Shipping 2nd Sept
Four fresh Gqom beat-downs by Fatonic, Motion, MudPunk and Njeh, from Riverdene, in Durban. Earnestly atmospheric, buoyantly worrisome. Stripped and tautly fine-tooled, but urgently expressive. Bells, wood; monkeys chattering, dogs barking; garrulous talking drums. A little Chinese, if you please. Trim, diverse, combustible and knees-up.
a2. Gibbon 5
b2. The Legendary
Release Date: 30th April 2021
The Ossario EP presents four serpentine and labyrinthine techno tracks produced between 2019-20 by Andrea Bonalumi, also known as Big Hands. The title is an homage to San Bernardino alle Ossa in Bonalumi’s hometown of Milan, and personifies the ethereal and opaque atmosphere of his ouevre.
Stylistically ‘Girde Maye/Astere’ embodies the interrelation between his Milanese roots and adopted home of London. Recorded one summer evening in Bow, it includes an original vocal by a Turkish immigrant, spoken in Italian - a paean to an unrealised, borderless world. This is followed by the pendulous, mutating bell tones of ’Modulo’, a fragmented and abstract epic of sublime beauty that defies easy categorisation.
On ‘Oscillation’ the producer explores polyrhythms, which also functions as a tool for DJs to transition between tempos. The undulating groove of ’Cariatide’ rounds out the EP, a statement from a talented producer who deftly crafts a soundworld which is at once contemporary and historical.
A1. Girde Maye/Astere
Shipping around 31st October
Hot on the heels of the label's gqom scorcher, this compelling cabinet of oddities bundles together four different artists, both familiars and newcomers. Blank Mind founder Sam Purcell kicks off, with some orchestral music flanged to giddy abstraction, heralding the return of Alan Johnson, to test its weighty dynamism in freer, surreal mutations. On the flip, a two-drum-kit jam blazes with propulsive yet disintegrating energy. And, to close, the recording debut of Variete, put down on a Scandinavian Christmas Eve morning: a gently purposeful, reflective ascent.
a1. Dance - The Poison Dwarf
a2. Alan Johnson - Ank
b1. L. Sae - Dices Courter
b2. Variete - Ascend