Released 15th March 2019
California and New York aren't the only US cities to have spawned underground hip-hop over the years. Back in the nineties, Southern states such as Memphis, TN. were also hotbeds for the fast evolving musical phenomenon. As we push on into the second millenium; from the swathes of DIY tape-only releases that came out in the 1990's, some are at last being cut to vinyl. Shawty Pimp and the Big Pimpin' Productions crew were brought to international ears in 2014 when the (previously tape-only) album 'Comin' Real Wit It' was pressed to vinyl. This seemed to sell out in the blink of an eye. Gyptology Records now present a vinyl pressing of the 1995 sequel; 'Still Comin' Real'. Here are eleven original, raw rap cuts, remastered and restored using mainly Shawty's originals as source material. Available June 2018 for the first time in the format that never goes out of style. Vinyl only for now and in just one short-run, no represses. Produced with the full consent and participation of the artists.
a1. big boys intro (Skit No Audio)
a2. One Mean Stang
a3. Come On Wit Me Baby
a4. Style Like Mine
a5. For Them Bustas
a6. You Tell Me
a7. Pimpin' Still Goin' On
b1. My 9 Glock
b2. Ain't To Be Played Wit
b3. Gots To make Some Money
b4. Can't Play No Playa
b5. dedications (Skit No Audio)
b6. Street Sense
b7. revised dedications (Skit No Audio.)
Released 22nd June 2018
Innovative Future Beats duo Ivy Lab are set to release ‘Death Don't Always Taste Good’, their debut album proper, through their own 20/20 LDN label.
North London outfit Ivy Lab were brought together out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the UK bass music scene. The years that followed saw them go from strength to strength, earning a place in Mixmag’s Top 10 DJs of 2015 and propagating a new generation of hip-hop inspired abstractions housed within the framework of their 20/20 LDN project.
Originally starting life as a trio, the duo of Sabre (Gove Kidao) and Stray (J. Fogel) now find themselves at the apex of the Halftime/Future Beats movement - a motley assortment of actors from across the bass music landscape applying their sonic-heritage to experiments with hip-hop and drum machine electronica.
Ivy Lab invested further in the exploration of this sound with the creation of their 20/20 LDN clubnight. Housed primarily at Brixton’s Phonox nightclub, it earned the characterisation of “ultra innovative” (Timeout Magazine) and a “London standout” (Mixmag).
Minted in late 2015, and borrowing the same raison d'être as its elder sibling nightlife brand; 20/20 LDN Recordings was unveiled with the pseudo-mixtape/compilation LP ‘Ivy Lab presents 20/20 Volume.1’ - described as “Uncompromising, insightful and rather awesome” 9/10 by Mixmag and “Impossible to categorise” 9/10 by DJ Mag. Little over a year (and only 5 releases deep) the label was awarded the title of ’Best Breakthrough Label 2016’ in the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2016.
Now a galvanising presence in the Future Beats movement, Ivy Lab’s’ 20/20 Volume.1 release and the subsequent follow up EPs were benchmark moments in forging the genre into a pillar of the electronic music landscape. Tracks such as ‘Spooky Dub’, ‘Can’t Say No’ and ‘Peninsula’ all garnered incredible currency, supplemented by showpiece remixes for Banks (‘Fuck With Myself’) and Noisia (‘Tentacles’).
That same currency as bass music figureheads has been embraced by festivals as varied as Glastonbury, EDC Vegas, SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona + HK), CTM Berlin, Dour, ADE, Woo Hah!, Shambhala, Lightning In A Bottle, Lowlands, Origin NYE, Exit and Outlook.
