The diversity of the beats and bass scene is reflected in the Rotterdam based label Lowriders Recordings. The new release by Know V.A. is a perfect example of the ever shifting and developing scene. Know V.A. and their mixture of styles is an obvious concurrence.
The first release on LOW by Know V.A. is called "O horizon" and is filled with blunt drum-programming like it was 1994 completed with threatening tone contrasted with field recordings and all this together into a gritty dancefloor set.
The name "O horizon", is also known as the forest floor, which is the lowest layer of a rainforest. The "O" stands for organic matter and is a place of spontaneous growth and continuous decay. The constant struggle for sunlight resembles the dynamics of the EP.
Know V.A. are listed by Djbroadcast as Dutch producers to watch for 2014. Their recent 'Slowjamz' release (and remix ep) got favored by artists like Plastician, Darkhouse Family and DJ Shadow. They are resident dj's for HOAX in Amsterdam and shared stage with big names in the scene.
The choices for the remixes really add power to the release. Dj Earl & Dj Taye takes the drum sounds and the melody to another consciousness. American grime producer Rabit takes the floor filler Donkey Kong apart and creates a spooky masculine abstraction.
a3. Donkey Kong
b2. Gum (DJ Earl & DJ Taye Remix)
b3. Donkey Kong (Rabit Remix)
Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles. Before he became Om Unit, Coles was working under the name 2tall. Throughout the 2000s he lived in and around London, lodging in various smoky flats where he would set up an always shifting home studio. Days were spent studying music, meditating, and learning the ropes of electronic music production while also honing sharp turntablist skills. Between 2005 and 2008, Coles made a lot of beats, part and parcel of his artistic growth. Lost Stories collects eighteen of the best, unearthed from old hard drives and Cubase sessions and never heard until now. Influence came from American labels such as Plug Research, Ghostly International, Poobah, and Stones Throw where a new generation of artists worked in a middle ground between hiphop and electronic, a place of infinite possibilities. The album shows a maturing 2tall sound while sketching out the outlines of what would become Om Unit: you can hear it all in the swing of ‘Potholes’, the confident chug of ‘Timeless World’, the hypnotic bass of ‘The Roller’, the awkward loop of ’30 mins’, the strut of ‘Night Vision’, and the uplifting vibes of ‘Over The Clouds’. Kutmah first discovered 2tall’s music after Ras G had ordered copies of his last album into Poobah Records. Years before they ever set eyes on each other, the two were connected through a mutual appreciation of their respective work. Lost Stories came together during a joint Australian tour in spring 2014. Featuring artwork by Kutmah, it captures a moment in time when experimentation mattered above all else, when possibilities felt abundant, and when a beat could be a doorway into infinity. And it also reminds us that you must remember where you came from in order to understand where you’re going.
1. 2tall - Test
2. 2tall - Industry Chant
3. 2tall - Rolstrom Syndrome
4. 2tall - Timeless World
5. 2tall - Fish Bait
6. 2tall - Skit Alpha
7. 2tall - Potholes
8. 2tall - The Roller
9. 2tall - Raw Guilty
10. 2tall - Jackson Clap
11. 2tall - For My Sins
12. 2tall - Basic Prince
13. 2tall - The Womp Womp
14. 2tall - Over The Clouds
15. 2tall - 30 Mins
16. 2tall - Night Vision
17. 2tall - Iron Caterpillar
18. 2tall - Dark Lord
The first LP by notorious Russian producer Lapti showcases his classic material made over the last 10 years. This is a landmark release, encompassing the heritage that has had a huge influence on the new generation of Russian producers. Every track on this album is a sonic universe bridging the past and the future. A highly anticipated collector's item. Supported by Kutmah, Matthew David, Samiyam and many others.
a1. Humanoid Rights
a5. Lapti & Nocow - Sirenas
b3. Polar Bear
b4. Nude Interlude
b6. First Date
Released 11th March 2016
180 gram heavyweight vinyl + transparent sticker in die-cut logo jacket. Paradox Music spread their wings and deliver an instrumental Breakbeat album evoking the late 80’s Beats, Breaks & Scratches era.
Wax Breaks features 16 Breakbeat tracks for Break Djs, Rappers and Music Producers. Each track has been note-pitched for mixing and sampling purposes at 33 and 45 rpm.
From Hip-hop to Drum & Bass and Downtempo, Wax Breaks is the versatile Breakbeat tool for live performance and studio production.
