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27 Oct 14
Deep Dubstep
Montpelier - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kobra - (4:42) 129 BPM
Upsetter - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Played by: GAZE ILL
Alsatian/Scotch Mist
BLOC 005
29 Apr 16
Alsatian - (6:21) 122 BPM
Alsatian (Beneath remix) - (5:49) 163 BPM
Scotch Mist - (5:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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".
Dumb Hummer/All The Time
11 May 18
Dumb Hummer - (7:06) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All The Time - (5:39) 60 BPM
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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.
Something's Gonna Happen
AM 005
30 Jun 17
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
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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.
IDLE 024
12 May 14
Loveless - (6:00)
Tungsten (feat Hodge) - (5:10) Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
Spheres Of Costa Rica/Visions
24 Nov 14
Spheres Of Costa Rica - (6:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
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