Release Date: 25th May 2018
Next up from Sofa Sound is the forthcoming collaborations from drum & bass heavyweights DLR, Break, Randall and Ulterior Motive, a collective who’ve all helped to pioneer the genre whilst staying inherently underground. Whilst Break and Randall have laid its foundations, producers like DLR and Ulterior Motive have shaped the more contemporary scene, although both tracks signify the colossal engineering standards of each featuring artist. The established names also bring their weight to Sofa Sound’s back catalogue, which has expanded since its creation by DLR in 2017.
DLR, Break and Randall come together for lead track ‘Song & Dance’, an old-school reminiscent roller with snipped up, mc-lead vocal samples and jazzy instrumentals. The energy between all three artists is instantly recognisable, with Randall’s old-school approach shining through each layer. On top of strung guitar notes and a hook which nods to its namesake, ‘Song & Dance’ blends a mixture of styles to present a versatile addition to Sofa Sound.
Next comes ‘Modules’, featuring a combination of sonics recorded through Ulterior Motive’s modular set up. The ruminating drums and basses brought from the collections of their collaborators deliver its funkier elements, with the bassline fluctuating between notes and twisting its way through a melodic undertow. Alongside its unusual structure, the track’s organic approach and frequent switches grab its listener unaware. Another imperative release on Sofa Sound, the imprint has shown its commitment to artists from across the spectrum, through both its digital releases and physical discography additions.
a. DLR, Break & Randall - Song & Dance
b. DLR & Ulterior Motive - Modules
Release Date: 29th June 2018
Calibre delivers once again: Shelflife 5!
Specs - Full Colour Sleeve - Full Album Download Card (12 tracks) - Shrinkwrapped
a1. Calibre - Addict
b1. Calibre - City Life (feat. DRS)
c1. Calibre - Jaboc
d1. Calibre - Two Ones
e1. Calibre - Deep Down
f1. Calibre - Makes Me
f2. Calibre - Bluesday (feat. Marcus Intalex)
Released 15th June 2018
After four years and Istari Lasterfahrers last mini-lp from 2014 he is now back on the Dubcore series with four tracks.
Starting up with percussive synth clonks “Extasy” jumps right into polyrythmic territory. From the exodus to extasy transformed a stuttering vocal sample and suddenly the euphoria kicks in and there we go hooked on a house piano progression that let’s into high tension rave mayhem.
“Pressure” following up blends from footwork into hardcore jungle, we keeped locked-on in hanging patterns of breaks.
Flipside starts dubby with “Riddance”, a dark jazzdub track with a rolling bass line and hickuped vocal samples. disjunced percussions from the echochamber and wild feedback synth explosions.
“Doubt & Despair” brings us back outside on the street, darkstyle tune of the more experimental corner. harsh springreverb thunders and filered breaks fighting for clear spaces.
Limited to 300 copies and running on 33.3 rpm. Master cut by lxc from Watta Sound.
b2. Doubt & Despair
Released 25th May 2018
The third part in the Pressin' Hard series. Two euphoric yet deep cuts from Ricky Force. The A side takes you on a journey of texture and emotion reminiscent of deep 94 Jungle. The B side takes you on a similar journey, guided graciously by the Amen.
a1. The Touch
b1. What to Do
Released 25th May 2018
Alaska is back with a new plate brimming with funk and emotion housed in a colour art jacket.
‘Hold On’ skips with a breakbeat packing punch to pierce any sound system with its bottom-end grit. Rhode stabs, chords and searing horns rise to vocal hooks that drop halfway in the mix. Simply Hold on.
On the flipside a classic from 1997 gets the remastering treatment for the Alaska discog-hungry Junglists.
‘The Vortex’ was an early Renegade Recordings title that sat between the likes of fellow renegade’s Shogun and Future Engineers.
Atmospheric gated-pads, Bleeps and Harps collide with heavy Amen breaks that typify the 1997 ambient era. We are proud to give The Vortex a new lease of vinyl-life.
