Release Date: 8th July 2022
Ahead of the re-issue of Tachyon Productions long lost “DJ Ladies” Compilation. Rhythm Discs! Drop 2 highlights on wax - Sister Nancy’s "Mumu Is Coming" & Lady Patra’s "Workie Workie" - produced by Sonny “Sabwackie” Ochiai & Trevor Lyn under exclusive licence from Tachyon Productions.
a1. Sister Nancy - Mumu Is Coming
b1. Lady Patra - Workie Workie
Release Date: 1st July 2022
This long out of print classic from the LoDubs catalog finally resurfaces, thanks to an accidental time capsuling. Mensah (AKA New York Transit Authority) from this release went the direction of many LoDubs premier artists, and on to other storied labels in the sound, sharing a path to Deep Medi with Egoless and Compa for example. Throughout the years this plate has remained a timeless near-secret weapon, for those who know.
a1. Mensah - Sahara
b1. Mensah - Not A Shy Gyal
Release Date: 10th June 2022
After we carried Ice Rave back in 2019, Sneaker Social picks up more coded sequences from Filter Dread’s outpost and transmutes them to wax for the good of the dance.
From obfuscated tapes of post-rave skits to slick and grimey bangers, there’s something slippery about the way Filter Dread operates, and it’s led to a highly individual discography that spans 10 years and labels like Ramp, Unknown To The Unknown, Fresh 86 and No Corner. His sound has a stark immediacy that revolves around sampling – just watch him work a live set on his Digitakt and you’ll understand everything. Through simple approaches comes the flexibility to glide between styles, displaying a virtuoso affinity for grime, jungle, dancehall and plenty more, with the means to put his own stamp on everything he touches.
On this new 12” we get six new slabs which slip between rave touchstones with poise, marrying up garish square wave womp with something akin to electro, slipping down into a more overtly grime-licked swerve, nodding to the early sublow days on ‘Asid 88’ and generally doing mad things with gargantuan bass and tuff, deadeye drums, It’s moody in a truly UK, spliff-friendly tradition, but it’s also plenty playful, with enough freakiness to get limbs loosened and a little heat up inside the place.
a1. Filter Dread - Talk All Low
a2. Filter Dread - Underwave
a3. Filter Dread - Space Beams
b1. Filter Dread - Asid 888
b2. Filter Dread - Ghost Square
b3. Filter Dread - Data Temple
Release Date: 17th June 2022
Zygos debuts on Infernal Sounds and dishes out a select choice of sliced delicacys to celebrate the return of the XXX vinyl-only series. The third instalment features a variety of different bootlegged beats, consisting of sneaky sampling and continues in the same vein as the series previous endevours, providing a jam-packed 12" of premium vibes and weight.
'Svensk Riddim' kicks off the release by sampling a light, playful mainframe, centred around a track of Swedish origin, it's the perfect dancefloor feeler to get the bodies moving. Whereas 'Ekte Dub' strips everything back, giving you the lower notes that you'll have come to expect from Zygos. Wrapping proceedings up is the grime-licked 'Waves', taking note from a classic sax piece and snapping it for the perfect slice and dice.
As with the previous XXX series, the release is vinyl-only (never to be released digitally) and will not be repressed.
a1. Svensk Riddim
b1. Ekte Dub
Release Date: 17th June 2022
Casting a self-reflexive lens over his roots via the medium of crushing, future-rushing soundsystem sonics, Low End Activist returns to Sneaker Social Club with a full-length of monumental proportions.
When the Low End Activism 12” ignited on Sneaker in 2019, it paid tribute to the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford, UK, where LEA originates from. In the shadow of social inequality and strengthened by the unity of the multi-ethnic community, Blackbird Leys still imposes a powerful influence on LEA’s work, even as he’s stepped out onto Seagrave for last year’s Game Theory album and notched up the first couple of releases on his own self-titled label.
On this new album, Hostile Utopia sums up the conflicting emotions attached to memories of home – how it’s possible to feel nostalgic for the griminess of urban and suburban Britain, its ordinary tales of bitterness and frustration, but also its intrinsic passion and solidarity. At a time when social division is actively engineered by Machiavellian forces, real conviviality at street level feels like an impossible dream.
LEA communicates these tensions through a style which is becoming his signature – dynamic bass torsion and chiseled, fractalised rhythms slugging around the 130 mark. It’s moody like a UK-themed record ought to be, but it’s not morose. There’s fierceness in every snap and rumble, as the legacies of hardcore, jungle, dubstep and grime pour into the casing prior to the gunpowder lighting.
