Release Date: 26th June 2020
Off the heels of a few successful digital compilations, newly found LA based label For The Heads proudly kicks off their vinyl series with a 4-track collaborative EP from Subtle Mind & mrshl. All 4 of these cuts bring freshness and originality to the ever-growing 140 sound and are a meticulous blend of styles given both of the artist's virtuosity and creative ability.
First, "Built The Same" sets the pace of the EP with luscious chords and a prolific melody all wrapped together by it's enticing low end. Next, the title track "Can You Hear It" is a weighty number focused on it's orbiting sub-bass and crisp percussion with a switch up that is sure to get any dance moving. On the B-side, an exceptional and unparalleled fusion of both modern synth-bass oscillations with the classical UK style groove and step of some jungle and garage is evident in "When The Rain Comes"; all of this pieced together nicely with a jazzy saxophone sequence. Rounding out the EP, "We're Alright Now" features a radiating, encircling melody that is sure to grab the attention of it's listeners with punching low end and soulful vocal shouts.
a1. Built The Same
a2. Can You Hear It
b1. When The Rain Comes
b2. We're Alright Now
Release Date: 19th June 2020
One of the hottest upcoming artists in the 140 spectrum, Fiend debuts on Infernal Sounds with the beautifully mesmerising Emeralds EP. The Bristol-based producer has previously released on the likes of J. Sparrow's Navy Cut and most recently on Chord Marauders, displaying his versatility and ease to produce tracks of various styles and soundscapes. This release is no different, acutely bending between the lighter textures with 'Emeralds', to the more heavy and soundsystem kicking 'Solar', whilst finding the perfect balance of light and dark in the B2 track, 'Omen'. To top it all off, Infernal Sounds have called on their cavalry and one of their elite in dub-master Bukkha has given the title track, 'Emeralds' his own spin to add another tier of depth to this already, magical EP. The aesthetic of the release is once again polished to perfection, with Emily Dayson Illustration returning to give the plate an extra special touch on the artwork centre labels.
Over the past year, the release has received heavy support from the likes of Truth, J:Kenzo, Sicaria Sound, Taiko and Quasar, among many others. It's one to add to your collection, so you can blast it at home, take it for a spin on the dance floor or even frame on your wall - a really special release from top to bottom, inside and out.
a1. Fiend - Emeralds
a2. Fiend - Solar
b1. Fiend - Emeralds (Bukkha Remix)
b2. Fiend - Omen
Release Date: 5th June 2020
Proudly presenting the 3rd instalment in our 'Edition' series - Edition 3 (Various artists LP). It includes tracks from Alix Perez, Machinedrum, Lordel, Deft, Visages, Monty, Ternion Sound, Drone, Cesco, and Bredren. In keeping with our ethos as a platform for multiple styles of music, this release spans tempos from 85-140-170 bpm. The artwork is a continuation of our previous releases, made by Sineater. This release will be available as a 3 piece vinyl set, and as digital.
a1. Deft - Scalp
a2. Cesco - Bomba
b1. Ternion Sound - Look No Further
b2. Drone - Blood Orange
c1. Lordel - Relic
c2. Visages - Memories
d1. Alix Perez - Concrete
d2. Machine Drum - Braided Leaves
e1. Monty - Valid
e2. Alix Perez - Black Spirit
f1. Bredren - Only One
f2. Alix Perez - Lock Off
Release date: 19th June 2020
Though citizens the world over are trapped inside under lockdown measures, freshly minted Brighton label, DNO Records, continues traversing the globe to highlight rising talents from the international bass community.
Release number two — the ‘Kiswahili’ EP — comes from CITY1, himself something of a wandering spirit. He hails from the Okinawa islands in Japan’s tropical southern tip, a place of teeming coral reefs and long golden sands, where inhabitants are known for living long lives. Having moved to the bustling capital of Tokyo, CITY1 has since joined Goth-Trad’s Back To Chill crew.
The sound of the ‘Kiswahili’ EP is the sound of CITY1’s two worlds combined — the Pacific island’s mystical soul binding with the digital roar of the hyper-modern metropolis. A-side ‘Sifa’ draws on the polyrhythmic interplay between ramshackle percussive constructions and a gruff, oscillating low-end, built to push sound systems to their limit. Over on the B-side, beat work takes a step back, allowing thunderous atmospherics to take the fore. ‘Funza’ is a sparse futurescape, where blacksmith-hammer strikes puncture the swell of murderous subs, as swarms of acidic bleeps fire off like overactive synapses. On ‘Vitu’, flabby drum skins reverberate beneath the dominating undulation of bass and mournful Middle Eastern wails — a ritualistic death march for the dawn of a new decade. Last but not least comes the digital bonus track, ‘Cheka’. Though the most traditional dubstep offering here in terms of arrangement, CITY1 infuses the track with a coarse, Doppler effect dynamism to ensure it remains a cut above your average dancefloor weapon.
