Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone for supporting us so far - 2016 has seen the DEXT label continuing to go from strength to strength, with our Callahan and Mella Dee EP's backed with remixes from Hodge and Endian which have been been super well received. Now for the third EP of the year from our resident comedian Bodyjack.
Bodyjack has been an integral part of DEXT since he remixed Dubspeeka on our 2nd release and headlined our label takeover of Privilege in Ibiza last Summer. We are very excited about his return to the label with this 3-tracker (and our first full solo artist EP!), and we think you're going to dig this...
The title track Cobra Effect is one of those tracks you aren't going forget in a hurry. Intense and brooding, we are hard-pushed to categorise this, but layers of sinister bass coupled with dark, driving snares and eerie synth work culminate masterfully, making this the perfect DEXT track.
Hydra Effect lifts the vibe with a straight up peak-time house jam with a sting in the tail. A raw-but-infectious bassline winds along under Bodyjack's signature killer drum programming, before blasting off with something you aren't going to expect.
Rounding the EP off is Slowine Effect: a proper dancehall workout (reminiscent of Bodyjack's earlier work) and a real cross-genre party starter. The most upbeat of the 3 tracks; this again takes all the elements of what we love about the music from the past and cleverly works them into something special for the rave.
And that's not all for Bodyjack on DEXT this year - he will be back with a one-off Ltd record called "Hot Shot", backed with a very Special remixer...but more on that soon!
Release Date: 30th November
After a refreshing and vibey summer of sun, beats & parties, DEXT HQ is firing up for our next release which is set to drop this Autumn It is an absolute pleasure to welcome back one of our stable artists, Callahan, for the follow up to his well-received DEXT debut Don't Need.
Callous EP shows the same rawness and intensity of his earlier work but with a more polished and refined production sound, focusing on a few key elements that are executed to perfection.
Right from the off, the title track Callous draws you in with its haunting and somewhat dystopian synth line that rides along the track's jagged percussion.
The result is the kind of danceable groove that has become the calling card of the more exciting techno music to come out of the UK in recent years.
With the second track, OB, we are back on more familiar terrain with a straight up four to the floor banger that keeps the energy levels high with a solid groove and
swinging drums made to move the dancefloor.
Next up is another well-loved DEXT artist who has been a massive supporter of our label and the UK scene. It's Lo Shea on remix duties, with the aptly named 4am Strobe Tunnel Remix.
Within 16 bars of the first kick, his reputation for making killer techno tunes is cemented, with this heads down, dark and moody, beautifully rolling techno tune.
This is a remix with a distinctive UK edge, reflecting Lo Shea's reputation for tirelessly pushing the scene through his Hope Works club nights in Sheffield.
Rounding off the EP, Callahan strips things right down for Memorex.
This tune is characterized by staggered 808 bass kicks and a sinister three note hook, the sounds combining to make a powerful peak-time jam for the heads.
Less is certainly more with this tune!
b1. Callous (Lo Shea’s 4am Strobe Tunnel Remix )
Release Date: 20th November 2020
One of the UK's freshest emerging dance music labels, responsible for stalwart releases from Special Request and Nightwave, return for their 19th release.
The succinct beats of Pugilist have perked the ears of labels like Whities, 3024 and Trule to name but a few. And having previously featured on volume one of the label's new 'EleVAte' compilation series, among artists like Otik, Appleblim and Commix, he returns to the imprint for his first, full four-tracker; 'Siphon'.
The title track, Siphon, blasts through with authentic jungle chops, scattered together asymmetrically like a beautiful chaotic tapestry.
'Regrowth' is a swung garage stepper, jammed live on a 909 with earthquaking low-end frequencies that warmingly morph from underneath.
On remix duties of 'Siphon', is no other than Lobster Theremin alumni, Coco Bryce. With surreal, microprocessing of the heavyweight blows from the original, he also resamples time-stretched speech samples to devastating effect.
'Nightshade' closes out the record with its steadfast amen rinse-out and pokey 808 subs, concluding one of the most forward-thinking and new-school jungle records for the label, all the while serving as an exemplary ode to the old-school.
a1. Pugilist - Siphon
a2. Pugilist - Regrowth
b1. Pugilist - Siphon (Coco Bryce Remix)
b2. Pugilist - Nightshade