Release Date: 8th November 2019
a1. Family Of Intelligence - The Seed
a2. Natural Instinct - One God (Drama1 Remix)
b1. Noise Factory - Future 11 (The Remix)
b2. Potential Badboy - Heavy
c1. Drama1 - Bad Seed
c2. Potential Badboy - Midnight Blues
d1. Java - Badman
d2. Drama1 - Make It Count
e1. Drama1 - Hardcore
e2. Drama1 - Battlefield ft Richie Davis
f1. Chatta B - Worries 2night VIP
f2. Chatta B - Laard Have Mercy
Released 1st November 2019
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a1. Rise March Mellow
a2. Highway Daydreams
b1. Domingo Nap
b2. Sharp and Shallow
Release Date: 15th November 2019
a1. Glume & Phossa - Bat Country
b1. Glume & Phossa - Yucatan
b2. Glume & Phossa - Apogee
Release Date: 1st November 2019
Bristol’s Dubkasm is an absolute pillar of the worldwide roots, dub, and sound system movement. In fact it’s hard to imagine the contemporary UK dub scene without them. Massive releases on Peng! Sound, Bristol Archive, ZamZam, and especially their own Sufferah’s Choice and Dubkasm labels have made Stryda & Digistep household names among lovers of contemporary sound system reggae. Holding down and forwarding traditional dubplate culture for 25 years now, “Two X Two” showcases two slices of two different tunes and demonstrates why they are among the world’s most beloved groups, a link back to the elder generations of Bristol sound, and a beacon to the younger.
“Discipline,” presented in two pieces, cuts to the chase with a massive, relentless, fully saturated digital bassline blasting straight into the future of dubwise. No surprise that it has a ‘Year 3000’ vibe, as it was, in Stryda’s words “originally built for Iration Steppas to run at Teachings In Dub against his pupil Sinai Sound. All those who remember the dubplate special version “schooool him iyaaaah..!!” If the main mix, "Discipline", feels extra heady for a ‘Part 1,’ the "Lights On Mix" charts a course even further into reverb space with the tape echo running mad and the snares ricocheting to infinity.
Opening with a beautifully resonant piano figure, “The Key” featuring Ashanti Selah is a propulsive steppers, also presented in two pieces, this one with a galloping live-drums feel, Digi’s sax surfacing majestically through the flurry of syndrum and rim shots. Of “The Key” Stryda says “it’s been played by Aba Shanti-I on dubplate for the past couple of years, and there is a Keety Roots vocal and horns cut which rumour has it will see the light of day next year…” Stay tuned!!
Strictly limited to 600 copies for the world. No digital, no repress. Art and design by Polygon Press. Mastered by Sam Precise. Releasing first week of November, 2019.
a1. Dubkasm - Discipline
a2. Dubkasm - Lights on Mix
b1. Dubkasm - The Key ft. Ashanti Selah
b2. Dubkasm - Version
Release Date: 1st November 2019
ZamZam’s first encounter with the music of Diggory Kenrick was “The Lion Flute,” a wind-led cut to one of Jamaican music’s toughest riddims, the Mighty Diamonds’ “Africa.” Years later it still hasn’t left the box, and it led us on a quest to acquire as many of his tunes as possible… E3 became obsessed with reaching out to him for a collaboration, and “Temple Duel” b/w “Temple Dub” is the resulting plate. Collaborations with legends including Bunny Lee, Lee Perry, and Jah Wobble have resulted in an extraordinary catalog of 7”, 10”, and 12” singles, to say nothing of producing an outstanding documentary on Mr. Lee, “I Am The Gorgon,” and countless liner notes and production credits for the untouchable Pressure Sounds label.
Kenrick’s signature sound is haunting and richly melodic, phased and distorted, lending an ancient-to-the-future vibe to everything he touches, whether rootical collaborations or left-field version excursions.
Alter Echo & E3 and Headland had been wanting to collaborate for some time, and Kenrick’s high-plains-meets-far-east vibes seemed the perfect opportunity to build something truly unique.
The scene takes place deep underground, in blackened chambers untouched by the sun, ancient halls where reverb space is the guide and ritual combat is the only way out. Subsonic 808 bass undergirds a near-industrial mid-range bass guitar groove, stiff snares, stick-fighting percussion, and the melody an ever-present narrative arc through the dark. “Temple Dub” strips down the flute and widens the cinemascope, with claustrophobic panning and vertiginous detuning echoes creating ghostly traps for the unwary.
Strictly limited to 700 10" copies for the world. No digital, no repress. Art and design by Polygon Press. Mastered by Sam Precise. Releasing first week of November, 2019.
a1. Alter Echo & E3 Meet Headland & Diggory Kenrick - Temple Duel
b1. Alter Echo & E3 Meet Headland & Diggory Kenrick - Temple Dub
Released 15th November 2019 [2X10")
b2. Ski Mash (Enei Remix)