Repress Due: 17th September 2021
Melbourne producer Pugilist hitting hard with a four track EP for these dark days.. As you may be used to by now on 3024, the artist showcases his wide ranging pallette of styles and flavors, and "Blue Planet" is no different. The title track is a slinky UKG informed dub roller reminiscent of early Shed. Acid Flange is a menacing 8am (or later) track for the deeper dancefloor or headphones. Pugilist's collab with Tamen is on a uplifting dnb tip and as a digi only extra we have "Quick Fix", a slinky Detroit electro piece.
a1. Blue Planet
b1. Acid Flange
Release Date: 10th September 2021
Infernal Sounds strip things down and go back to basics with their next endeavor, returning to their roots by releasing a two track single by debutants, Frenchless. Not only is it their first venture on the label, but this is their first ever release under this moniker from the mysterious deadly duo.
The release kicks off with hypnotic melodies on '3C 273', breaking into a chest-thumping ruckus of drums and snare slaps, it's a modular-infused medley of mid-range tones. Unlike the A side, 'Grunks' carries a slice more swagger, swinging you back and forth with the bassline stomp. It's one of those you need to feel rattle your ribcage on the dancefloor.
A truly monumental debut from unknown, and someone you'll want to keep your eyes on in the future.
The release has already received heavy support from the likes of Digital Mystikz on BBC Radio 6, Mala, BunZer0, Kursk (Innamind) and many more.
a1. Frenchless - 3C 273
b1. Frenchless - Grunks
Release Date: 10th September 2021
Well who would have bloody thought it. 20 releases on Holding Hands. That is bananas to be typing that out. It’s been a hell of a ride and I am over the moon to be able to confidently sit here and say that I still absolutely love every single release that has been put out since the first back in 2017. What a bunch of absolute slammers!
Keeping true to form number 20 comes from a new Harry Wills alias called Brazen and it does exactly what you expect when you turn on a Holding Hands release. Bendy wendy steam rollers that land somewhere between a rail of k and downing a crate of Red Bulls.
Obviously, I am a massive fan of Harrys. I run another label (Sock It To Me) with him and his previous release on HH is one of my all time favourites. When he came to me with a new alias and some fresh tunes it was a no brainers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All four tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...
a1. Brazen - Aces & Eights
a2. Brazen - Twocking
b1. Brazen - Muck
b2. Brazen - Achey Breaky
Available: 11th August 2021
An oral history of the UK’s soundsystem culture, featuring interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Skream, Youth, Norman Jay MBE, Adrian Sherwood, Mala, and others.
In the years following the arrival of the Windrush generation, the UK’s soundsystem culture would become the most important influence on contemporary pop music since rock and roll. Pumped through towering, home-built speakers, often directly onto the thronged streets of events like the Notting Hill Carnival, the pulsating bass lines of reggae, dub, rave, jungle, trip hop, dubstep, and grime have shaped the worlds of several generations of British youth culture but have often been overlooked by historians obsessed with swinging London, punk, and Britpop.
This oral history, consisting of new interviews conducted by respected dance music writer Joe Muggs, and accompanied by dramatic photographic portraits by Brian David Stevens, presents the story of the bassline of Britain, in the words of those who lived and shaped it. Features interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Norman Jay MPE, Youth, Adrian Sherwood, Skream, Rinse FM’s Sarah Lockhart and many others.
500pp (approx) heavily illustrated in b/w
165mm x 221mm
Release Date: 27th August 2021
"This is Urban Poetry's 2nd 12“ vinyl release and it combines old and new in a beautiful and timeless way. Being located in Berlin, the label has been releasing 170 bpm music and beyond for almost twelve years now. Both tracks, Cruel Culture's Hyperion and Elusive Elements & Silent Mind's Immortal, first came out in 2012 as digital only releases and were musical milestones for the label. Their sheer beauty and grace is still breathtaking today. In Cruel Culture's Hyperion, celestial strings and atmospheric pads open up the doors for a dance of the titans, to which the track continually evolves into other spheres.
