Release Date: 11th June 2021
Denver has long been a nexus point for the ley lines of global bass music. Home to a wealth of talent and an essential stop for artists both homegrown and international, now it’s the turn of nomadic label DNO Records to touchdown in the Mile High City, as rising stars Trisicloplox & Sectra join the roster.
Unlike anything heard on the label so far, the ‘Souls Were Never Here’ EP taps into that oh-so-Stateside sound; where dubstep’s unearthly weight meets the sound design of Detroit techno and the LA beat scene, all amplified by the screech and roar of grunge, sludge and noise.
On opening track ‘Alp’ — the only named collaboration — a methodical halftime march plays out to the footsteps of some unseen goliath, scraped and torn at by rusty needles of noise and bristling overdrive. Each following track is forged from the same dark matter, but transmogrified into its final beastial form by the individual witchcraft of each producer.
‘Duum’ sees Trisicloplox hack chunks from the rhythm so it stumbles along over raw subs, before switching up to syncopated kicks, a sheet metal melody and huge swells of bass to bring a swung hip-hop vibe to proceedings. Then, on ‘Changed Flesh’ he rips the beat from the track almost entirely, choosing to drag his thundering low-end kicking and screaming through a swamp of caustic fuzz and industrial rot.
Sectra’s solo effort, ‘I Was Never Here’, adds yet more coarse textures — like a painter mixing sand and glass shards into their palette. Picking up the pace slightly, the interplay of kick and bassline give the track a debauched groove, conjuring images of leather and iron and grease. Closing out with a digital-only track from Trisicloplox, ‘Siphon Soul’ finds the sci-fi effects that have been present throughout the EP coalesce into their strongest form yet, with snatches of guttural vocals building a tense dynamic around a slick rolling pulse.
Savage, ruined, dystopian — that’s the world depicted by the harsh, futuristic sonics of the ‘Souls Were Never Here’ EP, yet it’s also one where every sound and every second matter; where infinite dread and infinite detail sit side by side.
Whether DNO can escape the clutches of Denver’s twisted offspring to continue their journey remains to be seen.
Rhythms of postmodern realism at the very bottom of the DNO.
a1. Trisicloplox & Sectra - Alp
a2. Trisicloplox - Duum
b1. Trisicloplox - Changed Flesh
b2. Sectra - I Was Never Here
Digital Bonus: Trisicloplox - Siphon Soul
Repress Due: 28th May 2021
- 2021 repress / comes in red sleeve -
Following the release of critically acclaimed Steppin' Forward LP in 2014, we're happy to announce Steppin' Forward Remixed. For this release we've asked producers featured on the original album to rework each other's tracks and in the end we received an outstanding result of a 14 track compilation filled with deadly bass heavy riddims.
a1. Hylu & Jago meet Sleepy Time Ghost ft Onlyjoe - Concrete (Zion Train)
a2. Numa Crew - Knowledge (The Illuminated Remix)
b1. Tuff & Powa ft Kinetical - Outlaw Music (Numa Crew Remix)
b2. Violinbwoy - Echo Park (Sekkleman Remix)
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Probably one of the most sought-after Jamaican roots reggae tracks by record collectors, ‘MERCY GONE’ is both an obscure and iconic sound system tune. Originally performed by the equally obscure 1NY and Soul Syndicate, 'Mercy Gone' captures the essence of 70s roots reggae: a slow tempo with a bouncing uptempo skank, inventive drumming and a compelling bass line, a raw but powerful sound, and a plaintive voice whose emotion reflects the harsh reality of the sufferer’s life. The 18th Parallel wanted to offer their own version of this classic, an original record that is now unavailable and estimated to be worth thousands of dollars. To do so, the producers found a young singer of only twenty years old with undeniable talent, but still unknown to the public: Witness. Originally from Swaziland, Philisiwe ‘Witness’ Lukhele delivers her own interpretation of ‘Mercy Gone’ on an original riddim by The 18th Parallel. Without trying to identically reproduce the original, Witness and The 18th Parallel offer a powerful and modernised recut that still is faithful to the aesthetics of the Jamaican sound of the 70s. Above all, they finally give sound systems the opportunity to play this anthem, which was previously inaccessible on a 7" single. The icing on the cake on the B-side: one of the most prominent DJs on the current British sound system scene, Mr. Williamz, takes over and mash up the dance! Rewind!
a1. Witness - Mercy Gone
b1. Witness ft Mr Williamz - Mercy Gone Part II
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Under his artist name LONE ARK, world-renowned musician, producer and sound engineer Roberto Sánchez has teamed up with one of Europe's finest reggae studio bands, THE 18TH PARALLEL, to record "GET YOU", a new anthem for reggae and dub sound systems: a modern roots reggae production reminiscent of the best years of the Twinkle Brothers, Jah Shaka or Sly & Robbie. On a riddim at the same time heavy and irresistibly dancing, Lone Ark and The 18th Parallel push their listeners to the critical reflection on their way of life and their current consumer habits. A strong message, on a powerful music for a track that cannot be ignored!
a1. Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel - Get You
b1. Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel - Version
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Deep Heads are extremely proud to present the highly anticipated vinyl edition of Deep Heads Dubstep Vol.3!