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
"One Step Forward" is the debut album from Brighton based DJ and producer Cut La Vis aka David Lavis. Raised on a healthy diet of 90s hip hop, roots reggae and ska, Cut La Vis debut album for NICE UP! is a melting pot of exactly that - the sounds and culture he grew up around whilst learning his trade. Starting off as the DJ for a reggae band in his hometown of Hereford, he soon gravitated to the turntablist explosion of the mid 90s, competing in local competitions and B-Boy jams. At the same time, his love for dub and roots reggae led him into trying his hand at the fertile reggae mash-up scene, making a name for himself with an array of dancefloor shaking blends of classic hip hop tracks infused with a feel good skank, as well as remixes for for artists such as Blend Mishkin, Dreadsquad and Max Rubadub.
Making the transition from mash-up maverick to original producer, you can still expect the same reggae infused bangers, dubwise hip hop and ska shakers complemented by an impressive array of guest vocalists plus a little help from a tight band of session musicians. Following their summer hit "Still Have The Love", London-based reggae/soul singer Maddy Carty appears on a number of tracks, as well as Bristol songstress Eva Lazarus who has been bothering the top 40 recently alongside Etherwood (Hospital Records). Roots Manuva collaborator and Speech Debelle's Mercury-winning producer Lotek blesses the mic on the bouncing "Rinse & Repeat" as well as UK Dancehall legend Tippa Irie who crops up on "Love My Music" pus an appearance from regular collaborator Mystro who opens the album with "Hit Me One Time". Rounding things off are JA dancehall MC Peppery and vocalist from Origin One, Parisa - giving the album a healthy balance of established artists and newer talent.
With a cheeky nod to the classic Max Romeo track, "One Step Forward" also refers to this being Dave's debut album and making his first step into the future whilst retaining inspiration from the past.
a1. Cut La Vis - Hit Me One Time (ft. Mystro)
a2. Cut La Vis - Still Have The Love (ft. Maddy Carty)
a3. Cut La Vis - Full Contact (ft. Skunkadelic)
a4. Cut La Vis - Represent (ft. Peppery)
a5. Cut La Vis - It's Alright (ft. Eva Lazarus)
b1. Cut La Vis - Love My Music (ft. Tippa Irie)
b2. Cut La Vis - Rinse & Repeat (ft. Lotek)
b3. Cut La Vis - Yuh Nuh Bad (ft Peppery)
b4. Cut La Vis - Checkin' Out (ft. Maddy Carty)
b5. Cut La Vis - Apple Sauce & Cinnamon (ft. Parisa)
- Inkless spot-gloss Black on Black cover art on matt laminate board
- 2 x 12” ‘mid-weight’ vinyl + 2 x black cardboard inner sleeves
- 4 Tracks per side @ 33rpm
- Digital download redemption card included inside jacket
Ivy Lab announce ‘Ivy Lab Presents 20/20 Volume One’, set for release on 6th November via their new label 20/20 LDN Recordings.
Formed by producers Sabre, Stray and Halogenix, Ivy Lab are a North London collective that is part of a nascent movement of bass music refugees cross- pollinating UK soundsystem culture with influences from Future beats, the Mo’Wax era and LA’s Low End Theory focused beat scene. Their debut album adopts a clan style approach where different configurations of members, and collaborators, might operate under the Ivy Lab mantle:
“This LP sits somewhere between a compilation album and a mixtape. The tracks are a mix of solo beats from individual members and collaborative productions between all three of us.”
Inspired by their enthusiasm for experimentation on the fringes of the drum & bass scene; Sabre, Stray and Halogenix joined forces through individual collaborations on their principle label Critical Music before expanding into the formal trio of Ivy Lab. A string of standout singles and EPs, additional support from Goldie’s Metalheadz recordings and remixes for acts and labels including Sub Focus (Universal), TC (3beat) and Anushka (Brownwood) have attracted a wealth of attention to the group.
With an anchored presence at the heart of the drum and bass community secured, the collective have now expanded into fresh territory under the framework of the "20/20” project. Initially established as a clubnight, the project is broadening its scope with the launch of a record label driven by the same raison-d’être as its live-event sibling. Namely to provide a showcase for the emerging landscape of sounds operating in the hinterlands between footwork, jungle/drum’n’bass, hip- hop and future beats - often referred to under the stop-gap moniker of ‘halftime'. Given this new movement’s proximity to Ivy Lab’s musical heritage as a drum and bass act, they view 20/20 as an expansion, rather than a change, in their musical output:
“We have no intention of turning our backs on drum & bass, but we have such a huge body of music in this style that it makes sense for us to create a parallel platform dedicated to this movement.”
