Available: 10th May 2021
Four cuts from Stephen Bunn, originally released in '98 on his Heavy Melon imprint
A1. Atomic Bong - Drowning In Water (Bong Mix)
A2. Atomic Bong - Champion Sound 98 (Bunny's Vocal Remix)
B1. Melonhead - Change Is Gonna Come (Chewy's Grooveyard Mix)
B2. Atomic Bong - What Did I Dub
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Main Phase returns for a second full-length EP on Shall Not Fade's hugely successful sublabel, the bass-oriented Time Is Now. The Copenhagen native is fresh from an appearance on Danish leftfield label Petrola 80 and can otherwise be found heading ATW records with another Time Is Now regular, Interplanetary Criminal. He serves up a tasting menu of the most quintessential sounds in UKG across Buss It EP.
The title track is understated, sparse but tense using sparing Ragga vox that build to a crescendo, wobbling over into "Our Style" - expect space age FX drawn out over mutant inflections in another textbook eyes down cut. Cheeky bassline garage energy is brought in "Creepin", while teasing breaks and dirty south hip-hop in the vocals.
Looking to the infamous early years of garage on the B-side, "Freaky" channels those classic Ghost releases in its sub-heavy intent, spicy snare and catchy vocal hooks. The EP is closed out with the expansive, gut-wrenching wobbles of "Misdemeanour", accentuated with a highly intricate two-step rhythm.
a1 Main Phase - Buss It
a2 Main Phase - Our Style
a3 Main Phase - Creepin
b1 Main Phase - Freaky
b2 Main Phase - Misdemeanour
Release Date: 16th April 2021
Interstate brings a 2 step.
Keita Sano dives deep.
Dubbyman has the dubs.
3 distinct remixes of the incredible “Mile High” from German / French producers Mystigrix and Reo Seis and Chicago legend Paris Brightledge on vocals plus an original. Take care of yourselves and stay safe!
a1. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Interstate Remix)
a2. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Keita Sano Remix)
b1. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - Mile High (Dubbyman Downtempo Mix)
b2. Mystigrix & Reo Seis ft Paris Brightledge - You Don’t Know
Release Date: 9th April 2021
Over the past year or so I have watched as the releases on Holding Hands got more and more intense. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Intense and straight to the face was always the plan for the label. At the same time I do have slightly more varied taste and I had been getting sent a decent amount of incredible music that didn’t quite fit on the original outlet. My first love when it comes to electronic music is dark, eyes down, bass heavy and so it seemed like now was the perfect time to create a label with a slightly deeper angle to accommodate this sort of thing.
Yosh was one of those people who had sent me some serious fire. I had been chatting to him here and there on Instagram over the last year but I hadn’t heard any of his music. Finally, on a whim I asked him to send me some and boy am I glad he did! I completely fell in love with his vibe and it seemed to perfectly encapsulate the sound that I wanted to push on Holding Hands Submerged. Don’t for a second think that this is some lounge listening ambient business. These are club weapons firing on all cylinders. It’s just that the cylinders make you keep your eyes down and your stank face on at all times.
On top of being a sick producer, it turns out Yosh is also a total legend. I’m so happy that I get to release some of his music and that I’ve got to know such a lovely guy.
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All four tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...
a1. Yosh - The Hype
a2. Yosh - Jah Said
b1. Yosh - Warp Speed
b2. Yosh - Pull Up
Release Date: 12th March 2021
Banoffee Pies Records Black Label Series continues with the next Various Artist compilation - 4 low slung mood tracks for early AM riding the lines between Tech-House and 2 Step.
Monika Ross opens the selection with "Cut Strategy" on the A1, a dark winter spookyness set around 2 step glitches and delay. Tom Frankel takes over on the A2 with an ode to Green via "Terp Flavours". UKG inspired micro house - lockdown business. On the flip Mariiin drops her debut release entitled "Elif" on the B1 - a head down mover setting the tone for her future sound. The release then comes to a classy finish with deep mesmerizing rhythmic melodies on N-GYNN's "Yazdah" which fades away through another swinging vocal hook. Black Label Minimal. Much love. BP x
a1. Monika Ross - Cut Strategy
a2. Tom Frankel - Terp Flavours
b1. Mariiin - Elif
b2. N.GYNN - Yazdah
Release Date: 19th March 2021
Next up for Time Is Now's white label series is Prozak - a Dublin-based producer who has garnered a growing following over the past year. Prozak, aka Zac Curtis, follows up an EP of remixes for Kiwi Rekords with Make Me Feel. The EP is 100% club gear dabbling in classic rave sounds and jungle before masterfully returning to his garage roots.
The title track "Make Me Feel" is equal parts euphoric rave vocalisations and growling bassy ruffage, with stuttering stop-and-start breaks thrown in for good measure that tear through the track - an instant classic that knocks you breathless.
"Missing You" builds from a gentle ebb into wobbling bass-heavy garage, Curtis chopping and changing the vocal samples into unrecognisable snatches with expert production. He then dishes up a glitching speed garage
tool with "Negative", still seasoned with a ravey edge that makes the record as a whole feel festival ready.
