Review: 2017 has been an incredible year for Zha's White Peach imprint, with a plethora of high profile releases hitting stores at regular intervals. The latest in this impeccable line comes from Bristol's own; Bengal Sound. The title track is a work of art, with heavily swung mysterious eastern sounding samples and rolling hi hats taking the lead. We move quickly from that to dubstep fueled artillery with '2 Worlds' which focusses on tremendously heavy sub frequencies and unpredictably skippy drum arrangements. The EP continues with the dubstep theme as we move onto the B-side with 'Silence Soundboy'. This one is pleasingly reminiscent of early DMZ releases, bringing the combination of subs and space out to play. Finally we wrap up with the haunting dub-infused arrangement of 'Pablo'. This one is ghastly, with plenty of percussive and melodic vibrancy lurking just below the swampy surface. This one is definitely another winner from the seemingly unstoppable White Peach brand!
Review: Just wow. The levels of consistency we see coming out of White Peach this year is truly astounding, as they here touch down for yet another absolute beast of an EP, this time bringing forward the eastern infused sounds of Cadik. The title track 'Tatanka' is an eerie roller, packed with weaving melodies and cool percussion, followed by desert flutes and sweeping strings of 'Banana Magic'. Next, we are given the more mechanical sounding drum switches of 'Juicy Fruit', before we finish off in style with a dive into the immense production techniques of 'Bardo', swimming in lo-fi atmospherics and drum switches. Very tasty stuff!
Review: Newcomer De-Tu debuts on White Peach with some absurdly off-kilter dubstep, on the same tip as Mala's best entries for his own Deep Medi Musik. The title tune, "Koshi", is an Eastern-tinged samurai affair with a looming dread bass emanating from the underbelly of its groove, leading beautifully into the vocally-led beats of "Sippin'", a pseudo-hip-hop tune driven by a darkly lit hardcore vibe. "Slap" ends on a more placid note, dissipating the beats and low frequencies into an itchy, mechanical bass rhythm.
Review: Stockholm's Eva808 returns to the ever-juicy White Peace with her first full EP for the label. Following the damage and soul exploding sounds of her Encrypted EP last year, once again it's a woozy unpredictable affair: "Oyuki" is a seasick damager with its warped textured and slurring momentum while the string-snapping "Empress" is straight out of Hitchcock's playbook. "Ro$e Gold" and "You Don't" play perfect counterpoint as hazier soft-focus antidotes to her peaktime venom. The former is like being in a church under the sea while "You Don't" is like having honey poured in your ears. TIP.
Review: It's another all-out wide-armed creative assault from the dedicated beat crafters at White Peach. Uniting old friends and new, each cut reminds us why the label is top of grime's fruit bowl. Eva808 polishes up the strings for a moment of subversive cinematica, Gundam's "Swordplay" takes us deep into Samurai territory, and longstanding Peacher Zha gets his paws on a sitar and snaps the instrument into pieces while Nakes's "Axe Riddim" juxtaposes eastern strings with a collection of precision tuned wood blocks. Innovative and forward-thinking... These peaches will never go mouldy.
Review: Dubstep, garage, grime and funky from London's top purveyour of said aesthetic: White Peach. Manchester's Fallow delivers an interesting take on Oriental music fusion with his splendid "String Assassin" in collaboration with NYC upstart Alex Compton, London's Kaido dabbles in a similar vibe on "Kennedy Bridge" which is deep dubstep just the way we like it. Elsewhere, Bristol's Nakes gets some hypnotic polyrhythms in effect with "Moksha" and label boss Zha delves into the exotic on "Without". This is proper London street sound at its best: respect!
Review: As far as dubstep releases go, White Peach have unlocked a gem here as they bring forth one of the most highly anticipated collaboratory 140 projects in recent times. We are truly blessed to hear this four track polypheme come together, as we begin our journey down under with super sidechains and eastern inspired melodies of 'Buried', alongside 'Ghidorah'. Next up, 'Hatchet' wheels into view, stacked with arpeggiated energies and broad Arabic string harmonies, before 'Pariah's spooky textures are let loose for track three. Finally, we finish up with a real kick as 'Tusk' unleashes an array of hypnotic melodies and grizzly sub textures, perfect for setting the dance alight.
