After releases on Livity Sound sister label DnuoS YtiviL and Cold Recordings, Batu returns with his own new imprint Timedance.
The label is set to offer a platform for hybrids and mutations of UK Techno, and the first release will be launched with a party in Bristol on 20th February, where Batu is joined at the Cavern Club by Beneath and Transient.
The release showcases a progression from Batu's first two 12's, with more colour and melody than his previous work, sitting alongside waves of propulsive percussion.
a. Batu - Cardinal
b. Batu - Domino Theory
Released 7th June
After a short hiatus Timedance returns with its first release of 2019. Head honcho Batu returns to the label for the first time in two years with three playful and creative cuts. All there tracks revolve around colourful, captivating sound design and daring arrangements; designed for the body and mind. Artwork by Harry Butt.
01. False Reeds
02. Statin (Dub)
Off the back of his release for Livity Sound, Timedance label boss returns for his most expansive work to date. The Monolith EP is comprised of three original tracks and a remix from renowned PA artist, Lee Gamble.
Inspired by the relationship between light and dark timbres, the title track takes on a low-slung, hypnotic pace.
"Reez" expands on this downtempo feel, focusing on a more dubwise aesthetic.
The B-side opener "Void" is an infectious, gradually building loop. Strong emotive melodies set the track apart from the artists' usual "headsdown" style. Lee Gamble's Reez remix deconstructs the propulsive nature of the original track into a hazy fog; closing the EP with a bold nish.
b2. Reez (Lee Gamble 3rd Rail Deconstruction)
Released 30th September 2016
After an already exciting year for Bruce, this September brings his debut release on Batu's Timedance imprint. Following on from Steals' catchy hooks for Hessle Audio, and a raw break-up record for Idle Hands: I'm Alright Mate sees the Bristol-based producer shift full throttle into far more menacing territory. Fuelled by the distaste for ignorance, blind condescension and amphetamine fuelled brawls, Bruce delivers two cuts of floor destroying workouts. I'm Alright Mate has been dazing dancefloors for over a year, recently being a highlight of Joy O's Dekmantel mix. Tenacious kick drums set the tone, before screaming feedback obliterate any sense of predictability. It is as mischievous as it is hostile, leaving you to wonder what is coming next. On the flip Post Rave Wrestle utilises a similar sound palette. This time with a low-slung, surly rhythm is punctuated by splinters of feedback and blasts of noise . Every time you think the beat is going to disintegrate completely, it's glued back together with Bruce's distinctive confidence and skill before it is completely dismantled in a cacophonous finale.
Audio available soon.
a1. I’m Alright Mate
b1. Post Rave Wrestle
Released 28th August 2015
Bristol based imprint Timedance launched in February this year, with the 'Cardinal' 12" by label head Batu (Hotline, Dnuos Ytivil). Following on from this the label travels further into dark, off-kilter UK techno territories with a debut 12" by L.SAE.
L.SAE is a new project by Joe Higgins, also known as Metrist (Resin, Fifth Wall), exploring experimental techno-tempo music. He creates a distinctively raw, atmospheric sound palette, referencing material from early Drum & Bass, noise-techno and 90s IDM. Both tracks are tough as nails, containing thunderous distorted kick drums and clattering percussion, but also delicate, mournful synth work.
a. L.SAE - The West End as it Will Be
b. L.SAE - Line Sunk Like I'm Sunk
Released 9th December 2016
Timedance concludes it's busy 2016 release schedule in December, courtesy of the up and coming London based producer Laksa. The A-side 'Contrasts' has been in high demand with DJs and listeners alike. A chugging b-boy kick pattern rolls along with crashing hihats and claps, before delicate, ghostly synths are faded into picture. A refreshingly unique peak time dancefloor track. On the flip Lost Code utilises low-slung house drums, with muted, cloudy melodies floating above. 'Buried' takes things even deeper. Delayed, textured percussion, is coupled with murky pads and a deep, suffocating bassline geared for the late night zoners.
02. Lost Code
Released 27th May 2016
UK techno label Timedance releases its second record of the year courtesy of Lurka, fresh off the back of a collaboration record with label owner Batu last month. It is undoubtedly some of his finest and most experimental work yet.
The A-side Beater brings a meticulous blend of clever sound design and one of the most thunderous kick/snare patterns you'll hear. Seriously tough. Density introduces a sea of rippling arps, set to a back drop of deep sub bass. It is probably Lurka's most melodic and introspective track yet, whilst still keeping his trademark percussion work.
a. Lurka - Beater
b. Lurka - Density
Released 21st June
Four years on from his release on TIMEDANCE002 as L.SAE, Joseph Higgins is back on the label under his flagship moniker Metrist. Pollen Pt. I is the first part of a trilogy of records, showcasing Metrist's latest developments in twisted beat-science. The release combines four tracks of rudeboi electro swagger, offkilter vocal chops and imaginative grooves. Since his L.SAE record in 2015 Metrist has released on Where To Now?, Neighborhood and a LP Opal Tapes, here he refines his sound palette even further, striking a unique balance between the avant-garde and dancefloor.
A1. OL Face You Got
A2. Qaqq Ata
B1. OB Lopes
B2. Closer The TV
Released 29th July 2016
Bristol mainstay Batu's Timedance label and party series have become an essential part of the city's electronic music scene since their founding in early 2015, the former playing host to some of the freshest sounds emerging from producers based in the area and the latter bringing them together with a selection of the most exciting, established names in house and techno. Now that's set to continue as the label lines up the second release from Ploy, previously known as Samuel, marking his debut on Timedance and the follow-up to his Hessle Audio-released debut. Premiering above is one of the record's three tracks, the stark, eerie tones of 'Footprints In Solid Rock', embracing swung percussion and following on fittingly from the February release of his Sala One Five 12. - The Quietus
01. Iron Lungs
02. Number 24
03. Footprints in Solid Rock