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Solitude EP
LDN 062
20 May 16
Bass
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Solitude - (5:06) 90 BPM
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On The Cusp - (4:48) 136 BPM
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Alone In A Timespan - (4:01) 135 BPM
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Calm - (4:44) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Atlas' debut on Keysound comes as no surprise whatsoever and, in fact, we were expecting to see someone of hi calibre pop up on the label. "Solitude" is a little work of art, a deep and enthralling web of bass and wide-eyed synths that bring to mind the start of something new fantastic, and it also fall neatly into the sparse folds of low frequencies present on the sonic massage that is "On The Cusp". "Alone In A Timespan" is all icy synths drone twisting carried forwards by a heavy percussion muscle, while "Calm" switches the mood and drops a heavy groove over masterfully executed licks of bass and melodies. Big tip right here.
Illusions EP
LDN 034
26 Nov 12
Bass
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Prangin - (7:06)
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Blonde - (6:21)
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Wonz - (5:53)
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Illusion - (8:27)
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Tribulation - (6:27)
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Balistiq Beats - "Concrete Jungle" (feat Jamakabi - Yardman Riddim - Beneath's 350 remix) - (7:24) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Beneath arrived on the scene earlier this year with two self-released white labels showcasing his unique strain of dark UK funky, and quickly won a number of high profile admirers. One was Keysound's Martin Clark, who has tapped him up for this superb six track EP. Traces of early Horsepower Productions can be heard in its combination of late garage and early dubstep rhythms, as can the early productions of Youngsta, creating a sub-heavy set of percussive rollers taking as much from the current strain of techno & grime fusions as UKF. "Prangin" goes in with a deeply tribal vibe, "Wonz" is filled with angular rhythms and Shackleton style atmospherics, and "Tribulation" even has the subtle Eastern tones of Pinch's "Qawwali", but the most striking track has to be Beneath's remix of Ballistiq Beats' "Concrete Jungle", proving that his productions absolutely shine with some classic grime flow.
Roll
LDN 021
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Roll - (5:59) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roll (Blackdown's A Debt Repaid remix) - (4:31) 130 BPM
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Concrete Streets
LDN 012
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Concrete Streets (feat Durrty Goodz) - (3:53) 138 BPM
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Concrete Streets (Instrumental) - (3:54) 138 BPM
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Concrete Streets (Zomby remix) - (4:02) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lata
LDN 002
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Lata - (5:13) 138 BPM
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Crackle Blues - (5:02) 138 BPM
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Crackle Blues (Burial remix) - (5:42) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Danger Line - (4:31) 138 BPM
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Rollage Vol 3: C troit EP
LDN 070
21 Jul 17
Bass
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Godlike Power - (5:29) 131 BPM
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Clueless - (4:57) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Halcyon Skies (Rollage mix) - (4:43) 130 BPM
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The Greatest Concert - (6:32) 130 BPM
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Review: Keysound are proud to announce the third installment in their Rollage sub-series. This EP is from Blackdown, with Dusk joining on co-production duties. "C-troit" is a name revived from a lost, unfinished track by Blackdown in the very earliest years of dubstep. A hybrid of the names Croydon and Detroit, it's a heuristic for the place between Greater London's bass-led music and the halcyon synths of early Detroit techno. Now that there's a growing body of dark, 130bpm-ish rollage, from within the Keysound camp and crews beyond: the EP seeks to throw warm light into the shadows, with the tracks "Godlike Power", "Clueless ft Dusk" and "Halcyon Skies (Rollage mix)." The EP's closing cut "The Greatest Concert (RIP PMC)" was written by Blackdown in the days immediately following the passing of his father. The tracks in the Rollage series are designed to be mixed together as one flow.
Rollage Vol 2: Keysound Sessions Anthem
LDN 067
03 Feb 17
Bass
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Keysound Sessions Anthem (Feverish Weightless mix) - (4:04) 131 BPM
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Keysound Sessions Anthem (Techrollage mix) - (6:00) 131 BPM
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Keysound Sessions Anthem (original mix) - (4:15) 130 BPM
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Keysound Sessions Anthem (8bar mix) - (3:29) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Cloaka, Ebb
Review: The endlessly talented Blackdown is back on the feverishly gracious Keysound imprint for a new batch of bass-driven, high-tech dance cuts. This time, however, it's a multi-mix affair, where our man Blackdown lays down four versions of the "Keysound Sessions Anthem". The Feverish Weightless mix opens with an Optical-style fold of mutant bass engulfing the barren slices of percussion floating in mid-air, followed by the more kinetic Technorollage mix, where a hint of 4/4 is injected amid the groove's rugged and improvisational beat structure. The original cut sounds like a strain of dubstep that could have easily been conceived by the UK's legendary jungle pioneers thanks to its subtle hints of break science, while the 8bar version takes us all the way to grimesville, and ties this EP off with a grizzly tone of voice.