Ivy Lab head into the horizon not only with an anchored presence at the cutting edge of the bass-music landscape, but also a secured reputation as pioneering label bosses and event promoters in ownership of one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary music brands.
a1. Fortune Teller
a2. Ugly Bubble
a3. Jet Lag
b1. Astral Pirate Theme
b3. Vanity Fair
c1. A & E
c2. Death Don't Always Taste Good
c3. Snack Time
Released 11th May
Drum & Bass veteran Zero T teams up with multi-instrumentalist duo Unitsouled to bring us a slice of 'Irish soul music for the 21st century' with their “Baby Grand EP”. Due on The North Quarter on the 11th of May this exclusive project sees Zero T's trademark sound reach new heights through the addition of live instrumentation and exploration of a broader palette of genres. Additionally a host of talented vocalists are featured throughout the project - including fresh NQ signing Abnormal Sleepz. From start to finish the 'Baby Grand EP' effortlessly moves through Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Broken Beat and Drum & Bass adding another ambitious chapter to the eclectic North Quarter portfolio.
a1. Tears (feat. Colonel Red)
a2. Lazybones (feat. Lenzman)
a3. Pharaohs (feat. Abnormal Sleepz)
b1. Let It Rain (feat. DRS)
b3. Slightest Moment (feat. [ K S R ])
Release Date: 16th February 2018
Duality Research presents it's first release with the sounds of the lost african Rahsaan Nova. Taking a peek into the mind of this mysterious producer, Rahsaan explores the world of afrofuturism and delivers a fresh and diverse release on this new imprint. check!
a1. Zulu Swordstyle
a2. The Lost Afrikan
a3. Pumzis World
b1. Nubian Machine
Released 24th November 2017
7th Storey Projects is pleased to welcome back the Myor Massiv head honcho for his 3rd release on our label.
Earlier this year, Coco Bryce travelled to Tokyo and Osaka for a small series of gigs. Thoroughly impressed by his experiences there, upon returning home, he immediately took to crafting a slew of jungle and hip hop tracks, heavily influenced by everything he'd seen, heard, felt and tasted in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The ep kicks off with its title track, Ayakashi. Dark, fierce and mysterious like the mythical creatures it was named after, it builds up slowly, utilizing a combination of chopped up Japanese percussion, haunting flutes and Hot Pants breaks, before switching to full on Amen assault mode halfway through the tune.
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo's most well known wards, and also the place where Coco found the records from which the samples were sourced to construct this number: a turntablism beat/scratch album, and a compilation of traditional work songs, this particular one originating from the gold mines of the island of Hokkaido.
On the B1 track, Kaguya, he takes a more gentle approach: sweet, yet melancholic, like the Miyazaki movie of the same name.
The ep is rounded off with Hotaru, which borrows from an entirely different source of inspiration, namely DJ Krush's abstract take on boom bap hip hop. Shards of mid-90s Mo Wax are blended with anime samples, making for a solid two and a half minutes of Golden Era-esque head nodding.
Release Date: 6th October 2017
i&i Musik and Wahever Records present an album of quirky and eclectic instrumentals written and produced by Archiver and Matteo Boyero. It was recorded over the last two years during regular Thursday sessions at Matteo’s studio in Homerton. The album draws inspiration from the diversity of musical genres and cultures present in London, crossing borders and genres; spanning Dub, African, Electronic, International, Hip Hop, House, Tropical, Techno and everything in-between. The sunny artwork made by Risa, captures the vibe of Instrumental Thursdays, and gives an idea of the wide variety of instruments and effects used throughout; from drum machine to steel drum, saxophone to synthesiser, passing through reel-to-reel tape, springs and delays.
