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Tales Of Dub And Techno, Vol 24
Various
  
   
Matthias Springer - "Chronometry" - (6:54) 120 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Creation Dub" - (5:52) 93 BPM
   
Audision - "Red Sky" - (6:15) 125 BPM
   
Sebastian Wolf - "Dust" - (13:12) 118 BPM
   
Dimbidub - "Special Tone" - (8:08) 120 BPM
   
Vytis - "Blue Field Forever" - (5:15) 104 BPM
   
Confusion Concepts - "Connect" - (8:39) 122 BPM
   
COR100 - "Rembrandt Dub" (Dan Goul remix) - (7:08) 122 BPM
   
Tender H - "Distance" - (5:57) 118 BPM
   
Danny Ocean - "Mother Eyes" - (7:28) 120 BPM
   
Senmove - "Stutter Beach" - (4:55) 130 BPM
   
Thomas Carmody & Altone - "Lost In Belovezhskaya Pushcha" - (6:52) 83 BPM
   
Gambusia - "Bronzewing" - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
Substak - "Been A Long Time" - (6:48) 110 BPM
   
Christoph Schindling - "Half A Bottle" - (6:54) 125 BPM
   
Onmutu Mechanicks - "Lupus Moon" - (10:25) 120 BPM
   
Matthias Springer - "Gletscher" (Model 1975 remix) - (8:39) 123 BPM
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26 Nov 21
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Molten Mirrors: A Decade Of Livity Sound, Part 1
Various
   
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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Al Wootton - "Sancode" - (4:17) 135 BPM
   
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".
LIVITY 049D1
24 Sep 21
Bass
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Dualism EP
   
Dualism - (6:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
New Day - (8:24) 127 BPM
   
Ritual - (8:12) 126 BPM
   
Scorpion (feat Lucky Pereira) - (7:03) 147 BPM
Review: Adding a wild card flavour to Livity Sound ever since appearing on its Dnuos Ytivil sub-label back in 2016, Forest Drive West has used the parent label as his more club-centric vibe. This EP follows his 2018 Aspirations album, and leading with the linear kicks and offbeat hats of "Dualism", Forest Drive West heads its production in the direction of misty techno designed to be heard in the woods - before turning toward a more classic Italian polyrhythmic sound and atmosphere via "Ritual". That saddles up next to some Leo Anibaldi-like basslines in "New Day" with something of a bonus track coming in "Scorpion" which sees FDW hook up with the live and acoustic drums of Australian instrumentalist Lucky Pereira.
LIVITY 046
02 Apr 21
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Best Of Delsin Records 2020
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CiM - "Soft Rain" - (4:53) 126 BPM
   
Varuna - "Trackjam" - (9:51) 99 BPM
   
VC-118A - "Crunch" - (5:41) 142 BPM
   
BNJMN - "Atoms Speak" (RRoxymore remix) - (6:01) 126 BPM
   
Konduku - "Panorama" - (7:04) 122 BPM
   
Natural & Electronic.system. - "Insecta" - (7:16) 133 BPM
   
Versalife - "Shape Shifter" - (7:48) 136 BPM
   
Artefakt - "Delphic" - (6:15) 134 BPM
   
Wata Igarashi & Voiski Present WAV - "Pronom" - (7:22) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
John Beltran - "Euphoric Dream Ocean" - (7:33) 110 BPM
   
Wladimir M. - "Planet E" (Skee Mask remix) - (5:26) 140 BPM
   
Ballet Mechanique - "The Third Ear" - (7:54) 132 BPM
   
CiM - "Comfort Control" - (3:31) 108 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Invisible" - (7:39) 127 BPM
   
Wladimir M. - "Evil" - (6:55) 127 BPM
   
Florence - "The Vineyard" (Moving mix) - (7:56) 126 BPM
Review: Continuing their permeance into contemporary techno culture Delsin Records outta Amsterdam bring together a refined selection of stalwarts and newcomer artists this annual compilation. Scour down the list and you'll find bonus numbers from the likes of Forest Drive West with his classic rhythmic style to headliners like BNJMN, Natural & Electronic.system and WAV, aka Wata Igarashi & Voiski! Intrigues include amethia recordings purge Varuna, all time classic John Beltran (in "Euphoric Dream Ocean") and cosmic broken beat experiments from Wladimir M (think Planet E and Evo Lute). Furthermore, find tracks from electro wizz CiM and go deeper into italian-style techno variations with VC-118A's "Crunch" and of course some OG electro from Delsin legend Versalife. To 2021 and beyond!
DSR 2020
28 Dec 20
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Evident Ware Pt 01
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SK-1 - "Shockout Fass" (X-Altera remix) - (7:25) 77 BPM
   
