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The North Quarter

Under the expert tutelage of multi-talented label boss and soul-supplier Lenzman, homegrown Dutch label The North Quarter has firmly established itself as the premier location for soulful, vocal, liquid-infused drum & bass, never afraid of diverging into their foundational hip hop, funk and downtempo influences, as well as cherished dips into the more weighty, rolling corners of the 174bpm sound and beyond. Formed in 2016, their roster is a globetrekking ode to the musical artform TNQ call home; Lenzman, Redeyes, FD, Satl, Anile, Echo Brown, Tokyo Prose and Submorphics, plus shining vocalists and micmen Fox, Dan Stezo and Abnormal Sleepz, all have honed their sublime art on the imprint. Close friends and guests to the label have included Children of Zeus, iamddb, Myth, KinKai, Akemi Fox and [ K S R ], adding to that quintessential family feel; this is the ethos of the always consistent TNQ. With a fresh, groundbreaking aesthetic and artstyle, luxurious LP’s and full length albums, emotionally educatory EPs, thoughtful, diverse compilations like ‘Quarter to Quarter’ & ‘NQ State of Mind’ and events all over the world; The North Quarter is truly a unique, once-in-a-lifetime musical phenomenon.
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Fox & Satl - "Sunshine Blues" - (5:11) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fox - "Walk Out" (feat DLR & Alix Perez) - (4:13) 174 BPM
NQ 026SB
18 Jun 21
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Walk Out (original mix) - (4:13) 174 BPM
Played by: D*Minds, Sikka
NQ 026WO
04 Jun 21
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Lil Souljah (feat Slay - original mix) - (4:14) 170 BPM
   
Zusterliefde (original mix) - (5:03) 57 BPM
   
Gimmie A Sec (feat Danny Sanchez - original mix) - (4:31) 170 BPM
   
Old Times' Sake (original mix) - (5:19) 170 BPM
   
Starlight (feat Fox - original mix) - (4:31) 170 BPM
   
Yasukuni (original mix) - (5:06) 170 BPM
   
Combo (feat Satl - original mix) - (5:03) 172 BPM
   
Down For Whatever (Jubei remix) - (5:29) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: An album from the Dutch master is always welcome, and A Little While Longer is Lenzman's latest foray into lounging, soulful drum and bass. It's world he leads, and all eight tracks on this LP ripple with the sophisticated funk and hip-hop influences him and his label are so known for. The first track, 'Lil Souljah', exemplifies this blend perfectly; a whimsical piano riff, a crunchy yet light set of rolling drums and a vocals perfectly peppered through the range by Slay, an MC who has been picking up serious steam in the scene these last few months. It's a team effort, as Danny Sanchez joins the melancholic euphoria of 'Gimmie A sec' and label regular Satl amps up the pressure on the sub-heavy 'Combo'. Another special album from a special producer.
NQ 025B
14 May 21
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Lenzman & Slay - "Lil Souljah" - (4:14) 170 BPM
   
Lenzman - "Gimmie A Sec" (feat Danny Sanchez) - (4:31) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
NQ 025LS
30 Apr 21
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Gimmie A Sec (original mix) - (4:31) 170 BPM
NQ 025GAS
16 Apr 21
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Botanical Life - (4:32) 172 BPM
   
Guided By Venus (feat Ras Tweed) - (4:27) 172 BPM
   
Let It Shine (feat Veda Black) - (5:26) 174 BPM
   
Hydrospace - (4:06) 174 BPM
   
Infinite Void - (4:11) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Live With The Pain (feat Phat Kat & Steo) - (5:15) 174 BPM
NQ 024
09 Apr 21
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Let It Shine (original mix) - (5:26) 174 BPM
NQ 024S
26 Mar 21
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Heaven & Earth - (4:36) 174 BPM
   
Hazmat (feat Fox) - (4:59) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vienna Circle - (5:21) 173 BPM
   
