Release Date: 12th June 2020
Continuing the collaborative project started in 2018, the long awaited Watermark Volume 2 is here.
Amoss & Fre4knc join forces once more, to deliver another release demonstrating exactly why the first volume was such a success. This combination of producers consistently deliver their own, heavyweight sound, with "Question Answer" and "Confront" being no exception to the rule.
The pair are also joined by Swift for the menacing collaboration "Face Reality".
Watermark Volume 2 is testament to this creative pairing of styles and it sure to be in heavy rotation. Watch this space for more to come from this project.
**Audio will follow later**
a1. Amoss & Fre4knc - Question Answer
b1. Amoss & Fre4knc & Swift - Face Reality
b2. Amoss & Fre4knc - Confront
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
These run of releases on ‘Existence Is Resistance’ comes from the Legendary Proto Garage Record Label ‘Same People’, and see’s Persian & Long time musical partner DJ Texsta, repressing some of their most pioneering UKG E.P.s.
The Duo helped define the early sounds of UKG & the then unheard sound of Speed Garage, Dubstep & Grime. The Duo had massive success with records like ‘Dangerous’ & ‘Well Well Well’ which is included here.
Alongside this there’s a Special treat for the UKG Heads out there, with a previously Unreleased unheard Dubplate Mix of ‘Well Well Well’, which was recently unearthed amongst Texsta’s expansive record collection. This version is remixed by none other than the UK Techno Legend Nick Dunton under his secret ‘D Ross’ dj monika that he used back in the pirate days.
The much loved requested ‘Real Love’ gets another outing, originally being the B-Side to the classic ‘Feel Da Vibe’.
On top of all this Goodness, listener’s get treated to two absolutely killer bonus tracks from Dunton D–56M alias, ‘Homage’ which features label mate & Soul singer Decarlo (Survival Dub) in a tribute to the teacher’s of the Chicago sound & ‘Medication’ which is an inspired dystopian house chugger, with a stark warning for the New World.
These are for the ‘Collector’s’ out there: Super limited one time represses
a1. Persian & DJ Texsta - Well Well Well Dub Mix
a2. Nick Dunton - Medication: D-56M
b1. Persian - Questions Edit 4
b2. Persian - Resist
b3. Persian - Alright Retwist Dubplate Mix
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
Acid Lab returns to AGN7 Audio with his “Secret Weapon EP”. With releases on a host of recognized underground imprints, he has offered steady contributions to many areas of the Drum & Bass and Bass music community throughout the years, under several aliases including Kodama and Ahmad.
This release sees him cover new territory, experimenting with various tempos while maintaining 90s jungle aesthetic. Both “Shadow Recruit” and title track “Secret Weapon” clock in at 140 bpm, loaning themselves to breakbeat-oriented DJ sets that seek versatility. With “Unleash” and “Before The Storm” at 160 bpm, Acid Lab revisits the ‘golden era’ of tech step style. In both approaches, Acid Lab creates rolling, break driven infectious grooves in formats that are both nostalgic as well forward thinking for a new generation of DJs and Breakbeat/Bass music afficionados.
Acid Lab has seen support for his music from DJs and artists such as: Bailey, Ant TC1, DJ Flight, Om Unit, Gremlinz, DJ Trax, Soul Intent, and Double O.
a1. Acid Lab - Secret Weapon
a2. Acid Lab - Unleash
b1. Acid Lab - Shadow Recruit
b2. Acid Lab - Before The Storm
Release Date: 26th June 2020
Faces Vol. 1 - The Many Faces of Killer Smile is available both digitally and on limited edition blue and white marbled vinyl with hand stamped label.
The mixed artist EP begins with none other than Manix of Reinforced Recs fame with 'The Feeling', a golden era style 92/93 Jungle Tekno roller with mesmerising stab notes, deep, funky subs, gliding amen breaks and soulful vox just like the good old days.
Next, Skeleton Army remixes Foul Plays' 'Black Sun' in a contemporary Breakbeat Rave style fusing crisp, authentic 'Oldskool' breaks, bleeps and warehouse synths in a melodic drift to the dark side of the Jungle where cavernous riffs create a sense of defiant danger, the kind once found in journeys down the M1.
Denham Audio put on a 4min 58sec masterclass in Breakbeat science full of sweeping, atmospheric riffs that call back to early Detroit Techno and Bukem esque Jungle on 'Mercury Tint', a sonic sojourn around the rings of Saturn with mind-expanding soundscapes wrapped tightly round rolling breaks.
Mani Festo brings a progressive slant to the broken beat ensemble. The Far-Eastern influenced keys float gracefully around a crunchy oldskool hardcore break and booming bass vibrations on the aptly named 'Spiral', a bubbling cauldron of Breaks, Jungle & Techno as if created in a smoke-filled bedroom somewhere in a high rise London tower block.
a1. Manix - The Feeling
a2. Foul Play - Black Sun (Skeleton Army Remix)
b1. Denham Audio - Mercury Tint
b2. Mani Festo - Spiral
Release Date: 19th June 2020
a1. Only Some More
b1. Like This
Release Date: 19th June 2020
VIPs are becoming more common again with the fast turnover of music in our rapidly evolving musical environment. These enable the producer to continue playing their own tracks in DJ sets but have an edge with a slightly updated version from the released tune. VIPs are mostly never made available outside a select set of DJs, but for the Samurai Hannya series we had a few that were really too strong not to release, so we commissioned a few more to round out the EP. Homemade Weapons is a long term proponent of the VIP and he shows his experience here with his updates of Omen and The Claw, transforming them into entirely different approaches that have been favourites with all DJs that have had these in advance. Roho and Torn strip back their tunes and both provide essential renovations to their initial constructions that propel them back into your crate as essential frameworks to build new blends.
a1. Homemade Weapons - Omen VIP
a2. Roho - Totemz VIP
b1. Presha & Homemade Weapons - The Claw (Homemade Weapons VIP)
b2. Torn - Dance On The Bones VIP