Release Date - 28th June 2019
Traces have carved out sub-heavy pressure deep within the grooves of their Albion Collective debut. Submerged in mystical koto-strings and underworld 808s, 'Adapt' and 'Renshi' evolve from the origins of dubstep.
The A-side, 'Adapt', respectfully lights each candle of the soundsystem church before rolling through deep and minimal; pin-drop metallic ambience echoes across misty roots.
All-of-a-sudden drum fills and on-the-nail percussion riddle a koto-driven landscape in 'Renshi'. Razor-sharp drums and cascading bass highlights the B-side's martial art movements.
Honouring their label debut, Traces release two forward-thinking tracks, smothered in sub-pressure on Albion Collective.
a1. Traces - Adapt
b1. Traces - Renshi (Vinyl Only)
Release Date - 31st May 2019
Listen! Lord Jabu synthesises 64-bit dream-ware with solid-state trap in his crystalline 3-track release, ‘Yagoda’. In ‘Folklore’, colourful cubist polygons dance beneath festival-drunk Hyrule twilight. ‘Threehead’ goes grim, watching purple-skinned ogres bang distorted djembes in the lost woods. ‘Yagoda’ burrows deep, plucking the melodic soul of an abandoned young hero with no way home. Electrifying the murky, the lost and the lonely, Lord Jabu’s debut on Albion Collective opens the dancefloor up to a full-scale adventure.
a1. Lord Jabu - Treehead
b1. Lord Jabu - Folklore
b2. Lord Jabu - Yagoda
Release Date - 19th April 2019
After unearthing the deep, mechanical world of Reso in ALBION006, the imprint returns to its 4th instalment; Glume, FLO & Mr. K embellish Thug with jewels and blue fire. The fledgling label have ceaselessly explored new territory, lighting the torches of dub, trap, grime and more. This, and Albion collective’s dedication to signing both rising talent and certified pioneers, means that their movements are unpredictable, yet highly anticipated. Already announcing their 2nd release of 2019, acceleration is under way. With Glume sending 30hz across the 140 scene, Thug’s return to the limelight is auspicious. Mysterious, Far-Eastern flute-work rarefies the air. Second-late 808s send tai-chi blasts to the chest. In the depths of the concrete jungle, Thug is zen.
a1. Glume - Thug VIP
b1. Glume - Thug (FLO Repaint)
b2. Glume - Thug (Mr. K Remix)
Release Date - 15th February 2019
Albion Collective's first record release of 2019 celebrates the return of Reso to the dubstep arena, with his four track 'Focus inwards EP', featuring a version from TMSV.
Reso's title track Focus Inwards lures your senses in to a hypnotic state. A hollow, pulsing bass tears through the low end whilst sparkling drums and percussion punctuate a vivid and diverse rhythm, a soundtrack to an outer body experience. Immaculate production.
TMSV lifts the pace with his progressive tribal edit. The addition of woodwind and rolling percussion dance around the acid-step vibe in keeping in vibe with Reso's trip-out OG. Festival music.
The flip opens up hard with Smashed Up. Obnoxious dancefloor-dubstep to be played at high volume. Heavy rolling subs, whips and spirals. Bone-fide club banger.
Off-beat bass track The Essence closes the EP. An experimental electronica centric from the artist. Dark, battleground theatrics. Certified system breaker.
a1. Reso - Focus Inwards
a2. Reso - Focus Inwards (TMSV Remix)
b1. Reso - Smashed Up
b2. Reso - The Essence
Released 7th September 2018
Albion Collective proudly presents its second record release of 2018, celebrating with a top-shelf 10" plate from Sheffield's notorious dub-slinger: Taiko. No stranger to the Albion imprint, Louis Robson returns with 2 heavyweight originals fit to knock the socks off the hardiest of dubsteppers. Chunky big-bass roller 'Old Like Dirt' dons the A side and a revamp of the long awaited, bone crunching Taiko classic 'Panchaea' pressed to the flip. No shortage of lively switch ups.
a. Old Like Dirt
Released 27th April 2018
Arriving at the scene of the crime, the notorious vinyl imprint Albion Collective untethers their next musical drive-by in style. Keeping steady with their tradition of meticulously well-crafted releases, after a fulminant outing of Stepper’s finest Digid & Dubbing Sun, Egoless on version duty - the label welcomes UK’s heavy hitter Glume and Slovenia-based bass conjurer FLO to their roster.
