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Before Sunrise EP
ACRE 023
02 Jul 11
Bass
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Before Sunrise - (5:36)
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Kaleidoscope - (3:13)
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Pocket Calculator (Lynx & Hellrazor remix) - (4:13) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paradise Rings
TEAMACRE 003
03 Jan 10
Bass
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Paradise Rings - (3:15)
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Saturn Race - (3:22) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Short Circuit
ACRESB 005
09 Jun 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Short Circuit - (5:29) 140 BPM
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Everything In Its Place - (5:07) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Space Ex
ACRE 013
20 Aug 09
Experimental/Electronic
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Space Ex - (4:39) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fall - (3:43)
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Raindrops EP
ACRE 020
09 Jun 10
Experimental/Electronic
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Raindrops - (5:26) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blood Petal Roses - (5:36)
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Raindrops (John Talabot Cosmic rework) - (7:13)
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Blood Petal Roses (Sunken Foal remix) - (4:45)
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Used To Give A FK
ACRE 041
06 May 13
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Used To Give A FK - (5:12) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rick Ross - (3:17) 140 BPM
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5's Up - (2:52) 140 BPM
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Bluestar EP
ACRE 019
07 May 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Bluestar - (3:55) 145 BPM
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With Tsunami - (5:53)
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Lowe - (5:29)
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Run In To The Light - (5:09) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deyo/Kasoa
ACRE 071
13 Oct 17
Bass
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Deyo - (7:10) 130 BPM
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Kasoa - (6:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
Tambacounda EP
ACRE 046
03 Mar 14
Bass
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Elon Mentana (feat DJ Khalab) - (3:10)
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Tambacounda's White Magic - (3:44)
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Tambacounda's Black Magic - (3:50)
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Kaluma - (4:13) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
Buck
ACRE 050
18 Aug 14
Bass
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Buck - (3:16) 155 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ichnusa - (1:58) 53 BPM
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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.
Camo Fever
ACRESOX 001
31 Jul 15
Bass
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Camo - (3:00) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fever - (2:37) 67 BPM
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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.
A Thousand Skies
ACRELP 009
17 Feb 17
Bass
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Discessus - (1:31) 160 BPM
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Nguwe (feat Bongeziwe Mabandla) - (3:24) 106 BPM
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Oriens. Oriri - (2:20) 58 BPM
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Hope (feat OY) - (4:10) 145 BPM
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Ar-Raqis - (2:40) 60 BPM
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A Thousand Skies Under Cepheusa Erudite Eyes (feat John Wizards) - (2:46) 160 BPM
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Ode To The Pleiades - (6:01) 62 BPM
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Betelgeuseas Endless Bamboo Oceans - (2:28) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Witch Interlude - (1:47) 144 BPM
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Rainy Souls, Gloomy Futures - (2:33) 113 BPM
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Flowing Like A Snake In Ophiuchusa Arms - (2:12) 84 BPM
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Centripetal - (2:23) 113 BPM
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Rainbow Coast - (2:40) 58 BPM
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Elephant Serenade - (2:26) 138 BPM
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Ascension Psalm (feat HDADD) - (2:51) 158 BPM
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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!
Tayi Bebba
ACRELP 006
08 Sep 14
Bass
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The Holy Cave - (2:52) 100 BPM
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Ashiko - (3:24) 124 BPM
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The Rainstick Fable - (3:50) 150 BPM
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Kwasi The Sorcerer - (2:51) 123 BPM
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Black Smokes, Bad Signsa - (3:25) 90 BPM
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Conqueror (Action/Assault/Conquest) - (3:41) 150 BPM
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Conqueror (Consequences/Memories) - (3:34) 130 BPM
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Conqueror (Remorse/Withdrawn) - (3:16) 120 BPM
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Burbuka - (2:32) 120 BPM
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Sahkii (Xirhuu A) - (4:20) 93 BPM
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Sahkiias Elevation - (3:18) 150 BPM
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Kwasias Storm (Tape dub) - (2:21) 140 BPM
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Universal Modulator (Kujhmak) - (2:07) 50 BPM
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Sahkii's Knowledge - (2:13) 130 BPM
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Universal Modulator (Ujmubuam) - (3:25) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sailing In The Seas Of WoodA  - (2:19) 110 BPM
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Kuj Yato - (3:33) 160 BPM
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Simple
ACRE 058
02 Oct 15
Bass
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(S) Serendipity - (3:11) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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(I) Ingenuousness - (2:29) 150 BPM
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(M) Modesty - (2:28) 137 BPM
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(P) Playfulness - (2:51) 67 BPM
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(L) Liberty - (2:46) 138 BPM
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(E) Earnest - (2:38) 127 BPM
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Played by: Juno Recommends Bass, LV
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.
Remixes
ACRE 066
28 Apr 17
Deep House
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Ar-Raqis (Medlar remix) - (5:32) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hope (feat OY - Paleman remix) - (5:20) 68 BPM
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Hope (feat OY - Jun Kamoda remix) - (5:59) 124 BPM
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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.
