Release Date: 1st July 2022
This long out of print classic from the LoDubs catalog finally resurfaces, thanks to an accidental time capsuling. Mensah (AKA New York Transit Authority) from this release went the direction of many LoDubs premier artists, and on to other storied labels in the sound, sharing a path to Deep Medi with Egoless and Compa for example. Throughout the years this plate has remained a timeless near-secret weapon, for those who know.
a1. Mensah - Sahara
b1. Mensah - Not A Shy Gyal
Available: 7th June 2022
Collaborations is a new series curated by Artefakt on their own imprint De Stijl. Inviting friends and likeminded artists for extended studio improvisations crafting an EP based on live sessions. First guest is Claudio PRC, a close friend and familiar face in the deep techno scene. Having released on labels such as Semantica, TGP, his own 012 and most recently Delsin Records, he has a close connection to Artefakt. Both artists reside in Berlin and share a dedicated passion for atmospheric and immersive ambient and techno. Collaborations I features four jams combining the unmistakable strengths of both artists, resulting in a well varied pack of emotive techno with room for experiment. Where 'Gaia' and 'Dwelling' feel like iconic tracks of the pair teaming up, on the flip side 'Sonic Rite' slows down in pace and catches a magnificent groove. The shared love for ambient results in the mesmerizing closer of the EP 'Distant Light'.
b1 Sonic Rite
b2 Distant Light
Available: 6th June 2022
Time to welcome Black Loops back once again for his third release on Freerange. Riccardo continues to impress with a consistent and evolving output on labels such as Shall Not Fade, Atteral, Gallery and Madhouse, his warm, bouncing beats and basslines working their magic in a broad cross-section of DJ’s sets the last decade or so.
Here on These Changes he teams up with young London producer and vocalist Cody Currie, known for his releases on Classic, Razor n Tape and Toy Tonics. These Changes is an uptempo, shuffling house track with a deep, rolling mood which doffs the cap to classic NYC sounds but with a distinct contemporary spin.
The People treads a similar path with a repeating vocal hook and snipped and chopped jazz fusion sample adding the ear candy whilst punchy beats and echoing synths keep the floor bouncing. Think Charles Webster meets Joshua Iz on Guidance in the late 90’s and you’ll get the idea.
Closing out this sublime release we have Driver which puts all the focus on a simple, compelling bassline pushing the groove along and creating a deep, emotive late night mood to move to.
A1. These Changes (ft. Cody Currie)
A2. The People
Release Date: 1st July 2022
Pessimist returns to UVB-76 Music with WPN-1 and WPN-2. Tracking at 170 and 130 beats per minute respectively, Pessimist asserts himself with drawn out apprehensive intros on both tracks leading to tribal drums and weighty basslines on WPN-1 and percussive hardcore-esque breaks and tones on WPN-2. A triumphant return for one of the labels finest.
a1. Pessimist - WPN-1
b1. Pessimist - WPN-2
Release Date: 10th June 2022
After we carried Ice Rave back in 2019, Sneaker Social picks up more coded sequences from Filter Dread’s outpost and transmutes them to wax for the good of the dance.
From obfuscated tapes of post-rave skits to slick and grimey bangers, there’s something slippery about the way Filter Dread operates, and it’s led to a highly individual discography that spans 10 years and labels like Ramp, Unknown To The Unknown, Fresh 86 and No Corner. His sound has a stark immediacy that revolves around sampling – just watch him work a live set on his Digitakt and you’ll understand everything. Through simple approaches comes the flexibility to glide between styles, displaying a virtuoso affinity for grime, jungle, dancehall and plenty more, with the means to put his own stamp on everything he touches.
On this new 12” we get six new slabs which slip between rave touchstones with poise, marrying up garish square wave womp with something akin to electro, slipping down into a more overtly grime-licked swerve, nodding to the early sublow days on ‘Asid 88’ and generally doing mad things with gargantuan bass and tuff, deadeye drums, It’s moody in a truly UK, spliff-friendly tradition, but it’s also plenty playful, with enough freakiness to get limbs loosened and a little heat up inside the place.
a1. Filter Dread - Talk All Low
a2. Filter Dread - Underwave
a3. Filter Dread - Space Beams
b1. Filter Dread - Asid 888
b2. Filter Dread - Ghost Square
b3. Filter Dread - Data Temple
Release Date: 24th June 2022
Baby Rollén’s Slump Recordings imprint returns for 003 - with a debut EP from mpeg. The Stuttgart based producer traverses the underground with his signature hypnotic tone!
a1. mpeg - Slot 16
a2. mpeg - Slot 16 (Baby Rollén Remix)
b1. mpeg - Pitty Party
b2. mpeg - Orbit Rework
Available From: 1st July 2022
Dub Tree is a sine wave heavy bass line trip.
Pads and light rave pianos keep this track both heavy and light at the same time, delivering a track with serious punchy kicks that'll keep any raver stomping wildly thru from beginning to end.
a1. Sample / Scratchband
b1. M27 - Dub Tree