Unity
LDN 027
17 Oct 11
UK Garage
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Unity - (1:12)
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Breathless - (5:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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LOVE - (4:33) 129 BPM
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After Indigo - (5:46) 134 BPM
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Weapon #3 - (0:52) 121 BPM
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Maths Is Fine For Sum - (5:40) 129 BPM
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Cheat When U Compete - (3:36) 136 BPM
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Ridin' The Hype (feat Trim) - (4:55) 138 BPM
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Waterfall Of Light - (5:13) 132 BPM
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Plasm - (6:45) 136 BPM
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Ether - (6:27) 131 BPM
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Don't Cry In My Bed - (4:47) 135 BPM
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Review: With two EPs on Local Action and Keysound already under his belt, Damu here delivers his debut long player for the latter imprint. As you would expect from a label as on point as Keysound, Damu brings something unique to the table with his brand of UK funky, combining expertly sampled R&B vocals and neon synths. But it's the after-hours vibe and organic rhythms that permeate his productions which really stands out, particularly in the complex and shimmering melodies of "Breathless" and piercing melancholy of "Don't Cry In My Bed". Most impressively however, is the range of genres and tempos which Damu turns his hand to; "Maths Is Fine for Some" evokes the swampy techno of Andy Stott, whilst "Waterfall of Light" and "Plasm" call to mind the freeform juke template of Machinedrum. Essential stuff.
Holed Up In The Hovel
LDN 052
02 Mar 15
Bass
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IPolice - (4:11) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Whirlybird - (4:33) 126 BPM
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Holed Up In The Hovel - (4:13) 132 BPM
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No Pain, No Gain - (4:36) 89 BPM
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Ridin' EP
LDN 024
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Ridin' - (4:51) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crystal Gaea - (5:06) 128 BPM
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Be Free - (5:54) 130 BPM
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Karolina's Magic J - (5:07) 142 BPM
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Review: Blazing a promising trail with his neon-lit funky styles, Damu delivers this four track selection to Keysound with an undeniable effervescence in his demeanour. The synths are surely the key players in these tracks, not least on the upbeat clarion call of "Ridin". Anyone who caught the sunkissed charms of the Oriol album on Planet Mu will find plenty of melodic satisfaction to enjoy here, albeit in a more steppy setting. As the EP progresses the weirdness creeps in, culminating to a brilliant end with the unhinged pitch-bending of "Karolina's Magic J", which will definitely appeal to your inner freak.
Off The Spectrum
LDN 066
30 Sep 16
Ambient/Drone
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Off The Spectrum - (36:42) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Point & Line To Plane - (25:34) 123 BPM
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Review: Key sound affiliate Damu is back on the label with a scorching two-tracker that sees the artist develop a more comprehensive approach to his sonic landscapes, and one that isn't immediately tied down to the dance floor. "Off The Spectrum", in fact, is a wonderful companion to a DJ set, whether that be as an opener, or even roaming loose on a third deck; its beatless demeanour is full of life and colour thanks to the kinetic motion of its elements. "Point & Line To Plane", on the other hand, takes a much more aggressive approach, turing the tranquility of the A-side into a distorted frenzy, a wild and unpredictable whirlpool of sounds. Don't sleep on it..!
Scatter
LDN 055
07 Aug 15
Bass
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Scatter - (5:00) 131 BPM
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Give Love - (5:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shots - (5:42) 83 BPM
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Pin Point - (6:08) 129 BPM
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Review: Dos McGouran also goes by the name of Detboi, an alias he uses when he's in the mood to make dark, grimey street music with a hardcore edge. His latest curveball is shaped into a four-tracker for the singular Keysound label, home to a wide selection of underground bass music including some of Beneath's first productions, and Blackdown among others. "Scatter" cuts straight to the chase with its breaks, huge bursts of mutant bass and stop-start groove; "Guve Love" is deeper and slower but nonetheless grizzly in its sonic selection; "Shots" goes for a tribal approach and successfully blends an old-school subbass with more minimal melodies; "Pin Point" ties things off with another twist of neo hardcore, brimming with breaks and charisma.
