Release Date: 30th April 2021
Stepping back into the limelight, Berlin-based producer Amy Dabbs rolls out her second EP full of captivating jungle and drum & bass rhythms with soulful uplifting harmonies, as she puts out her second release with Lobster Theremin.
Following on from her debut with the highly acclaimed, housier Girl Like Me EP on Distant Horizons, Amy Dabbs further explores the ‘classic’ aesthetics that are associated with the very foundations of modern dance music. Allure EP comes in at around 160BPM, allowing Amy Dabbs’ tracks to ebb and flow, such that the beats have space to breathe and that the melodies can transcend beyond the music.
Opening track Allure glides around deep chord progressions and seductive vocal touches, while Second Thoughts takes on a more liquid feel, channelling a deeper emotive aura. Take It pulses with a darker intensity as the rhythms become more compact and complex, eliciting a spiritual chill and hypnotic energy. The EP concludes with a remix by 6 Figure Gang’s rave expert, Yazzus, who switches the uplifting vibes of the title track into a warped, pulsing bass-heavy juggernaut of a remix.
a2. Second Thoughts
b1. Take It
b2. Allure (Yazzus’ Seductive Remix)
Release Date: September 2021
Chris Hanna has been at the forefront of Irish electronic music for over eight years, first through his work under Unknown with fellow Irish artist Gemma Dunleavy and now as the formidable Carlton Doom. The Belfast based producer has built a reputation as one of the most forward thinking, genre-merging artists on the island, combining his love for techno, breaks and garage into a growing palette of sonic decompression. Now the Belfast hit-man steps up with another exploration of deconstructed techno, screw-face bass and otherwise unknown substances not fit for human consumption.
Opener ‘Binmen Of The Apocalypse’ features a heavy drum-work perfect for peak-time and the type of bassline that lights a fire under any dance-floor; while ‘E-Machine’ adds swing with it’s killer low-end, bouncing between tenacious beats and choppy vocoder samples. Wrapping up the A-side is ‘I Am the Creator’ a signature Carlton Doom track with it’s weighty kick-drums and uncompromising structure, bulldozing it’s way through your speakers.
On the flip ‘Insects and Jelly’ and ‘Scatterbrain’ share the same DNA; both seeping with personality and a total disregard for the rules; as the EP then comes to a close with a high-velocity ‘I Am The Creator’ remix by one of Manchester’s finest - Interplanetary Criminal.
A1. Binmen of the Apocalypse
A2. E Machine
A3. I Am The Creator
B1. Insects in the Jelly
B3. I Am The Creator (Interplanetary Criminal Remix)
Lobster Theremin presents the label’s inaugural full-length: a double LP from rising Chicago native Chicago Jim. Having cut his teeth in the Windy City—first on the electro clash appearing on labels like Ersatz Audio and Ghost Arcade, and later championing Trax Records as part of Vancouver’s recent house renaissance—Jim’s synthtopian tales of old-school Chicago and the birth of house music are a genuine reflection of a talent re a genuine reflection of a talent rarely seen at the helm of records in the post-00's.
a1. Chicago Jim - Track 1
a2. Chicago Jim - Track 2
a3. Chicago Jim - Track 3
a4. Chicago Jim - Track 4
b1. Chicago Jim - Track 5
b2. Chicago Jim - Track 6
c1. Chicago Jim - Track 7
c2. Chicago Jim - Track 8
d1. Chicago Jim - Track 9
d2. Chicago Jim - Track 10
d3. Chicago Jim - Track 11
Available: 15th December 2020
Dutch DJ and producer Coco Bryce makes his anticipated return to Lobster Theremin with another stellar EP of breakbeat-heavy jungle goodness.
