Release Date: 27th November 2020
Wisdom Teeth label-head Facta rounds off the year with a two part ode to the dancefloor, pitting house and 2 step beats against warping FM synths à la Errorsmith and Mark Fell. ‘Doves’ picks up where 2019’s ‘Rose Red’ left off: all melting, pitch-bending synths that fizz and ping unpredictably around a solid 4x4 beat. On the flip, ‘MPH’ tugs on the heart strings with a plasticine MIDI melody, percussive vocal chops and a tearjerking set of high-gloss pads.
Release Date: 31st July 2020
These run of releases on ‘Existence Is Resistance’ comes from the Legendary Proto Garage Record Label ‘Same People’, and see’s Persian & Long time musical partner DJ Texsta, repressing some of their most pioneering UKG E.P.s.
The Duo helped define the early sounds of UKG & the then unheard sound of Speed Garage, Dubstep & Grime. The Duo had massive success with records like ‘Dangerous’ & ‘Well Well Well’ which is included here.
Alongside this there’s a Special treat for the UKG Heads out there, with a previously Unreleased unheard Dubplate Mix of ‘Well Well Well’, which was recently unearthed amongst Texsta’s expansive record collection. This version is remixed by none other than the UK Techno Legend Nick Dunton under his secret ‘D Ross’ dj monika that he used back in the pirate days.
The much loved requested ‘Real Love’ gets another outing, originally being the B-Side to the classic ‘Feel Da Vibe’.
On top of all this Goodness, listener’s get treated to two absolutely killer bonus tracks from Dunton D–56M alias, ‘Homage’ which features label mate & Soul singer Decarlo (Survival Dub) in a tribute to the teacher’s of the Chicago sound & ‘Medication’ which is an inspired dystopian house chugger, with a stark warning for the New World.
These are for the ‘Collector’s’ out there: Super limited one time represses.
a1. Persian & DJ Texsta - Play It Deejay Dub Mix
a2. Persian - Questions Edit 5
b1. Persian - Lone Wolf
b2. Persian - Lone Wolf Dub
Release Date: 13th December 2019
"Eski style Hardcore reductions, served up from the rave archivist Filter Dread."
a1. Filter Dread - Ice B8ss
a2. Filter Dread - Space Conga
a3. Filter Dread - Time To Let Go
a4. Filter Dread - Heat Depth
b1. Filter Dread - Ice Rave
b2. Filter Dread - Crush Sphere
b3. Filter Dread - Tekker Wave
b4. Filter Dread - Afterlife
Release Date: 15th November 2019
After a busy year putting on the hypest club nites and radio shows all across town, the Munich based club label Ruffhouse joins forces with the dynamic duo of Schlachthofbronx and their Rave & Romance imprint to bring you a long awaited 10“ record by Tymotica - a founding Member of Ruffhouse who now resides in Berlin.
The A-Side is home to “Galaxies Of Dust”, a 2-Step influenced club belter paired with the coldest basslines, synths and glitches you could imagine. The track is driven by a brooding bassline that feels too much like Jungle to not mention it (even though it's clocking in much slower) before diving deep into twisted submarine breaks, always staying true to the boundary- crossing Ruffhouse club music aesthetics.
On the flip side you can find a low-end heavy take on the original by Munich veterans Schlachthofbronx who adopt the tune into their hi-fueled bass universe and add layers of vocal chops and general carnival rave vibes. Originally released as a stricly limited CD-exclusive on the Rufftrax compilation this spring, the Schlachthofbronx remix quickly developed a life of its own and became one of the most sought after tracks of their international live sets - with the few circulating promos ending up getting cut on acetate by their vinyl-affine DJ-friends.
So better don't miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on these outstanding tracks on this proper run of nicely cut 10” vinyl that is RAR007/RUFFHOUSE002, made in collaboration from the two Munich based club music power houses Ruffhouse & Schlachthofbronx.
a1. Tymotica - Galaxies of Dust
b1. Tymotica - Galaxies of Dust (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
Release Date: 22nd November 2019
The latest transmission from Sneaker Social Club welcomes Low End Activist into the fold for a record that draws heavily on soundsystem culture and in particular its social function in the Afro-Caribbean communities it stemmed from.
The source material for this record of fractured bass pressure is a VHS recording of Muzikon Sound System, captured in 1988 on the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford, UK. The vibe pours out of the scenes captured – it was a famously hot summer, and Earthy Irie’s crew set their rig up at the Blackbird Leys summer fair, gifting the community with a wall of sound blasting out ruff n’ tuff 80s dancehall while the local deejays toasted over the top. Elsewhere Street Level would have had their system set up playing UK Soul, Hip-Hop, Proto Rave and Acid House, while further down the field (known locally as ‘the wreck’) the annual five-a-side football tournament took place.
