Release Date: TBA 2021
Drum & Bass duo Dogger & Mindstate announce their concept EP 'Different Roads', which is due to be released on Amsterdam-based boutique label The North Quarter on September 24th. First linking on the skateboarding circuit, Dogger & Mindstate have become a household name in the Drum & Bass scene with a reputation for soulful, vocal lead tracks.
On 'Different Roads' the duo draws heavily on their roots in the UK's North and South respectively, where they spent their youths listening to Hip Hop. On board are two leading rappers in their respective cities – Verbz in London and Sleazy F Baby in Manchester - to represent the North and South. Different Roads is a ode to two past lives connected over a mutual love for skateboarding and music.
a1. Dogger & Mindstate - Great Height ft Verbz
a2. Dogger & Mindstate - Different Roads ft Verbz
a3. Dogger & Mindstate - Different Roads (Instrumental)
b1. Dogger & Mindstate - From The Concrete ft Sleazy F. Baby
b2. Dogger & Mindstate - Product Of The Streets ft Sleazy F. Baby
b3. Dogger & Mindstate - Product Of The Streets (Instrumental)
Release Date: 19th November 2021
Dublin born, London-based Zero T returns to The North Quarter for his third project: “Off Broadway”. Influenced by 70's Jazz-fusion, this six-track affair sees the veteran producer once again show off his effortless diversity. Heavier tracks include noir- soundtrack lead modern jungle cuts Fortune Green and Drama. Lighter, soulful tracks include the New Forms inspired Something Got Me featuring Manchester's Aaliyah Esprit as well as collaborations with KILLSWSH and Steo. As always Zero T knows what it takes to keep a listener interested, a testament to his 20 years plus experience , as he continues to be one of the most prolific artists in Drum & Bass.
a1. Zero T - Drama
a2. Zero T - You're The One
a3. Zero T - Something Got Me ft Aaliyah Esprit
b1. Zero T - She Moves ft KILLSWSH
b2. Zero T - Fortune Green
b3. Zero T - This Condition ft Steo
Release Date: 8th October 2021
In late 2020 Satl captured the global mood perfectly with his dense and claustrophobic masterpiece ‘Lucid Dreams’. This summer, he flips the script, channeling hope and optimism on a six-track EP – Bedroom Producer with a Dream. A rose-tinted self-reflection, perfectly suited for the summer.
The contrast between projects shows how effortlessly versatile Satl’s productions can be. He perfectly blends influences from Jazz, Hip Hop and Electronica as he connects with vocalists DRS and T.R.A.C. as well as Auckland producer Tokyo Prose. The project shows off his growing refinement and maturity as a producer who has a great future ahead of him.
“This project is a reflection of my story as a producer. Recently I’ve been looking back at how much I have grown as an artist over the years. From making music in my bedroom to being able to live off of music and playing it all around the world,” Satl explains. “This E P is about that journey: the ups and the downs. Since its early stages I knew I wanted to involve some of my favourite people and I’m really happy with how everything came together. From the vocal talents of DRS & T.R.A.C. to production assist from New Zealand's finest: Tokyo Prose. Some of the tracks feature beautiful piano improvisations by talented Leon Cronie which I re- programmed or completely chopped up. I can only say that I'm really proud of this piece of work.”
a1. Satl - Beautiful Struggle ft DRS
a2. Satl - Hazards feat. Tokyo Prose
b1. Satl - Never Far
b2. Satl - Limin' ft T.R.A.C.
Release Date: TBA 2021
Born in Manchester, bred in Jamaica, Fox is an MC that operates at the top level of the UK Bass Music scene as a recording artist, as part of LEVELZ and as a host at Swing Ting and The North Quarter events.
Fox's catalogue is marked by both depth and versatility. He's recorded with elite artists such as Calibre, IAMDDB, My Nu Leng, Lenzman, Zed Bias, Tyler Daley, Equiknoxx and others. Most recently dropping “Squang Dangs in the Key of Vibes” to critical acclaim.
