Release Date: 1st November 2019
Artikal Music welcomes new signing Sabab to the stable with his debut EP entitled ‘Guidance’. Discovered by J:Kenzo on his move to Ireland; Elias Zaidan aka Sabab hails from the beautiful city of Dublin.
Sabab is a prolific producer who draws from his Irish / Lebanese heritage, as well as taking heavy influences from Jamaican sound system culture.
This 4 track EP is a tale of 2 sides, with Sabab showing his talents on both the deep dub side and the dancefloor orientated killers that have been blessing dubstep dances worldwide. EP support from Mala, J:Kenzo, Youngsta & N-Type +more.
a1. Sabab - Guidance
a2. Sabab - Youthman Dub
b1. Sabab - Harmonic Dissonance
b2. Sabab - Dutty Babylon
Release Date: 1st November 2019
Much anticipated & supported Grime Trap hybrid finally sees the light of day after support on BBC 1xtra. Accompanied with a haunting remix by JLSXND7RS. This one has been heard in all the dances for the past year. Support from J:Kenzo, Sicaria Sound, Opium Hum (Boiler Room) and many more.
a1. Burke - Blue Tongued Skink
b1. Burke - Blue Tongued Skink (JLSXND7RS Remix)
Release Date: 25th October 2019
Brand new Ep from the London's own Mowty Mahlyka aka Dark Angel, well know for his previous Moonshine Recordings killer release 'Propaganda'.
Riddims for this double 7" beauty were cooked by the Moonshine all stars - Bukkha & D-Operation Drop. Expect some serious dubwise fayah!
a1. Bukkha & Mowty Mahlyka - Give Dem Di Fire
b1. Bukkha & Mowty Mahlyka - Give Dem Di Dub
c1. D-Operation Drop & Mowty Mahlyka - Dem Haffi Run
d1. D-Operation Drop & Mowty Mahlyka - Dem Haffi Dub
Release Date: 18th October 2019
Continuing the march to 100 releases, ZamZam 75 comes from one of our favorite contemporary producers, Alex Waitoa, the man known as Akcept. Hailing from Christchurch New Zealand, steeped in that country’s unique sound system culture, with a rep cemented by a string of deep and dread releases on crucial imprints including Amar, Moonshine, Sentry, Modern Hypnosis, and Artikal, we are very happy to offer the next chapter in his already strong discography. With roots, UK dub, techno, and dubstep as points of reference, Akcept operates in an open space where creativity and personal exploration are paramount.
Murderous on dub for some time, “Cambridge Road” (named for Green King Cuts’ HQ where the tune originated) is a weighty, slyly menacing 140 rocker featuring Akcept’s signature syncopated percussion chops & a slithering, minimalist bassline. A disquietingly distorted hook, pitched & chorused vocal snippets and test tones lead the way through a dark dance equal parts eyes down & wariness - danger lurking around every corner.
“Over & Out” is the secret weapon, a loping, lumbering behemoth of dubwise built for serious Sounds, a stew of filtered hi hat, heaving bass, sampled drum fills, swung shaker, oddly-looped reggae horns, and claustrophobic spaces navigated by cagey reverbs.
a1. Akcept - Cambridge Road
b1. Akcept - Over & Out
Release Date - 24th May 2019
After bursting on to the scene in 2017 with the dub techno stomper ‘Zulu Blues’ on Navy Cut records, Melbourne based producers Pugilist and Mystik collaborate once again, this time around with 3 tracks on Modern Hypnosis.
The A side ‘Sabu’; a unique blend of polyrhythmic Latin inspired percussion and chanting, complemented with a rolling bass line and dreamy synthesised chord progression; is a genre blending trip, sitting at 135bpm, capable of taking a set in many directions.
On the flip side, two sophistically crafted Dub-Step pieces. 'Misty in Roots’, taken from the vaults after hypnotising dances in Melbourne on dub plate for the last 3 years. Minimal, meditative, eyes down music.
'2 Steps Backwards’ (available vinyl only) is an energetic 140bpm piece. Nostalgic roots inspired 'Dub-step of old’ is infused with creative oscillating synthesis, musicality, and post modern dubbing techniques. A subtle bass line switch up on the second drop guarantees satisfaction.
a1. Pugilist & Mystik - Sabu
b1. Pugilist & Mystik - 2 Steps Backwards (vinyl only)
b2. Pugilist & Mystik - Misty in Roots
Repress Released: 18th October 2019
12” Vinyl limited to 350 copies Worldwide and housed in a custom printed reverse-board sleeve designed by Robby Mulpalah & Qori Hafiz. Mastered by Beau at TenEightSeven.
“In some ways this might be the release we’ve always wanted to put out. It ticks all the boxes for us - Atmosphere, spaciousness and killer snares. Hopefully the timing is good too, dubstep may be going through a(nother) transitional phase, finding a new identity. These 4 tracks by Gremlinz & AxH strip things back to the raw basics and put the emphasis back on primitive top-notch production.” - JonBoka
a1. Gremlinz & AxH - Unleashed
a2. Gremlinz & AxH - Noise Behind the Door
b1. Gremlinz & AxH - Poison Flo
b2. Gremlinz & AxH - Jammin Tek