The series has featured some of the best free-thinking Dubstep producers to emerge and contribute to the scene in the past decade, as well as showcasing a lot of music released through the Deep Heads imprint over the label's history.
The tracks selected for this incredible Vinyl edition are some simply made for wax.
All mastered by Beau at Ten Eight Seven, the frequencies delivered are weighty, precise, and smooth on the ear. Put the needle to the grooves and hear this masterpiece come to life.
a1. Kromestar - Another Day
a2. Congi - Pool
b1. Biome - Night Flight
b2. Josh Vishnu - Truth
c1. Danny Scrilla - #1 Station
c2. Escapism Refuge - Traps
d1. Sukh Knight - Havoc
d2. Synpal & Ras Stimulant - Ital Being
Release Date: 30th April 2021
We welcome another newcomer to the label, UK-badman Cartridge, who steps up with a smashing debut EP showing the world he’s not messing about. Big Things!
The aptly titled EP opener hits hard like a boulder, painting a post-apocalyptic super-metroidesque landscape, building upon the glorious ‘Flummox’ from SUBALT010. Gritty synth lines stating a simple yet catchy and evolving melody, all rounded by a fat bass exactly how we like it. A glittery rain paves the way to the breakdown and the second drop, which tells the final part of this majestic romance.
Time to get stealthy with this one… a sinister intro erupts into a refined yet powerful barrage of bass. Solid groove, heavily panned percussion, clever wobs and synth hits, masterful reverb and delay interplays, Cartridge’s sound design really sets to impress with this superb number.
If the concept of ‘sinister’ was established on the previous track, ‘Sweet Doughs’ definitely takes it to the next level. Menacing car-tyre-screeching-like synths and an amusing yet slightly uncanny vocal sample set up the pace for this weighty dance-floor rattler. A saturated 808-like bass propels the track, which reveals itself as a master-class on how to blend power, bass, crafty sound design and an incredible attention to details.
a1. Cartridge – Stone Cold
b1. Cartridge – Choker
b2. Cartridge – Seet Doughs
Release Date: 11th June 2021
We’ve had a quieter start to 2021 than previous years, but that doesn’t mean we’ve not been busy. In fact, our next physical release marks the first in a run of 9 or more we’ve got booked and ready for the rest of the year... To kick off the first FKOFv release of 2021, we welcome an artist back to the roster we first worked with as FKOF Records in 2013. It’s been great watching Subreachers develop his sound and material over the last ~10yrs, and it’s wicked to have him on a record – with some incredible tunes as well! FKOFv005 also welcomes Congi to the label for the first time, with a sumptuous remix that we know you’ll love as much as we do...
a1. Subreachers - Ceres
a2. Subreachers - Zaytoven
b1. Subreachers - Captain Future
b2. Subreachers - Zaytoven (Congi Remix)
Repress Due: 28th May 2021
Jim Coles once again turns the tide towards a new horizon and travels further into the echo chamber. Leading on from the much-lauded ‘Secret Location’ mini-album with Seekersinternational, one-offs such as ‘Open Palms dub’ (Dub Stuy) and other teasings, ‘Acid Dub Studies’ is the fully-fledged result of the merging of the calligraphic expression of the 303 Acid bassline with the stern sway of Dub Reggae and the hazier edges of Dub Techno and Ambient music.
For those who have been paying close attention, this project will come as a welcome return to the vulnerability and playfulness of early Om Unit records such as his sub-radar single from 2010 ‘Lightgrids/Lavender’ (All City Records) or the unearthed chugging ambience of ‘Friend of Day’ (Idle Hands) and indeed in some sense draws from similar wellsprings as moments on 2013’s Bass classic ‘Threads’.
Whilst sbeing perhaps an ‘interim project’ this is still a vital and important expression of exploration and playfulness. A study in the true sense and borne out of a subtle but pervasive frustration with the rigidity found in musical words he has up to now been cohabiting, Acid Dub Studies comes from the pressing need to break with perceived expectation and to explore an honest and natural space away from the genre labels and tags that had been often lazily applied to his sizeable catalogue of music.
