09 Jun 10
13 Oct 17
Review: After a period of personal issues and a formative trip to Ghana, Cervo combines his love for field recordings with his take on the classic house structures. Following up great releases for the likes of Lumberjacks In Hell, the end result is slightly harder than his previous work, but signifies his growth and development as an artist. The thumping tribal house of "Deyo" calls to mind classics such as "Women Beat Their Men" or KC Flightt's "Voices" and it's a right banger! Second offering "Kasoa" has more of a rough and dusty aesthetic, with flourishes of hip-hop and disco thrown into the mix for moody and sweaty late night groove. The UK based producer, DJ and co-founder of club night Banana Hill is said to be making his way back to Ghana for more inspiration and we can't wait to hear what's in store for us next.
03 Mar 14
Elon Mentana (feat DJ Khalab) - (3:10)
Tambacounda's White Magic - (3:44)
Tambacounda's Black Magic - (3:50)
Kaluma - (4:13) 160 BPM
Review: Continuing Black Acre's fine tradition of worldly beats in the more adventurous realms of hip hop tempos, Clap! Clap! present their own unique twist that channels African folk traditions into low-riding rhythms. Opening track "Elon Mentana" is largely focused on squelchy beats with occasional smatterings of tribal background noise, but "Tambacounda's White Magic" is where things get really interesting with the lively shuffle of flute and hand-played percussion running rings around an arresting voca trill, working a club ready beat into the mix only when the time is right, and doing it with panache. "Tambacounda's Black Magic" is a more subtle affair that plays down the modern ingredients and makes for an even more enthralling listen.
31 Jul 15
Played by: Majora
Review: Proudly committed to exploring and channeling the roots sounds of African music, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci is back on Black Acre following last year's triumphant Tayi Bebba album. His handling of authentic African culture grows ever more adept, most notably in the way he fuses percussive and vocal sounds with modern Western electronics, resulting in two essential jams that should ease themselves onto many an eclectic dancefloor. "Camo" certainly has the distinctive hook in its punchy chord line, but "Fever" manages a more flamboyant end result with its powerful low end and ever-rising drum pressure built for all manner of dancefloor shock outs.
18 Aug 14
Review: After making heads turn with the worldly wares of his Tambacounda EP for Black Acre earlier in the year, Clap! Clap! is back with another rapid-fire round of riddims that flit dexterously between traditional sound sources and hyper-modern production skills to create a distinctive melee. "Buck" has all the ingredients for a sturdy club rocker, working an African vocal lick around an urgent tempo and clattering percussion while a heavily reverbed cascade of bleeps spell out the electronic side of things. "Ichnusa" is a shorter concern that explores loping and interlocking chimes and hits with a sumptuous handle of melody and a nagging groove.
02 Oct 15
(S) Serendipity - (3:11) 95 BPM
(I) Ingenuousness - (2:29) 150 BPM
(M) Modesty - (2:28) 137 BPM
(P) Playfulness - (2:51) 67 BPM
(L) Liberty - (2:46) 138 BPM
(E) Earnest - (2:38) 127 BPM
Review: Italy's Clap! Clap! saw his debut on Origami Sound back in 2013, but it's been London's Black Acre to fully support him over the last few years, not least by releasing his debut album in 2014. The lo-key producer returns with his familiar blend of tribal sampling and Afro-leaning tracks, six tracks of gorgeous percussive swing and sublime beat arranging. "Ingeneousness" is our favourite in there, a fast-paced tune with a digital backbone but a wild heart that sounds something like a mixture between Shangaan Electro and UK bass at its finest. If you're looking for something different and fresh then look no further.
