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The Hype - (4:30) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jah Said - (5:03) 140 BPM
   
Warp Speed - (5:13) 135 BPM
   
Pull Up - (5:00) 135 BPM
Review: What a combo we have here as Holding Hands invite the ever-ready sounds of Yosh into the mix and blend for a four track showcase, exploring the more delicate side of modern UKG. The title track 'The Hype' is an excellent way to kick us off, as layer upon layer of glittering percussive brilliance provide this one with a spectacular sense of groove, followed by the syncopated chord delays and breaksy style sampling of 'Jah Said', swinging the EP down a completely different avenue. From here, 'Warp Speed' takes us down a bit of a nostalgic avenue as pleasing organ plucks and skippy rhythms give the track a real dancefloor energy, followed closely by the stunning soundscaping and general harmonic structuring of 'Pull Up', to put the finishing touches on this absolute gem of an EP.
HHSUB 001
30 Apr 21
UK Garage
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Variation 1 (original mix) - (6:20) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Variation 2 (original mix) - (5:52) 138 BPM
   
Variation 1 (Tape Fear remix) - (5:29) 136 BPM
   
Variation 3 (original mix) - (5:59) 135 BPM
Review: A most reliable producer out of Leeds, Adam Pits finds himself back in the mix with Desert Sound Colony, Bushwacka! and Breaka over at Holding Hands. A safe haven for contemporary breaks and electro to oldskool styles and new age throwbacks, Adam Pits sends in three acid-vibing, bleep generation UK techno cuts that stem way back into the rave era. Keeping it housey and 90s in "Variation 1", Pits carves out a skippy, jungle flecked remake in "Variation 2", uping the tempo and switching the motif. Throwing down some enigmatic new age tricks in "Variation 3" - the bassline here on this one is tight. And for that mega dub-garage number, look no further than the Tape Fear remix.
HHANDS 017
09 Apr 21
Breakbeat
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Falling (original mix) - (5:29) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Falling (Desert Sound Colony remix) - (6:13) 130 BPM
Review: When it's done right, breakbeat can be one of the best party-starting genres out there, which is why we were so excited to see we had a super interesting two-track design here from the one and only Indent land in the store. Kicking off with 'Falling'. this track explores the more experimental side of electronic music with stuttering, moogy basslines taking the starring role, alongside skippy drum variants and an overall lively vibe. This one also comes complete with a top-quality remix edition from Desert Sound Colony, who take those classic, warehouse-style melodies and add a little touch of bubbling fun to proceedings. Top work!
HHDIGI 001
05 Mar 21
Breakbeat
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Two Rums Please - (6:58) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lokus - (5:57) 135 BPM
   
ODA - (5:06) 140 BPM
   
Synthetic Nixon - (5:00) 135 BPM
Review: As ever with Holding Hands, we knew we were in for a treat as soon as we opened this one up as Desert Sound Colony deliver a pulsating four track expanse, doused in top quality production techniques. We begin with the swampy yet precise bass designs of 'Two Rums Please', exploring the darker side of UKG in style. Next, the skippy drum designs and moody basslines of 'Lokus' add some mystery to proceedings before 'ODA' unleashes a wash of acidic sound design to steer us down a different avenue all together. Finally, we round this one off with a look at 'Synthetic Nixon', a super bubbly synth-heavy roller, combining euphoric melody with softened pad textures to give us one hell of a finale.
HHANDS 016
26 Feb 21
Breakbeat
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The Darker The Room The Bigger The Tune - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Pulled Through The Wormhole - (6:17) 134 BPM
   