With no desire to reinvent the wheel, rather to paint pictures in an honest framework, the LP was crafted using a medley of classic analogue mixing techniques inspired as much by the adventurous dubbing of Adrian Sherwood as by the inward- delving haze of Scott Monteith’s Deadbeat project. Created during a period of lonely introspective walks through his home town of Bristol, the cover art is a photograph of some of the iron kerbstones that are found almost exclusively in the characterful and hardy city which were installed in the late 1800’s to protect pavements from cart wheels. Something about the permanence of those iron slabs and cobblestones inspired a sense of comfort and determination.
Acid Dub Studies is due for release as yet another self-released label-free project leading on from recent EP titles ‘Violet’ and ‘Submerged’ both of which hinted at some of the shapes found in this full length album.
Once again Jim has shown a rare convincing adaptability that few electronic artists can embody. Another step on the journey of personal and creative curiosity that fans are sure to appreciate.
a1. Om Unit - Intro
a2. Om Unit - Bristol Theme
a3. Om Unit - Treading Earth
a4. Om Unit - Dissolved
a5. Om Unit - Celestial Envoy
b1. Om Unit - Ghosts
b2. Om Unit - Circled
b3. Om Unit - Rolling Stock
b4. Om Unit - Tapped
b5. Om Unit - The Struggle
Release Date: 12th March 2021
After we showed you how low we can go, it's about time to enter your mind through sound and space with our upcoming record release. The danish producer Dub Across Borders is known for boundbreaking dubwise electronics and already spreaded his dubs on labels like 45Seven and Polen Records. We're very happy to welcome our longtime friend to the label with his first four track EP titled Spirit Dimension.
On this record D A B is showcasing his unique and versatile production style, which is capturing various influences that are mixed in a original dubwise style. Deep bass extractions combined with complex drum arrangements and crazy dub FX are making these tunes extra lush. Worship the bass and enter the soundsystem cult as the Spirit Dimension is comin' with mysterious soundscapes and heavy electronic experimentations. Treat this record like some good hallucinators, don't dig too deep or you might get lost.
Dub Across Borders shows his own approach on dub music and creates a modern or even future dubwise classic.
a1. Dub Across Borders - See That Spirit
a2. Dub Across Borders - Dua Marga
b1. Dub Across Borders - Madala
b2. Dub Across Borders - Jungle Grid
Repress Due: 21st May 2021
One of Moonshine Recordings' flagship artists, Radikal Guru is going from strength to strength for more than a decade and 2020 is a further proof of it. With the fourth full-length LP release on the horizon, the outstanding Polish talent ascertains his status as one of the most relevant figures in the international Dub and Dubstep scene once more.
The new project including vocal talents like Junior Dread, Marina P, Troy Berkley or India’s up and coming vocalist Lady Skavya encapsulate the musical versatility and collaborative spirit of the sound system veteran alongside spirited instrumentals in various levels of intensity - ranging from meditative bass lines to apocalyptic turbo- steppers.
Radikal Guru's digital dub sound signature presents itself in a variety of musical forms in his latest project 'Beyond The Borders' - a testament to his years of experience in lighting up dancefloors around the world. Music with a message nested on monumental heavyweight foundations, his fourth LP deals uplifting and conscious anthems to a set of speakers near you with a high-grade set of vibrations.
Ten meticulous productions designed to make you move as well as to reflect, a journey for body, mind and soul - features a multinational list of guest artists from India, Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil and France.
Electronic sounds come to life, infused with gratuitous amounts of soul warmed by live instruments and murderous arrays of echo chambers and 808’s. Perfectly placed drum fills and vocal fragments to top it all off in style, a masterclass in modern dub production seeking its equal. Bridging both physical and mental borders, Radikal Guru's latest LP release is sure to be heard, felt and enjoyed for time to come.
a1. Radikal Guru - Riddim One ft Vale
a2. Radikal Guru - Do The Right Thing ft Marina P
b1. Radikal Guru - Radikal ft Tenor Youthman
b2. Radikal Guru - Higher Frequency ft Troy Berkley
b3. Radikal Guru - Melody Dub
c1. Radikal Guru - Together We Shall Overcome ft Junior Dread
c2. Radikal Guru - Beyond The Borders ft Baptiste
d1. Radikal Guru - Ready Fi War
d2. Radikal Guru - Lost And Found ft Lady Skavya
d3. Radikal Guru - The Dreamer