Fox's reputation as a host is undisputed and he is known for lighting up any room he steps into with his essential warmth which shines through in both content and delivery. His uncut energy and distinct flavour resulted in prime slots at iconic worldwide raves and festivals such as Outlook, Fabric, Redbull Culture Clash, Warehouse Project, Glastonbury and more.
a1. Sunshine Blues feat. [K S R] (prod. Satl)
a2. Paper Weights feat. DRS (prod. Calibre)
b1. Walk Out (prod. DLR & Alix Perez)
b2. The Shine (prod. L-Side)
c1. Sqang Dang feat. T-Man & b.cass (prod. Echo Brown)
c2. It's Time (prod. Diemond)
c3. Burdens (prod. Redeyes)
d1. Lion Ting (prod. Lenzman)
d2. Just Chillin' feat. Blind Mic (prod. FD)
d3. Empty Promises feat. Lovescene (prod. Redeyes)
Release Date: 10th September 2021
A Little While Longer: a longing for a brief moment in time. A thought back to days past and time spent with loved ones or friends. What we do with the brief moment we have in this life. What we decide is important enough to spend it on.
It’s been more than four years since Lenzman’s last project on The North Quarter.
During his absence the label has hardly struggled, continuing to demonstrate its relevance with a roster of diverse and exciting international artists. This has set the stage for his welcome and long awaited return home with ‘A Little While Longer’.
Written over a space of three months, it tackles the emotions and challenges of a total change of rhythm and routine, frustrated confnement and overcoming a void in inspiration. In the end it was once again his close family that inspired his creativity and process.
This body of work was brought together by the use of old recordings and found sound, sampling bespoke piano pieces and through collaboration, as well as forever fnding his inner thoughts and feelings as his primary guide. This brief moment in time might feel more like an interlude, but it's an extended one that shows of Lenzman's signature brand of Hip Hop infuenced Drum & Bass music.
a1. Lenzman - Gimmie A Sec ft Danny Sanchez
a2. Lenzman - Yasukuni
b1. Lenzman - Lil Souljah ft Slay
b2. Lenzman - Zusterliefde
c1. Lenzman - Old Times' Sake
c2. Lenzman - Combo ft Satl
d1. Lenzman - Starlight ft Fox
d2. Lenzman - Down For Whatever (Jubei Remix)
Release Date: 9th July 2021
Roughly a year after his Kodak Dreams LP Submorphics returns to The North Quarter with Newport Magnetic: a six track project that sees the Detroit native reinvent his trademark lo-f take on Drum & Bass. While looking to the future and growing artistically on this project, Submorphics continues to drawn inspiration from hazy rare grooves, resulting in a refreshing showcase of his creative vision.
To compliment the new ethos, Newport Magnetic features some stunning vocalists in London's VEDA BLACK, Detroit rap legend (and J Dilla collaborator) Phat Kat as well as Steo and Ras Tweed. All things Submorphics are present here: meditative smoked out vibes, music with a message, melancholic chords and soulful Drum & Bass. This is Submorphics 2.0, keeping if fresh for 2021.
“After completing my highly nostalgic Kodak Dreams LP, it was time to write a new EP taking inspirations from both the present and future” Submorphics explains. “Joined by a diverse cast of global contributors documenting their current struggles and hopes for tomorrow, I set out to create a series of deeper tracks with an updated sonic palette. The result is the Newport Magnetic EP; written with love in The Hague. Enjoy!”
a1. Submorphics & Satl - Let It Shine ft VEDA BLACK
a2. Submorphics - Guided By Venus ft Ras Tweed
b1. Submorphics - Live With The Pain ft Phat Kat & Steo
b2. Submorphics - Infinite Void
Release Date: 14th May 2021
After a breakthrough 2020 which saw FD cement himself as one of the go-to artists for sophisticated bassline science, the Londoner now returns, outdoing himself with A Vision Of Hope. The veteran Drum & Bass technician once again shows of his range, expertly weaving together Bristol inspired basslines, Jungle breakbeats and R&B melodies. This is music as therapy for both the listener and its creator, this is A Vision Of Hope.