Nguwe
ACRELP 009S
12 Dec 16
Bass
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Nguwe - (3:24) 106 BPM
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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.
Hope
ACRELP 009H
27 Jan 17
Bass
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Hope - (4:10) 145 BPM
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Played by: Sam Redmore, DJ Cable
Set It Straight
ACRE 060
26 Feb 16
Bass
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Set It Straight - (2:53) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Solid Gold Telephone - (3:42) 141 BPM
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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.
How What Time (Explicit)
ACRELP 007
08 Apr 16
Bass
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Hej - (2:55) 140 BPM
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Pea Souper - (3:49) 134 BPM
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Itchin (feat Trim) - (2:21) 97 BPM
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Hadi Hadi Ah - (3:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Liege - (3:33) 143 BPM
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Russian Glass - (2:40) 65 BPM
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Floods - (2:12) 92 BPM
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How Dare You - (3:45) 136 BPM
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Sleepwave - (4:08) 147 BPM
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HWT - (2:47) 132 BPM
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Set It Straight (feat Rocks FOE) - (2:53) 134 BPM
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Kofte Cloud - (4:13) 110 BPM
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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.
Answer
ACRE 048B
10 Dec 15
Balearic/Downtempo
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Answer - (3:20) 72 BPM
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In The Grass
ACRE 057
04 Sep 15
Bass
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Stars - (3:11) 145 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Euphoric - (2:48) 129 BPM
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Kingdom - (3:19) 59 BPM
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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.
Murda/Break Pressure
ACRE 045
22 Nov 13
Bass
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Murda - (6:01) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Break Pressure - (6:05)
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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.
Out Of Sight
ACRE 053
12 Feb 15
Funky/Club House
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Out Of Sight - (6:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Traders II (feat Rennie Foster) - (6:59) 126 BPM
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Something To Lose
ACRE 018
04 May 10
Experimental/Electronic
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Something To Lose - (4:54) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghost Notes - (4:27)
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Black Rainbows EP
ACRE 033
26 Mar 12
Experimental/Electronic
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F Technology - (4:41)
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Tremor - (4:48)
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Zoom - (4:39) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Totum - (6:10)
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Decay
ACRE 028
26 Sep 11
UK Garage
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Decay - (5:20) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gone Soon - (6:04) 144 BPM
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Eunoto EP
ACRE 054
13 Mar 15
Bass
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Substance - (3:39) 156 BPM
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Tiende (feat Clap!Clap) - (3:52) 155 BPM
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Amagqoboka - (4:13) 129 BPM
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Medal Of Freedom - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Malala - (4:03) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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".
Grupo Zygote
ACRELP 004
02 Sep 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient) - (3:27) 97 BPM
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Beirut Dub (Lazy, Detroit, Sci-Fi) - (3:11) 95 BPM
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Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey) - (2:33) 99 BPM
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Raga (Modal, Eastern, Psychedelic) - (3:41) 61 BPM
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Giallo (Suspense, Measured, Lurking) - (2:57) 60 BPM
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Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles) - (2:53) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lunar Dub (Sombre, Islands, Chalice) - (2:43) 72 BPM
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Loose (Extra Terrestrial, Shimmering, Dark) - (3:06) 91 BPM
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Bullseye EP
ACRE 022
12 Jun 10
Hip Hop/R&B
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Bullseye - (3:49) 88 BPM
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Bullseye (instrumental) - (4:13) 87 BPM
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Bullseye (Dizz1 remix) - (4:02) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bullseye (Dizz1 instrumental) - (4:05) 114 BPM
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San'en EP
ACRE 035
04 Jun 12
Bass
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Pascal's Chorus (with Alby Daniels) - (7:30)
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Speak Nuh - (4:37)
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San'en (with Alby Daniels) - (5:35) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yesterday's Fall (with Alby Daniels) - (4:05)
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The Trap
ACRE 044
02 Aug 13
Bass
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The Trap - (5:40) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jackal Youth - (4:41)
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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.
On My Own
ACRE 048
21 Apr 14
Bass
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On My Own (feat Denai Moore) - (4:31) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Broke - (4:17)
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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...
You-Turn
ACRE 052
27 Oct 14
Bass
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You-Turn - (3:29) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You-Turn (Visionist remix) - (4:31) 65 BPM
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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.
Gargoyles EP
ACRE 039
25 Feb 13
Experimental/Electronic
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goD - (1:47)
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Gargoyle - (4:54) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Critter - (4:14)
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Beyond - (1:29)
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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...
Adaptations EP
ACRE 047
05 May 14
Bass
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FeroX - "Mondo" - (6:28) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clap Clap - "Peyor Peyor" - (3:34)
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H SIK - "Virtual Introspection" - (5:26)
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DJ Khalab - "Walkiana" - (3:12) 148 BPM
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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.
