Release Date - 26th October 2018
Known for a broad swath of genre-obliterating club tracks on crucial labels including Critical, Exit, and 50Weapons, Sam Binga approached us earlier this year with a radically different kind of project, a collaboration with Welfare, true junglist and label boss at D&B bastion Rua Sound. The result of their team-up is Conamara Fieldworks. Its unique inspiration and patient process are best described by the duo themselves:
"In early November 2016, we set off through the bleakness of an Irish November into the wilderness that is Conamara, County Galway, Ireland, with about half an idea of what we wanted to do. Our friend Laney had been kind enough to allow us the use of a 300 year old cottage overlooking the sea, itself belonging to her family through generations which she was bit by bit restoring to its former glory. The isolation was perfect - very little in the way of creature comforts, no network coverage, but plenty of turf for the stove and Guinness for the belly.
Our routine for the next few days consisted of trudging the length of the rugged coastline in search of interesting sounds we could potentially process into usable elements for some kind of dub/dub techno-inspired composition...This took us inside tidal caves and abandoned ruins, across sheep fields, up and down mountains and winding country lanes, in and out of the odd pub, under upturned boats and (carefully) across huge washes of seaweed-covered shoreline. Using our handheld recorder (shouts Danny Scrilla for the lend) we assembled a palette of varied noises, constantly battling with the peaking and distortion created by the incessant Atlantic gusts.
Each evening, following some intense huddling around the stove and vital Irish home cuisine and stout, we'd examine and dissect what we had collected that day, sometimes discovering the most interesting material firmly planted in the background of the soundscapes. A certain amount of (but not too much) processing later we had the bones of a few short loops of each sound which made some kind of musical sense when played alongside each other.
Binga suggested staying true to the craft and keeping the rawness to the foreground by attempting to develop the loops into full compositions via live desk mixing, arrangement and effects. We said our goodbyes to Conamara and a month or two later said our hellos to the Dubkasm shedio. Following a crash course from the dynamic duo, we set to work for the day, learning as we went along and enjoying to the full the unpredictability, intuition and sheer vibes a dubbing session can bring, particularly in a studio kitted out with some fine analogue gear which undoubtedly helped us to keep that damp, saturated feeling that Conamara had sown."
The resulting collection of music speaks for itself, and does so in its own language. It is meditative, deeply textural, and richly saturated, with awesome sound design, generous bass weight, and dubwise finesse. Referencing ambient, concrete, and dub techno while never letting any genre dictate its path, Conamara Fieldworks is a deeply rewarding and intensely involving listen. A restrained yet transporting remix from the one Ossia completes the set.
a1. Sam Binga & Welfare - Trá na Feadóige
a2. Sam Binga & Welfare - Muirbhigh (Ossia Remix)
b1. Sam Binga & Welfare - Cloch Na Rón
b2. Sam Binga & Welfare - Iorras Beag
b3. Sam Binga & Welfare - Muirbhigh
Release Date - 26th October 2018
One of the later arrivals to the EA family, Koma landed on label, dropped a digital and then began crafting this monumental release... Alongside this he has worked with other scene favourites and more noticeably works and performs as 1/5th of Chonk Mob.
This release from KOMA see's 4 tracks take up worthwhile space on the 12" format.
a1. Koma - Moonlight
a2. Koma - Uncle Sullivan
b1. Koma - Uncle Sullivan (Murk Remix)
b2. Koma - Deep In The Crease (with Dalek One)
Release Date - 16th November 2018
After the heavy success of Escapism Refuge’s debut album ‘Hold’ that was out last year on Deep Heads, the talented South African is back on Smokin’ Sessions with a mind-blowing Record.
‘Wet Wipes’ is a track that has been getting a lot of hype from DJ’s and fans alike and it is not hard to understand why. It’s a very catchy little roller that has a serious low end. 2 step beats with a heavy baseline mould this track into a recording that is sonically brilliant! The melodies are infectious and shows off exactly what Escapism Refuge is all about, with his display of masterful composition work.