Ricky/Gunman What
LDN 065
28 Oct 16
Bass
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Ricky - (3:25) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gunman What - (4:07) 146 BPM
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Review: The raunchy Keysound label know how to drop some noxious 'bass' vibes on our charts, and they pretty much do so with a new artist each and every week. DJ Sincliar is the newbie this time, but by the sounds of his drums and snares, he very much knows what the f*** is up! "Ricky" takes us back to '03, a stripped-down grime attack of a tune that would have made the likes of Plastician very happy...and probably still would; large folds of mutant bass leak out of every space in this track, and we can safely say that this one is a proper blaster. "Gunman What", as the title suggests, is all artillery but, instead of using bullets, DJ Sinclair uses the classic grime blueprint to get his point across. Yessir!
EP3 Cities Of Technology
LDN 028
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Double Helix - "Supreme Architecture" - (5:15) 94 BPM
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Double Helix - "LDN" - (5:18) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Amen Ra - "Essence Investigation" - (6:36) 136 BPM
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No Fixed Abode - "Indian Street Slang" - (4:59) 136 BPM
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Review: Despite the somewhat questionable use of a sample from The Matrix kicking things off, the third installment of the LHF series on Keysound is a remarkable revitalizing of original dubstep ethics. Double Helix crafts an utterly perfect mood of edgy paranoia on "LDN", where intricate rhythms echo out in ample space while whispers of jungle flirt in the background. Amen Ra keeps the bar high on "Essence Investigation", as the half-step swagger does battle with occasional flurries of breaks and melodies. No Fixed Abode pushes things even further out into sparse rhythm and Indian folk elements, and just like that, dubstep sounds like the most exciting music in the universe again.
Back 2 Go FWD>> EP
LDN 049
30 Sep 15
Bass
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Back 2 Go FWD>> - (3:57) 131 BPM
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Timeless - (2:59) 130 BPM
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Peng One Two - (5:24) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Epic Jam - (3:15) 131 BPM
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Back 2 Go FWD>> (Sweet 2 Go Sour mix) - (4:28) 130 BPM
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The Steppenwolf (Blackdown remix) - (5:07) 130 BPM
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Wicked Vibez (Horsepower OG remix) - (5:28) 130 BPM
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Drenched (Facta remix) - (5:25) 130 BPM
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BWD>> (The Outlook Boat Party Keysound Bangers mix) - (51:50) 131 BPM
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FWD>> (mix) - (25:22) 130 BPM
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Review: Always concerned with keeping dubstep and its subsidiary styles marching ahead into fertile new ground, Keysound operatives Dusk + Blackdown have an interesting twist to this new "EP", which offers up four new tracks, four remixes and two mix recordings as a stock take of where everything is at in bass music right now. The new material finds the rhythms moving in limber and playful ways, while the melodic content stays gritty and moody, even if the LV-esque synth blasts of the title track shed some colour on the surroundings. There's a healthy thread of grime and all manner of rave signifiers woven into "Peng One Two", and some more wild experimetation on "Epic Jam", and then the remixes fling out in equally eclectic configurations. For top shelf bass mutations across the board, you can do no wrong here.
Dasaflex
LDN 033
30 Sep 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Lonely Moon (Android Heartbreak) - (7:15) 65 BPM
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High Road - (5:27) 67 BPM
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We Ain't Beggin' - (5:47) 65 BPM
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Apoptosis - (2:59) 65 BPM
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Wicked Vibez - (4:11) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dasaflex - (5:17) 65 BPM
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Next Generation - (3:15) 65 BPM
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R In Zero G - (4:40) 70 BPM
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Hypergrime - (4:35) 70 BPM
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Don't Stop (Give It To Me) - (5:23) 69 BPM
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DeFocused - (3:53) 69 BPM
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Fraction - (5:39) 69 BPM
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Played by: Star Eyes
Review: Dusk and Blackdown have been operating on the progressive end of the dubstep spectrum for some time, having released their first material way back in 2005. Desaflex, their second full-length, continues where previous sets left off, offering a deep but surprisingly floor-friendly take on dubstep. Taking influences from a variety of sources - IDM, electronica, garage and UK funky, most obviously - they offer-up a series of well-polished but pleasingly analogue-sounding cuts full of energy and, most importantly, good ideas. At times, their brand of finely tuned bass-tronica sounds like early Black Dog with a dubstep pulse, at others like a futurist outing to Croydon. Throughout, it's a delightful listen.