17 Feb 17
Discessus - (1:31) 160 BPM
Nguwe (feat Bongeziwe Mabandla) - (3:24) 106 BPM
Oriens. Oriri - (2:20) 58 BPM
Hope (feat OY) - (4:10) 145 BPM
Ar-Raqis - (2:40) 60 BPM
A Thousand Skies Under Cepheusa Erudite Eyes (feat John Wizards) - (2:46) 160 BPM
Ode To The Pleiades - (6:01) 62 BPM
Betelgeuseas Endless Bamboo Oceans - (2:28) 160 BPM
Witch Interlude - (1:47) 144 BPM
Rainy Souls, Gloomy Futures - (2:33) 113 BPM
Flowing Like A Snake In Ophiuchusa Arms - (2:12) 84 BPM
Centripetal - (2:23) 113 BPM
Rainbow Coast - (2:40) 58 BPM
Elephant Serenade - (2:26) 138 BPM
Ascension Psalm (feat HDADD) - (2:51) 158 BPM
Review: You'd imagine Clap! Clap! to hail from some mysterious, far-away contient but, in fact, Domenico Crisci is from Florence, a city you wouldn't immediately associate with tribalistic dance flavours. That is, until now. This is his second LP for London's excellent Black Acre label and, thourghout its stupendous twelve tracks, there are appearances from Planet Mu's John Wizards, the OY duo, and another like-minded tribal enthusiants from Italy, HDADD. This is a truly engrossing album, filled with tropical instrumentation, worldly chanting, and an altogether 'outernational' vibe. Dance to it, chill with it, leave on it the background. Whatever you do with it, it's bound to go down a storm, especially heard in its entirety. Don't sleep!
28 Apr 17
Ar-Raqis (Medlar remix) - (5:32) 122 BPM
Hope (feat OY - Paleman remix) - (5:20) 68 BPM
Hope (feat OY - Jun Kamoda remix) - (5:59) 124 BPM
Review: We were fulsome in our praise for recent Clap! Clap! full-length A Thousand Skies, a superb set packed full of tropical instrumentation, tribal rhythms and "outernational" vibes. On this accompanying EP, two tracks from the album are given the remix treatment. Paleman and Jun Kamoda both tackle OY collaboration "Hope". While the former's 140 BPM translation - think UK funky gets tropical, and you're close - is undeniably excellent, we're preferring the rolling tribal drums, sliding fretless bass, trippy vocal samples and highlife flourishes of Kamoda's standout version. Arguably best of all, though, is Medlar's intoxicating Afro-house remix of "Ar-Raqis", which successfully adds dubbed-out, Tenaglia style motifs to guarantee trippy, late night thrills.
06 Apr 18
08 Sep 14
The Holy Cave - (2:52) 100 BPM
Ashiko - (3:24) 124 BPM
The Rainstick Fable - (3:50) 150 BPM
Kwasi The Sorcerer - (2:51) 123 BPM
Black Smokes, Bad Signsa - (3:25) 90 BPM
Conqueror (Action/Assault/Conquest) - (3:41) 150 BPM
Conqueror (Consequences/Memories) - (3:34) 130 BPM
Conqueror (Remorse/Withdrawn) - (3:16) 120 BPM
Burbuka - (2:32) 120 BPM
Sahkii (Xirhuu A) - (4:20) 93 BPM
Sahkiias Elevation - (3:18) 150 BPM
Kwasias Storm (Tape dub) - (2:21) 140 BPM
Universal Modulator (Kujhmak) - (2:07) 50 BPM
Sahkii's Knowledge - (2:13) 130 BPM
Universal Modulator (Ujmubuam) - (3:25) 129 BPM
Sailing In The Seas Of WoodA - (2:19) 110 BPM
Kuj Yato - (3:33) 160 BPM
12 Dec 16
Review: Bristol based Black Acre are back again following up great tracks by The Maghebran and Memotone with the wonderful Clap! Clap! Again. He seeks a bit of help from Bongziwe Mabandla on "Nguwe", featuring Rolling, spaced out, jagged and angular dubstep from Africa that's truly dripping with soul and spirituality. This is music that's definitely pushing new frontiers and we're excited by what's up next by this promising producer and the label.
26 Feb 16
Review: The bulk of Commodo's output has come on Mala's ever-impressive Deep Medi Muzik, but the arts has also branched out to other UK stables, and this latest release on Black Acre seems both perfectly apt in terms of style and sound, but also masterfully timed for both the producer and the label. "Set It Straight" is more grime monster than bass mutant, a grizzly track that spits vocals from all angles above a rugged beat groove and distorted low tones; "Solid Gold Telephone" takes a similar stance, but goes deeper and strips the vocals by replacing them with even more stuttering percussion rhythms. Solid gear here, cop it.