*All orders placed through Unearthed come with artwork stickers*
a. Hold On
Released 8th June
From Rotterdam to Saint Petersburg, to Portugal and Florida the worldwide Fokuz Family knows no bounds when it comes to crafting soulful drum and bass. The Collaborations EP showcases how team work makes the dream work.
a1. Anthony Kasper - 10 Letter Word (Command Strange Remix)
a2. Mackadena, Dreazz & Emery - Tempting (feat. Nishe)
b1. Bert H & High N Sick - Salat (Random Movement Remix)
b2. HumaNature - Heart & Soul - (feat. Dub Signalz)
Release Date: 18th May 2018
Side a. AMEN LONDON
Deep dubwise rumbling intro moves - stepping drums swiftly, spacious mysterious atmospherics touching down with the hardcore, for the new school 'Acid Junglist's' drop hits !!! hard straight to ya chest YES %%% slam down in comes the Goldie sampled live on Toronto radio 1992 ! rarness for you ( love a Hockey shirt) screaming out full of vibes ' This is the brand new sound of inner city London...' , Whack smash - booming in comes the killer amen . Hyper active 1992 'terminater' shock out mentazm's rough stylee + 'Future' 92 sample used to maxiumum effect . Amen London hit the crowd hard @ FUNCTION:AL Lightbox London on Record Store Saturday 2018.
Side aa. THE MYSTIC TUNE
Written, produced , engineered + mixed by Horrific James @ Horrific Studio's London. Hand drawn label artwork well 'Hardcore innit' made for this side by James Jessop under the Invisible man's magic influential spell the originator DR G ( Big respects to Graham full moons ahoy) .
Recorded in Fish Island Village E3 ! east London posse in da place $$$ . Horrific James went to his first rave in 1992 ( Dreamscape II) age 17 = the 'horrific sound' deep rooted in his UK life long raving passion/heart on sleeve approach. 1992 vetrans heritage society.
93 style break beats quantised raw and gritty rolling @ 174bpm remote controlling EXS24 cru get raw . Since late 1999 Total Science / Phantom Audio showed the way for 174bpm vinyl post hardcore Junglism... darkness returned phew :-).
James builds using FM8 atmospherics + soundscapes crafted / layerd up. An epic vocal hits the drop 'Oh no no...' drums switch to 'rough to the smooth' flavours, one of the rarer break beats cut up bites in for the drum heads . Stabs created fresh in massive sampler & bassline from the massive clean = something fresh & unique to your ears in this current over sampling moment in time??? ,cooking up some freshness for your ears /// this first of many solo projects forthcoming from Mr Horrific . In an era when there's no secrets left on how to make this special music left. Soul/hyper active mind cannot be taught via youtube tutorial, vibes come from within.
a. Amen London
aa. The Mystic Tune
Released 18th May 2018
7th Storey Projects are delighted to announce their latest classic re-issue; Jungle Buddha - Seven Chambers EP.
Several years in the making, this limited edition 2 x 12" release features 7 tracks made back in 1993 by Jungle Buddha, including all four from the insanely rare and sought-after Jungle Buddha EP, originally released on Poetic Justice in 1993.
It also contains The Chamber, which has never been released on vinyl before, as well as one previously unreleased track rescued from the original DATs, and rounded off with the techno-stomper 'Purple Gnome'.
The tracks have been remastered from the original DATs, with restoration by Simpatico Mastering and mastered and cut by Beau at Ten Eight Seven, and pressed at Optimal:Media GMBH in Germany.
a1. Hired Gun
b1. Drug Me (Remix)
b2. Hired Gun (Ez-Man Remix)
c1. The Chamber
c2. Living In The Lie
d1. Untitled (Unreleased)
d2. Purple Gnome
Released 11th May 2018
The Bremen based producer ILL_K was on the wishlist for a release on ThroughThese Eyes from day one. Why? Well, i just love his precise and detailledsounddesign which always works on the dancefloor and just stands out. Bog-standard or random presets are not his thing, he is the man who takes risks andunusual ways until his expriments lead him to the expectional and unique soundsthat define his tracks.
"Herb Dub", the leading track from his TTE release, starts with a catchy but notoverused vocal sample, until ILL_K unleashes some heavy jungle breaks upon us.Then he unpretentiously switches into some halfstep rhythm just to spice things upa bit more.