Bully - (4:33) 171 BPM
   
Here With Me - (4:11) 172 BPM
   
Hazmat (instrumental mix) - (4:56) 170 BPM
Review: FD hides his ingenuity behind deceptively simple, stripped back productions. His music relies on the basics done unbelievably well and A Vision Of Hope is a six-track embodiment of how effective this method is, as he rolls things out with clarity in the percussion and high quality in the low frequencies. 'Hazmat' featuring Fox is a perfect example and the pair are a force to be reckoned with, as FD lays out an unbelievably crisp percussive basis for a bouncing, infectious bassline, both of which pair superbly with Fox's little-is-more approach to vocal magic. There's just a quality to this EP, it's organic and well-meaning but still tough and gutsy; the bassline on 'Vienna Circle' lopes in purposeful steps, but squirms with anger on 'Bully'. There are liquid notes on 'Here With Me' and an instrumental to rounds things off, North Quarter style. Sublime.
NQ 023
19 Mar 21
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Bully - (4:33) 171 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Here With Me - (4:11) 172 BPM
NQ 023S2
05 Mar 21
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Here With Me (original mix) - (4:11) 172 BPM
NQ 023S1
19 Feb 21
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Affirmations (feat KinKai - original mix) - (4:50) 174 BPM
   
So Good (original mix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
   
Tug O War (feat Abnormal Sleepz - original mix) - (2:44) 150 BPM
   
Love Won't Do (original mix) - (5:22) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Phenomena (original mix) - (4:11) 174 BPM
   
Affirmations (instrumental mix) - (4:50) 174 BPM
Review: Echo Brown is the newest addition to the North Quarter roster, and following appearances on label compilations, he is now appearing with a six-track EP in that signature long-form, North Quarter style. Struggles is diverse and comes with something for everyone, from the lounging hip-hop roller that is 'Affirmations' feat. KinKai, to the stripped back funk of 'So Good' and the stepping rap verses of 'Tug O War'. 'Love Won't Do' is our favourite, an Ivy Lab-esque percy of a deep one, with gentle, featherweight drums and a superb vocal sample that hangs above the instrumental in delightful fashion. 'Phenomena' rounds things out in choppy dancefloor fashion, and there's even an instrumental of 'Affirmations' to get your teeth stuck into. More amazing stuff from the Dutch crew.
NQ 022
12 Feb 21
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Love Won't Do - (5:22) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Affirmations (feat KinKai) - (4:50) 174 BPM
Review: New kid on the block, Echo Brown, is following up his superb appearance on the recent NQ State of Mind LP with this single, Love Won't Do, which stretches across two tracks and shows off his versatility over a liquid beat. The title track is Ivy Lab-esque in its penetrating depth and sultry vocal layer, with torn basslines that ripple through the arrangement, and nostalgic ambience courtesy of beautifully nostalgic pad work. The flip sees KinKai, a vocalist who is becoming a regular on this label, sit above Echo Brown's stripped back and barebones rolling beat with urban aplomb. Lovely.
NQ 022S2
29 Jan 21
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Affirmations (original mix) - (4:50) 174 BPM
NQ 022S1
14 Jan 21
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Satl - "All My Life" (feat Steo - Tokyo Prose remix) - (5:20) 174 BPM
   
Redeyes - "Late Night Jam" (feat Tyler Daley - Lenzman remix) - (5:22) 172 BPM
   
Anile - "Juno's Position" - (5:32) 174 BPM
   
Sam Binary - "Surface Tension" - (6:52) 170 BPM
   
Submorphics - "Daydreaming" (feat Big Brooklyn Red - Echo Brown remix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
   
Zero T & Unitsouled - "Slightest Moment" (feat [KSR] - remix) - (4:51) 174 BPM
   
Lenzman - "Walk On By" (Satl remix) - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Redeyes - "Untitled Soul" - (4:08) 172 BPM
   
FD - "Top2Bottom" (VIP) - (6:31) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lenzman & Dan Stezo - "NQ State Of Mind Vol 1" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:10:46) 174 BPM
Review: The North Quarter is rounding out their 2020 with the first in a new Various Artists series: NQ State of Mind. We're assuming this name is a hat tip to Jay-z and Alicia Keys' NY State of Mind, and the focus on urban funk comes through clearly across this album's 10 tracks. It starts with the long-awaited Tokyo Prose remix of 'All My Life' by Satl, and Tokyo has stretched out Steo's incredible vocals over an elegantly simple piano riff and solid percussive basis, a timeless sound that gets right to the heart of what makes this label so good. Zero T gives his 2017 album cut 'Slightest Moment' the remix treatment, taking it up from hip-hop tempo to full drum & bass to form a rollicking, nonchalant roller which skips along with such purity of spirit you'll forget where you are. There's a superb original contribution from Redeyes with 'Original Soul', a stripped back remix of 'Late Night Jam' from Lenzman, and a dirty old school roller from Sam Binary. What an album.
NQ 021D
18 Dec 20
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Juno's Position (original mix) - (5:32) 174 BPM
Played by: Averse
NQ 021JP
11 Dec 20
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All My Life (Tokyo Prose remix) - (5:20) 174 BPM
Played by: Averse
NQ 021AML
04 Dec 20
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Portal - (5:01) 175 BPM
   