Evolving from a midweek free party at Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet, 20/20’s club night moves to new Brixton venue Phonox on Wednesday 23rd September with Alix Perez, Sam Binga, Fracture, Deft and Tim Parker. 20/20 team up with Astral Black at Village Underground on 21st November as part of The Hydra’s Clock Strikes 13 series. Ivy Lab continue to play worldwide.
Noisia, DJ Craze, Eprom, Deft, TC, Plastician (Rinse FM), Stray, Halogenix, J:Kenzo (Rinse FM).
a3. Third World Cup
a4. Love Is Here
b1. Hiya (feat. Havelock)
b4. Click Clack
c2. No Answer
d3. Woodland Princess
a1. Onra - Intro
a2. Onra - So Long ft. Chuck Inglish
a3. Onra - Every Second ft. Perrion
b1. Onra - We Ridin' ft. Daz Dillinger & Olivier Daysoul
b2. Onra - Love Tip ft. MC Melodee
b3. Onra - Over And Over ft. Do Or Die & Johnny P
c1. Onra - Money
c2. Onra - Vibe With U ft. Suzi Analogue
c3. Onra - Anything ft. The Doppelgangaz
c4. Onra - 95.5 FM (Skit)
d1. Onra - Like You Miss Me ft. MC
d2. Onra - That's Me ft. Black Milk
d3. Onra - Outro
a1. Faze Miyake - The Nest ft. Little Simz
a2. Faze Miyake - Burciaga
a3. Faze Miyake - Ice Cold ft. Inga Copeland
b1. Faze Miyake - Ocean Drive
b2. Faze Miyake - Below Me ft. Sasha Go Hard
b3. Faze Miyake - Firefly
c1. Faze Miyake - None Of That Stuff ft. Family Tree
c2. Faze Miyake - Fusion
c3. Faze Miyake - Snow Leopard
d1. Faze Miyake - What U Say ft. Izzy Brooks
d2. Faze Miyake - Yung Sneyga
d3. Faze Miyake - Below Me (Total Freedom's Jezzy Pride Remix) (Vinyl Exclusive)
d4. Faze Miyake - Lei Wulong (Vinyl Exclusive)
a1. Dead Prez - Wolves
a2. Dead Prez - I'm a African
a3. Dead Prez - 'They' Schools
a4. Dead Prez - Hip-Hop
a5. Dead Prez - Police State
b1. Dead Prez - Behind Enemy Lines
b2. Dead Prez - Assassination
b3. Dead Prez - Mind Sex
b4. Dead Prez - We Want Freedom
b5. Dead Prez - Be Healthy
c1. Dead Prez - Discipline
c2. Dead Prez - Psychology
c3. Dead Prez - Happiness
c4. Dead Prez - Animal In Man
d1. Dead Prez - You'll Find a Way
d2. Dead Prez - It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop
d3. Dead Prez - Propaganda
d4. Dead Prez - The Pistol
a1. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Intro
a2. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
a3. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Baby C'mon
a4. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo
b1. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Hippa To Da Hoppa
b2. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Raw Hide
b3. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Damage
b4. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Don't U Know
c1. Ol' Dirty Bastard - The Stomp
c2. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Goin' Down
c3. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)
c4. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Snakes
d1. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Cane)
d2. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo
d3. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Cuttin' Headz
1. MF Doom - Safed Musili
2. MF Doom - Emblica Officinalis
3. MF Doom - Licorice
4. MF Doom - Sarsaparilla
5. MF Doom - Fo Ti
6. MF Doom - Camphor
7. MF Doom - High John
8. MF Doom - Mandrake
9. MF Doom - Devil's Shoestring
10. MF Doom - Wormwood
11. MF Doom - Cedar
12. MF Doom - Buckeyes
13. MF Doom - Chrysanthemum Flowers
14. MF Doom - What a Nigga Know?
15. MF Doom - Get-U-Now
1. MF Doom - Pennyroyal
2. MF Doom - Lavendar Buds
3. MF Doom - White Willow Bark
4. MF Doom - Bergamot Wild
5. MF Doom - Prange Blossoms
6. MF Doom - Coffin Nails
7. MF Doom - Kava Kava Root
8. MF Doom - Valarian Root
9. MF Doom - Jasmine Blossoms
10. MF Doom - Black Snake Root
11. MF Doom - Horehound
12. MF Doom - Dragon's Blood
13. MF Doom - Myrtle Leaf
14. MF Doom - Patchouly Leaves
15. MF Doom - Constipated Monkey
16. MF Doom - Contact Blitt
1 – Intro: Ok the album title might leave little bit to be desired but lets give it a chance. The opening track simply entitled Intro is a soft and warm embrace of niceness. Gentle delayed Rhodes esc sounds take the lead and are supported by an ambience of tropical birds in the background. The vocals in the track are for want of a better word are superb, well placed and smooth. The beats are a downtempo feeling with solid kicks and wood block hits. A rumbling bass holds the rest of the track up on its foundations and completes are very good tune.