Sonic Rage
ACRE 043
08 Jul 13
Bass
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Sonic Rage - (4:34) Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Promises - (4:19) 163 BPM
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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.
Diamond Islands
ACRE 025
04 Nov 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Diamond Islands - (4:25)
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Diamond Islands (Boddika remix) - (5:00) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blind Disco
ACRE 068
02 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Blind Disco - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ramen Funk - (5:24) 120 BPM
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Savanna On The Palm - (5:51) 120 BPM
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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.
Dreams & Visions
ACRE 005
15 Aug 08
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Dreams & Visions (vocal) - (6:05) 140 BPM
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Dreams & Visions (Compound One remix) - (5:13) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dreams & Visions (instrumental) - (5:36) 140 BPM
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Zenith
ACRE 038
03 Dec 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Fathom - (1:10)
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Galleon - (1:51)
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Mun Rhul - (1:23)
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Zenith - (3:29)
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Dltfaypily - (3:19) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heal - (3:53)
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Hike - (1:17)
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Ark EP
ACRE 030
28 Nov 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Ark - (4:49)
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Chalk Knots - (2:50) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eagles Fated Pilars - (3:41)
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IIVA
ACRE 051
30 Jun 14
Bass
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IIVA (extended edit) - (5:30) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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TIIYL - (4:59) 92 BPM
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IIHX - (2:41) 136 BPM
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IIVA (NHK remix) - (5:08) 62 BPM
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FIISR - (2:22) 123 BPM
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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.
Exits
ACRECD 005
07 Apr 14
Bass
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Exits - (1:57)
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Trapdoor - (3:41) 144 BPM
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Hollowed - (2:15) 144 BPM
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Ellum Tonal - (3:25) 156 BPM
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Run Young - (2:50) 150 BPM
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Howl - (4:49)
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Tunnelling - (3:10) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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IIVA - (4:50)
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Hex - (3:31)
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Fissure - (2:59)
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Tymadlyb - (4:20)
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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.
Holding
ACRE 049
07 Jul 14
Bass
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Holding - (5:21) 59 BPM
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Nah So - (6:34) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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KMT - (4:51) 158 BPM
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Partials
ACRE 056
10 Jul 15
Bass
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Partials - (6:04) 158 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mach - (5:19) 61 BPM
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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.
Koma
ACRE 042
20 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Koma - (3:15)
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Goldair - (4:19)
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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.
Chime Hours
ACRELP 008
04 Mar 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Across The Divide - (6:06) 75 BPM
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Your Eyes My Teeth - (4:59) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Poison Arrow - (3:54) 55 BPM
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All Collapsed - (5:55) 65 BPM
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Hidden - (2:24) 68 BPM
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She's A Killer - (3:38) 78 BPM
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You Saw The Future - (4:53) 80 BPM
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Bird Eating Spider - (5:22) 102 BPM
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Ritual - (4:44) 72 BPM
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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance - (3:59) 74 BPM
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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.
Your Eyes My Teeth
ACRELP 008S
05 Feb 16
Bass
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Your Eyes My Teeth - (4:59) 63 BPM
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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.
Malumz
ACRE 067
14 Apr 17
Bass
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Bayefal - (4:44) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Malumz (Tribute To Gqom Oh!) - (5:17) 85 BPM
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Malumz (Citizen Boy remix) - (5:32) 64 BPM
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Malumz (Formation Boyz remix) - (5:31) 130 BPM
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Review: There hasn't been one Black Acre release that we haven't been digging over the last year and, in fact, we wholeheartedly believe that the label has grown stronger and more mature as it's progressed through the years. Their on an African tip at the moment, and newcomer Nan Kole sounds like he'll be sticking around for a while. "Bayefal", the original cut, is a bubbling, zesty punch of tribal percussion leading the EP with just the right sort of energy, and its surrounding vocal chanting makes it all the more impressionistic. The remixes concern the "Malumz" tune, and they come from Tribute To Gqom Oh!, who drops to the most far left of field with a disjointed drum pattern, followed by Citizen Boy's harder, more half-step approach, and finally by the Formation Boyz version, a bizarre but irrefutably seductive mass of drunken beats and vocals that are just on the right side of sinister.
Seeing
ACRE 069
30 Jun 17
Bass
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Alone - (4:53) 150 BPM
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Decline - (2:39) 131 BPM
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Seeing - (5:45) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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First Light - (5:58)
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Review: Prayer's dread bass for imprints like AWAL have earned him a spot on the much-respected Black Acre, from London, and this feels inconspicuously right from both parties involved. In recent years, Black Acre has moved towards the deeper end of the wider 'bass' network, focusing more on dreamy textures rather than rudeboy head-banging, so an opening tune like "Alone" is right on the money thanks to its subtle break injections and fantasy world synths all up in the mix. "Decline" is a rolling cocktail of shattering percussion and euphoric melodies pushing through with might, whereas "Seeing is a straight-up jungle monster and "First Light" dissolves it all down to a dark, prophetic cave of beatless sounds.
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