Etch - "Monoxide" (original mix) - (6:23) 55 BPM
   
ZULI - "3ankaboot" (original mix) - (3:34) 77 BPM
   
Manix - "Special Request" (DJ Guy version) - (6:19) 64 BPM
   
ELLLL - "Sooty Tern" (original mix) - (6:04) 74 BPM
   
Peder Mannerfelt - "Small Faces" (original mix) - (5:42) 76 BPM
   
Christoph De Babalon - "Where Are You Going?" (original mix) - (6:37) 78 BPM
   
DJ Butterfly - "Shorty" (original mix) - (4:01) 70 BPM
   
Clouds - "Can't Anticipate" (original mix) - (5:22) 91 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Para" (original mix) - (5:09) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dream Cycle - "ESP" (original mix) - (6:15) 90 BPM
SNKRLP 005PT1
09 Oct 20
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Terminus EP
   
Impulse - (7:21) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Terminus - (7:09) 170 BPM
   
Void Control - (7:39) 170 BPM
   
Curved Path - (7:33) 170 BPM
Review: Tale Of Us did it, Blawan did it, Special Request too, and many others at the top of their game find their hype bonafide with a silver & green plated R&S debut. Joining that list alongside other contemporaries like Djrum, Ada Kaleh and Benjamin Damage is rhythm, UK bass and percussive techno specialist Forest Drive West. Channeling a harder, slightly darker tribalistic and UK style for the rave-minded R&S, each track here sees deeper Italian techno in breakbeat form meet with shady Bristol rave and dubstep atmospheres. Throw in the splash of jungle in "Curved Path" and you've got a EP that covers what any R&S / FDW fan needs. Rave 2.0
RS2005D
21 Aug 20
Footwork/Juke
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Void Control
   
Void Control - (7:39) 170 BPM
RS2005 DBTI03
06 Aug 20
Footwork/Juke
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Impulse
   
Impulse - (7:21) 170 BPM
RS2005 DBTI01
16 Jul 20
Drum And Bass
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Mantis 01
   
Hidden Past - (7:06) 84 BPM
   
Invisible - (7:39) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Radiance - (8:08) 127 BPM
Review: Mantis is a new sub-label from Delsin, and it launches in style with a release from Joe Baker aka Forest Drive West. Fans of the UK producer's idiosyncratic releases for Livity and Whities will find much to love here. "Hidden Places" stars the EP in ominous mode, with evocative, swirling shapes floating up over a muscular, sinewy bass and spine-tingling percussion. On "Invisible", Baker heads towards the dance floor with an eerie rhythm bolstered by surging bass that supports haunting textures. It's only a temporary flirtation however, and by the time he reaches "Radiance", a murky soundscape guides the listener towards a subdued finale.
DSRMTS 01
11 May 20
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Parallel Space EP
   
Creation Dub - (5:52) 93 BPM
   
Drift - (6:27) 121 BPM
   
Parallel Space - (6:42) 84 BPM
   
Parallel Space (Conforce remix) - (8:17) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Forest Drive West's dub-artic explorations finds itself in the Scandianavian fjords of Denmark with navigational support from dub techno beacon Echocord. Like a subaqueous blip on a sonar's radar it's "Creation Dub" that sets this record its course into the deepest, sinkiest realms of DT. With more stylistic rhythms introducing themselves into tracks like "Parallel Space" and "Drift", fresh rhythms and coldlier winds still offer slight touches of aurora borealis. Conforce sends in the chords with his remix to "Parallel Space" which go off like flares floating above the depths of a subterrain space they came from.
ECHOCORD 084
10 Jan 20
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K.Y Space EP
   
Mike Parker - "Novus Wave" - (5:28) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Forest Drive West - "STVVV" - (7:48) 161 BPM
   
