Release Date - 28th June 2019
Traces have carved out sub-heavy pressure deep within the grooves of their Albion Collective debut. Submerged in mystical koto-strings and underworld 808s, 'Adapt' and 'Renshi' evolve from the origins of dubstep.
The A-side, 'Adapt', respectfully lights each candle of the soundsystem church before rolling through deep and minimal; pin-drop metallic ambience echoes across misty roots.
All-of-a-sudden drum fills and on-the-nail percussion riddle a koto-driven landscape in 'Renshi'. Razor-sharp drums and cascading bass highlights the B-side's martial art movements.
Honouring their label debut, Traces release two forward-thinking tracks, smothered in sub-pressure on Albion Collective.
a1. Traces - Adapt
b1. Traces - Renshi (Vinyl Only)
Release Date: 13th September 2019
Albion Collective ends its single-digit days with soundsystem vanguards, LSN. Joined by AxH, the trio carve pathways in raw weight, deep progression and colour-submerged rave in ALBION009.
‘I Don’t Know What That Means’ grinds the earth to a halt. Silence suffocated by sub-bass effervesces with ghetto sirens, otherworldly electronic languages and London’s post-apocalyptic soundsystem underground.
‘Oscillator’ wobbles, ritualistic in its Far-Eastern, off-kilter melodies and occult lyricism. Tribal, patient steps and expansive world-percussion draws the dancefloor together on a higher plain.
The pre-eminent AxH joins LSN on the EP’s flipside, pouring grit into the bio-mechanic mixer of ‘Gone For Never’. Distant cybertronic growls stretch deep into heavyweight caverns. This collaboration hits as hard as it progresses, sure-fire for deep-rolling nights and drop-after-drop sessions.
Picking up the pace, ‘Rubberhands’ unveils neon tendrils and a slimy neurofunk appetite. The ready-to-rave half-time drumbeat and gun-finger-raising bleeps coincide with rough twists-and-turns into teeth-gritting mosh pits.
Albion Collective has established itself as a forefront 140 imprint over just nine releases. LSN and AxH round off the label’s formative years in style, before it plunges deep into double digits with ALBION010.
a1. LSN - I Don't Know What That Means
a2. LSN - Oscillator
b1. LSN & AxH - Gone For Never
b2. LSN - Rubberhands
Release Date - 31st May 2019
Listen! Lord Jabu synthesises 64-bit dream-ware with solid-state trap in his crystalline 3-track release, ‘Yagoda’. In ‘Folklore’, colourful cubist polygons dance beneath festival-drunk Hyrule twilight. ‘Threehead’ goes grim, watching purple-skinned ogres bang distorted djembes in the lost woods. ‘Yagoda’ burrows deep, plucking the melodic soul of an abandoned young hero with no way home. Electrifying the murky, the lost and the lonely, Lord Jabu’s debut on Albion Collective opens the dancefloor up to a full-scale adventure.
a1. Lord Jabu - Treehead
b1. Lord Jabu - Folklore
b2. Lord Jabu - Yagoda
Release Date - 15th February 2019
Albion Collective's first record release of 2019 celebrates the return of Reso to the dubstep arena, with his four track 'Focus inwards EP', featuring a version from TMSV.
Reso's title track Focus Inwards lures your senses in to a hypnotic state. A hollow, pulsing bass tears through the low end whilst sparkling drums and percussion punctuate a vivid and diverse rhythm, a soundtrack to an outer body experience. Immaculate production.
TMSV lifts the pace with his progressive tribal edit. The addition of woodwind and rolling percussion dance around the acid-step vibe in keeping in vibe with Reso's trip-out OG. Festival music.
The flip opens up hard with Smashed Up. Obnoxious dancefloor-dubstep to be played at high volume. Heavy rolling subs, whips and spirals. Bone-fide club banger.
Off-beat bass track The Essence closes the EP. An experimental electronica centric from the artist. Dark, battleground theatrics. Certified system breaker.
a1. Reso - Focus Inwards
a2. Reso - Focus Inwards (TMSV Remix)
b1. Reso - Smashed Up
b2. Reso - The Essence
Released 7th September 2018
Albion Collective proudly presents its second record release of 2018, celebrating with a top-shelf 10" plate from Sheffield's notorious dub-slinger: Taiko. No stranger to the Albion imprint, Louis Robson returns with 2 heavyweight originals fit to knock the socks off the hardiest of dubsteppers. Chunky big-bass roller 'Old Like Dirt' dons the A side and a revamp of the long awaited, bone crunching Taiko classic 'Panchaea' pressed to the flip. No shortage of lively switch ups.
a. Old Like Dirt
Released 29th January 2016
Sheffield DJ/Producer Louis 'Taiko' Robson has consistently agitated the boundaries of dubstep music, manipulating eclectic influences in to his productions with bold, original arrangements, intricate percussion, experimental instrumentation and unforgettable subs, and he’s not held back with ALBION002.
Title track Splinted dons the A Side of the release and sets the standard high with its heavy sub, percussive melody, and string lead. Robson has taken inspiration from contemporary orchestral composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich initiating the creation of the drums and percussion, which add a rich analogue sound to the track, and with that an almighty atmosphere. Folk-like scratchy strings take the lead which is a theme set for the EP and highlights Taiko’s tenacity for sound design and disregard for convention. Each eclectic element of the track compliments the next resulting in a guttural, energetic dance floor cut, with dark undertones making the listener feel agitated or anxious. A pulse raiser strictly for sound system use.
Over on the flip side, starting with the outer, Taiko offers a much warmer vibe throughout Fractal, flexing another experimental set of instrumentation, this time round building rhythm with an accordion sample. An enormous rolling sub bass instantly becomes dominant after the short intro and meticulous percussion exaggerates the astounding impact from the drums. In the break expect a much murkier tone with a grimey string sample leading to the second drop. Robson achieves a certain level of feel-good whilst maintaining a dark and aggressive tone in his unmistakably raw track.
Nickel takes the inner side on the flip, following form to the prior with its accordion sample adding a distorted guitar drone for the melodic intro. The acoustic instrumentation couples up with irregular drum work solidifying the EP’s ‘live’ aesthetic, whilst maintaining a dance floor orientation. Tonnes of energy meets masses of bass, Nickel is a recommended set opener and a great close to the EP.
a1. Taiko - Splinted
b1. Taiko - Fractal
b2. Taiko - Nickel