On the B-side, "Sunshine" is sweet buoyant UKG constructed from neatly cut up vocals that clamour against each other and a skipping irresistible rhythm.
Equally upbeat, "Falling" stands out as the most playful track, with mass appeal and large drops that shakes off some of the dark bassiness of the A-side.
The record closes with "Leave You", contrasting frenetic junglist breaks with blissed out vocals.
It's a dynamic offering from the up-and-comer that shows signs of great things to come.
a1. Prozak - Make Me Feel
a2. Prozak - Missing You
a3. Prozak - Negative
b1. Prozak - Sunshine
b2. Prozak - Falling
b3. Prozak - Leave You
Release Date: 12th March 2021
UK based producer Hugo Massien has been slowly but surely making a name for himself over the past few years. Metamorphosis marks Hugo’s debut LP on the E-Beamz Record label.
Having first released in 2014 he quickly built a legion of fans who absolutely loved his bass heavy breaks, sometimes wonky beats, trance rave, and acid tinged sound. By 2018 he had released a winning string of EPs on various imprints including XL Recordings, Keysound, 17 Steps, Unknown to the Unknown and of course E-Beamz.
He now drops his debut album Metamorphosis which brings together all the best elements of Hugo’s creativity into one cohesive release.
a1. Hugo Massien - Chasing Shadows
a2. Hugo Massien - God Knows We Tried
a3. Hugo Massien - If You Dare ft Zun
b1. Hugo Massien - Omnipotent Love Energy
b2. Hugo Massien - Skin On Skin
b3. Hugo Massien - Fast Lane
b4. Hugo Massien - Different People
c1. Hugo Massien - Cosmological Horizon Entropy
c2. Hugo Massien - Losing Sleep
c3. Hugo Massien - Matter Of Time
d1. Hugo Massien - Space To Breath
d2. Hugo Massien - Outer Space Jam
d3. Hugo Massien - Unpowered Descent
d4. Hugo Massien - Beyond Completely Gone
Release Date: 26th March 2021
After a 2020 that saw releases on Running Out Of Steam and Object of Desire, M4A4 brings his laid back house & garage stylings to Distant Horizons on Undercover Castle.
Opening track Avera is a skeletal 4x4 stomper, lined with a whompy bass & crystalline chords while Sunriser is a more dubbed out, hazy house roller. The flip side opens with the sensitive minimal 2-step cut She and New City’s bubbling bassline ensure the release ends on a groovy tip!
b2. New City
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Nicolas Duque is a producer whose playful take on UK Garage, House & UK rave sounds is attracting ears far beyond his native Colombia. After an appearance on the Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol.2 VA, the Bogota producer makes his full release debut on the label.
The release opens with UK To G, an unpredictable but alluring tribute to the spectrum of sounds across the hardcore continuum. If Just The Way is a sweet UKG song for the lovers on the edge of the dancefloor, then Moshpit Rave is it’s breakbeat-lined alternative for the couples in the middle of the rave. This romantic thread is amplified on the B-side with 2You, a sugary-sweet R&B flip. Bristol Love, with its whompy bassline & tightly-chopped breaks are an ode to the soundsystem city & Holloway’s remix ramps up the dread with a menacing reese bassline.
a1. UK To G
a2. Just The Way
a3. Moshpit Rave
b2. Bristol Love
b3. Bristol Love (Holloway Remix)
Release Date: 26th February 2021
3 Feet Deep’s third release takes off with a dynamic 2 stepper by D-Elite, who cleverly samples dial tones to make a smooth pad and pays tribute to Pirates Radio & Tower Block Dreams on the vocals. Next, Pépé Elle, resident of the label, is here this time with his good friend CleS, forming a dynamic beat/bass combo. The track “Instinct Primaire'' blends Pépé’s wobbles and dark sounds with CleS’s jazzy roots. The clarinet is taking us upon a mystical journey. Rising producer Dominus closes off the A side with his “Jungling Sound,” built around a reese bassline and spacey shakers for an excursion into the deep and old school flavours. Finally, B side brings Zero FG & Peaky Beats together, each delivering a spacey, atmospheric track of their own. Zero FG’s powerful lead and captivating vocals in “Just a Groove'' sets the scene up for the nostalgic tone Peaky Beats’s guitar creates jumping in and out throughout the track.
a1. D-Elite - Phoneline Massive
a2. Pépé Elle & CleS - Instinct Primaire
a3. Dominus - Juggling Sound
b1. ZeroFG - Just A Groove
b2. Peaky Beats - Ammi
Release Date: 26th March 2021
After a year full of dubs, we're excited to share our first full press ec2a project forthcoming in the new year. This project pays homage to the legendary FWD nights at Plastic People, which undoubtedly shaped UK bass music as we know it. This 12" is designed to be played multiple times in one night as it showcases all kinds of flavours...
a1. Main Phase - Informer
a2. Bluetoof - SW17
b1. Ollie Rant & Takjacob - Wheel N Kick Up
b2. DJ Crisps - Massive