Release Date: 24th January 2020
Artikal Music UK is pleased to announce the return of LSN with their second release for the label entitled AUTOMATION.
Due for release on 24th January 2020, the 4 track EP covers all aspects of the 140/Dubstep scene from the garage tinges of 'A.I', the deep tribal creeper 'Spirit Dub' to the futuristic tone of 'Machine' and closing with purple vibe of 'Breakin'
a1. LSN - A.I
a2. LSN - Spirit Dub
b1. LSN - Machine
b2. LSN - Breakin
Release Date: 10th January 2020
After 2 Vinyl Only releases, 786 Recordings presents a new Series called 786X.
The first EP of the new installment comes from the label owners DPRTNDRP, also known as D-Operation Drop, delivering the heavy-weight once again.
A three tracks EP, available both Vinyl and Digital format, containing 3 of the most awaited tracks produced by the Italian Collective.
Unshaken is an intoxicated sound system destroyer, with its multiple kick sessions matched perfectly with the mental bass movement, creates earthquakes every time this heater have been tested out.
The Disturbed creepy voices of the second track called Relief, working with the complex drum elements, bringing imagination to another level, rocking the listener up and down with his melted sub-line
Closing the EP with Parsley Tea, another anthem which finally see the lights, with shredded wild percussions and dirty wobble textures.
a1. DPRTNDRP - Unshaken
b1. DPRTNDRP - Relief
b2. DPRTNDRP - Parsley Tea
Release Date: 17th January 2020
Distinct Motive returns to Navy Cut with another weighty two track release! Hamburg; a fast paced percussive driver. The A side that did serious damage at this years festival in USA and Europe. “2-3-4-5-6-7-8...Dowwwwwn” Haste on the flip side ... A stripped back minimal roller which transforms on bigger sound systems. Packed with bass energy and synth lines.
a1. Distinct Motive - Hamburg
b1. Distinct Motive - Haste
Release Date: 10th January 2020
Our last release (across both formats) of 2019 is a vinyl release with an artist we’ve sung high praises for earlier this year. Hailing from the Czech Republic, WZ is an artist with many talents - talents we demonstrated with his FKOF Records debut on FKOFd038.
As we said at the time, David sent us a batch of material over the summer and we (for the first time in our ~10year history) signed a digital and vinyl release without too much thought. Here he is, with his debut vinyl release, across three anthemic original mixes. And, for the first time ever, we welcome the mighty Ishan Sound to FatKidOnFire with the sort of firepower only the Young Echo artist can bring. This is FKOFv003...
a1. WZ - Headcleaner (Original Mix)
a2. WZ - Know That (Original Mix)
b1. WZ - Dossier (Original Mix)
b2. WZ - Headcleaner (Ishan Sound remix)
Release Date: 29th November 2019
After over five years since we've released the first chapter, we are nearly ready to drop "Steppin' Forward" 2, which will be our final release of 2019. This time the compilation includes 16 previously unreleased tracks from 27 artists and will be out on the 29th of November across 3x12" vinyl and digital.
a1. Baodub ft. Jahvorem - Heavy
a2. D-Operation Drop - Lockdown
b1. Dubbing Sun & Blue Hill ft. Kali Green - Filtering Lies
b2. Halcyonic & G Roots Meets Digid ft. Vale - Enchanted Dub
b3. JahYu - Empowerment
c1. Lapo - Legalize VIP
c2. iSt3p - Steamroller
d1. Blind Prophet - Righteous Stepper
d2. WuduB!? & Irieginal Nutty Tree ft. Ras Tinny - Give Thanks
d3. Kandee ft. Pijule - Apu Taita Waira
e1. Professor Skank ft. Danman - Jah
e2. Adam Prescott - Outernational Dub
e3. 6blocc ft. General Jah Mikey - Too Rude
f1. Teffa - Coca
f2. Tetrad - Kiwi Dreams
f3. Frenk Dublin - Statement
Release Date: 6th December 2019
In March 2018 Blackwood Soundsystem hosted a dubplate session with King Alpha and Fikir Amlak in Lahr (Germany). Fikir Amlak voiced a dubplate called “Ancient Man” for Tree Of Life Soundsystem on the “Harder Than The Rest Dub”, a heavyweight version of Culture’s “Holy Mount Zion” from 1978.
This dubplate marks the birth of the “Tree Of Life Sessions”. The raw dubplate material was sent to T-Jah to get the final mix. He was inspired by the lyrics and the art of singing so that besides mixing fyah hot dubplates he produced an own version of “Ancient Man”, which is featured here with two additional dubs.
The song’s trademark sounds are the playful erhu theme, a bansuri flute and a kalimba that create the unique atmosphere of the tune.