Tellus, uprising star and extremly gifted talent within the 170 scene, blesses us with a modern, breathtakingly fresh and epic remix of Hyperion. Razor-sharp drums lead through the track while the characteristic strings from the original accompany a super heavy and deep diving bassline. Top notch business! The flipside follows the same concept with Elusive Elements & Silent Mind's Immortal, which offers another classic from the Urban Poetry rows. Immortal is a beautifully crafted piece of contemporary electronic dance music and is, with its classic groove, earworm melody and minimal arrangement, somehow reminiscent of the early days of synthesizer music. Kodama, to some better known as Ahmad or Acid_Lab, joined forces with Turrican for the Remix. Staying true to the original the two added their special touch and gave it a new, more ethereous, outfit. The 12" release will be strictly limited and comes in a full color sleeve with a sticker and (Bandcamp) download-code."
a1. Cruel Culture - Hyperion
a2. Cruel Culture - Hyperion (Tellus Remix)
b1. Elusive Elements & Silent Mind - Immortal
b2. Elusive Elements & Silent Mind - Immortal (Kodama & Turrican Remix)
Release Date: 10th September 2021
Like trudging through viscous air, I Lost All My Data is a blissed-out barrage of sub-bass that nods to a long-lasting passion for sound system culture.
Uploading turbo-charged wubs with molten glass melodies, the debut EP of Giovanni Bonelli (aka Notte Infinita) is a welcomed update for UK style broken-techno conventions. Booting-up with its title track, the record quadrisects the fabric of digital music, each cut a sonic reprogramming of its predecessor. ‘Slippery Tuff’ references off-kilter club, while on the flip, ‘Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)’ climaxes in an ultra-sensory faux-organic whorl. Unplugging the whole thang, ‘Oxygen’ manipulates post-dubstep textures, into a data-roused jungle tunnel.
Deciphering glitched-out signal processing and harmonic warps, I Lost All My Data is the software upgrade that every system needs – do not choose Later; Install Now.
A1. I Lost All My Data
A2. Slippery Tuff
B1. Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)
Release Date: 13th August 2021
"I'm very happy to announce the launch of my label Declassified Records - a home for SP:MC productions moving forward. Starting my own imprint has been something I've been toying with for a while now, yet never given my full focus. As events began to unfold back in spring 2020, I realised there was a great opportunity for me to turn a bad situation into something positive. My busy schedule as a touring artist disappeared overnight, giving me a chance to focus my full attention on my music production.
Other than a couple of remixes, the last proper record I put out was a 12" on Youngsta's label Sentry Records. The tracks 'Vintage' & 'Slugfest' were my first experimentations with garage / 2-step. The release was well received & sold out, but more importantly I had really enjoyed the process of writing the music. Feeling encouraged to continue exploring this new direction, I set about writing a batch of tracks around the garage / 2-step framework, attempting to infuse them with my influences from Drum & Bass and Dubstep.
These tracks are now ready to be released on Declassified as a series of 12" singles, kicking off with DCLSFD001, 'Drawing Sound' with 'Cargo Dub' on the flip."
a1. SP:MC - Drawing Sound
b1. SP:MC - Cargo Dub
Available: 2nd August 2021
Crosstown Rebels present the third in a trio of EPs featuring reworks from Krust’s lauded masterpiece ‘The Edge Of Everything’. The selection of top-drawer artists delighted to rub shoulders with the revered master now adds UNKLE, Hodge and DJ Nature to a list that has seen Masters At Work, Four Tet, Damian Lazarus, Batu, Calibre, LCY and Flynn all deliver inspired re-rubs.
Linking back to a shared history that saw Krust (alongside Roni Size) remix DJ Krush’s ‘Dig This Vibe’, and also provide their own track ‘Tribetoon’ for the seminal ‘Headz 2’ compilation, both on James Lavelle’s label Mo’Wax, now the influential DJ/producer/A&R delivers arguably his best ever work under the UNKLE alias: This is deep breakbeat goodness which sounds both classic and perfectly now.
