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C Sequence
C Sequence - (5:44) 124 BPM
16 Nov 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Molten Mirrors: A Decade Of Livity Sound, Part 1
Azu Tiwaline - "Nissa" - (5:46) 62 BPM
Forest Drive West - "Lost Signal" - (5:08) 120 BPM
Batu - "Melts Into Air" - (5:05) 139 BPM
Two Shell - "Big Style" - (5:22) 93 BPM
Al Wootton - "Sancode" - (4:17) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DJ Plead - "Glebe!" - (3:47) 137 BPM
Bakongo - "Ashy" - (5:05) 126 BPM
Cando - "It's All Relative" - (4:39) 123 BPM
Facta - "FM Gamma" - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Livity Sound has come a long way since surfacing as something like white label for Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu's music - the latter's "Sister" a bonafide gem! Over the years it has expanded its roster to the point of becoming a landmark within UK bass music - especially that of Bristol! If you wanted to catch up with what that sound actually is, still fresh as f*** in 2021 - Molten Mirrors: A Decade Of Livity Sound is your port of call. For the first of two parts, it's Batu in the mix with a feel-good yet grubby, junkyard industrial banger "Melts Into Air" which sits nicely next to the abstracted beats of Two Shiel's "Big Style". With deeper mysticisms comes Azu Tiwaline's slower "Nissa" next to the faster polyrhythms of Forest Drive West's "Lost Signal", with Facta, Al Wooton and Cando spreading some hypercolor synths and high fidelity beats in their sessions. And check out the leftfield selection of warped, jazzy breakdowns by DJ Plead that makes for a perfect segue into Bakongo's "Ashy".
24 Sep 21
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Sistine (Plucks) - (3:29) 85 BPM
On Deck - (3:35) 110 BPM
Brushes - (5:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Verge - (3:50) 115 BPM
Iso Stream - (3:41) 125 BPM
Diving Birds (feat Parris) - (5:29) 125 BPM
Blush - (3:57) 53 BPM
Low Bridge (Lights) - (2:46) 77 BPM
Review: Like many artists, Oscar Henson AKA Facta channelled the restlessness he felt during the early days of the UK Coronavirus lockdown into creative endeavours, and specifically making new music. The result is Blush, his belated debut album. It's a slim, on-point affair, with Henson utilising the long-playing format to fuse his usual meaty sub bass and off-kilter rhythms with plenty of pretty melodies, colourful electronic flourishes and nods towards a wide variety of styles (Balearica, folk, ambient and the rainbow-hued, loved-up synthesizer textures of turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house, though not the associated house beats). It's a genuine recipe for success, with the numerous highlights including - but in no way limited to - the sub-heavy, sun-kissed breeziness of 'On Deck', the immersive and kaleidoscopic loveliness of 'Verge', and Parris collaboration 'Diving Birds'.
02 Apr 21
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Blush - (3:57) 53 BPM
12 Mar 21
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Sistine (Plucks)
Sistine (Plucks) - (3:29) 85 BPM
17 Feb 21
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Doves - (5:36) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MPH - (5:33) 130 BPM
Review: Wisdom Teeth label head Oscar Henson, better known as Facta, rounds off the year with a two part ode to the dancefloor here on the label's 17th release, pitting house and 2-step beats against warping synths in the tradition of Errorsmith and Mark Fell. The Bristol-based producer is on-point here as always: from the reduced and hypnotic swing of "Doves" which will have massive crossover appeal, and is perfect for getting weird during the morning hours. This is followed by the off-kilter, FM tonal bliss of "MPH" which is even more introspective but keeps you locked into its groove with some massive bass pulsations.
WSDM 017
27 Nov 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Scales + Measures EP
Rose Red - (5:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Scales + Measures - (6:47) 124 BPM
4C Loop - (5:25) 120 BPM
Review: Following on from what has been a very tasty year indeed, Facta returns to the home imprint of Wisdom Teeth for a three track extravaganza, demonstrating some extremely cool production methods throughout. We kick off with the choppy, time-dance style drumwork and colourful atmospheric and almost acidic designs of 'Rose Red', before the title track 'Scales + Measures' lands with some incredibly vibrant percussive manoeuvres and synthy explosions. Finally, '4C Loop' takes slower drum rolls and more colourful sound design to round us off in style!
