Release Date 15th February 2019
With one of the hippest jazz albums of recent years under their belt, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio is back with a fresh new single. It's truly a double-sider of the highest order, as both of the tracks deliver a completely distinct flavor.
"Tiny B" on the A side is a neat bossa jazz number, and as usual in top of the genre, the lightness serves only as a facade. The composition starts to evolve before the listener gets too comfortable, transitioning into a beautiful cinematic section, which is followed by tight solos by Eskola on trumpet and Mikko Helevä on organ. The trio rises beyond its numbers, as the maestro Teppo Mäkynen overdubs his drumming with added percussion and vibes.
Hiding on the B side is a furious jazz dance burner, which sees the trio rise to energy levels that surpass even Five Corners Quintet in their tightest form. "Stick of a Branch" is highly syncopated business that takes its cues from a sound refined by 1970's independent afrocentric jazz groups. It's a style, which is inherently modernist, without a slightest interest in mass appeal, and firmly rooted in the blues.
If you need some no nonsense organic jazz on your turntable, it's hard to go wrong with this single.
a. Tiny B
b. Stick of a Branch
Release Date 15th February 2019
The latest from the Galdoors stable: Cafe Nostalgia takes off, a pumping slab of bubbling bleeps and bass with creeping pads to chew on as you go. Conclusions Like Curtains keeps up the pace on the B-side – driving arpeggiator-tech with FM tweaks and washes taking it deeper. Looped-up rounds off, with layers of restless, twittering snippets wrapping you up in a wigged out groove.
One-to-watch from Junes on his own imprint.
a. Cafe Nostalgia
b. Conclusions Like Curtains
Release Date 15th February 2019
It's that time again. The skies are calling and its time to board our trusty jet for the 5th outing of Africa Seven's premiere class compilation Africa Airways. For volume 5 its time to brace yourselves for 10 slices of Afro boogie goodness. We up the boogie time groove with The Black Bells Group (the first band of lead singer Sidney 'Patrick Duteil' who went on to become the godfather of French hip-hop and a well know TV presenter. Here the groove is swinging... the perfect opener. Next up is German-based Cameroonian musician and cousin of Manu Dibango, Charly Kingson with this bass-synth boogie stomper. Big brass and jazzy trumpets add layers of sparkle too. Next its time for some highlife inspired boogie from Ghanian Gyedu Blay Amboley. Highlife fused with reggae, disco, boogie and jazz just as the lyrics say.
Next we pair up with Africa Seven friend Eko once more under his Dikalo guise. The Cameroonian master musician is on fine form with his heavy brass and deep percussion with a driving afro boogie groove. To round off Side A its off to Cameroon again to groove with Jean 'Mekongo President'. Think Bernard 'Chic' Edwards on the bass with some African style and you can see it's the bottom end groove and afrobeat drums that power this gem along.
We open the second side slowly and purposefully with the highly sought after 'French Girl' from Fotso. Drippy bass synth grooves and a wondrous percussion and drum shuffle pair with piano riffs to make this a unique sounding track. Our friend Tala AM is next with the foot-stomping 'Sugar Lump'. JK Mandengue is next with most definitely the catchiest chorus you will hear today. Nigerian Jide Obe gets synth and clavinet rich with his doe to sensible dating advice 'Too Young'. We close off the album with a track from label good friend Jo Bisso under his Mulamba guise. Sounding like a long lost TV theme from a late night TV show circa 1977. Let's get down and boogie with the brand new dance in town folks... the Dashiki. Until Volume Six takes flight it is time to unbuckle those seat belts folks.
01. Black Bells Group - Sweet Sidney
02. Charly Kingson - Nanga 'Boko
03. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Highlife
04. Dikalo - Fine Biscuits
05. Mekongo President - Angona Mana
06. Fotso - French Girl
07. Tala AM - Sugar Lump
08. JK Mandengue - Chibidaba, Chibidaba
09. Jide Obe - Too Young
10. Mulamba - Dashiki (Instrumental Version)
Released 15th February 2019
To say "Mo'Horizons is back" actually isn't the truth as they haven't been gone since their first release 20 years ago. But - of course - as usual for musicians working together over decades, their releases becoming more and more... let's say 'selected'. So - on this release, in advance for their brandnew studio album 'MUSIC SUN LOVE' (release date 10th of May) and right on time for their 20th anniversary.