Levitate - (4:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goblin Shark - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Motor City Justice (feat Submorphics) - (4:55) 174 BPM
   
Just Words - (5:23) 172 BPM
   
Nebula - (6:20) 174 BPM
Review: Satl is back on Lenzman's North Quarter with another fluid, rolling release that pushes the boundaries of liquid and merges them with darker, minimal touches. It's a wicked six tracks long, a necessary length given the considered nature of Satl's production, and the whole package has the cohesive art direction so fundamental to Lenzman's work on TNQ. It opens with 'Portal', which swims on arpeggiated synth nodes on intro before rolling out into a dark, twisted fantasy of gruff basslines and hostile atmospherics. 'Motor City Justice' is another highlight, featuring Submorphics, which is stripped back and deep in its approach, channeling the sounds of detroit techno with its chord progressions and analogue feel. The whole release is incredibly well put together and absolutely worth your time.
NQ 020
13 Nov 20
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Just Words (original mix) - (5:23) 172 BPM
NQ 020S
30 Oct 20
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Long Time - (3:23) 57 BPM
   
Horror - (4:08) 57 BPM
   
One Note Funk - (4:17) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
3rd Time Lucky - (4:17) 170 BPM
   
Reboot - (4:12) 57 BPM
Review: Myth has been one of the scene's major success stories over the last 12 months. Known previously for his work as a part of Ill Truth, Jay has been killing it on the solo front by becoming known for a strictly stripped-back, jungle-focused approach to hard-hitting beats. This time around he's releasing on Lenzman's North Quarter imprint, who have moved away somewhat from their typical focus on dreamy liquid but have stayed firmly true to their commitment to organic, free-wheeling beats. 'Long Time' is quintissential Myth and packs serious smacks of Breakage in the drums and the structure'; the sampling is superb and the whole mix is clean, precise and devastating in the extreme. 'Reboot' rises up on a bed of funky sampling, before settling down into a loping, simple and yet masterfully effective bassline. It's a rough, raw and rambunctious release that relies only the bare minimum - perfection.
NQ 019
09 Oct 20
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One Note Funk (original mix) - (4:17) 172 BPM
NQ019S
25 Sep 20
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A Thousand Times (feat [ K S R ]) - (4:51) 174 BPM
   
Carry Me Home - (4:51) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Redeyes & Monty - "Belong" - (5:25) 174 BPM
   
Outside - (4:52) 174 BPM
   
Delicate - (4:53) 172 BPM
   
Low Key - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
Change.Illusion - (4:24) 171 BPM
   
Glowin' - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
All The Reasons (feat Lovescene) - (3:47) 174 BPM
   