Another essential release from a label determined to make its mark, CITY1’s ‘Kiswahili’ EP arrives on 12” vinyl and digital on the 19th of June 2020.
Rhythms of postmodern realism at the very bottom of the DNO
a1. CITY1 - Sifa
b1. CITY1 - Funza
b2. CITY1 - Vitu
Digital Bonus: CITY1 - Cheka
Release Date: 22nd May 2020
New Zealand native and master of bass, Headland returns to System Music with another slice of production wizardry built and ready to shut down dancefloors and sound systems across the world.
On the A side sits Garbo, a monster of a track which rips through the speakers with aggression and bounce. It’s as intimidating as it is funky and as experimental as it is absolutely heavyweight. Bound to shut down every rave in which it graces its presence.
The B side homes Grits. A skippy stepper of a track with a densely dark atmosphere drenched in digital yet glacial sounds and nuances, easily translatable from the dance to the headphones.
a1. Headland - Garbo
b1. Headland - Grits
Release Date: 26th June 2020
Trule materialized fully-formed in late 2018 with zero hype or fanfare, and quickly became a buy-on-site label for fans of dubwise garage/tech/bass hybrids. It took us a minute to realize that the label’s boss and primary artist Al Wootton was none other than Deadboy, who’d been making post-2 Step memories for his many devotees with a decade’s worth of melancholy club beasts like “U Cheated” (Well Rounded) and “If U Want Me” (Numbers). We knew we had to have some of his new works for ZamZam, so we couldn’t have been happier when he crafted some sound system tunes just for us, the first label besides Trule to host tracks under his under his own name.
“Request” marries a steamrolling bassline to a pummeling 4/4 kick, syncopated percussion, dark skanks, and layer upon layer of haunted reverbs, vocal fragments, and decaying tape delay. While full steppers, the slyly swung drum work never let you forget his roots in deep garage and house. Special Request!!
“Philo” cranks the tempo up to 140 for for a dub techno stepper that is at once storming and dreamlike, the pounding kick and militant snare fills contrasting starkly with floating pads that oscillate and shimmer, floating up from the dreamlands only to be shot through with lasers and left in fragments of reverberation. Late night B side for the stamina crew.
a1. Al Wootton - Request
b1. Al Wootton - Philo
Release Date: 29th May 2020
This is something special... Certain:Dubs continue their journey through the realms of original onground muzak with special guest Aztek from Sheffield/UK.
Aztek brings deeply moving energy vibes with 'Pacinos Dub' and 'Walk The Plank', two solid and bass heavy tunes with a distinct atmosphere. Proper speakers are recomended. This sound is designed to be felt!
This is a limited vinyl only release.
a1. AZTEK - Pacino's Dub
b1. AZTEK - Walk The Plank
Release Date: 29th May 2020
It's time to Pack Up And Run! Glaswegian producer Escape Roots has been steadily plying his trade crafting steady rocking dubwise riddims and remixes for artists such as Daddy Freddy and Parly B as well has holding down a residency at Mungo Hifi's legendary "Walk & Skank" weekly session, supporting a who's who of UK and international reggae all stars. Along with regular appearances at festivals such as Boomtown and Kelburn Garden party over the last few years, he has been building an arsenal of his own productions and killer dubplates. Always built for soundsystem, his production has grown and developed immensely over the last few years and the added dynamic of an amazing selection of vocalists really helps to deliver a deeper message.
Kicking things off comes "One Step At A Time" featuring veteran Jamaican singer Black Warrior, then regular collaborator Tom Spirals steps up alongside sweet vocalist George Palmer for a wicked combination, having first met at International Dub Gathering in France 3 years ago. Unit 137 MC Jago then takes control of the mic, urging us to "Cool Down" with backing vocals from fellow sparring partner Deemas J, followed by Dark Angel aka Mowty Mahlyka who comes in strong with "Turn Ya Lights On" - a cautionary tale warning us to be wise to the corruption and confusion in the world. The 'Doncaster Raggamuffin" Parly B then blesses us with his trademark style and pattern on the heavy "Nah Get A Look In".
Hempolics and The Drop frontman Dandelion is next with the massively popular "Ganja Socks", whilst Irish singjay Cian Finn takes things deep and brooding with his take on the traditional gospel song "Sweep Over My Soul" in a space dub style. Elsewhere rising Jamaican singer Skari and El Fata supply sweet vocals to "Feel Good" (previously heard on Scotch Bonnets "Puffers Delight" compilation) and "This Melody" before Russian soundboy Tenor Youthman leaves his trademark hill and gully rider style on "Dilemma" atop a classic riddim. Rounding things off is another Unit 137 cohort and long time friend Galak Spiritual for "Hold a Meditation", bringing his sweet singing style combined with a roughneck attack in the verses.
