Phillipi and Rodrigo have a fondness for synths and classic Brazilian sound. Side A is a playful acid sound created that’s been thoroughly road tested on the Despacio sound system. Side B is a tight modern Balearic Beat for the slower dancefloor.
12″ with HQ Printed Sleeve
a1. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Karma
b1. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Gueto De Gent
Released 5th February 2016
Narratives Music returns after 6 months with the first of a new wave of music for 2016. Blocks and Escher present Narratives 011 and a new artist to the label.
This debut from Concealed Identity offers a beautiful and hard hitting double A Side which conjures up visions and tales truly fitting of the track titles and the Narratives Music camp.
First aired on Friction's BBC Radio 1 show, the lush and warm Levanter, has been a fixture in Blocks and Escher sets for months and moved dancefloors across Europe in 2015. A true example of beautiful agression.
The flip side, Calavera, is a different beast entirely. Equally as musical as Levanter; trumpets and guitars introduce the listener to this piece of music but the introduction of the bass reveals a very different and contrasting side to the artist.
Calavera has grabbed the attention of DJ's across the Drum and Bass scene, championed by the Metalheadz camp and finding its way into the highest calibre DJ's sets.
Support : Loxy, Doc Scott, Ulterior Motive, Friction, Scar, Ant TC, Goldie
a. Concealed Identity - Levanter
b. Concealed Identity - Calavera
Released 22nd January 2016
From hefty dancefloor bass-weight on Little Light and T5YC to deep, hypnotic synthwork on Retrospective and Silence, this EP the the perfect balance of dance music and emotional expression.
Meticulously crafted empty space between full kicks and percussion clunks, carefully placed stabs and chords opposite heavy slabs of bass and rumble. This EP has contrasting light and dark all over - the ideal EP for our Brightest Dark Place.
Born in Duisburg, Germany and now based in Brighton, UK, Malte Schumann is a relatively new producer to the electronic scene, but anyone catching an ear-full of his house, bass or techno productions might assume that he had been producing and releasing for much longer.
After 2 strong releases on Berlin-based imprint Sonic Moiré, Caldera was picked up for an EP on the subscription label Cut, and one year later we got him onboard for an EP at Brightest Dark Place.
Alongside the Retrospective EP Caldera also has a 7”, a split 12” and an hour-long cassette release planned for 2016 already. Look like Malte is set for big things this year!
a1. Caldera - Little Light
a2. Caldera - Retrospective
b1. Caldera - T5YC
b2. Caldera - Silence
Released 5th February 2016
Fresh, genre bending interpretations from Barac (Romania) and dBridge (UK).
180 gram vinyl, initial copies with hand-made screen printed covers.
These two inspiring producers provide their modern touch to the contemporary dancefloor continuum: dBridge offers an up-to-date hybrid that straddles the line between techno and breakbeat, while Baracs extended mix is a deep and hypnotic journey through space.
dBridge represents a milestone when it comes to UK dance music. Being part of the legendary drum and bass group Bad Company in the late 90s, running his extensive label Exit Records, and regularly releasing on Boddikas Nonplus, Metalheadz, as well as R&S, he has gained an enviable reputation as a specialist with a modern take on techno and breakbeat variations.
Romanias up-and-coming Barac has released a double record on Rareshs Metereze imprint among others, has recently launched his own platform with Moment, and is inarguably one of the top creative minds emerging from the vivid ourown / sunrise scene.