The fair was a symbol of the unity of the estate – a multi-ethnic working class community bound together both by the looming presence of the car factory (where a massive portion of the residents worked) but also the long simmering social divide in Oxford. Since the founding of Oxford University, the country’s elite have needed people to do their dirty work, predictably exploiting and marginalising them in the process. As the city and its colleges expanded, so these communities were ushered out of town. The tensions between the classes reached a flash point repeatedly throughout the centuries, and it was no different during the 1991 riots on
the Blackbird Leys estate. As with similar riots elsewhere in Britain – Brixton, St Pauls, Toxteth, and elsewhere – heavy handed, not to mention misguided, police tactics loom large in the story, where the elite and the authorities fail to understand the community, how and why it functions the way it does.
Drawing on this snapshot of Oxford life, far from the international facade of the city’s privilege and power, with a deep-rooted, personal perspective, Low End Activist channels the raw energy and expression of Muzikon’s sound and frames it in the dread bass pressure that such soundsystems directly led to. It’s not dark music, but rather an intense one, defiant and proud like the Blackbird Leys community and so many of the social situations that gave rise to rave culture in the late 80s and early 90s.
The people from the estate would take their skill, knowledge and access to ‘the factory’ and use it to joyride high-end sports cars – a celebration of personal liberty in the face of social barriers enforced by the very people who would buy such things. Now Low End Activist applies his own craft to an amazing artefact from decades past, not so much joyriding with it as respectfully doffing his cap to the community in a show of solidarity, letting the jubilant sound play out once more
a1. Low End Activist - Street Level
a2. Low End Activist - Signal To Noise (Ratio)
a3. Low End Activist - Signal To Noise
b1. Low End Activist - Low End Activism
b2. Low End Activist - Neighbourhood Nationalism
b3. Low End Activist - Muzikon 90
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Piff Records pulls a petal from it’s 004 with Subjoi, recruiting Adam Emil- who featured on the track Paradise back in September - and Slim Hustla who go twos on the new EP, “Travellers”.
Emil’s side features A1’s “Genuine”, driven by auto-tuned contemporary style vocals that ice all over the melancholy synth work, giving way to “Hovedspring” which presents itself as liquid drum and bass at house tempo - intricate drum programming and trance palet of ambient sounds, well padded throughout.
Slim Hustla takes over the B side, complimenting the ethereal sounds of Emil, first with “Newfound Love” - no less than a synth work out - dripping with arpeggiated notes that open up to their fullest, bouncing between stabs and waves of atmosphere electronics. “We Forget that the Water Cycle and the Life Cycle Are One” takes the beat format of electro, mobilized by acoustic drum sounds, setting the listener up for a full-blown acid hardcore breakbeat closer on “Midnight in Copenhagen”.
a1. Adam Emil - Genuine
a2. Adam Emil - Hovedspring
b1. Slim Hustla - Newfound Love
b2. Slim Hustla - We Forget that the Water Cycle and the Life Cycle Are One
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Launching in late 2018, Outlook Recordings rolls into 2019 with another massive release, this time from one of drum & bass biggest names and boss of Symmetry Records, Break. Widely regarded as one of the scenes finest producers and DJs, he is hugely respected by fellow producers and fans alike. Not content with sitting in just one genre, his Degrees Of Freedom project with Kyo spreads out across dub, house, garage and techno - which is showcased on this EP perfectly.
"Excuses" has been creating hype on dubplate for over a year, with minimal percussion and strings making way for deep sonics and those trademark drums. Over on the flip things get eclectic with the deep dub of "For You" featuring Kyo's haunting vocals whilst "Take Your Time" flexes a 2-step vibe, perfect for the dancefloor. As a digital exclusive there are also 2 deep house tinged gems, "Monoxide" which slowly trickles into acid territory and the beautiful sun-soaked "Walk Away".
a1. Break - Excuses
b1. Degrees of Freedom - For You (Dub)
b2. Degrees of Freedom - Take Your Time
Shipping for - 11th January 2019
For its 4th release, Piff Records recruits from as far afield as possible, tapping Adelaide-based Subjoi who adds to his already diverse and sought-after discography. He presents a set of tracks that are somewhat of a departure from previous releases, employing a UK Garage sound all the way from Australia.
A1’s “Give It To Me” uses side-chained pads to form a perfect loop while melodic wooden block sounds dance around. Assisted by Adam Emil on percussion, “Paradise” whips up the notch on the UKG vibe before giving way to the record’s B side.
The EP’s title track, “Swerve” sits nicely above the most subdued sounds of the record. It’s an ethereal cut with barely-there vocals, the kind that’s saved for the very early hours; first light coming through to a gently swaying dancefloor. “Tears” – it seems of joy, not sadness - dips in and out of halftime, with breathy jazz instrumentation, similar to “Swerve” as an early hours selection but here, as the uplifting closer.
a1. Subjoi - Give It To Me
a2. Subjoi - Paradise ft. Adam Emil
b1. Subjoi - Swerve
b2. Subjoi - Tears
Release Date - 16th November 2018
Well you know what they say, home is where the heart is. I must say it feels all nice and warm to be back on the label myself as Desert Sound Colony.
I’ve put together a few more rippers for you to enjoy. I hope they serve you well in the club and spin a few people from one side of the dance floor to the other. Imagine everyone’s brains are attached to yoyos and you have control of them. You could metaphorically be walking the dog with their minds if you play these at the right time. Doesn’t that sound appealing...?
