Release Date - 12th April 2019
Fracture returns to the fast lane in 2019 with "Big Up The Ladies" EP - four fresh and futuristic, genre defying cuts that build on the momentum of the London producers recent ‘turbo’ experiments that side steps the turbo-berghain-esque intensity of 2018’s Dropping You and Turbo Toms and pivot for the dance hall.
Title track "Big Up The Ladies" is a positive party starter full of swagger and powerful hooks on top of a driving 4/4 kick and half time clap rhythm.
"Percussion Sweet" continues the fresh patterns while adding edgy vocal stutters and a searing reese breakdown propelling the listener towards a perilous mix of jacking 909 hi hats and trademark bass stabs. Turbo in full swing.
"Verhoeven" switches up the techno kick patterns in favour of an 808 bounce to deliver an ambitious electro fused bubbler which as Fracture explains is ‘like a scene in a future-society film when the main character enters a disorientating subterranean club with loads of weird and wonderful people coming in and out of shot”
Finally "Sci-Fi Tramp" closes the EP with a sense of sleazy uneasiness viewed from behind a pair of mirrored shades. Alarming bass womps jack the listener straight into the system to hack the rave and get the hell out...
Big Up The Ladies is released on 12" & Digital on 12th April 2019 on Fracture's own Astrophonica imprint and follows the label's huge Fracture curated "Gradients Vol.2" compilation featuring Luke Vibert, DieMantle (DJ Die & Dismantle), Dream Continuum (Om Unit & Machinedrum), Falty DL, Fracture, Taso (Teklife), Sully, Moresounds, Proc Fiskal (Hyperdub), Sam Binga, Lewis James, Rider Shafique and more. As ever the release is accompanied by ever incredible art and design from Utile.
It's a party yo! Come celebrate the sheer brilliance of catching a vibe... and.... Big Up The Ladies!
a1. Fracture - Big Up the Ladies
a2. Fracture - Percussion Sweet
b1. Fracture - Verhoeven
b2. Fracture - Sci-Fi Tramp
Release Date - 30th November 2018
Astrophonica is proud to present Gradients Vol. 2.
The second in the Gradients compilation album series and curated again by London producer and label head Fracture, Vol.2 celebrates Fracture's forward-thinking ethos, the label's expansive stylistic roots and the sheer brilliance of catching a vibe.
Vol.2 is another all-killer-no-filler experience this time featuring: Warp/Ninja/Rephlex/Mu releasing and electronic generation shaping Luke Vibert dropping acid at 165BPM, a dream come true reboot of Om Unit & Machinedrum's dope AF collaborative alias "Dream Continuum", DnB legend, (Full Cycle label head, Reprazent and Breakbeat Era member) DJ Die & Digital Soundboy Dismantle's double heavyweight "DieMantle" partnership, full-time LA Footworker and TeklifeOG Taso, NYC Beatmaker & Ninja Tune & Planet Mu artist Falty DL. PLUS.... label mainstays and big time soundboys all; Parisienne dub wizard Moresounds, the Modern Junglist with the golden touch, Sully and a NXLVL-Powers-Combine-Triumvira
A1. Fracture & Neptune - Chal Dub
A2. Luke Vibert - 165 303
B1. Sam Binga x Lewis James x Rider Shafique - Ever Fresh
B2. Taso x Fracture - Lose You
B3. BSN Posse - No Matter How Far
C1. Moresounds - Shut Up
C2. Falty DL - A Day At The Races
D1. Groves - Hennessy Brown
D2. Proc Fiskal - Soundwise
E1. Dream Continuum - Ride Away
E2. ONHELL & Sigrah - On Sight
E3. DieMantle - Be Right There
F1. Fracture - Dropping You
F2. Sully - Qualia
Release Date: 28th September 2018
Moresounds has such a legit and individual quality to his music. It has humour and light heartedness but will also destroy a dance-floor in true sound clash style. So when he casually sent Fracture the Warriah VIP he knew he had to do something with it.
It was a perfect fit for the Astrophonica APHA LTD series; Moresounds’ individual style and individually hand screen printed sleeves.
Warriah VIP sees Moresounds aka Germain Bigou revisit his scorcher from 2017’s Gradients compilation. Pure sound killer material straight from Moresounds Parisienne lab. The breaks have been smashed and the clash samples have been dubbed out in that unmistakable analogue heavy style.
Released on Limited Edition single sided 10" Vinyl with Hand Screen Printed dual colour (black & white) 3mm spined reverse board matte sleeves + black paper inners.
a1. Moresounds - Warriah VIP
Released 1st June
This is Om Unit's legendary Philip D Kick alias brought back after 7 years in retirement with it's first original material!