The selection of these particular producers is the result of Konrad Black simultaneously considering his past while embracing the future. His affinity for dBridge goes back longer than a decade when Konrad was working for Virus Recordings in London, making dBridge an ideal conduit for the Drum and Bass aesthetic that still courses through both artists veins. Barac represents a new wave of artists whose music exists as a crystal ball depicting an ideal future for techno music on the whole. Together, these top talents present a pair of fresh interpretations of Blacks darkly aspirational release.
a. Konrad Black - Scorched Earth (dBridge Interpretation)
b. Konrad Black - Scorched Earth (Barac Interpretation)
Released 11th January 2016
Ten years after bringing his infamous live sets to the island he grew up, Paul Twin debuts with White Island, investigating further into the community's hidden secrets. Working patiently on his sound, bringing together his great sense of melody with production expertise, he is now ready to share his sounds with the mainland. While the highly anthematic Turbulence, on the B side, has been in the pipeline for years, it is the A side that presents his latest revelation, being his most confident cut to date. Since last autumn it could already be heard on small and big dancefloors all over the continent, quite often standing out because of its heavy drums and magnificent twist in the break. Altogether White Island is an EP that comes from a mix of patience and experience, breathing air in lost sounds, reminding as much of psychedelic forest forays as endless kitchen raves.
01. White Island
03. 14-Year Delay
b. Hama - Imidiwan N'assouf (Krucial Kuts Dub Mix)
A) Fracture - Remember The Time ft. Lucie La Mode : Kicks the 12 off with an atmospheric blend of deep space half time loveliness with slight D&B overtones. The beat structure has the complex edits one would expect in a deep D&B tune, but holds the groove so its more focused on the what is happening the off beat.
The soundscape used here is straight from the ethereal halls of intergalactic beings. The pad sounds are reminiscent of quality days gone by but have a modernization about them. The delicate synth sounds really add a sense of commitment to all things from a deeper realm and play gently through the track.
The vocals from Lucie La Mode just take the track up to another level of blissful awareness, and give real substance to this absolute gem of a tune. Remember the Time is a very apt title for this track, it will conjure up memories of the heady days when deep D&B ruled the roost and people were swaying to the wonderful sounds and grooves of that period in time.
B) Fracture x Kid Drama - Tell Me How ft. Lucie La Mode : Fracture teams up with Kid Drama for this wonderful evolving downtempo track. The key hear is getting into a hypnotic state with all of the various elements of this tune.
The fusion of more course bass sounds and softer pad atmospherics is done with a touch of finesse and class. Its very difficult to get the rough and smooth sounds to work together in such harmony, but this has been accomplished here to great effect.
The parping ripping bass sound that would easily sit on something a lot more ferocious, is softened with the uplifting vocals again from Lucie La Mode and the laid back synth sounds that range from the loop based arppegiated variety, to the more languid chords and pad components. The groove of the beats is a chilled out blend of kicks, snares and hats that have a great presence in the mix without being overpowering.
The arrangement of the beat structure is mature and detailed and really gives space to the other sounds around it. Fracture & Kid Drama have really made a beautiful but edgy piece of music here that would sound great loud but also work at a more relaxed listening level.
a. Fracture - Remember The Time ft. Lucie La Mode
b. Fracture x Kid Drama - Tell Me How ft. Lucie La Mode
Inkymole brings hand-drawn, inky-cold scenes of strangeness and snow to Ed Garland’s ultimately joyful story of spontaneity and irresponsibility by adults who should know better.
“We didn’t know the snow would be so abundant…”
Taking cues from inspirations that include Edward Gorey, Jan Pienkowski, Dr Seuss, Tim Burton and the ‘Music for Pleasure’ 7”s of her childhood, Inkymole brings hand-drawn, inky- cold scenes of strangeness and snow to Ed Garland’s ultimately joyful story of spontaneity and irresponsibility by adults who should know better: cold, murk, sludge, snow, tinsel eyebrows, flying bowling balls, twinkling, ulterior motives, dark pasts, suspicious townspeople and freezing hands...
a. Tinselsnakes Read by B.Dolan, produced by Buddy Peace
b. Tinselsnakes Voice Only
Released 18th December 2015
My Favorite Robot very much prizes quality over quantity, and so it is that they offer up their carefully chosen autumn vinyl release, namely another landmark EP from key label artist Eric Volta. Fleshing out his killer originals are remixes from Swiss star Deetron and Volta as Voltaeric.