The Bristolian talent has been causing waves within the scene with productions, that inevitably find their way on to wax and sound systems all around the globe - taking the reign for the A- Side with the murky, sonic weaponry - aptly titled ‘Thug’. For the flip side his fierce production style is joined by FLO, who’s innovative approach to Dubstep has yielded support from the likes of Noisia, Mala and Joe Nice among others. Already having reached dangerous levels of aggregated bass weight, one more exceedingly capable individual enters the ring. On top of his game, accomplished and highly regarded producer Sepia treats the collaborative track from Glume and FLO ‘Skateland’ with a ridiculously heavy remix.
Inducing a state of hypnosis, ‘Thug’ appropriates your attention as oriental string arpeggios whirl up ponderous drums, setting the pace for a journey through low-frequency trenches, accompanied by vocal ramblings and Gangster wisdom, as well as a true-to-the-roots approach of its sonic nature and dance-floor-affine arrangement. ‘Skateland’ emerges out of dreadful depths, unleashing a sound system stomper of massive proportions, akin to opening Pandora’s Box, built up from the ground to kill every sound bwoy on the other side of the control tower. Sepia’s remix takes an equally sinister form - gradually increasing in intensity, unadulterated low end taking the cake alongside his characteristic, minimal instrumentation in full effect.
a1. Glume - Thug
b1. Glume & Flo - Skateland
b2. Glume & Flo - Skateland (Sepia Remix)
Released 11th August 2017
Serving avid listeners around the globe with ample amounts of quality bass weight, Albion Collective untethers their third, highly anticipated vinyl installment. The U.K.-based imprint has quickly grown to showcase a multifaceted approach to Dubstep - releasing prime selections driven by low frequency oscillations. Ranging from Vaun & Jafu’s jazzy reverberations with J.Sparrow on contemplative version business to the experimental dancefloor music of talented producer Taiko - their return to the spotlight amasses a dream team of Dubwise visionaries - Digid, Dubbing Sun and Croatian bass wonder Egoless, contributing a version. Based in Belgium and Austria respectively, Digid and Dubbing Sun have swiftly ascertained themselves as one of their countries leading figures in Dub-affine bass music with joint vinyl releases on J:Kenzo’s Lion Charge and Archetype Records among others, as well as successful solo projects, such as Digid’s recent ZamZam Sounds debut and Dubbing Sun’s own quality vinyl-only imprint.
Emerging through pristine and crystal clear sound, Digid’s ‘Rainbow Dub’ kicks off the record in a colourful exhibition of livid chord stabs and melodies, minimal percussion tastefully appended. As low frequency oscillations set the air in motion, listeners find themselves in a true-to-the-roots modern dub extravaganza, skanking: mandatory. As is customary ‘Come Dung’ allures listeners as the expertly crafted fusion of version and original business that is is, hurling another massive rhythm, accompanied by a lively arrangement, that does the pioneers of the old days justice.
Coming together for the flip-side, Digid & Dubbing Sun crafted a roots earthquake of tremendous proportions. ‘Dread Come Again’ has come to conquer keen sound systems all over as anthemic brass stabs echo along the dub-infused soundscape and a monumental bassline hauls both its weight and groove to every last fibre of your body. Last but in no conceivable way least, the recent Deep Medi and Tempa signee Egoless turns ‘Dread Come
Again’ on its head - stripping the music down to its warbly core of rhythm and bass, drenched and covered in shifting spaces and creative usage of his varied palette of analogue effects - a mind-bending version, worthy of the anthemic original.
a1. Digid - Rainbow Dub
a2. Digid - Come Dung
b1. Digid & Dubbing Sun - Dread Come Again
b2. Digid & Dubbing Sun - Dread Come Again (Egoless Remix)
Released 29th January 2016
Sheffield DJ/Producer Louis 'Taiko' Robson has consistently agitated the boundaries of dubstep music, manipulating eclectic influences in to his productions with bold, original arrangements, intricate percussion, experimental instrumentation and unforgettable subs, and he’s not held back with ALBION002.
Title track Splinted dons the A Side of the release and sets the standard high with its heavy sub, percussive melody, and string lead. Robson has taken inspiration from contemporary orchestral composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich initiating the creation of the drums and percussion, which add a rich analogue sound to the track, and with that an almighty atmosphere. Folk-like scratchy strings take the lead which is a theme set for the EP and highlights Taiko’s tenacity for sound design and disregard for convention. Each eclectic element of the track compliments the next resulting in a guttural, energetic dance floor cut, with dark undertones making the listener feel agitated or anxious. A pulse raiser strictly for sound system use.
