Release Date - 14th June 2019
Foundation Audio follow up their sold out FAVX001 plate from Quasar with Raremans long awaited debut release!
01425 is steeped in golden era DMZ vibes with its laid back beat, eerie atmospheres and rude boy basslines. This one’s got classic wobbler written all over it!
Flip side ‘Why Didn’t You Realise Before’ switches up the mood with its somber Rhodes piano tones and pots and pans like percussion to create another seriously classy joint.
What we have here are 2 massive tunes from Rareman showing 2 different sides to his production. Class from front to back, debuts don’t come much better than this. Big up Rareman on this killa plate!
a1. Rareman - 01425
b1. Rareman - Why Didn't You Realise Before
Released 20th January 2017
DTR makes a welcome return to Foundation Audio with three impeccable heaters for which you simply ain’t ready. The label starts 2017 off with a bang, as its next physical release features the eagerly awaited 'First Rhythm' backed with a dubwise collaboration with dub wizard Bukkha and man of the moment Akcept’s essential remix of label anthem 'Walls of Babylon'. Bridging the gap between Taiwan, Spain and New Zealand, DTR, Bukkha and Akcept have managed to put together a record that has been all over the news. Foundation Audio presents ‘FAV003’.
DTR has been stirring up soundsystem culture a fair bit over the past year, with his debut album showing that whatever tracks he pushes through his analogue audio chain simply turn into gold. His ‘FA018’ is still the main result of this, and is confirmed a timeless seller.
DTRs original ‘First Rhythm’ echoes the soul of dub music vibrantly; a cut that nearly overflows to that darker tip Foundation Audio is notorious for. Profound vocal lines and weighty bass lines quickly pick up to form a wild beast only DTR knows how to control. The melodica in ‘Between The Lions’ glides smoothly over a hotbed of dub fundamentals, in a joint effort with Bukkha. Its core sound forged by the duo is exactly what you need before Akcept goes off with his anthemic interpretation of ‘Walls of Babylon’. As if DTR’s original version wasn’t enough already: Akcept’s piece continues to do a serious amount of damage. For many, DTR’s forthcoming vinyl title has been a popular plate to look out for - and will most definitely fire up the bass charts in 2017. Essential listening!
a1. First Rhythm
b1. Between The Lions (ft. Bukkha)
b2. Walls of Babylon (Akcept Remix)
Release Date: 15th December 2017
Georgio Roumans aka Zygos has been making a name for himself recently with his incredible production skills, crazy work rate and mean selection of dubplates. His hard work has been paying off recently with stellar releases on top labels Rarefied, Subaltern and Unity Through Sound. Here he brings four tracks exclusively to Foundation Audio, each with their own unique flavor and vibe, but all carrying Zygos’s signature sound - which if you didn’t already know is dark and gully as fuck and a perfect fit for the label. Essential Dubstep pressure from front to back, Zygos has smashed it again!
b2. Dwaas w/ Tosti
Release Date - 5th July 2019
Somah has been turning heads throughout the dubstep scene with recent support from Mala, Jack Sparrow and J: Kenzo to name a few. Within the last year he has released music on Chord Marauders, Scrub a Dub and Natural Selectas. Make no mistake Somah’s doing the bits.
Here he brings three deep, dark and superbly produced heaters to Foundation Audio for an incredibly impressive debut solo 12”. FYAHHHH!!!!!
a1. Somah - Mercy
b1. Somah - Meek Dub
b2. Somah - Devi
Released 9th November
Boka Records unveils the label's 50th release, a major milestone! Recalled for service for the occasion is Chad Dubz who last appeared on the label late last year with his 22 Ounces EP, the track of the same name has now racked up over 100k streams via Spotify. Chad continues to make solid progress on this EP, building and improving on previous output. A producer to absolutely keep an eye on as we move forward into 2019.
a2. Out of Here
b1. Teachings in Wub
b2. Iggys Castle
Released 19th August 2016
ILL_K is no stranger to the underground bass music scene with releases on top labels such as Paradise Lost, Alphacut and NORD label showcasing a wide range of styles from downtempo to jungle with his signature precision sound. Here he makes a welcome return to Foundation Audio with 2 tracks that showcase ILL_Ks skill and versatility as a producer.
‘Distortion Dub’ is a 140bpm monster with layers of distortion oozing over the heaviest of subs – hard as nails and guaranteed to shake the system!