Slow Pace - (4:20) 57 BPM
Review: The North Quarter's most consistent soul merchant is back with his third album on the label, and Selfportraits is another exercise in how to craft liquid drum & bass that's both velvet at its core and rough round the edges. There's bite behind the bliss, and Redeyes' expert use of samples and vocalists provides a human, hip-hop-infused attitude to a LP that's distinctly Redeyes. 'A Thousand Times' is the sing-a-long crowd pleaser and stands out simply for its exquisite marrying of [ K S R ]'s vocal perfection and a lusicous bed of instrumentation - a true ballad. The rest of the LP blurs into one as Redeyes nails the fine line of cohesion and repition, each track unique but part of a broader project. 'Carry Me Home' flies above a sultry piano riff; Monty joins on 'Belong' for a pacier offering; 'Delicate' has the best intro on the LP, with flowering jaunts of subtletly breathing themselves into the drop; 'Low Key' is a tad heavier, a dub-infused roller which still has plenty of soul; the LP finishes on the soft-spoken 'Change.Illusion', which is both upbeat and melancholic its rhetoric and its posture. Simply stunning.
NQ 018D
11 Sep 20
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Belong - (5:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Redeyes - "A Thousand Times" (feat [ K S R ]) - (4:51) 174 BPM
Review: Redeyes has his third album on Lenzman's The North Quarter coming very soon and the first single is upon us. It's a double-sided number that serves up a double helping of rolling soul, and the Frenchman is starting to become truly unrivalled in his ability to gentle daub licks of sample-driven funk over a rolling basis. The A-side ropes in fellow France-based producer Monty, who is known for his work on Perez's 1985 Music, and the duo have joined their respective skillsets to superb effect; crisp drums and bubbling synths courtesy of Monty, and floating samples and wispy pads from Redeyes. The flip is classic North Quarter, as Mancunian MC [ K S R ] gets involved for an R&B-soaked, vocal-led soul ballad that moves and flows to the umpteenth degree. Unbeatable.
NQ 018S2
28 Aug 20
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A Thousand Times (original mix) - (4:51) 174 BPM
NQ 018S1
14 Aug 20
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Moments Fade (feat Steo) - (4:31) 174 BPM
   
Mango X MathMan/Zero T/Loah - "Lonely Night" (Zero T vocal mix) - (5:09) 174 BPM
   
Elegy (original mix) - (4:35) 57 BPM
   
I Want More (original mix) - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Clash (feat Myth) - (4:08) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Zero T has returned to Lenzman's The North Quarter imprint for his second full release on the label following Baby Grand several years ago, and he's doing so with a serious sense of purpose. Made up of five tracks that he wrote in order to capture the breadth of sounds he loves in the genre, Former Self starts off on a liquid tip with another gorgeous Steo collaboration, followed by a melancholic yet hopeful remix of Lonely Night by Mango x Mathman. Things then take a turn into tougher territory, as the Irish producer lays out an almost-jump up slew of force on 'I Want More', before rounding things out in true Bristol style with 'Clash' featuring Myth. Exceptional.
NQ 017
17 Jul 20
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Lonely Night (Zero T vocal mix) - (5:09) 174 BPM
Played by: Johnnypluse
NQ 017LN
03 Jul 20
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Lie To You (feat Akemi Fox) - (4:16) 172 BPM
   
The Feeling (feat KinKai) - (4:26) 172 BPM
   
Dedication (Roller Pt 2) - (5:48) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
This Is Not Science (original mix) - (4:47) 171 BPM
   
The Creatures From Planet 9 (original mix) - (5:25) 172 BPM
   
Lie To You (instrumental) - (5:01) 172 BPM
Review: Freddie Dixon AKA FD has been doing his thing across a variety of labels for some time now, but it's in the last couple of years, and under the tuterage of Lenzman's The North Quarter, that he's really begun to shine. Lanta Nights is a couple cuts of gorgeous liquid and then three bassy, naughty rollers that smash of dub and soundsystem culture. It's a potent blend, and Akemi Fox is especially fantastic on 'Lie To You', a lounging, hip-hop endeavour that rolls out with the nonchalance it deserves. It's a superb EP and capped off with The North Quarter's typically well-refined aesthetic. Fantastic.
NQ 016
19 Jun 20
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FD feat KinKai
   
The Feeling (feat KinKai) - (4:26) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lie To You (feat Akemi Fox) - (4:16) 172 BPM
NQ 016TF
05 Jun 20
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Lie To You (original mix) - (4:16) 172 BPM
NQ016LTY
22 May 20
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Various
   
Azekel - "Don't Wake The Babies" (Lenzman remix) - (5:30) 174 BPM
   
Redeyes - "Lust" (original mix) - (4:49) 172 BPM
   
Echo Brown - "Show You" (original mix) - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Atlantic Connection & Steo - "Night & Day" (original mix) - (4:51) 174 BPM
   
Tokyo Prose - "Rescue" (original mix) - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
Zero T & Steo - "Keep Falling" (original mix) - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
Kyrist - "Untrue" (original mix) - (4:55) 172 BPM
   
Lenzman - "In My Mind" (feat Iamddb - Break remix) - (4:55) 174 BPM
   
Total Science - "Killa" (original mix) - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
LSB - "Destine" (original mix) - (6:26) 174 BPM
   