A sonic son of Krust, fellow Bristolian Hodge works ‘Constructive Ambiguity’ into a proggy new school breaks monster that carves the original’s metallic bass into sharp new shapes, whilst West Country royalty and Wild Bunch founder Milo Johnson AKA DJ Nature provides wigged-out Martian house by way of New York – which, in one of Krust’s many thematic circles – echoes the Latin-tinged, blunted science of Nu Yorican Soul’s classics ‘Mind Fluid’ and ‘The Nervous Track’.
A1. Hegel Dialect (Unkle Reconstruction)
A2. Constructive Ambiguity (Hodge Remix)
B1. Deep Fields of Liars (DJ Nature Remix)
Release Date: 27th August 2021
South London music venue, radio station and party series AAJA are relaunching their self-titled record label, with a four-track EP from producer and respected DJ, Controlled Weirdness. Titled ‘Sounds From A Disappearing City’ the release will kick-start a quarterly series celebrating South-East London's thriving, underground dance music scene.
a1. Controlled Weirdness - Drifting Through The Streets
a2. Controlled Weirdness - Agents Everywhere
b1. Controlled Weirdness - Destroy To Create
b2. Controlled Weirdness - Dream World
Release Date: 27th August 2021
Legendary British producer Kevin Martin is back with his first new full-length album under The Bug moniker in seven years. ‘Fire’, the third album to his urban triptych (‘London Zoo’ and ‘Angels & Devils’) is released on Ninja Tune.
Kevin Martin is known globally for his experimental cross of genres (electronic, hip-hop, dubstep, dancehall and grime) and has received endless support over the years from fans and press alike. His previous records have received critical acclaim, with ‘London Zoo’ (2008) named Record Of The Year in Wired’s annual critics’ poll, and ‘Angels & Devils’ (2014) ranked #2 on Crack’s Albums Of The Year, Mojo’s Top 10 Albums Of The Year’, #5 in Quietus’ Albums Of The Year and #18 on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Electronic & Dance Albums Of 2014, plus many more.
‘Fire’ is an exhilarating 14 track album featuring the legendary MCs Moor Mother, Flowdan, Daddy Freddy, Irah, Roger Robison, Nazamba, FFSYTHO, Manga and Logan, and possibly the most ferociously realised and immensely moving music Kevin has ever made. The record is a response to the unique circumstances of the past year and also a chance to reflect on his journey from reclusive sound-obsessive to family man.
The Bug has previously performed at internationally renowned festivals such as Glastonbury, Primavera Sound, Roskilde, Supersonic, Way Out West and Sound City.
For fans of Wiley, King Midas Sound, Kode9, Pinch, Zomby, Newham Generals, Roll Deep. Double LP on yellow and red 140g vinyl in a silkscreen printed gatefold sleeve with red paper inners and unique sticker.
The Fourth Day (feat. Roger Robinson)
Pressure (feat. Flowdan)
Demon (feat. Irah)
Vexed (feat. Moor Mother)
Clash (feat. Logan)
War (feat. Nazamba)
How bout dat (feat. FFSYTHO)
Bang (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
Hammer (feat. Flowdan)
Ganja Baby (feat. Daddy Freddy)
Fuck Off (feat. Logan)
Bomb (feat. Flowdan)
High Rise (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
The Missing (feat. Roger Robinson)
Release Date: 20th August 2021
"Just Valance being Valance, I'm no underground glitch legend or pioneer as I never cared for a title, just an individual who puts sounds together and embraces the outcome whether it's light or dark. Capturing emotions from complex patterns. I don't betray myself. Not for status. Not for power. Not for money. Not to fit into a stereotype. Not to look a certain way. Not for approval as patience and sacrifice is required to build anything.