Margins Music
LDN 006
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Blackdown - "Darker Than East" (feat Target) - (5:59) 138 BPM
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Blackdown - "ConFusion" (feat Farrah) - (6:40) 138 BPM
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Blackdown - "Lata VIP" - (6:34) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dusk - "Kuri Pataka" (feat Teji & Farrah) - (6:20) 138 BPM
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Blackdown - "Rolling Raj Deep" - (4:15) 138 BPM
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Blackdown - "Keysound Radio" (Radio) - (1:03) 155 BPM
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Blackdown - "Concrete Streets" (feat Durrty Goodz) - (3:54) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "The Bits" (feat Trim) - (5:50) 138 BPM
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Blackdown - "Dis/East" - (4:50) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "This Is London" - (5:02) 140 BPM
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Blackdown - "Keysound Rain" - (0:28) 153 BPM
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Dusk - "Iqbal's Groove" (feat Farrah) - (5:13) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "The Drumz Of Nagano" - (5:08) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "Focus" - (6:10) 138 BPM
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Drenched/Submerge
LDN 001
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Drenched - (7:09) 138 BPM
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Submerged - (5:19) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Focus
LDN 005
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Focus - (6:10) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Akkaboo - (7:56) 130 BPM
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High Road
LDN 032
30 Sep 15
Bass
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High Road - (5:27) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dusk - "Focus" (Blackdown VIP) - (4:43) 138 BPM
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Ex-Swing - (3:58) 92 BPM
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Review: It's been a long time since Dusk & Blackdown committed themselves to a release proper, and they're doing so now on their own Keysound imprint. Kicking off with "High Road", which features a guest contribution from Burial, the atmosphere is a spooky one that employs smatterings of mournful vocal over a pacey rhythm and an immersive tapestry of sounds and samples that keep the track dynamic and ever-engaging despite its surface minimalism. "Focus VIP" is a more forthright affair, still drenched in drama but with a propulsive groove and lashings of strings, rousing details and a mean Reese bass line. That leaves it "Ex-Swing" to chuck the beat out of leftfield in a snappy 2-step reduction that maximizes on stop-start impact at the end of each bar.
Mantis
LDN 003
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Mantis (Blackdown remix) - (4:25) 138 BPM
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Mantis VI3 - (5:11) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Bits/Northside Cheng Dub
LDN 004
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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The Bits (feat Trim) - (5:50) 138 BPM
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Northside Cheng Dub - (4:38) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kuri Pataka (The Firecracker Girl)
LDN 007
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Dusk - "Kuri Pataka" (feat Teji & Farrah) - (6:20) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blackdown - "ConFusion" (feat Farrah) - (6:40) 138 BPM
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Kowton vs Dusk EP
LDN 025
30 Sep 15
UK Garage
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Dusk - "Fraction" - (5:31) 138 BPM
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Dusk - "Fraction" (Kowton remix) - (5:36) 138 BPM
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Kowton - "Looking At You" - (5:50) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With 2011 being Keysound's most prolific year to date, the label enters 2012 with a fantastic EP from two of the label's old hands, Dusk and Kowton. Utilising a clipped UK Funky beat and restless sub with symphonic ambience, Dusk's "Fraction" expertly channels its rhythmic intensity, while Kowton's rework highlights the production's darker corners, utilising sinister melodies and collage-like movie samples to nightmarish effect. Kowton's "Looking At You" is up next; taking a brittle Destiny's Child sample as its main hook, it manages to sidestep the problems usually associated with contemporary R&B sampling by keeping its melodic elements to a minimum, concentrating on shackled garage rhythms and a growling undercurrent of bass. It's more overtly contemporary than his recent material for [Naked Lunch] and Idle Hands, but still has all the unmistakable hallmarks of his unique sound.
Bullet A'Go Fly
LDN 010
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Bullet A'Go Fly (feat Badness & Riko & Flowdan & Killa P) - (4:05) 148 BPM
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Bullet A'Go Fly (feat Badness & Riko & Flowdan & Killa P - Dusk + Blackdown remix) - (5:11) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Old School Methods EP
LDN 040
23 Sep 13
Bass
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Hybrid - (4:43) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sounds (feat J One) - (4:10) 136 BPM
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Sphynx - (5:44) 140 BPM
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Lost Methods - (4:42) 136 BPM
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Review: There's something rather intriguing and exciting about this EP from newcomer Etch. Like much of Keysound's recent output, Old Skool Methods consists largely of bass tunes clocking in around 130 BPM, with clandestine rhythms, murky basslines and snapping snares that come accompanied by the kind of wide-eyed, early jungle nostalgia that should appeal to both youngsters and old heads alike. "Hybrid" sets out the formula, pitching a sparse but powerful, speaker-rattling bassline against jaunty rhythms, rave piano stabs, deep atmopsherics and classic vocal samples. J-One collaboration "Sounds" sits somewhere between dubstep and classic two-step, while "Sphynx" rolls along on a wave of "Pacific 808" chords and old skool rhythms. With its pitched-down jungle breaks and paranoid mood, "Lost Methods" is pretty tasty, too.