2 – Know Me Better (Ft. Bonzai): Uplifting is the keyword with Know Me Better. The track has a kind of jazzy r&b vibe with organ stabs and a nice swing to the beats. The vocals provided by Bonzai add the chilled laid back summer party atmosphere. The vox samples have messed with in places with pitch adjustments to add some variety in the vocal area of the tune. The beats have a bounce like quality to them with crisp kicks, clicks and clap sounds.
3 - ¥ (Money): Money is a proper chilled affair with dripping synth sounds that roll and fall over themselves with wonderful style. The vocal samples work really well in their chipmunk style, normally the realm of cheeseville they seem to have credibility in this piece. The beats and bass snap nicely into place and have a real head-nodding feel to them.
4 – Suicide Babies: This track has a touch of the bonobo’s about it, with oriental shimmers of sound. The beats are snappy and have hip hop styling’s, proper neck snapping in their conception and roll in full effect with the rumbles that the sub bass provides. The vocal samples are once again placed to perfection and the varieties of snippets used really add overall depth to the track.
5 - ......Girl: Jaunty leg angles with this piece as we go into a crazy world of stutter based pianoism and synthesis. Original is what ...Girl is all about; with really in your face sounds that don’t have an offensive feel to them. In other words they are quite crazy, but in a structured way and not harsh on the ear. As with the previous ventures on the LP the beats as you would expect by now are clean and standout really well.
6 – Miss You: Summer Summer Summer ok I think that we get that this track has a summer feel and maybe not so suited to the winter months. Miss You has a proper kind of barbeque shades on feel, with noodled out synth rolls and retro 80’s keyboard styling’s that would be befitting of Paul Hardcastle or someone like that. The Miss You vocals are dotted through the track and utilize various samples to keep fresh. Solid beat work keeps the tune chugging along and your toes tapping away merrily.
7 – An Interlude: This piece is super laid back and has a nice depth to it. With piano rolls and reverses the details on the track are simply brilliant. The percussive elements are tight and have great spacing between each hit of drum sound, also the fills used are really well placed and feel complete in there design.
8 – Shibuya: Noodles from space in the beautiful Shibuya. The sounds used here are very ethereal but have a kind of sci-fi feeling as well. The synthesis used is brilliant and builds and drops to great effect. Its kind of like a liquid wonderland in its styling, and when the beats kick in the whole atmosphere is lifted up a notch. Attention to detail in how things are introduced in the track is again of real importance and real gives the track a stamp of quality.
9 – Lotus Eater: This track has a very eastern feel to it, which of course is slightly given away in the naming of the tune. Hypnotic flutes take the centre stage and clunky leads add a click snap vibe to the soundscape. The beat work is a more stripped back affair, with simple kick, snare and hat combinations that groove along at a sensible pace. The bass is a subsonic nedved rumbler that holds the tune in high regard above its wobbly squelchy layers.
10 – Hell: Hell sounds like a LA gang-banger street thing. You could definitely imagine a west coast rapper spitting lyrics to this backing track for sure. It has got a certain attitude about it; every element is more driven feel and stands out more, especially when compared with what has gone before. The beats have a more dirty quality to them and the bass shakes the pillars of hell with its substrata murmurings.
11 – Cloud Claps: This is a bit of light relief after literally going to hell on the previous track. This is a happier tune and has got a smile on its face. This is a more upbeat track tempo wise, with break beat samples mixed in with the drum machine sounds really adds a lift overall. The bass is a proper analogue parping buzzy noise that is very strong sounding and pronounced in the mix.
12 – Bae: Rolling chimes and radiator rattles are bolted together with piano and Hawaiian guitar vibes. The little squeaking sound that is in the background gives texture. The drums used drop with break samples that are simply cut but work well over the rest of the percussive elements on the tune. The sub bass again shuffles about in the background but rarely pops its head out to have a look at what else is happening around it.
13 – U: A very cool down chilled number that oozes quality. The lead sounds are smooth and the melody used is very heart warming in its execution. The mix of the track is superb with every tone and element having its own space to live and breathe. Little chime sounds and hits give a real special feeling and give a relaxation to the main part of the tune. The rhythm in the beats is so mellow, with reverbed finger clicks and wooden taps; proper AM business with this track.