08 Apr 16
Hej - (2:55) 140 BPM
Pea Souper - (3:49) 134 BPM
Itchin (feat Trim) - (2:21) 97 BPM
Hadi Hadi Ah - (3:29) 140 BPM
My Liege - (3:33) 143 BPM
Russian Glass - (2:40) 65 BPM
Floods - (2:12) 92 BPM
How Dare You - (3:45) 136 BPM
Sleepwave - (4:08) 147 BPM
HWT - (2:47) 132 BPM
Set It Straight (feat Rocks FOE) - (2:53) 134 BPM
Kofte Cloud - (4:13) 110 BPM
Played by: ARtroniks, Embargo, Majora, Murk, Alert, Juno Recommends Bass, GAZE ILL, Taiko, Otz, Sofie Letitre
Review: Dom Tarasek aka Commodo has already appeared on perhaps the biggest dubstep labels around, and he made his name from the string of releases on Mala's Deep Medi Muzik - not exactly a bad place to start your career, that's for sure. However, he's now branching out to other quality households, and this new LP on Black Acre feels just right in every single way. Right because his deep, brooding sound fits ever so well with the rest of the label, and right because How What Time flows perfectly as an album unit. There are three tunes on each side of the two slabs of wav, and they work as perfect, tidy trios that carry the same sort of leftward bass sound, one that never goes to deep as to become abstract, but also never gets too violent as to become silly. All in all, it is masterfully executed dubstep for the 2016 palate. Killer.
04 Sep 15
Review: London's Black Acre, home to the likes of Alex Coulton, Dan Shake and Fantastic Mr Fox, among other bass and house deviants, lands new artist Connie Constance on the catalogue, a fitting addition to a beautifully varied roster. "Stars" is r&b vocal showdown, backed by light beats and gentle swarms of electronics, and "Euphoric" follows a similar trend thanks to its tame melodies and deep, spiritual lyrics. "Kingdom" provides a more uplifting touch, a poppy kinda vibe to round this EP off in style.
22 Nov 13
Played by: Embargo
Review: It's been a productive year for Alex Coulton with some sturdy appearances scored for the likes of 2nd Drop, Livity Sound and Hypercolour, and he's found time to slip one more into the mix for Black Acre. "Murda" rides on the kind of staggered grime stomp that has peppered the likes of Untold's output for some time, particularly calling to mind "Anaconda" with its catchy synth phrases and militant beat. "Break Pressure" takes on a more limber, breakbeat fuelled stance that moves through dubby chord reflections and a meditative headspace, all the while underpinned by that guttural UK rave heart that has always beaten at the core of his music.
13 Mar 15
Substance - (3:39) 156 BPM
Tiende (feat Clap!Clap) - (3:52) 155 BPM
Amagqoboka - (4:13) 129 BPM
Medal Of Freedom - (4:13) 140 BPM
Malala - (4:03) 140 BPM
Review: Polyrhythms abound on this debut release by DJ Khalab. It's a five-track EP which combines calypso melodies, Middle Eastern themes and deeper African flow, chant and percussion. The dubbier, West Indian vibe comes through on "Tiende" which features regular DJ Khalab collaborator Clap Clap, while for sounds you'd imagine coming from the island of Cabo Verde check out "Malala". Criss-crossing drums flutter in "Amagquoboka" while there's an 8-bit, ragga-rave - almost Shangaan electro feel - to "Medal Of Freedom".
02 Sep 13
Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient) - (3:27) 97 BPM
Beirut Dub (Lazy, Detroit, Sci-Fi) - (3:11) 95 BPM
Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey) - (2:33) 99 BPM
Raga (Modal, Eastern, Psychedelic) - (3:41) 61 BPM
Giallo (Suspense, Measured, Lurking) - (2:57) 60 BPM
Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles) - (2:53) 111 BPM
Lunar Dub (Sombre, Islands, Chalice) - (2:43) 72 BPM
Loose (Extra Terrestrial, Shimmering, Dark) - (3:06) 91 BPM
12 Jun 10
21 Apr 14
Review: Our favourite bassboy Fantastic Mr Fox returns to London's Black Acre label with a superb head-nodding two-tracker. With releases on some of the UK's most respected dance imprints, including the ever-impressive Hemlock Recordings, Mr Fox has his own way of doing things - rough, glitchy house-tinged bombs coated in a thick layer of London grime. "On My Own" features the sensual vocals of Denai Moore over a slow and sparse arrangement of kicks and grizzly low-end. It's an end of the night kind of tune, a meditative sway of beats and licks to lift your mind and soul. "Broke" is somewhat more geared-up and ripe for the swaggerin' - nutty 808 cowbells ride incessantly over chopped vocal samples and stumbling kick-drums. Stick that one in the dance and see what happens...