About the artwork:
I wanted to create a sleeve that reflected the album, it’s sounds and the Thursday sessions that created it. I hung out in the studio with them, did some drawings, took some photographs and used these as a starting point. To me, the album sounds a bit tropical, with some cosmic vibes, slightly twisted samples, hints of Hip Hop, Techno, Dub and some African influences chucked in for good measure. The studio and recording process was all very ‘organic’, with many of the parts being recorded in live so I kept the drawings spontaneous and fun and used positive, vibrant colours. During the creation of this album, Matteo and Archiver both adopted cats who equally seem to enjoy hanging out in the studio, so we decided to stick them on the cover too! - Risa,
About i&I Musik:
i&i Musik is an independent, London based record label, setup and run by Archiver. The label features Archiver’s own productions and also showcases both up and coming and well established artists. The label mixes genres, taking influence from Archiver’s eclectic musical taste and his own vast record collection. i&i Musik represents many different styles of music, particularly those with an emphasis on bass. The label’s debut release Pusherman, features Jamaican Reggae veteran Mike Brooks with a vocal and dub cut. On the flip side, Good Morning (co-produced with Matteo Boyero) features the uplifting voice of fellow Jamaican Wallace Adalphus, who brings his positively infectious vibe to the table. Released as a 10" with hand stamped vinyl and a limited edition linocut artwork by Risa. 2017 brings the release of i&i Musik’s first co-produced album alongside some more interesting projects in the pipeline.
About Wahever Records:
Wahever Records is an independent record label Based in London. Started in July 2015 by producer Matteo Boyero with the help of graphic designer Adam Zelig and Basile Carel. Trying to keep the musical spectrum as wide and adventurous as possible, London is the melting pot of cultures that gives inspiration to the music. From Nepal to Burkina Faso passing by Jamaica without moving from Homerton, Wahever Records is slowly trying to create a friendly community of artists from all over the world and from all musical backgrounds living in London. Over the last year the label has expanded with new people and is working on a series of new projects favouring quality over quantity.
a1. Ebb & Flow ft. Nick Onley
a2. Didn't Quite Catch That
a3. Clocking Off
a5. Kamakura 0.1°C
b1. Sun-dried ft. Tim Wall
b3. Interlude ft. Nick Onley
b4. Mystery Tape
b5. Wet Circuits
b6. Locked Beams
Released 18th August 2017
A progressive electronic duo, formed in 2016 by seasoned beatsmith Tsuruda (Darker Than Wax, Team Supreme, Division) and experimental artist Huxley Anne (Dome of Doom/Alphapup), PAINT incorporates all aspects of both member’s creativity. The duo was inspired as the two were coming up in the LA beat scene, often adding visual elements to their live performances while writing genre-defying songs in the studio. Their style draws largely on abstract hip-hop, jazz, bass, and grime influences, but unites these elements into seamlessly painted soundscapes that stand out in the modern sea of electronic music. Their powerful rhythms, colored nuances, and expressive lead synth tones ignite in the PAINT live show, where you can often find the duo mashing custom visuals together while spinning tracks back to back.
“After years of writing together under our solo aliases, this EP has solidified a creative purpose—unifying musical production with a visual aesthetic to elevate electronic music into the realm of art. It also serves a social purpose, placing a man and a woman on equal footing within a technical environment where women are scarcely represented. Fighting against both genre and gender constructs drives our forward-thinking energy inside the musical structure.
When 20/20 LDN approached us about writing an EP, we were ecstatic. They’ve created a platform we value for both the visual aesthetic and their fearlessness in bridging genres within electronic music. For us, working with Ivy Lab on this release is directly in line with our goals of defying genre constructs in order to create art that lives beyond contemporary confines.
This EP is an intellectual apex for us, seeking to defy genres from within their technical and stylistic constructs. By combining sound design techniques from European bass music with the rebellious energy of the LA beat scene, we’ve entered a musical landscape that is not yet defined. The EP’s title, Exodus, represents our departure from genre-based music, opening up a new environment where sound design, aesthetic, synthesis, and culture have become modular tools for exploring the future of electronic production."
- Tsuruda & Huxley Anne
a1. Beast Mode
Released 18th August 2017
Brighton based producer and visual artist Asta Hiroki follows up his critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP - 'Balance' with a sensual and nuanced double-A side single: ‘Channels / Vulnerable’.
Continuing his luscious ambient beat explorations in post-Dilla hip hop and leftfield electronica he produces a stunning instrumental piece in ‘Channels’ and cleverly enlists the help of forward-thinking producer/vocalist Suzi Analogue (Never Normal Records, Fresh Selects) to contribute the vocals on the emotive ‘Vulnerable’.