Review: In a crowded dubstep and grime scene, there really is something that stands out about the consistency of Zha's White Peach imprint, who have struck gold again here with an expertly crafted four track masterclass from Hebbe. We begin with the soothing aquatic melodies and hypnotic sub pressure of the title track '3 Tabs' before landing on the darkened structure and haunting overtones of 'Appropriation'. Next we step into the super wingy excitement of 'IPA' which is driven by grizzly lead bass textures, before finishing up the EP with the nostalgic lfo movements and dubwise drum creations of 'Post Modern Dub'.
Review: When we see both Koma and White Peach in the title of a new project, it's difficult not to be excited, as you are pretty much guaranteed to find something incredible when two names as consistent as this combine. Koma kicks off his new EP with the alien textures and glittering arpeggios of the title track 'Arrival', before landing in lo-fi heaven as the more stripped back, spooky harmonies of 'Barcode' wade into play. Next, the buzzy sub tones and warbling bass synths of 'Missing Amsterdam' appear to cause some serious damage, before Rygby joins the party on 'Tasteful' to round the project off in style!
Review: It's that time again as we take a very willing plunge into the latest offering from the super consistent White Peach imprint, a label project that continues to push boundaries left, right and centre. This time they bring forth the fresh sounds Kyro who kicks us off with 'Bottles', a super crunchy Asian inspired arrangement swilling with gritty sub textures, followed by the shimmering, regal horns of 'Raid'. Next up we get stuck into the eerie chord tones and potent sub pressures of 'Yar', before rounding everything up with the crystalized melodic structures of 'Coop', a real moody conclusion.
Review: London's Lington is back again on home base White Peach with the Vendetta In Space EP. This is tough grime music with attitude that's honed equally in the studio as it has on the streets. As heard on the ferocious "Informa" which starts things off with a bang. The title track is the offering which shows the most restraint, albeit with some pretty snappy traps snares sandwiched between its layers of tonal bass frequencies. Finally "Falcon 2" is the haunting party starter with its horror movie melody leading the way before those hands in the air synth leads bring the house down.
Review: Immense compositions from two of Bristol's brightest sparks Modelle and Lemzley Dale. Polybus is an incredible opener with its almost theatrical spirals and cascades while Majula's Curse continues the cinematic pressure with sweeping poignant strings and a sense of drama that's shattered with gully space bass. Dig deeper for Talisman, a mystic portal firing us straight back to 2000 BC Egypt and back on every bar and the floating, highly emotional arpeggios of Afterlife. Genuine beauty.
Review: Within the 140BPM bracket it's hard to find a label that you would class as more consistent than Zha's white peach imprint, a project that continues to push the boundaries of sound with every single drop. They here invite in the sounds of Moreofus to the forefront, who delivers a bag of weapons, kicking off with the volatile, laser-like synth leads of the title track 'Games'. This is then chased up by the high energy drum switch ups and eastern woodwind of 'Runnin', before the path gets misty on the super delayed lead bass tones and sharp percussive slaps of 'Thieves'. Finally, we round everything with the apocalyptic horn riffs and shuffling drum patterns of 'Do You Know', putting the finishing touches on an excellent selection.
Review: As far as labels go, there aren't many that can boast such a productive year as Zha's 'White Peach' imprint. Throughout the year they have worked tirelessly to provide us with forward thinking dubstep and grime from both established high flyers and blossoming newcomers. They round their year off with this fantastic selection from London's own dubstep don: Mr. K. The title track 'One Skin' is a powerhouse dubby roller, equipped with perfectly timed delays and unpredictable syncopated percussion. We roll straight from that into the monstrous sub-driven march of 'Take Time'. On the B Side we have two more absolute belters by way of the more wonky sounds the sit upon 'Real Time' featuring Le Lion and mega weighty arrangement of 'Inca'. This one screams instant classic.
Review: If we were to rate project this in terms of consistency, it's a match made in heaven as the ever-ready Mr.K links up with one of 140's most prominent and respected label imprints: White Peach. This one kicks off with the swampy LFO movements and glittering drum dances of 'Red Handed' before the haunted atmospheric design and busy high percussion of 'Okoustik' quickly follows. Next, the sublime sub designs of 'Aro' run through like a steam train, making all in their path move, before the fluttering flute arrangements and heavily syncopated drum shuffles of 'So Vague' sees the project out with a bang.
