Release Date: 22nd May 2020
New Zealand native and master of bass, Headland returns to System Music with another slice of production wizardry built and ready to shut down dancefloors and sound systems across the world.
On the A side sits Garbo, a monster of a track which rips through the speakers with aggression and bounce. It’s as intimidating as it is funky and as experimental as it is absolutely heavyweight. Bound to shut down every rave in which it graces its presence.
The B side homes Grits. A skippy stepper of a track with a densely dark atmosphere drenched in digital yet glacial sounds and nuances, easily translatable from the dance to the headphones.
a1. Headland - Garbo
b1. Headland - Grits
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Having already released a handful of singles on NICE UP! it seemed like high time for Nottingham's Origin One (aka Kevin Thomson) to step up with his debut album. Written and produced over the space of around 2 years in the artists own Deeper Than Roots studio, the album represents a wider spectrum of roots and reggae influenced music, taking the foundations of this music and applying a modern style and sound to it, traversing dancehall, bashment, grime, jungle and dubstep along the way.
Guest vocalists come thick and fast, kicking off with Russian envoy Tenor Youthman who starts proceedings with the provoking "World Peace", then its onto Doncaster's very own Parly B who serves up his classic "Mi Bredrin" - already a staple in DJ's sets as a single. Next, Bristolian rudeboy Gardna and Congo Natty songstress Nanci Correia bless the bouncing vibes of "Nice & Easy" whilst Manchesters Peppery comes correct on the dancehall rousing "Where You Come From". Hip hop charged ganja anthem "High Grade" single makes an appearance featuring festival fire starter K.O.G. then South London's grime don Irah gets deep on the massive "My Yout", leading into up-and-coming Puerto Rican/Italian dancehall star XL Mad on the tropical leaning "My Gyal A Wine Up".
Veteran dancehall MC Spyda (probably known best for his track "Tarantula" with DnB heavyweights Pendulum) steps up the pace on the jungle soaked "Tribute", with another anthemic hook from K.O.G, then its Scottish soundsystem legend Soom T's turn to do her thing on the bumping "Jah Jah". Things get deep and dubwise on the instrumental "Dread and Buried", showing the producers range and depth of production styles, then its over to Hempolics and The Drop frontman Dandelion to wrap things up with his enigmatic vocals on the closer "Trying".
Ambitious without over stretching, fresh and modern whilst showing respect to its elders and showing deepness whilst retaining a popular sensibility, "Deeply Rooted" should take seed in dances, clubs, festival and home hifi's the world over.
a1. Origin One - World Peace ft. Tenor Youthman
a2. Origin One - Mi Bredrin ft. Parly B
a3. Origin One - Nice & Easy ft. Gardna & Nanci Correia
a4. Origin One - Where You Come From ft. Peppery
a5. Origin One - High Grade ft. K.O.G
a6. Origin One - My Yout ft. Irah
b1. Origin One - Gyal A Wine Up ft. XL Mad
b2. Origin One - Tribute ft. MC Spyda & K.O.G
b3. Origin One - Jah Jah Jah ft. Soom T
b4. Origin One - Dread & Buried
b5. Origin One - Trying ft. Dandelion
Released 28th January 2019
Beautiful, real deal roots from Ronnie Davis, produced by fellow Tennors band mate George 'Clive' Murphy. Recorded in 1975 at Joe Gibbs studio. Impossible to find a record in clean condition, its now bought back with clarity and dub at correct speed on 7inch.
a1. Run Come
Repress Shipping - 25th January 2019
Plain White Sleeve Repress
The Green King Cuts family are back with the second instalment of the vinyl only record label’s catalogue. GKC providing a 4 track EP, deriving from reggae dub influences with newly Dubstep and grime sounds.
DE-TU (Chris Iona and Jevon Ives) are a London born and Bristol-based music producing Duo. Chris and Jevon, who attend University in Bristol, share the same love and knowledge for the reggae dub music and sound system culture. Both Chris and Jevon having released music digitally, on different named aliases, in the drum and bass, hip-hop circuit was only going to spur the pair on to experiment in music. DE-TU come to the surface, in 2016 with only the one sound cloud upload. This will be the pair’s debut release on any format. Bukkha (Evert) who is a music producer, originating from America but now living in Valladolid Spain, travelling the world, reflects in his sound and he is becoming one of the greats for the future.
The space in the mix between the bass and drums keeps the flow and rhythm and supplies the listener a nostalgic feel of deep meditation. The big hall reverbs of the snares and delays on the percussion create a rhythmic stepper pattern. The heavy 808 sub bass melody, is high-spirited and packs a weighty punch. Bukkha's remixes are made for the sound system dances, for people to dance because of the driving kick and baseline, urging the rhythmic pattern to never stop.
All four tracks take the listener on a journey through the influences, which has being made in the last 10 years for the dance. DE-TU and Bukkha are pivotal to the scene, driving forward the sound and love for the culture.
a1. Bun Down Babylon
a2. Bun Down Babylon (Bukkha Remix)
b1. Origination Dub
b2. Origination Dub (Bukkha Remix)
Release Date - 25th January 2019
Welcome in 2019! Our first release this year comes courtesy of Iron Dubz & Mr Williamz. ‘Haffi Bun’, one of the anthems from Iron Dubz’s recent album 'Sound Addict’, will be finally available on vinyl, backed by a heavyweight dub version on the flip. Don’t sleep on this one.
a1. Iron Dubz ft. Mr Williamz - Haffi Bun
b1. Iron Dubz ft. Mr Williamz - Haffi Dub
Released 18th January 2019
The long awaited EP from Messenger Douglas and Kibir La Amlak is finally ready, and ready with style. Yes, it was definitely worth the wait! This testament to modern roots reggae has cut no corners and taken no shortcuts! A large credit list lines the back of this EP, naming a plethora of the best musicians, studios and engineers that the UK reggae scene has to offer. Such as Dennis Bovell, Jerry Lionz, Ashanti Selah, Roberto Sanchez to name but a few.