A1 "You Gotta Know It" feat. Noam Bar (7inch version) Having her singing in their Soundsystem for quite some years, this is the first studio recording of Mo'Horizons with Noam Bar, singer and musician from Israel. after living in Tel Aviv and Madrid she is now based in Mo'Horizons' hometown Hannover. On this song you can hear her both talents to sing and rap.
B1 "Ella Dice" feat. Nené Vasquez (Instrumental version) Long term Soundsystem member Nené Vasquez from Venezuela in another studio cooperation with Mo'Horizons, here on percussions, on the album version also singing.
a. You Gotta Know It (7inch Version) [feat. Noam Bar]
b. Ella Dice (Instrumental) [feat. Nené Vasquez]
Release Date: 15th March 2019
Already having garnered support from the likes of Mixmag and other vital taste makers around the globe, Overdue's continued onslaught is led on by none other than the highly talented, US based artist Dalek One. Keeping the torch brightly lit, the eerie soundscapes and forward-minded arrangements, spellbound within the "Witchcraft EP" serve as a perfect follow-up and yet another example of superb quality.
Going straight for the flip-side, "Witchcraft" lunges straight into a tribal encantation of overdriven tape - rhythms like water luring you towards mammoth bass surges - ecstatically driven forward by bold drums and unparalleled groove. Swaths of low
frequencies hitting your every fibre alongside enthralling percussive movements - danger of high impact on sound systems guaranteed.
Lowering the needle on the other side, "Breakthrough" does literally that. As it sets off with a rainy storm - industrious drone and thunder - metallic clangs propelling us onward into what turns out to be an absolute destroyer, full-on armageddon kind of banger. Heavily overdriven bass surges kick some sense into you as the off-kilter drums and experimental switch-ups keep you yearning for more. Minimal sound system
music executed at its finest.
Finishing off this highly combustible collection of music, "Terror Strike" leaves no prisoners as its tribal atmosphere baits unsuspecting listeners into a low frequency rapture, showcasing Dalek One's intricate sound design once again.
a1. Dalek One - Breakthrough
a2. Dalek One - Terror Strike
b1. Dalek One - Witchcraft
Friday 5th April
ES-Q already successfully emerged on the scene with the massive club banger 'friend zone' on PXU. With his new EP called enter the system he strikes hard, again 4 straight up dance floor fillers for all the ravers dedicated to bleep!
a1. Enter the System
a2. Enter the System (Forge Mix)
b1. First Contact
b2. Wintage Gear
Released 15th March
"This is an EP i have made entirely with the iconic Emu SP1200. i've bought it years ago and it was still relatively cheap, and i've been in love ever since. The real trick of this sampler is the easy and fun interface, added with the unique sound. This EP is a live jam recorded as separate tracks then mixed in logic." Deep88
a1. It's Just a Dream
b1. Someone's on the Phone at 3 O'clock in the Morning
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Repress Shipping - 8th February 2019
Debut 12" release from Bulu & Etch's new label BTG
Created as a means to explore styles and sonic territories they may not explore through their own avenues, BTG was set up as a means for complete creative freedom not restricted to tempo style or dancefloor formularity.
The first release; an extension of Etch & Bulu's Radar Radio selections which can range anywhere from Hip-Hop to Psychedelic Rock and Jungle to Dubstep.
Yo Yo Riddim by Etch was conceived whilst Etch was logging death certificates on prescription codeine; "big up Dr. Bidwell". Then thrown into unidentified territory by Turkish space wizard - Gantz, who transforms this track into a churching gutteral beast.
On the flipside, we have an original from one of the greatest young minds in DnB & Jungle right now, Ilk. His constantly recognisable razor sharp production are at the forefront in this track - Yes, Ruff!, with an equally jarring remix from French Astrophonica & 31 Records alumni, Moresounds, which builds and builds until it explodes.