“Writing this EP was my chance to escape from all of the sadness and pain that 2020 bought us all, in all its myriad ways. Having the chance to be writing music and bury my head in the creative process was an absolute lifeline for me and something that made me feel good and happy and able to pretend for a moment that the bad stuf wasn't there” FD explains. “I've known for a long time that being involved with music makes me happy, but i maybe didn't realise that i can also use it as a positive force in my life to help work through the hard times too. It helped me keep a vision of hope. I hope this music can now do the same for others too.”
a1. FD - Heaven & Earth
a2. FD - Hazmat ft Fox
a3. FD - Vienna Circle
b1. FD - Bully
b2. FD - Here With Me
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Echo Brown, a fresh talent from Raleigh (NC), will be dropping his confident “Struggles EP” on February 12th, his debut on The North Quarter. Having previously showcased his signature lo-f chords on “Show You” and his classy flip of Submorphics' “Daydreaming”, Echo Brown now presents a beautifully-rounded 6-track piece showing of his full range as a producer.
On “Affirmations”, one of the project's highlights, the young artist teams up with Manchester's KinKai, delivering a heartfelt and meaningful track that transcends genres. Later, on “Tug O War”, Abnormal Sleepz steps up and lays down his trademark introspective bars on this masterful Hip Hop cut. The rest of the project sees Echo Brown seamlessly weave through moods and ideas utilizing his signature hazy chords and vibes - not dissimilar to cloud rap – with refreshing results.
“This project really has been a culmination of a lot of different emotions I've felt over the past few years. Some of the tracks I wrote well under stress of the usual circumstances we all deal with while living out our lives” Echo Brown explains. “Fear of health, money, love; the fear of unjust discrimination, and hatred for being different. This EP really captures those vibes, and puts them into perspective; at least to me they do. And now, with Covid-19, I think it suits the situation quite well; and can be a piece of work that a lot of people can relate to. I think that's really important at the end of the day - to make something that resonates fiercely with the common human being.”
All in all, “Struggles EP” shows a glimpse of a bright future for a new wave artist that exhibits unusual maturity with his own unique sound.
a1. Echo Brown - Affirmations ft KinKai
a2. Echo Brown - So Good
b1. Echo Brown - Love Won't Do
b2. Echo Brown - Phenomena
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Lenzman & Dan Stezo: two friends from way back when, connecting through a mutual love of music. Recording mixtapes became a tradition that has spanned decades. Through the years the music industry changed, technology changed and life circumstances changed... but the mixtapes remain.
Now the two friends present their most ambitious project yet: a continuation of this tradition, but with an official seal. Consisting solely of The North Quarter music - including 9 exclusives. This is NQ State of Mind, Vol 1.
28 tracks mixed with Lenzman's seamless fow, backed with Dan Stezo's introspective lyrics. This is a journey through The North Quarter's varied catalogue featuring all the artists that made the label the respected entity it is today. The 9 exclusive tracks will be released on a 2x12” gatefold EP to accompany the mix project.
a1. Satl - All My Life ft Steo (Tokyo Prose Remix)
a2. Redeyes - Late Night Jam ft Tyler Daley (Lenzman Remix)
b1. Anile - Juno's Position
b2. Sam Binary - Surface Tension
c1. Submorphics - Daydreaming ft Big Brooklyn Red (Echo Brown Remix)
c2. Zero T & Unitsouled - Slightest Moment ft [ K S R ] (Remix)
c3. Lenzman - Walk On By (Satl Remix)
d1. Redeyes - Untitled Soul
d2. FD - Top2Bottom VIP
Release Date: 18th December 2020
Polish producer Satl steps out of his comfort zone and explores his Dub Techno infuences on his new Lucid Dreams EP: his sophomore release on Amsterdam boutique label The North Quarter.