Korridor - "Array" - (9:02) 127 BPM
   
Fjader - "Vega" - (5:00) 101 BPM
KYN 012
12 Apr 19
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Two Spirits EP
   
Entire - "Two Spirits" - (6:40) 170 BPM
   
Nekyia - "Dream Within A Dream" - (7:25) 56 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Inverse" - (7:20) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DB1 - "Duppy Pulse" - (6:12) 170 BPM
UVB76- 011
16 Nov 18
Drum And Bass
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Apparitions
   
Cut And Run - (5:58) 154 BPM
   
Transmission - (7:18) 126 BPM
   
Circles - (6:32) 126 BPM
   
Vertigo - (6:29) 127 BPM
   
Phaze-Shift - (7:01) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Traveller - (7:08) 84 BPM
   
Particles In Motion - (5:25) 98 BPM
   
Cannibal - (5:45) 151 BPM
Review: Following on from two Eps on Livity last year, Forest Drive West drops his debut album. It captures the producer's unique fusion of techno, abstract sounds and jungle, and gets off to a frenetic start with the high-octane, percussive "Cut and Run". At the other end of the Forest Drive West spectrum is "Transmission", a deep, throbbing slice of techno and the mesmerising minimalism of "Circles". Apparitions also sees the UK artist flirt with sound scapes and abstract textures, typified by the dubbed out "Vertigo" and the moody sub-bass tones of "Phaze-Shift". Characterised throughout by Forest Drive West's distinctive sound design, it is one of 2018's finest long players.
LIVITY 033
12 Oct 18
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Un/Wait/Reshape/Functional
   
UN - (7:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wait - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
Reshape - (7:21) 124 BPM
   
Functional - (6:51) 128 BPM
HOOD 004
05 Oct 18
Techno
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Pinch & Peverelist Present/In Deep
   
Pinch & Peverelist - "Pinch & Peverelist Present/In Deep" (continuous mix) - (1:00:00) 128 BPM
   
Pinch - "No Justice" - (4:29) 65 BPM
   
Peverelist - "Under Clearing Skies" - (5:40) 126 BPM
   
Walton - "Point Blank" - (4:32) 129 BPM
   
Kowton - "Shots Fired" - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
Phon.o - "V3R5U5" - (4:47) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Forest Drive West - "Scanners" - (7:26) 127 BPM
   
Pinch & Mumdance - "Strobe Light" - (5:38) 128 BPM
   
Simo Cell - "Stop The Killing" - (5:39) 133 BPM
   
Walton - "Vectors" (feat Wen) - (4:14) 126 BPM
   
Kowton - "Pea Soup" - (5:50) 126 BPM
   
Mumdance & Logos - "Chaos Engine" - (4:46) 87 BPM
   
Asusu - "Sendak" - (7:15) 122 BPM
   
Mumdance & Logos - "Hall Of Mirrors" (Perc & Truss remix) - (6:11) 65 BPM
   
Peverelist & Hodge - "21 Versions" - (6:46) 124 BPM
   
Nurve - "Brain Sugar" (feat Caski) - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Via Maris - "Swarm" - (5:06) 86 BPM
   
Hugo Massien - "Advanced Aerial Threat" - (5:46) 128 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Escape" - (6:55) 128 BPM
   
Pinch & Mumdance - "Big Slug" (instrumental) - (4:37) 128 BPM
   
Randomer & Hodge - "Simple As" - (5:40) 125 BPM
TECLIV 01
07 Sep 18
Bass
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Set Free
   
Set Free - (6:40) 170 BPM
   
Nothing Else - (7:07) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fiorina 161 - (6:36) 170 BPM
   
Prism - (5:51) 170 BPM
   
Never For Tomorrow - (5:27) 57 BPM
RUPLDN 015
29 Jun 18
Drum And Bass
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The Fifth Column
Various
   