Unifying an international line up of vocalists is no mean feat, but Escape Roots handles it with ease on this future classic slice of reggae and dancehall that runs tough not only in the dance, but is contemplative enough for repeated home listens too.
a1. Escape Roots - One Step At A Time ft Black Warrior
a2. Escape Roots - Find A Way ft George Palmer & Tom Spirals
a3. Escape Roots - Cool Down ft Jago
a4. Escape Roots - Turn Ya Lights On ft Dark Angel
a5. Escape Roots - Nah Get A Look In ft Parly B
a6. Escape Roots - Ganja Socks ft Dandelion
b1. Escape Roots - Sweep Over My Soul ft Cian Finn
b2. Escape Roots - Feel Good ft Skari
b3. Escape Roots - This Melody ft El Fata
b4. Escape Roots - Dilemma ft Tenor Youthman
b5. Escape Roots - Hold A Meditation ft Galak Spiritual
Release Date: 29th May 2020
Our first release in 2020 is coming from Toni Wobble, who is providing four versions in a heavyweight Dubwise Style.
The Leipzig based dub enforcer is one of the founding members of Plug Dub Soundsystem. He is also running the solar powered Sunplugged Soundsystem, to prove that he can create his music on his speakers with responsible generated electricity. Besides dubbin' it up behind the control tower, his second home is the Knagge Studio were Toni is producing some fine reggae and stepper riddims to dub them in an original dubplate style with a 32 channel analog mixing desk and eight magical Effects on each of them. Toni is also presenting his sounds in a live context and Soundsystem Sessions.
This record showcases four heavy tunes by Toni Wobble who mark his diversity as a musician and producer as well his dub mixing skills that bring his productions into the next dimensions. Fresh riddims that hailing to the roots, superb sample-ism, deep atmospherics plus nuff wobble and bass are waiting to get unleashed on this limited 12” record. Are you ready to explore the wobble on this
far out dub excursions? Because these cuts will show you how DUB COME STRONG!
For the ultimate sound experience, all tunes on this record are mastered by LXC of alphacut, so you know this gonna be a blast, we highly recommend to enjoy this record on a heavy Soundsystem.
Support your local Soundsystem Culture!
The Artwork is inspired by Toni's Studio and comes handstamped on every record, which is limited to 300 copys worldwide.
a1. Toni Wobble - Like A Fish
a2. Toni Wobble - Dub Under Pressure
b1. Toni Wobble - Selfmade Underground
b2. Toni Wobble - Dub Like Water (Senor C)
Release Date: 15th May 2020
For the 5th and final volume in the DUPPLATES series, the label welcomes back the Canadian heavyweight ColtCuts. Back in 2019 he made his debut through DUPLOC026 with the outstanding cuts "The Vihaan" and "The Phantom". Considering DUPLOC claimed that release to be possibly their best one, a follow-up was destined to happen. On the A-side ColtCuts is coming through with two unique original 140 productions, while on the flip side he delivers two wild VIP masterpieces. Especially "The Vihaan VIP" has been in heavy rotation, receiving support from top tier dubstep DJs worldwide. The “DUPPLATES Vol. 5” is a more than appropriate record to shut down the DUPLOCv series.
a1. ColtCuts - You Said
a2. ColtCuts - My Dear
b1. ColtCuts - The Vihaan VIP
b2. ColtCuts - The Phantom VIP
Release Date: 15th May 2020
786 Recordings presents the next release of their 786X series.
New signing Dalek One on the buttons for the second round
of this war sounds installment.
New weapons for your turntables.
A four track EP, available both Vinyl and Digital format, containing 4 weighty productions conceived by one of the most talented and multicolored musicians of the genre: Dalek One. The vinyl includes a collaboration with Binary. 100% Denver Business on 180gr.
The EP starts with the most waited “Echo Signal”; gritty synths lovely arranged with sub-line and distorted vocals make you feel like there’s someone asking for help somewhere into there.
The second track of the EP is the a** shaker “Nobody Got My Style”, deep vibes which shoot the listener directly in the Atmosphere, ready to enter into Galaxy Dub, third fat track of this EP, which close its circle with Shackled, crazy collaboration with Binary, where sounds evolution will certainly turn you to a new Sayan level.
a1. Dalek One - Echo Signal
a2. Dalek One - Nobody Got My Style
b1. Dalek One - Galaxy Dub
b2. Dalek One & Binary - Shackled
Release Date: 1st May 2020
Newdubhall is an experimental dub label from Japan. Welcoming as their third release is a ten inch from Babe Roots hailing from Turin, Italy along with experimental dub duo Undefined and Japanese legendary dub trumpeter Kazufumi Kodama.