Consisting of six brooding, but elegant tracks, “Lucid Dreams” is the work of an artist taking creative risks in order to grow and fnd his voice. Having made the move from Rotterdam to Gdánsk at the start of the year, Satl spent his lockdown delving into his love for Techno; looking to translate it into his Drum & Bass productions - with exceptional results.
"This EP to me is an exploration of a sound that I've loved for some time, but never really felt confdent enough to attempt. A more raw, techno-inspired, but still elegant and classy form of Drum and Bass," he explains. "I always strive to push myself forward, and I feel really good about this project. It's a step outside of my comfort zone. A project that I'm really proud of."
a1. Satl - Goblin Shark
a2. Satl - Portal
b1. Satl - Just Words
b2. Satl - Nebula
Release Date: 27th November 2020
Exciting Bristol-based artist Myth debuts on Amsterdam's boutique imprint The North Quarter with his hard-hitting “Long Time Coming EP”. Both stripped-back and widescreen at the same time, the project captures the essence of the Dub & Jungle influences that are ingrained throughout the five-tracks. Myth's undeniable technical prowess and ear for an effortless groove are on display as he shows he's one of the the brightest talents in the scene today.
As Myth explains: “I think with any debut EP for a label your main aim is to showcase a spectrum of your sound and to try and make an impact so that you stand out from the other artists. With this EP I went for some straight forward club tracks with a couple of more abstract ones that still have enough energy.”
a1. Myth - One Note Funk
a2. Myth - Long Time
b1. Myth - Horror
b2. Myth - 3rd Time Lucky
Release Date: 6th November 2020
Toulouse's master craftsman Redeyes delivers his fourth album “Selfportraits” on Amsterdam imprint The North Quarter. Known for his deeply detailed, emotive take on Drum & Bass, the French pioneer has a career spanning over 15 years. After three previous projects on The North Quarter – including 2018's opus “Broken Soul” - he now returns with the profound “Selfportraits”. Written almost exclusively during the Covid-19 crisis, this album captures a time spent in sheltered reflection. Drawing on both musical influences and personal beliefs this album is both deeply personal and touches on important issues of our times.
“The album was made during the lockdown and it all came together quickly. I was just spending time at home with my kids, splitting time between making music and home-schooling. It was just a time where I felt sheltered and comfortable with the music just flowing naturally,” Redeyes explains. “My music is not just dance music. I've always seen my art as something that transcends the dance-floor, and all the greatest artists in the world - from painters to singers to actors - have always been engaged in important fights. So why don't we do it, why are we not as engaged as our favourite artists from other genres are? Its time to make the difference, its time to be the change. This album is musically what reflects the core of my Drum & Bass sound. But this album is not just my own self-portrait - it's also the one of the guests. They speak the truth from their hearts out loud.”
This album is a journey through vintage soulful Drum & Bass, soundscapes and beats and sees Redeyes at his most inspired. Through ten carefully pieced together tracks, the listener is transported through a mosaic of influences and emotions. With featured artists such as [ K S R ], Lovescene, Juga-Naut, DRS and DJ Flight, an important narrative is added to the warm and serene instrumentation. Redeyes continues to uplift and inspire: a soft spoken, gentle soul with a clear vision of music.
a1. Intro / Thousand Times ft [ K S R ] / Colours ft Abnormal Sleepz
a2. Carry Me Home / Never Learnt ft Juga-Naut & Victor Gould
b1. Belong ft Monty / Running
b2. Outside ft HMD / Dad’s Hand ft DRS
b3. Delicate / Between The Waves
c1. Low Key / Slow Pace (Prelude) ft DRS
c2. Change.Illusion / No Way ft DRS
d1. Glowin’ / Lazy Flow
d2. All The Reasons ft Lovescene / A Lifetime
d3. Slow Pace / Outro ft DJ Flight
Release Date: 24th July 2020
Irish Drum & Bass veteran Zero T returns to Amsterdam imprint The North Quarter with his “Former Self EP”. Following up from his ambitious multi-genre project “Baby Grand”, Zero T now strips things down to a focused five-track project that manoeuvres through a broad range of styles within Drum & Bass. From his Soulful reinterpretation of Mango x MathMan's “Lonely Night” to the dubbed out weight of “Clash” - with Bristol-based rising producer Myth - this is a well balanced EP that displays Zero T's expansive vision and is a testimony to his growth as a producer and technician.
