Release Date: 22nd January 2021
In The Joker EP, Biome shows why he is right at the very top of the game. 4 incredibly made pieces of Dubstep mastery, beautifully put together into the first Deep, Dark & Dangerous release of 2021.
Creepy intros, crunchy midbass, crisp and slick drumwork, quirky hooks and crushing sub all categorise this release. Each sample and sound meticulously positioned for maximum effect. Biome has always been the king of making sure everything is in it's right place, less is more, every piece of the puzzle has it's purpose and the whole release is a masterclass in this aesthetic.
We know you are going to love it as much as we do.
a1. Biome - The Joker
a2. Biome - Boxed
b1. Biome - Monster
b2. Biome - Never Listen
Available: 15th January 2021
a1. Special Request - Codename Turbo Nutter
a2. Source Direct - Vigilante
b1. J. Majik - The Lost Tribe
b2. Shackleton - Drawn and Quartered
b3. Pinch & Trim - That Wasn't It
c1. Daniel Avery - Whilst We've Got Metal In Our Blood
c2. Mantra - Embers
c3. B.Traits - Mameya
d1. Groove Armada - Wesley Nightshade
d2. UNKLE - Catch Me When I Fall (fabric Club Mix Fix)
Release Date: 29th January 2021
UK-based Corticyte returns with EFAX008 on Art-E-Fax, a characteristically eclectic 4-tracker laden with heady bass and raw frequencies. Opener ‘Integrate 2 v5 (126 BPM)’ hits hard with a dark pulse, whilst ‘Waveguide (107 BPM)’ taps out mutant ambient soundscapes. For the B-side, ‘Horn (126 BPM)’s tripped out breakbeats and glaring horns are pure rave madness, whilst closer ‘Final Drop (128 BPM)’ will bring a fogged-out euphoria to any set. Corticyte harnesses his trippy production skills with this bold multi-layered cut.
a1. Corticyte - Integrate 2
a2. Corticyte - Waveguide
b1. Corticyte - Horn
b2. Corticyte - Final Drop
Release Date: 8th January 2021
Montreal-based producer & DJ Slick Shoota brings us Function, his debut LP and first solo release on the Teklife imprint. A native of Norway known for his renowned Oslo club night Ball Em Up, he’s been a member of the elite crew since 2015, contributing tracks to the label’s compilations such as On Life Vol. 2 and VIP Trax. Using a unique palate that combines both traditional footwork drums and eclectic otherworld sonics, this album expands on the signature sound he’s been brewing during the course of his career, celebrating his longtime love of the Chicago soundscape, with a healthy helping of UK rave, jungle, and vibesfrom other fast paced club realms.
Slick starts the record off with Hovercraft, a big burly mutant rap beat riding a glowing titanic wave of jungle subbass, with vicious hi-hats stabbing through the mix. Desire Path follows with hysterical horns cruising along a stampede of erratic Chicago percussion. A glitchy, malfunctioning computer meets drumline stomps on See Me Flex, resulting in a psychotic, yet psychedelic sci-fi soundscape. Ultra-distorted hardcore kicks open up Jellyneck, dropping straight into adungeon of ghostly vocals and headlong toms. Warehouse 2K opens up the B-side with R&B chops and lasers floating on a charming cloud of pulsating pads. Mad doppler sirens loop around your head on Delahaze, as distant clangs and crashes fight an impatient,throbbing bassline. Classic rave atmospheres are met with Slick’s elegant sound design on MTL Hardcore, his ode to his adoptive city.
The album closes off with Special Tek, channeling the signature quirky drum sounds of the late DJ Rashad over a pounding,fast paced house beat, a wonderful nod to the Windy City and its influential sonic culture. Carving out his own sound from the legacies of Chicago, the UK, and other underground club hotspots, Slick Shoota has found his own recognizable voice within theserealms of dance music, and this LP serves as documentation of that solidified voice. Years of studying the masters and immersing himself with their work has clearly paid off, and he’s respectfully taking these sounds he loves in exciting new directions. Bridging gaps both historical and geographical, Function marks a pivotal point in his career, and is clear evidence that Slick Shoota is vital member of the legendary Teklife family.