02 Aug 13
Review: Always a crafty proposition in the UK melting pot of genre-mashing artists, Stephen Gomberg is once again on his regular haunt Black Acre for a cheeky approach to a peak-time belter that more than doffs its cap to Colonel Abrams. "The Trap" has many straight-up qualities, but the way this particular house cut has been put together maintains Gomberg's position as a leftfield adventurer. The cranky beat and strange bass swells keep the cut shifting and swaying, but the groove is anchored once the lead stabs come in to ensure mass hysteria in the dance. Things are more decidedly twisted on "Jackal Youth", throwing all manner of spannered samples into the blender and pouring out a thoroughly intoxicating cocktail of a track that perfectly demonstrates that prevailing house-bass hinterland.
27 Oct 14
Review: Back on his regular haunt Black Acre, Fantastic Mr Fox has teamed up with Kid A and cooked up a catchy vocal track as unique as it is accessible. There is unabashed pop construction put into "You-Turn", not least on the bombastic chord stabs of the chorus, but overall the production comes on like unhinged '80s electro funk with an undercurrent of acid which lends itself to the curious, Bjork-esque croon of Kid A. Visionist steps up for a remix of the track that naturally leads off the beaten track into more curious corners of club music not dominated by commanding drums. Even without much prominent percussion the track charges forwards into an alien world full of intrigue and charm, like all of Visionist's work.
25 Feb 13
Review: Mysterious newcomer Ferox steps up on Bristol's Black Acre, the label who previously brought us names like Dark Sky and Blue Daisy. We don't know much about the man, but Ferox is more than capable of making some nastiness emanate from his studio, such as the fuzzy, chugging and not quite hip-hop rhythms of "goD". Every track is as diverse as it is stupendous, like "Gargoyle", a seismic mash-up up of ominous vocal samples, rotating drum rolls and hefty doses of low frequency sound for you to ponder on, or the fast-paced, shuffly 808 jolts of "Critter", another certified neo-London monster for all you bass cats out there. "Beyond" also incorporates Ferox's individualistic sampling style but over some slower, more swaying two-step beats and bangs. This one is warmly recommended...
05 May 14
FeroX - "Mondo" - (6:28)
Clap Clap - "Peyor Peyor" - (3:34)
H SIK - "Virtual Introspection" - (5:26)
DJ Khalab - "Walkiana" - (3:12) 148 BPM
Review: Subversive Bristol champions Black Acre curate four pieces of truly original electronic fusion from their freshest faces. There's consistency, too, as each track rumbles and groans under heavy African riddim pressure: Khalab's "Walkiana" takes us into the heart of the Maasai by way of tripped out, seasick textures and an insistent riddim, Ferox's "Mondo" is a firing slab of dark tech that builds into one of the most infectious chant-based floor-slammers you'll hear in years, Clap! Clap!'s "Peyor" is a cutty, choppy, steppy work of beat artistry while H-Sik gets all future jungle... in the jungle. A genuinely unique release.
08 Jul 13
Played by: DNN
Review: H Sik is Amsterdam-based producer Herve Sika, who original hails from the Ivory Coast. This is his first release since last summer's long player Cocody, and it's good to have him back. The two tracks here have different vibes but both have a generally dubby darkness to them. "Sonic Rage" is a textured outing that combines quite a few different styles including deep bass, lazy hip-hop beats, frenetic footwork and even a bit of digital dancehall. "No Promises" on the other hand, is more straightforward and linear, featuring meandering synthlines over some boss old skool DnB breaks.
02 Jun 17
Blind Disco - (5:29) 120 BPM
Ramen Funk - (5:24) 120 BPM
Savanna On The Palm - (5:51) 120 BPM
Review: Jun Kamoda's last outing - April 2016's The Clay EP on Mister Saturday Night - boasted a pair of full-throttle workouts that variously drew influence from slamming basement house, rubbery disco and percussive African rhythms. There's a similar feel to this fine follow-up on Black Acre. On "Blind Disco", he does a fine job of joining the dots between fuzzy Afro-house and skewed disco, layering sampled chants and additional percussion hits on top of a wickedly wayward groove. Arguably even better is the cowbell-driven, Idjut Boys style low-slung disco-funk madness of "Ramen Funk", while "Savanna On The Palm" offers a slightly dreamier and deeper voyage into left-of-centre Afro-house territory with distinctive Detroit techno overtones. In other words, it's another killer EP from the talented Japanese producer.