Messenger Douglas is an artist in a league of his own, high musical standards are seamlessly married with deep lyrical content! The four vocal instalments on this EP showcase this marriage immaculately.
‘Real Works’ the title track of the EP, kicks off proceedings as a rallying call to anyone who knows they can do better in life. A solid roots rockers riddim explodes out of the speakers to carry the message that ‘there is no time to idle, relax or sit down, the battle can be won!’ ‘Blessings’ follows as an exploration of faith and confidence in the ever present blessings of life. As life is a journey with many ups and downs, the riddim track, especially the bassline, reflects this. Dennis Bovell’s world class bass playing shines through here, taking us from the highest highs to the lowest lows. Regardless of the position on the journey, the faith still remains. ‘Happiness’, a song written by Messenger over 30 years ago, finally finds its way onto the anthemic Joshua’s Anthem riddim, with a message as relevant to the world today as it was when it was written. The EP concludes with ‘Sufferers Tea’, a true lyrical masterpiece, that deals with the harsh and bitter realities of life as a sufferer. The hypnotic guitars, and relentless pace of the riddim echo the intensity of the sufferers life, yet true to Messenger’s songwriting genius, the song remains upful and even humorous in places.
All four vocals are followed by heavy-weight dub versions, mixed by Kibir La Amlak, in the original analogue fashion, hands on faders, spring reverbs, valve filters and an immaculate attention to detail. The tracks were mixed by Kibir La Amlak and Nick Manasseh at the Yard Studios and then mastered and cut to vinyl by Lewis Hopkins at Star Delta Mastering. The final sonic character of this EP (especially the vinyl) is huge! Warm, punchy, analogue, roots -reggae at its finest.
Both Kibir La Amlak and Messenger Douglas have a firm root in the world of reggae sound system, so it felt only natural that this EP echo that foundation with the vocal / dub format that is so richly associated with that world. The vinyl release honours this tradition with the EP coming on 2 separate 12” disks! Whether you choose to play your favourite track as a vinyl single through a sound system, or tune into the whole EP start to finish on Spotify as you cook dinner, one thing is guaranteed. You will not be disappointed!
a1. Messenger Douglas - Real Works
a2. Kibir La Amlak - No Loafing Dub
b1. Messenger Douglas - Blessings
b2. Kibir La Amlak - Never Tamed Dub
c1. Messenger Douglas - Happiness
c2. Kibir La Amlak - School Term Dub
d1. Messenger Douglas - Sufferahs Dub
d2. Kibir La Amlak - Dangerous Lee's Dub
Release Date - 11th January 2019
Remy Gallet aka Quasar has been making some serious movements in the dubstep scene of late, with radio support from the likes of J:Kenzo on his acclaimed Rinse show. Here he blesses Foundation Audios new 10” hand stamped series FAVX with 2 sought after riddims that have been doing damage in the dance since their creation.
A side ‘It’s Over VIP’ is a flip of the classic Portishead tune ‘Biscuit’ - and boy, oh boy has he done the original justice and then some! The track is full of rolling basslines and percussion. Odd vocal snips from the original give space to an otherwise unrelenting track that has got classic written all over it.
B side ‘Unrealistic Voices’ with fellow Frenchman Ourman is a moodier affair with its head nodding sub bassline and eastern string melody. Full system pressure from front to back.
Quasar and Foundation Audio have pulled out all the stops on this release. Debut records don’t come much better than this, so hat’s off to Remy for this killa plate.
a1. Quasar - It's Over VIP
b1. Quasar & Ourman - Unrealistic Voices
Release Date - 18th January 2019
Argo needs zero introduction to the tuned in listener of the Dubstep Genre. This release alone has seen support and heavy rotation from Youngsta, Distance, J:Kenzo, Ntype, Bukez Finezt, Samba etc etc etc. The list is endless, over the past 12 months it would be easier to list those who have not supported this release.
Not only has Argo been gaining support with this release from the Dubstep Elite, Grime champions such as Spooky have clocked onto the sound and are showing Argo's style to the Grime masses.
a1. Argo - Astro Dub
b1. Argo - LNTC
b2. Argo - Your Steps
Release Date - 11th January 2019
Following on from the success of HOTPLATES001, featuring Germany’s OTZ, comes the boutique Portsmouth-based label’s second release – from noted Bristol producer Theo Bennett, aka Sepia.
At the forefront of dubstep’s current generation of producers, Sepia has received heavyweight support from the likes of Mala, Joe Nice and Truth, with a take on the genre that ranges from moody, melodic dub-hymns through to full throttled club tracks.
Taking his influence from both the cream of British electronic music, with key touchstones being Burial and Bristol contemporaries like Kahn, as well as the elegiac post-rock of Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky, Sepia crafts beats that are fraught with emotion.
Previous releases have come courtesy of labels including System, Gourmet Beats, Deep, Dark and Dangerous, Wheel and Deal Records and Infernal Sounds.
Side A, ‘Noise Test’, is an atmospheric roller; its eerie rising horns complemented by a discordant drone to create a sub-testing heater that could sit easily in both grime and dubstep mixes.
Side B calls to mind the early releases of Digital Mystikz, with hissing snares and broken beat disintegration submerged under wobbling dub pressure.
Hotplates Recordings places its emphasis on the roots of UK electronic music culture, having grown out of a regular show on Portsmouth pirate and online station Lush FM. With this release the label further cements its status as a key part of the UK underground.
a1. Sepia - Noise Test
b1. Sepia - Transient Dub