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Ignite - (6:08) 170 BPM
   
Space Echo - (6:36) 170 BPM
   
Reveal - (6:58) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vanium - (6:36) 170 BPM
Played by: Sanderson Dear
Review: Modern auteur James Clements is back with more fascinating explorations of the grey zone. Starting out with the psychotic acid experiment of "Ignite" it is then business as usual on the title track, with its dark atmospheres and industrial textures contrasted by a belting gabber style beat; it's pretty brilliant. On the flip "Reveal" is another furious 170 BPM experiment, innovative as much as it is utterly confronting, while final track "Vanium" switches to cruise control on this mysteriously bleepy sci-fi epic somewhere between Sahko and the Autonomic sound. Sounds good enough right?
SMGRS 07D
12 Feb 16
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Sunspots (I Event #1, Ii Event #2, Iii Event #3) - (11:44) 86 BPM
   
Bell Curve - (7:21) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dark Matter - (4:31) 65 BPM
   
Response Code - (7:21) 85 BPM
   
Imagine The Future - (5:46) 85 BPM
   
Unfriendly Waters - (6:11) 85 BPM
   
Cosm - (5:51) 56 BPM
   
Axis Shift - (6:08) 85 BPM
   
Negative Space - (5:28) 95 BPM
   
The Secret Society - (5:16) 65 BPM
   
Event #4 - (10:59) 60 BPM
Review: There's no denying ASC's work ethic; the Brit-in-San Diego has released a steady stream of albums and singles since 1999, and still finds time to run the lauded Auxillary imprint. Here he returns to Samurai Red Seal, with his first full-length for the imprint since 2012. As usual, he's working at drum and bass's experimental fringes, delivering blends of fuzzy electronics, creepy textures and subtle, pared-back jungle rhythms that arguably have more in common with vintage IDM (the much-forgotten Neotropic project on Ninja Tune's NTone offshoot, for starters) than blistering dancefloor jungle. Few do this kind of murky D&B futurism better, though, and Imagine The Future is a mighty impressive set.
SMGRSCD 02D
08 Jun 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Droids - (4:53) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Never Enough - (6:03) 170 BPM
REDSEAL 014D
16 Jan 12
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Spheres - (5:20)
   
Glass Walls - (4:37)
   
Oneironaut - (6:31)
   
No Love Lost - (5:22)
   
Disintegrate - (2:42)
   
Talisman - (4:55)
   
A Song For Hope - (4:42) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Prometheus - (4:56)
   
Blurred Pictures - (5:42)
   
Stay True - (4:31)
   
Plume - (15:16)
REDSEALCD 001
02 Jul 12
Deep Dubstep
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Brainscan - (5:18) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zone One - (6:49) 170 BPM
REDSEAL 011
11 Jul 11
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Polemic - (5:19) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oracle - (5:01)
REDSEAL 909D
13 May 13
Deep Dubstep
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Ringtone - (5:25) 175 BPM
   
Jackoff - (5:18) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
REDSEAL 003
10 Aug 09
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Judgement Day - (5:36) 175 BPM
   
Thrust - (5:22) 175 BPM
   
Don't Want Your Love - (5:43) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jungle One - (5:55) 175 BPM
REDSEAL 005
14 Jun 10
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Hummer - (5:58) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dog Shit - (5:20) 172 BPM
   
Touch Me - (6:42) 175 BPM
   
Free My Mind - (5:12) 175 BPM
REDSEAL 012
29 Aug 11
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Plantain - (8:36) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What I Was Doing When I Was Doing What I Was Doing - (8:30) 58 BPM
Review: As Djrum, Londoner Felix Manuel has exclusively restricted his output to the 2nd Drop label - remember that immense debut album Seven Lies from 2013? Absent from the shelves of record shops since April last year, Manuel resurfaces here with some much needed material, not for 2nd Drop but Geoff Presha's ever on point Samurai Red Seal endeavour. If you are a Felix fan this partnership makes perfect sense and hopefully we will see more Djrum music given the Samurai Red Seal! Premium beat science is evident on both cuts here, with the little graffiti can shakes on the epic eight minute A-side "Plantain" a nice touch. Hit the superbly titled flip "What I Was Doing When I Was Doing What I Was Doing" for a more abstract, dank basement affair.
SMGRS 01
09 Mar 15
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One Rain - (5:58)
   
Jam That Feel - (6:40)
   
Financial War: The Red Storm - (6:02)
   
The Day After The Night - (6:43) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Upperkutz - (5:58)
   
Monday Madness - (5:57)
   
Creative Elementz - (6:01)
   