Then we have none other than Biome on Remix duties and he has done a sterling job. No doubt, this is some of Biome’s finest production work and is nothing short of sheer genius. Warm with elegant touches on the bass, give this remix a beautiful flavour that compliments the original to perfection. The remix was also featured in the Escapism Refuge X FatKidOnFire Mix back in 2017 and has got the heads asking ‘When this one will drop’……………Well, here we have it.
Last up we have ‘Don’t Mind Me’ that is reminiscent of a track from Dubstep’s golden era. Still pushing musical boundaries, this intelligent production is a perfect B2 to round off this incapsulating EP.
Championed by the likes of LiveMag SA, XLR8R, Kaltblut Magazine, Dummy Mag and Between 10 and 5, it is no surprise that the aspiring musician has seen commendation from Giles Peterson (BBC Radio), Joe Kay (Soulection), Lefto (Brownwood Recordings) and Kid Founque in his home town in South Africa.
a1. Escapism Refuge - Wet Wipes
b1. Escapism Refuge - Wet Wipes (Biome Remix)
b2. Escapism Refuge - Don't Mind Me
Release Date: 9th November 2018
Dubstep veteran Sukh Knight kicks off his brand new DAKU imprint in style with an EP featuring much sought after tracks by himself and a remix by Dubstep O.G Kromestar. All 3 tracks have gained much support over the past year by many dj's including Mala, Coki, N-Type, Hatcha, Kromestar, Chefal, Sleeper and many more.
The EP starts with the sci-fi sample laced dubby roller 'Moonrunner' which takes you on a journey through the galaxies, before going to the flipside for Sukh's trademark Bollywood influenced dancefloor smasher 'Paid Off' and ending with Kromestar's hypnotising 'Dark Of The Moon' remix of 'Moonrunner'. DAKU001 is essential in your record collection with all 3 tracks guaranteed to cause destruction on soundsystems and dancefloors. Prepare yourself for many more exciting releases from this brand new label.
b1. Paid Off
b2. Moonrunner (Kromestar's Dark Of The Moon Remix)
Release Date - 26th October 2018
Fresh off the press - UK's Sentry Records swarms airwaves once again. Reeling in one notoriously effective producer after another, DJ Youngsta welcomes none other than Cimm into the ring. The bass weight badman has already soundly embedded himself in the scene's sonic heartbeat, including releases on prestigious imprints such as J:Kenzo's Artikal UK and the legendary Tempa outlet. Besides vital visual design works (as seen on Sentry's artworks among others), the talented Londoner now spearheads the labels seventh 12" release in full glory. A two-headed beast, once again showcasing the artists exceeding qualities, when it comes to firing up the dance floor in fine style.
Setting sail to the east, 'Eagle Eye' envelopes us in a sense of Asian mystery attached to cinematic drums. Infused with copious amounts of echoing space, a sense of mystique advances. Faint vocal chants chime through nebulous winds as one last statement sends the soundscape into utter frenzy. Cutting right down to the chase, fierce strings lead the way through the nefarious scenery, taking no prisoners as the cut-throat percussion settles any and all disputes. Invigorated with just the right amount of distortion and anthem-esque harmonic calibre, concluded by haunting foley samples.
Switching over to the B-Side, the ethereal expanse gives way to yearning brass melodies, hazy groove afar. 'Old Scratch' fires up a vocal fragment before lunging into a no-holds-barred shutdown scenario. No covert operation as delightfully overdriven 808's pound every last molecule in your vicinity. Abundant dynamics both in micro- and macro-arrangement, meticulously crafted to perfection. Swerving off into contemplation for a breather only to lunge right back into infernal madness. Stripped down to its vital core, the soundscape irreproachably asserts itself with full force.
a1. Cimm - Eagle Eye
b1. Cimm - Old Scratch
Release Date - 26th October 2018
Rarefied’s newest sonic assault finds label mates Sibla and Zygos in some chthonic dwelling performing occult rites for sub bass dominance. Three prime cuts of out-there dubstep for fans of moldy, decrepit basements, decaying houses in the middle of woods, and fog drenched nights.
“The Path” heaves underneath pneumatic infrabass pressure and a din of percussion that sounds like a warehouse falling apart. It lurches forward on broken ankles, scanning with cataract eyes, for its next victim.