On previous LEA releases, the MC roll call has pointed to some of the most vital voices touching the mic in the present day. Flowdan, Sikka Rymes and Trim all had something different to impart over the riddims, and now Hostile Utopia expands on that with the most extensive show of lyrical strength yet. Mez lights up the woozy, abstract grime swerve of ‘Mercenary’ in a musical style. Emz brings a ruthlessly sharp verbal steez to ‘GetGet’, Killa P gets busy toasting over ‘DFRNT STYLE’ and ‘Superhighway’ carries the dexterous hip-hop flow of Cadence Weapon.
In between those standout tracks, LEA expresses just as much in the production. Tracks brimming with stories to impart, laden with symbols masquerading as samples and draped in aural garb that firmly places Hostile Utopia in a place, a mood, that could only belong to the UK. It’s a hybrid sound just like the society it sprang from, and therein lies its power.
a2. Hostile Utopia
a3. Mercenary ft Mez
b1. Get Get ft Emz
b2. Exotic Possibilities
b3. Amphibious Centurions
c1. Signal To Noise (Tek Remix)
c2. DFRNT STYLE ft Killa P
c4. Superhighway ft Cadence Weapon
d4. Wild Roses
Release Date: 10th June 2022
Introducing Twelvez, a two track, 12 inch series from the ec2a camp. A subtle nod to the classic, club ready twelve. Expect one track per side, cut at 45 rpm for extra emphasis and bass weight. First up on the new imprint are two rising producers in UK Garage, Daffy & Dominus, combining for 'Warlord' - an ice-cold dubstep wobbler featuring London city warlord and OG Roll Deep general, Riko Dan, out today [6th May 2022] on Twelvez. Classic 140 arrangement and sub-lows setting the pace for the one of the most recognisable grime flows over the past two decades. On the flip comes an addictive speed garage remix by the ever illusive Yorkshire outfit, Soul Mass Transit System, out 3rd June 2022.
On ‘Warlord’, Riko Dan says,
“Dominus and Daffy hit me up to see if I wanted to collaborate on a project. I told them to send me the instrumental and we’ll take it from there. Fair to say as soon as I played it I knew instantly I would wanna vocal it. As for the lyrics - they’re all about catching a soundboy on the battlefield and killing him there and then without giving him a chance “fi walk home””
“Originally intended as a self-release 2 steppa, 'Warlord' has undergone about a year of alterations. Daffy quickly established the project's gloomy vibe, giving me a solid foundation for further drums, synth, and bass parts. At first, the rolling bassline I had made with the Korg Monologue was the main focus of the track but afer mixdown we decided a vocal was needed and Riko's fierce vocal lines were a game changer, instantly becoming the driving force of 'Warlord'. Editing Riko's vocals in-line with the instrumental was a lengthy but enjoyable process, with many little tweaks to get everything just right. It’s without a doubt one of my favourite projects I've ever worked on.”
Established in 2020, ec2a was born - a personal project referencing Yanis Koudjo’s inspirations and upbringing. Emerging during the height of the new UK Garage scene, Yanis’s debut as Dr Dubplate soon followed. ec2a references the postcode of Plastic People during its Curtain Road days, the former London clubbing institution and venue where the UK Bass scene famously cut its teeth and subsequently formed a hotbed for many of the early sounds that have since gone on to define eras of UK music.
Following suit after ec2a and OPM, expect the old school versus new school theme to continue. An exciting new offering from curator/DJ/label head Dr Dubplate, Twelvez is a powerhouse for darker, bass-heavy club sounds with the coldest onboard.
A1. Dominus, Daffy, Riko Dan - Warlord
B1. Dominus, Daffy, Riko Dan - Warlord (Soul Mass Transit System Remix)
Release Date: 3rd June 2022
The long-awaited project of the Green King Cuts Journey so far is the King of the Seas Lp featuring 5 producers from all around the world and 2 singers from the UK, all coming with an iconic track each, that all glue together for a complete sound system essential for the collection. This Lp represents the sound we want to push to the world and we are very proud of this work, which took over a year and a half to puzzle this together and we are thankful for this moment to release to the world on 12" 180-gram Black Vinyl press with Artwork sleeve.
a1. Blind Prophet ft Singer Tempa - Freedom (State of Mind)
a2. Bukkha ft Super Hifi - Road to Zion
a3. Dubbing Sun ft Parly B - Prepare
b1. Digid - Cornered
b2. D-Operation Drop - Majestic
Release Date: 20th May 2022
For the second release on 777Hz, ‘Hiss is Bliss’ teams up with the legendary singer ‘Linval Thompson’ who delivers an amazing vocal cut with his unique voice. Recorded in the heart of Kingston Jamaica at Caveman Studios the A side track takes it back to the roots! While on the B side the Dub version will send you straight back to Detroit.
a1. Hiss is Bliss ft Linval Thompson - Free Jah People
b1. Hiss is Bliss - Dub Free
Release Date: 27th May 2022
East Man returns to HI TEK SOUNDS with something a little different… A foray into stompy mechanical Techno, as well as his own hybrid amalgamation of Grime and Techno, 8 Bar Techno, which he has honed over the last few years.
