Release Date: 18th September 2020
Sukh Knight's DAKU imprint comes strong again with its 3rd vinyl release, this time with some of Sukh's classic tracks getting the remix treatment. The title track is Cimm's much sought after monstrous remix of 'Diesel Not Petrol', with Cimm adding his trademark crisp drums, and extra riffs and stabs to give this classic track a modern vibe. This one has been in constant rotation in both Dubstep & Grime scenes getting instant reloads. On the B-side, finally getting a release after being a treasured dub for 12 years, is the VIP mix of Diesel Not Petrol, this one also still sounding as fresh and heavy as it did all those years ago. To top it all off, Mystic State come with their deep, heavy meditation vibes on the remix of 'Shutdown', guaranteed to take you on a journey. Timeless music!
a1. Sukh Knight - Diesel Not Petrol (Cimm remix)
b1. Sukh Knight - Diesel Not Petrol VIP
b2. Sukh Knight - Shutdown (Mystic State remix)
Release Date: 28th August 2020
The next release on Hi Tek Sounds sees the inimitable JEB1 bring his distinctive sound to the label.
The A side, ‘Guyana’, is a mournful, melancholy affair full of lush melodies and choral arrangements, accentuated only by a pared down percussive rhythm track and growling bass line. The title connects the contemporary sound of inner city London back to JEB1’s ancestral heritage.
East Man steps up for the remix on the B side, stripping the track back even further, reducing it to a bouncing tin pan percussion and driving rhythms, and alternating between a warm low sub bass and a gritty growling bass lead to cut straight to the dance floor.
a1. JEB1 - Guyana
b1. JEB1 - Guyana (East Man Remix)
Release Date: 7th August 2020
You will struggle to find an artist who has contributed to the culture as much as East London pioneer, Footsie. His position in the music hall of fame is firmly cemented with his foundations paving the way for thousands after him.
Footsie's debut solo album, No Favours via his imprint Studio 55 is a schooling in the movement Footsie has remained at the helm of by artfully melding Grime, Dubstep and Reggae cohesively under one roof. Reaffirming him as the king curator, No Favours will undoubtedly become an instantaneous collectors item.
When it came to enlisting collaborators he didn’t struggle to pull together an A-List of artists including; CASISDEAD, JME, D Double E, Durrty Goodz, Frisco, Jammer, Prez T and P Money to name a few. On production credits, there was no holding back with Mystry, Kwes Darko, Chase & Status, Skream, Sukh Knight, Samo & Kiko and God Brothers all working alongside him on No Favours.
a1. Footsie - Spread Love
a2. Footsie - Restless Jack ft CASISDEAD
a3. Footsie - Pepper Stew ft JME
a4. Footsie - No Favours
b1. Footsie - Finesse
b2. FWD Skit
b3. Footsie - Pattern & Program
c1. Footsie - My Own Wave ft D Double E & Pepper Rose
c2. Footsie - Music Money ft D Double E & Jammer
c3. Footsie - Hills Of Zion ft Durrty Goodz & Frisco
c4. Footsie - G Set ft President T & P Money
d1. Footsie - Under Water ft J Appiah
d2. Footsie - Frank Bruno ft Triggz
d3. Footsie - Easy For You ft J Appiah
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: 6th March 2020
Numa Crew and the ’London City Warlord’ Riko Dan join forces on this dancefloor banger called ‘Babylon’.
When it comes to the influence of Ragga in the MCing styles of Grime, one of the undisputed pioneers is Riko Dan - most famously associated with Roll Deep, one of the most important collectives in the history of Grime.
The original track is an explosive mix of Grime and Dubstep sounds spiced with a Dancehall flavor that gives Riko the perfect platform to spin raw and punching lyrics.
The flip side is a remake of the original ‘Babylon’ in a pure Dub stepper style, heavyweight bassline, hypnotic skanks and mystical atmospheres that fuse the two worlds of Grime and Dub in a unique sound. Certified sound system material.
a1. Numa Crew - Babylon feat. Riko Dan
b1. Numa Crew - Babylon feat. Riko Dan (Steppa Mix)
Release Date: 6th March 2020
Elite level lost grime dubs used in legendary Wiley/Ghetts freestyles on Westwood, Wiley’s Tunnel Vision 5, and a whole host of grime clashes.
a1. Mega Mos Wanted - Beat Up Wayne
a2. Mega Mos Wanted - Blip Works
b1. Mega Mos Wanted - UK Drama (Remix)
b2. Mega Mos Wanted - Trancer
Release Date: 28th February 2020
After the recent collaboration with Walton for the last release, this release sees the return of the ‘Stop Flapping Your Gums’ instrumentals, with the second volume in the series.
The A side, ‘Jaws’, is a sharp and steely hard stepper with a deep brooding bass line that evokes an ominous feeling. The skeletal framework of drums prop up the sub bass, lurching inexorably forward towards an unknown terror. Produced around the same time as the album on Planet Mu you will have heard it in East Man sets on Balamii, Just Jam or Rinse FM, usually accompanied by Killa P on the mic, laying his patois infused lyrics over the top of this dread riddim.
The B side is another track that those of you familiar with East Man sets will definitely know. ‘Border Clash’ is an up tempo onslaught of distorted kick drums and sub bass coupled with clattering, wood-block percussive stabs that lend an almost primal urgency to the beat. This one is ready to mash up any dance floor… Just turn the lights out and the subs up!
a1. East Man - Jaws
b2. East Man - Border Clash
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