"I had a number of aims with my second EP for The North Quarter” Zero T explains. “While my first release 'Baby Grand' was an opportunity to explore working in different styles of music and utilising live instrumentation, I wanted this second release to be stripped back to basics: five Drum & Bass tracks that cover the spectrum of what I like within this music. There's two vocal tunes in the classic 'Liquid' style, one tune that could easily be described as Jump Up, a Dub/Jungle in fluenced track with Myth and finally what I would call a “listening track"; something not necessarily designed for DJs/clubs. If someone wants to know what I stand for, then this release says it all."
a1. Mango & MathMan - Lonely Night ft Loah (Zero T Vocal Mix)
a2. Zero T - Moments Fade ft Steo
b1. Zero T - I Want More
b2. Zero T & Myth - Clash
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
London-born producer FD returns to The North Quarter with his new “Lanta Nights EP”, to be released on June 12th. After his masterful debut album “Better Days” which transcended genres through a richly detailed palette - he now returns with a morecompact piece: all killers, no fillers. Drawing influences from Dub, Hip Hop and Soul and mixing them with his London club roots, his growth as an artist and technician is clearly shown on this diverse but signature sounding 5 track EP. Lanta Nights kicks off with two vocal tracks: the first - Lie To You - is a delicate soulful track featuring Akemi Fox,with thesecond - The Feeling - a 90’s Hip Hop inspired jam featuring KinKai. The EP then dips intorolling Dub inspired science fiction mayhem for the final three tracks. Essential listening.
“There isn’t a theme here really, because as an artist I find it important to express myself in a wide range of styles" FD explains. “It’s just me trying to put my own spin on what forme are ‘classic’ Drum & Bass fundamentals, expressing them in a contemporary way. Iwant to try and retain depth and honesty in my music, something that has been importantto me in music since I first got into it.”
a1. FD - The Creatures From Planet 9
a2. FD - Dedication (Roller Pt 2)
b1. FD - This Is Not Science
b2. FD - Lie To You ft Akemi Fox
b3. FD - The Feeling ft KinKai
Release Date: 12th June 2020
With Quarter To Quarter, Amsterdam-based record label The North Quarter delivers its first compilation album: a manifesto and its most ambitious project to date.
The 14 track project features prominent vocalists IAMDDB and Azekel, Bass Music legends Total Science and Break and all the core artists that have made Lenzman’s boutique label the breath of fresh air it is today.
The North Quarter is a collective of artists from around the globe, brought together through a shared love for the authentic. The imprint has become a household name in just a short space of time through ambitious and highly detailed artist projects. With Quarter to Quarter, a compilation of cutting edge Drum & Bass music, the label further solidifies its reputation and unique vision.
Never doing things the fast and easy way, the album was put together and nurtured by A&R and founder Lenzman over the course of 18 months.