WSDM 014
29 Nov 19
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DJ-Kicks (unmixed Tracks)
Laurel Halo/Various
Laurel Halo - "Public Art" - (2:35) 86 BPM
Stallone The Reducer - "Always Hate" - (4:48) 126 BPM
Red Axes - "5 Min" (feat C.A.R.) - (4:22) 118 BPM
Parris - "Puro Rosaceaes" - (6:01) 121 BPM
Rrose - "Cricoid Pressure" - (8:15) 126 BPM
Machine Woman - "Just Made Some Jazz Music" - (7:10) 128 BPM
WCC - "Ana" - (4:16) 128 BPM
FIT Siegel - "Penny Rut" - (5:17) 129 BPM
Yamaoka - "Plastic PQ" - (4:35) 130 BPM
Siete Catorce - "Canto" - (5:14) 83 BPM
Facta - "Poliwhirl" - (5:11) 130 BPM
Laurel Halo & Hodge - "The Light Within You" - (6:17) 84 BPM
Ikonika - "Bodied" (OG mix) - (4:38) 128 BPM
Griffit Vigo - "A.C.I.D." (Electronic Gqom mix) - (11:23) 63 BPM
Panda Lassow - "Lachowa" - (5:09) 130 BPM
Dario Zenker - "Koraimer Bro" - (5:14) 132 BPM
Final Cut - "Temptation" - (7:16) 64 BPM
Aos - "Violent Light" - (6:59) 132 BPM
Geoffrey Landers - "Brian's Having A Party" - (2:03) 105 BPM
Via Maris - "Side Effects" - (5:37) 132 BPM
Oneiroi - (7:34) 133 BPM
Nick Leon - "Pelican Dub" (feat Lila Tirando a Violeta) - (3:08) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Stefan Ringer - "Lust" - (5:21) 133 BPM
Kirk The Flirt - "Loser" - (3:12) 133 BPM
Laurel Halo - "Sweetie" (DJ-Kicks) - (7:03) 135 BPM
Blake Baxter - "Funky World" (Blake Baxter remix) - (6:30) 131 BPM
Kiki Kudo - "Freakey Ke Ke" - (4:46) 130 BPM
Group A - "Ketabali" - (5:29) 66 BPM
The Whitefield Brothers - "Ntu" - (1:39) 128 BPM
Laurel Halo - "DJ-Kicks" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:00:37) 131 BPM
Review: Over the course of numerous albums and Eps, Laurel Halo has made a name with her experimental, uncompromising take on electronic music - can she do the same with her DJing? Listening to this, the 68th instalment of DJ-Kicks, the answer is a resounding 'yes'. It moves from the abstract chimes of her own "Public Art" to the bruising rhythms of Stallone the Reducer and Red Axes' low-slung electro into the next-wave Detroit techno of Fit Siegel and the bleary European sound of Dario Zenker, representing here with "Koraimer Bro". However, Halo is also aware that to understand where electronic music is going to, you must first understand its past - and the inclusion of tracks from Jeff Mills' Final Cut band and Blake Baxter's catalogue showcases her deep knowledge and passion.
K 7375DTM
22 Mar 19
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StabUdown Productions - "FyeRRR!" - (4:43) 61 BPM
Piezo - "OiOiOi" - (5:09) 61 BPM
Kreggo - "Ligeti" - (4:18) 64 BPM
Facta - "Not Now" - (5:51) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
25 Jan 19
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Splits (001-4)
Wen - "Late Night" - (4:34) 128 BPM
Facta - "Poliwhirl" - (5:11) 130 BPM
Hodge - "X" - (5:15) 164 BPM
Acre - "Don't Get Me Started" - (4:55) 130 BPM
Etch - "Toxin" - (4:11) 59 BPM
K-LONE - "Broke" - (4:11) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Alex Coulton - "Radiance" - (6:07) 126 BPM
Chevel - "Tailwind" - (4:17) 120 BPM
Simo Cell - "Escape The Fate" - (6:30) 120 BPM
Review: We now get stuck into some futuristic percussive persuasions as we take a look at the latest compilation from Wisdom Teeth, bringing together some of the most forward thinking electronic musicians active today. Chevel kicks us off with 'TailWind', Before the clean percussive rolls of Alex Coulton's 'Radiance' and K-Lone's 'Broke' take centre stage. Acre then gets crazy on the synthesis with 'Don't Get Me Started' and Etch gets swampy on 'Toxin', before Hodge's 'X' provides us with some futuristic tech treats. We then round up the EP in style with two belters, as Wen supplies the eerie fire on 'Late Night' and Facta strips it back to bass and drums in the vibrancy of 'Poliwhirl'.