Flip side ‘Draht’ is a 170bpm half time dubwise steppa that will appeal to anyone into the dubbier side of the music spectrum. Essential listening.
a. ILL_K - Distrotion Dub
b. ILL_K - Draht
Release Date: 28th February 2020
Rob Smith aka RSD is a man that should need no introduction - from pioneering trip hop and the foundations of the Bristol sound in the late 80s with Smith & Mighty to writing some of the biggest dubstep tracks of all time under his RSD alias - not to mention killing it to this day with his impeccable DJ sets and fire dubplates - Rob is nothing short of a certified legend. It is a great honour to welcome the man himself to Foundation Audio with 2 classic cuts for the next in our 10” series. A side ‘Dr Woh’ is a heavy stepper version of the Dr Who theme tune originally written for a Redbull soundclash with subloaded in 2014 as a friendly lighthearted sound clash style dis to a certain Bristol producer whose dad played one of the doctors.
On the flip side we have ‘Look’ a 2019 production produced in a friends studio in the Philippines. RSDs unmistakable trademark sound is stamped firmly all over this one - rolling drum breaks, big basslines and catchy synth hooks all work in perfect harmony while staying truly dubwise throughout.
Big up Bristol’s finest for providing us with another killer plate. We trust you’ll enjoy this one as much as us!
a1. RSD - Dr Woh
b1. RSD - Look
Repress Release Date: Late October 2020
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: 11th August 2017
Fresh off the back of a chart topping Unity Through Sound release Foundation Audio head honcho Chad Dubz comes correct with three sound system bangers ready for the dance!
Opener “Kingdom Dub” is a relentless display of dubstep pressure with its gnarly, pulsating sub twisting and turning throughout the track to devastating effect. It has been a firm favorite in Chads sets over the past year and is certified to destroy the dance floor.
As the name suggests “Space Cadet” is a wavier affair. - Its peculiar drum patterns and quirky effects combine to form a superbly strange track that retains the heavy sub sensibilities and darkness of its counterparts.
Closer “Drainpipe” keeps the dubstep fundamentals in tact with heavy subs, deranged mids, sparse atmospheres and industrial sounding percussion to create a mechanical monster, rapidly building momentum until it turns into all manner of chaos on the second drop. With FAV005, Chad Dubz has created a fine display of sound system- shaking-pure-dubstep-musical-goodness with possibly his best release yet... Essential!
Chad Dubz: www.soundcloud.com/chadgotdubz
Foundation Audio: www.soundcloud.com/foundationaudio
a1. Kingdom Dub
b1. Space Cadet
Release Date: 28th February 2020
Chad Dubz returns to his beloved Foundation Audio with the Ghostin’ EP. ‘Anxious’ kicks things off; a minimal sound system wobbler filled with moody bass lines and eerie atmospheres. This one’s a creeper. Title track ‘Ghostin’, a collaboration with Teffa keeps the theme rolling with its militant wubs and haunting melodies – spooky business indeed!
Flip the wax and we have ‘Headnod’ delivering sound system business with rugged drums, weighty basslines and rough and ready dub siren abuse.
Closer ‘Let Go’ rounds off the EP perfectly with its strong jungle and garage influenced vibes.
All in all this is Chad Dubz most personal and cohesive EP to date and a great way to enter 2020 for both the producer and his label.
a1. Chad Dubz - Anxious
a2. Chad Dubz - Ghostin’ ft. Teffa
b1. Chad Dubz - Headnod
b2. Chad Dubz - Let Go
Release Date: 29th November 2019
Clearlight brings his wonderfully tripped out production wizardry to Foundation Audio for a 3 track journey into the void!
Clearlight has always stood out from the crowd and pushed boundaries with his unique take on the genre. It sounds like dubstep swallowed a bottle of LSD… or smoked some DMT… There’s no point going into detailed track summary as it won’t do the music justice, - just sit back, spark one up and get sucked into another dimension.
a1. Clearlight - Stomp Dub
b1. Clearlight - Ununderstandable
b2. Clearlight - Chasm
Release Date - 3rd May 2019
We are super stoked to welcome back 3WA aka The Portuguese Serial Killer aka The Christiano Ronaldo of Dubstep for another fire release on Foundation Audio (this time around getting the vinyl treatment)! Pedro has got many tricks up his sleeves. Here are 4 of his finest. Make no mistake he will nutmeg you, dribble around you, Ronaldo chop past you and handball the finest goal without the ref seeing (and he’ll make it look easyyyy)… What’s more to say? The guys a wizard and makes some of the most interesting music in the Dubstep scene. Get to know if you don’t already!!!
a1. 3WA - Black Marsh
a2. 3WA - Protect Ya Neck
b1. 3WA - Blackbird
b2. 3WA - Glory
Released 24th March 2017
FAV004 is finally upon us and it comes courtesy of L.A based Cheyne Taylor Bush A.K.A Tetrad who has been on fire recently, fresh off the back of an inspired and well received ZamZam release last year. Here he is joined by brother Dillon Bush A.K.A Ahkur on opener "Ashes Fall", a seriously dark piece of music and possibly Tetrads heaviest production to date. An eerie intro with a haunting vocal sample drop into an assault of pure dubstep pressure which is sure to ignite dance floors the world over.
