly original sound that defies categorisation, but which cements itself in your head over the course of the album. It's also worth hearing the accompanying mixes by Ital Tek, Quantec and Synkro among others for an interesting perspective on DFRNT's style. Viciously contemporary and a whole new frontier in chilled music, Metafiction comes strongly recommended.
Dark
OTE DARK
09 Feb 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Dark Jazz Original - (3:54) 138 BPM
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The Warmest - (4:48) 135 BPM
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Dark (DJ Madd remix) - (5:34) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dark (Indigo remix) - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Played by: Juno Download
Dark Blue EP
10120652
01 Jan 14
Balearic/Downtempo
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Dark Blue - (5:01) 86 BPM
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Dark Blue (Stunna remix) - (6:03) 86 BPM
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Saturation Point
OTE 011
03 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Saturation Point - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Lament - (5:52) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Parka Dub - (6:54)
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Review: Scottish producer DFRNT delivers three deep and soulful tracks of atmospheric dubstep on his latest EP, Saturation Point. The title track uses widescreen synths as cushioned subs lay in front of distant percussion. "Lament" sees moody piano keys and rhythmic twists create a sense of drama that is then shared by EP finale, "Parka Dub", in which the Scot merges dub techno with lashings of trip-hop.
High Friends In Places EP
10120595
13 Dec 12
Deep Dubstep
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Turning Back - (4:20) 129 BPM
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Remember When - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Free Dive - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Actaeon EP
10119423
12 Feb 12
Balearic/Downtempo
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Dark Spaces - (4:40) 57 BPM
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Too Long To Wait - (6:14) 57 BPM
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Everything - (4:39) 86 BPM
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Holly Drummond - "Will This Ever End" (DFRNT remix) - (4:32) 76 BPM
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Flow
AMA 013
03 Mar 14
Deep House
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Flow (feat Fault Lines - original mix) - (6:28) 115 BPM
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Flow (feat Fault Lines - Zoo Look remix) - (6:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Herman's House - (6:52) 113 BPM
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Clouds Collide - (4:08) 110 BPM
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