In-demand as both a producer and a vocal artist, Ms. Analogue brings a neo soul twist à la Erykah Badu to Asta’s gorgeous arrangement. Lyrically focusing on shedding the various masks people wear and allowing oneself to be completely themselves, she showcases all the attirbutes that have made her a favourite of online press like FACT, The Fader, Okayplayer, Paper Mag.
It's a perfect match of styles from these two artists with the tune carrying a liberating and relevant message in today’s image-focused world.
'Channels' is a jazzed-out slice of leftfield hip hop and electronica, taking cues from the likes of Robert Glasper, Bonobo and Shigeto. As per its name it perfectly captures the meditative and ever-moving nature of water with no 2 bars the same throughout.
Powerful low end frequencies underpin the beautiful flowing keys work and fluttering organic percussion to keep it ever-evolving and exerting a calming influence on the listener.
The release is packaged with a stunning unique hand-drawn artwork by talented illustrator Gosia Miklaszewska that complements the mood of the music beautifully.
Release Date: 11th August 2017
⚬ Lead track Kodama is stunning jungle prog opus
⚬ EP serves as label mission statement: Service will be all vibes: cinematic jungle & D&B
For more than a decade Reso has deployed some of the sharpest drum programming skills in dance music to move dancefloors and transport listeners to new worlds. A quiet force in the trenches of the electronic dance music world, Reso — the alias of Alex Melia — has been called on by a diverse array of contemporaries including Burial & Jamie Woon, for whom he has engineered, and remixes for guitar heroes Animals as Leaders, grime kingpin Wiley and dance music legends The Prodigy and Carl Cox. After a two-year break following his Ricochet LP for Hospital Records, during which he scored a new virtual reality game for PlayStation 4, Reso returns with four tracks of spirited dance music that mark the inaugural release on his RX0 label.
The EP is driven by two upfront drum & bass productions that highlight Reso’s attention to detail and flair for music with an epic scope. ‘Kodama’ is an eight-minute long excursion of relentless drums, tight edits, and roaring bass lines that jolts you to action. On the flip side ’Tiberium’ plays with a bright, uplifting lead before plunging into a rolling break and warm bass offset by soft keys and female vocals. This is drum & bass as sweeping, cinematic compositions not just dancefloor music by the numbers.
The EP also showcases other sides of Reso’s sonic world with the instrumental break of ‘Fluid Mechanics’ resetting the mood and contrasting against the rush of ‘Kodama’ with atmospheric tinges, floating keys, and soaring guitar riffs. The EP closes on another upfront note with ‘Mantis’, which swaps the frenetic breaks and tempos of drum & bass for houseleaning 4/4 rhythms and speeds while remaining just as effective.
All tracks written & produced by Alex Melia.
Artwork by Morrk.
Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Star Delta.
a2. Fluid Mechanics
Released 28th July 2017
The Blueprints EP marks the welcome return of the talented Toulouse based producer Redeyes. Following a number of releases on seminal labels such as Bingo, Creative Source, Innerground and Brownswood in the mid 2000s, Redeyes then decided to take a step back from music production. Now returning as a more complete and mature artist, his Blueprints EP on Lenzman’s The North Quarter imprint sends an exciting message of where Julien Salvi stands in 2017. Comprising of an ambitious nine tracks, Redeyes’ Blueprints EP showcases his exquisite musicianship and ability in the studio throughout each piece of music. In true North Quarter style, he effortlessly breaks down the boundaries between Drum & Bass and Hip Hop, whilst fully maintaining the soulful and heartfelt aesthetic that he is known and revered for. The release sees him join forces with a plethora of exciting talent. ‘100 Porsches To The Stars’ brings him together with underground LA rap hero Hus Kingpin for a lo-fi Hip Hop masterclass. He also collaborates with Mancunian don Black Josh, Children of Zeus’ infamous Tyler Daley, North Quarter chief Lenzman, and many more.
