Release Date - 22nd March 2019
As an undisputed heavyweight and one of the leading figures within the electronic music scene, Icicle's recognized as a highly respected producer - among other ventures through steaming releases via Hospital Records, Critical Music and Shogun Audio. Propelling his technically advanced production style into the 140 BPM spectrum, it's a sight to behold as DJ Youngsta reveals the next ace up his sleeve. The UK-based veteran conveys his awe-inspiring take on Dubstep with four tracks on a twelve-inch platter - vehemently battle-tested as a dubplate and ready to off at a dance floor near you.
We are immersed in dense, granular fog. 'Raising The Dead' begins the ritual with hypnotism and anxious unrest. Eerie lead melodies lure listeners onwards as relentless percussion takes hold. Rigorously increasing the intensity with mesmeric style to the ruthless beat of the drums - fragmented vocals flicker through the mist. As ethereal spheres seem to vacate, a disturbed melody guides a path into the low-frequency behemoth that is 'Nt'. Driven by its intense groove and sonorous sub-bass emissions, the erratic lead staccato does the rest to keep us fiercely bouncing to Icicle's percussive pulse.
As if it could get any hotter, we flip to a promising B-Side only to be proven wrong twice. Initiating the ceremony with 'Shout Me' - haunting female choirs entrance amidst the thunderous sense of anticipation. Evolving from intricate breaks to straight shut-down maneuvers without skipping a beat. In a final, fulminant outburst, 'Noughties Riddim' goes on to wrap up the masterpiece in a most mischievous fashion. Cutting through the noise, profoundly satisfying mid-range distortion surges flare up in the distance, while continuous pressure continues to evoke cries for rewinds.
a1. Icicle - Raising The Dead
b1. Icicle - NT
c1. Icicle - Shout Me
d1. Icicle - Noughties Riddim
Release Date - 21st December 2018
Invoking imagery of condensed, interstellar warfare - Dayzero takes command of the controls for Sentry Records’ eighth release. Based in Japan, the acclaimed producer follows up on his substantial outings for Wheel & Deal and Hatched Music among others - having continuously refined his highly effective compound of Dubstep with vocal support from the scene’s vital tastemakers. Now joining the Sentry roster with two monumental armaments, the newest signee shows us how it’s done. Enrichening the sound system music scene with a no-nonsense production style as well as his innovative, experimental approach - all killer, no filler.
Taking off to another dimension in ’Sunday on Spaceship’, listeners are met with feigned lo-fi soundscapes, carved out of analogue noise and detuned echoes. A state of overt tension dissolves into Dayzero firing up the heavy weaponry with stripped down sub bass tremors and meticulously crafted off-kilter groove. Amongst granular, apocalyptic percussion reverberating voices of days past flicker. Diverse drum instrumentation and supple distortion keep it lively, a no-questions-asked onslaught and guaranteed way to light up any dance.
Flipping over to the B-Side, we’re placed on the receiving end of another ton of musical napalm. Finding ourselves being churned through bare concrete, laced with psychedelics. ‘Down By Law’ oozes of sonic variance, as industrial plucks shine through the cracks - furthering the aberration alongside narcotic staccato arpeggios. Subtle use of eerie harmonies and surging feedback wails is firmly kept in check by brute-force kicks and snares - ceremonious pressure underneath. Venting high-pressure 808’s amidst supremely crafted breaks, leaving us yearning for more. A pair of mean-spirited sound-bwoy murder tracks on a twelve-inch platter - enough said!
a1. Dayzero - Sunday On Spaceship
b1. Dayzero - Down By Law
Release Date - 26th October 2018
Fresh off the press - UK's Sentry Records swarms airwaves once again. Reeling in one notoriously effective producer after another, DJ Youngsta welcomes none other than Cimm into the ring. The bass weight badman has already soundly embedded himself in the scene's sonic heartbeat, including releases on prestigious imprints such as J:Kenzo's Artikal UK and the legendary Tempa outlet. Besides vital visual design works (as seen on Sentry's artworks among others), the talented Londoner now spearheads the labels seventh 12" release in full glory. A two-headed beast, once again showcasing the artists exceeding qualities, when it comes to firing up the dance floor in fine style.