The aptly named “Haunted” is built from the ground up on EVP recordings, static hiss, and disintegrating tape reels. A lone scream echoes towards infinity until the mid-way point where black stars crack the void.
The circle is complete with “Sigil”. Hewn together with horror flick soundtracks, whispered voices and a feral half-step foundation. It seems Zygos and Sibla’s golem has breathed life for the first time.
a1. Sibla x Zygos - The Path
b1. Sibla x Zygos - Haunted
b2. Sibla x Zygos - Sigil
Repress Due - December 2018
Pure, distilled Dub. Upholding Jamaica’s legacy as well as Germany’s unequivocally influential Dub Techno spirit, Moonshine Recordings proudly welcomes their next addition to the roster. On the controls for the 9th full-length album release, a true-to-the-roots, all-analogue musician: Another Channel. Having put himself on the map with releases on Soukah’s Blacksoil Records, Bristol’s Transient Audio as well as on Australian imprint Modern Hypnosis, it’s now time for the album release, we’ve all been waiting for. No computer involved as impeccable arrangements and analogue reverberations unfold. Live and direct in the original Dub mixing fashion, the Augsburg-based artist uniquely transports the sonic characteristics of Rhythm & Sound into the present time.
Subtle vinyl crackles gently introducing meditative beats, ‘Run Dub’ sets the pace. Keen listeners find themselves embedded in lively echoes and reverbs, left to bask in smooth, sonic contemplation. Engineered to soothe the soul, timeless foundation sound. Intensified groove meets low-frequency pressure in ‘Amir Dub’ among haunting melodica fragments. ‘(Yes!) Badness’ unsheathes its off-kilter swing, vocal and foley samples musing in the distance - further showcasing Another Channel’s technical prowess. Heavy chord stabs and delicate overdrive counterpoint the immense scope of conjured space in ‘Ael Na Dub’, concluding a beautiful A-Side.
Lush chords lure us to the flip-side - ‘Solid’ kicks off with a staccato bass-line in the midst of lavish white noise surges and minimal drums. Rooted in endless feedback trails, steadily kept in check. Previously teased, the mighty ‘Ethiopian Dub’ steps through in full glory, carried by militant drum motion and forceful low-end. On a more spacious excursion, ‘Uranus’ takes a brightly lit stroll through the analogue Dub universe, led on by Another Channel’s signature groove propulsion. Pointing back towards A-Side, prolific Dub proponent Babe Roots presents his musical qualities in a monumental remix of ‘Run’.
a1. Another Channel - Rub Dub
a2. Another Channel - Amir Dub
a3. Another Channel - (Yes! Badness)
a4. Another Channel - Ael Na Dub
b1. Another Channel - Solid
b2. Another Channel - Ethiopian Dub
b3. Another Channel - Uranus
b4. Another Channel - Run (Babe Roots Remix)
Release Date - 12th October 2018
Dub-Stuy lines up its second release from New York’s Blind Prophet just in time for summer. “Rastaman Chat” is a bass-heavy skanker featuring London based Ras Demo aka Demolition Man and backed by a large drum & bass remix from Greek producer FLeCK.
The SP’s title track combines lilting chords and delayed stabs with a rub a dub-inspired beat and the bass weight of dubstep to provide the perfect backdrop for Ras Demo’s fast spitting lyrical flow. The singer’s uplifting message pulls from the teachings of the rasta faith, celebrating its uncompromised moral principles and liberating power in the face of oppression from mainstream society.
Backing the title track is an energetic drum & bass remix from Athens based producer FLeCK, who first connected with the Dub-Stuy crew at Outlook festival. Keeping true to his “Dub to Jungle” philosophy, he speeds up proceedings to give the dancefloor a workout in classic junglist fashion.
A summer anthem in the waiting, this new single from Dub-Stuy celebrates the label’s foundations while keeping things fresh and pushing forward, ever.
a1. Blind Prophet ft. Ras Demo (Demolition Man) - Rastaman Chat
b1. Blind Prophet ft. Ras Demo (Demolition Man) - Jungleman Chat (FLeCK Remix)
Release Date - 12th October 2018
Limited to 250 copies.