FD - "Your Touch" (original mix) - (6:06) 172 BPM
   
Satl - "Just Thinkin'" (original mix) - (4:37) 172 BPM
   
Anile - "U No Who U R" (original mix) - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Submorphics & Pola & Bryson - "Albion Road" (original mix) - (4:44) 174 BPM
Review: Lenzman's imprint serves up its first V/A right here with Quarter To Quarter. Featuring exclusive tracks from the likes of FD, LSB, Total Science, Kyrist, Tokyo Prose, Break, Zero T and so many more, it's a full spectrum representation of the label that ranges from sublime, sun-kissed soul such as Redeyes' "Lust", Atlantic Connection and Steo's "Night & Day" to bouncy, vocal high-vibe affairs such as Break's remix of "In My Mind". Along the way expect stunning strident, cosmic hypnotic workouts (Tokyo Prose - "Rescue"), dubby dreamers (Kyrist - "Untrue") unlikely rudeboy slappers (Total Science - "Killa") and every other authentic, genuinely crafted D&B sound you associate with the label. Quarter To Quarter ... No half measures.
NQ 015
08 May 20
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Albion Road - (4:44) 174 BPM
Review: The North Quarter have their first full label VA coming very soon and the third sampler preceeding the launch is here, featuring liquid giants Submorphics and Pola & Bryson on a collaborative tip, the result of which is 'Albion Road'. This tune is simply gorgeous, with fluttering drums that perfectly underpin its idyllic blend of atmospheric pads and tentative, caressing piano chords. It's a soulful number to say the least and presages a fantastic LP from the label.
NQ015S 3
01 May 20
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Don't Wake The Babies (Lenzman remix) - (5:30) 174 BPM
Played by: Mindstate
NQ 015S 2
24 Apr 20
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In My Mind (Break remix) - (4:55) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In My Mind (Break's Dubbed Out mix) - (4:34) 173 BPM
NQ 015S 1
17 Apr 20
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Flash Meters (Intro - original mix) - (0:48) 131 BPM
   
Luminosity (original mix) - (4:39) 172 BPM
   
Roseville Funk/Musique Nostalgique (Interlude - original mix) - (4:36) 172 BPM
   
Memories Of You (original mix) - (4:12) 172 BPM
   
12 & Woodward (original mix) - (1:59) 180 BPM
   
Daydreaming (feat Big Brooklyn Red - original mix) - (4:31) 172 BPM
   
The Prize/Golden Roots (feat T.R.A.C. - Interlude - original mix) - (4:44) 172 BPM
   
Faded Images (original mix) - (4:09) 172 BPM
   
Ithaca Blues (original mix) - (4:54) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Morning Alarms/Waverly Place (feat SelfSays - Interlude - original mix) - (2:26) 175 BPM
   
Find A Reason (feat Christina Tamayo - original mix) - (5:06) 185 BPM
   
Feel So Blue/Deep Sleeper (Interlude - original mix) - (5:27) 172 BPM
   
Return To The Source (original mix) - (4:43) 172 BPM
   
Hot Ish (feat SelfSays - Dabrye remix - bonus) - (3:02) 60 BPM
Played by: Calculon
Review: US-born, Netherlands-based soulful D&B nomad Greg Submorphics takes away to sunnier, more wholesome climes on this immaculate debut album. Gilded synths, hazy feels, stacks of woozy warmth, just the right balance of nostalgia; every cut ripples and flexes with a timeless liquid feel. The dusty horns on "Memories Of You", the velvet boogie, silky synths and syrupy dulcets of Big Brooklyn Red on "Daydreaming", the dreamy bounce of "Faded Images", the list goes on. As you'd expect from The North Quarter and Submorphics, everything about this album hits the spot. Close your eyes and think of better times...
NQ 014
20 Mar 20
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Supposed To Be - (5:24) 174 BPM
   
All My Life (feat Steo) - (5:42) 174 BPM
   
Coming Back - (4:35) 174 BPM
   
Modern Jah - (3:37) 63 BPM
   
Guna Guna (feat Dan Stezo) - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
Self Reflection - (5:33) 174 BPM
   
Drifted - (4:49) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aadje (dub) - (4:40) 141 BPM
   