5 incredible Jungle Footwork fireworks from Om Unit’s legendary 'Philip D Kick' alias. Adding Acid, 4/4 UK Hardcore and sound killing Amens to the sound he spawned in 2011, when he created 3 x Philip D Kick ‘Footwork Jungle’ EPs, and took classic Jungle anthems and footworked them. It could be argued that Om Unit’s 'Philip D Kick' alias spawned an entire movement despite being immediately retired. As label boss Fracture says "At the time, this was mind-blowing." So 7 years later it is with great pleasure and genuine excitement Astrophonica present Philip D Kick’s first original material - 'Pathways' - which also features Teklife/Chicago Footwork originator DJ Spinn for the guest feat. on "Vibe Off".
a1. In Formation
a2. Work That
b2. Vibe Off (feat. DJ Spinn)
b3. For Real
Released 23rd February 2018
Astrophonica label head Fracture launches himself into 2018 with 'Take You'. Nodding hard towards saucer-eyed 90's italian piano house it features the lush vocals of Lucie La Mode while full tempo kick drums light the touch paper. Smiles wide. Utopia now.
AA ‘Northbound Spiral’ continues the ascension to enlightenment with some hyper-rapid 4/4 escapism.
Hot on the heels of 2017’s anthem ‘Cold & Rain’, Fracture and Astrophonica continue to join the dots like no one else out there.
a. Take You (feat. Lucie La Mode)
b. Northbound Spiral
Release Date: 13th October 2017
Ltd Edition 12” Vinyl & Download
Astrophonica welcomes Lewis James to the fold with the Shapeshifter EP. A professional sound designer and life long musician, London-based Lewis James first appeared on the label via the Gradients compilation in early 2017. With this EP he celebrates his love of jungle and drum & bass across four tracks that combine analogue and digital processes to create what he calls, "a spaced out identity, somewhere between science fiction and the dancefloor."
The title track opens with a wide, cinematic and laid back feel -- floating arpeggios, processed guitars and bowed viol, effected vocals -- before living up to its name with a subtle switch towards tougher, rhythm driven movement. "Ferro" picks up the action further with an homage to the classic drum & bass formula of combining starkly different moods between the intro and the core of the track. Here it all begins with a bright, lush opening, a gradual walk into the light before descending into the pits of a smoky, 3am dancefloor with punchy breaks and a call and response between rubbery bass and grinding synth lines. Come back up for breath halfway through and then dive in again.
On the B side, "Your Love Is A Power" aims for the sweet spot between classic jungle rinse out and catchy, ear-worm pop. Built around a beautiful vocal performance from Dan Dans K, the track marries the energy of jungle -- the simplicity of an amen smashed over a reece bass -- with the emotional power of a top 40 pop song. It's simple but highly effective. The EP closes on a high note with "Turbo", a punishing beatdown of 808 drums and acid melodies with enough switches to keep the most adventurous of listeners of their toes.
With the Shapeshifter EP, Astrophonica continues its exploration of cosmic electronic music. All four tracks display the evident love Lewis James has for the possibilities offered by the 160-170 tempo alongside a fascinating attention to detail and an ear for brilliant, cinematic moments.
Written & Produced by Lewis James.
Vocals on Your Love Is a Power by Danielle Kranendonk.
Artwork by Utile Creative.
Mastered by Robert Macciocchi at SC Mastering.
Vinyl Mastering & Cut by Lewis Hopkin at Star Delta.
b1. Your Love Is A Power (Ft. DanDansK)
Release Date: 4th August 2017
Ltd Edition 12” Vinyl & Download
Following on from the success of the first Astrophonica compilation, the Mixmag album of the month-rated Gradients, label head Fracture delivers the action-packed Cold & Rain EP. This is Fracture’s first solo EP on Astrophonica and it’s been worth the wait with four tracks showcasing the Londoner’s creative energy and attention to detail. As ever, the release comes packaged with artwork from Utile Creative.
The EP is propelled by the title track, built around an irresistible vocal sample from featured artist Inaya Day. The original, 1997’s ‘Hold Your Head Up High’, featured Day in full house diva mode delivering a positive message. For his take Fracture hones in on a specific line, speeds it up, and chops it with trademark expertise until we’re left with something he admits feels a little more cold though no less powerful. Propelling Day’s voice forward are expertly diced breakbeats, rolling percussion, and synth stabs for a short but intense ride. Completing the A side is ‘Your Time’, a no-nonsense rollout with 2 step drums, filtered breaks, and catchy basslines playing call and answer with gnarly melodies. You can’t put it better than the sample does: this is one for the junglistical massive.