It is too awkward for me to ‘big up’ my own productions in the way that a normal press release seems to want, so I will just say that I have been playing these three out for the last six months and the results have been pretty much as described in the paragraph above. They are aimed straight at the dance floor, peak time tackle for when you also want to get everyone feeling pretty weird. Expect swingitty swung rhythms throughout and the feeling of having a rave in a drainpipe.
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 three 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. Desert Sound Colony - Tickle Me Pink
b1. Desert Sound Colony - Birds Fly Dry
b2. Desert Sound Colony - Grabbing The Golden Goose
Release Date - 19th October 2018
Etch's 'Ups & Downs' album is a collection of dubs which date as far back as 2014 and up to the present day. The album's tracks are united by being examples of the artists' efforts to escape the shackles of reality by using music as a vehicle.
The theme of space recurs across the material - both the 'outer-space' of the universe and galaxies that surround our planet and the 'inner-space' of exploring the infinite recesses and depths of our mind's imagination.
However these creations were made during a period experiencing a (not-uncommon) lifestyle of mad peaks, joy and optimism, and yet also, times of struggle, adversity and depression. That is of course a familiar human tale - but expressed here through Etch's own singular musical vision. Etch's music is informed by psychedelic experiences, sci-fi, occult and horror themed films and the evolution of gaming - (these being tools often used to escape the prescribed tedium of society's rules and roles).
This is then combined with a deep love of sampling vinyl and rearranging breakbeats in an unforced homage to his family roots in UK hardcore breakbeat, jungle and d'n'b. Furthermore, these hybrids are often filtered through a keen understanding of current musical developments which are then explored and deployed where it feels appropriate. Add to this a smattering of teenage Goth influences that rear their heads within the dark sound of certain tunes and you've got a serious distillation of culture being explored within these beats.
e1. Etch - Lost Orbit
e2. Etch - Out There
e3. Etch - The Siren
t1. Etch - Groove Control
t2. Etch - Snell's Law
t3. Etch - Hope For The Worst
c1. Etch - Black Rainbow
c2. Etch - Swirls & Spirals
c3. Etch - Ince Climbers In Flat Land
h1. Etch - Shine On (Zero Gravity Mix)
h2. Etch - Fluid
h3. Etch - Outsider ft. Farrah
Release Date - 19th October 2018
TRULE presents its first release and the latest from Deadboy, the Klint EP. Four swung out club focused tracks exploring the meeting point between techno and UK garage music. Deadboy uses a stripped back percussive sound palette with shuffling drums and a hands on hardware approach to create four individual, jacking, crisp joints for the dancers.
Klint is the first release on TRULE, a label operated by Al Wootton aka Deadboy to release straight up dance floor club tracks from across the spectrum.
a1. Deadboy - Klint
a2. Deadboy - Pack It In You Two
b1. Deadboy - Nomos
b2. Deadboy - Many Armed and Faceless
Released 14th July 2017
Never Ready Records welcomes Dublin's Major Grave to the label delivering Grime, Garage and Dubstep munitions from the Major's sonic arsenal, decimating all that lays in his path.
"Take Charge" drops like a depth charge of shimmering bass cannons and 2-step snaps. Waxing lyrical with "If You Want" sees Grave notch the mood down and get melodic, while still keeping proceedings bouncy. The B-Side is reminiscent of early FWD days with the woofah bass galore of "S.W.A.T" and the dark transient melodies of "Dem Nevah Ready".
From Dublin's first Boiler Room event to 12”s released on Big Dada , Local Action , Sulk and with years behind the MPCs as part of Ireland's premier underground bass crew ‘Standard’, Major Grave cements his position as a force to be reckoned with in the instrumental grime and bass scene.
Never Ready Records' second release in a four part salvo of underground ordnance continues with cover artwork from Nerog, 180g coloured vinyl and limited pressing of 300 units.
a1. Take Charge
a2. If You Want
b2. Dem Nevah Ready
Released 26th August 2016
This tune has been on dubplate for quite some time. Something of a UK Garage anthem on the underground, Jodo Kast is an alter-ego of J:Kenzo the prominent Dubstep producer/DJ and to celebrate the launch of this release he has also relaunched his ShadowTrak label in order to reboot that imprint to cater for his garage productions.
a1. Jodo Kast - Watch Ya Bassbins
a2. Jodo Kast - Watch Ya Bassbins (Klient Remix)
b1. Jodo Kast - Watch Ya Bassbins (MindofaDragon Remix)
b2. Jodo Kast - Watch Ya Bassbins (Murder He Wrote Remix)
And so the final piece of the Drums Of Death Waves Trilogy EP’s snaps into place, DoD caps his latest run of releases with 4 tracks of varied, taut, emboldened dance floor rhythms.
a1. Life in the Machine
a2. Let No Shadow Fall Upon You
a3. Life in the Machine (Acapella)
b1. Transistor Rhythm
b2. Waves City