Seba - "War On Music" (feat MC Blackeye) - (5:30) 175 BPM
   
Ahmad - "Delusions" - (5:01) 57 BPM
   
Mantra - "Nocturne" - (7:08) 58 BPM
   
Gremlinz - "Untitled" - (6:56) 170 BPM
   
Double O - "Shuffling On Zion's Bus" - (6:06) 170 BPM
   
Forest Drive West - "Last Day" - (6:23) 57 BPM
   
Outer Heaven - "Murder" - (4:55) 160 BPM
   
Rumbleton - "Reality" - (7:47) 170 BPM
   
Nucleus - "Raw Delux" - (6:07) 170 BPM
   
X Nation - "Every Time" - (6:40) 174 BPM
   
Theory - "Rastafari" - (6:06) 170 BPM
   
The Untouchables - "Monkey Shoulder" - (5:14) 57 BPM
   
Sully - "Amor" - (3:35) 53 BPM
   
Sully - "Amor" (Digital remix) - (4:27) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Greenleaf - "Time" - (7:19) 165 BPM
   
Dead Man's Chest - "Exhale" - (6:06) 158 BPM
RUPLDNLP 001
23 Mar 18
Drum And Bass
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Static/Escape
   
Static - (8:10) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Escape - (6:55) 128 BPM
Played by: Sensei, Near
Review: Static is Forest Drive West's second release on Livity - he/she also put out an early release on its sub-label - and features the act's most impressive material yet. On "Static", a minimal, steppy rhythm prevails, led by a mysterious synth, flickering percussion and a resonating bass that shifts up and down a few notes. "Escape" is more textured, and resounds to eerie sound scapes and swirling shapes. On this occasion, the beats are tough and dense, the bass plunges with submarine speed and there are even some Sandwell-style bleeps, but even this mysterious-sounding track can't beat the wiry wonder that is "Static".
LIVITY 028
03 Nov 17
Techno
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Persistence Of Memory EP
   
Persistence Of Memory (Part 1) - (7:19) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Persistence Of Memory (Part 2) - (7:48) 120 BPM
   
Persistence Of Memory (Part 3) - (6:29) 86 BPM
Review: Mysterious UK producer returns with more grey area perspectives, courtesy of Felix K's label. These three tracks lurk in the grey area: the space between techno and drum and bass. The first version of "Persistence Of Memory" is a textured dub techno experiment, redolent of classic Basic Channel by way of Italian hypnotic techno sensibilities. A raw, brazenly analogue and bass heavy thumper represents the second rendition, much in the vein of Clone Basement Series or Livity Sound: keeping in mind that he appeared on the latter with his previous EP Jinx/Scanners earlier in 2017. Persistence Of Memory 3 shows a side of the producer not seen since his Jungle Crack EP last year. This is a pure techstep: late '90s style and calls to mind the early work of Trace or Ed Rush & Optical where this producer possibly returns to their roots.
3444
06 Oct 17
Bass
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Jinx/Scanners
   
Jinx - (6:37) 162 BPM
   
Scanners - (7:26) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Forest Drive West has previously appeared on Livity sub-label Dnuos Ytivil, and this EP for the main outlet is just as impressive. "Jinx" resounds to hushed voices and scary animal howls from deep within a haunted forest, while in the background a brittle, dissected rhythm plays away. "Scanners" also draws on abstract sound and textures, with electronic burps and belches summoned up from below ground. However, on this occasion, the groove is straighter and more rolling, and its drum-heavy, percussive approach sounds like a freakish, malignant take on the late 90s West Coast house of labels like Grayhound and Siesta.
LIVITY 022
03 Mar 17
Techno
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Jungle Crack EP
   
Jungle Crack - (6:21) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Annoko - (6:33) 170 BPM
   
Turtle Break - (5:23) 57 BPM
   
Circulars - (6:51) 170 BPM
Played by: RDG
RUPLDN 012
21 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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System/Show Them
   
System - (10:48) 124 BPM
   
Show Them - (8:18) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Giampi Spinelli
Review: Forest Drive West is a new producer who is putting out his debut on Peverelist and Kowton's label. It must be a daunting task to release on Livity Sound, but it's one that the London-based artist rises to in style. Clocking in at over ten minutes, "System" moves from eerie drones and shadowy vocals into a drawn out, voodoo rhythm, with tribal drums gather intensity before crashing in on the arrangement. On the flip, "Show Them" is more direct, with the producer putting the drums to the fore and allowing a bleak synth tapestry to gradually float to the surface. It's a hugely impressive debut release.
199 YTIVIL
13 May 16
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