The B side opens with ‘On My Mind’ another fun, party tune at a slightly lower tempo for when those jumps between 160 and 170 are needed. The track is built around Fracture’s trademark rhythmic interplay with breaks, drum hits, vocal samples, and bassline woven together to drive dance forward. Closing matters is ‘So High’, a collaboration with Alix Perez with whom Fracture first joined forces (alongside others) for the Richie Brains project in 2016. Here the two producers blend the best of their respective approaches with half-time grooves, percussive flourishes, and contrasting melodies and vocal samples. Expect more from the pair in the future.
Cold & Rain shows Fracture at his best, pulling from over a decade of producing cutting edge dance music for labels like Metalheadz and Exit Records. After the success of 2016’s Hype Tracks EP and his work A&R-ing the next generation of Astrophonica artists — highlighted via the Gradients compilation — Fracture brings us four dancefloor tracks full of the ingenuity and enthusiasm that have made him and his label one of the most essential creative houses in the game today.
HUGE Radio Support Cold & Rain * 3 x Annie Mac inc Premiere + Follow up support from Phil Taggart, Friction x3, Twin B, Tom Ravenscroft and Sian Anderson on the BBC & Julie Adenuga on Beats1.
Resident Advisor "Tracks" feature for "On My Mind" quote "Lovesick, futurist jungle." and doing the biz as a cheeky taster of Bside on Soundcloud
Fracture - Summer Tour 2017
June 23 - Toronto - Secret Location
June 24 - Philadelphia - The Fire
June 30 - Buffalo - Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar
July 1 - Denver - Black Box w/ Moresounds
July 2 - San Francisco - F8
July 4 - Seattle - The Baltic Room w/ Moresounds
July 5 - Arcata - The Jam w/ Moresounds
July 7 - Los Angeles - Union w/ Sam Binga
July 8 - New York - Sunnyvale
Artwork by Utile Creative
Mastered by Robert Macciocchi @ SC Mastering
Vinyl Mastering & Cut by Lewis Hopkin @ Star Delta
a1. Cold & Rain (Ft. Inaya Day)
a2. Your Time
b1. On My Mind
b2. So High (Fracture x Alix Perez)
Bonus - Cold & Rain (Ft. Inaya Day) (Radio Edit)
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London-based Astrophonica, headed by Charlie Fracture, kicks off 2017 with a compilation capturing the sounds that have driven the label forward for the past five years. *Gradients* is Astrophonica’s first compilation and brings together its small but powerful roster with a string of close friends and allies, giving prominence to both well-known names — dBridge, DJ Earl, Stray, Om Unit under his Philip D Kick guise — and newcomers — Lewis James, Tusais, Touchy Subject, Tehbis.
Astrophonica’s ties to various established players are proudly on display with contributions from Richie Brains collaborators Sam Binga — the furious, clap-driven ‘BFT’ — and Stray — whose uplifting ‘Blink’ provides a ray of sunshine — as well as Exit boss dBridge, who indulges his love of sampling and breaks on the stripped back ’db vs The 45 King’. Reflecting Astrophonica’s love of Chicago footwork is ‘Statisfyee’, a hypnotic groover from Fracture and DJ Earl, Teklife member and a disciple of the late DJ Rashad, while Sully’s ‘Helios’ gets a rare remix from Philip D Kick, the footwork meets jungle alias of Om Unit.
Representing the label, Parisian dub scientist Moresounds and English producer Sully come with two different but complimentary junglistic experiments: the dark and percussive ‘Warriah’ and the expansive and rolling ‘We’re Here’. Meanwhile London’s Touchy Subject and Tehbis, the latest additions to Astrophonica, offer up two head-nodding burners with the bright and colorful ‘Cosmic Tales’ and the smoky grooves of ‘Alphabet Ooz’. Label founders Fracture & Neptune dig deep into their archive for ‘Whatever’, a previously unreleased track updated for 2017 that pays homage to Astrophonica’s roots with trademark attention to detail and an ear for rhythmic sensibilities. Fracture also flies solo with ‘Back Up In This’, a lean and aggressive dancefloor wrecker. Completing the picture are two new talents: Irish-born, London-based producer Lewis James displays his blend of cinematic compositions and hard-hitting beats on ‘Snook’ while Antwerp’s Tusais does an equally efficient job of pummeling the dancefloor with the menacing ‘Blackout’.
