Compiled by Dead Man’s Chest and drawing from some of the freshest talent in the contemporary jungle movement, Blunted Breaks Volume 01 aims to capture & document one of the most exciting musical resurgences of the era.
Blurring the lines between future & nostalgia, Blunted Breaks is intended as a true long-player, paying homage to the roots of jungle music & it’s disparate & eclectic nature.
a1. Dead Man’s Chest - Blunted
a2. Tim Reaper & Drumlinezz - Deep Into Space & Back
b1. Coco Bryce - Adventures In Perception
b2. Threshold - Pluto’s Song
c1. Response & Pliskin - Anima Morta
c2. Earl Grey - Levitate
d1. Thugwidow - Pilgrim
d2. Cavanaut - Vanishing Point
e1. Theory - Smoke & Mirrors
e2. Sonic - 00000005_dubwise_selection-v12
f1. Dead Man’s Chest & Coco Bryce - Trip II Trinity
After years of releases by Alpha & Omega, and most recently Dub Dynasty, ZamZam is proud to offer our first release from Ben Alpha AKA Alpha Steppa, completing the triad from this family steeped in UK roots and dub. As the operator and visionary behind Steppas Records, Alpha Steppa links the history of traditional sound system music to the present of contemporary bass music styles, always with a focus on mindfulness, building community, and higher consciousness through music.
“Liberation” is a breakbeat-fueled dubwise masterclass, a different version of which has only been heard digitally until now. A massive bass undertow drives the tune, while a plucked melody and a swarm of percussion cascades, rocks, and interlocks effortlessly around the root riddim. A digital-only extra to Alpha Steppa’s last album, we agreed wholeheartedly with Ben that “Liberation” very much deserved to be on vinyl, so he supplied us with several unreleased dubplate mixes to choose from. All of them were strong, this one having perhaps the greatest contrast to the digital version.
Ben’s esoterism and sense of humor shine through in the story of the track’s origin: "I started the track with the idea to make a bassline from a chicken cluck, and it worked! I created a synth from a chicken and also added in the skank. Then added the dog panting for momentum, recorded on Dartmoor during a walk.”
“Pray” is a 140 tune that will find home in meditative dubstep sets, yet sidesteps genre trappings with a deeply spiritual message and a sound that is somehow both dirge-like and uplifting. “Pray” feels like an ancient initiation into a transcendent realm of bass music only glimpsed or hinted at before. About this one we will say no more, who feels it knows it.
DJ Haus Enters The Unknown is a yearly compilation looking back at the last 12 months of UTTU releases - some obvious highlights but emphasis on overlooked b sides too. It’s also an opportunity to work with friends outside of the UTTU label by including exclusive collaborations and tracks from the UTTU extended family. Ahead of the full compilation release UTTU present a triple vinyl edition of the exclusive tracks and collaborations featuring: Legowelt, DJ Deeon, DJ Seinfeld, DJ Normal 4, Marquis Hawkes, DJ Boring & many more.
a1. Hugo Massien & DJ Haus – Network Processor
a2. DJ Seinfeld – Tell Me What U Want
b1. Legowelt – Amateur Astronomy
b2. DJ Boring & DJ Haus – Los Apson?
c1. DJ Deeon & DJ Haus – Jerkin’ Houz
c2. Asquith – This Time
c3. Textasy - Chillin' At The Beach
d1. Marquis Hawkes & DJ Haus - Dance
d2. The Analogue Cops - Neukolln Boutique
e1. Justin Cudmore - Straight No Chaser
e2. Robert Dietz - Junk Mail Gem
f1. DJ Normal 4 - UFO Spotted At Ruhr
f2. Dixon Avenue Basement Jams & DJ Haus - Bullet Brain
One of the true patriarchs of modern day jungle drum & bass Break, delivers his fifth studio album, ‘Another Way’. Drawing from a rich array of musical influences Charlie Bierman pulls us through a spectrum of styles as he sets about showing us exactly why he’s the only producer ever to be asked to remix Dillinja. From the minimal jazz leanings of opening track ‘Last Goodbye’ to the enchanted dub of ‘Conversations’ and the pure dance floor of ‘Keepin’ It Raw’, Break’s ability to combine with the enormous vocals of regular collaborators Celestine, Kyo and MC Fats with other legendary mic men GQ and Clevelend Watkiss sets the LP truly apart; a tour de force of 2018 drum & bass.
“The aim with this album was to explore many of my favourite aspects of drum & bass, and create tracks that work equally in the club, at home or on the go. The contributions from all the talented artists involved really helped to lift the project up to another level. It’s a great way to finish off my year, enjoy!” Break 2018
Album Of The Month – Mixmag “Fire!” Dillinja “Support from me” Sir David Rodigan “Like the postman, Break always delivers...” Cyantific “Always quality, 10/10” Sub Focus
a1. Break - Last Goodbye ft. Celestine
a2. Break - Keepin It Raw
a3. Break - Whispers In My Ear ft. MC GQ
b1. Break & Kyo - Jungle Desire
b2. Break & Total Science - Dog's Dinner
b3. Break - Conversations ft. MC Fats & Cleveland Watkiss
Wow, how time flies. I can’t believe I am putting out record number five already. This release comes from star of the future Adam Pits. I have known Adam for a long time as he was a few years below me at school and then proceeded to go to uni in Leeds like I did. He is from the same crew as Breaka, and there must be something in the water up there because these guys and the rest of their mates are producing the best shit in town right now. It is a privilege to put out Adam’s first piece of wax because these two tunes are dynamite from start to finish.
All three tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms. Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...