Keysound Allstars 2
LDN 037
27 May 13
Bass
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Etch - "Scattah" - (4:39)
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Walton - "Homage" - (4:07) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Visionist - "From A Place" - (5:29)
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Fresh Paul - "Sunblazed" - (4:25)
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Review: Bringing forth fresh talent at a dizzying rate, Dusk & Blackdown's imprint steps up with another sterling four-tracker of forward-thinking bass music that keeps the vibe of dubstep alive just as it points to new avenues. Etch is fearsomely limber on "Scattah", wielding rudest jungle tropes on a half-step lurch with a wonderful injection of horror soundtrack tension that brings all the darkside incantations you could hope for. Walton has a touch more pep in his own collage that drops a snappy garage mentality with a breakbeat roll, while the bass rub cries out for a powerful stack of subs to test. Visionist taps into the exotic climes that the LHF collective explored so adeptly, clashing melodies against each other without hesitation, and Fresh Paul takes the creatively maligned purple sound and runs it into a far more inviting cocktail of emotionally ambiguous and devilishly produced fare.
Knife & Gun
LDN 008
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Knife & Gun (feat Riko & Wiley & Breeze) - (2:47) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Knife & Gun (feat Riko & Wiley & Breeze - Blackdown remix) - (3:05) 138 BPM
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Knife & Gun (feat Riko & Wiley & Breeze - Blackdown Devil mix) - (3:06) 136 BPM
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Soundclash 1
LDN 011
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Soundclash 1 (Grievous Angel VIP) - (7:41) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Harpy - (4:00) 140 BPM
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Oil On Ice EP
LDN 057
15 Jan 16
Bass
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Oil On Ice - (3:41) 140 BPM
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Oil On Ice (version 1) - (3:55) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Oil On Ice (version 2) - (3:56) 131 BPM
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Oil On Ice (version 3) - (3:58) 130 BPM
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Review: Joe Taylor aka JT The Goon is part of the neo-grime movement, and it was only a matter time before we'd hear his beats on the sublime Keysound imprint - home to the likes of Beneath, Kowton, Logos, Wen and many other bass experimenters. "Oil On Ice" sounds exactly like its title implies, a slow-paced bundle of drunken beats surrounded by delicate swarms of grimey synths. There's three extra versions of the tune, too: Version 1 ups the tempo and drops a juke beat over the same liquid synths, version 2 staggers between garage and two-step, while Version 3 is the closest thing to techno on here, albeit broken and swung-out.
Stasis
LDN 013
11 Jan 12
UK Garage
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Stasis (G mix) - (8:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Countryman - (7:26) 127 BPM
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Missed Calls EP
LDN 060
12 Feb 16
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Lamont - "Death Slide" (feat Grim Sickers) - (4:30) 64 BPM
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Lamont - "Death Slide" (feat Grim Sickers - dub) - (4:29) 64 BPM
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Lamont - "In The Field" (feat Nico Lindsay) - (3:52) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lamont - "In The Field" (feat Nico Lindsay - Devil mix) - (3:20) 133 BPM
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Review: It has only taken Lamont two years to climb the ladder of success, a successful run of EP's which have no taken him to the the excellent Keysound, via the large and in charge Computer Integrated Audio. There's two mixes to "Death Slide", the first featuring the vocals of Grim Sickers, and it can only be described as being a leftfield UK hip hop tune; the dub mix strips it all back to lazy, staggering groove with a minimal edge. "In The Field" carries on the grime vibe thanks to Nico Lindsay's cold rhymes, but the beat is even more twisted, driven even further out into space; the Devil mix, as the name suggests, is nothing short of far-out.
