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)
Released 19th July
Two high grade tracks by one of Grime’s greatest producers D.O.K. 06 is Grime at its purest; gliding synths, weird bleeps and a heavy bassline whilst the flip Look Uno continues on the Coolie Joyride path. Relentless beats, a heavy sub and catchy samples. Perfect. Out on the 19th of July on marbled purple vinyl.
Audio coming soon.
B. Look Uno
Release Date - 28th June 2019
Hi Tek Sounds is the new label from East Man (AKA Basic Rhythm) set up after his debut album for Planet Mu ‘Red, White & Zero’.
The second release on Hi Tek Sounds is a collaborative effort from East Man & Walton.
The A side, Horse Mouth, is a dread affair. Bursting into life with a staccato drum pattern and an ominous synth drone that slowly builds up before breaking down into a calm before the storm that utilises the now infamous vocal sample of Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, before dropping back in with militant staccato drums and a deep booming sub stab. This one guarantees damage on the dance floor!
The B side, Gunshot, starts with soft, summery chimes and a minimal kick drum and clap pattern, peppered with vocal samples taken from an old recording of a pirate radio show, before dropping into a spacious but heavyweight drum pattern and deep rolling sub bass. Definitely one for the heads!
a1. East Man & Walton - Horse Mouth
b1. East Man & Walton - Gunshot
Released 5th July
DJ Haram is a producer & DJ who distinctively ties her New Jersey musical history with more recent involvement in the Philadelphia DIY noise scene, whilst paying homage to her Middle Eastern roots. A close affiliate of New York's Discwoman collective, she is also one half of 700 Bliss with rapper & poet Moor Mother, who features on this EP. Haram’s non-traditional understanding of Islam, paired with a nuanced perspective on folk tradition and mythology, underpins the EP, bringing fantasy and colour to this in-between place. On opener ‘No Idol’, a darbuka rhythm pairs with offbeat claps around a dark synth and a contrasting airy flute melody, illustrating the theme of duality running through the music. The melodies of ‘No Idol’ are revisited in the final track remix, sped up with a classic Baltimore club beat and energetic bedsprings samples.‘Interlude’ is a combination of the sounds and patterns from each song. ‘Gemini Rising's synth is reminiscent of John Carpenter, paired with adarbuka rhythm and war drums that transmit a religious sci -fi horror aesthetic. ‘Body Count’ is propelled by Jersey Club kicks with a distorted drum crunch and ticking rim shot in triplets, and an ethereal melody. ‘Grace (K.O.D.)’ has menacing cinematic stabs that feel like acid raining on the scattered percussion. On the 700 Bliss track ‘Candle Light’, Moor Mother's distorted and doubled up vocal chorus evokes a frantic yet solemn energy as she speaks on themes of life and death.‘Grace’ is an EP constructed through deep feeling, transmitting vital dancefloor energy. It’s music is versatile, imbued with a strong will, personality, and colour.
Audio available soon.
A1. No Idol
A3. Gemini Rising
A4. Body Count
B1. Candle Light (700 Bliss Remix)
B2. Grace (K.O.D.)
B3. Candle Light (Instrumental)
B4. No Idol (Remix)