Trick Or Beatz - (6:01)
REDSEALDEPTH
24 Jun 13
Deep Dubstep
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Volta - (5:16) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Indigo & Versa - "Spirit Of The Winds" - (6:13)
   
Storm - (6:00)
   
Condition - (6:42)
REDSEAL 022
02 Dec 13
Deep Dubstep
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March Of The Living - (6:07) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rankoor - (6:40) 174 BPM
REDSEAL 016
23 Apr 12
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Fishscale - (5:43) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Retrograde - (5:21) 172 BPM
REDSEAL 010
22 Jun 11
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Scorpius - (6:52) 172 BPM
   
Crate Logic - (5:40) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
REDSEAL 020
25 Feb 13
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Survive / Exist - (5:16) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Erogenous - (4:52)
REDSEAL 023
17 Mar 14
Deep Dubstep
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Templar - (7:56) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Servant - (4:16) 142 BPM
   
The Eye Of Truth - (7:39) 190 BPM
   
Archeon - (3:53) 170 BPM
Played by: Sanderson Dear
SMGRS 05D
16 Oct 15
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Scene 1 - (7:45) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Scene 2 - (6:19) 170 BPM
   
Scene 3 - (6:56) 170 BPM
   
Scene 4 - (6:12) 170 BPM
Played by: Sanderson Dear
SMGRS 03D
07 Aug 15
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Echoes (Synkro remix) - (4:42) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
LPK Sound (Consequence remix) - (6:17) 170 BPM
REDSEALREMIX 001
26 Mar 12
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Dawn Chorus - (4:56) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vanishing Point - (5:20) 174 BPM
   
Windtalkers - (5:16) 174 BPM
   
Intimacy - (5:17) 174 BPM
SMGRS 04D
02 Oct 15
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Waiting On - (5:18) 172 BPM
   
Ventura - (5:14) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: New Zealander now in London, Tokyo Prose (AKA Sam Reed) is about to drop one of the smoothest, classy D&B albums of the year so far, and these two cuts are the perfect introduction. "Waiting On" features the delicate vocals of D&B's leading songstress Riya where spacious pianos take the lead over the subtle weeping synths, creating the perfect bed for her heartfelt sermon. "Ventura" follows suit with similar silky dynamics. Driven by a skippy, heavier drum dynamic, this time the vocal element is just sensuous moans over a warm, insistent synth sample. Both are perfect - as is the album when it drops in due course.
SMGRSLP 01DS
07 Jul 14
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Rose Without Rain - (5:53) 170 BPM
   
LPK Sound - (4:53) 172 BPM
   
Saving Grace - (6:00) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Knucklehead - (5:40) 174 BPM
   
All You Want - (7:12) 174 BPM
   
Apogee - (6:04) 173 BPM
   
Royale - (5:15) 174 BPM
   
Echoes - (5:01) 170 BPM
REDSEAL ITPD
30 May 11
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16 Bar Cycles (feat Christoph El Truento) - (4:50) 174 BPM
   
Won't Let Me Go (feat Lenzman, Fox) - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Small Gains - (5:11) 172 BPM
   
Ventura - (5:14) 174 BPM
   
Kidman (feat Zoe Klinck) - (5:13) 58 BPM
   
Common Ground (feat Synkro) - (5:06) 194 BPM
   
Sunsets (feat LSB, DRS) - (5:59) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fragmented You (feat Milton) - (5:10) 174 BPM
   
Covet - (5:55) 174 BPM
   
Waiting On (feat Riya) - (5:18) 172 BPM
   
All Things - (6:21) 174 BPM
   
See Through Love - (5:39) 172 BPM
   
Dance With You - (3:27) 165 BPM
Review: Here it is then, New Zealand's very own world-beating D&B LP from Tokyo Prose. Featuring some of the best names in the business from the lush sounds of Lenzman, Juno favourite LSB and the lyrical talents of Fox, DRS and Riya - even Synkro appears for a breathtaking moment. This is the most beautiful, inventive and musical drum & bass release of the year so far. It'll take some beating because, we're not kidding, it is phenomenal. There's no track-by-track here, just get it and play it and then replay it. You'll feel reborn.
SMGRSLP 001D
04 Aug 14
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Parity - (6:29) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rearview - (5:47) 170 BPM
REDSEAL 013
05 Dec 11
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Another Star - (6:47) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Villem & Mcleod - "Keeper Of The Sun" - (5:55) 174 BPM
REDSEAL 021
15 Jul 13
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Villem - "Solar Plexus" - (5:17) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hush - (5:56) 174 BPM
REDSEAL 015
12 Mar 12
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