14 – I’ve Never Felt So Good: The closing track on the LP really combines all of what has gone before. This has great percussive building blocks that host the main sounds and vocal performances. With piano leads and shuffling beats the track has a positive feeling throughout. If you like your slow and low vocal tracks then this is probably the one for you.
1. Mura Masa - Intro
2. Mura Masa - Know Me Better (ft. Bonzai)
3. Mura Masa - ¥ (Money)
4. Mura Masa - Suicide Blades
5. Mura Masa - ....Girl
6. Mura Masa - Miss You
7. Mura Masa - An Interlude
8. Mura Masa - Shibuya
9. Mura Masa - Lotus Eater
10. Mura Masa - Hell
11. Mura Masa - Cloud Claps
12. Mura Masa - Bae
13. Mura Masa - U
14. Mura Masa - I've Never Felt So Good
a1. Madlib - Track 1
a2. Madlib - Track 2
a3. Madlib - Track 3
a4. Madlib - Track 4
a5. Madlib - Track 5
a6. Madlib - Track 6
a7. Madlib - Track 7
a8. Madlib - Track 8
a9. Madlib - Track 9
a10. Madlib - Track 10
b1. Madlib - Track 11
b2. Madlib - Track 12
b3. Madlib - Track 13
b4. Madlib - Track 14
b5. Madlib - Track 15
b6. Madlib - Track 16
b7. Madlib - Track 17
b8. Madlib - Track 18
b9. Madlib - Track 19
Release date: 29th June 2015
Danny Scrilla returns to Cosmic Bridge!
The label that introduced him to the world with his stunning ‘Flash Powder’ EP in 2012 now gives you his ‘True Sight’ EP. Including a collaboration with label boss Om Unit, drawing on the hardcore continuum and regression in modernist music True Sight’s soul-infused electronics and vintage sound should prove future-proof for the elusive soundboy.
Arriving on the crest of footwork’s rhythmic experiments exploiting slowfast halftime tempos Scrilla’s sound is hard to pin down, Dub and Soundsystem culture influence heavily, a legacy of his early work with Reggae and Dancehall sound system “Rise and Shine”, but as True Sight highlights again Scrilla resists categorisation. Dark, Moody and Energetic and with a crucial balance of dread, romance, sci-fi imagineering, eyes down spirit and heart-rushing rhythms this record will appeal to fans of Instrumental Hiphop, Liquid DnB, ‘06 OG Dubstep’s dark sparse sounds, Jungle, House and left-field Techno.
While Helium might be the strongest sonic connection to Scrilla’s past releases, it cuts it’s own path. A stark rumbling low end tickler it’s house fired off dubwise; switching detuned sidechain pads with a gorgeous rolling organ bassline, soulful female vox and slapping drums for some heads down stepping introspection. The ear-kissing dreamy cybersoul of Rigel7 shows a different side to Scrilla; Smokey instrumental hip-hop, classic Mo’wax downbeat moodiness, bittersweet jazz and brilliant pensive piano work are counterpointed by complex dynamics and warm rich sub-bass suggesting once again that hip-hop and dubstep might be closer cousins than is usually admitted. Jello’s spacious heavyweight ruffage is built fortowering stacks and pitch-black rooms. A Prince Far-I vocal sample underlines the strong dub influence. and an off-grid sidestick percussion pattern breaks up the halfstep beat making for some twisted swaying dungeon vibes. Wrapping things up Om Unit gets in on the action with the aerobic noirish drumfunk of Free Flight and you can immediately hear the label bosses influence! Liquid and impressionistic nocturnal breakbeat geometries are anchored by darker, meaner bass and ruff sub pressure. When these two put their heads together few can test! [ check their previous form with Hunch (Flash PowderEP) // Gentrification (Cosmology LP) ].
Previously based in both Berlin and London, Danny Scrilla is now residing in Munich. Highlights from his Cosmic Bridge hiatus include releases on Civil Music, Rudimentary Records, appearing (three times) on Cosmic Bridge’s DJ Mag nominated compilation of the year ‘Cosmology’ regular appearances on NTS Radio, mixes for Electronic Beats, Big Up Magazine, remixes for Reso and LV and being championed at the BBC by Toddla T and David Rodigan amongst others.
a1. Danny Scrilla - Helium
a2. Danny Scrilla - Rigel7
b1. Danny Scrilla - Jello
b2. Danny Scrilla - Free Flight (Feat. Om Unit)