Don't Even Ask - (4:37) 174 BPM
Review: The North Quarter welcome another kindred spirit to the family; Satl. One of the most exciting newcomers to emerge since LSB, there's a soul and depth to his music that's won him friends like Digital and TNQ bossman Lenzman. This is his most comprehensive and revealing EP to date as he goes to town on the blank canvas with more shades than you might know him for; as well as the poignant ("Supposed To Be", "Coming Back") and the soulful ("All My Life") and the blissful ("Self Reflection") there's also some exciting variations in tempo ("Modern Jah" hits like a Dominic Martin record and "Aadje" is pure modern dub) and shades of Marcus-inspired techno in the mix ("Drifted")... Trust us, this man is just warming up and TNQ is the best place to give him freedom and encouragement to reach the next level.
NQ 013
13 Dec 19
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The Unfinished Theory - (2:04) 146 BPM
   
Yesterdays - (4:22) 57 BPM
   
Fine Again - (5:42) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Redeyes & FD - "Evergreen Dub" - (4:55) 172 BPM
   
Next To You - (4:16) 172 BPM
   
The Rhythm - (5:25) 172 BPM
Review: Toulouse soul man Julien Salvi returns to The North Quarter with another prize-fighting package of deep, authentic drum & bass. Opening with a smoky intro track that's more jazz than dancefloor, he slowly take us deeper and deeper down his D&B rabbit hole. Cuts like "Fine Again" and "Next To You" breeze with that sad poignant spacious feeling he's made his own in recent years while "Evergreen Dub" (with FD) reminds us of his darker rolling side and "The Rhythm" is a direct homage to the man like Marcus. Stunning through and through.
NQ 012
01 Nov 19
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P.Y.E. - (2:40) 120 BPM
   
Textures (feat HMD) - (3:51) 100 BPM
   
What You See - (4:08) 108 BPM
   
Coming Home - (4:07) 125 BPM
   
Lean - (3:20) 96 BPM
   
Live & Learn (feat DRS) - (3:12) 107 BPM
   
Norf Freestyle - (4:12) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Say You Don't - (2:08) 90 BPM
   
No Love (feat Fox) - (4:00) 125 BPM
   
Girls - (4:04) 121 BPM
   
Origami - (3:12) 130 BPM
   
Like I Do - (3:33) 119 BPM
   
Gino - (3:13) 82 BPM
   
L8 Nights In Barbados - (4:35) 134 BPM
   
All I Need (feat Misha B) - (4:11) 85 BPM
NQ 011
06 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Norf Freestyle (Explicit) - (4:12) 92 BPM
NQ 011NF
03 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Ribs (feat Issac Rosie & Maverick Soul) - (6:22) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ribs (Interlude) - (1:17) 82 BPM
   
Ice Cream (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (5:39) 124 BPM
Played by: Jimpster
Review: Three varied cuts here from FD, a house producer with roots in London's jungle and garage scenes. 'Ribs' (feat Issac Rosie & Maverick Soul) is a very noq-sounding affair with insistent shakers, shimmering synths, barely-there party vox that drift in and out of the mix and a neat Rhodes-like piano line. 'Ribs (Interlude)' then drops the pace for 1:18 of downtempo ambience, before the Byron The Aquarius Mix of 'Ice Cream' blends shuffling deep house beats and soulful vox in a way that harks back to UKG's earliest days, its title perhaps a tribute to the seminal label of the same name?
NQ 010RIBS
14 Jun 19
Deep House
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99 Flake (Intro) - (1:51) 140 BPM
   
Foundations - (4:58) 172 BPM
   
Top2Bottom (Roller) - (6:42) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Knots - (4:22) 191 BPM
   