a1. Keep On (feat. GLXY & Tyler Daley)
a2. True Colours (feat. SKS & Black Josh)
a3. 100 Porsches to the Sky (feat. Hus Kingpin)
b1. We Were Kings (feat. Lenzman)
b2. In My Life
Release Date: 14th July 2017
TCP (The Cat Production) is the umbrella under that phineas produces some sort of beats. The archives are early pruductions that are now released by certain:dubs with its own series, that represent the roots of his productions in the sound of hip hop culture.
Released 26th May 2017
Cassette, limited to 100 copies.
Next Phase Records present the second volume of the Wound Up Beat Tape series showcasing experimental downtempo music from around the world. This limited edition cassette and digital release features 11 exclusive tracks ranging from instrumental hip hop to jazz fuelled break beat. Like the first volume it’s aim is to deliver a unique and personal auditory experience stretching an array of BPM’s. This adventurous approach to compilations is reminiscent of classic Mo Wax albums that remain a constant source of inspiration for producers today.
The release begins with a delightful slew of uplifting samples and colossal drums before a trademark Next Phase excursion into unconventional fusions and monstrous soundscapes takeover.
Flipping the traditional concept of a Beat Tape on its head the Wound Up philosophy is a clear one: to deliver a variety of fully produced tracks that demon - strate character, diversity and emotion whilst keeping that funk alive!
The cassette is limited to 100 copies with each one being personally assembled by label curator Robbert Peperkamp. This edition contains exclusive atmospheres and skits that form an enhanced cinematic style experience. It comes complete with a download/code to the digital version of the LP.
01. Faible & Konfusion - These Foolish Things
02. Marenn Sukie - Tapes
03. The Blunt Needles - Bad A Boom
04. Infest - Seven 3
05. Flowtrigger - Dark Soul
06. Scale - Big Bushy Beard
07. Drummotive - The Tube
08. Brad Impact - Second Time Around
09. Neveready - Fatmos
10. Quasi - End Theme
11. Brad Coleman - Witch Hunt
2x12" Vinyl. Limited Copies.
a1. The Final Chapter
a3. Autumn Moon Shining Over The Calm Lake
a4. Reminds Me Of ...
a5. Will I See You Again?
a6. Hold My Hand
a7. The Storm
a8. Fake Porclain
b1. Moonlit Street
b2. Like The Seasons
b3. Lin Shao Ding
b4. Tea Vender On The Street
b5. Behind The Curtain
b6. Voices In My Head
b7. Keep Your Head Up
c1. Memories From 1968
c2. Thank You Very Much
c3. Last Cup Of Wine
c5. Against The Wall
c6. Trip To Yunnan
c7. New Year's In Guang Zhou
c8. A Distant Dream
d2. Pearl Song
d3. The Spirirt Blossoms All Over The Land
d6. Persons On The Blacklist
d7. They Got Breaks Pt. 3
d8. Bye Bye
Released 19th May 2017
Welcome to Gully Records' second miscreant missive. Brighton-based badman ETCH stepping up and coming incorrect with the chopped beats to make you screw. To be released on clear hand-numbered 7” vinyl as was deemed appropriate. 'Synapse Cluster' is a proper slo-mo headbanger for the downtempo grunge-hop fan. Deadly dankness. 'Labyrinthian Contours' takes you on a journey of 3 stages. During the 3rd - time is reinvented. Natch. This 7” single is a beautiful piece of work incorporating psychedelic art and cosmic numerology. Look out for his full length double vinyl release on Gully later this year.
a1. Synapse Cluster
b1. Labyrinthian Contours
Released 10th March 2017
180 gram heavyweight vinyl in die-cut logo jacket. The second Wax Breaks instalment from Paradox Music. The Drum Break album evoking the late 80’s Beats, Breaks & Scratches era.
Wax Breaks 2 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.