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a2. Desire Path
a3. See Me Flex
b1. Warehouse 2K
b3. MTL Hardcore
b4. Special Tek
Availabel: 11th December 2020
Bakongo returns with his unique brand of UK rhythm tracks to Livity Sound for the '3 x 2' EP. Under his more familiar Roska alias, Wayne Goodlitt has been a stalwart of the underground London sound for well over a decade: helping both define the UK Funky genre and then carrying it forward, nurturing a new generation of producers and DJs along the way. With Bakongo, the focus is on a rawer, darker, precision tooled club tracks, irresistible for DJs and dancers alike, fusing house music with a raw sound system focus.
a1. Bakongo - Oww
a2. Bakongo - Grainy
b1. Bakongo - Tribal Warrior
b2. Bakongo - 3 x 2
Release Date: 18th December 2020
"I've been making tracks in groups for the past couple of years and these three were loosely based on a Lovecraft style story, where an investigator shows up at an unfrequented hotel and discovers a supernatural cult. Bit of a reach? Maybe"
a1. Commodo - Lobby Theme
b1. Commodo - Eldritch
b2. Commodo - Procession
Release Date: 18th December 2020
Cue up your sound system! The second chapter of Sentry's compilation series is reaching the long-awaited light of day and furthers the notoriety of its lauded artist congregation in the typical high-grade style. Moving into the last quarter of 2020 and from strength to strength with each release, the imprint welcomes plenty of fresh faces to the revered artist roster, such as Arkham Sound, Karnage and Muttley among others. Bridling amid the commotion, returning champions like Cimm, LSN and Substance, as well as the label boss Youngsta himself untether their respective supreme vibrations. To be released as a digital long-player alongside a four-track vinyl sampler - 'Part 2' forms a comprehensive listening journey, truly taking bass music enthusiasts for an extensive and stylistically varied ride. Smoothly fusing meditative soundscapes with its apocalyptic counterparts, the result forms a select composite of some of the scene's brightest talents encapsulated within the heavyweight LP.
Featuring a meticulously curated assortment of bass music flavours, it kicks off with Dub Techno inclinations, ephemeral chords and mesmeric soundscapes in Cimm's 'Glider' - laying it down on a foundation bassline. 'Shottah Kush' by the LSN collective conjures an as electric as industrial mammoth, running things with head-nodding swing and scattered outbursts of otherworldly distortion.
Wandering through the hypnotic temple sounds of 'The Fallen' by Saraphim, 'Tupi' by Japan's CITY1 returns to a full-frontal flute assault, loaded with murderous low-frequency excursions, primed for the dance. More infernal overtones and glitches await in Kali & Senncoria's 'Dragon Shape' - taking listeners on an epic sound design journey.
Sirens from afar, silky strings and high-grade 808's fire through 'Magie' by Muttley, followed up by off-kilter Dubstep at its finest - 'Nug' by Substance & Youngsta, teeming of sonic intricacies. With militant and gripping percussion, Arkham Sound's 'So Jaded' guides through its forceful but evanescent atmosphere.
Taking on the torch, Karnage immolates musing melodies on larger-than-life drums in 'Magitek' - closely tailed by the highly inflammatory contents of Confusious' 'Octane' - radiating shut-down vibes. Wrapped up by spheric harmonies and top-notch 2-Step tendencies in Rednote's 'Albion' - the LP concludes its beautiful journey with a captivating, ruminative meditation of 'Genesis' by Boston's Saltus. Sourced from some of the world's finest artists, both established and new - the mighty Sentry Records syndicate strikes again.
a1. KALI & Senncoria - Dragon Shape
b1. LSN - Shotta Kush
c1. Substance & Youngsta - Nug
d1. Cimm - Glider
Available: 11th December 2020
O$VMV$M the Bristol based production duo of Amos Childs (Jabu) and Sam Barrett (Kahn & Neek) have traditionally dealt in hazy, smoked out vignettes - seen across release for Idle Hands, No Corner and most recently providing music for the Manonmars LP. Where the duos previous work has explored ideas in short bursts which capture you then fades away; IDLE063 takes their sound into unexplored directions and shows an evolution in their output. By extending their ideas into long form tracks within the traditional lineage of bristol soundsystem culture and combining it with their unique ear for sampling Phase 4 / Witch brings O$VMV$M's into a territory which shows how wide their sound can truly reach
a1. O$VMV$M - Phase 4
b1. O$VMV$M - Witch linen
Available: 11th December 2020
a1. Machinedrum - The Relic (feat Rochelle Jordan)
a2. Machinedrum - Star (feat mono/Poly & Tanerelle)
a3. Machinedrum - Kane Train (feat Freddie Gibbs)
a4. Machinedrum - Wait 4 U (feat Jesse Boykins III)
a5. Machinedrum - Sleepy Pietro (feat Tigran Hamasyan)
a6. Machinedrum - Spin Blocks (feat Father)
b1. Machinedrum - Idea 36 (feat Chrome Sparks)
b2. Machinedrum - Believe In U
b3. Machinedrum - 1000 Miles (feat Sub Focus)
b4. Machinedrum - Inner Eye
b5. Machinedrum - Ur2yung