Volta is a synth whizz who crafts cinematic, epic, emotive music for this label as well as No.19 Music. He has emerged as a real star in the last year or so and is able to marry dance floor clout with a truly cerebral sense of musical storytelling.
a1. Eric Volta - Heartbeat I: Bleed
a2. Eric Volta & Gaika - Until I Dissolve
a3. Eric Volta - Heartbeat II: Cry
a4. Eric Volta - Deliquesce
b1. Eric Volta & Gaika - Until I Dissolve (Deetron Remix)
b2. Eric Volta & Gaika - Until I Dissolve (Deetron Baseless Dub)
The first Volume in the amalgamation of two audio powerhouses in the form of Samurai Music and ASC’s Auxiliary imprint. They join as one to offer something slightly off the cuff from the individual labels usual input. The first Volume under the Grey Area guise does hold the identity of the mother and father labels so to speak, although the general idea here is that that the artists that have contributed to the project are kept under wraps and go down a slightly more experimental path. What follows is a brief summary of the 4 Unknown tracks in this opening gambit from Grey Area.
A1 – Unknown #1: The first track is a very uplifting cyclical looping affair that draws the listener into its web of intrigue and mysticism. The main player is a synth bleep sound that pulses like a futuristic alarm that grabs the tune by the scruff of the neck. The accompanying soundscape that envelops the main sound have an almost analogue acidic quality, with synth leads using filter cut offs that are opening and closing in a very rhythmic way and create a very hypnotic feel. The Percussive snare element that hits on the half beat is solid and chunky and gives a real snap to the track. The 4/4 hats that tap away add a sense of something more urgent and really gives overall depth to the beat structure. This is a great opening offering on the EP, top stuff as you would expect with the labels that are involved here.
A2 – Unknown #2: The second tune keeps the analogue hypnotic vibes going and follows the first track perfectly. This is a slightly more industrial and colder feeling than the previous piece, with the focus more on the groove and beat structure. The beat work is detailed and superb in its realisation, the half groove snare again takes charge here, but the intricate hats, wood block hits and other drum sounds are trance inducing and very interesting to the ear. The synth leads are more of the cycle of odd and are accompanied with some dark metallic pad atmospherics. If this was played at volume you would definitely be feeling all of the various frequencies that are present and correct is the track.
B1 – Unknown #3: really ramps up the energy levels and adds drama to the previous tracks on the “A-Side”. The ferocity of the arrangement is a more intense version of Unknown #2, almost a continuation which takes you further into the realms of this quirky world that is Grey Area. The main parts of this beast are so sci-fi esc, they scream of warp drives and large space machines that rattle and churn out bucket loads of power and inertia. The overall feeling here is very much in the mechanical and processed format. The looping and repetitive atmosphere which just builds and builds is very forward thinking and quite a distinct and original in its styling.
B2 – Unknown #4: The end product of the first Grey Area release is a slightly more relaxing and subtle tune. The rainforest other worldly soundscape is directly from the forest moon of Endor (Other Sci-Fi Film References could be usedJ). This is a very in depth journey and probably the deepest track on the EP. The beats are very classy and ooze quality. The synth sounds are inspired and quite dreamy in their realisation, this is a proper eyes closed and drift off moment. This is a great way to finish the EP and leaves you wanting more.
This is a great start for Grey Area. 10/10 | Aural Imbalance Review
Black vinyl 180g shrink wrapped
The first in a series of anonymous 12"s on Grey Area - the label collaboration between Samurai Music and Auxiliary
a1. Unknown - #1
a2. Unknown - #2
b1. Unknown - #3
b2. Unknown - #4
Released 23rd June 2017
The debut LP from Ancestral Voices now repressed for 2017 in an all new vinyl colour.
The birth of Ancestral Voices represents a new path for an established and highly respected producer.