Review: Mr. K seems to be able to do no wrong as we see him reappear with yet another potent project as he returns to one of our favourite 140 labels in White Peach. From start to finish this selection of new school dubwise designs offers nothing but bassweight, perfect for setting the dance alight. The title track 'Don't Trip' is awesome, packing a bag of subby punches, alongside the spacey atmospheric pressures of 'Haze', which is then driven by subtle bass flavours. We move into the B-side next as we take a peek at 'Firm', an amalgamation of potent LFO explorations and stripped back drum creations. Finally, we finish up our journey through this one with the Asian inspired melodies and harmonics of 'Hokusai', which takes simple patterns and turns them into something beautiful.
Review: Longstanding Florentine grimers Numa Crew make their White Peach debut with three outstanding tracks that represent their true breadth and ability. "Infama" is straight up Italian grime with fast-tongued bars and a gritty angular rhythm beneath. "Feeling Macaco VIP" shows off the troupe's penchant for gnarly bass house and jacking 4x4 UKG while "Nobody Can Stop Us" take us back to the trademark bouncy dubstep fusion that brought them to our attention in the first place. All bass bases covered.
Review: As ever, we were excited to see a fresh batch of originals land in the store from the White Peach imprint, as Zha continues to push the label forward with hard-hitting and innovative 140BPM belters. This latest offering comes to us from Rygby, who's twisted, hypnotic structures kick start proceedings perfectly on the title track 'Consignment'. Following this, the smooth tripletted rhythms of 'Non-Commital' wade into the foreground, followed by the stunning soundscaping and wonderful wonks of 'Suckerpunch". Finally, 'Esoteric' injects some eerie energy to the project, coupled with glitchy rolling melodies and lo-fi chord movements to finish everything up nicely.
Review: No please, no thank you, no manners: rising Midland merker Sekko fires off a scorching four-tracker for the ever-juicy White Peach crew. Gully-minded grime beats fully-charged and fizzy, each cut is a physical head-roller: the pulsating kick drum rhythm of "No Manners", the theatrical strings and necksnap drums of "Militant", the trapped-out gun-toting iciness of "Boxes", the spacious introspection, wavey melody and elastic bass of "Tomorrow", Sekko's revealing deep layers right here. Crucial.
Review: Pay attention... Sepia is establishing himself as a truly singular talent in the bass game. Less is more in every way, his lean constructions and sporadic releases always leave us wanting more. His first release this year (and first on White Peach full stop) is one of his most comprehensive so far: dusty jazzy vibes create smoke and mirrors in the dubspace on the immaculately pensive title track and "Swing" while moodier tones and narratives can be found lurking in both the sub-stacked "Shadows" and the graveyard meandering "Lean Back". Each cut touching you directly, Sepia's standing tall right here.
Review: London beatcrafter Shudan returns to White Peach after making his debut on their anniversary release last September. Now armed with his first full-flavoured EP we get a real taste of his styles: from the wavy airs and graces of "Fushigidane" we're suddenly hurled into a stark, dark world of razor riddims, bashy beats and a really cool sweary samples. From the straight-up bubble brutality of "Arctic Garms" to the D&B inspired bass ripples of "TM13", Shudan makes his mean and masterful message clear.
Review: Zha's White Peach Records now present the Ice Chirps EP by Shudan, following up his Arctic Games EP. He turns the heat up a notch with four wonderful grime tunes here. First up "Neko Riddim" incorporates some lush Oriental music influences before he unleashes the rip-snorting bassline fury at street level. "Amaterasu" is more wonky, straight ahead grime business with rapid fire, trap hi-hats and bouncy horn leads comin' right at ya! Finally, the title track goes for some kind of hyperaware and contorted take on pop music (much the PC Music crew are known to do) with an interesting take on lo-end dynamics, merging with yet more Oriental aesthetics and lush ambience. Wicked sound design happening here!
