Tropic Thunda
ARG 028
22 Mar 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Tropic Thunda - (5:29) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Counteraction - (6:55) 140 BPM
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Played by: Juno Download
Review: A real fusion of many different styles, and perfectly named to boot, Tropic Thunda is a subtle and well-crafted mix of soca and dubstep beats. Sparse but full of energy and vitality, it's a classy release from J Kenzo (a man who's currently getting support from Caspa and N-Type amongst many others). Also out is Counteraction, which has rolling congas and some off-kilter snares, as well as rising synth stabs that set the beat alive. Both tunes are smart, funky and very cool - miss out on this at your peril.
Mortal Kombat
ARG 023
04 May 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Mortal Kombat - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Cosmo - (7:54) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Juno Download
Stomp
ARG 034D
29 Nov 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Stomp - (4:10) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Between Two Worlds - (6:26) 140 BPM
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Tropic Thunda (Kenzo's Broken Soul remix) - (5:35)
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The Roteks
TEMPA 056
25 Apr 11
Deep Dubstep
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The Roteks - (6:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Protected - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Played by: Be-1ne
Review: New signing J Kenzo marks the 56th release for Youngsta's legendary Tempa label. Unsurprisingly, it's a typically dark and dubbed out offering from the more cerebral side of dubstep. Title track "The Roteks" kicks off with a hovering sense of uncertainty, with faint industrial shivers and a warping bassline. A quasi-scientific sounding vocal sample heralds the movement into the main tune, which features blustering kicks, snapping snares and bellowing bass. "Protected" moves from the post-apocalyptic sounds of the intro into a half-step roller with plenty of appeal for fans of Kryptic Minds, Distance and DMZ.
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.
Straight Defeat (remixes)
ARTKL 017
06 Jul 15
Deep Dubstep
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Straight Defeat (feat Collinjah - Caspa remix) - (4:39) 140 BPM
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Straight Defeat (feat Collinjah - Jubei remix) - (5:12) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Straight Defeat (instrumental mix) - (5:42) 140 BPM
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Review: Released last year, Kenzo and Collinjah laid down serious sermons on "Straight Defeat". Now time for an instrumental (in case Collinjah's words are too much to handle) and two industrial strength remixes: Caspa bangs the war drum for a greasy mechanical roller while Jubei ups the tempo ante with a tribal stepper that strips back the elements and lets Collinjah's vocals take the centre spotlight. Serious dancefloor business.
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.
Sykura
31RS 024
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Sykura - (6:07) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Assemble - (5:28) 172 BPM
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Played by: Zecher
Review: What an exciting few years it's been for the Artikal bossman Kenzo. Playfully switching between 140, 160 and 170, dub, jungle and D&B, he's in his element right now and packing some seriously darked out heat. Back on ThirtyOne he's hurling more heaviness our way. "Sykura" is a crisp steppy track not dissimilar to early Subtitles and TeeBee material while "Assemble" kicks with more of a bouncy two-step spring. Think Jonny L and you're on the right track. That's the level we're talking here.
Bloodlines EP
TEMPA 080D
15 Jul 13
Deep Dubstep
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Cause & Effect - (5:04) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ricochet - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Enter Valarak - (5:04) 142 BPM
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Bloodlines - (4:11) 140 BPM
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Review: Thank god for the vigilantes out there, doing their bit to bring dubstep back to its deep, dark roots. J Kenzo is no newcomer to this game, but the stark simplicity of his beats have sent labels into a frenzy over the past year, seeking out destruction without the mess and confusion. That's his speciality - depth and power with a crushing clarity that makes each track all the more potent. Using the bare minimum of effects, this EP conjours the sounds of the night, somehow simultaneously atmospheric, clear and crisp. Tempa and J Kenzo, what a combo.
Rum Punch/Airwalk
31RS 016D
16 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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Rum Punch - (4:48) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Airwalk - (5:37) 174 BPM
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Durge - (4:03) 160 BPM
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Played by: Mauoq, Rich Raw
Review: Usually found on the 140 side of the spectrum dub demonstrator Kenzo steps over to Doc Scott's ThirtyOne for some serious stripped back jungle business. "Rum Punch" is a straight up roller with a wasps nest bassline and barbed wire two-step. "Airwalk" nods towards the Ruffhouse or Clarity style of minimalism with an almost dancehall dynamic to its sparse drums. Finally "Durge" drops the tempo a tenner for a really wonked-out halftime bass jam that rips into some incredible amen splashes midway. Applying everything you love about his dub science to D&B, Kenzo's just opened up a whole new book... And we can't put it down.
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.
Flowz
SHKZ 001
30 Apr 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Flowz - (5:08) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chrome - (4:17) 140 BPM
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Tekno Bass
SHKZ 003
30 Apr 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Tekno Bass (original mix) - (5:22) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tekno Bass (Matty G remix) - (4:51) 145 BPM
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J:Kenzo
TEMPACD 020D3
24 Sep 12
Deep Dubstep
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Statement Of Intent - (5:40) 140 BPM
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Eyes Wide Open (feat Rhianna Kenny) - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Semtex - (4:46) 142 BPM
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Invaderz - (4:35) 140 BPM
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Ruffhouse (feat Rod Azlan) - (5:36) 140 BPM
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No Man's Land (feat Footsie) - (3:52) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reconstruct - (6:25)
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Contagion - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Body Heat - (5:28) 142 BPM
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Ironclad - (4:31)
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Holocron - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Engage - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Review: A trustworthy tune tailor since 2008, it's about time Mr Kenzo gave us an album. And the very fact it's on Tempa - a much bigger label than Kenzo's own Soul Shakerz - speaks volumes in terms of the quality you can expect across the 12 tracks. Those who've followed Kenzo's previous shizzle will know the pristine level of deep bass production on offer, but there's a few curveballs dotted throughout for added dynamics. Cuts such as the Footsie-featured grime hybrid "No Man's Land" and the hands-in-the-air spine-chiller "Eyes Wide Open" showcase Kenzo's skills on the widest possible level. An immaculate debut LP.
Straight Defeat
ARTKLP 001S
29 Sep 14
Deep Dubstep
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Straight Defeat - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Played by: Sub:Conscious
Review: Teasing us ahead of the release of his label's inaugural compilation, J Kenzo lays down a supreme slice of contemporary bass with Collinjah. The beats ooze Kenzo's demonstrative dark, restrained drama - all weighted but never too OTT - but it's Collinjah who really gives the track the edge. Clearly refining his lyrical flow and penchant for Newham General-style melody subversion, bars like these will worm their way into your head for days after the dance. Bring on the full Artikal.
Conqueror/Derailment
2NDRP 12009
07 Dec 09
Bass
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J Kenzo - "Conqueror" - (5:51) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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LD - "Derailment" - (5:27) 140 BPM
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The Dirtbag EP
SHKZ 005
25 Sep 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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J:Kenzo - "DZL (Diesel)" - (4:44) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Twisted - "No Mercy" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Ill Bill Bachelor - "Bleed You" - (4:14) 140 BPM
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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...
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.
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