Lenzman explains: “Way back when I first got into music, I wanted to share that magic with others. Today that same urge still endures within me. With this album I've tried to bring together a group of artists with whom I have shared values, who have never been brought together in this way, and create a timeless statement of intent.
a1. Azekel - Don't Wake The Babies (Lenzman Remix)
a2. Atlantic Connection feat. Steo - Night & Day
b1. Tokyo Prose - Rescue
b2. Satl - Just Thinkin'
c1. Submorphics feat. Pola & Bryson - Albion Road
c2. LSB - Destine
d1. Lenzman feat. IAMDDB - In My Mind (Break Remix)
d2. Anile - UNoWhoUR
e1. Redeyes - Lust
e2. Zero T & Steo - Keep Falling
f1. Total Science - Killa
f2. FD - Your Touch
Release Date: 17th April 2020
Cult favourite Submorphics delivers his long awaited debut album “Kodak Dreams” on Amsterdam imprint The North Quarter. 15 year veteran producer Greg Axelrad has been one of America's premiere exports when it comes to Soulful Drum & Bass. His unmistakable 'smoked-out' take on the genre has made him a fan favourite for years. After his The North Quarter debut “Detroit Haze” early 2018, he now returns with his most ambitious project yet: “Kodak Dreams”. Written during a time of great personal highs and lows, his debut album is easily his most personal body of work. The Michigan native drew inspiration from his transatlantic journey and childhood memories to paint this musical memoir.
'Inspired by the treasure-trove of nostalgia I brought with me from Detroit, I plugged away at my own brand of D&B, hip-hop and neo-soul music in my new studio in the city of The Hague.' Submorphics explains. 'Cherished childhood photos reminded me of my roots: funky breakbeats and lush soul samples that I blasted out of my cheap boombox long before I knew what a sampler was. These old photos ended up deeply inspiring the album sessions, and even started permeating my dreams as I slept each night.”
A multi-genre piece that features vocals from frequent collaborators Big Brooklyn Red, SelfSays, T.R.A.C. and Christina Tamayo, brings together Soulful Drum & Bass and LA / Detroit flavoured Beats with an easy elegance. The album offers a glimpse into Submorphics' past, present and future and is brought together by snippet-sized, Polaroid-inspired narration, his personal Kodak Dreams.
a1. Submorphics - Flash Meters [Intro]
a2. Submorphics - Luminosity
a3. Submorphics - Roseville Funk / Musique Nostalgique [Interlude]
a4. Submorphics - Memories Of You
b1. Submorphics - 12 & Woodward
b2. Submorphics - Daydreaming ft Big Brooklyn Red
b3. Submorphics - The Prize ft T.R.A.C. / Golden Roots [Interlude]
b4. Submorphics - Faded Images
c1. Submorphics - Ithaca Blues
c2. Submorphics - Morning Alarms ft SelfSays / Waverly Place [Interlude]
c3. Submorphics - Find A Reason ft Christina Tamayo
d1. Submorphics - Feel So Blue / Deep Sleeper [Interlude]
d2. Submorphics - Return To The Source
d3. Submorphics - Hot Ish ft SelfSays (Dabrye Remix) [Bonus Track]
Release Date: 13th December 2019
As 2019 winds to a close, Polish producer Satl delivers a statement of intent with hisThe North Quarter debut release on Amsterdam boutique label. Consisting of 9 tracks his “Things We Can’t See” project draws from a varied palette of influences includingJazz, R&B and Dub Techno to stunning effect.
The Rotterdam resident possesses a refinement and depth beyond his years, making him one of the leading lights in a new generation of Drum & Bass producers and on “ThingsWe Can't See”, a coming of age of sorts, he truly manages to rise above himself. With work on a follow up already underway this is just the beginning of his relationship withThe North Quarter.
a1. Satl - All My Life
a2. Satl - Supposed To Be
b1. Satl - Drifted
b2. Satl - Coming Back
Release Date: 1st November 2019
Since its inception in 2016, Redeyes has become one of the cornerstone artists of The North Quarter, fully embracing the multi-genre aspirations of the label. Yet with his latest release he delivers a more homogeneous project, focussing mainly on his Drum & Bass roots. His always intricate productions draw influences from Jazz, Techno and Dub to give a coherent yet diverse feel to his third release on the Amsterdam based label.
a1. Redeyes - Fine Again
a2. Redeyes - Yesterdays
b1. Redeyes & FD - Evergreen Dub
b2. Redeyes - The Rhythm
Release Date: TBA - 2019
The North Quarter's latest signing - is a multi-talented artist emerging amongst a new wave of Manchester excellence. Textures, the lead track from his forthcoming debut album Kaleidoscope, has been a favourite in Manchester's underground for some time now.