EP2: The Line Path
LDN 019
12 Jan 12
UK Garage
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Double Helix - "Chamber Of Light" - (6:41) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Double Helix - "Bass 2 Dark" - (5:10) 138 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Candy Rain" - (5:30) 136 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Trifle" - (5:19) 138 BPM
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EP1: Enter The Silence
LDN 018
12 Jan 12
Breakbeat
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Double Helix - "Deep Life" - (7:13) 136 BPM
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Low Density Matter - "Blue Steel" - (7:27) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Amen Ra - "Steelz" - (7:29) 138 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Broken Glass" - (4:59) 143 BPM
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For The Thrown
LDN 054
10 Jul 15
Bass
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Gateway (feat Octaviour) - (4:24) 113 BPM
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Surrender - (5:57) 126 BPM
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Horizon - (5:00) 65 BPM
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Yielding - (6:25) 136 BPM
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Entrapment - (5:00) 129 BPM
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One Door Isn't Enough (feat No Fixed Abode) - (5:21) 89 BPM
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Wet Harmonic - (3:22) 133 BPM
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Mud And Root - (3:51) 133 BPM
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Triumph - (4:03) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Natural Boost - (4:36) 134 BPM
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Review: Keysound collective LHF update the unique legacy left by their debut opus Keepers Of The Light with another intriguing journey into new sonic shadows. The moment the cathedral stretches and ghostly tones of opener "Gateway" light the touch paper, you know this fire will keep your soul toasty. Subverting scenic sights along the way, the journey takes us on a trip through UK funky graveyard ("Surrender"), sludgy double-decade-deep trip-hop ("Yielding"), a skippy lo-fi synth odyssey that one might boldly describe as emotional juke ("Entrapment") and raw, tribal drum shamanism ("Mud And Root"). Comparisons could be made with the likes of Modeselektor, UR, Massive Attack and even Hot Chip's earliest work but it's best described as LHF. A troupe who are truly in a league of their own. Stunning.
EP4: From The Edge
LDN 053
01 Jun 15
Bass
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Fugese - (6:08) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Exodus - (6:51) 129 BPM
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2000 Dust - (5:22) 133 BPM
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Street Wise - (5:07) 126 BPM
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Review: Amen Ra, Double Helix, No Fixed Abode, Low Density Matter, Octaviour, Escobar Seasons, Solar Man and Lumin Project realign as LHF for their first release since their debut album on Keysound back in 2012. Featuring the distinct talents of jungle stalwarts Ragga Twins, this four track EP picks up on the numerical series that first announced LHF to the world back in 2011. The Ragga Twins vocals were not newly recorded however, instead unearthed "from an unlikely source dating back many years" with the Hackney jungle pioneers later granting LHF permission to use them. The resultant four tracks on From The Edge are as dark and rolling as they come with final cut "Street Wise" a standout.
Keepers Of The Light
LDN029-REG
02 Apr 12
Deep Dubstep
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No Fixed Abode - "Secret Lagoon" - (2:45) 136 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Steelz" - (7:27) 138 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Candy Rain" - (5:36)
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No Fixed Abode - "Sunset" (Mumbai Slum Edition) - (4:30)
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Amen Ra - "Essence Investigation" - (6:36) 136 BPM
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Double Helix - "Supreme Architecture" - (5:15)
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Double Helix - "LDN" - (5:18) 138 BPM
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Double Helix - "Rush" - (6:29)
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Low Density Matter - "Questions" - (6:59)
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Low Density Matter - "Blue Steel" - (7:26)
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Amen Ra - "Simple Things" - (4:22)
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Amen Ra - "Low Maintenance" - (7:29)
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No Fixed Abode - "Strangelands" - (1:36)
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Amen Ra - "From Whence We Came" - (4:43) 140 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Broken Glass" - (4:53) 143 BPM
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No Fixed Abode - "Indian Street Slang" - (4:59) 136 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Fairytales" - (3:57) 138 BPM
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Amen Ra - "Akashic Visions" - (5:09)
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Amen Ra - "Hidden Life Force 2" - (5:59) 140 BPM
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Double Helix - "No Worries" - (5:34) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Double Helix - "Bass 2 Dark" - (5:08) 138 BPM
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Double Helix - "Chamber Of Light" - (6:36) 138 BPM
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Double Helix - "Inferno" - (5:06)
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Double Helix - "Deep Life" - (7:11) 136 BPM
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Double Helix - "Voyages" - (8:34) 136 BPM
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Amen Ra - "One Toke Wonder" - (4:47)
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Review: With the series of 12" s garnering ever more praise among dubstep purists, Keysound capitalise on the appreciation of the LHF collective and issue forth a whole album's worth of material under the appropriate title Keepers Of The Light. The reason the crew is heralded is not because of some stout insistence on making endless monochrome 2003 style dubstep, but because the vitality the genre poses at its best is evident throughout their output. There's a heavy focus on Indian classical samples in many of the tracks which harks back to Dusk & Blackdown's Margins Music, but really the whopping 26 track selection is pushing a brand of freshness in a half-step context which is all their own.