"Glitch War" on the B-side already turned some heads and broke some legs on thedancefloor. Once you get into the groove of ILL_K's elaborated drumwork, there isno way out. He inhaled the aesthetics of 90ies techstep and jungle sounds and justspits them out in his very own and individual way.
a. Herb Dub
b. Glitch War
Released 19th October 2018
Uncertain Hour - from the Latin mors certa, hora incerta (i.e. death is certain, the hour is uncertain (i.e. you don’t know how long you’ve got so fill that snare drum quota while you have the chance)).
The label will be all Sully productions, all jungle. So no genre hopping, no home listening, no need to preview before purchase etc.
Vacancy - Rose Royce is smeared across spacetime and punctuated with slabs of Winstons shaped concrete. The odd splash of water or cascade of piano keys offers a little respite but it’s generally all about being pummeled with drum transients from every (in)conceivable angle.
Digitalis - Piccolo snares and tambourines get sent flying forwards before spiralling downwards and the golden ratios are picked out on a marimba made of icicles. This is all underpinned and if I’m honest nearly overwhelmed by 40hz test tones built to check your scoops’ driver excursion is suitably maxed out.
DJ Support: Coco Bryce, Dead Man’s Chest, Doc Scott, Foul Play, Fracture, Grade 10 International, Law, Om Unit, Silk Road Assassins.
Repress 7th September 2018
The Fifth Column is a secretive resistance movement that strikes from within. This album is its manifesto.
From cavernous, tribal experiments in dub vernacular to tense, tweaked out soundscapes to glittering atmospheres refracted through sheets of furiously inventive amens, each of these sixteen tunes stands on its own merits while reflecting a different facet of our sound; never stuck in the past, never nostalgic for the sake of it, but staying true to the soundsystem roots of this music. Each one is an exact articulation of our collective identity.
We believe that every single one of these tunes channels the spirit of the original artform, and that every single one of the artists involved has put their own twist on the culture and built something that will stand the test of time.
Featuring: Ahmad & Akinsa, Dead Man's Chest & Sknjob, Digital, Double O, Forest Drive West, Greenleaf, Gremlinz & Jesta, Mantra, Nucleus, Outer Heaven, Rumbleton, Seba ft Bkackeye MC, Sully, Theory, The Untouchables, X Nation.
With Support from: OM Unit, Paradox, Barely Legal, Bailey, Rene LaVice, Fabio, Loxy, Flight, DJ Storm, J Kenzo, Spirit, Pessimist
a1. Seba & Blackeye MC - War on Music
a2. Ahmad & Akinsa - Delusions
b1. Mantra - Nocturne
b2. Gremlinz & Jesta - Untitled (Responsible)
c1. Double O - Shuffling on Zion's Bus
c2. Forest Drive West - Last Day
d1. Outer Heaven - Murder
d2. Rumbleton - Reality
e1. Nucleus - Raw Delux
e2. X Nation - Every time
f1. Theory - Rastafari
f2. The Untouchables - Monkey Shoulder
g1. Sully - Amor
g2. Sully - Amor (Digital Remix)
h1. Greenleaf - Time
h2. Dead Man's Chest & Sknjob - Exhale
Repress available 23rd November 2018
Dubcore Vol.12 welcomes back rotterdam soundboy FFF under the radar. FFF droped two tunes for Dubcore Vol.7 in 2009, now he is back for four more tunes. He is taking his round this time with a melange of footwork infected jungle, hardcore slaps on dubby basslines and darkside and ragga breakbeats.
Fat mastercut done by lxc on 45 rpm on black vinyl, limited to 300 copies.
a1. Turn Bad
a2. One for One
b1. First Blood
b2. NL Bubblers
Released 2nd November 2018
The legendary DJ Trax (Moving Shadow) returns to Tempo Records with four diverse & energetic Drum & Bass Jungle cuts of the highest quality. 'No Name' features live drums from Pendulum's KJ Sawka. All tracks mastered by Stuart Hawkes of Metropolis Mastering London.
a1. 20,000 Beats Under the Sea
a2. No Name (live drums by KJ Sawka)
b1. This Station
b2. Send Me Back