Flip side "Crumble" is a more stripped back affair with a nod to the classic sounds of dub with its delayed snares, skanks and FX. What really sets this tune apart though is the overwhelming power of the sub, with a weight-line so devastating it could crumble cities let alone the dance!
Here brothers Tetrad and Ahkur have succeeded in providing an outstanding plate, absolutely brimming with sound system material in its purest form. Essential.
a. Tetrad & Ahkur - Ashes Fall
b. Tetrad - Crumble
Release Date: 11th October 2019
Foundation Audio are back at it again dropping this limited 10” gem out of nowhere. Sibla & Teffa make for a perfect combination on the buttons providing those warm vintage tones and classy beats that we’ve come to expect from the duo. ‘Bobby’ is a discordant swaggery monster steeped in jazz with the most concrete of sub heavy grooves. Truly unique stuff from the production dream team.
‘I Wonder Why’ takes the energy down a notch with its laid back minimal bassline and dubbed out effects, creating that blissful dubbed out vibe perfect for sparking one up… Dubstep perfection once again from Sibla, Teffa and the Foundation Audio camp!!!
a1. Sibla & Teffa - Bobby
b1. Sibla & Teffa - I Wonder Why
Release Date: 27th September 2019
WRDubs return with a unique coupling of musical missiles from 2 of our favourite UK producers and badmen.
Up on the A is Chad Dubz who may be known to you as founder and owner of the wicked Bristol based label Foundation Audio plus tunes dropped on labels including CNCPT Collective / Infernal Sounds / Boka Records / Unity Through Sound / Banana Stand Sound and more....
'FKD' was created with WRDubs in mind and is a heavy slab of wonked whomp and scattershot skank. The twists and turns in this tune are likely to cause delirium and possibly even some argy bargy in the dance. Watch out!
Pon the AA we are proud to be working with Manchester based JFO. As well as running his ultra-limited dubplate label Hooded-Up his previous releases have appeared on Cella, Dream Eater, MUD and more. He's also shared eps with the likes of Glume and Phossa and received support from J Kenzo / Neffa-T & Slimzee. His prior output has ranged from Grime to Dubstep.
Here on 'Destroyer Of Worlds' much like the opening intro dialogue, Jack has created a weapon of seismic destruction. A deadly drone-steppa that will drop like a bomb in darker sets.
a1. Chad Dubz - FKD
b1. JFO - Destroyer Of Worlds
Release Date: 12th July 2019
Onward and upwards - the Belgian dubstep imprint Overdue maintains its super-heated release schedule with full force. With a meticulously curated artist roster and continued support by the likes of Mixmag and other vital institutions, this release yet again perfectly aligns with their vision of subculture sound system music. Spearheaded by a positively prolific artist, their fourth record features Teffa on the controls. Following up on some massive 12" releases on crucial labels such as White Peach Records and Foundation Audio, the up and coming artist furthers his status as a versatile and highly capable producer with three tracks of unadulterated sound system pressure - including a weighty collaboration with Chad Dubz.
Arming the record, "Shell It" heads straight into the matter at hand, precision engineered weaponry clocking in at 140 BPM. Drums like mountains, effortlessly heaving immense amounts of low-end, smoothly embedded on silky pad swells. Fusing old-school elements with the present like few others, the lively arrangement does the rest to keep the crowd aflame without end. Music with an attitude - rewinds assured.
Fasten your seatbelts as the record kicks into overdrive once again with "Sludge" as faint police sirens and reverberate into oblivion only for it to implode into an instant dubstep classic. Driven by its ridiculously effective and minimal instrumentation, the underground unravels itself in sonic form. Spacious pressure wave emissions, especially primed for the dance.
Stepping up to the title track, "Illegal" tops off the 12" most beautifully - packed with Grime and Breaks influences and mesmeric melodies. As unshackled 808's pound away alongside a murderous set of percussions, the electronic soundscape treads through hypnotic harmonies and dance-inducing groove - Teffa signature style at it's finest.
a1. Teffa - Shell It
a2. Teffa & Chad Dubz - Sludge
b1. Teffa - Illegal
Release Date - 5th April 2019
The next instalment in Banana Stand’s yellow label vinyl series features another three fresh sound system cuts. First tune is a heavyweight roller crafted by the Foundation Audio labelhead Chad Dubz, while the collaboration from the Japanese dubstep enthusiasts Karnage and Dayzero is quite a chaotic stomper.