Echo Shaper - (5:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Gobbler - (5:15) 134 BPM
Review: Wow, it's safe to say that Holding Hands have stumbled upon some gold with this one as Desert Sound Colony fuse the old with the new across four bad boy breakbeat originals. We kick off 'The Darker The Room The Bigger The Tune', a homage to both hardcore roots and futuristic pitch slicing and progression, before the shuffling drums and electrifying melodies of the title track 'Pulled Through The Wormhole' whirl into play. Next, the combination of punchy percussion and dreamy padlines of 'Echo Shaper' give us something a little bit different before 'The Gobbler' rounds us out in style, linking up choppy synth plucks with a moogy UKG bassline for a truly unique final run out.
HHANDS 014
13 Nov 20
Breakbeat
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Breaka - "Loose Subs" - (5:39) 80 BPM
   
Guava - "Outerbody Innerspace" - (4:59) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lrds - "Quanda" - (5:47) 134 BPM
   
Dawn Razor - "Be As One 1" - (5:33) 135 BPM
   
Dawn Razor - "Be As One 2" - (6:13) 135 BPM
Review: Next up from the Holding Hands team we see them unveil the second edition of their critically acclaimed 'Slow Jams' season, showcasing the most experimental breakbeat on the market. We begin with the genius of 'Breaka', who combines metallic, bouncy subs with junglist rhythms to create a real party starting anthem, followed by Guava's 'Outerbody Innerspace', an acidic experiment in groove. Next up, Lrds arrives with a lesson in drum processing and arrangement on the incredibly lively 'Quanda', before Dawn Razor delivers parts one and two of 'Be As One', an uber fusion between breaks, garage and techno, putting the finishing touches on an excellent selection.
HHANDS 013
18 Sep 20
Breakbeat
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I Said (original mix) - (5:11) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Said (Space House Nebula Nine remix) - (6:10) 134 BPM
   
Do You Believe (Space Evader mix) - (5:36) 138 BPM
   
Ten After 3 (original mix) - (5:20) 140 BPM
HHAGAIN 006
17 Jul 20
Breakbeat
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Filter Funkard - (7:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do You Believe - (6:41) 131 BPM
   
The Madd Scientist - "Speed" - (5:22) 127 BPM
   
Danceaholic - (5:55) 125 BPM
   
Dig It Beats - (3:37) 129 BPM
Review: 'Music that hits you in the gut and rattles your bones' says Holding Hands about what they release, "music that makes the end of your nose itch". The London label look to the streets of '90s Baltimore this time by reissuing some undercover house and breaks from Gargoyle Records' back catalogue, which from here on will be known as classics. Hand picked by the connoisseurs over at Holding Hands, all these tracks first landed in 1995 with the phasers and delay phresh as phuck alongside some class delay techniques to full effect in "Dig It Beats". Find your euphoric acid in "Filter Funkard" and for some more mellow, cosmic and east coast vibes check out the previously unreleased "Do You Believe" alongside the raw, boomy beats and house stabs of "Danceaholic". Alienage, get to know.
HHAGAIN 005
12 Jun 20
Breakbeat
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Sarky - (7:00) 130 BPM
   
While My M1 Gently Weeps - (6:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Howzat - (4:53) 132 BPM
   
Nudge - (6:20) 132 BPM
HHANDS 012
05 Jun 20
Minimal/Tech House
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The Bruce - (7:00) 134 BPM
   
The Ventus - (5:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mega Globule - (5:51) 132 BPM
   
Pompey Cruiser - (6:18) 128 BPM
Review: The well respected Holding Hands imprint has been on a real roll of late, with this latest four track expanse from Desert Sound Colony keeping that pattern going. The EP is a fantastic exploration into rhythm and sound, kicking off with the computer blips and shuffling breakbeat drum work of the title track 'The Bruce', alongside the squelching bass inputs and moody sub textures of 'The Ventus'. Next, 'Mega Globule' unveils a seriously smooth array of garage flavours, before 'Pompey Cruiser' delivers another glitchy expanse of groovy percussion and inviting basslines. Lovely work!
HHANDS 011
17 Apr 20
Breakbeat
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Untitled A (original mix) - (5:39) 133 BPM
   