Later Fikir Amlak also rerecorded his tune “Ekos”, another King Alpha production, for Tree Of Life Soundsystem. This time Clive Chin’s & Errol Thompson’s “Extraordinary Version”, based on “Ordinary Man” by Lloyd Parks, builds the foundation for the dubplate. Again T-Jah cut an own version inspired by the original clavinet melody from 1972. T-Jah invited some guest musicians to spice up the tune. The guitars were played by the Dub Shepherds. Hazel Dub added sweet melodica vibes to the dubby second mix. Plug Dub Soundsystem’s own Señor C recorded a mystical flute that echoes throughout the final version of the record.
a1. T-Jah meets Fikir Amlak - Ancient Man
a2. T-Jah - Ancient Dubwise
a3. T-Jah - Dubman
b1. T-Jah meets Fikir Amlak - Ekos
b2. T-Jah meets Hazel Dub - Melodica Ekos
b3. T-Jah meets Señor C - Flute From Ancient Time
Release Date: 13th December 2019
140’s freshest innovator, Cartridge, sizzles three cutting-edge styles into one eclectic record. Thuggish flutes, electro-magnetic basslines and heavenly chimes ring throughout Albion Collective’s 11th release.
Holding its own on the A-side, ‘Cashmere’ snaps your fingers with nimble, eski flute-work and fuse-lit 808’s. The extra-terrestrial ‘Antimatter’ shudders earth’s tectonic plates, carving deep, spacious basslines into the B-side. Rounding off, the smile-driven melodies of ‘Sacred Scrollz’ lift your spirits above airtight percussion and foot-shuffling trap grooves.
Sifting the rhythm of the soul through his signature, crystal-clear sound, Cartridge elevates 140 in his Albion Collective debut.
a1. Cartridge - Cashmere
b1. Cartridge - Antimatter
b2. Cartridge - Sacred Scrollz
Release Date: 29th November 2019
Arguably the Netherlands’ most prominent grime artist, JLSXND7RS’ name is synonymous with some of the most iconic productions around, with a vast back catalogue including collaborations with Wiley, Footsie, Rocks FOE and Discarda. For the debut vinyl release on his fledgling label, Dark Knight, he’s brought out a long-awaited fan favourite alongside two gargantuan reimaginations.
From its brassy opening notes, “ Marching” is instantly recognisable – a minimal, yet menacing instrumental which has enjoyed countless plays from esteemed DJs including Slimzee and Sir Spyro since it first surfaced on the airwaves in 2016. It also comes with Mala’s seal of approval; the Digital Mystikz legend has cut the track to dubplate for use in his sets.
On side B1, dubstep royalty Caspa pares back the original to its base elements, instead introducing gritty basslines, mesmerising percussion and a grimy harmony to bridge the gap between the two genres.
The release concludes with a remix from Brighton innovator and Sector 7 signee J ook, which Outlook festival-goers will recognise. His melodic interpretation of the song includes swelling reversed synths, shuffling drums and cinematic breakdowns.
a1. JLSXND7RS - Marching
b1. JLSXND7RS - Marching (Caspa Remix)
b2. JLSXND7RS - Marching (Jook Remix)
Release Date: 22nd November 2019
Back with a vengeance, Cimm returns to the imprint with a highly anticipated succession to his Sentry debut from last year, stamped on a irresistible 2 x 12" vinyl release. Infernal halftime beats and top-notch Dubstep shells, firmly entrenched at the frontier of sound system music and its invaluable heritage. The London-based producer and DJ rose to swift and significant acclaim in the last few years with releases on institutions like Tempa, J:Kenzo's Artikal and Wheel & Deal as well as notable residencies at Rinse FM and the renowned Fabric night club, among other recent achievements. Now coming to a turntable near you, Cimm delivers four bespoke cuts, primed for the dance and your enjoyment, battle-tested by the scene's foremost tastemakers.
Diving into unidentified transmissions, 'Unknown Caller!!' sets the pace with eerie reverberations and filtered resonance. Amid the faint hiss of machinery, larger-than-life drums set up shop alongside subterranean pressure emissions. Hefty breaks, hold tight! Retro synth melodies keep us on track within the monstrous switch-ups and unquestionably meticulous arrangement, sure to shut down any dance in style. Cutting no corners with the B-Side, Cimm teams up with veteran vocalist Rider Shafique for a dystopian sub-bass onslaught, swaggering militant chants and the apocalyptic ambience to go with it. Steaming low-frequency oscillations bubble and hurl their weight, stripped of all restraints, coveted in freezing harmonies and ethereal atmosphere. Vibrating in a more uplifting spirit, the dedication to the Jamaican roots of sound system culture unfolds in the Londoner's signature style - dubbed out soundscapes ahead. 'Tosh Dub' keeps it a laid back, with vintage instrumentation, scattered skanks and swirling organ chimes. Taking an ultimate trip through unremitted grit and off-kilter grooves, 'I Am Jack Travis' lures us in with rainy undertones and hypnotic foley sampling. Promptly revealing its true nature with plenty of pressure and scrupulous syncopation, a ghostly heavyweight ensues and closes the deal.
a1. Cimm - Unknown Caller!!
b1. Cimm - The Corner ft. Rider Shafique
c1. Cimm - Tosh Dub
d1. Cimm - I Am Jack Travis
Release Date: 29th November 2019
Clearlight brings his wonderfully tripped out production wizardry to Foundation Audio for a 3 track journey into the void!
