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The TruthCOMING SOON
  
   
The Truth - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Take It Back - (5:15) 172 BPM
   
Rise Up - (4:50) 174 BPM
   
A Piano, Sun, Drums And Bass - (6:02) 58 BPM
TEMPOSUBS 01
10 Dec 21
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Dodgy Acid Trax
   
Dodgy Acid Trax - (5:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blood On The Mound - (4:50) 139 BPM
   
Int%^1___ - (6:54) 110 BPM
   
All Circles Vanish - (2:42) 111 BPM
   
Soft Fog Dystopia - (2:44) 122 BPM
Review: One of the best things about following the career of Etch has always been it's unpredictability, with the Brighton-native always ready to push the boat out and explore new sonic destinations. He arrives on Tempa with five groovy creations, with the title track 'Dodgy Acid Tax' focussing heavily on moogy synth flutters and stripped back drum breaks, topped with eerie vocal samples to kick start the EP in style. From here, the more industrial drum chops and horror-core atmospheric drones of 'Blood On The Mound' move into view, before 'Int%^1___' gives us a lesson in sonic manipulation and unique compression methods. From here, a more classic-sounding display as 'All Circles Vanish' focusses in heavily on cymbal-lead drum skips with an original jungle feel, before 'Soft Fog Dystopia' uses slower beats and organ-like synthetic melodies to round the project off with a soft landing.
TEMPOZONE 00
24 Sep 21
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Shields Down
   
Shields Down - (5:54) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Enso - (7:22) 58 BPM
   
Still Waters - (4:00) 163 BPM
Review: The fractious tones of old school jungle are in full effect here and, just like back in the day, they're bedded down amongst the sample culture of funk and soul. That's the story on 'Still Waters', a lounging soul track that's almost hip hop in its form, a really cross over piece of work that balances out the EP nicely. 'Shields Down' is the most raucous of the three, as a furious amen rattles the cage like a monkey on a mission, except here the objective is full on dancefloor mayhem. Big.
TEMPOSPEED 04
14 May 21
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Dangerous Curves
   
Dangerous Curves - (8:51) 168 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Game Play - (6:27) 57 BPM
Review: Tempo continue to dig deep and reinforce the foundations with their series of releases from the most respected pioneers. Following the likes of Krust and Trace comes Source Direct with two deep space odysseys. 'Dangerous Curve' is rough/smooth personified. Those grizzly breaks but that purring sub and gliding guitars. Close your eyes and this is Creative Source. 'Game Play' plunges us much deeper into the darkness with a precision two-step occasional echoes of moody guitar work. Timeless.
TEMPOSPEED 03
22 Jan 21
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Tunnelvision
   
Tunnelvision - (5:54) 163 BPM
   
Ocean Currents - (5:43) 160 BPM
   
Tensity - (6:30) 53 BPM
TEMPOCORE 00
07 Jan 21
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The Fundamentalist
   
The Fundamentalist - (9:08) 170 BPM
   
Another Story - (7:36) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: DJ Krust is a bonafide legend of the scene and has been for nearly three decades, and although the last of those decades hasn't seen the highest number of releases, he's on his way back this single is part of it. Comprised of two superbly well put together pieces of music, Krust has well and truly smashed it. The A-side and title track is a nine-minute epic of left field drum and bass that feels a bit like an odyssey of sound and progression, an industrial ballad, an omage to the foundational elements of the music. The flip is also long, reaching almost eight-minutes, and is recognisable in its arrangement but no less tough, with distortion all the over shop and a genuine scariness to its vibe. Masterclass.
SPEED 02
24 Jul 20
Drum And Bass
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Twister
   
Twister - (6:20) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Apocalypse - (6:52) 175 BPM
Review: DJ Trace is rolling with the old-school artwork and the gritty vibes of the early 2000s are present all the way through this tune, as he splutters grey textures over spitting drum lines to great effect. 'Twister' is a pummelling one, with a spinning and gurgling bassline that pushes the track forward with great momentum. The flip is a bit more foreboding, with sweeping pads that swoop down into the range and make it an aggressive affair to say the least. Big.
TEMPOSPEED 01
03 Apr 20
Drum And Bass
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Blend
   
The Prayer (feat Tim Cant) - (5:16) 174 BPM
   
Roots (feat Soul Intent) - (5:27) 174 BPM
   
Kavos (feat RV) - (4:54) 174 BPM
   
Blend - (6:04) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Day Trip - (3:52) 174 BPM
Review: A fierce n' firing D&B four-tracker here from Joe Rossiter and Liam Bailey, better known collectively as Chromatic, a UK duo who've appeared previously on Dope Plates, New Playaz, Formation Records and Flexout Audio, among others. Opener 'The Prayer' (feat Tim Cant) brings the mid-90s jungle vibes, while liquid, minimal and jungle influences collide on 'Roots' (feat Soul Intent). On the flip, 'Kavos' (feat RV) is another old school-sounding roller, and then finally 'Blend' itself is a smoother ride - liquid in feel without being all wishy-washy about it. It all adds up to an EP that'll do the pair's ever-growing reputation no harm whatsoever.
TEMPO 1214
22 Jul 19
Drum And Bass
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RunDos
   
RunDos - (5:11) 176 BPM
   
Night Ride - (5:33) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Duke - (5:19) 170 BPM
   
Tanaka - (5:51) 176 BPM
TEMPO 1212
23 Dec 18
Drum And Bass
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U Got Me
   