Review: It's been a very exciting time for Sir Hiss of late, who has been pushing forward in leaps and bounds, establishing himself as one of the front runners in Bristol's already heavily populated 140 scene. This link up with White Peach confirms that further as the lo-fi warmth of 'Sunset in Hong Kong' kicks the project off in blazing form. Next we dip into more sumptuous and spooky sounds of 'Haunter' in a high powered pairing with Lemzly Dale. The final track we hear on this release comes in the form of another collaboration as Emz gets busy over the 'Sunset In Hong Kong' instrumental, providing laid back flows and wavy lyricism on 'Rolling'.
Review: White Peach continue putting out this quality AND QUANTITY of great music, then there's no telling where this imprint might land in the coming year. Most importantly, they're recruiting a selection of artists who really stand out from the crowd, and who have managed to solidify their own variation of bass music. Bristol's Sorrow is one such artist, and "Brawler" is precisely the sort of gnarly beat attack that we're always on the lookout for her at Juno HQ, which is proudly followed by the equally destructive wobbles of "Saw Manz Nan". "Skengman Tantrum" is a rolling, itchy sort of bass mutant, and "Fruitella" makes a little nod to the London grime scene, circa '03. Heavy.
Review: We've been calling him this for a while behind his back but we'll just come out with it now... Sukh Knight is officially "Renegade" master and this gully whipslaps are proof. "Renegade" (a long-demanded dubplate this year) hits hard with Sukh's gruff, brash funk while the VIP of "Nightcrawler" subverts in all the right places. Deeper into the EP we glide for a little eastern grit while as both "Hands Up" and "Thugz" touch down in Mumbai for gnarly nuances of Bollywood badness. Back once again!
Review: For us, White Peach really are one of the most impressive imprints doing it right about now, with a near flawless year of releases under their belt, they continue to push out music right down to the wire, with this latest drop from Taiko looking to be their final of 2019. This EP is a masterclass in 140BPM production, with the title track 'Miners' combining spooky, eastern string patterns with choppy drums and potent subs to kick us off with a storm, followed by more eerie melodic structures within 'Prism' and some seriously cool, almost wooden sounding percussion on 'One Of Us'. We finish off with the more gentle string plucks and lofi drumwork of 'Just Like We Used To Do' putting the final touches on an incredible year for the White Peach familiar.
Review: As a label project, it's hard not to be impressed with Zha's White Peach imprint, who have been consistently providing the 140 scene with exciting and original releases, spanning the full breadth of the bpm's genre range. Here we see Taiko make a highly anticipated return with a powerful four tracker, kicking off with the eastern inspired melodics of the title track 'Jackal. The tastings become a tad eskimo infused on the electronic synth leads on 'Bleep Bleep', before we step into fresh waters in the more sublow inspired arrangement of 'Sea Pimp'. We then round off the project perfectly with the futuristic vocal processing and unpredictable designs of 'In My Way'. Yet another winner from arguably the most consistent label in 140 music.
Review: It's been a little while since the last White Peach project hit the shelves, but we are very pleased to see them back in action alongside the legendary dubstep driven vibes of TMSV. We begin with the title track 'Zoned Out', which combines a scattered array of drum sounds with the occasional spooky hit to create a haunted expanse. Next, 'Oliphont', another tripped out pulse, shaking forward with off the cuff melodies and powerful sub textures. Following this we dip into the smoothened sounds of 'No Soul' before rounding everything up on 'Killing Season', a super creepy collection of pitched vocal sounds and breathy drum work.
Review: Daryl Nurse aka Youngster is not cite often enough when we talk about grime, dubstep, and the evolution of both these genres. But, the UK bass scientist is very much up there on our list, and we're big into his sound from the early 2000's. Out on White Peach this week is a reissue of his '02 bombshell "Bongo", a raw and minimalistic bass stepper with a wild set of cowbells, stop-start rhythms and a nasty, unforgiving bassline for the heads. That's not all, though; there's three remixes to sink your teeth into: Hi5Ghost chucks in an added layer of slicing percussion sounds for total damage, Deep Medi associates Kahn & Neek slow the whole groove down to their singular, cerebral levels, and Impey drops his broken gunshot riddim version, aptly called the 66668 Bar remix. Fire!