Some aspects of the world are getting uglier every day and every ray of hope is vital to tilt the balance."
- Valance Drakes
A1 Valance Drakes - Grown Weary Of Their Kindness
A2 Valance Drakes - Awaken Old Memories From Their Slumber
A3 Valance Drakes - Angels Can Still Feel Fear
A4 Valance Drakes - Those That Tell You Winning Lies
B1 Valance Drakes - The Man Who Trade Obediences For A Title
B2 Valance Drakes - Behaviour Never Stand Still
B3 Valance Drakes - In The Nest Of Complex Questions
B4 Valance Drakes - Trace Your Scars
Release Date: 6th August 2021
“To make authentic Jungle you’ve got to get the breaks right sonically and LMajor does that without effort. Something in the tone of his drums really spoke to me and I knew im- mediately I wanted a record for Astrophonica. Authentic UKG is also all in the drums and it turns out he can do those too. Throw in some killer hooks and riffs and it’s the perfect combination - full of vibe and character” - Fracture
Can’t Do It’ is raw dance floor Jungle in a drawn out and journey like fashion. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Incredibly fun to mix - can you do it?
‘Spinnin’ is all blissed out UKG with dizzying chord stabs and vocal ticks. Wait for the irre- sistible walking bass line to take you by the arm and go for a stroll.
The drums in ’Feelin’ are so in the pocket that there’s no space for your wallet and keys so forget them and just bubble. Heavy sub bass will have the rest of your jeans flapping.
‘Hush’ closes the EP on a high with trademark LMajor breaks and drawn out arrangement. No need to rush this one, just tune out to the rhodes and Think break workout before the lashing and metallic Amen ramps up the excitement. Shhh, just listen.
a1. LMajor - Can’t Do It
a2. LMajor - Spinnin
b1. LMajor - Feeling ft Fracture
b2. LMajor - Hush
Release Date: 3rd September 2021
"Artificial Intelligence has been a fascinating area for me since 2017, and Cypher is a body of my work, an album, that draws heavily on it for inspiration. I tried to combine classical elements and modern techniques as much as possible when creating it, so that it has both a sense of the familiar and the new. I created the artwork by programming a GAN algorithm using face-transfer concept in combination with a street-art dataset from Istanbul."
A1 Granul - Intro
A2 Granul - Delusion
A3 Granul - Alexa
B1 Granul - Quarantine Groove
B2 Granul - Maqa
B3 Granul - Cypher
C1 Granul - Oneshot
C2 Granul - Deformity
C3 Granul - Bigram
C4 Granul - Fitne
D1 Granul & Enslaved - Inter-connected
D2 Granul - Cypher (VIP Mix)
D3 Granul - Fitne (Gantz remix)
Release Date: 13th August 2021
‘still slipping vol.1’ is the debut full length project from Joy Orbison. Fans of Joy O’s DJ sets and radio shows will already be aware of his diverse tastes and inspirations, represented here through a roll call of delicately curated, mainly UK, collaborators that include Herron, James Massiah, Bathe, Léa Sen, Goya Gumbani and TYSON.
Just as important are the voices of Joy Orbison's family - mum, dad, sister Sarah, uncle Frankie, uncle Keith (recently departed), auntie Helen and cousins Lola and Mia, as well as Leighann, who was the first person to introduce him to drum and bass and garage as a kid and stars on the mixtape’s cover art. They appear throughout the record via a series of voice notes, his only contact with his family during this year of worldwide lockdown and an intimate, vicarious glimpse into the personal world of an artist who has generally side-stepped the public gaze.