Over on the flip side, starting with the outer, Taiko offers a much warmer vibe throughout Fractal, flexing another experimental set of instrumentation, this time round building rhythm with an accordion sample. An enormous rolling sub bass instantly becomes dominant after the short intro and meticulous percussion exaggerates the astounding impact from the drums. In the break expect a much murkier tone with a grimey string sample leading to the second drop. Robson achieves a certain level of feel-good whilst maintaining a dark and aggressive tone in his unmistakably raw track.
Nickel takes the inner side on the flip, following form to the prior with its accordion sample adding a distorted guitar drone for the melodic intro. The acoustic instrumentation couples up with irregular drum work solidifying the EP’s ‘live’ aesthetic, whilst maintaining a dance floor orientation. Tonnes of energy meets masses of bass, Nickel is a recommended set opener and a great close to the EP.
a1. Taiko - Splinted
b1. Taiko - Fractal
b2. Taiko - Nickel
Released 25th September 2015
Following almost two years of driving bass music promotion, in the form of compilation albums, free download round-ups, reviews, guest mixes & mix series CDs, the time has come to transcend from what first began as an online blog into our very own music label. After working with renowned artists such as El-B, Quest, BunZer0 and Phaeleh, as well as fellow promotional platforms FatKidOnFire & Deeper Vibrations - the Albion community has developed and grown to become recognised across the board of the bass music spectrum. This extension of our brand will help in pushing this music even more, enabling us to curate a fundamentally diverse sound beside the culture that we so passionately enjoy.
The launch of Albion Collective Recordings is to be set in motion with In Pieces, a collaborative down-tempo effort conceived between Vaun and Jafu which is radiant in textural soundscapes. This particular piece has been doing the rounds as a clip on Deeper Vibrations' YouTube channel since 2013, inducing longing excitement for the song to finally surface.
Bristol based Daniel Brown, aka Vaun, has prospered into one of the scene's most prolific producers, covering multiple styles and turning out numerous releases for MindStep Music, Redshift-One and Soulstep Records. After recently hinting at the imminent release of an album, Brown can also reap in the keepsake of ALBION001 alongside Canadian artist James Fuller, aka Jafu, who likewise has blossomed astutely alongside his soulful Chord Marauders collective.
In Pieces falls somewhere amongst immersive trip-hop and jazzy 2-step, an affectional arrangement that makes wonderful use of Marvin Gaye's a cappella in his classic Sexual Healing. The composition will certainly induce healing of the cerebral kind, with its stripped and delicate percussion work, dubbed out horns and soothing string sections. Encapsulated within Vaun & Jafu's musical offering is our label's statement of intent. That is, to champion unique music that emanates elegance such as this collaboration - and such as J.Sparrow's remix treatment.
Ryan Wild aka Jack Sparrow, a Deep Medi Musik signee and one half of dubstep extraordinaire duo Author, has granted the scene with his tenacity to build profoundly stunning electronic music. Wild has the tempo notched up for his In Pieces edit but remains true to Vaun and Jafu's approach in the sense of its lavish spatial touch. The atmospherics breeze over with a soft vibrancy, as the electronic guitar solo recording from the original plays over the initial main section charmingly. This is all resulting in a simply sumptuous mix which goes right up there with his top drawer remix work for Annie Drury and De Niro & Y.
To compliment J.Sparrow's sublime contribution and to also complete the package, the Black Butter Records assosciated and Bristol-based outfit Sly-One have whipped up an outright banger of a remix. Joe Cannon, Dave Constant and Oliver Read can already boast an admirable set of releases in the four years since they've joined forces, featuring on Shifting Peaks, Lost In Translation and 877 Records. Add that to a rude collaboration with fellow Bristol head & rasta emcee Buggsy and a remix for Bad Mojo on Meanbucket, Sly-One had clearly meant business from the offset - and have shown absolutely no let up for us at Albion Collective. Served with a side order of the trio's classic subtle cowbell hits, their 2-step/bassline fusion works wonders with the vamped-up vocal sample and is ready and waiting to rumble clubs & festivals for this summer and beyond.
a1. In Pieces
b1. In Pieces (J. Sparrow Remix)
b2. In Pieces (Sly One Remix)