We’re really excited about this unusual EP from the unusually talented PhOtOmachine, his first outing on Wicked Bass. ‘Black Motorcycle’ a dark but deep number, measuredly working its way down into to a solid groove before it lifts its eyes skyward for a breakdown made up of delicate synthwork. ‘Good News...Bad Dope’ is a more skittish cut, with its percussive elements laying low in the mix, whilst circling synths provide a menacing mood that juxtaposes itself with a well-placed vocal sample. A rough and ready, but nonetheless deeply considered track.
Heading in a totally different direction ‘Zapp’ does weird and wonderful work with a decidedly disco palette, bringing out the toughness of the genre by emphasising a superbly dirty bassline. ‘Special Luv’ also wraps itself around a filthy disco sample, and indulges in a breakdown which is simply a condensation of sheer sexiness. Four pieces of brilliance from an impressive new talent - what are you waiting for? Stick it in your recordbag quicksharp.
Support from Four Tet, Benji B, MGUN
a1/ PhOtOmachine - Black Motorcycle
a2/ PhOtOmachine - Good News... Bad Dope
b1/ PhOtOmachine - Zapp (Fantasy Version)
b2/ PhOtOmachine - Special Luv
As LionDub International charges into 2014 with mulitple releases and a newly-unveiled Street Series, we welcome a roster of unheard talent to both its main label and the freshly-born sub-label. The next release features tracks and remixes from artists based all over the globe; contributions streamed in from Delhi, London, Toronto, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow and it is ultimately released out of Brooklyn.
REDS, a recently-minted East London drum-and-bass duo who we proudly offer their solo vinyl debut featuring vocals from India's Delhi Sultanate and remixes from Canada's jungle don Marcus Visionary, the inimitable Mungos Hi Fi out of Scotland, Dublin's Dirty Dubsters and one of France's dubstep legends, Von D. The bouncy original from the pair falls close to a dancehall feeling, with understated and low-mixed drums dropping away to accentuate the bounding bass rhythm and the center-stage vocal performance. The old-school jungle style of Marcus Visionary comes through strongly in his rolling remix, which revels in the rush of tumbling drums and blasts of mid-range bass. Mungos Hi Fi give this release a solid reggae re-lick with new sound clash style vocals from Delhi Sultanate and sweet choruses from longtime collaborator Begum X out of India. This particular Mungos riddim released earlier in 2013 to great acclaim featuring vocals from none other than Soom-T on her "Bong Bong" anthem. The Dirty Dusters offer up a unique, Euro dancehall twist on their high energy remix. Full vocals and simple, yet, catchy grooves wind up the track in a unique style. From his rich past on labels like Argon, Black Acre, and Boka, it would be expected that Von D give an altogether more contemporary treatment, and fittingly he reduces the tempo, ups the atmospherics, and brings in brutal walls of battering bass in half-step time for the smokers in the room while leaving most of the vocals, which were so present in the other mixes, on the cutting room floor. The transformative ending to this widely-varied EP gives balance and range to the release and presents a strong debut offering for REDS and Delhi Sultanate as Liondub International continues its charge towards new territory for 2014.
a1/ REDS Ft. Delhi Sultanate - Fever (Original Reds Mix)
a2/ REDS Ft. Delhi Sultanate - Fever (Mungos Hi-Fi Special ft. Begum X)
b/ REDS Ft. Delhi Sultanate - Fever (Marcus Visionary Remix)
Kicking off 2014 in the most spectacular fashion, Critical Music enters its 12th year with its biggest artist compilation to date. Painstakingly put together by label boss Kasra over the past year ‘Underground Sonics’ is an exciting overview of modern day drum & bass showcasing the true dexterity of one of the most well regarded, independent electronic music labels in the UK today. Kasra has pulled out all the stops, sifting through his phone book to enlist the talents of some of the biggest and most exciting producers in the game.
Noisia, Dub Phizix, Enei, Phace, Sam Binga and Kasra himself all make sterling contributions that make for an album of the best of Underground Sonic expression.
"It’s been a few years since our last fully fledged label compilation so I wanted to ensure this one was as vital as possible. For me this album truly encapsulates the essence of Critical, a balanced mix of all that’s exciting about this music - heads down lights out rollers, experimental side steps and some slightly more aggressive attention grabbers. This album is made up of tracks by the core Critical acts alongside a select group of label friends and for me is a snapshot of where the label is at now and where it is heading." - Kasra
a. Dub Phizix - The Clock Ticks
b. Ivy Lab - Baby Grey
c. Foreign Concept & MC DRS - Falling Stars
d. Sam Binga ft. Redders - Lef Dem
Next up on COMMERCIAL SUICIDE we have label boss KLUTE with an extra special 12" single with a remix of "My Black & White" - one of the standouts from last years "The Draft" LP. Chosen for the duty is long time friend Dominick Martin aka CALIBRE.
Featuring the vocal talents of North Carolina based Klose, CALIBRE has delved deep and turned this tale of heartbreak into a 7 minute hypnotic beauty. We strongly suggest you download and use it.
For the flip KLUTE brings a slice of jiggy only he can do and we know you'll love it.
DJ Marky “Both tunes are fantastic”
Doc Scott “Superb”
Marcus Intalex “Amazing dance music”
Fabio “T for Tremendous”
Available in a blue vinyl edition of 300 copies.
a/ Klute ft. Klose - My Black And White (Calibre Remix)
b/ Klute - Speak No Fish
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