İstanbul based producer İskeletor returns with a 12" etched vinyl.
Named after his classic bass heavy track Afromax; the EP contains the original version and highly acclaimed remix of Gantz alongside with the Iskeletor's remix of Grup Ses' track 'Mimar'. All for the first time on vinyl.
a1. Iskeletor - Afromax
a2. Iskeletor - Afromax (Gantz Seytan Remix)
a3. Grup Ses - Mimar (Iskeletor Remix)
Released 5th October 2018
Bun The Grid catapults into Fall with its second North American signing, Brooklyn’s Doctor Jeep. After several years exploring the West Coast festival halftime sound, Jeep returns to his love of Bristolian polyrhythmic club tools.
“Vault of Glass” channels underwater atmospherics in a dark, broken- beat, warehouse style, while collaborator and tour partner Fixate joins the fray on “Dorado” - summoning disembodied voices and frantic breakbeats to hypnotize late-night ravers. Switching the energy with a modern DnB-meets-Dancehall vibe,
“Emergency Broadcast Test” features Washington DC’s Cirrus. On the flip, two remixes add an uptempo flavour to “Vault of Glass”: hyper-active juke from London’s Hyroglifics, and a punishingly-heavy hip hop twist from Calgary-via-Detroit veteran Sinistarr.
Early support from J:Kenzo, Fracture, Roska, The Librarian, and more.
a1. Doctor Jeep - Vault Of Glass
a2. Doctor Jeep & Fixate - Dorado
a3. Doctor Jeep & Cirrus - Emergency Broadcast Test
b1. Doctor Jeep - Vault Of Glass (Hyroglifics Remix)
b2. Doctor Jeep - Vault Of Glass (Sinistarr Remix)
Released 5th October 2018
Fresh off the heels of Mesck’s apocalyptic Doomsayer EP, TRUSIK teams up with the Slovenian duo DubDiggerz, whose productions have landed themselves on labels as diverse as Joe Nice’s Gourmet Beats to Jack Sparrow’s Navy Cut. TRSK004 features two tracks that have been singularly honed to be played only on the finest sound systems, “Bōgu” and “Dark Dawn” are one hundred percent high grade dubstep.
“Bōgu” is sleek, efficient and contemporary. Comprised of steel and concrete, seething with pent-up aggression of a city on the brink. Fueled by diesel fumes and looking to cause harm, “Bōgu” stomps and claws its way out of the bassbin.
Whereas “Bōgu” possess an urban veneer, “Dark Dawn” harkens to a more neolithic time. Marching with a militant intent, clarion drones arc skyward like buzzards picking through a battlefield as tribalist percussion sets the marching tempo for phalanxes on the warpath.
a. DubDiggerz - Bōgu
b. DubDiggerz - Dark Dawn
Released 5th October
Infernal Sounds welcomes their newest member to the imprint, Dark Tantrums. After a brief hiatus from releasing music, the producer who's had previous EP's out on both Deep Medi and GetDarker is back with a bang. From the millitant march of 'Command', to the distorted and twisted mind of 'Darkside', with 'Time Warp' rounding things off in a typical old-school fashion, this EP will knock your socks off and deliver a punch for the dance floor. IFS011 not only displays his ability to adapt his style under the 140 spectrum, but continues to prove why he's one of the most underrated artists to grace the scene.
b2. Time Warp
Released 28th September 2018
Forward thinking dub is the ethos of this highly collaborative future stepper from Scrub A Dub Records. US production duo Alter Echo & E3 have linked up with Bristol’s Ishan Sound to create an awe- inspiring warrior stance anthem. Ah Mi Guide features a hypnotic sample from Rider Shafique, over an unrelenting beat crafted by E3 and Ishan then mixed in dub by Alter Echo. The flipside remix comes via ascendant dubstep producer Egoless, who transforms the stark original into a slow burning fire, garnished with a flourishing flute refrain. Either side is guaranteed to shake up and mesmerise a dance!
a. Ah Mi Guide
b. Ah Mi Guide (Egoless Remix)