Babe Roots welcomes their ally Baba Ras in Steat of Mind, a deep yet minimal dub piece that toned down the BPM to the extreme.
Extent features Stefano Cocon’s trumpet, echoing into the beatless space of ambience.
a1. Babe Roots - State of Mind ft Baba Ras
b1. Babe Roots - Extent
Release Date: 17th April 2020
Following his 2019 debut on the label with Amphibious / Lucid Dreams, Bristol-based producer Drone returns to System Music for another exploration into the darker corners of sonic frequencies and low end pressure.
Entitled Flooded EP, this is Drone’s biggest project to date and features 4 original, epic tracks accompanied by an incredible remix from SP:MC. The EP kicks off with 20k, an introduction laden with off-kilter, haunting eeriness and pulsating bass and percussion. Next up is Entropy, a truly ethereal track. Spatially beautiful yet isolating and cold. The title track, Flooded, is a monster of a track which intimidates and excites with eyes down and gun fingers raised. Rounding off the body of work is Fear which hits hard with crisp drum patterns and a throbbing bassline, almost evoking a sense of nostalgia, tying it in seamlessly with a typically electrifying remix from SP:MC
a1. Drone - 20K
a2. Drone - Entropy
b1. Drone - Flooded
c1. Drone - Fear
d1. Drone - Fear (SP:MC Remix)
Release Date: 1st May 2020
J.Sparrow releases his sought after Flowdan “Welcome To London” remix in collaboration with the Tru Thoughts Label.
A track which main stages at festivals last summer get torn apart with its pace and energy.
a1. Flowdan - Welcome To London (J.Sparrow RMX)
b1. Flowdan - Welcome To London (J.Sparrow RMX) [Instrumental]
Release Date: 1st May 2020
Blind Prophet returns to Dub-Stuy with the Clash EP, showcasing his versatility and increasing maturity as a producer. Following two previous 12” singles for the label, the Portland producer takes full flight with a 5-track EP exploring various tempos and styles of bass music, old and new. To take us along the journey, he is accompanied by various friends from the global sound system scene including Rider Shafique, Redders, Titus 12, and Tailored Sound from Bristol, Tenor Youthman from Russia, and GREAZUS from Vancouver.
“Dollar Trap” begins the EP with some jazzy digital dub vibes. Tailored Sound accompanies Blind Prophet’s laid-back riddim with his saxophone, playing against the relaxed chatting style of Tenor Youthman who expounds on the dangers of money.
“Clash”, the EP’s title track is Blind Prophet’s dedication to early 90s UK steppas, ominous vibes with lots of space in which the bass and drums can stretch... This is a warning! Closing the A side is a collaboration with the duo GREAZUS that sees the three producers mixing up jungle breakbeats, half time dropouts, and dub heavy bass. The tune is completed by Redders, who mixes up vocal stylings in his own inimitable way.
“Conquer Yuhself” opens up the B side with Blind Prophet’s take on the classic dub techno sound, a slowly unfolding and immersive rhythm track with floating strings and washes of reverb and echo on which Rider Shafique brings some uplifting spoken word about overcoming self-doubt and believing in yourself. Think classic Rhythm & Sound vibes updated for 2020. Closing the EP is “Delay The Storm,” a hip-hop beat with tinges of reggae on which Titus 12 adds dubbed out scratches as well as some harmonica melodies in the finest Augustus Pablo tradition.
The Clash EP is a truly international collaboration celebrating the diversity of sound system culture, paying homage while looking forward ever!
a1. Blind Prophet - Dollar Trap ft. Tenor Youthman & Tailored Sound
a2. Blind Prophet - Clash
a3. Blind Prophet & GREAZUS - Another Soundboy Falling ft. Redders
b1. Blind Prophet - Conquer Yuhself ft. Rider Shafique
b2. Blind Prophet & Titus 12 - Delay The Storm
Release Date: 24th April 2020
Pugilist steps up on Trule with a four track EP of sound system club heaters across various styles and BPMs. From the broken UK garage of the title track, the crunching breaks of Untitled with ILK, the dub wise Junglism of Adversity with Tamen, and the techno dancehall variation of Portal. Something for all the dancers.
a1. Pugilist - Heavy Lies The Crown
a2. Pugilist & ILK - Untitled
b1. Pugilist & Tamen - Adversity
b2. Pugilist - Portal