Hailing from Breda, Netherlands Coco Bryce is an artist who cemented his way into every vinyl lovers bag over the past few years, time and time again delivering killer records with his own unique take on jungle and breakbeat. Bryce’s sound blends classic jungle breaks with dreamy synth patterns and clever sampling creating a truly original signature take on the genre. At once old school yet so achingly fresh and exciting.
a1. Coco Bryce - Flight Six Six Six
a2. Coco Bryce - Vegan Library
a3. Coco Bryce - Deep Into The Jungle
a4. Coco Bryce - Only When I'm Dreaming
The second Lobster Theremin white label comes from the mysterious Australian producer, Daze. Making his release debut with four original tracks, Daze covers varying strains of tough melodic house, ferocious acid and old school breakbeat, taking us on an experiential journey into the heart of British rave culture via Detroit-influenced electro and rough and ready tape jams.
a1. Daze - Drag Ball
a2. Daze - Untitled
b1. Daze - Lips ('94 Original DAT Dub)
b2. Daze - Lips ('07 Skyline Mix)
Taking a purely scorched-earth approach to production, Longhorn finds Daze on typically reverent but ever-more pounding form. Pushing the limits of acceptable lo-fi techno and crushing everything underfoot into one bass-addled debris-strewn mush.
a1. Daze - Longhorn
a2. Daze - Tool
b1. Daze - Oil Rig
Daze follows up his seminal 'Lips' white label with a huge three-track EP for the core Lobster Theremin label. Traversing a bastardised series of themes that sees Jersey house blended with overdriven rave, tinker-toy acid lines slicing through shrouded doom techno and chattering hip-hop loops rolling over classic breakbeat house.
a1. Daze - Neuromance
b1. Daze - Death Whirl
b2. Daze - Compton
Available: 15th December 2020
Sheffield production // DJ trio Denham Audio , make their Lobster Theremin debut with an incredible 5 tracker of breaks and bass, backed with a club fuelled remix from Lobster family regular Maruwa. EP opener ‘Feel The Panic’ sets the pace, crunchy drums with scorching acid basslines and old rave esque vocal hooks, merging into a dancefloor driven weapon.
‘Volt’ injects a punch, chopped up drum sequences with floating vocals and pulsating synth lines, one for the early hours of the dance. On the flip side Denham Audio leads with a drum driven roller ‘Bobby Wobbler’, breaks and beats soar and transform into a weighty number.
‘Check 1’ blends classic rave esque sound pallets with punchy kick drums and clean, crisp synth lines. Maruwa’s remix of ‘Check 1’ showcases her incredible ability to create productions destined to do the business in the clubs, hands in the air pads play gracefully with the drum elements from the original production. This one is for the ravers.
a1. Denham Audio - Feel The Panic
a2. Denham Audio - Volt
b1. Denham Audio - Bobby Wobbler
b2. Denham Audio - Check 1
b3. Denham Audio - Check 1 (Maruwa Remix)
Release Date: 26th March 2021
Sheffield breakbeat champions & Club Glow collective members Denham Audio make an appearance on Lobster Theremin with Transcendence.
Club Culture is a heady tribute to UK rave culture, combining classic breaks with a monologue from generations past. Denham Audio speed things up on Retort, fusing their love of breakbeats with a sound palette ubiquitous with acid house. On the flip, patois bars punctuate the bleeps-and-breaks of Run Da Ting, while the vocal layered between Top Boy’s whirling bass and digitally distorted drum programming may be recognisable to some. Closing track Transcendence is an ethereal jungle roller with guest vocals from 7ip703, that rings true to its name.
a1. Club Culture
b1. Run Da Ting
b2. Top Boy
b3. Transcendence feat. 7ip703
After a tropical storm powered by gaming-vengeance battered the long lost Secret Island, our young protagonist DJ Sonikku - ruffled but not deterred, having drifted for months on a bird-nested raft - finds himself landing on the shores of New York City. Megadrive chip intact, mates along for the ride, and a half century of electronic heritage soaked up in a flash - All My Friends is the culmination of Sonikku's mental and spiritual journey into his own version of a hyperreal NYC.
a1. Chemical Plant
a2. Sand Oasis
b1. Untitled (Club Use)
Release Date: September 2021
FFF always comes with the heat with his unique blend of choppy beats and dual sensibility. The perfect combination of light and dark culminating in a profusion of emotions and euphoric whiplash. Now the Rotterdam junglist makes the step up to heavyweight with his debut on Lobster Theremin, featuring four club-ready cuts.