Logos
LDN 030
25 Apr 12
UK Garage
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Kowloon - (4:03) 129 BPM
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Atlanta 96 - (3:49) 131 BPM
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Kingmob VIP - (4:28) 129 BPM
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Error 808 - (4:58) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cold Mission
LDN 042
18 Nov 13
Bass
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Ex 101 - (3:10)
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Stasis Jam - (3:17)
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Surface Area - (3:30)
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Swarming (feat Rabit) - (3:20)
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Seawolf - (3:52)
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Alien Shapes (feat Dusk & Blackdown) - (4:32)
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Menace - (3:59) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cold Mission - (3:28)
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Night Flight - (3:53) 136 BPM
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Wut It Do (feat Mumdance) - (5:22)
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Atlanta 96 (Limitless mix) - (4:19)
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Review: Despite first surfacing on a split release with former Kowton alias Narcossist on Mindset back in 2008, there has been just a faint murmur of activity from James 'Logos' Parker since then, but now he comes correct with a long player on Keysound that should turn a healthy amount of heads with its ostentatious mixture of found sound, celestial synth work and grimy bass acrobatics. While that might sound like a difficult mixture to fathom, when filtered through the minimalist gauze that Parker has employed as an arrangement device it comes off some truly immersive music. There are nods to video games in some of the samples that crop up, whilst all manner of audacious sounds get repositioned as rhythmic devices, but the primary focus here is on tense atmospheres lingering in a suspended animation between different forms of 21st century music. It's sci-fi music of the highest order, and as such is highly recommended.
Routes
LDN 022
30 Sep 15
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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I Know - (4:18) 134 BPM
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Tough - (4:15) 64 BPM
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Northern Line - (3:04) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lean Back - (4:05) 111 BPM
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Never Tired - (2:22) 78 BPM
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Talk Talk - (2:59) 128 BPM
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Melt - (5:05) 127 BPM
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Primary Colours - (1:58) 135 BPM
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Deleted Scene - (4:27) 130 BPM
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Past Tense - (2:50) 135 BPM
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Murkish Delights - (2:37) 102 BPM
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Last Night - (2:34) 123 BPM
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Islands
LDN 048
30 Sep 15
Bass
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New Pen - (2:50) 85 BPM
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Run Down - (3:30) 89 BPM
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Obsessed - (0:56) 140 BPM
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Imminent - (3:46) 92 BPM
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Talktrim - (2:34) 92 BPM
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Mistakes - (1:18) 63 BPM
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Shake - (4:10) 157 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shudder - (0:26) 143 BPM
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Make It Count - (3:03) 128 BPM
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That Old Darkness - (2:09) 120 BPM
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Double Decker Back Seat - (4:42) 111 BPM
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Out Of The Blue - (1:18) 150 BPM
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Waiting For The Night - (4:55) 150 BPM
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Angry Hiss - (1:43) 113 BPM
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Island - (3:31) 157 BPM
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Review: Genre mashing production unit LV have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with British Nigerian vocalist Josh Idehen since first colliding on the 38 EP for Keysound Recordings back in 2010. Having flirted with Hyperdub for the release of 2012's Sebenza LP, LV and Joshua return to their spiritual home Keysound for third LP Islands. Whereas previous long players have seen LV manipulate Idehen's vocals, Islands finds Joshua given centre stage and lyrically exploring themes such as "murder, desperate loneliness, obsessions and sexually-unfulfilling nights out". Despite this new approach, Islands is a very confident album, with LV's arrangements perfectly complementing the tone Idehen takes with each track. "Talk Trim" and "Make It Count" are particular highlights.
38 EP
LDN 017
09 Jan 12
UK Garage
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Lost/Early Mob/Your Coat - (8:33) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Walk It/Face Of God - (7:43) 139 BPM
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Northern Line
LDN 022N
05 Sep 11
UK Garage
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Northern Line (radio edit) - (3:00) 138 BPM
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Primary Colours (extended remix) - (5:32) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: There were two tracks on LV's Message To Bears destined to get the masses grinning and raving, and now they've committed those two tracks to a surefire single package. "Northern Line" could almost be written off as pure novelty, were the production behind it not so sharp and addictive. The bouncy rhythm employs a sumptuous range of duelling percussion, while the synth stabs through the mix to keep things skipping forwards. On the flip, "Primary Colours" bolsters a stabbing rave hook with a rolling break and plenty of classic "yeah, whoop!" samples, while the growling sub anchors the kitsch surface elements.