Untitled B (original mix) - (5:55) 123 BPM
   
Untitled B (Desert Sound Colony remix) - (7:35) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A reissue on Desert Sound Colony's Holding Hands imprint, with yet another one for those that know. Originally released on Dj.ungle Fever in 1994, Dr Walker was the alias of prolific German producer Ingmar Koch - who was one half of Air Liquide and Jammin' Unit with Cem Oral. Story has it that DSC heard this on loud speaker in a certain London record store, but the fellow working the counter told him that unfortunately it wasn't for sale. Discogs copies turned out to be overpriced and hard to find as per usual, so he took it upon himself to reissue it himself. The bouncy mid '90s tech house vibe of the first track bears similarities to recent UK reissues on the label, while the second down a more hypnotic and cerebral route - digging this one! Finally, there's a pumpin' acid techno party starter that's more commonly associated with Koch's usual work.
HHAGAIN 004
13 Mar 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Gallegos - "Blue Mountain" - (6:08) 133 BPM
   
Gallegos & Baby Rollen - "Underwater Excursion" - (6:45) 133 BPM
   
Gallegos & Baby Rollen - "B45" - (7:14) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gallegos - "Shouldacouldawoulda" - (5:04) 133 BPM
Review: Up next on Holding Hands, we welcome the high energy combination of Baby Rollen & Gallegos, a partnership destined for greatness, who here unveil four tracks of pure rave power. First up, we take a look at the Gallegos solo contributions, with the acidic arpeggios and pumping drum designs of 'Blue Mountain' setting us off quickly, before the more melodic themes of 'Shouldacouldawoulda' provide us with some nice contrast. Next, Baby Rollen joins the party, firstly on the moogy drum bass tones and choppy drum rolls of 'Underwater Excursion' and then on the masterfully dispatched breakbeat themes of 'B45'. A very tidy EP indeed!
HHANDS 010
14 Feb 20
Bass
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Hell's Club (original mix) - (5:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
D+ (original mix) - (7:09) 126 BPM
   
JMRB (original mix) - (4:30) 128 BPM
   
Breakers In Space (DSC edit) - (6:18) 124 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: Mau Mau is one of South America's most experienced DJs, having first started spinning records during the late 80s. This release is taken from music the Brazilian DJ put out on Eps and his Music Is My Life debut album during the earlier part of this millennium, but it is testament to his skills that none of these tracks have aged. "Breakers In Space (Dsc edit)" is a robust break beat affair, full of joyous vocal samples, while on the title track, Mau Mau delivers a rolling, tribal groove. Close in style to London tech-house of the early 00s - it's no surprise that he has released on Mark Ambrose's delightfully trippy Crayon imprint - "D+" and "Jmrb" resound to loose percussion, out-there vocal samples and deep, otherworldly melodies.
HHAGAIN 003
08 Nov 19
Techno
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Stagga - (6:24) 135 BPM
   
Pest Control - (5:53) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stagga (OCB remix) - (4:42) 138 BPM
HHANDS 009
20 Sep 19
Breakbeat
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Wum - (7:36) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
10961 Allee (feat Low End Activist) - (7:50) 128 BPM
   
Pearls - (6:28) 128 BPM
   
Soul Power - (6:36) 127 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
HHANDS 008
28 Jun 19
Minimal/Tech House
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I Got You - (6:42) 132 BPM
   
Hot Lumps - (6:37) 131 BPM
   
Hot Lumps (Acid mix) - (6:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Desert Sound Colony has created Holding Hands Again, which will bring to light some records from the past that he thinks should be made more widely available. With the renewed interest around late '90s UK tech-house at the moment, it's certainly the right time for this one. Originally released on Wiggle back in 2001 (run by Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards), it is undoubtedly synonymous with a particular era, with Justin Bailey & Timmy Stuart's "A Long Weight" EP long being an underground classic for those that know. Featuring the minimal acid bounce of "I Got You" first up, followed by two mixes of "Hot Lumps" like were featured on the original vinyl release way back when we were most keen on the lo-slung back room dub of the original mix.
HHAGAIN 001
07 Jun 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Yutaro Sugawara - "Warp" - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
Tape Fear - "Car's Booked" - (6:10) 134 BPM
   