Title track ‘One Tribe’ builds slowly in anticipation, teasing listeners before being thrown into a cascade of fire. Gnarling synths, nausinating drums and hypnotic vocals acting as the source to create a kinetic, chemical reaction. ‘So Special’ radiates joy as it moves through sound systems with a spring in it’s step; followed up by a magnetic acid switch during the track's second half.
FFF’s music finds the balance between classic sounds with a flare for the enigmatic. ‘It’s Official’ rides a steady 4x4 beat with one of the most ecstatic piano rolls and vocal cuts you’re likely to hear all summer; before being shown the door to an alternate world. The EP comes to a close with ‘Weak Capacity’ a caffeine-charged rhythm inspired by the rave.
A1. So Special
A2. One Tribe
B1. It’s Official
B2. Weak Capacity
Brutalist techno beat-down from the heart of the Canary Islands, Gilmer Galibard finally comes through with a massive techno four-tracker for the LT Black Label series. Showcasing a rugged production style, GG manages to simultaneously sound like a palm tree-crushing bulldozer whilst keeping the rhythms and grooves undulating under booted foot.
a1. Gilmer Galibard - Bell Blocker
a2. Gilmer Galibard - Brain Poacher
b1. Gilmer Galibard - TTT
b2. Gilmer Galibard - Unknown Touch
Sand-blasted productions that curdle and bake with the treatment of valve-driven machinery, steadily condensing ideas on a window pane in Todmorden.
Both Kerb Hits and Hyowl tread familiar Hedge Maze territory; coated in hazy noise, rumbling along in a hap-hazardous late night stagger and drawing melodic elements from the radiance of passing street lamps.
Ourca finds Hedge Maze in mask and flippers, diving below the light and into the darkness of the Pacific where only the blue and killer whales reside. Calling out from the void and feeding the racing heartbeat of the terrified and wondered observer.
Interlude is the closing masterpiece. An elevator refrain heard a thousand times reimagined for end-of-the-night slow dance usage. A club-cleanse born out of an opposing idea. Swaying as one or as two or as three or more. The curtain drawing on the final act.
a1. Kerb Hits
Release Date: August 2016
Lobster Theremin finally welcome back one of the original LT fam, with Imre Kiss taking the reigns for a full on raw-power white label.
With two lucid and hazy releases for LT in his wake, plus an excellent contribution to the Proto Sites catalogue, Imre finally returns with a rough and overdriven in-the-dance EP of floor-crushing fire.
Never is an up-tempo late-night stomp from the night bus exit through dark estate alleys, dogs barking into the long night, soundtracked by percussive late night synth meddling and rumpeting drum patterns that shift and shake.
Taking a lower slung approach, Stateless is a hard-welded fusion of Detroit techno pads and 2-step bass heavy throbs. Absolute cracked-speaker material and one that wouldn't be out of place in a 2010 London basement.
Taking the flip-side solo, Untitled closes out the EP in destructive style, showcasing the heaviest and more crushing side of Imre's productions. The eerie caressing flanger sets the unnerving tone, slowly oscillating over crunched-up kicks. Another massive blown-out bass-line precedes a creepy vocal whisper and more mid-heavy percussive artefacts that crackle and snap a wavy, drifting pad that lingers it's way anonymously into the mix.
Lobster Theremin present the vinyl debut of yet another talent in the shape of Budapest's Imre Kiss. Born with a cosmic identity that sees his sound referencing everyone from 80's film composers through to The Hague sound of Legowelt and Orgue Electronique, Imre manages to squeeze every ounce out of the every sound he uses whilst simultaneously absorbing the user into another world.
a1. Imre Kiss - Stellar 0102
a2. Imre Kiss - Non
a3. Imre Kiss - Spellbound
b1. Imre Kiss - Raw Energy
b2. Imre Kiss - Belief
Release Date: 21st May 2021
As sunny days reappear and bright flashes of optimism reverberate around the globe, along comes London based producer Kempston Hardwick with a killer five track garage-house release on Lobster Theremin that is crying out to be played in the park over some beers.
The early evening groove of ‘Mowbray Street’ bounces into the frame with its playful melodies and sunny aesthetic; bopping and swaying in the fading sunlight. The oxymoronic patterns of harsh and melodic clash on ‘Channel’ as day turns to night; jackin’ rhythms and repetitive pads that create a real sense of inner-groove.