a1. w/ dad & frankie
a2. sparko (w/ herron)
a3. swag w/ kav (w/ james messiah & bathe)
a4. better (w/ léa sen)
a7. ‘rraine (w/ edna)
b1. glorious amateurs
b2. s gets jaded
b3. froth sipping
b4. layer 6
b5. in drink
b6. playground (w/ goya gumbani)
b7. born slipping (w/ tyson)
Available: 30th July 2021
Slick jungle, low-slung broken beat and even a deep house banger, 'Interlocked' assembles 8 tracks of some of the purest old-school vibes by a veteran of the scene under a brand new alias for a frustrated and precarious (post)-lockdown summer. Tapping the drama and energy of the largely pre-generic party days of '91-94 - a halcyon time of transition in which Drumskull himself, as a life-long skater otherwise stoked on the the raw energy of 80s skate video soundtracks - to Black Flag, JFA, Minor Threat, Stupids et al, to Primus, Gang Starr and Meat Beat Manifesto, made the passage into syncopated machine funk, to sub bass, time-stretched breaks and automated beat production.
Physically drumming in a couple of skate punk bands in the early 90s, exposure to hardcore and early jungle tapes in '93 by DJ Dimension and DJ Rob (Leeds Orbit, UK), amongst countless others, inspired an archetypal move to sell his drum kit so as to land a set of Technics 1210s. Spinning techno and jungle on the local free party scene and clubs as part of a DJ collective from '94-96, crafting early tunes on Amiga ProTracker software, and shortly after running club nights in mid-90s London with Mo' Wax and Ninja Tune artists, Drumskull expresses the eclecticism of the era across 8 big tracks of previously unreleased material. Evoking all the energy and excitement of being involved in those early years of dance culture, 'Interlocked' powerfully yet playfully connects then to now, reveling in a sense of timelessness, mutation and hybridity.
Album photography by Amir Zaki from his book with legendary Skateboarder Tony Hawk and author Peter Zellner 'California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks (2019). Graffiti lettering by original UK stylemaster and beatmaker REQ TDK.
a1 Battle Stations
b1 Broken Rinse
c1 Negative 7
c2 Unarmed Opponent
d1 Information Society
Release Date: 6th August 2021
Pressed on Ltd (300) 10” vinyl and housed in a black disco featuring a unique metallic sticker design.
Portugal’s 3WA lands on the UK’s long running Boka Records label. 3WA will be an artist familiar to some having released on other notable labels such as Crucial Recordings, Foundation Audio and Earth & Stone. On Boka’s 53rd vinyl release he drops two heavyweight tracks taking on a deep sea theme, with “SEA WITCH” and “WHALE”. This is deep, heavy dubstep just how we like it, with the atmosphere and swagger reminiscent of early DMZ titles. Enjoy!
a1. 3WA - SEA WITCH
b1. 3WA - WHALE
Release Date: September 2021
Chris Hanna has been at the forefront of Irish electronic music for over eight years, first through his work under Unknown with fellow Irish artist Gemma Dunleavy and now as the formidable Carlton Doom. The Belfast based producer has built a reputation as one of the most forward thinking, genre-merging artists on the island, combining his love for techno, breaks and garage into a growing palette of sonic decompression. Now the Belfast hit-man steps up with another exploration of deconstructed techno, screw-face bass and otherwise unknown substances not fit for human consumption.
Opener ‘Binmen Of The Apocalypse’ features a heavy drum-work perfect for peak-time and the type of bassline that lights a fire under any dance-floor; while ‘E-Machine’ adds swing with it’s killer low-end, bouncing between tenacious beats and choppy vocoder samples. Wrapping up the A-side is ‘I Am the Creator’ a signature Carlton Doom track with it’s weighty kick-drums and uncompromising structure, bulldozing it’s way through your speakers.
On the flip ‘Insects and Jelly’ and ‘Scatterbrain’ share the same DNA; both seeping with personality and a total disregard for the rules; as the EP then comes to a close with a high-velocity ‘I Am The Creator’ remix by one of Manchester’s finest - Interplanetary Criminal.
A1. Binmen of the Apocalypse
A2. E Machine
A3. I Am The Creator
B1. Insects in the Jelly
B3. I Am The Creator (Interplanetary Criminal Remix)