The titular track, Underground Software, opens with a burst of static noise before launching into a stomping kick drum and stab combo, gradually adding hi hats and snares as the track progresses, building into a funky mechanical groove.
The second track is something of a signature tune for East Man, bringing Techno and Grime together to create the hybrid genre of 8 Bar Techno. It fires out the gate from the off, doing exactly what the title implies. This is one for the Grime dances and the Techno raves.
The last track is Primary Source. A slower beat with a plodding thud that folds into a squelchy Techno groove. Full of funk and flavour this EP covers a wide range while maintaining a coherence that few others manage to pull off.
a1. East Man - Underground Software
a2. East Man - 8 Bar Techno
b1. East Man - Primary Source
Release Date: 20th May 2022
Throwing hi-def sounds into three-dimensional space and rendering bass in increasingly uncharted waters, Walton arrives on Sneaker Social Club with a future-leaning EP of dance wreckers for the tough crowd.
Even his earliest releases were pushing things forwards as the weightless grime thing gathered momentum, but Walton always swerved the rest of the pack and simply approached grime-rooted club music with his own experimental instincts. His mammoth body of work takes in totemic labels like Tectonic, Hyperdub and Ilian Tape, and as time has passed and music has moved on from micro scenes to a generically fluid individuality, so Walton has grown as an artist. Recent drops including his Maisie By The Sea album have started to embrace more experimental spaces alongside his familiar twist on grime, and this mini-LP for Sneaker continues that level of progression.
On the A side, long time Walton fans will be more than happy with the intensity of ‘PJD’, which is as fierce as we’ve heard Walton go to date. As ever, his beats are never a simple matter, with every hit embellished with needlepoint sound design. The sound zips around the stereo field, but never at the expense of the track’s impact. Still, there’s space for other vibes too, as on the deep, sweeping pads and electronica twitch of ‘Quasar’.
By and large, Walton keeps the pressure up. ‘Rush’ is a bludgeoning instrument and ‘Dread’ teases with a jerky, stop-start demeanour which lands heavy blows when it kicks in. But shorter cuts ‘Detach’ and ‘Shots Fired’ also allow space for other aspects of Walton’s craft to come through. It’s these cuts which add to the overall listening experience and show just how much he ahs to offer as a producer.
a1. Walton - Dread
a2. Walton - PJD
a3. Walton - Detach
b1. Walton - Quasar
b2. Walton - Rush
b3. Walton - Shots Fired
Release Date: 13th May 2022
DE-TÜ make their long awaited return to Infernal Sounds. Having previously released on IFS008, IFSXXX002 and also featuring on IFS018 alongside DRPTNDRP, this double header may be their highest calibre of dub-influenced 140 to grace the label. 'Roadblock' kicks off proceedings in the best way possible, hitting you deep in the belly with monumental amounts of weight on the drop, whilst layering a reverberating vocal lead and a daunting backdrop to bring you deeper inwards. The flip however, 'St. Paul's (City Road Dub)' takes things in a slightly different direction. Although it still provides that trademark DE-TÜ sound, it's certainly orientated more around the soundsystem, providing a perfect flex within the dubwise sound. It's the perfect example of progression as all the elements fold and merge, creating a track that will captivate you from start, to finish.
The release has already received heavy support from the likes of J:Kenzo, Truth, Leftlow, Kursk (Innamind Recordings) and a few other reputable DJs.
a1. DE-TÜ - Roadblock
b1. DE-TÜ - St.Paul's (City Road Dub)
Release Date: 29th April 2022
1985 Music presents the first part of its brand new V/A series - Codex. Celebrating the best in 140/dubstep this 4 track EP brings tracks from Hijinx, Epoch, Ebb, and label boss Alix Perez.
a1. Alix Perez - VTRN
a2. Hijinx - Shush
b1. EBB - Ill Rest
b2. Epoch - Beastmode