Setting sail to the east, 'Eagle Eye' envelopes us in a sense of Asian mystery attached to cinematic drums. Infused with copious amounts of echoing space, a sense of mystique advances. Faint vocal chants chime through nebulous winds as one last statement sends the soundscape into utter frenzy. Cutting right down to the chase, fierce strings lead the way through the nefarious scenery, taking no prisoners as the cut-throat percussion settles any and all disputes. Invigorated with just the right amount of distortion and anthem-esque harmonic calibre, concluded by haunting foley samples.
Switching over to the B-Side, the ethereal expanse gives way to yearning brass melodies, hazy groove afar. 'Old Scratch' fires up a vocal fragment before lunging into a no-holds-barred shutdown scenario. No covert operation as delightfully overdriven 808's pound every last molecule in your vicinity. Abundant dynamics both in micro- and macro-arrangement, meticulously crafted to perfection. Swerving off into contemplation for a breather only to lunge right back into infernal madness. Stripped down to its vital core, the soundscape irreproachably asserts itself with full force.
a1. Cimm - Eagle Eye
b1. Cimm - Old Scratch
Released 3rd August 2018
The moment we’ve been waiting for. Youngsta’s Sentry Records continues to set the pace and raise the standard with one of the most sought-after artists in the current Dub and Dubstep scene. After releases on institutions such as Deep Medi, System and ZamZam Sounds - Egoless is back for another 12” shell. Revealing the next masterpiece of the Croatian heavyweight, the prolific imprint welcomes its next family member and two mammoth tracks. From vintage FX to on-the-fly arrangements and live instruments - Egoless’ production style encapsulates the Jamaican roots, transferring its spirit into the modern era.
Heading straight into the abyss of ‘Decolonize’, we’re being greeted with tastefully overdriven tape hiss, obscured by reverb. Oriental, sitar-esque string plucks take form, wielding an increasingly inquisitive nature. Alongside the organic, percussive swing the string plucks cease for a moment - a fierce vocal statement excites the air as the full intensity of this sonic weapon hits the speakers and every last fibre in your body. The superbly orchestrated arrangement flows in a continuous groove, led onward by haunting surges and psychedelic flute arpeggios. On top of the stomping foundation, longing spheres conclude the anthem and leave us crave for a rewind.
Turning to ‘Global’ - the alarm bells of an apocalyptic future reverberate into to your ears. Gargantuan drone pulses lead the way for tribal, acoustic drums to stir the dance. A daunting swing hurls its monumental weight. Deeply imbued with rhythm - the meticulously crafted sound design leaves us dancing in awe. Life-like, vibrant flute performances form a harmonic composition of exceeding quality, sure to fire up any dance. Polished by creative vocal sampling and Egoless’ fine-tuned sense of controlling tension & release - these tracks will stand the test of time - for this year and beyond.
a. Egoless - Decolonize
b. Egoless - Global
Released 20th April 2018
Insurmountable heat sliding through the cracks - no doubt, UK’s Sentry imprint is at it again. DJ Youngsta’s vinyl label is continuing its high-pressure output on dangerous 12” records. Routinely adding some of the worlds finest bass music artists to its roster, now welcoming none other than Gramz to its venerable discography. The notorious alter ego of Sleeper, highly respected producer and label operator (Crucial Rec.), takes a turn for the more aggressive & experimental side in Dubstep territory - firing up dance floors with its in-your-face attitude and Hip Hop inclined slack. Unadulterated gangster business, stirring the melting pot of forward-minded sound system music.
Setting the needle upon the grooves, we’re met with the experimental bass onslaught anthem ’Dip Dip Potato Chip’, immediately recognisable as the sought- after tune that it is, having lit up dance floors all over through the support of some of the most vital tastemakers in the scene. Detuned and distorted pulses scatter on a path paved with nothing but sinister intentions - pulling the trigger on its low frequency foundation and its corresponding loose drums. The sparse and effective instrumentation coupling its essence to a profoundly effective arrangement - taking the cake once again with the second drop. Swords and clanging armour rustle in the background as the characteristic vocal sample mayhem of ‘Illa’ locks keen listeners in a state of flow, being flung around from one unequivocally well-crafted break to another. Beats so dangerous, they ought to be classified - rewinds are to be expected.
a1. Dip Dip Potato Chip
Released 23rd February 2018
We know you’ve been waiting for this one since last summer! Caspa’s debut on Youngsta’s ridiculously on-point Sentry has been one of the most requested releases in a very long time. Hot on the heels of releases by dBridge, Nomine and Akcept, the Sub Soldier comes in hard with two absolute burn-ups...