With long time collaborator HMD on the hook Textures is an undeniably catchy example of contemporary Hip Hop-Soul. A sneak peak to an honest and introspective gem that will undoubtedly make Abnormal Sleepz a household name in the UK.
a1. Abnormal Sleepz - P.Y.E.
a2. Abnormal Sleepz ft. HMD - Textures
a3. Abnormal Sleepz - What You See
a4. Abnormal Sleepz - Coming Home
b1. Abnormal Sleepz - Lean
b2. Abnormal Sleepz ft. DRS - Live And Learn
b3. Abnormal Sleepz - Norf Freestyle
b4. Abnormal Sleepz - Say You Don't
c1. Abnormal Sleepz ft. Fox - No Love
c2. Abnormal Sleepz - Girls
c3. Abnormal Sleepz - Origami
c4. Abnormal Sleepz - Like I Do (Excursions)
d1. Abnormal Sleepz - Gino
d2. Abnormal Sleepz - L8 Nights In Barbados
d3. Abnormal Sleepz ft. Misha B - All I Need
Release Date - 14th June 2019
FD serves up a prime cut of soulful House with 'Ribs'
Inspired by recent influences as well as years spent in Europe, versatile Drum & Bass producer FD teams up with Maverick Soul and Issac Rosie to create a classy soulful House bubbler - Ribs - one of the highlights of his debut album Better Days on The North Quarter.
To complete this 10” appendix to the LP, Byron the Aquarius (Eglo) is enlisted to remix the stand out track Ice Cream off of FD’s 2017 EP on the Amsterdam based label. The man of the moment takes it in a totally new direction in a freeform Detroit workout.
a1. FD - Ribs ft. Issac Rosie & Maverick Soul
a2. FD - Ribs (Interlude)
b1. FD - Ice Cream (Byron the Aquarius Remix)
Release Date - 7th June 2019
Following his versatile Alone With Everybody EP, FD returns to The North Quarter with a stunning 16 track debut album: Better Days.
Largely written in a three month window, FDs (real name Freddie Dixon) new long player on The NQ undoubtedly brings the best of the Zurich-based/London-born producer. Better Days is an album that delivers a rare synergy of drive, harmony between subtle & raw and just sheer fun. A versatile yet coherent project drawn from a large pool of sketches, finalised in intricate detail with focused studio dedication.
Drawing influences from Dub, Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul and the Mid 90's Drum & Bass “GoldenAge”, Better Days bridges the gap between genres, as FD enlists carefully considered vocal collaborations. Manchester donny Fox shines on the dubbed out Better Man and Washington DC soul diva Cecily shows shades of Minnie Riperton on Sycamore. Meanwhile Ribs is lifted to one of the album's stand out tracks with Maverick Soul on the keys and the enigmatic Issac Rosie on the boards.
For some the better days in life are in their childhood memories: nostalgia-infused wonderings of the mind to a care-free time without today's online distractions. Although FD’s debut album 'Better Days' is inspired and informed by a period earlier in life, his best days musically are definitely in the present. To put it into the man's own words:
"I’ve been wanting to do an album for quite a while now, but the circumstance never felt right. Once I started working with The North Quarter that all changed – it feels like being part of a team all pushing in the same direction, all supporting one another, all wanting to do the best for each other. Once we’d done the first EP together, for me, it was only a question of when."
a1. FD - Top2Bottom (Roller)
a2. FD - Got A Feeling
b1. FD - Not That Bad
b2. FD - 99 Flake (Interlude)
b3. FD - Foundations
c1. FD - Deadly Styles
c2. FD - Sycamore ft. Cecily
d1. FD - Better Man ft. Fox
d2. FD - Bottles (Prelude)
d3. FD - Bottles
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
The North Quarter kicks off 2019 with a comprehensive seven-tracker (four on vinyl) from the seriously talented Anile. Back after a short hiatus the underrated producer delivers Sheets Of Empty Canvas, a statement piece with no features. This is a welcomingly diverse project that effortlessly reaches both raw and emotional highs whilst concisely joining the dots in between.