Things Betwixt EP
LDN 069
02 Jun 17
Bass
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Things Betwixed - (4:38) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Elements - (4:21) 56 BPM
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Dead Angel - (4:12) 100 BPM
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Bright Night - (3:46) 128 BPM
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Played by: Squane
Review: After heavy support on their Rinse FM show over several years, Keysound Recordings are proud the announce an EP from Lyeform aka Ben McCarthy an experimental electronic artist from London with an emphasis on bass and precision drum programming. His expansive sound incorporates cutting edge sound design whilst remaining within the broad structure of UK genres. An up and coming presence on the club circuit, In 2015 he launched Void Space Records, to focus on releasing raw club music, with a 12' from Bristol based producer Riffs. The dreamy and mesmerising "Dead Angel" finally sees the light of day after its premiere on Rinse FM last year, as does the jagged and hypnotic bleep-fest of "Things Betwixed".
Satis House EP
LDN 047
30 Sep 15
Bass
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Grand Ballet - (4:27) 65 BPM
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Slow Dancing With Ms Haversham To Moments In Love In Satis House - (4:52) 126 BPM
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The Fantasy Between Your Lips - (5:37) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Sublo
Review: In the aftermath of Moleskin closing out the 2013 Keysound compilation This Is How We Roll with a slab of emotive grime, the UK producer has experienced something of a breakthrough to be a major voice in contemporary grime. The Goon Club Allstars collective that Moleskin is part of has a real star in the making in the shape of MssingNo whilst his own self-titled release for the label is up their with this year's best. A full debut on Keysound had to happen sooner or later and the three track Satis House expands on the approach of his prior label contribution. All were written between 2011 and 2014, a time when "illusion and fantasy" were key themes in his work and Moleskin had withdrawn from the clubbing circuit, with the results taking on a more cinematic tone, albeit one realised in the hyper-defined world of Jam City.
Genesis EP
LDN 041
30 Sep 15
Bass
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In Reverse PIV - (6:31) 133 BPM
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Turrican 2 - (5:58) 130 BPM
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Wut It Do (12" mix) - (4:21) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Truth - (4:33) 130 BPM
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Review: Signing up to Keysound after past appearances on Tectonic amongst others, Mumdance and Logos bring their fresh perspective on fractured rhythms that come on like a distant echo of what dubstep started all those years ago. "In Reverse PIV" comes on positively avant-garde with its reversed percussion and highly strung pads, while "Turrican 2" decimates drum machine house tropes with a wrecking ball of bass and plenty of stop-start action. "Wut It Do" taps into the vanguard of hardcore revivalism and brings a hip hop cut-up slant to proceedings, and then "Truth" splays out in an entirely different direction made up slow, scattered drums and wistful strings. It's as singular a collection of bass music as you're likely to hear any time soon.
Gated EP
LDN 061
22 Apr 16
UK Garage
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Okzharp & Samrai - "I Know" (feat Specialist Moss - Gated vocal) - (3:30) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Okzharp & Samrai - "Woza Uzova" (feat Ruffest - Gated vocal) - (3:05) 130 BPM
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Okzharp & Samrai - "Body Deh" (feat Shokryme - Gated vocal) - (2:30) 130 BPM
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Okzharp & Samrai - "Gated" (instrumental) - (3:28) 130 BPM
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Okzharp & Samrai - "Gated" (Woza Uzova instrumental) - (3:00) 130 BPM
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Review: Here we have a truly international release with South Africa's Okzharp (aka Gervase Gordon of LV fame) teaming up with Manchester's Samrai (Swing Ting). For the Gated EP they've collaborated with various singers with interesting results. Citied by their own label as being a 'pivotal record' at their Keysound Sessions parties, the instrumental "Gated" fuses evocative trance synths with a dancehall fervour that just perfectly works. Elsewhere the tune gets tweaked in different directions - Specialist Moss adds some classic reggae mic action, Ruffest leads a cool Afro-house angle and Shokryme wraps things up with a welcomingly eccentric delivery.
Sweetz
LDN 016
26 Dec 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Sweetz (2005 Flex) - (4:22) 136 BPM
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Angry World - (5:56) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gutter Music
LDN 009
11 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Gutter Music - (5:18) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gutter Music (feat Durrty Goodz) - (4:00) 140 BPM
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Gutter Music VIP - (6:41) 140 BPM
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The Loot
LDN 015
11 Jan 12
UK Garage
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The Loot (Sully mix) - (5:19) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Some Pattern - (4:59) 134 BPM
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