U Got Me - (5:42) 170 BPM
   
Loved Up - (6:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
No Hype - (4:48) 174 BPM
   
Feel Good - (5:38) 172 BPM
TEMPO 1213
23 Dec 18
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20,000 Beats Under The Sea
   
20,000 Beats Under The Sea - (7:12) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
No Name (feat KJ Sawka) - (6:31) 170 BPM
   
This Station - (7:04) 170 BPM
   
Send Me Back - (6:30) 170 BPM
Played by: Hex
Review: Essex-based DJ Trax has been churning out the hits since 1993 (first hit single "High Time on Moving Shadow), making him one of jungle's survivors. He doesn't release that much these days, but what he does put out tends to be rather good. "20,000 Beats Under The Sea", the title track from this first solo single since 2014, is a wonderful blast from the past: a punchy, party-starting fusion of original jungle drums, jazzy samples and the kind of dreamy electronics frequently found on late '90s Good Looking Records releases. You'll find more ballsy, bass-heavy jungle pressure on the cracking "This Station" is a head-in-the-clouds early D&B roller built around metallic carnival percussion. On "No Name" KJ Sawka (Pendulum) delivers his live drums!
TEMPO 1211
05 Jun 17
Drum And Bass
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Future Uncertain
   
OT Blues - (8:21) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Seal Clubba - (6:50) 175 BPM
   
Future Uncertain - (5:40) 175 BPM
Review: Digital (Function Rec) protegees Response and Pliskin collide on Frodo's Tempo Records for more dark drum funk. "OT Blues" is straight out of the good book of Paradox, slap-happy amens and a cold lead texture that raises more hair on your back than you'd care to mention. "Seal Clubba" lives up to its cruel title thanks to a thundering kick/snare combo, wrapped tightly in a gritty, guttural bass tone alongside "Inta" vocal samples. Finally "Future Uncertain" looks to the past with hurricane pads, iced out piano delicacies and a steppier drumset that's reminiscent of Marcus Intalex/ Doc Scott / Blu Mar Ten's star-gazing output. Outstanding.
TEMPO 1210
20 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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The Light
   
The Light - (6:50) 170 BPM
   
Triton (feat Ahmad) - (5:46) 57 BPM
   
Dark Age - (5:47) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
TEMPO 1209
17 Oct 16
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Give Me A Dub
   
Give Me A Dub - (6:52) 174 BPM
   
The Dread - (4:55) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heaven (feat E) - (4:32) 58 BPM
Played by: DJ Hybrid
Review: Some fierce drum 'n' bass from the darkside that deconstructs and reconstructs jungle era breakbeat science on the Give Me A Dub EP by Nottingham's (now London based) Soul Intent on Tempo. Appearing for a change outside of his usual home, Lossless Records, he throws down three killer tracks here. First up the title track smashes through the audio spectrum like a battering ram with the kind of drums that even Dillinja would stand up and notice. "The Dread" is more minimal and stripped; the kind of stuff that DJ Krust was throwing down back in the day. Finally "Heaven" is definitely the most highly engineered offering; a futurist techstep journey with an emotive atmosphere and liquid breaks.
TEMPO 1208
21 Apr 16
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Centiminute
   
Centiminute - (6:45) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dogs On Redbull - (5:52) 175 BPM
   
Molecular - (5:37) 174 BPM
Played by: Sektor
TEMPO 1207
16 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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Looking In
   
Looking In - (5:39) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Without Worry - (4:33) 172 BPM
   
Lie Through Me - (4:09) 172 BPM
Played by: Loz Contreras, Sektor
Review: It's been a while since both Pennygiles and Tempo have served up any gold, but they've both made up for lost time with these three understated rollers. "Looking In" hammers with a really interesting snare sound, unrelenting kicks and buried vocal texture not dissimilar to Break or Digital. "Without Worry" is a jazzier, heads-down affair that wouldn't go amiss in a 3am Marky slot while "Lie Through Me" has that minimal, sparse construction that LSB does really well too. Classy.
TEMPO 1206
09 Nov 15
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Africa
   
Logged In - (7:17) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Africa - (5:37) 58 BPM
   
Fire - (5:13) 58 BPM
TEMPO 1205
31 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
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Attack Of The 50ft Amen
   
Attack Of The 50ft Amen - (7:23) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
89 'Till Infinity - (7:53) 168 BPM
   
Bring It Back - (7:34) 170 BPM
TEMPO 1204
04 Aug 14
Drum And Bass
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FAQ
   
FAQ - (7:46)
   
LoveBloved - (8:00) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Big Picture - (4:39) 145 BPM
Played by: Soul Intent
TEMPO 1203
13 Jan 14
Drum And Bass
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Stay Away EP
   
Stay Away - (6:01) 172 BPM
   
Alright - (4:49) 174 BPM
   
If I Don't Know - (4:56) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
TEMPO 1202
24 Jun 13
Drum And Bass
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Fabric Of Space Part 2
   
Cosmopolis - (5:59) 175 BPM
   
Mask - (5:31) 175 BPM
   
Atlas V - (5:35)
   
Magneto - (5:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
TEMPOLP01.2
17 Dec 12
Drum And Bass
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Fabric Of Space (Part 1)
   
FOS - (5:35)
   
Skywalker - (5:53) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Taiga - (5:32)
   
Pulsar - (5:58)
TEMPOLP 01.1
27 Aug 12
Drum And Bass
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