Gorgeous clear vinyl with PVC cover four-track 12" vinyl edition.
a1. Anile - Nothing Makes Sense
a2. Anile - Earth & Mars
b1. Anile - Back on Days
b2. Anile - Vitalogy
Released 28th September 2018
Redeyes releases his third album ”Broken Soul”
Last year Julien ‘Redeyes’ Salvi showed off his versatility on his Blueprints EP. He now takes it one step further with the release of “Broken Soul”, his first full length project for The North Quarter. Through twelve sincere tracks, the Toulouse-based artist showcases an action packed storyline co-starring some of the most sought-after vocalists in the game. Not only do Manchester legends DRS and Tyler Daley make appearances, but there are also features by fresh NQ signee Abnormal Sleepz, HMD, KinKai and Juga-Naut as well as NY underground Hip Hop phenomenon Milano Constantine. Rap, Soul and dusty Jazz flavour is woven through diverse tracks in both tempo and intensity. The Redeyes signature shines bright however, effortlessly capturing current aesthetics and eclecticism. This album shows a veteran artist comfortable in his craft and is not just at home on Lenzman's imprint, it possibly signifies the quintessence of The North Quarter philosophy.
Full Soundclips Available On Release Week
a1. The Hurt (feat. DRS)
a2. Fool Of Me
b1. Late Night Jam (feat. Tyler Daley)
b2. Back In My Soul (Encore)
c1. Fighting (Intro)
c2. Toast (feat. Milano Constantine)
c3. Oooo Laaah (feat. KinKai)
c4. True (Interlude)
d1. Digital Diamonds (feat. Juga-Naut)
d2. Blessed (feat. Abnormal Sleepz & HMD)
d3. All Blues
Released 27th July 2018
Sam Reed aka Tokyo Prose is a New Zealand based Drum & Bass producer with releases on Soul:r, Samurai Music, Hospital Records. He now celebrates the release of his sophomore album “Wild Grace” with his debut on Lenzman’s emergent The North Quarter label.
His music is regularly supported by many of the scenes biggest names including Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Lenzman, LSB, DJ Marky, Presha, London Elektricity, SpectraSoul and many more.
Tokyo Prose started his career on Samurai Music with 2011’s 'Introducing Tokyo Prose’ EP which featured the standout tune "Saving Grace”. In the same year, Tokyo Prose with Fis, went onto launch the Samurai Horo label including the track “The Truths” which has just featured on Forrest Swords’ 2018 DJ Kicks compilation.
In 2014 Tokyo Prose released his debut album ‘Presence’ on Samurai Music. ‘Presence’ marked the culmination of his musical exploration and evolution up until that point - encapsulating the soulful, emotive vibrancy of the Tokyo Prose sound, now fully formed and refined. The album featured a number of features with DRS, Riya and Fox on vocals and Lenzman, Synkro and LSB on co-production. The album showcased Tokyo Prose’s polished aesthetic with a firm focus on musicality and groove.
Soon after saw his first feature on Marcus Intalex's hugely respected label Soul:R with 'Tell Me', on the 5th edition of the popular Fourfit series.
Tokyo Prose now returns with his 2nd album on The North Quarter. With 'Wild Grace' the Auckland native returns from an extended absence to deliver a masterclass in emotive musical storytelling. The project features some of his most sought-after works and includes vocals from Steo, Cleveland Watkiss and rising star [ K S R ] as well as collaborations with Race Banyon, Nether and LSB.
a1. Brilliant Corners
a2. Runaway feat. K S R
b1. Lift You Up feat. Steo
b2. Back To You