Clearlight has always stood out from the crowd and pushed boundaries with his unique take on the genre. It sounds like dubstep swallowed a bottle of LSD… or smoked some DMT… There’s no point going into detailed track summary as it won’t do the music justice, - just sit back, spark one up and get sucked into another dimension.
a1. Clearlight - Stomp Dub
b1. Clearlight - Ununderstandable
b2. Clearlight - Chasm
Release Date: 22nd November 2019
Artikal Music UK is pleased to share the LP from label owner J:KENZO "TAYGETA CODE", a collection of deep and heavy arrangements built for all speakers and sound-systems.
Varying in style and speed from dubstep, grime and bass from 130bpm, 140bpm & 170bpm; the album features appearances from grime MC Flowdan on the VIP of 'Like A Hawk', legend jungle MC Navigator on club banger 'Narky (Body Dem)', as well as New Zealand singer-songwriter Lelijveld who adds her subtle dreamy vocals to 'Broken Dreams'.
Support from Mala, Toddla T, Om Unit, Youngsta & N-Type.
a1. J:Kenzo - Desired State
a2. J:Kenzo - Broken Dreams (feat. Lelijveld)
b1. J:Kenzo - Deadbull
b2. J:Kenzo - Hoodwinked
c1. J:Kenzo - Narky (Body Dem) [feat. Navigator]
c2. J:Kenzo - Blind Summit
d1. J:Kenzo - Token Image
d2. J:Kenzo - Starseed 47
Release Date: 1st November 2019
Bristol’s Dubkasm is an absolute pillar of the worldwide roots, dub, and sound system movement. In fact it’s hard to imagine the contemporary UK dub scene without them. Massive releases on Peng! Sound, Bristol Archive, ZamZam, and especially their own Sufferah’s Choice and Dubkasm labels have made Stryda & Digistep household names among lovers of contemporary sound system reggae. Holding down and forwarding traditional dubplate culture for 25 years now, “Two X Two” showcases two slices of two different tunes and demonstrates why they are among the world’s most beloved groups, a link back to the elder generations of Bristol sound, and a beacon to the younger.
“Discipline,” presented in two pieces, cuts to the chase with a massive, relentless, fully saturated digital bassline blasting straight into the future of dubwise. No surprise that it has a ‘Year 3000’ vibe, as it was, in Stryda’s words “originally built for Iration Steppas to run at Teachings In Dub against his pupil Sinai Sound. All those who remember the dubplate special version “schooool him iyaaaah..!!” If the main mix, "Discipline", feels extra heady for a ‘Part 1,’ the "Lights On Mix" charts a course even further into reverb space with the tape echo running mad and the snares ricocheting to infinity.
Opening with a beautifully resonant piano figure, “The Key” featuring Ashanti Selah is a propulsive steppers, also presented in two pieces, this one with a galloping live-drums feel, Digi’s sax surfacing majestically through the flurry of syndrum and rim shots. Of “The Key” Stryda says “it’s been played by Aba Shanti-I on dubplate for the past couple of years, and there is a Keety Roots vocal and horns cut which rumour has it will see the light of day next year…” Stay tuned!!
Strictly limited to 600 copies for the world. No digital, no repress. Art and design by Polygon Press. Mastered by Sam Precise. Releasing first week of November, 2019.
a1. Dubkasm - Discipline
a2. Dubkasm - Lights on Mix
b1. Dubkasm - The Key ft. Ashanti Selah
b2. Dubkasm - Version
Release Date: 1st November 2019
ZamZam’s first encounter with the music of Diggory Kenrick was “The Lion Flute,” a wind-led cut to one of Jamaican music’s toughest riddims, the Mighty Diamonds’ “Africa.” Years later it still hasn’t left the box, and it led us on a quest to acquire as many of his tunes as possible… E3 became obsessed with reaching out to him for a collaboration, and “Temple Duel” b/w “Temple Dub” is the resulting plate. Collaborations with legends including Bunny Lee, Lee Perry, and Jah Wobble have resulted in an extraordinary catalog of 7”, 10”, and 12” singles, to say nothing of producing an outstanding documentary on Mr. Lee, “I Am The Gorgon,” and countless liner notes and production credits for the untouchable Pressure Sounds label.