Sycamore (feat Cecily) - (6:03) 172 BPM
   
Not That Bad - (5:22) 172 BPM
   
Left You Once Before (Prelude) - (1:34) 160 BPM
   
Left You Once Before - (4:27) 180 BPM
   
Deadly Styles - (5:33) 172 BPM
   
Better Man (feat Fox) - (5:24) 57 BPM
   
Got A Feeling - (5:22) 172 BPM
   
Ribs (Prelude) - (1:17) 165 BPM
   
Ribs (feat Issac Rosie & Maverick Soul) - (6:22) 186 BPM
   
2's & 5's - (6:59) 172 BPM
   
Bottles (Prelude) - (1:27) 170 BPM
   
Bottles - (5:44) 172 BPM
Review: Every time you see a release that's forthcoming under the moniker of The North Quarter, you know it's going to be very, very good. Label honcho Lenzman doesn't take prisoners with his A&R skills and he definitely doesn't do so when it comes to FD's debut album, not that FD needs much oversight in order to be an outstanding producer. Better Days is thus unsurprisingly amazing. 16 songs in length, including preludes, FD takes you on a journey through hip-hop influences, jungle vibrancy and full-on D&B that'll leave you quivering with excitement. 'Better Man' featuring Fox is arguably the stand-out, with serene jazz elements blending into Fox-led funk and bouncing bass stabs. Unreal.
NQ 010
07 Jun 19
Drum And Bass
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Deadly Styles - (5:33) 172 BPM
NQ 010DS
28 May 19
Drum And Bass
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Vitalogy - (5:03) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Earth & Mars - (5:43) 174 BPM
   
Nothing Makes Sense - (5:55) 174 BPM
   
Escaping Dreams - (5:15) 174 BPM
   
Forever Last Out - (5:41) 58 BPM
   
Back On Days - (5:15) 174 BPM
   
Amore Of All - (7:48) 189 BPM
Played by: Averse
Review: The North Quarter has rapidly become the premier destination for 170 sonics which tickle the soul as much as the eardrums, music which aims to speak on a more substantial creative level than most. Lenzman has now brought in Anile for the next chapter in that journey and boy, it's a stunner, 7 tracks of carefully considered, deft music which rolls out with a tangible sense of wistfulness. 'Earth & Mars' is a perfect example, a deliciously deep track that swirls in the low ends and soothes in the high ends, each second gorgeously precise but also noticeable carefree. There are acid vibes, summer vibes and winter vibes; lots of highs and lots of lows. It's a journey in itself and we absolutely love it.
NQ 009
22 Feb 19
Drum And Bass
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Earth & Mars - (5:43) 174 BPM
NQ 009IG
29 Jan 19
Drum And Bass
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Fighting (Intro) - (2:28) 194 BPM
   
The Hurt (feat DRS) - (5:14) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Toast (feat Milano Constantine) - (3:12) 170 BPM
   
True (Interlude) - (1:29) 67 BPM
   
Awaken - (5:26) 172 BPM
   
All Blues - (3:01) 180 BPM
   
Oooo Laaah (feat KinKai) - (3:52) 171 BPM
   
Late Night Jam (feat Tyler Daley) - (4:56) 172 BPM
   
Digital Diamonds (feat Juga-Naut) - (3:32) 164 BPM
   
Fool Of Me - (4:38) 170 BPM
   
Blessed (feat Abnormal Sleepz/HMD) - (3:22) 167 BPM
   
Back In My Soul (Encore) - (5:19) 172 BPM
Review: Toulouse D&B OG Julien Salvi returns to Lenzman's The North Quarter with his third album Broken Soul. An album rooted in heartache's slow recovery, it's his most personal and hard hitting long player to date, and also his most eclectic. Laced with poignant tones and textures throughout, tracks such as the DRS-led "The Hurts" and "Late Night Jam" with Tyler Daley really capture Redeyes soulful D&B foundations but there's more than enough space for hazy house steppers such as "All Blues" and a strong presence of hip-hop via cuts such as "Oooo Laaah" (with KinKai) and "Blessed" (with Abnormal Sleepz and HMD) that create the most honest and authentic picture Redeyes has painted to date. Another premium dispatch from TNQ.
NQ 008
28 Sep 18
Drum And Bass
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The Hurt - (5:14) 173 BPM
NQ008IG
04 Sep 18
Drum And Bass
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Ascension (feat Race Banyon) - (3:47) 168 BPM
   
Brilliant Corners - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Lift You Up (feat Steo) - (5:13) 174 BPM
   
Innate Motion - (5:11) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alight - (3:15) 170 BPM
   