BTG001 has already received support from Fracture, Sam Binga, DJ Barely Legal & more...
a1. Etch - YoYo Riddim
a2. Etch - YoYo Riddim (Gantz Remix)
b1. Ilk - Yes, Ruff!
b2. Ilk - Yes, Ruff! (Moresounds Remix)
Release Date - 8th February 2019
TRUSIK Recordings rings in the new year with their latest release from Melbourne’s Pugilist whose prolific output has landed him on prestigious labels like Artikal, Modern Hypnosis, Green King Cuts and now TRUSIK Recordings. Jumping between the interzone of “bass music” and dubstep, Pugilist crafts four tracks that blend his love of dubstep, dub and techno into an EP that delivers new discoveries with repeated listens.
“Truncated Kicks” is formed from thunderous offset kicks and warehouse scanning sonar pulses, building into a monstrous construct comprised of clipped percussion that slowly morphs into a hypnotic roller as it rushes skyward. “Reformation” slows down the tempo towards the 130bpm range for a brooding, elliptical rhythmic workout as dubby organ vamps ratchet up the tension and urge the groove forward.
“Chrysalis” flits between dubstep and techno as the track blossoms around lavender pads while digital birdsong echoes. Soon a techno-esque 4x4 kick enters the frame until barely contained bass weight leaves the dance gasping for breath. Closing out TRSK005, “Pheromone” is another slow burner that conjures images of the early morning sunrise or neon lit alleyways. Gleefully playing with dubstep’s halfstep stomp and the rolling nature of techno, the track easily dances between the two genres in a delicious synthesis of both.
With appropriately dense and psychedelic-inspired artwork from frequent graphic collaborator Leftanderson, Pugilist’s Chrysalis EP marks a new chapter for TRUSIK as a fledgling label.
a1. Pugilist - Truncated Kicks
a2. Pugilist - Reformation
b1. Pugilist - Chrysalis
b2. Pugilist - Pheromone
Release Date - 8th February 2019
On the second TRULE release Al Wootton (AKA Deadboy) drops his first ever record under his own name. Traces of dub, UK garage and techno inform the forward leaning, club-focused sound.
On SELAH, Al creates a driving steppers rhythm shot through with dub manipulations and UK swing.
OMEGA and UNTITLED on the B side continue in the percussive, tracky, swung techno vein of the first TRULE record.
a1. Al Wootton - Selah
b1. Al Wootton - Omega
b2. Al Wootton - Untitled
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Pessimist has never been afraid to push the boundaries of what might loosely be referred to as drum ’n’ bass, but never has he been so willing to deviate as on this new EP for Osiris.
The record opens with ‘New Age’ — a hypnotic pulse that gradually layers up over crawling beats, before disintegrating into the glacial ambience of ‘Kabadaro’, with its inner-rainforest atmospherics and barely-there rhythms. Flipping sides, the eponymous ‘Austerity’ scurries along with nervous energy and hi-hats that offer the only glimpse into the artist’s junglist past, before JK Flesh steps in to serve up an utterly brutal reconstruction of ’New Age’. Finally, everything is brought to a close in the shape
of ‘Progression’, a short-and-not-partiuclarly-sweet drone that feels like the whole tale collapsing in on itself, returning — almost — to the sepulchral tone the EP opened with.
If you had Pessimist pegged as an artist comfortable exploring the outer reaches of bass music, consider this release affirmation that he's well and truly crossed the frontier — and that the five cuts here represent the newest transmissions sent home from this unknown and beguiling territory.
a1. Pessimist - New Age
a2. Pessimist - Kabadaro
b1. Pessimist - Austerity
b2. Pessimist - New Age (JK Flesh Remix)
b3. Pessimist - Progression
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Release Date- 22nd February 2019
We are super excited to present Al Dobson Jr.'s second "Sounds From The Village" issue on almighty Kutmah's Izwid imprint on vinyl. 23 tracks in total. Artwork by Kutmah. Sleeve design by Brandy Flower of the Hit+Run Crew.
