22 Mar 10
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.
25 Apr 11
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.
02 Mar 15
Urban Gorilla (feat Juiceman) - (4:12) 140 BPM
Expansion - (5:06) 93 BPM
Technoid - (4:12) 140 BPM
Played by: DJ Cable, DJ Walsh (Biscuit Factory Records), Juno Recommends Dubstep, Unkey, ARtroniks, Seven, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Zecher, Skubi, Shu, Koast (Durkle Disco), LSN (UK)
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.
06 Jul 15
Straight Defeat (feat Collinjah - Caspa remix) - (4:39) 140 BPM
Straight Defeat (feat Collinjah - Jubei remix) - (5:12) 86 BPM
Straight Defeat (instrumental mix) - (5:42) 140 BPM
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.
12 Dec 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Axer Rouf, Junior Buzz, Epitome, PIER, FUSED FORCES, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Alert
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.
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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.
15 Jul 13
Cause & Effect - (5:04) 140 BPM
Ricochet - (4:10) 140 BPM
Enter Valarak - (5:04) 142 BPM
Bloodlines - (4:11) 140 BPM
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.
16 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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.
18 Nov 13
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.
24 Sep 12
Statement Of Intent - (5:40) 140 BPM
Eyes Wide Open (feat Rhianna Kenny) - (4:24) 140 BPM
Semtex - (4:46) 142 BPM
Invaderz - (4:35) 140 BPM
Ruffhouse (feat Rod Azlan) - (5:36) 140 BPM
No Man's Land (feat Footsie) - (3:52) 140 BPM
Reconstruct - (6:25)
Contagion - (5:11) 140 BPM
Body Heat - (5:28) 142 BPM
Ironclad - (4:31)
Holocron - (5:10) 140 BPM
Engage - (4:08) 140 BPM
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.
29 Sep 14
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.
25 Sep 09
29 Jul 13
Various - "Dubstep Allstars Vol 11" (continuous mix by J:Kenzo) - (1:06:41) 140 BPM
AMIT - "Don't Forget Your Roots" (feat Rani) - (6:10) 140 BPM
SP:MC - "Declassified" - (5:29) 142 BPM
Ulterior Motive - "Tien" (edit) - (3:02) 140 BPM
Ipman - "Non-Integer Multiple" (edit) - (2:58) 140 BPM
Thelem - "Synthetic Artifacts" - (5:17) 140 BPM
AMIT - "Acid Trip" - (5:06) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Ricochet" - (4:10) 140 BPM
Killawatt & Ipman - "Dark Place" (J:Kenzo remix - edit) - (3:41) 140 BPM
TMSV - "Haze" (edit) - (3:00) 140 BPM
Sleeper - "Ritual" - (3:42) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Cause & Effect" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Icicle - "Caffeine" - (5:09) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Enter Valarak" - (5:04) 142 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Bloodlines" - (4:11) 140 BPM
Ipman & Killawatt - "Jigsaw Dub" (edit) - (3:15) 140 BPM
DJ Madd - "Murder Dub" - (3:22) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Protected" - (5:43) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Therapy" - (4:07) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Depth Charge" - (4:10) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Contagion" - (5:11) 140 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Semtex" - (4:46) 142 BPM
J:Kenzo - "Eyes Wide Open" (feat Rhianna Kenny) - (4:24) 140 BPM
P Money - "Dubsteppin" (J:Kenzo remix) - (4:06) 144 BPM
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...
15 Dec 14
Truth - "Devil's Hands" (Youngsta remix) - (5:05) 140 BPM
J Kenzo - "Invaderz" (Truth remix) - (4:39) 140 BPM
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.