Impressions - (4:54) 174 BPM
   
Runaway (feat [K S R]) - (4:55) 174 BPM
   
Trick Of The Light - (5:36) 174 BPM
   
Back To You - (6:01) 174 BPM
   
Cold Hearts (feat Cleveland Watkiss) - (4:56) 170 BPM
   
In The Breeze (feat LSB) - (5:14) 174 BPM
   
Tremble (feat Nether) - (5:40) 174 BPM
   
Gusts - (4:34) 170 BPM
Played by: Hex, Technimatic, Mindstate
Review: The full set is finally here... Having teased us with the surprise guerrilla drop of EP1, Tokyo Prose presents the entire 13 track album Wild Grace. And it's every bit as beautiful, touching and textured as the hype as foretold. From the emotional chords and halftime slink of opener "Ascension" to the last brushed drum jazzy breeze and amen wheeze of the finale "Gusts" and all vibes in between, the New Zealand artist has excelled himself. Other highlights include the long awaited "Trick Of The Light", the smouldering soul of "Runaway", the heart breaking pianos of "Innate Motion", sunset shakedown of "In The Breeze" and so much more. Once again The North Quarter have smashed this out of the park.
NQ 007
20 Jul 18
Drum And Bass
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Innate Motion - (5:11) 174 BPM
   
Tremble (feat Nether) - (5:40) 174 BPM
   
Trick Of The Light - (5:36) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gusts - (4:34) 170 BPM
NQ 007PT1
29 Jun 18
Drum And Bass
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Dislocation - (1:45) 190 BPM
   
Tears (feat Colonel Red) - (5:19) 174 BPM
   
Sleuth - (4:54) 174 BPM
   
Pharaohs (feat Abnormal Sleepz) - (2:42) 174 BPM
   
Right Stuff (feat Need For Mirrors) - (5:00) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let It Rain (feat DRS) - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Feel The Need (feat Colonel Red) - (5:01) 66 BPM
   
Lazybones (feat Lenzman) - (5:15) 174 BPM
   
Tears (instrumental) - (5:18) 174 BPM
   
Let It Rain (instrumental) - (4:52) 174 BPM
Review: For this one, drum and bass revelations Zero T and Unitsouled join forces on a smooth, liquified composition entitled 'Baby Grand'. The guys at The North Quarter have struck gold with this one as luscious chords are dual wielded with precisely layered subs to form a perfect high energy harmony.
NQ 006
11 May 18
Drum And Bass
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Tears - (5:19) 174 BPM
NQ 006S
20 Apr 18
Drum And Bass
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Hot Ish (feat SelfSays) - (2:48) 175 BPM
   
Don't Be So Cold - (4:28) 172 BPM
   
Whatchudo (feat Satl) - (4:06) 174 BPM
   
Drexel Street (Interlude) - (1:35) 59 BPM
   
Can't Get Over You (feat Lenzman) - (5:21) 172 BPM
   
Heartbreaker - (4:24) 172 BPM
   
Weather It Out (feat Steo) - (4:28) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Whatchudo (feat Satl - instrumental) - (4:07) 174 BPM
   
Can't Get Over You (feat Lenzman - instrumental) - (5:26) 172 BPM
   
Weather It Out (instrumental) - (4:29) 172 BPM
Review: Lenzman's The North Quarter smashes it once again with another XXXL soul dispatch. This time Submorphics is at the controls. Best known for his work in SGN and Hospital, here he takes a deeper dive into the soulful sound across hip-hop ("Hot Ish"), dreamy early AI-style power liquid ("Don't Be So Cold") sensual hazy steppery ("Watchudo" with the one and only T.R.A.C) and all-out gutsy vocal gold ("Can't Get Over You" with Big Brooklyn Red and Lenz himself) Loaded with interludes and instrumentals, it's another ridiculously on-point collection from the hottest soulful D&B label in the game right now.
NQ 005
19 Jan 18
Drum And Bass
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Whatchudo - (4:06) 174 BPM
Review: What a year it's been for Lenzman's North Quarter. Putting the extension back into extended player, every release has been a gold mine of drum & bass, hip-hop and soul. Following the label boss, FD and Redeyes comes LA's Submorphics with mate Satl flexing an equally shimmered shaker. Wavy jazz-tinged chords, woozy backing vocal licks, a loose, restrained drum arrangement and a killer flow from man of the moment T.R.A.C, it's yet another precision piece for TNQ... And, we suspect, is likely to lead to another full-strength EP imminently. We can't wait.
NQ 005S
15 Dec 17
Drum And Bass
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