Breaka - "Get Your Sweat On" - (5:50) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Guava - "Super Cub" - (6:46) 138 BPM
Review: It's time now to dive into some truly forward thinking compositions here as we take a first look at the first edition of 'Slam Jams' from various artists on the Holding Hands imprint. Yutaro Sugawara kicks us off with his super electronic imaginings in 'Warp', a subtle techno expanse which never stops evolving. Next comes Tape Fear with a fabulous fusion of spacey 808s, breaks and reesey tones, before Guava gets busy on a very atmospheric future garage creation. Finally, we finish this selection off with a more housey number from Breaka, combining euphoric chord structures and shattered vocal slices on 'Get Your Sweat On'.
HHANDS 007
05 Apr 19
Bass
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Tickle Me Pink - (6:20) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Birds Fly Dry - (5:49) 128 BPM
   
Grabbing The Golden Goose - (5:13) 124 BPM
Review: Following up a terrific inauguration of Nick Hoppner's new Touch From A Distance imprint, in addition to releases on Me Me Me and Scissor & Thread - Desert Sound Colony returns to his Holding Hands imprint for another collection of oddball grooves. This follows up a great one on the label not long ago by Adam Pits. The A side features the tripped-out minimal tech house of "Tickle Me Pink" calling to mind the emerging sounds of mid-noughties minimal - in a good way! On the flip, beeping and glitching reductionist funk continues with the quirky "Birds Fly Dry" followed by "Grabbing The Golden Goose" which is a tunneling and claustrophobic journey down the vortex which ends the EP in interesting fashion.
HHANDS 006
14 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Socket Power - (5:34) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Balance Beam - (6:14) 130 BPM
   
Socket Power (Junq remix) - (6:36) 127 BPM
Review: Holding Hands boss Desert Sound Colony (DSC) has stated that he has known Adam Pits for a long time. First as a fellow student (a few years below him) at high school, and later at a University in Leeds that they both attended. He is from the same crew as Breaka (Beat Machine/Stretchy Dance) so there must be something in the water up there DSC declares - because 'these guys are producing the best shit in town right now'. UK bass and electro crossover in bold fashion on "Socket Power", which is followed by an eerie darkside perspective by Junq up next - perfect for the stoned ride home on the night bus.
HHANDS 005
12 Oct 18
Electro
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Rory's Theme - (5:59) 130 BPM
   
Puffer Jackets - (5:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Puffer Jackets (Desert Sound Colony remix) - (8:35) 123 BPM
Review: Leeds bass-boy Breaka comes through on the Holding Hands label with an irrefutably fiery blend of licked-up sonics and dubbed-out beats that perfectly encapsulate all the right things regarding UK bass. In detail, "Rory's Theme" is a slo-mo jungle experiment with a wonderful array of aqueous atmospherics, while "Puffer Jackets" breaks out more of a groove thanks to its quasi 4/4 beat, and the Desert Sound Colony remix ends on a gentle deep house tip that will carry you far out into space. Lovely stuff.
HHANDS 004
18 May 18
Bass
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Aunt Wendy's Wedding In Wales (instrumental) - (7:46) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I C Jangles (feat Baby Rollen - instrumental) - (7:58) 130 BPM
HHANDS 003
08 Dec 17
Breakbeat
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The Furnace - (8:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Sorcerer (feat Guava) - (9:14) 122 BPM
HHANDS 002
25 Aug 17
Breakbeat
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Far Reaching - (7:04) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Too Hard - (7:45) 118 BPM
HHANDS 001
19 May 17
Breakbeat
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