15 Aug 08
07 Apr 14
Exits - (1:57)
Trapdoor - (3:41) 144 BPM
Hollowed - (2:15) 144 BPM
Ellum Tonal - (3:25) 156 BPM
Run Young - (2:50) 150 BPM
Howl - (4:49)
Tunnelling - (3:10) 159 BPM
IIVA - (4:50)
Hex - (3:31)
Fissure - (2:59)
Tymadlyb - (4:20)
Review: Loops Haunt, aka Dundee-based producer Scott Douglas Gordan, has been cultivating his own brand of crepuscular electronica for the past five years, with his intermittent output finding a home on Bristol label Black Acre. Gordan seems to have gravitated closer to the album format with every release, 2012's five track Zenith was somewhere between LP and EP, so it's little surprise to see his latest Black Acre release fully embracing the album format. Some eleven tracks long, Exits is apparently designed to be listened to in one sitting, and we presume with the curtains drawn and some stiff Scotch for company.
30 Jun 14
IIVA (extended edit) - (5:30) 62 BPM
TIIYL - (4:59) 92 BPM
IIHX - (2:41) 136 BPM
IIVA (NHK remix) - (5:08) 62 BPM
FIISR - (2:22) 123 BPM
Played by: Munma
Review: As one of the flagship artists for Black Acre in recent times, Loops Haunt is back once again with a five track EP that draws further on his penchant for densely layered electronica productions with a powerful bottom end and a keen ear for a fractured groove. "IVA" makes for a sterling start to proceedings, turning out a fuzzy and cosmically-enhanced take on electro with dynamic changes of scene and a weighty emotional load, before "TIIYL" takes things deeper into a twitching broken techno hoedown populated by scrapes of found sound and clattering organic percussion. "IVA" gets reworked by NHK, who sends the track out to sea on a barge made of erratic bleeps and distant techno with a fittingly off-kilter end result.
10 Jul 15
Review: Bristol beatman Lurka gets serious on this new Black Acre outing. "Partials" has one of the trippiest, interesting toplines and sound designs. Splattered over a moody slo-mo rhythm, this lives in a world entirely on its own. "Mach" ups the ante with a rolling techno groove that comes on strong like a broken beat version on Redshape. Heavy.
20 May 13
Review: After the sterling turn on his debut album I Sleep. At Waking last year, Memotone is back on Black Acre with further explorations of troubled electronics that place found sounds and spacious production to the fore. "Koma" takes time to reveal itself, coming to life in a bed of mechanical clanking and forlorn reverb, until a malevolent bass synth comes snarling out of leftfield with an appropriately placed clap function that carve out the half-step groove without ever getting blatant about it. "Goldair" lets a touch more warmth into the scenario, but it's still held at arms length while industrial chugs of rhythm ensure the tone of the track is wan in its complexion.
04 Mar 16
Across The Divide - (6:06) 75 BPM
Poison Arrow - (3:54) 55 BPM
All Collapsed - (5:55) 65 BPM
Hidden - (2:24) 68 BPM
She's A Killer - (3:38) 78 BPM
You Saw The Future - (4:53) 80 BPM
Bird Eating Spider - (5:22) 102 BPM
Ritual - (4:44) 72 BPM
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance - (3:59) 74 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield
Review: Memotone is really coming through with some golden material as of late, and all his gear on Black Acre is essential to say the least. Never truly sticking to one sound or genre, the artist explores all the possibilities of electronic sound, incorporating elements of noise, ambient, techno and much more. This LP, Chime Hours, is potentially his most daring work to date, and although it sounds like an exaggeration, we dig all of these ten tunes. There's rugged outsider house in the form of "Your Eyes My Teeth", loose broken beats via "All Collapsed", and some form of pseudo glitch techno through "She's A Killer". But seriously, have a listen to all of this beauty.
05 Feb 16
Played by: LTO (Old Apparatus)
Review: Black Acre seems to be the perfect spot for Memotone to get his singular sonic dystopia through to us, and indeed the label has truly become the perfect sort of birthing ground for artists to transform bass concoctions into weirder, more surreal sound explorations. This one-off single "Your Eyes My Teeth" is exactly the sort of thing we're yearning these days, and it's lo-fi, mystical take on house is bang on target to please both the dance lovers and indie junkies; we bet it sounds killer played at full blast, too. Hotly tipped and warmly recommended.