‘Gutter Riddim’ is a stately spacious construction where every weighty element is carefully considered and plays a key role in the momentum. Tightly sprung tension buzzes through it with high voltage as Caspa lays down some of his darkest designs to date. ‘Hot Head’ hurls us even deeper into the shadows. A true teaser piece; the first bass line is a staccato stab that gives you just enough time to settle into the groove before the real big-balls bass line comes hurtling out of nowhere.
Rewind every single time, this has been causing uncut mayhem for the few DJs lucky to have it early enough. Timelessly gully and a perfect way to kick the doors of 2018 in. As those who were at Sentry’s first anniversary at Fire earlier this month will corroborate: London’s heart rate is pounding away at 140 again, some of the most crucial bass music is coming out of the city and Sentry, Youngsta and Caspa are slap bang in the heart of it. The wait is over... Enjoy.
a. Gutter Riddim
b. Hot Head
Repress released 14th September
Without a doubt one of the more influential imprints around, Youngsta’s Sentry Records is successfully keeping its eyes and ears for sound system music wide open. Established only a year ago, the imprint is already more than ready to serve its next immaculate bass music evocation, conjured on a colossal 12-inch. Following up on dBridge and Nomine’s respective heavyweights, the first-class roster welcomes one of New Zealand’s thriving artists to their ranks. Part of the Eyes Down Sound, Akcept has been shelling the world with his foundation sound through venerated imprints, such as AMAR, Moonshine Recordings or FKOF – and of course commendable support from veterans and bass music collectives around the world.
True to the core principles of sound system music, transporting the beloved ‘old school’ feel into the very present of the 21st century - ‘Dreader Than Dread’ envelops eerie spheres of ghastly dub sirens and warbled tape echoes, as the vocal chant jolts the arrangement into unwieldy sub emissions. Finally getting to be able to breathe again, promptly being thrown back into a percussive double-time sub ostinato of monstrous proportions. Gaining momentum in the process, the soundscape is smoothly complemented by a vintage & anthemic brass skank, leaving nothing to be desired - fiery through and through.
Having been sought after since its first appearance, ‘Howl’ is an earthquake-class Dubstep eruption - ‘massive’ is inscribed in its sonic nature. A badman chuckle reverberates within garbled tape noise, introducing the otherworldly impact of Akcept’s snares once more. Fiercely stepping forward, distorted bass oscillations pave the way. If it weren’t enough madness, the sheer amount of weight continues to intensify and escalate, as the track progresses - sure-fire rewind material. A true low frequency onslaught in every way - joining the créme de la créme of 2017’s illustrous musical output in soundsystem music.
a1. Dreader Than Dread
Released 23rd June 2017
Soaring imprint Sentry Records presents their second release, pairing up with the highly influential musician and multi-faceted artist Nomine. The illustrious outlet - operated by equally respected producer and DJ Youngsta - is already being held in high regard by tastemakers and aficionados of Dubstep around the globe. Household names like these should need no introduction as their respective history reaches all the way back to the very conception of what has been coined as Dubstep. Their careers are firmly ingrained in the center of UK’s boiling music scene, being involved with labels such as Tempa or Deep Medi and outlets like RinseFM or BBC Radio. Following up on the impact of the well-received debut record by dBridge, Sentry Records unleashes a minimalistic two-track journey, catalogued as ‘SEN002’.
The entrancing, rhythmic interplay of oriental bells and strings revolve around an organic and powerful low-end - boldly demonstrating Nomine’s fundamental knowledge and doing in creating dancefloor-aligned bass music. Being granted with sonic contrast through the use of a distorted synth lead, the emerging soundscape rejoices within a fluid arrangement. The mind is set at ease in a hypnotic trance, while the body is left to dissolve in sheer weight. Further fueling the desire for a dance, ’Stomp’ immediately dives off into eerie, dissonant space along clanging drums and sparse instrumentation. Without fooling around, the listener is met with a single vocal proclaiming its purpose before a driven bassline unceasingly propels itself onward. Whether it’s the profound force of ‘Slip’ or the vigorous core pressure of ‘Stomp’ - this record leaves nothing to be desired if you’re looking for undiluted Dubstep. Designed for DJ’s first and foremost, ‘SEN002’ is sure to be heard throughout the globe and embellish an already venerable discography even further.