Kenrick’s signature sound is haunting and richly melodic, phased and distorted, lending an ancient-to-the-future vibe to everything he touches, whether rootical collaborations or left-field version excursions.
Alter Echo & E3 and Headland had been wanting to collaborate for some time, and Kenrick’s high-plains-meets-far-east vibes seemed the perfect opportunity to build something truly unique.
The scene takes place deep underground, in blackened chambers untouched by the sun, ancient halls where reverb space is the guide and ritual combat is the only way out. Subsonic 808 bass undergirds a near-industrial mid-range bass guitar groove, stiff snares, stick-fighting percussion, and the melody an ever-present narrative arc through the dark. “Temple Dub” strips down the flute and widens the cinemascope, with claustrophobic panning and vertiginous detuning echoes creating ghostly traps for the unwary.
Strictly limited to 700 10" copies for the world. No digital, no repress. Art and design by Polygon Press. Mastered by Sam Precise. Releasing first week of November, 2019.
a1. Alter Echo & E3 Meet Headland & Diggory Kenrick - Temple Duel
b1. Alter Echo & E3 Meet Headland & Diggory Kenrick - Temple Dub
Release Date: 8th November 2019
Onwards and upwards, Dub Sector perseveres with its fourth physical discharge, welcoming Repulsion to the (vinyl side of the label roster). Taking the reigns in succession of the latest heaters by Dalek One, the following three low-end fiestas are brought to you by the swiftly aspiring producer, his base of operations residing in Oklahoma, US.
Active since 2011, the promising artist has since then put forth a multitude of releases on various esteemed imprints, including two 12" appearances, and digital publications on labels, such as Dubstar Records and Dayzerzo's Vomitspit. Reviewed by the likes of MixMag as well as receiving airplay from Dubstep ambassador Joe Nice and inDepth Radio among others, Repulsion has also joined Denver's SubMission agency roster and is actively involved in various musical projects. His sonic signature is situated within the sphere of Dubstep, embedded in Lo-Fi sampling aesthetics. A refreshing take on modern sound system music, infused with lush vintage flavours, Hip-Hop influenced grooves and swingy basslines.
a1. Repulsion - Incline 15
b1. Repulsion - Heads Up
b2. Repulsion - Mining Stage
Release Date: 8th November 2019
The fourth instalment of Dub-Stuy’s riddim series takes a slight detour from its modern dancehall focus with a darker, hip hop influenced riddim featuring contributions from an international cast of vocalists affiliated with the label.
Santa Muerte Riddim puts forward a new sound for the series with a fresh beat courtesy of Brooklyn producer Jonah Freed. The slower 80bpm riddim combines a hypnotizing string melody, eerie sweeps and punching boom bap kicks bringing to mind the heydays of 90’s NYC reggae hip-hop or classic Bristol fusion styles (think the Wild Bunch, Portishead or, more recently, the Young Echo crew). In fact the riddim has a direct tie to Bristol. After Freed first made it, while studying in Chicago when he was just 18, he sent it to Bristol MC Rider Shafique and the two eventually connected for a show in town where Young Echo member Kahn wheeled up the song. After that it was clear this was a riddim that needed to be put out into the world.
Taking turns on the vocal tracks are three artists with a wide stylistic range. Bristol’s Rider Shafique kicks things off with striking confidence, his laid-back flow flexing between boasts and elevated reflections to make ‘Santa Muerte’ a new outernational standard. Next up is veteran NYC artist Jahdan Blakkamoore who showcases his versatility and delivers an uplifting call to leave violence behind on ‘Liberation Over Liberace’. Pupajim from Stand High Patrol takes on the last version with “Open Mindedness”, an unexpected rendition of the riddim laced with a layer of Rhodes harmonies. With his unmistakable vocal style, the french MC urges the music industry to break down musical barriers and embrace the diversity of styles and sounds.
To echo Pupajim’s lyrics, the Santa Muerte Riddim is a testament to the rich history of fusion and eclecticism in sound system culture.
a1. Rider Shafique - Santa Muerte
a2. Jahdan Blakkamoore - Liberation Over Liberace
b1. Pupajim - Open Mindedness
b2. Jonah Freed - Jitta Riddim
Released 25th October 2019
Mala joins forces with Natty and wordsmith Benjamin Zephaniah on new single Word & Sound.
Word & Sound - a reference to the Rastafari terminology, word-sound power - the idea that the vibrations of speech and music impact the world, far beyond both that we can touch and see.
Speaking about the record, Mala said:
'The making of this record happened so naturally, the words inspired me to create the music. Their message and intention was set. Conscious vibrations using words and sounds.'
The single sees the official relaunch of Mala's I&I Music - famed for its limited and much sought-after vinyl only white labels.
a1. Word & Sound
a2. Word & Sound (Instrumental)