01. Jellyfull (Intro)
02. Chess Theme '06
03. Journey Cakes
04. Who U Think U Are Pt.2
05. Shikimi Greetings
06. Malay Guarter
07. Smoke Break (Interlude)
08. One Mile
09. Corner Crew
10. Norrisville Sounds
11. Little Bahia
12. Bright Moments
13. Alphonso Crates
14. Look At You
15. Seeds (Early Days)
16. Pan Archives '06
17. Reservoir Mix
18. Thoughts & Wishes
19. Tortoise Shell '08
20. Chicken Merry
21. Kabsa Sit Down
22. Players Club Outtake
23. Rotten Apple
Release Date - 8th March 2019
After releasing some sleeper classics and essential cuts you never knew you needed on primo-labels such as !K7, Futureboogie, Hypercolour sibling Losing Suki, and Optimo’s Bucky Skank imprint (to name but four) Jabru comes correct for Tha’ Purp with his debut LP - Ill Conceived ; far and away the most extensive and vibrant exploration of his unique sound thus far.
From broken beat experiments and heart breaking neo soul ballads, to extended spaced out dubs and the odd dancefloor slammer - all aided by some top shelf vocal collaborators - there’s nary a sonic stone left unturned across the album’s comfortable runtime. This is no “jack of all trades” grab-bag of unrelated sounds optimised to appease jittery streaming types mind you. Nah. The record is curated deftly across its two act span (to a degree bordering on obsessive) to ebb & flow very much in the sequence it is presented in and not on “shuffle” but, should you chose to chronologically defile our product, you’re still in for a winner; as the entire album is held very much in blissful unity by Jabru’s deft ear for soulful colour, emotive arrangements, Proper Songs and a downright smutty thumping groove.
Defiantly released on lovingly crafted yet financially suicidal gatefold double vinyl Ill Conceived is not just an album title: It’s an album title and / or accurate assessment of trying to make a living from producing physical music in 2019).
a1. Jabru - Conflict of Styles (Intro)
a2. Jabru - Church Redux ft. Joel Culpepper
a3. Jabru - Recollider ft. Moss Isley
a4. Jabru - Egress ft. Joshua Idehen
b1. Jabru - Breathe Stars ft. Adjua
b2. Jabru - State of Flow ft. JMan
b3. Jabru - Year of the Horse ft. Jessie Banks
c1. Jabru - Oddity
c2. Jabru - Into My Arms
c3. Jabru - Ms Jones & I
d1. Jabru - First Place Loser
d2. Jabru - In Limbo (Tails Out)
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Daniel Savio has been producing hi-quality releases for 20 years in groups such as Hundarna från söder, and a bunch of records in his own name, and as Kool DJ Dust. Most notably is his disco edits on releases as "The Disco Opera" and his contribution as a skwee originator on Flogsta Dancehall.
Now Daniel Savio makes his debut on Kings Chamber with four effortlessly cool digital dub tracks, on which he manages to take on a new genre and still keep his signature sound.
01. Musky Tang
02. Helskotta Dub
03. Papa Rules
04. 4 Troutski
Available From 22nd February 2019
Much like a slew of other iconic DEEP MEDi plates, this one has been dominating the dance, the airwaves and the OG forums for a long while, as dedicated fans drink in Commmodo's killer combination of brain rattling bass and delicate melodic motifs.
Release Date: 1st March 2019
Jason Leder, otherwise known as Method One has been a mainstay of the American Drum & Bass scene for a very long time. Originally hailing from the east coast his earliest claim to fame was remixing DEEE-LITE - "Call Me" in 1994 for Elektra records after Lady Miss Kier heard his cassette demo. Eventually he headed out west to San Francisco where he has remained for over 20 years.
The Stomping Grounds EP is Jason's tribute to the music that originally inspired him. Two harder tracks that echo Tango & Ratty era Formation Records and two deep & melodic atmospheric tracks that nod towards golden era Good Looking. A Method One release is a rare treat and is his first solo release since 2015's "Blackwood" EP on Auxiliary Transmissions.
Check other releases from Method One on - Doc Scott's 31 Records, Seba's Secret Operations, Samurai, Auxiliary and Commercial Suicide amongst others.
a1. Method One - Stomping Grounds
a2. Method One - Uplands
b1. Method One - Sightlines
b2. Method One - Remember When