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BOXED004
BOXED 004
22 Sep 17
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Boylan & Oil Gang - "MurderOne" - (3:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rebore - "Campaign" - (3:54) 143 BPM
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Slackk - "Moroccan Squares" (feat Logos) - (4:36) 139 BPM
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Fallow - "Rearmament" - (3:41) 141 BPM
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Review: A year after their last V/A EP, Boxed let rip with another future-fired session that leaves no under illusion what this multi-crew collective are capable of. Boylan & Oilgang set the record straight with a brutal slab of pulverising alien bass before Rebore dusts of his string quartet and gets busy over a rifle-style breakbeat that's not often exploited in grime. Elsewhere Slackk and Logos take us deep into the swampy jungle with an unnerving set of synth tones before flipping us skyward with an elastic bassline that comes from nowhere while Fallow shuts us down with a mighty slice of gun-toting grime drama. Brutal through and through; it's time to think inside the Boxed once again.
Palm Tree Fire
64289
01 Sep 14
Bass
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Palm Tree Fire - (3:11) 142 BPM
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Intercept - (3:11) 140 BPM
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Millipede - (3:15) 140 BPM
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Bullfight - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Crafty Tiger - (3:40) 56 BPM
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Burnt Ends - (2:03) 139 BPM
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Litherland - (3:12) 139 BPM
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Wash Your Face In My Sink - (1:49) 139 BPM
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Three Kingdoms - (3:25) 140 BPM
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Jackal - (2:49) 140 BPM
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T-Shirt & Knickers - (1:49) 136 BPM
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Hope You Got A - (3:14) 144 BPM
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Puma Walk - (3:45) 136 BPM
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Hesitate - (3:43) 140 BPM
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Ancient Dolphin - (4:34) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kit & Holly - (2:58) 94 BPM
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Played by: Sublo, Timbs
Review: There has been no shortage of bright and bold crossover styles from Slackk over the past four years, with impressive bouts for Numbers, Unknown To The Unknown and Diskotopia marking his work out in that jagged, synth-rich space alongside Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and the Night Slugs posse. Now, having spent some time getting cosy with Local Action, he offers the label his debut album and takes the chance to drop no less than sixteen new takes on his grime-infused musicality with barely a filler or interlude in sight. While the tempos and rhythms may shift, the atmosphere remains consistently in that alien space somewhere out ahead of us, part video game fantasy and part urban uncertainty.
Minor Triads
UTTU_ICE_AGE
12 Apr 13
Bass
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Seance - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Inland - (4:16) 138 BPM
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Wolf Creek - (3:16) 136 BPM
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Blue Forest - (4:36) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After sturdy appearances on Numbers and Local Action, Slackk returns to one of his earlier outposts in the form of Unknown To The Unknown, throwing down a curious mixture of oriental folk music with grime-inspired beats and the occasional flurry of vintage computer game MIDI business. The beats are slippery and jerky on "Inland" where the synth comes in all side-chained and disjointed, with only gun shots for ballast on the buoyant groove. "Wolf Creek" brings on the aforementioned Monkey Island vibes, using curious keys and harmonies to create a decidedly eerie atmosphere, while "Blue Forest" is arguably the spiciest tune on the EP with its urgent percussion and more involved arrangements of lute action worked into a stomping 140 bpm rhythm.
Theme EP
NMBRS 7
06 Dec 10
Electro House
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Theme From Slackk - (5:25) 129 BPM
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Theme From Dub - (5:25) 129 BPM
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Fire Flies - (5:37) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: DJ SOULJA-MAN
Raw Missions - EP
32210
04 Jun 12
Bass
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Blue Sleet - (4:57)
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90 Years - (5:11) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fat City - (4:31)
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Almost Transparent - (4:29)
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Review: From the opening bars of opener "Blue Sleet", the influence of grime in Slackk's latest missive for the excellent Local Action is obvious - a precise matrix of thin eski synths, composed into interlocking parallelograms of luminous green, accompanied by salvos of rattling claps. "Fat City" takes a similar formula and inverts it, creating a particularly mournful instrumental with a sluggish beat, inspiring images of a rain soaked sink estate. "Almost Transparent" meanwhile, positively swims with melodic charm, and despite going heavy on the Eastern synth flutes and thin marimba stabs it has enough gravitational pull in the thick low end to keep the whole thing grounded. But the real gut punch is "90 Years", the only track that eschews any kind of melody for sheer dancefloor power - utilising industrial snares alongside some thick cylinders of laser bass that feel like they've been fired by an orbiting death ray. Fantastic stuff - and shows the trad house bass wannabes how it's done.
She's A Vector EP
17572
14 Nov 11
Bass
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Act Nine - (7:38)
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Pub Crawl - (4:22) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Girl Song - (3:54)
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Mannerism - (3:54)
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Keys In The Bowl - (4:16)
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Failed Gods EP
45435
23 Sep 13
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Empty Bottles - (4:09)
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Algiers - (4:34) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shogun Assassin - (5:29)
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Silk Robe - (4:00)
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Room Made Vague - (3:51) 150 BPM
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Jackpines - (1:53) 154 BPM
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Review: Following a dalliance with Unknown To The Unknown in April, outspoken grime producer Slackk returns to Local Action on which he released the excellent Raw Missions EP last year. The Failed Gods EP is described by the label as delivering six tracks that cover the breadth of "ninjaman club destroyers to beatless synth pieces, with a healthy dose of weed and Twin Peaks in the mix," and easily stands as his strongest release to date; the melancholic video game vibes of "Empty Bottles", stripped-back square waves of "Algiers" and Eastern percussive tones of "Room Made Vague" all stand out as particularly brilliant. If you've not been keeping up with the recent grime resurgence, this is as good a place to start as any.
Synthetics
FORE 001
04 Apr 11
Bass
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Slackk - "Synthetics" - (4:36) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hervey Jenkins - "Steelo" (dub mix) - (5:03)
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Played by: DJ Haus [UTTU]
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