*Gradients* is a glorious celebration of Astrophonica’s growth as well as its stylistic roots and forward-thinking ethos. Each of the 13 tracks has been tested in the clubs for the past year to ensure an all-killer-no-filler experience. And as with previous releases, the compilation sports artwork from Utile Creative whose striking design adds an all-important visual touch to a new milestone for the label.
a1. Stray - Blink
a2. Moresounds - Warriah
a3. Touchy Subject - Cosmic Tales
b1. Sam Binga - BFT
b2. Fracture - Back Up In This
b3. Lewis James - Snook
c1. Fracture & Neptune - Whatever
c2. dBridge - dB vs 45 King
c3. Sully - We're Here
d1. Sully - Helios (Philip D Kick Remix)
d2. Tusais - Blakout
d3. DJ Earl x Fracture - Statisfyee
d4. Tehbis - Alphabet Ooz
Released 23rd September 2016
London’s Tehbis and Touchy Subject land on Astrophonica with Magnet For Your Mind, a joint EP that represents the yin and yang of their creativity. Produced without overthinking, the EP’s six tracks are split into distinct halves: one built for the dancefloor, the other for the headphones. “We use a multitude of platforms to write our music,” says the pair, who have made quiet moves over the past five years with releases on Brownswood Recordings, Numbers, and Wot Not. “Digital production, live instrumentation, samples, live vocals. Hopefully the result is music that people can relate to and vibe off.”
The A side caters to the dancefloor with three uptempo cuts. ‘1988’ is the first production the pair finished together, a mellow slice of chopped ragga jungle built on booming 808s and floating arpeggiated melodies that dance around the beat. This is followed by ‘Harrangutan’, aka “the piglet beat”, a quick burst of adrenaline to your neck that channels the stripped-back aesthetics of the beat scene and its less-is-more approach. ‘Kush’ closes the dance with more ragga-tinged vibes but this time in a leaner dub stance, live bass playing off a shifting rhythm track and vocal samples rippling off a cavernous sonic interior.
Flip over to the B side for the soundtrack to the ride home after a night out. The cinematic ’Elephants In The Room’ kicks it off with a bubbling groove, the rhythm switching between double and half time as sampled chants play against warm synthesizers and live bass. ‘Magnet For Your Mind’ is the pair’s ode to classic downtempo hip-hop vibes with cheerful samples, warm keys and a stirring vocal from Yawning Young. The EP closes with ‘He Who Knows’ a slightly more energetic production with Yawning Young intoning “my brother, he makes me feel alive” as the beat slides off into the distance.
Magnet For Your Mind EP is something a little different from Astrophonica, a representation of the label’s desire to explore the varied possibilities of dance music and its modern ramifications.
a1. Tehbis & Touchy Subject - 1988
a2. Tehbis - Harrangutan
a3. Tehbis & Touchy Subject - Kush
b1. Tehbis & Touchy Subject - Elephants In the Room
b2. Tehbis & Touchy Subject - Magnet For Your Mind ft. Yawning Young
b3. Tehbis & Touchy Subject - He Who Knows ft. Yawning Young
***2 colour Screen print sleeve***
Fracture returns to the label for the first time since The Limit VIP to kick off another LTD 10" series. APHALTD001 sees Fracture giving the VIP treatment to one of his favourite hardcore records from 1992; The Skeleton Krew's 'Luv Ta Luv Ya'. Originally released on Skeleton Recordings, it was a big favourite of DJ Randall and LTJ Bukem but as a young Charlie Fracture was only 13 at the time it was pirate radio where he first heard it:
"I had a tape from my favourite station, Weekend Rush. It was a Vinyl Groove set with MC Shabba over it and a lot of the records on there totally blew my mind. I've since found out what pretty much all of the records are but there was this one, Luv Ta Luv Ya, that I only recently managed to get an ID on and lost my mind again. I hadn't heard it outside of that tape, which I sadly lost."
Soon after finding out the details of the record, Fracture took to twitter to pass on his love for the track and praise to DJ Monita. It turned out the praise was mutual and that he was very much still active. Very soon after that a remix was arranged . . . sometimes the internet does actually work, or was it something in the stars?
Fracture's VIP pays respect and keeps the original breaks intact but with that signature Astrophonica flip before introducing a devastating Reese bass line that will do two things: kill a dance floor, and get you laid. From there on in it's pure party vibes with each new section adding fuel to the fire before a second killer Reese bassline closes the track just to make sure. As with the previous LTD 10" series on Astrophonica the vinyl comes housed in a two colour screen print sleeve by Utile Creative making this an essential package for the collector...; Once they're gone, they're gone.
a. Luv Ta Luv Ya (Fracture VIP) [feat. DJ Monita]