Big breaks and carnival flavour are the orders of the day on ‘Provoke Iddy’ as Kempston flexes his versatility, before arriving at ‘Have You Stopped It’ - a wobbling melter that takes the very best of contemporary bassline and blends it with the fun energy of the transatlantic Vancouver and Montreal crews for some proper euphoric screwface moments.
Wrapping things up is the electro-laced 2-step of ‘Apologies to 25’ - a cut of distorted garage beamed from disco robots on a not-so-distant galaxy. Kempston Hardwick’s Mowbray Street EP might be the artist's most complete work yet, and it couldn’t be arriving at a better moment.
A1. Mowbray Street
A3. Provoke Iddy
B1. Have You Stopped It?
B2. Apologies to 25
nthng returns with a mysterious white label hint at the near future.. A very special hand-stamped vinyl sampler containing two tracks from his forthcoming 3LP album on Lobster Theremin plus the long-awaited remastered release of Untitled (Human Pt. II). Effusive, ambient techno shrouded in a warm melancholy haze.
a1. Untitled (Human Pt II)
b1. Vision Us
b2. In The Afterglow
The first Lobster Theremin EP of 2015 comes from London-based newcomer and hazologist, Ozel AB. Striking a distinct tone with his lucid day-dreamer pads, blown-out MPC drums and Werkdiscs-inspired weirdness, this debut release is the missing piece in the final core artist tapestry of the London-based label.
a1. Ozel AB - Sidestep To Your Left
a2. Ozel AB - Digital Natives
b1. Ozel AB - Karim Bey
b2. Ozel AB - La Busqueda
The Lobster white label series finally gets back into gear with a sublime five-track scorcher from core London member Luke Palmer aka Ozel AB.
After firing some deafening shots with last year's Crimes EP - which burrowed deep into some seriously trippy and journey'd house, techno and acid -Valis sees Palmer develop those evolving arrangement ideas across five very different soundboards that bring his signature brain-fuzzed deepness, rubbery acid and dubbed-out sound design to the fore.
Allejo is the morphing club slayer, built on a stack of crystalline synths that slowly breakaway into a gutter full of tumbling basslines and shuttered chord stabs. Proper heat that's been battered by the LT fam since early last year.
Down The Cut is a deep and mysterious cut, channeling Palmer's knack for paranoid atmospheres and suspended tension into a cloak 'n' dagger style spy pursuit. All moving shadows and shifting figures under late night lamp light.
Built around a bubbling and squelching synth loop, Glow is the central ambient skit providing a pivot point and gateway to the flip-side of the EP, where live favourite and full extended jam Stoosh 95 opens proceedings. Almost a forgotten 90's classic - if it wasn't pitched down to a dragging, groove-soaked tempo - this is Ozel AB in his most dangerous state. Forever building layers of grooves and percussive teasing, punctuated by small spoken word whispers and ending in utter euphoric bliss from the lush, sun-gleaned synths to the chopped vocal wails. File under big time room-crusher.
Then rounding out the proceedings is the prickly Needler. Broken air con-esque blasts of foggy noise crash over a camel-humped bass-line and more late night contemplative pad work, which does a full about turn into a final minute of hazy London garage. Another little surprise to keep the toes tickled 'til next time.
a2. Down The Cut
b1. Stoosh 95
Available: 26th March 2021
Berlin-based producer Palms Trax offers up the inaugural release for new imprint Lobster Theremin with three slices of Detroit and Chicago-inspired house.
Cheeky, groove-heavy "Late Jam", referencing the randier sides of Miami boogie and glitter funk, "Equation", an original Detroit cut, and "Houses In Motion", a percussive, balearic-tinged jam nodding to early Drumpoet Community, comprise the EP's three original tracks. Willie Burns turns in a spacey remix of the EP's opener that hits like an early 80's drum jam, flipping between off-kilter, warped synths and stripped-down, hammering Chicago house.
a1. Palms Trax - Late Jam
a2. Palms Trax - Equation
b1. Palms Trax - Houses In Motion
b2. Palms Trax - Late Jam (Willie Burns Remix)