05 Oct 18
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Dumb Hummer/All The Time
Dumb Hummer - (7:06) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All The Time - (5:39) 60 BPM
Review: By now, Bristol's Livity Sound was the only noted Bristol label that FACTA hadn't released on yet. He's appeared on the ever-impressive Idle Hands, of course, as well as the 'consciously off-kilter' Berceuse Heroique from Athens, so he has plenty of experience with the mass audience of bass-headz worldwide. "Dumb Hummer" is an abstract affair, its uplifting bleeps and clicks merging perfectly with the tune's bitter low-end waves that take it to a more dubwise stance; "All The Time" is certainly more of a 'house' ting, with its broken beats forming a peculiar strain of off-balance 4/4 - rife with that Bristol charisma. We love it.
11 May 18
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Keysound Recordings Presents...Certified Connections
Logos - "Metropolis" - (3:27) 129 BPM
Parris - "Pressure" - (6:29) 65 BPM
Dusk & Blackdown - "Wot Do You Mean?!" (dub) - (2:59) 130 BPM
Aphix - "Sin King" - (5:03) 128 BPM
Caski - "Tunnel Music" - (5:04) 128 BPM
Etch - "Champion Dancehall" - (5:50) 131 BPM
Wen - "It's Alot" - (4:35) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Balistiq Beats & Sully - "Rise The Machine" (feat Riko - Sully remix) - (3:20) 134 BPM
Murlo - "Broken Arrow" - (4:02) 135 BPM
DLVRY - "Guilt" - (5:06) 140 BPM
Facta - "Quince" - (5:56) 64 BPM
Epoch - "Aerospace" - (5:30) 140 BPM
Luke Benjamin - "Asha" - (4:03) 115 BPM
LDN 050D
03 Jul 17
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Something's Gonna Happen
Something's Gonna Happen - (5:26) 129 BPM
Sweet Sixteen - (4:40) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sweet Sixteen (DJ October remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
Review: Oscar 'Facta' Henson is the latest artist to pop up on Berceuse Heroique's occasional Ancient Monarchy offshoot. In keeping with the label's consciously off-kilter approach, "Something's Gonna Happen" is a devilishly wayward affair, with cascading, almost melancholic melody lines and fuzzy chords tumbling over a sludgy but metallic rhythm track. On the flip you'll find the dark, EBM-influenced, muscular techno throb of "Sweet Sixteen", and a bonus remix of "Something's Gonna Happen" by fellow Bristol resident DJ October. The sometime Skudge artist draws on his EBM influences, delivering a surprisingly funky reinterpretation that makes great use of Henson's metallic percussion hits.
AM 005
30 Jun 17
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Alsatian/Scotch Mist
Alsatian - (6:21) 122 BPM
Alsatian (Beneath remix) - (5:49) 163 BPM
Scotch Mist - (5:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The fifth single on Bloc's offshoot label comes from Facta, who follows up strong EPs on Idle Hands, Tempa and his own Wisdom Teeth imprint with another fine collection of cuts. "Alsatian" is a fine electro roller, with the Bristol-based producer peppering a metallic rhythm track with serious electronic blips and sparse, intergalactic melody lines. Beneath delivers a more atmospheric, dubstep-influenced rework full of fuzzy textures, wonky noises and serious sub-bass pressure, before Facta rounds off the EP with the snappy drum machine handclaps, early '90s bleeps and post-dubstep rhythms of "Scotch Mist".
BLOC 005
29 Apr 16
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Montpelier - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kobra - (4:42) 129 BPM
Upsetter - (5:33) 140 BPM
Played by: GAZE ILL
27 Oct 14
Deep Dubstep
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Loveless - (6:00)
Tungsten (feat Hodge) - (5:10) Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Marking the emergence of another fresh talent in the bustling Bristolian scene, Idle Hands present the bass-laden, icy talents of Facta to the world. "Loveless" carries the torch from the finest stripped-down dubstep standards and applies it to the slower tempos of today, with a cheeky line in square wave bass thrown in for good measure to make for a cool tempered, deceptively heavy cut. Local champ Hodge lends a hand on "Tungsten", which finds a more peppy set of drums ticking away over dynamic flourishes of bass and samples with some wonderfully haunting refrains woven in to break up the mechanismo.
IDLE 024
12 May 14
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