Liam Blackburn carved out a singular musical voice as Indigo, and also more recently as half of acclaimed duo Akkord. Inevitably a new approach to creating music has developed into a new identity: seeping with textures, loaded with a taut energy that whispers tales of shamanism and transformative life experiences.
Stripping back an already unique creative process proved a challenge that has paid off, and Blackburn's evolving sound has no immediate sonic comparison. With distinct resonances of his musical heritage flowing through a more mature filter, there is a mystical atmosphere that resounds through the LP as you hear Ancestral Voices emerge triumphantly into the world.
The Ancestral Voices debut LP is an insight into a subconscious journey; fully formed as one accomplished 'Night Of Visions'.
a1. Night of Visions
b1. Ritual Time
c2. The Feathered Serpent
d1. Rebirth & Dissolution
d3. Sleepless Night, First Light
Released 20th November 2015
Field Records continues to focus on its first run of solo artists EPs with four tracks from UK pair Szare. Before now this Frozen Border and Horizontal Ground duo has excelled in crafting cavernous bass chambers and off beat rhythms with ease - just as they do here. Riding up and down, skipping left and right and swelling with a sense of post apocalyptic optimism as it goes. This EP is full of fresh ideas, fulsome production and a dark energy that makes it fit perfectly on the most recent end of the hardcore continuum.
a1. The Silver Number
a2. Buried Rails
b1. Crop Failure
b2. Overcharged by the Pump
Released 20th November
Once again the dutchman from the north Boris Bunnik (who actually resides in Rotterdam now, but that aside) is showcasing his magic fingers, this time on Shipwrec's deep techno offshoot Deep Sound Channel. 'Hinterland' is a topnotch ice-cold but heartwarming submarine electro/techno album with distant hints of IDM, in other words the perfect soundtrack for the long midwinter nights to come.
01. Morning Sun
03. Tidal Window
04. Navier Stokes Equations
05. Feg Depth
06. Environmental Migrant
07. Black Cloud
London based italian producer Giordano Fiacchini, also known for his alter-ego Luru out on Nervous Horizon, drops his second ep under the Bangalore moniker on OOH-sounds, a new label from Florence run by Backwords and Andrea Mi.
Artistically born and raised under Burialʼs vapor trail influence, Bangalore assembles his new effort ʻHere Comes the Rainʼ proceeding on 7 fictional music trails that move through an abstract jungle buried in digital haze. Itʼs an organic tale, a kind of shipʼs-log that use a sonic pallette built on contrasts to picture Bangaloreʼs vision like a sort of ʻfuture nostalgiaʼ. Organic vs digital, light vs dark, solid vs liquid, abstraction vs concreteness, present vs past. Being a drummer and a big metal fan in his early teens, Bangalore then skillfully lays these humid and hazy soundscapes on solid clear-cut drum beats, sculpting rhythmical patterns to shape a sort of modern primitivism. The whole is topped randomly by pitched voices and dreamlike melodies, like lost tribal chants that seem to flourish out of tropical plants. All this define an ep that feels mature, articulated, structured, and affecting.
Opening is Storm a beatless and lysergic prologue that alternates dramatic movements to rainy plant life scenarios. Second is Rolling in the mud which focuses on a more song-like form introducing solid drums and melody lines by Hymenia, where her charming voice is processed and pitched to perform the weirdest gender somersault. Lost and desperate vocal bits go with a moving melancholic piano melody in Fog while Rough Loverʼs colored noise nostalgia reminds of Forest Swords debut on Tri-Angle. Under the Rain and Broken Heart are both centered on a tribal andamento, shaman-like voices and organic riffs that repeat to enchant. Killing Time drives us into a dreamlike dusk and its long and distended finale takes us back to the beginning of this trip to prelude a future sequel...
a1. The Storm
a2. Rolling In The Mud (feat. Hymenia)
a4. Rough Lover
b1. Under The Rain
b2. Broken Heart
b3. Killing Time