Although the final track is the highly-anticipated “Persian Dub” from the Bristol-based Guesswerk through which dull flutes and weighty rumbling sub basses are blended smoothly. Great selection overall as in the end all three tracks are connected through bassweight energy.
a1. Chad Dubz - Pricks
b1. Karnage & Dayzero - No One
b2. Guesswerk - Persian Dub
Released 31st March 2017
The UK-based imprint Unity Through Sound, founded in late 2016, has already been declared a household name in the contemporary bass music scene, and that with good reason. Their already- sold-out debut record by spirited Headland (NZ) has been taking great strides in the scene, rattling bodies left and right. Clearly demonstrating the labels skillful aptitude towards releasing firey material at just the right time. Bringing forth nothing but pure, condensed amalgamations of weight and groove. Keeping the spotlight on their side after a short breather, they’re now back with another weighty vengeance - mighty Chad Dubz at the controls for the second installment, catalogued as ‘UNITY002’
Based in Bristol, the ‘Foundation Audio’ label owner Chad Dubz knows his way around bass. Also having released on imprints like Cue Line, Indigo Movements, Hold Tight Records, the man is perfectly aware of the specifics of relentlessly unleashing highly regarded material from time to time again. Further embedding the claim, he’s already been on the airwaves on prestigious formats like Rinse FM, Radar Radio and GetDarker TV, as well as the renowned Sub FM among others.
Lowering the turntable stylus on Side A, the listener is met with sparsely layed out hats, reeling in the attention as eerie thumps reverberate, making way for the sound of a match being lighted. The sound is then set ablaze, furiously being pushed forward through its deep-rooted sub routine. Its foundation is accompanied by the odd, but carefully selected foley sample, echoeing away alongside the exquisite feast for ears and body. Aptly named ‘Drained’, feeling it on a big rig, will definitely leave us gasping for air and grasping for steady ground. The same has to be said for the B-Side, as we’re flipping the record, the listener is met with dubbier inclinations through use of catchy organ chord staccati and rastafari-esque vocal ramblings - all the while preserving every ounce of weight. UK-based Chad Dubz goes all out with his EP, discharging two authoritative full- body-experiences. Needless to say, the release can safely be expected to sell out rather sooner than later, so make sure not to miss the pre-order. A hot record for the lovers of bass weight...
a. Chad Dubz - Drained
b. Chad Dubz - Dubaholic
Released 31st August 2018
The tune ‘Strength’ was written for my partner Bozanne Evans. This EP is dedicated to her.
Side note: The tracks ‘I’ and ‘Strength’ were originally going to be released as UNITY006 on the label ‘Unity Through Sound’ before they folded after their fifth release.
I didn’t want the release to go to waste so decided to put them out on my label taking advantage of the 12” format by including a personal favorite of mine ‘Life’ and Ill_Ks monstrous remix of ‘I’.
This is my most personal release to date and I hope you enjoy it.
b2. I (Ill_K remix)
Release Date: 31st July 2020
Young gun and badman producer Retina returns to Foundation Audio for his debut vinyl release and quite frankly it slaps!!!!
‘Dusted’ kicks things off with a hyper 4x4 beat and an eratic bassline – this one comes flying straight out of the gates! ‘Nameless and Nothing’ a meaner, beast with its eerie atmospheres and plodding bassline takes the A2 spot. Flip the record and we have ‘No Fear I’ a subby monster best described by the word SUB. ‘If Not The Orb’ closes proceedings with a 07-08 old skool antisocial kinda vibe wrapping up the ep perfectly. Dubstep goodness from front to back and solid proof that Americans can also do the dubstep.
a1. Retina - Dusted
a2. Retina - Nameless and Nothing
b1. Retina - No Fear I
b2. Retina - If Not The Orb
Release Date: 11th October 2019
Zygos has been non-stop killing it for a good few years now. Every dub he churns out is a madness and he is constantly pushing and evolving his sound for the better. We couldn't be happier to get the man himself back for his third release and second wax outing on the label. His signature techno / industrial influenced sound runs throughout the EP from the twists and turns of Rotation to the deep dark sound designs of Sick as a Dog. Big ups Georgio on this wikid wikid plate!!!
a1. Zygos - Rotation
b1. Zygos - Sick as a Dog
b2. Zygos - Tumble Dub